Was 1066 A Turning Point Essay Contest

Essay Contest Details and Timelines

What is the Turning Points program?

Teachers and peers help students through a process of self-reflection and discussion about a significant event – a turning point – in their lives. Students then write an essay about that event to relate its significance to their present situation – and to their future. They are then encouraged to submit their essays for formal evaluation, recognition, and publication in an annual anthology. Those chosen for publication receive cash prizes, engraved plaques, a copy of the anthology, and are invited to recognition events in their area.
 

What are the criteria for the submission of Student Essays? Students currently in Grades 6-12 whose teachers have registered for the program are eligible to submit essays in consultation with their teacher. It is suggested that student essays be assessed/evaluated in the classroom as part of the Language (English/French/ESL/ELD) program.

Essay Requirements:  

1. Essays must be authentic (true story)

2. Essays must adhere to the maximum word count for the grade level:
Group A Grade 6: 250 to 350 words
Group B Grades 7 and 8: 350 to 500 words
Group C Grades 9 and 10: 500 to 700 words
Group D Grades 11 and12: 800 to 1,000 words
 
3. Essays must have an effective title (note that "My Turning Point" or "Turning Point essay" will not be accepted). Title is not included in the word count.
 
4. Student name must not appear on the essay pages.
 
5. Essay font must be Arial, size 12.
 
6. Entries will be assessed on the basis of originality of thought, clarity of language, organizational structure, use of conventions such as grammar and spelling, understanding of a "turning point" and impact on the reader.
 
7. Once an essay is submitted to The Learning Partnership, the essay becomes the property of The Learning Partnership.
 
8. Students whose essays are chosen for inclusion in the Anthology if Winning Essays will read their essays at the awards event.
 

 

"All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are."
- Pablo Neruda, Nobel Prize-winning Chilean Poet and Political Activist

 

Alberta

Essay Submissions Open
Calgary: February 19
Lethbridge: February 19
Essay Submissions Close
Calgary: February 23
Lethbridge: February 23
Student Success Awards Event
Calgary: May 10
Lethbridge: TBA

Manitoba

Essay Submissions Open
Winnipeg: April 11
Essay Submissions Close
Winnipeg: April 18
Student Success Awards Event
Winnipeg: May 29

New Brunswick

Essay Submissions Open
February 5 (Middle School)
March 12 (High School)
Essay Submissions Close
February 9 (Middle School)
March 16 (High School)
Student Success Awards Event
May 23

 

Newfoundland & Labrador – East

Essay Submissions Open
St. John’s: April 9
Essay Submissions Close
St. John’s: April 13
Student Success Awards Event
St. John’s: June 1

Newfoundland & Labrador – Central

Essay Submissions Open
Gander: March 22
Essay Submissions Close
Gander: March 29
Student Success Awards Event
Gander: May 17

Newfoundland & Labrador – Labrador

Essay Submissions Open
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls: March 22
Essay Submissions Close
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls: March 29
Student Success Awards Event
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls: May 24
 

Newfoundland & Labrador – West

Essay Submissions Open
Corner Brook: March 22
Essay Submissions Close
Corner Brook: March 29
Student Success Awards Event
Corner Brook: May 31

Nova Scotia

Essay Submissions Open
Halifax: March 5
Essay Submissions Close
Halifax: March 9
Student Success Awards Event
Halifax: May 15

Ontario

Essay Submissions Open
Brantford (NPAAMB): March 8
Essay Submissions Close
Brantford (NPAAMB): March 21
Student Success Awards Event
Brantford (NPAAMB): May 10
 

Ontario, GTA

Essay Submissions Open
March 8
Essay Submissions Close
March 21
Student Success Awards Event
May 7

Ontario, North Bay

Essay Submissions Open
March 8
Essay Submissions Close
March 21
Student Success Awards Event
May 8

Ontario, Sudbury

Essay Submissions Open
March 8
Essay Submissions Close
March 21
Student Success Awards Event
May 9
 

Saskatchewan

Essay Submissions Open
Estevan: April 2
Essay Submissions Close
Estevan: April 6
Student Success Awards Event
TBA

100th Anniversary

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of when the United States became directly involved in the First World War. The Great War. By then the war had already been raging for three years. (The events leading up to the outbreak of war are fascinating. For further reading I suggest historian Barbara Tuchman’s book The Guns of August.) By 1917 the Western Front of the conflict had stalled into protracted trench warfare–war at its most gruesome.

This war consisted of massed artillery, machineguns, elaborate trenches, gas attacks, massive barbed wire entanglements, sapping, flamethrowers, and primitive tanks. This war was a veritable meat grinder that consumed an entire generation of European men. 11 million soldiers and sailors lost their lives to combat and disease by war’s end.. And, unlike the European wars of the 18th and 19th centuries where civilians had largely been spectators, WWI also took the lives of nearly 7 million noncombatants.

In retrospect, WWI was a major pivot point in human history. If it were not for the chaos caused by WWI, there probably would not have been a successful Russian Revolution, at least not in that decade. And if it were not for the punishing war reparations on Germany dictated by the pre-written Versailles Peace Treaty, there probably would not have been mass currency inflation in Germany, no rise of the National Socialists (Nazis), no World War II, no Holocaust, no division of Europe, and no Cold War. In many ways, we are still feeling the after effects of The Great War.

Inevitability

Regardless of the events of the two World Wars of the 20th Century, some things were inevitable.  The colonial era in the lower latitudes ended. And although they probably wouldn’t have been quite so rapid, The technological advances of the 1900s would  still be made. (Most likely, aviation and spaceflight, in particular, would not have advanced nearly so rapidly.) Here in the United States, one can only imagine. How would life would be different if World War I and the subsequent chain of events had not occurred. It is very likely that we would still have a sound currency based on specie, a smaller and less centralized government, lower taxes, and suffer much less of the now ubiquitous Surveillance State.

I urge SurvivalBlog readers to be scholars of history. More than anything else, we need to be on guard against the wiles of men who lust for power and who are willing to force us into contrived conflicts and all too willing to use our young men as cannon fodder to further their goals. It is only by stepping back and looking at the arc of history in the past hundred years that we can see just how much freedom we have lost and how little our citizenry has gained. As we honor the fallen of World War I, we need to keep that perspective.

More to Come

There are many issues that transcend party politics and the orchestrated divisiveness of the present day. As a Christian, it is my hope that America will return to Godly, limited, and restrained government. But as a realistic observer of what has transpired since the U.S. entered The Great War, I can predict that humanity will probably suffer more of the same: pointless wars, unbridled government, unspeakable cruelties on a grand scale, and political charades that just barely conceal the wanton quest for power by a diabolical few.

As the pawns in the global chess game, what can we do? I say: Hold fast to the company of those who share your faith, keep your voice strong for righteousness and good government, and live your life in a way that pleases God. We live in a dangerous world that is governed by men and women who think only of themselves and their schemes. More World Wars devastating metropolitan regions seem inevitable. We should be deep in prayer, well prepared with deep larders. Stay geographically isolated from the maelstrom of the big cities, trained for self-sufficiency, and well armed. May God help us in the next hundred years. Those years will be calamitous. – JWR

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