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Category Archive: Columns

Nov 06 2017

HI elimination costs sophomores valuable skills

The Social Studies department decided this year to remove the Historical Investigation, or HI, from the Government curriculum, tampering with hundreds of sophomores’ chances to practice writing a major essay in a more supervised setting. The HI aims to examine and compare varied perspectives on a historical topic the writer chooses. Although typically an essay …

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May 20 2016

Dress code projects unfair bias

Dress codes have changed significantly over the years, depending on the style of the time. According to The Atlantic, many schools in previous decades have banned go-go boots, or tops that reveal the shoulder, and repealed these regulations shortly after they pass out of vogue. The attentive observer will notice one thing these rules have …

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May 20 2016

Adblock harms creators

As an avid user of sites like YouTube and Twitch, ads are a nuisance that I have to deal with constantly. However, plug-ins like Adblock can fix this problem. This clears up the screen for what I’m looking for and not what a company is trying to sell, but Adblock does come with negative effects …

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May 20 2016

SOLs misrepresent knowledge of test takers

The structure of Virginia Standards of Learning exams forces counties to stress state-mandated testing in unhealthy ways. All classes in FCPS are required to partake in these tests at the end of the year until the necessary credits are verified, despite a multitude of valid exceptions. The Virginia Department of Education states that the only …

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