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Only a fool would extend school

By Eric Feigen Arthi Thyagarajan | May 2, 2018, 7:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Extending school would cause public blowback, monetary problems and learning ineffectiveness


A night to remember

By Mahnaz Habib Madeleine Tilley | April 19, 2018, 2:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Remembering that Asia is more than two countries


My teachers can barely use Canvas. Why on earth would we give them guns?

By Sneha Ojha | April 13, 2018, 1:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A look into whether teachers should be armed


Football, Friends, Family

By | April 11, 2018, 2:22 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The media has become a revolutionizing force, both in shaping the railways of communication and our everyday lives. But perhaps, it is time to take a step back and reflect on how it has impacted our perception of reality. Yes, and there is no better field to explore this topic than that of youth tackle football, an issue that, regrettably, has been assailed by the media as a detriment to the future of America.


Anyone can earn it

By Oreet Zimand | March 12, 2018, 1:09 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

They hang off bulletin boards, sit on shelves or are worn with pride on the front of a jacket. Varsity letters are a symbol of athletic prowess, marking the idea that a student's hard work and achievement has earned them a right to represent their school.


A shameful legacy

By Oreet Zimand | Feb. 15, 2018, 1:17 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Legacy advantage is a practice used in the college admissions process which gives a boost to the applications of students who are related to alumni of that college or university. It is often claimed by admissions officers that legacy is only taken into consideration when choosing between two equally qualified candidates, as it says on Harvard's admissions website, "Among a group of similarly distinguished applicants, the daughters and sons of Harvard College alumni/ae may receive an additional look."


Blackout means time's up

By Mahnaz Habib Nene Narh-Mensah | Feb. 7, 2018, 8:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Sunday Jan. 7, 19 million people turned the TV on to watch the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. This year, the awards show did more than just announce the winners of "Best Supporting Actress" or "Best Motion Picture." Many viewers may have noticed a common wardrobe color among many the movie stars: black.


Chromebooks should be used to their fullest potential

By Rebecca Wessel | Feb. 6, 2018, 9:03 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

As technology becomes a more essential part of our education and lives, certain security precautions taken by MCPS have begun to limit the range of what students can accomplish with the free technology they are provided at school.


Cold days do not mean global warming is a hoax

By Emma Markus | Feb. 1, 2018, 9:11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming…" President Trump tweeted on Dec. 28. Trump's mockery of people who believe that climate change is real is based on the false assumption that one can make generalizations about the climate based on the weather of a few days.


Students' lack of language learning

By Eric Feigen | Jan. 12, 2018, 2:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For some students, four years of hard work in a language program at Blair can result in a deep and holistic understanding of a foreign language. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.


Resist the violence, end the silence

By Mahnaz Habib | Dec. 19, 2017, 3:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Nur Jahan, age 85, fled Kuinnyapara village in Myanmar and was forced to find refuge in Bangladesh after witnessing several violent attacks on her village from the Myanmar army. Her son, Abdullah, was killed by the soldiers at age 28. She has seven other children but is unaware of their whereabouts.


The open internet keeps more doors open

By Rebecca Wessel | Dec. 10, 2017, 2:22 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The fast lane and the slow lane; Netflix versus Hulu; ordering takeout Pizza; modern air travel. All of these have been used as analogies to describe the complex topic of net neutrality, or the open internet. Net Neutrality encompasses a large number of issues such as internet speed, prioritization of some companies over others due to business agreement and ownership and a bundled one-fee plan in comparison to paying for each type of internet content separately.


(Dis)Honor Societies

By Tiara Oldfield | Dec. 5, 2017, 1:06 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization that recognizes students for their academic achievements, dedication to community service and excellence in leadership and character. Blair and the other 13,000 chapters are supposed to help students develop each of these qualities. However, students largely apply for the boost it gives their resumes, not because they care about growing as a person.


Classes on race will help build bridges

By Oreet Zimand | Nov. 30, 2017, 8:58 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Our laws illustrate our priorities. From the widest pillars of American democracy to the rules that are made for conduct inside a house, each statute gives information on our beliefs. The right to freedom of speech, for example, states that we believe a democracy can only function when people speak their minds. On the other end of the scale, the fact that you're not allowed to put your shoes on the couch says that your mom cares about keeping her furniture clean.


Victim blaming is the new normal

By Mahnaz Habib | Nov. 29, 2017, 9:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In a country built around the construct of race as a system of power and oppression, victim blaming is just another form of discrimination that people of color face.


#MeToo unites women all over America

By Arthi Thyagarajan | Nov. 29, 2017, 9 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Me too. These two simple words have been repeated on Twitter hundreds of times in the past month, to stand up for women who have been sexual assaulted or harassed in the past. The "Me too" movement has shown how social media can empower women, as it has allowed more and more women to realize that they're not alone.


Multi-sport athletes are coming out on top

By Ryan Handel | Nov. 27, 2017, 2:06 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A growing sentiment among young athletes is that specialization in one sport is the most efficient way to achieve elite status in that sport, and beat out fellow athletes for a spot on a college roster.


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 »


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.


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.

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