The Black & White

CON: Skip the extra work, combat grade inflation

By Will Brown

April 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion

When first semester came to an end a few weeks ago, so did many students' desperate quests for one crucial move: grade bumps. Whether it was frantically turning in several assignments as a Hail Mary to change the Zs in gradebook, cramming harder than ever for the last test of the quarter or pleading...

PRO: Extra help for extra students—allow extra credit

By David Villani

April 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been there. The quarter with fresh hope, but now, as the quarter ends, your myMCPS grades look more rainbow than green. Maybe you missed a test because of the flu, or perhaps you were stuck doing a group project on your own. The result is the same; you find yourself with a grade that does...

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

By David Villani

April 4, 2019


Filed under Media, National, News, Opinion, Showcase, Videos

My opinion: why criticisms of Israel aren't anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has had an eventful first term in Congress. Since her election, the freshman congresswoman has been under near-constant attack for anti-Semitism. After her comments last month questioning the political influence that forces people to side with a foreign country—meaning Israel—critics have accused h...

Pivot away from multiple-choice testing

Pivot away from multiple-choice testing

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When in doubt, pick C. Wait, maybe B? It couldn’t be A. It’s never A. Or is it? Whitman administers multiple choice tests with a heavy hand—many, if not most, unit tests and quizzes follow this format. But this method of testing stifles creativity and discourages divergent thinking. When us...

Charging the Damascus defendants as adults is a mistake

Charging the Damascus defendants as adults is a mistake

By David Villani

March 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Warning: this article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault. Last November, five junior varsity football players from Damascus High School allegedly raped younger teammates in what the media and the school district have called a hazing incident. Court documents charge that the five 15-ye...

Don’t let an unexcused absence stop you from making your voice heard

Don’t let an unexcused absence stop you from making your voice heard

By Staff Editorial

March 13, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

Tomorrow, students across MCPS will walk out of classes to demonstrate their support for stronger gun control legislation. The walkout continues a movement invigorated by an upswell of activism, especially from teenagers, after the Parkland shooting last year. MoCo Students for Change, a local student a...

“Fast fashion” comes at a high cost

“Fast fashion” comes at a high cost

By Katherine Sylvester and Ella Atsavapranee

March 5, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Today, it’s not difficult to find inexpensive, trendy clothing online or at any retail store. At Forever 21, a cotton tank top costs only $2.90, a cardigan costs $6.00 and a pair of skinny jeans costs $12.90. How else could a high school student afford to dress for the theme of the latest school even...

MCPS: require biology classes to teach bioethics

MCPS: require biology classes to teach bioethics

By Max London

March 4, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui claimed he created two twin girls with modified genes that made them resistant to HIV. While the scientific world is still struggling to respond to the news, the public has—for the most part—been left out of the debate. Bioethics—the study of the ethical issues ...

MCPS: Make personal finance a graduation requirement

MCPS: Make personal finance a graduation requirement

By Katherine Slyvester and Ella Atsavapranee

February 5, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Many students will take math classes as challenging as Calculus by the end of high school, but almost all students forget one of the most practical applications of math: finance. Financial responsibility is crucial for economic success in life, and it’s growing more and more complicated every da...

MCPS: Unblock our personal email accounts on Chromebooks

MCPS: Unblock our personal email accounts on Chromebooks

By Editorial Board

February 2, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

During the first few weeks of November, students noticed an inconvenient phenomenon: while it had been difficult to access personal Google accounts on Chromebooks in the past, it became completely impossible overnight. While MCPS accounts are useful for purely academic purposes, most students use per...

Stop distributing textbooks: A textbook case of wasting resources

Stop distributing textbooks: A textbook case of wasting resources

By Emma Iturregui

January 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Rewind to the beginning of the year: it’s time for teachers to pass out textbooks, and we all know the routine. Teacher after teacher hands out a ridiculously heavy book to lug around all day, and when you get home you either stack the books together in a drawer or drop them somewhere random in your h...

Elementary school students should learn local history

Elementary school students should learn local history

By Dana Herrnstadt

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion

From a young age, we learn about the California Gold Rush, the Declaration of Independence and the Abolitionist Movement. We study Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the Louisiana Purchase, but the history of our own county has mostly escaped the classroom. Learning about local history connects students...