The Editors of The Exchanged
STA 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. The STA News was once a place to share students’ real opinions on different controversies, but the news unfortunately changed its policy many years ago. When contributors to The News were frustrated of being told what they could and couldn’t write, they established The Independent, a forum where students could share any idea or belief they had. The Independent eventually collapsed, and The Exchanged assumed its place with its establishment in 2016. 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 St. Albans or in D.C.). With so much happening both around the world and at home at St. Albans, 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 St. Albans 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 school email, but email addresses are not collected and all responses are completely anonymous.