The Observer

Don’t balk at Cathy, just ‘eat more chikin’

Don’t balk at Cathy, just ‘eat more chikin’

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

October 1, 2012

When the "news" came out that Chick-fil-A supported the traditional definition of marriage, dissenting CHS students biting into the restaurant chain’s iconic chicken sandwich found themselves in a dilemma difficult to digest: should they continue to patroniza a business that holds atypical views? ...

Flipped classes would increase achievement

Flipped classes would increase achievement

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

May 25, 2012

At the height of the Information Age, we have at our fingertips what is perhaps humanity’s greatest invention: the Internet. This technology reduces all kinds of human feats, from the rapid spread of ideas to chatting with a friend across the world, to the simplicity of a few keystrokes. It is trul...

Obama’s new policy limits religious freedom

By By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012

Revolutionaries fought for it, founders enumerated it and activists broadened it. Countless soldiers have given their lives to protect it. What is it? It is liberty, and from its conception in the U.S. Constitution, this liberty has been continually amended and expanded to make America the freest nation...

Town hall meeting held at CHS focuses on budget

By By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

December 21, 2011

 MCPS teachers and administrators met with Montgomery County government officials at the CHS Media Center Dec. 6 for a town hall meeting sponsored by the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) to express budget-related concerns.  According to social studies teacher Joan Zuckerman, the Council’s...

Bullying campaign misses real culprit: teasing

By Online Political Columnist, Joe Nolan

September 27, 2011

It’s a new school year at CHS, and aside from the urgent chaos of switching into classes to avoid nefarious teachers, this means another slew of anti-bullying art contests, apparel and awareness videos. Yet, this year seems distinctly different from the previous three, that is, since the anti-bullying...

SSL needs revamping, current procedures tedious

By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

The current process students must undergo to acquire the necessary 75 student service learning (SSL) hours for graduation is complicated, and the policy on acceptable activities is too restrictive.   To obtain SSL hours, students are required to fill out a preapproval form which must be submitted...

Planned Parenthood defunding incites debate: Program lacks support, should not have public funding

By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

March 22, 2011

It is nothing short of irresponsible to pour the American people’s money into a controversial and inefficient organization that performs procedures the public cannot agree on. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, Americans are split right down the middle on the abortion issue, with 46 percent of Americans...

Foreign language dept. changes to inclusive name

By By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

October 4, 2010

The language department changed its name from Foreign Languages to World Languages last spring, reflecting many American schools’ efforts to sound more global by using names that could be more politically correct. "‘Foreign’ makes it sound like something that I can’t learn because I can’t understand it," Spanis...

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