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Editorial: American gun policy requires basic reform

Editorial: American gun policy requires basic reform

December 1, 2015

In 1984, New York became the first state to require seatbelts for every person riding in a motor vehicle. Over the next decade, every state except New Hampshire passed laws to ensure every adult and child wore seatbelts in cars. Over the same time period, the death rate from automobile accidents decre...

A plea for mercy for marathon bomber

A plea for mercy for marathon bomber

May 29, 2015

On May 15, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received the death penalty. Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan planted the bombs on Boylston Street that killed three and injured hundreds more during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Interviews with Boston residents on major networks showed feelings of relief, justice and retribut...

Editorial: Sensationalism never outweighs integrity

April 17, 2015

The November 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine featured a story called “A Rape on Campus.” The article described the gang rape of a girl at the University of Virginia as part of an initiation ceremony into a fraternity and the school’s apparent failure to properly deal wit...

Editorial: Semi should be enjoyable, not difficult

March 27, 2015

Every year, March rolls around and it all starts again. Junior Semi-formal and Senior Prom proposals, the ubiquitous Facebook group, forms mailed home, stern discussions with parents about alcohol. School dances are supposed to be fun, frivolous events to mark the years spent in high school, but the Junio...

Editorial: Sports discrepancies are unfair

October 30, 2013

If you were to record how each Brookline High School student spent every hour over the course of a week, and then aggregate the data, sports practices and competitions would compose a significant portion of the spread. Sports are a huge component of life here at the high school. The benefits of athletics...

March Editorial: Achievement Gap

March Editorial: Achievement Gap

April 4, 2012

Achievement Gap Learning is not simply understanding and memorizing the content of a textbook. Winston Churchill famously said, “My education was interrupted only by my schooling.” The act of learning material is one important piece of becoming educated. But it is not the only component. An educa...

February Editorial: Performing Arts Department

February Editorial: Performing Arts Department

April 4, 2012

Performing Arts Department The performing arts chemical health policy is a contentious one. The Handbook is read and signed by students and parents every year. It states, “The performing arts department strongly supports the chemical health policy at Brookline High School to provide all students...

January Editorial: Facebook Photos

January Editorial: Facebook Photos

April 4, 2012

Photos depicting students with illegal substances have recently surfaced on social networking websites, such as Facebook. It is time people start being more careful of what they post. Posting a picture of yourself holding a blue can of Bud Light or other alcoholic beverages is pleading guilty to underage...

December Editorial: Overpopulation

December Editorial: Overpopulation

April 4, 2012

Overpopulation The student population in Brookline’s elementary schools is on the rise. This burgeoning enrollment will soon cause problems for the high school. As of now, our population is approximately 1777 students; however, it is expected to jump to 2185 students by the fall of 2017 and to 2370 ...

November Editorial: Guidance Department

November Editorial: Guidance Department

April 4, 2012

Guidance Department Lead Counselor for Guidance Jacqueline Browne will be retiring this December, which will deal a huge blow to the Guidance Department and the student body as a whole. Due to budget cuts, a position that encompasses the administrative tasks of both the Guidance Department and the ...

October Editorial: Pledge of Allegiance and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

October Editorial: Pledge of Allegiance and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

April 4, 2012

Pledge of Allegiance Recently, Brookline has received attention in the national news due to a petition to adjust the Pledge of Allegiance policy within the Brookline Public Schools. While it would be easy to misunderstand the proposal and label it as an anti-patriotic effort to ban the Pledge of Alleg...

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