The Black & White

MCPS: hire traffic controllers to ensure parking lot safety

MCPS: hire traffic controllers to ensure parking lot safety

By Maddy Frank

March 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In order to increase student safety and manage some of the chaos in the parking lot, MCPS should increase their budget for security officers, allowing high schools to add security officers who can direct traffic within the lot. The schools need someone who can control cars in the morning and afternoon to reduce the risk of accidents.

End conversion therapy for minors in Maryland

End conversion therapy for minors in Maryland

By Anna Koretsky

March 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity based on the premise that being LGBTQ+ is a mental disorder. Maryland delegates introduced new legislation on Feb. 5 that would prohibit conversion therapy for minors, according to a report by the General Assembly of Maryland. Maryland should pass this proposed legislation to combat the harmful and stigmatizing effects—and, frankly, the absurdity—of conversion therapy.

MCPS: Allow access to personal email accounts

MCPS: Allow access to personal email accounts

By Ella Atsavapranee

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

MCPS should allow students to access their personal email accounts on the Chromebooks. Access to one’s personal account at school is necessary for educational purposes and ensures students’ online privacy.

Why we should pivot from tests to projects

Why we should pivot from tests to projects

By Katherine Sylvester

January 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We shouldn’t bring back final exams, but reviewing the year’s material is crucial for retaining knowledge. As a result, in the week where final exams used to reside, Whitman should have a “project week” in classes that used to have final exams. Having this week would ensure students retain knowledge and give teachers extra time to grade.

Pro-Con: Continue mandatory student community service policy

Pro-Con: Continue mandatory student community service policy

By Jenny Lu and Ella Atsavapranee

January 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Currently, Montgomery County Public Schools requires 75 SSL hours as a graduation requirement for all students. The Black & White looked at the benefits and harms of the mandatory hours. 

I’m liberal, and I watched Fox News for a week

I’m liberal, and I watched Fox News for a week

By Hannah Feuer

January 22, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

For one week, I held off on my trusted news sources in favor of watching Fox News, including Hannity, The Five, Fox & Friends and Special Report. I tried my best to go in with an open mind.

MD Education Department: grant schedule waiver, reinstate teacher professional days

MD Education Department: grant schedule waiver, reinstate teacher professional days

By Zoe Kaufmann

January 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Professional days, which students have off and teachers use to plan classes and grade assignments, are vital to the quality of teaching and students’ education. The Maryland Department of Education should grant MCPS a waiver to begin the school year before Labor Day, which would allow MCPS to reinstate a number of crucial professional days.

Involuntary volunteering: SSL shouldn’t be required

Involuntary volunteering: SSL shouldn’t be required

By Ella Atsavapranee

January 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

MCPS justifies mandatory SSL on the basis that it provides students with the “knowledge, skills, attitudes, and career exploration opportunities that lead to effective citizenship in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world,” according to their website.

Bethesda expansion brings vitality to community

By Maddy Frank

January 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Bethesda’s changes are controversial—many long-time and some young residents wish Bethesda was still the small, quiet suburban town it once was. All things considered, though, the expansion has brought more vibrancy to Bethesda and stimulated its economy. This growth should be applauded and encouraged.

MPSSAA: make playoffs fairer, reform seeding system

MPSSAA: make playoffs fairer, reform seeding system

By Eric Neugeboren

December 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association should seed all playoff teams based on overall record, eliminating sections and regions, to ensure that teams with the best winning percentages can have a fair opportunity to advance in the playoffs.

Mental illness: the conversations we need to have

Mental illness: the conversations we need to have

By Tiger Bjӧrnlund and Amy Nankin

December 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It starts with how we think about mental health. Even with assemblies, posters, articles and other measures, the stigma remains. Mental illness is exactly that: an illness. It’s not something to be embarrassed about and those affected can’t just “snap out of it.”

Obama-era campus sexual assault guidelines shouldn’t be discarded

Obama-era campus sexual assault guidelines shouldn’t be discarded

By Ella Atsavapranee

November 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Obama-era guidelines shouldn’t be discarded—without the policy in place, colleges won’t properly conduct their investigations and students are less likely to report misconduct.