Teacher’s News Perspectives

The majority of teachers here wish they had online news when they were a kid.

Anabelle Morris

The majority of teachers here wish they had online news when they were a kid.

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The majority of children grow up watching or reading a form of news, whether they are watching the national news or the new Fortnite season release information, it’s all a form of news. However, the way most students watch or read the news growing up is much different than how teachers viewed the news as a child.

73.1% of Holt’s teachers watched the news on a nightly news channel. Most students watch the news on Youtube or online news articles.

Everyone has a most memorable news story. Whether that be a story about a major event or the recent traffic stop on the highway due to a baby pig. 72% of Holt’s teachers reported that 9/11 was the news story that they remembered most.

However, some teachers were very young and do not have much recollection of that day. Mr. Andrew Milhous, from the Theatre department, is one of those younger teachers who replied to the survey. “The report that stuck in my head the most was when Osama Bin Laden was caught. I remember scrolling through Facebook and reading an article, then running downstairs and telling my family,” Milhous said. When asked why this news story was so major in his life, he answered, “I was so excited to find this information first before my whole family.”

Today 43% of Holt’s teachers prefer to read online articles as their primary way of accessing the news. So, chances are when your English teacher is assigning you an article of the week, it is one they’ve read themselves and thought you may enjoy it as well. Furthermore, 29% of teachers still prefer to watch the nightly news.

Everyone has a different opinion on today’s news. Some believe the news we receive today is amazing and wouldn’t change a thing, while others disagree. 50% of teachers believe that news sources, in general, need to stop giving information directed to benefit one side while bashing the other side.

Mr. Jimmy Pruitt, from the English department, is a very well known teacher around Holt. “The news promotes too much violence. And not enough of the good events in the world. Violence sparks violence.” Pruitt said.

As news has progressed, the way we view the news has changed, although, there are still some common threads. While the age gap between the teachers is a large range, most still remember the same event, 9/11. The majority of teachers would prefer to change the bias found in today’s news.