The Black and White

Why I took a break from social media

Why I took a break from social media

By Aditi Gujaran

April 7, 2019

On New Year’s Eve of sixth grade, I decided to put my new Instagram account to use: @xoxosoccerluver2002. With steady hands and dim lighting, I posted a pixelated photo of my giant Albert Einstein poster. The grain made his hair look like a palm tree fresh off of Florida’s finest beach. I didn’t care. ...

Parents: teach girls to get angry

Parents: teach girls to get angry

By Meera Dahiya

April 6, 2019

Most parents teach their daughters the same values: be polite, kind and patient. But I wasn’t raised that way. My parents encouraged me to be demanding and to get angry. More importantly, they taught me the right way to channel these emotions. For girls, anger is often dismissed as catty behavior, bossiness...

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

By David Villani

April 4, 2019

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...

The kazoo: more than a mediocre plastic instrument

The kazoo: more than a mediocre plastic instrument

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 26, 2019

A few weeks ago, I’d succumbed to typing an article pitch about digitizing report cards. After nearly boring myself to tears, I glanced up from my keyboard and saw a Secret Santa gift—an eight pack of kazoos from Rite Aid—that I’d received in December. It sat on my desk, dusty and neglected, p...

Socrates didn’t die for this

Socrates didn’t die for this

By Will Brown

March 25, 2019

Seeing it on the calendar inspires dread from students; its predictable use by teachers is only matched by the inevitable awkward silences it produces. The Socratic seminar—which at Whitman generally refers to a method of class discussions where students share ideas about a reading or topic—is u...

Pivot away from multiple-choice testing

Pivot away from multiple-choice testing

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 23, 2019

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...

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

By Joseph Ferrari

March 22, 2019

“Listen, I might not have the words to ‘Vive l'Amour’ down straight, but I know damn well what I’m about to say to you today,” a Whitman senior said to the reception of rousing applause and laughter. A chorus of 50 boys wearing black suits and Carolina blue ties listened giddily as the sen...

Why I didn’t quit my sport when it got tough—and why you shouldn’t either

Why I didn’t quit my sport when it got tough—and why you shouldn’t either

By Ally Navarrete

March 21, 2019

I used to repeatedly go through the school day only able to think about how much I didn’t want to go to afternoon swim practice. Every Saturday night I would go to bed with a pit in my stomach, thinking about my three-hour practice the next morning. My sport, which was supposed to be something I enjo...

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible

By Jack Middleton

March 17, 2019

Just like any other school day, I brushed my teeth, showered, reluctantly got dressed and sluggishly trudged downstairs. But instead of stumbling straight out the door as usual, I spent the next 15 minutes sitting on my couch doing nothing. I pulled out my phone to check the time: not even 5:00 a.m. ...

Charging the Damascus defendants as adults is a mistake

Charging the Damascus defendants as adults is a mistake

By David Villani

March 13, 2019

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

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...

Embrace the effort, not the outcome

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 12, 2019

A few weeks ago, I got myself into a pickle. I had a math test coming up, and like any self-proclaimed optimist, I visualized myself finally—finally!—getting that A. I searched tirelessly for silver linings and found some false hope in the fact that I had gotten a whopping three out of six answers right on our...