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Editorial: Being bad at school doesn’t mean you aren’t smart

Students often measure their academic ability through standardized and subject-specific test scores; however, this pattern of thought is detrimental for students.

Editorial Staff, Editors

October 22, 2020

When our daily lives revolve around education, one of the most prized traits is "smartness." Getting high grades, doing well on tests, and grasping the material quickly is paramount to being a good student. However, this emphasis on high numbers and rapid understanding can leave many students in the dus...

Opinion: The internet brings us together

Services of different types tap into the decentralized nature of the internet to form communities of like-minded people.

Pavel Turovski, Staff Writer

October 18, 2020

The internet is more than social media. Treat it that way. There’s no question that the internet’s social media apps have redefined how people traditionally connect with the outside world. These apps feed their users precisely what they have chosen to see, rather than the full picture. This has ca...

Editorial: The presidential debate heightened extreme partisanship

Hyper-partisanship is on the rise, further separating the citizens of the U.S, most of which are Democratic or Republican.

Editorial Staff, Editors

October 15, 2020

Chaotic. Child-like. Pain-inducing. Those are just a few of the myriad words one could use to describe the first presidential debate of 2020 on Sept. 29. Behind the bickering were political stances and policies, yet it was increasingly difficult for the audience to grasp those crucial aspects of the debat...

Opinion: The internet is dividing us

While the creators of the internet wanted it to bring people together, it is now the cause of a growing divide in the nation.

Emma O'Connor, Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

There's a reason the U.S. is more divided now than ever before. That reason is the internet.  Popular apps are programmed to keep their users engaged, so they only give you content that you want to see. At first, this may seem like a good thing. Say you enjoy baking; once the algorithm realizes you ...

Editorial: Artists cannot be separated from their work

When an artist creates art, they use their personal views to influence it; this makes it so no one can separate them from their art.

Editorial Staff, Editors

October 5, 2020

It can be frustrating to learn that an influential person in society has become a bad example for others to follow. However, as people are discovering that some of their role models have said or done inexcusable things in the past, the question remains: If the person’s past actions have been deemed u...

Opinion: Carlmont’s Wednesday assignments should be explicitly defined

Assignments on Wednesday often take longer than the schedule allows, stressing students immensely and leading to sloppy work or absences.

Pavel Turovski, Staff Writer

October 3, 2020

A Carlmont student wakes up on Wednesday morning. While she is relieved that Zoom isn't on her schedule today, she grudgingly opens her calendar to reveal an army of little bubbles. As she scrolls through the numerous titles, she feels the weight of each assignment adding to her schedule. She quickly mov...

Editorial: We need to be more aware of the damaging nature of social media

A teenager scrolls through his Instagram feed.

Editorial Staff, Editors

September 30, 2020

 In a society where social media is so prevalent, it's surprising that many are unaware of the mentally devastating impacts it can have on teens. If we wish to fix this, we need to further educate ourselves and bring awareness to these detriments. Ask any adolescent whether or not they have social media, and th...

Opinion: Celebrities shouldn’t be idolized

Elvis' fame overshadows his questionable morals regarding his relationship with a 14-year-old.

Emma O'Connor, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

When I think of Elvis Presley, I think about how he was the King of Rock and Roll, how he broke the 1950s conservative standards of dance, and of course, his signature hairstyle. Little did I know that the same Elvis Presley that people idolize for his music made questionable decisions regarding his relatio...

Opinion: Disregarding Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish is a breach in democracy

The cartoon depicts Trump and Mitch McConnell plotting to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacancy.

Auva Soheili, Staff Writer

September 22, 2020

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." In her final days, these were some of the last words Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wanted the public to know.  Now, only a few days later, her legacy and our rights are all at risk. Senate Majority...

Editorial: Diversity isn’t what queer people should want

Queer coding villains is often used to create fear by playing off unconscious bias.

Editorial Staff, Editors

September 20, 2020

Villains can be some of the most memorable characters in the media that we consume. Done right, they can evoke a blend of fear, anger, and awe from an audience member. But too often, writers and producers rely on tropes that revolve around conditioned responses of disgust, rather than writing a full, co...

Opinion: Closing public recreation areas makes no sense

Parks located in cities serve as designated places for recreational activities, which are crucial to promoting good health, especially during this time.

Pavel Turovski, Staff Writer

September 19, 2020

In today’s modern society, open spaces are available to many at a premium. Especially to those who live in densely populated cities, parks provide one of the few places where one can walk a dog or play with their children after a tumultuous day of work and being cooped up in the house. Despite this, ...

Opinion: Planned Parenthood is more than an abortion clinic

President Donald Trump's letter to pro-choice activists sparks debate about healthcare.

Emma O'Connor, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Calling Planned Parenthood an abortion clinic is like calling Starbucks just a coffee shop.  Sure, Starbucks is a coffee shop, but it’s also a place where people study and sit down to read the newspaper. It’s even a place for parents to grab their kids a quick bite to eat before shuttling th...

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