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A teacher's political opinion should be left out of the class

By Nene Narh-Mensah | Oct. 19, 2017, 10:29 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Teachers are among the most influential people in a student's life, but one area which teachers should not influence students is the political arena.


STEM education for all

By Reethi Padmanabhan | Aug. 26, 2017, 9:12 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Everyone deserves to have access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resources, programs and opportunities regardless of their race, religion or gender. This should go without saying, but a recent event has demonstrated that even today, politics can come between girls and STEM opportunities by preventing an all-girls team from Afghanistan from entering the United States for an international robotics competition.


Keeping it in the family?

By Emma Markus | Aug. 9, 2017, 6:17 p.m. | In Op/Ed »


Busing around town

By Madeleine Tilley | Aug. 3, 2017, 8:46 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In an era of Uber, Lyft and many personal vehicles, cars contribute a lot to climate change. All of the carbon dioxide that cars emit damages the environment every time they are used. While some buses also emit the same amount of carbon dioxide, public transportation is a much greener option because many people are going to the same place, using the same vehicle, which decreases the carbon emissions would emit if they had gone separately.


Pressure to be perfect

By Mahnaz Habib | July 31, 2017, 3:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »


A few reasons why not

By Lauren Frost | May 31, 2017, 8:18 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

"I'm about to tell you the story of my life – more specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to this tape, you're one of the reasons why."


Break the mold: A look back at the Women's March

By Sandeep David | May 19, 2017, 8:37 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

January 21, 2017 marked the second-highest Metro ridership and highest weekend Metro ridership in history, the primary reason for which being the Women's March On Washington. The Women's March was the biggest protest in American history, with millions of people raising their voices in solidarity. Even with its record-setting attendance and progressive message, the prevalence of white feminism overpowered other voices that matter.


How to spot a fire technician

By Amy Forsbacka | April 20, 2017, 2:04 p.m. | In Humor »


White + male + upcounty = Our next SMOB

By Lauren Frost | April 18, 2017, 9:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although Montgomery County has an array of students from different backgrounds, the majority of the SMOB candidates all come from the same one. There needs to be more diversity among SMOB candidates to have different and more diverse issues raised and to better represent the county's array of different people.


#FreeTheStudents

By Neva Taylor | March 20, 2017, 2:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Students who are almost legal adults have little real freedom in high school, and this should change. Students deserve a more liberal arts-style curriculum, one that can give students some educational freedom.


Varsity athletes should not be required to take gym

By Ellie Williams | March 10, 2017, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Every high schooler has to take one year of a physical education course in order to graduate. However, when students participate in school or club sports, they are getting the exercise that Physical Education (PE) classes provide, and should be exempt.


The U.S. is not ready for complete automation

By Ryan Handel | Feb. 22, 2017, 1:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Amazon has announced the opening of the first automated grocery store, called Amazon Go, which will have no checkout lines or cashiers. This signals the beginning of a futuristic era in which machines will perform more and more of the the tasks that humans used to do, but with increased efficiency and decreased cost.


Is College Board evil?

By Nate Bodner | Feb. 17, 2017, 2:15 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Sometime in the last fifty years or so, the idea of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, SAT tests and College Board as a whole, has been corrupted. The non-profit draws criticism in nearly every aspect of what it does, not the least of which is being a non-profit.


Are colleges truly diverse?

By Ryan Handel | Feb. 15, 2017, 1:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Nowadays, most top universities have everything a prospective student would desire in a place of higher education. However, hiding behind these amenities is a major weakness afflicting these universities: a startling lack of political diversity.


Religion or culture?

By Nate Bodner | Jan. 26, 2017, 1 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Christmas is not just a religious holiday anymore, as it has been accepted by nearly all Americans, regardless of religion. While the holiday still holds religious significance, it is undeniable that the Christmas season has become a part of American culture that largely leaves out the actual religious aspect of the holiday.


Showing a war through a screen

By Amy Forsbacka | Jan. 14, 2017, 1:17 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Bana Alabed, seven, is a little Syrian girl bringing the daily struggles of living in a war zone and what is happening inside of Aleppo to the forefront of national media. Her medium for doing this? Twitter. During Syria's civil war, social media is helping the international community care more about the Aleppo conflict by directly seeing how it affects those living in Aleppo.


Who can you trust?

By Ryan Handel | Jan. 11, 2017, 1:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Throughout much of America's history, the media was highly trusted by the American public as a reliable source of news. Unfortunately, those days are long gone. In an age in which fake news is more common than ever, it is necessary to get information from reliable sources and double check stories that seem unreasonable.


Lifting the veil on the rise of German Islamophobia

By Amy Forsbacka | Jan. 9, 2017, 1:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on the full face veil in a speech at her party's conference. She said wearing the veil, called niqabs and burkas, was not appropriate in Germany. However, banning the veil does not encourage the cultural assimilation of migrant women.


Why Promethean?

By Amy Forsbacka | Dec. 23, 2016, 1:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Integrating technology in classrooms sounds groundbreaking, but the reality is not so glamourous. When Promethean boards started popping up in classrooms all around Montgomery County in 2008, it sounded like the perfect technology - designed to make learning interactive and to bring the fresh face of the 21st century to the classroom. But eight years later, those shiny dreams have come up short.


Snapchat streaking in style

By Pedraam Faridjoo | Dec. 2, 2016, 8:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although the average person may not pay much attention to Snapstreaks, for some, keeping a Snapchat streak alive has become a test of friendship, or just a fun challenge to see how many days they can go without forgetting to reply.


The activist power of TV

By Neva Taylor | Nov. 30, 2016, 8:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The national conversation about how to fix the racism, sexism and homophobia in our nation is an ongoing debate and over the past couple of decades, the people of Hollywood, the ones who "make the big bucks," and producers of popular TV shows, have joined the conversation.


Trump selects a motley crew of cabinet members

By Charles Lott | Nov. 30, 2016, 5:20 p.m. | In Humor »

President-elect Donald Trump has spent the first month after the election sorting out who will be the chief officers during his time in the Oval Office. Trump's selections have been so outlandish, that the next position could be filled by any one of the following infamous celebrity icons.


Are you game?

By Charles Lott Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 2, 2016, 1:02 p.m. | In Humor »

Most of the time, class is fun and engaging. But when you're just not feeling it, a much-needed break can pay dividends. If you're done with your assignment and looking to kill some time, here are some ideas for how you can turn a boring hour and a half into a fun one.


I am not a costume

By Maniza Habib | Oct. 31, 2016, 1:10 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

With Halloween just a few days away, expect fall themed lattes, spooky decorations, horror movie marathons and terrifying displays of cultural appropriation.


The mystery behind the cover

By Charles Lott | Sept. 22, 2016, 2:12 p.m. | In Humor »

Each year, the agenda books distributed to the students of Blair on the first day of school feature a new design. Check your booklet; if you have the one with all the squares and triangles, look closely in the bottom left corner, and you'll find two words, one name: Scott Gahart.

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