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Socially Distanced Classrooms Miss the Mark

A first look at what socially distanced classrooms could look like. Photo courtesy of FCPS.

Dominic LaNave, Copy Editor

May 27, 2020

This story was last updated on May 28. On Monday, May 18, Fairfax County Public Schools released a 47-page document titled “Returning to School: Options and Considerations for Summer and Fall 2020.” The document covers aspects spanning from Graduation plans to summer learning opportunities. Most not...

Why Both Sides Lost the Kavanaugh Confrontation

Sean Evans, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on October 7, 2018, in the White House. The circumstances regarding his confirmation were controversial to say the least. He was accused of sexual assault and harassment by a multitude of women including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Then, 65 women who...

Political Ads and Subtle Psychology

Sean Evans, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

In the months leading up to any sort of election, whether it be midterm or presidential, the average American citizen is bombarded with political ads that are no more than thinly veiled acts of deception. These ads use different music or imagery based on what they wish to convey. For example, an ad s...

Teaching the wrong thing to high school girls

Teaching the wrong thing to high school girls

Gillian Church, Opinion Editor

June 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos (left) poses with Bear Facts reporter Thomas Anderson during a speech at George Mason University.

Thomas Anderson, Senior Writer

November 11, 2016

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 ...