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Teaching the wrong thing to high school girls

Teaching the wrong thing to high school girls

Gillian Church, Opinion Editor
June 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The high school dress code serves as a protection between self expression and disruption of students’ best interests, but what happens when problems arise and the protection of students becomes the ridicule of a student body?   The concept of what could be enforced in dress codes was brought u...

Idealism

Marcell Subert, Copy Editor
April 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Idealism has a place in society. Possessing a set of beliefs that can energize oneself and other individuals to foster rapid change can be a very powerful force. However, idealism, especially in the political arena, has its limits. In its most extreme and dogmatic form, it can even be dangerous. I wou...

How Effective Are Online Classes

How Effective Are Online Classes

Neil Gutkin, Opinion Editor
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion

With so much technology at hand, opportunities are emerging for students to learn entirely in an online environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting. Online classes are readily available, and students at Lake Braddock are encouraged to take advantage of them. Oftentimes, students are tempted...

What the Curriculum isn’t Teaching

Jamie Hunstad, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The post high school life is something that every student stresses about. Questions about where to go to college, the logistics of a gap year and the pressure to find a job all weigh heavily on students. But throughout the consideration of all these aspects of post high school life, students still have...

The FCPS Epidemic

Paige Szipszky, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

According to the 2015 FCPS student survey, over a third of all students were under a great stress during the month prior to the survey. “Unrealistic expectations, I think that is the major contributing factor,” said Janice Dalton, assistant principal at Rolling Valley Elementary School in West Springfield,...

A Pointless Protest

Thomas Anderson, Senior Writer
December 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On November 8th, Donald Trump pulled off a political upset of historic proportions. The media had left him for dead, with almost every major news outlet projecting that Hillary Clinton would win by a wide margin. As you probably know, that didn’t happen. Trump won the Electoral College, in turn capturing...

Whitewashing in Hollywood

Soniya Madhavan, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Arts, Opinion

Since the Golden Age of Hollywood, cultural appropriation has been a hallmark of the film industry. In the upcoming movie Dr. Strange, there are lots of issues of “whitewashing.” Whitewashing is when an actor who is white portrays a character who is not of Caucasian descent, such as the Native American...

Feminism is Dead

Gillian Church, Opinion Editor
November 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Less than one third of women in the US would call themselves a feminist. YouGov's latest research shows that most Americans (53%) say that they are not feminists, though just over a quarter (26%) say that they are feminists. Most women will say “yeah I’m for women's rights, but I wouldn’t call...

A Night With Milo

A Night With Milo

Thomas Anderson, Senior Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Battleground USA, News, Opinion, Showcase, Special Features

One of the most well-regarded philosophers of the Enlightenment was Voltaire. An outspoken advocate of free speech, Voltaire uttered the famous lines “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Trailblazers like Voltaire helped bring about free speech ...

The Police Problem

The Police Problem

Daniel Dodson, Senior Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Police are a necessary component to a working society. We need them to provide safety and safeguard our communities. Although you may argue that private citizens could do the same thing, it is just more practical for it to be done by the government. Government police are subjected to more regulations...

A Game of Fortune

A Game of Fortune

Jake Wartel, Opinion Editor
May 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

With a name like A Thief's End  looming over it, Naughty Dog's new game, Uncharted 4 feels destined to fail, likely to fall into a trap of predictability. Director and Writer Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us) takes over from Uncharted series creator Amy Hennig in Uncharted 4, and delivers a fantastic s...

Why Apple isn’t unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

Why Apple isn’t unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

Jake Gold, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief
February 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It’s relatively rare that a public company takes a strong stance on an overtly political issue. That’s why Apple’s direct defiance of a Federal District Court order speaks volumes about the gravity of the implications of the FBI’s demands. For context, the FBI requested that Apple create a ...