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I’m good at math: don’t pressure me to take STEM classes

I’m good at math: don’t pressure me to take STEM classes

By Jenny Lu
June 17, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

In each of the STEM-related classes I have taken, I have noticed a lone girl sitting in the corner looking miserable. It’s not just that she is greatly outnumbered by her male counterparts; she may not have taken that class by choice at all.

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Stop shying away from introversion

Stop shying away from introversion

By Ivy Xun
June 9, 2017
Filed under Blogs

I had difficulty with communication, he said. I was anti-social, he said. I needed ESOL, he said. As a result of what he perceived to be a personality problem, I was told I needed to change. But at five years old, I was just trying to be myself. I hated group discussions, shuddered at the thought of small talk and preferred solidarity over social interaction—a textbook case of introversion.

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Teachers: adjust rubrics to allow more creativity

Teachers: adjust rubrics to allow more creativity

By Maddy Frank
June 7, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

The further I get in my educational career, the more I learn the importance of what I’ve deemed to be the golden rule of school assignments: follow the rubric.

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Cast more minorities as main characters in TV shows

Cast more minorities as main characters in TV shows

By Ella Atsavapranee
June 7, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

It’s not just a perceived or manufactured problem. Statistically speaking, Asian Americans are underrepresented on the small screen: only one percent of leading roles go to Asians, despite Asian Americans making up five percent of the U.S. population, according to a 2015 report by the USC Annenberg School.

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Don’t write off handwriting

Don’t write off handwriting

By Katherine Sylvester
June 5, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

Marvel comics, flannel, the Beatles. Some things, old as they are, never go out of style. But one essential element of humanity that’s remained relevant for thousands of years seems to be slowly dying: handwriting.

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Studying is personal; don’t make review packets mandatory

Studying is personal; don’t make review packets mandatory

By Hannah Feuer
May 21, 2017
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

Every student has their own learning style, and they shouldn’t be forced to conform to a fixed study method. A review packet can act as a valuable optional resource to be used for reference, but mandating that students complete all portions of a review packet for a grade is counterproductive.

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Modern slavery must be acknowledged so it can be stopped

Modern slavery must be acknowledged so it can be stopped

By Sabrina Martin
May 18, 2017
Filed under Blogs

While scrolling through my Facebook feed last month, I encountered several videos of a clean-shaven Ashton Kutcher seated before a row of politicians. Intrigued at seeing the actor in such a serious setting, I watched as Kutcher delivered an impassioned testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about combatting human trafficking with technology.

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The College Board should offer more SAT Subject Test days

The College Board should offer more SAT Subject Test days

By Elisa McCartin
May 8, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Between AP, the SAT, the ACT and a variety of SAT Subject tests, my junior year has been packed with an alphabet soup of standardized tests. While fitting all these tests has made my life difficult, including all these scores has become an important component of college applications.

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Where are the female reporters?

Where are the female reporters?

By Emma Sorkin
April 30, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Women have made incredible strides in their respective communities, ranging from Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign to Becca Longo, the first woman to earn an NCAA football scholarship.

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Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

By Camille Caldera
April 3, 2017
Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Blogs

The first time I wrote a poem was during a free write in sixth grade. I was sitting in Ms. Goldman’s English class, under the windows, in the sun. I don’t remember the poem I wrote, but I do remember how powerful it made me feel.

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Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

By Aiden Lesley
March 9, 2017
Filed under Blogs

For many people, music serves as an outlet, a way to tune out everyday distractions.

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The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

By Camille Caldera
March 7, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Feminism is a movement based on the fundamental equality of the sexes.

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