The Editors of The Exchanged
Please note that this is adapted from opinion editor Jack Kaplan’s article “Make Your Voices Heard.” For the purpose of creating separate school-oriented student polls, we have created this adaptation to cater towards NCS students.
The NCS Student Poll →
Opinions: We all have them, yet oftentimes we decide not to voice what’s really on our minds. Whether it be the fear that disagreeing with a particularly opinionated teacher will hurt your grade, or the knowledge that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you think because nothing is going to change, there are a myriad of reasons for keeping your views to yourself. At times, voicing your opinion even leads to scolding or censorship from teachers, further disincentivizing or precluding thoughtful discourse on issues plaguing our community and nation.
Established in 2016, The Exchanged is the Close’s co-ed newspaper. This publication, which is independent, student-run, and (mostly) uncensored, is the perfect place for students on the close to publish their opinions. The editors at The Exchanged want the publication to be a “platform for students to express their ideas freely without the direct oversight from their respective school administration.” We believe that all respectful and decent opinions should be heard without the threat of disciplinary action; furthermore, we believe that this exchange of ideas is essential in revealing what the student body believes and allows the community to learn from each other and grow together. For The Exchanged to achieve its goals, we need your help! The past few months have brought new challenges and controversies. There have been debates over the dress code, increased mask mandates throughout the country, and the subsequent removal of these mandates (though not at NCS or in D.C.). Recently, NCS has even announced that there is a new head of the Upper School! With so much happening both around the world and at home at NCS, we thought it would be beneficial to allow students to share what they have been thinking. Attached is a link to a survey that we would like NCS students to fill out. The results will help us learn where the student body stands on a variety of issues, and the breakdown of opinions will be unpacked in the next edition of The Exchanged. If you feel strongly about any of the statements in the poll, please feel free to reach out to any of the editors— we would love to have you voice your opinion by writing an article or letter to the editors (remember, you can always remain anonymous). Thanks for your help!
You will be required to sign into your NCS email, but email addresses are not collected and all responses are completely anonymous. Student Poll.