There is No Consent Under Arrest

by Ayana Antoine ’20 and Brynn Smith ’19 The discussion regarding sexual misconduct has been the foundation for movements like Me Too and Times Up, which aim to not only show the trauma of sexual assault, but to end the systemic sexual harassment in all industries. These movements publicize rape culture and how prominent it is in just about every public sphere … Read More

MCPS Data Highlights Success of Sherwood

Do you think, broadly speaking, that your school is a “good” one? That’s probably a tough question to answer. Obviously, a good school is one where students succeed academically. But measuring academic success is often difficult and subjective. Should schools use GPAs, which can be inflated artificially? Should schools use graduates’ college placement, which often depend as much on their … Read More

Wikipedia Is a Credible Source

by Noah Corman ’18  There have been countless times where the databases or links that come with an assignment simply do not provide enough information. Although prohibited by most teachers, Wikipedia really is a credible source. The school has excellent databases, but sometimes nothing compares to Wikipedia. On controversial issues, it does have its downsides because opinionated people constantly change … Read More

Young Americans Will Pay Later For Shortsighted GOP Tax Bill

by Josh Averbach ’18 Congressional Republicans are bad at public policy. Really bad. In December, Republicans celebrated their first real legislative “achievement” by passing a long-anticipated tax-overhaul law. But this achievement comes with a caveat: the law stinks. After promising a middle-class tax cut, Republicans did relatively little for the average American’s checkbook while greatly helping the super-rich. According to … Read More

College Admissions Put Too Much Pressure To Do Extracurriculars

by Hena Hussain ‘20 Many students at Sherwood are involved in some sort of extracurricular activity, from honor societies to community service organizations. While seemingly providing students with ways to expand on their interests and hobbies, extracurriculars can end up being treated as simply another step in the college application process by many high schoolers. Colleges look for students with … Read More

Respect Foreign Cultures When Traveling Abroad

by Russell Irons ’19 Recently, American tourists have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Social media star Logan Paul went to Japan, and recorded himself harassing locals. In Thailand, two Americans took ‘butt selfies’ with an ancient and sacred site. The issue of some Americans disregarding foreign culture and customs reflects poorly on the reputation of the … Read More

Maryland Protects Their Survivors

by Danielle Katz ’18 The Maryland Senate voted unanimously to end parental rights of rapists over children conceived through rape on January 30. Crafted as an emergency bill, the law would be effective immediately once passed. Though this may be an expectation of justice that a person may hope should be a given, it is reassuring to know that the … Read More

Superficial Schedule Changes Are Unnecessary

by Anika Mittu ’19 With the start of second semester, the counseling department witnesses a spike in students who seek schedule changes due to errors, such as missing a class period. While scheduling concerns based on error remain valid, some individuals seek to simply change teachers for their own benefit. By asking counselors for a schedule change due to disliking … Read More

Pro V. Con: Standardized Testing

Pro: No More Bashing On Standardized Testing by Leah Peloff ‘18 The words “standardized testing” are a trigger for many people and almost always follow with some comment on how all minds are different and there is no standard for one’s intelligence. Although this is definitely true in some regards, it is an unfortunate oversimplification. According to the Glossary of … Read More

Before Taking a Political Stance, Do Your Research

by Lois Shin ’20 After the 2016 election, politics has become a highly televised and popular subject of conversation on TV and social media as more students have become more aware of the current political scene. Due to the increasing presence of politics in the media, the number of students familiar with President Trump’s administration has increased; however, many of … Read More