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Flipping the classroom on its head

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 9, 2015, 12:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

So how do we make sure that students know 100 percent of the foundation of a subject and 100 percent of all the concepts after? By flipping the lecture-test model of schooling on its head.

Shut it down

By Robert Pfefferle | Dec. 11, 2014, 8:05 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Casinos can now be found anywhere from inner cities and beaches to rural farmlands and Native American reservations in 39 different states. But there are plenty of other ways the state could improve education without legalizing gambling.

Shoveling out more snow days

By Brian Le | Dec. 9, 2014, 12:35 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

While this law is a valiant effort in ensuring adequate learning time for students, it ultimately prevents MCPS from using a more effective calendar that does not rely so much on makeup days.

Caring for homeless in the cold

By Zewde Ingram | Dec. 8, 2014, 8:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is important that throughout the nation we ensure that all homeless people are protected from the elements and have a warm place to stay while the polar vortex approaches.

The rise of the religious left

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Dec. 5, 2014, 10:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

With a growing community of religious progressives among young people, we may be about to see the political and religious tide turning back toward a message of economic equality and social tolerance.

Hannah Graham not the only thing that went missing

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 3, 2014, 1:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Now, as the story captures America's audiences, portraying Graham less as a person than as a generic story to gain news coverage, she's also the symbol of a telling gap in the politics of American news media.

Uncivil rights

By Sarah Trunk | Dec. 3, 2014, 1:15 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Civil forfeiture is a law that allows the police to do all of the above, and it needs to be stopped. It is an unfair system that needs serious reformation in order to fulfill its intended purpose and actually help the American people.

A vote for corruption

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Nov. 9, 2014, 9:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If the American people are able to accept knowing less about their political system, the federal government will be able to address pressing issues with more ease.

Don't edit our history

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Nov. 5, 2014, 1:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Since its release last year, the film 12 Years a Slave has been an important part of how the American public views slavery.

Too much negativity on TV

By Harini Salgado | Nov. 4, 2014, 9:57 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While negative ads do serve a purpose in our democracy, voters shouldn't be inundated with them every time they want to tune in to their favorite TV show.

Lighten up on Obama

By Robert Pfefferle | Nov. 4, 2014, 9:40 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Republicans and Democrats alike have grown tired of Obama's indecisive actions on global issues, and are already looking forward to 2017.

The Pink Out's true colors

By James Sleigh | Oct. 30, 2014, 9:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which once again reminds Americans both about the disease and the controversy surrounding the organizations and nonprofits working for a cure.

Attempt at a new playoff system is backfiring

By Sasha Tidwell | Oct. 26, 2014, 2:59 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

With this new system, the odds are completely in favor of the division winners and completely against the wildcard team. But somehow, both wildcard teams have made it to the World Series in the second year of this new system.

The election speculation sensation that's sweeping the nation

By Sarah Trunk | Oct. 24, 2014, 12:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Almost since the last election ended in 2012, poor Hillary Clinton hasn't gotten a break from the press about her possible 2016 presidential campaign.

APUSH to stay true to curriculum

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 22, 2014, 7:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

But the point of school isn't to influence students' beliefs, which countries to support and how patriotic they should be. Teachers need to give the facts.

Rated R for ridiculous

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Oct. 16, 2014, 4:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A new type of ratings system would force the MPAA to shy away from their prudishness and leniency towards violence, which is apparent in their current standards for what defines different movie ratings.

Tableting to the future

By Robert Pfefferle | Oct. 16, 2014, 10:21 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although some disagree, MCPS has the right idea. However, the arrival of the tablets is long overdue and insufficient: MCPS should add tablets to students of every class and grade level.

Darren Wilson likely to escape punishment

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 15, 2014, 7:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The grand jury's delay in the case of Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson speaks volumes about the ineffectiveness of our legal system, especially in certain states.

The impact of Scotland's vote

By Rohan Oprisko | Oct. 14, 2014, 10:25 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Scotland and Catalonia have had the strongest and most developed independence movements of all of the aforementioned movements. Because of this, for other separatists it seemed the time for secession was to come, only to be disappointed by Scotland's vote.

Breaking the stereotype of the ignorant American

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 13, 2014, 8:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is a common stereotype that Americans are ignorant of other cultures and countries. Start typing in Google, "Why are Americans…" and two of the suggestions are "so stupid" and "so ignorant."

Sexism evident in media's handling of Hope Solo

By Zoe Johnson | Oct. 11, 2014, 10:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A closer look at Solo's story raises questions. Not only about whether she should be suspended, and whether U.S. Soccer deserves blame, but about the media's treatment of Solo and Rice respectively. There are a few facts that most journalists, in condemning Solo and the USWNT, have failed to mention.

The NFL's broken suspension policy

By James Sleigh | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Regardless of the National Football League's (NFL) decision earlier this last week regarding Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, it is clear that the League's internal justice system is completely nonsensical.

TI: same since ‘84

By James Sleigh | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Because of the outsized cost of Texas Instruments calculators, school districts should not encourage students to buy TI's brand, and should instead recommend other calculator brands, like Casio.

Nobody is more important than the state

By Jacob Popper | Sept. 22, 2014, 5:18 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham has beheaded several Western journalist hostages in the past few weeks, but while these deaths are horrible and all lives should be valued, it's vital that we don't pay ISIS in exchange for hostages.

Yes means yes bill passed in California

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Sept. 19, 2014, 11:29 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The bill, which is colloquially being called a "yes means yes" law, requires colleges to adopt affirmative consent into their policies about sexual assault.

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