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Old school toys not in the story for youth

Old school toys not in the story for youth

December 20, 2011

 High school students are a bit young for nostalgia, but as we approach the holiday season and see how toys are evolving for a new generation of young children, it may be time to take a moment to reminisce about the good old days when toys were just toys, plain and simple. A generation from now, our...

CHS needs to slow down morning routine

CHS needs to slow down morning routine

November 21, 2011

 Between 7 and 7:25 a.m., something strange happens to this normally well-behaved CHS community. A significant portion of CHS parents and students seem to lose all common sense and respect for the law when it comes time to get out of the car and walk into the school building. Parents drop off illegally...

An MCPS Halloween: all tricks, no treats

October 26, 2011

 Halloween has, and always will be, one of the greatest holidays. Children enjoy picking out costumes, teens enjoy socializing with their friends, and adults get to act like kids. But this year, instead of a late night crammed with great partying or trick-or-treating, MCPS students from kindergarten...

Study challenges criticisms of social media

September 27, 2011

It seems that no matter what CHS students have going on—APs, projects, sports, applications, clubs, extracurriculars or jobs—there is always time for Facebook. As technology becomes increasingly convenient, teens are seemingly spending more time chatting on Facebook than interacting in person. Ma...

CHS school spirit reaches all-time low

May 13, 2011

Every year, CHS students are required to go to the fall pep rally. And every year, numerous students seem to be “missing “  from the event, and many of those who actually attend seem eager to leave early. Being in charge of school spirit can be quite a burden at CHS. At the end of this year, social...

Nuclear energy effects dramatized by media

April 11, 2011

In the wake of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, less than half of the American public is in favor of nuclear energy. According to a March 22 CBS News poll, only 43 percent of Americans approve of building new nuclear power facilities, a 14 percent decrease from 2008. While the situation in Japan is...

Zero tolerance policy harms all students

March 21, 2011

Mistakes and second chances are common themes teenagers experience.  As most grow up, they are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from each good or bad choice because the reality is that most depend on mistakes as learning opportunities and use these missteps to discover and grow.  They often seek...

Nutrion guidelines lack vital specifics

March 2, 2011

Red, white and blue: three colors that were once instantly connected to America—three colors that represented the values and culture of the over 300 million people living in this country.  Yet, in 2011, the McDonald’s golden arch, the Supersize Me movie poster and obese, cavity-bearing individuals...

Scans, pat-downs invade travelers’ privacy

December 21, 2010

Four months of school complete and ten days of relaxation in sight—winter break, a much needed vacation time, is the only thing on most students’ minds as the temperatures drop and the holiday decorations loom around every corner.  Many will choose to fly and leave the regular distresses behind...

Texas BOE’s New Textbooks Harm Nation

November 23, 2010

Before most research projects and assignments, teachers often give students meaningful advice about which sources to depend on—Wikipedia: often inaccurate; news articles: watch out for bias; sites found through Google: take extra precaution; textbooks: safe source. The only thing we trust more tha...

College Board has monopoly on education

October 29, 2010

The college admissions process is like one huge whirlwind—everything occurs very quickly and there is not much time to argue or think things through. Most students are advised by their parents, teachers and counselors about what classes to take, what standardized tests to focus on, and what Advanced...

Teen Talks does not amend past wrongs

September 30, 2010

The teenage years are all about learning. They’re a time to take risks, to make decisions, to explore identities and to make mistakes, all as part of a learning and growing experience. When a group of students from the current senior class were caught after hacking into the school’s computer system...

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