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Maryland Refuses to Budge to Common Sense and Pass the MCPS Waiver; Snow Days Elongate School Year

Maryland Refuses to Budge to Common Sense and Pass the MCPS Waiver; Snow Days Elongate School Year

June 17, 2016


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After this winter’s “Snowzilla,” waiving the superfluous state-mandated days of school was not an option for MCPS. Unlike the exempted Prince George’s county, MCPS is forced to add two extra days, with the last day of school scheduled as a half day Monday, June 20. Interim Superintendent La...

Barbie Dolls Have Negative Psychological Effects on the Mindsets of Young Girls

Barbie Dolls Have Negative Psychological Effects on the Mindsets of Young Girls

June 17, 2016


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Girls physical appearances are often criticized throughout her entire life, whether by peers, society or even family. Girls learn at a young age to value beauty, and according to critics Barbie can influence what "beauty" means to women. According to author Kathryn Gentzke, looking good is emphasized...

School Lunches Provide Good Option to Students

School Lunches Provide Good Option to Students

June 17, 2016


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When school lunch is mentioned, many students cannot help but grimace. The bad odor, the abysmal taste and the seemingly endless long lines are enough to make many students decide to take the extra time to pack a lunch every day or skip the meal altogether. This is not to mention that countless movies...

Students Should Continue to Work During the Summer

Students Should Continue to Work During the Summer

June 17, 2016


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As mid-June nears, the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter and brighter. The depleted, aching pupil has successfully trekked through Hell and back. Reaching for rescue, they arrive at the Light. Toeing the entrance into Nirvana, only the final exam stands in the way. Our hero spars with th...

Group Projects do not Benefit Students

Group Projects do not Benefit Students

June 17, 2016


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The final months of school are the most hectic time of the year. On top of all the end of the year events, it is the final time for students to clinch the semester A in their classes. Unfortunately, the inflexible mandate to have 180 days of school by the Maryland Government creates a dragged out school ye...

Exams Prove to be Better Option than Projects

Exams Prove to be Better Option than Projects

June 17, 2016


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Students go to school in order to learn as much as they can and take a final exam to show how much information they have stuffed into their noodles. The schooling conveyor belt has spat out young scholars in this way for as long as most can remember. Until now. Sept. 8, 2015, “Montgomery County’s Board of E...

Gap Years Prove to be Beneficial

Gap Years Prove to be Beneficial

June 17, 2016


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As high school is coming to an end for seniors, most have announced their college of choice. But how about those who opt to take a year off? The stereotype that gap years are for students who just want a year off to party and slack off is a false one. In reality, the travel, learning experience ...

N.C. Law Restricts Liberties

N.C. Law Restricts Liberties

June 17, 2016


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North Carolina governor Pat McCrory recently signed House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2) into law. As can be expected, enacting this law has spawned a lot of controversy and outrage throughout different communities. The gist of the HB2 law is that it requires North Carolina citiz...

Poli-Ticks Me Off: Childish Name Calling Brought on by Political Candidates Up for Election , Results in Present Day Mudslinging in the Political Arena Instead of Meaningful Discussions About the Real Issues Facing American of Today’s Society

Poli-Ticks Me Off: Childish Name Calling Brought on by Political Candidates Up for Election , Results  in Present Day Mudslinging in the Political Arena Instead of Meaningful Discussions About the Real Issues Facing American of Today’s Society

May 18, 2016


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In today’s political climate, often the news we hear about our government is plagued with juvenile bullying and threats. Former presidential candidate Marco Rubio was infamous for his attacks on Donald Trump. Rubio mocked Trump’s small hands and tendency to sweat, to which Trump responded with coining...

New Law Berates Supervised Drinking: CON

New Law Berates Supervised Drinking: CON

May 18, 2016


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Time and time again, underage drinking and its unintended consequences has resulted in far too many untimely deaths of bright teens we know. This unfortunate reality serves as the justification for both the furnishing of alcohols to minors by concerned parents and the passage of a new bill that will...

New Law Berates Supervised Drinking: PRO

New Law Berates Supervised Drinking: PRO

May 18, 2016


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Although subject to change and by no means set in stone, Noah’s Law enfranchises ignorance as a suitable excuse for incubating teenage crime and destructive practices. Controversy of this nature illustrates the increased and unjust rationalization of crime in this country. Responsibility for instilling...

Harry Potter Series Ideal for Classroom

May 18, 2016


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These days, many English classes center on a groan-worthy litany of texts that seem to bear little relevance to life in the 21st century: Shakespeare (to whom all too many English teachers are positively married), this-and-that Greek tragedy, a possibly interesting but difficult-to-read classic like ...

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