May 25th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Our Top Stories, Your Reactions

We've listed some of the biggest stories of the school year below. If you take a moment to tell us how you reacted to any one of these stories, you may see your comment on next Friday's edition of CNN Student News!

Send us a line or two describing what you thought or felt when you heard about any of these events:

Japan earthquake/tsunami

Death of Osama bin Laden

U.S. Midterm Elections

Rescue of Chilean miners

Tornadoes, floods in America

U.S. economic progress & pain

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Upheaval in Arab nations

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May 24th, 2011
04:25 PM ET

You Break It, You Buy It

A school district in Florida is considering fining student athletes for cases of unsportsmanlike conduct.  Under this plan, losing your temper on the field or court could translate into $200 out of your wallet.  Some believe that a stricter conduct policy would be a good thing and could clean up the games.  Others argue the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, and it could lead to some students being unfairly kicked off the team when they’re unable to pay.  What do you think?  Where’s the line when it comes to crossing the line?

Jeremy Dunn, CNNSN Producer

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May 23rd, 2011
04:37 PM ET

Certain Genes for Certain Sports?

DNA scans can't accurately predict whether you'll be the next sports legend.  But according to some companies that are selling them, the scans can indicate the types of sports you'd be good at.

Is it possible that someone who isn't genetically geared to a sport could still be good at it?  Absolutely.  But whether or not these tests are accurate, they do bring up an interesting question:  How much athletic ability is genetic - and how much of it is the result of hard work?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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May 19th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Taxing Mileage?

If you had to choose...
On every gallon of gas you buy, 18.4 cents go to the government. The money helps keep our highways in shape, and part of it also goes to mass transit.

Well, cars are getting better gas mileage, so the government is taking in less money from the federal gas tax. So some lawmakers are batting around the idea of taxing Americans on how many miles they drive - either instead of, or in addition to - the gas that we buy.

The pros and cons are covered on Friday's show, and after you hear them, we'd like to hear your two cents' worth!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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May 17th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Creative Studying

In this season of final exams, you've heard the traditional advice to get lots of sleep and study time, eat a good breakfast, turn off the TV, etc.  Now it's time for nontraditional advice.  We've known people who've slept next to their books, as if they'd absorb the information overnight.  One staff member said he listened to music while studying - when he took the test, he'd think of the song he studied to, and that would help him remember what he learned.  We also heard of someone who'd draw pictures to help herself visualize the material she studied.

So what about you: Do you have any creative methods for studying or simply getting through exam season?  (And no, you can't say "cheat" - that's cheating.)

 Carl Azuz, Anchor

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May 10th, 2011
05:47 PM ET

Mobile Tracking

As one official put it, "The line between mobile devices and computers is shrinking every day."

But where should the line be as far as tracking our location information goes?  When we use a smartphone or GPS device to get around, the information of where we are can be tracked by companies - and in some cases, shared with other companies.

Our names aren't usually shared, and the executives questioned on Capitol Hill yesterday said there are several ways that we users can "opt out," or decide not to share our location information.

The question for you is this:  Does it bother you that your location (but not your name) could be tracked when you use a mobile device?  Or is this nothing to worry about?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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May 3rd, 2011
06:36 PM ET

A School without Grade Levels

An elementary school in Colorado is trying something unique:  going without grade levels.  This means it doesn't have third or fourth graders; it just has students grouped by the things they've learned, regardless of their age.  And the theory is that they're allowed to learn at the pace that best suits them.

Does it work?  Hard to say:  Half the schools that have tried this nationwide have been unable to stick with it.  So far, it hasn't helped the Colorado school's test scores, but it has dramatically reduced discipline problems.

Our question to you is this:  Do you think that going without grade levels in middle and high school would work?  (You'd still get graded on assignments - you'd just stop being an 8th grader or a junior, for example.)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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May 2nd, 2011
04:39 PM ET

Death of Bin Laden: Your Reaction

It was late-breaking news on Sunday night:  The man behind the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil had been killed in Pakistan. We'd like to know what's going through your mind as you hear the headlines surrounding this historic story.

Programming note: CNN Student News will have complete coverage on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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