They’re Just Resources, Right ?

by Jamie Langbein ‘13   After a hard day at school, many students get home and indulge in a little personal time; which often involves turning on computers and laptops. To them, it is a source of entertainment and a way to catch up on what is going on in the world. To others, however, these internet hotspots are invitations … Read More

Hey, Can I Copy the Homework?

by Allie Strosnider ‘12     Every teacher assigns work to be graded for completion, and this category of assignments can count for as much as 10 percent of the grade in a class. Some students, however, do not take work for completion seriously and view it as an invitation to copy. According to math resource teacher Debbie Hiltner, work … Read More

Cutting Corners To Learn

by Vicky Florian ‘14 Foreign language teachers see the use of online translators as cutting corners, leading to insufficient comprehension of the language. Students, on the other hand, see translators as a modern form of the dictionary, but a more convenient alternative. The question remains, whether there is any common ground between these two views. Teachers are not entirely opposed … Read More

Free Speech in School

Can Students Use Symbolic Speech to Protest in School? Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969 Background:  Students chose to wear black arm bands to school as a form of protest to the Vietnam War.  The three were suspended until they agreed to comply with a school policy that banned the wearing of armbands in school.    Ruling:  The court ruled in favor … Read More

Free Speech Questions

Should class officers be able to put controversial slogans on class T-shirts as long as they are not offensive or obscene? Yes: 79% No: 21% Even if the slogans on the shirt are not obscene or deliberately offensive they can be limited if the administration believes that the saying could cause disruptions in classes. Should a school play be permitted … Read More

Teachers Tread Carefully Voicing Opinions

by Diana McDermott ’13 Teachers have their own political opinions just as most people also do, but educators are in a unique position of molding young minds. Therefore, teachers are tasked with a tricky balancing act of getting students to think about the world around them while not telling students what they specifically should believe. Accordingly, MCPS policy states that, … Read More

MCPS Explores Limiting Teachers’ Social Networking

by Kendall Proctor ’11 The MCPS User Responsibilities for Computer Systems, Electronic Information, and Network Security regulation is a nine-page document explaining the elements of computer security for teachers and students. Noncompliance with this regulation will result in disciplinary actions for employees that may include a conference, warning, letter of reprimand, loss of privileges, suspension without pay, demotion, dismissal, restitution … Read More

Tweeting Away the Generation Barrier

Since its debut in July 2006, the website Twitter has gained popularity worldwide and is estimated to have over 190 million users, generating 65 million tweets and handling more than 800,000 search queries per day.

Amazon Kindle Tops All E-Readers

But today’s youth has been classified as a generation of technology and e-readers are intended to convert old-fashioned books to electronic, portable and attractive devices. As the technology continues to improve and get flashier, e-readers such as the Kindle and the iPad are overcoming teenagers’ suspect reading habits.

Droid Proves to be Smarter than the Rest

Amongst the many smart phones available from each wireless carrier, the iPhone, BlackBerry and Droid stand out in the crowd. But to find out which smart phone of the three leaders in the market truly is the best, we turned to students with smart phones to be the judges