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Editorial: Miscategorization obscures the benefits of certain drugs

Editorial: Miscategorization obscures the benefits of certain drugs

Rachel Vin, Opinions Editor

June 9, 2018


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How many of your peers are on psychiatric drugs? Ritalin, Prozac, Ativan: there are many different drugs, and far more adolescents taking them. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 7.5 percent of youth were on psychostimulant medication as of 2014, and those numbers are rising...

Stricter gun control laws are necessary for students safety

Stricter gun control laws are necessary for students safety

Sarah Hughes, Opinions Writing Editor

March 20, 2018


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Following the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the national debate over gun control and school safety was again ignited. We as students currently feel fearful for our lives and for the lives of our peers. As a newspaper run by concerned studen...

School community unable to accept political disagreement

School community unable to accept political disagreement

Rachel Vin, Opinions Writing Editor

January 30, 2018


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With event titles like “Day of Dialogue” and “Courageous Conversations,” it is clear that our school culture aims to create open discourse. We boast a politically and socially conscious student body, and often magnify how well our community hosts spaces for difficult discussions. This is undoubtedly...

Free trade deals aid economy but hurt vulnerable individuals

Free trade deals aid economy but hurt vulnerable individuals

Paul Miller-Schmidt, Opinions writing editor

April 12, 2017


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Long revered as an emblem of global connectivity and beneficial to world peace, free trade has recently come under fire from all segments of the American political spectrum. President Donald J. Trump was hard on trade during his campaign, claiming that he would be the one to tear down the entrenched...

Balanced media consumption can bridge ideological divide

Balanced media consumption can bridge ideological divide

Paul Miller-Schmidt, Opinions Writing Editor

March 8, 2017


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      The United States has always been divided. Whether between rich and poor, White and people of color, Republican or Democrat, the U.S. has consistently partitioned itself into conflicting factions. As of late, the divide between Republican and Democrat (and more specifically those who support ...

Ballot question two supports corruption in charter schools

Ballot question two supports corruption in charter schools

Paul Miller-Schmidt, Opinions Editor, Writing

November 30, 2016


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In 1988, Albert Shanker, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, gave a speech pitching his idea of a charter school: a publicly funded school under a charter from the government with fewer rules and restrictions than traditional schools. Shanker believed these schools could be used to ...

Mainstream and SWS must strive for harmonious relationship

Mainstream and SWS must strive for harmonious relationship

Paul Miller-Schmidt and Jillian Goldstein

October 18, 2016


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School Within a School (SWS) is a program that gives students the opportunity to take classes based on a democratic pedagogy. The students in this small community take two classes with only other SWS members and participate in weekly Town Meetings, but are otherwise integrated into mainstream classes, sports...

Burden of anti-racism lies with students

Burden of anti-racism lies with students

May 3, 2016


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Rather than solely condemning the administration, blame yourself. Blame the students of Brookline. Your job is to make sure people know that this behavior is unacceptable.

Editorial: Conservative students deserve a voice

Editorial: Conservative students deserve a voice

March 29, 2016


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The same way the hateful language that often permeates national discussions hurts all of America, entrenched liberal intolerance at the high school hinders the learning of all students.

Editorial: New suspension policy prioritizes learning

Editorial: New suspension policy prioritizes learning

The Sagamore

January 21, 2016


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Serving out a suspension in school, as the law requires for suspensions of 10 days or fewer, holds students accountable for their misbehavior and minimizes the long-term detrimental effects of these punishments.

Editorial: American gun policy requires basic reform

Editorial: American gun policy requires basic reform

December 1, 2015


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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...

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