The Black & White

Students deserve mental health screenings

Students deserve mental health screenings

By Editorial Board

February 9, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

In first and eighth grade, students undergo mandatory hearing and vision screenings; public schools often take action to ensure students’ physical health. Mental health, however, is rarely addressed.

Tampons are necessities: tax them that way

Tampons are necessities: tax them that way

By Elisa McCartin and Natachi Onwuamaegbu

January 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Tampons or food. Every month, some women in Ohio’s 35th district are forced to make the choice between feeding their families or taking care of themselves because of unfair taxes applied to feminine products.

Secretary of Education, not business

Secretary of Education, not business

By Emma Sorkin

December 17, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In Bethesda it can be easy to take school’s abundance of resources and funding for granted. But with President-elect Trump’s current appointee for Secretary of Education, all public schools need to consider the possible consequences. Read More »...

MCPS: adopt teacher union’s start time plan

MCPS: adopt teacher union’s start time plan

By Tiger Bjornlund

December 2, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Nearly half of all adolescents in the U.S. get inadequate sleep, according to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation. Two factors contribute to this problem: teenagers stay up too late and their schools start too early. Read More »...

It’s time to immerse more students into language classes

It’s time to immerse more students into language classes

By Tiger Bjornlund

November 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

More than 27,000 MCPS students take a foreign language in high school; however, only about 1,500 reach the AP level in languages and become fluent without attending a supplementary program. The best way to fix this fluency deficit is to implement immersion programs. Read More »...

Give schools power over heating and cooling systems

Give schools power over heating and cooling systems

By Elisa McCartin

October 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Last week, the high outside was 80 degrees. Yet, heat for all MCPS schools still turned on last Friday, according to the MCPS Department of Facilities Management. Read More »...

The MCPS rights and responsibilities packet is a waste

The MCPS rights and responsibilities packet is a waste

By Tiger Björnlund

October 5, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Most students view the MCPS Rights and Responsibilities Guide simply as material for paper airplanes or spitballs. Unfortunately, they’re right: the guide—which is inevitably recycled by nearly everyone after they get it in homeroom on the first day of school—has become a monumental waste of paper,...

Non-citizen veterans should be protected from deportation

Non-citizen veterans should be protected from deportation

By Camille Caldera

October 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

There is a sign near the top of the U.S.-Mexican fence, written in shaky handwriting: “Deported Vet Kosovo 1999. I was deployed to defend the Constitution of the United States. I witnessed the killing of the people of—” Here, the sign was too weathered to make out, but the message remains clear:...

Save me from Shakespeare: should we have to memorize it?

Save me from Shakespeare: should we have to memorize it?

By Rachel Friedman

June 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Pro The dreaded time of year when your English teacher hands out a thick book full of confusing plot lines and incoherent text is upon us. English teachers, who have not been too terrible thus far, suddenly turn demonic when they make you read a play, memorize lines and then perform it. As som...

Give Elsa a girlfriend

Give Elsa a girlfriend

By Elisa McCartin

June 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Aladdin, Disney’s first non-white character was introduced in 1992, almost 50 years after America first met a Disney princess. Disney continued to incorporate multiethnic princesses, as Pocahontas came in 1995, followed by Mulan in 2004 and Tiana in 2009. Read More »...

My hair

My hair

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu

June 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion

“I love your hair!” Read More »...