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The pen is mightier than the keyboard

By Maniza Habib | March 11, 2016, 9 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Writing by hand is slowly becoming an old-fashioned way of learning, and this is detrimental to the education of our students. In an age of rapid technological development, the value of pen and paper should not be forgotten.


Everything you need to know about college financial woes

By Neida Mbuia Joao | March 7, 2016, 1:54 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In order for students to enter the college decision process informed, they must be aware of the ways in which the institutions to whom they are entrusting thousands of dollars are making financial decisions.


Ooh ah, you wish you were a Blazer!

By Eleanor Cook | March 3, 2016, 1:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In basketball, and all sports, female athletes work just as hard as their male counterparts, and should therefore be given the same respect. Girls' sports teams should be referred to without the preceding "Lady."


Donald Trump and the rise and fall of white nationalism

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Feb. 17, 2016, 2:35 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

There's plenty to fear about Donald J. Trump. He's a bully, a sexist and a narcissist. But what's even scarier is the rising movement he represents: white nationalism--a movement defined by white identity and opposed to forces of economic and demographic change.


#aesthetic vs. art (Video)

By Ellie Struewing | Feb. 13, 2016, 10:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the past few months, pictures of the Renwick have appeared on Instagram and Snapchat or Tumblr nearly every day, and to see so many enjoying art isn't discouraging, it's exciting.


More computer science means more opportunities

By Eleanor Cook | Feb. 3, 2016, 7:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The advances in computer science education in the county should be lauded, but need also be pushed further. Computer science should be made a graduation requirement.


What's happening with the Democratic presidential race?

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 29, 2016, 9:50 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While not as flashy or entertaining as the GOP campaign, the Democratic primary has been plenty contentious and raises interesting questions about the Democratic Party, liberalism in America and the appeal of pragmatism.


What's going on with the 2016 GOP race?

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 29, 2016, 9:30 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The 2016 presidential campaign has been the most unpredictable and entertaining race in recent memory. In the Republican race, a reality TV star and a senator widely despised in his own party lead in the polls.


A warning about school Google products

By Eleanor Cook | Jan. 22, 2016, 8:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In Montgomery County Schools (MCPS), a county which uses multiple Google products, teachers should be wary of using Google products, particularly for out-of-class assignments.


Breaking the routine

By Ellie Struewing | Jan. 14, 2016, 1:50 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Every once in a while, there is a school day that really stands out, leave an impression and allow students to learn in new ways. These days are field trips.


College mail and why it fails

By Ellie Struewing | Jan. 3, 2016, 2:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Colleges and universities should reconsider the storm of mail that they send to students and refocus their efforts (and funding) on more tangible ways to help students see if that school is the right fit for them.


Teaching the financial ABCs

By Zewde Ingram | Jan. 3, 2016, 2:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Mandatory financial literacy classes are key to ensuring that youth have adequate knowledge to make responsible financial decisions after high school.


Can't survive on $7.25

By Maniza Habib | Dec. 8, 2015, 2:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The campaign across the country should be a wakeup call for politicians in this country. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not a harsh demand- it's a simple right.


Why it's more than just #BoycottStarWars

By Zewde Ingram | Nov. 16, 2015, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Outrageous trending hashtags and racist trolls are commonplace on Twitter, but recently an especially problematic topic emerged on the top 10 trending on the social media platform: #BoycottStarWarsVII.


Blair's practice fields don't get the ball rolling

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 12, 2015, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blair's practice fields are large, strangely shaped patches of dirt surrounded by weed-filled grass. Rocks are in almost all of the dirt patches, making the fields seem like a gravel road. When there is a dry stretch, dust is commonly kicked up as players run through.


Hurricane Patricia: deadly, devastating, and not overblown

By Brian Le | Nov. 11, 2015, 4:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the case of Hurricane Patricia, there was no such thing as exaggerating, and we need to stop believing there was. In treating this storm as another example of overhyping, we risk complacency the next time a powerful natural disaster hits.


Testing our lives away

By Randima Herath | Nov. 6, 2015, 1:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Just last week, The Council of the Great City Schools, an organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems, released the first comprehensive survey of testing.


Muslims Misunderstood

By Maniza Habib | Nov. 4, 2015, 1:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and six million in the United States. Despite it's popularity, the American public fears it.


Too much diplomacy

By Eleanor Cook | Oct. 11, 2015, 10:39 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While meeting with Jinping and maintaining relations China are important, the White House's grand reception of the Chinese president was irresponsible and should have been scaled down.


Test optional benefits students and colleges

By Lauren Frost | Oct. 10, 2015, 2:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Instead of measuring the merit of a student based on a single test, schools such as George Washington University, Wake Forest University and Hampshire College have reduced the impact of college entrance exams.


The contradiction that is mandatory volunteer work

By Lauren Frost | Sept. 17, 2015, 1:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Volunteer work implies a service that is done through the goodness of one's heart in order to give back to the community but mandatory turns it into something that must be done--or else.


Boys can play with dolls, too

By Maniza Habib | Sept. 3, 2015, 1:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Organizing products by gender is unnecessary, as gender doesn't dictate a person's interests. Gender is simply a social construct.


The crusade of deceit against Planned Parenthood

By Randima Herath | Aug. 26, 2015, 11:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Massive protests against Planned Parenthood, calling for its defunding, have exploded from the turmoil generated by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a prolife organization founded by David Daleiden.


Back to football: Peterson must let his play do the talking

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Aug. 17, 2015, 3:57 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The media scrutiny that Peterson has endured in the last year has been hectic. His problem is a family issue that should be solved by a mindset change, not a national legal issue.


Call an Uber

By Lauren Frost | Aug. 17, 2015, 3:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

"Call an Uber," is becoming a more commonly-heard phrase in this day and age. People want to be able to get places quickly and directly, and this need has increased the use of Uber and other ride services.

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