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Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements
Information distorts public sentiment
November 4, 2020

Twitter's main purposes, according to their website, are to "give everyone the power to create and share ideas" and "not detract from a free and global conversation." Instagram's mission statement claims...

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership
Importance of validity rises as election looms
November 4, 2020

Since social media's rise in the early 2000s, its most powerful tool has been the ability to disseminate information widely and rapidly. Current events that would've taken days, even weeks to reach our...

Religion As More Than a Belief System, A Community

Jason finds comfort in community
October 1, 2020

For me, Judaism is a lot more than just a religion. I don’t believe you have to be a practicing Jew to call yourself Jewish. I see it more as a community and a culture than simply a religion. I think...

Don’t Blame TikTok for Unwanted Content

Don't Blame TikTok for Unwanted Content
For You page promotes content based off user's habits
April 28, 2020

TikTok, a video sharing app released in 2016, has exploded onto the online-scene with over one billion users in March of 2020. But the app has been met with its fair share of flaws and criticisms by users....

Teachers Fight Legacy of Systems that Favor Certain Cultures, Learning Styles

Beth Calderone stands at the whiteboard, teaching a Microeconomics class to juniors and seniors.
History of schooling system is very unicultured
March 9, 2020

Although the achievement gap mainly surrounds students, one important facet is the aspect of the teaching influence. Traditionally, the use of such strategies like straight rowed desks and bells aimed...

Redistricting Helps, Does not Solve the Root of the Gap

Long history, complicated factors of gap make progress difficult
March 9, 2020

Even though the achievement gap may seem like an issue far away, affecting far away people, one of the cities with the largest disparity between low and high performing students is our very own Minneapolis. This...

Redrawing Public School District Lines Creates Equality of Education

Redrawing Public School District Lines Creates Equality of Education
New districts help desegregate
March 9, 2020

A well educated public is essential to the success and prosperity of our communities at home and abroad. However, due to the achievement gap, many students arenít receiving the proper quality of education...

Private Schools Have Less Obvious Gaps, Greater Ability to Address

Private Schools  Have Less Obvious Gaps, Greater Ability to Address
Students reflect on the division they feel
March 9, 2020

Considering Minnesota's notoriously large academic achievement gap, how might that manifest itself in a private school like Blake? Many students in affinity groups at Blake asserted that such a gap exists,...

The Achievement Gap

The Achievement Gap
Defining the achievement gap in Minnesota
March 9, 2020

S imply put, the achievement gap is a difference in the academic success of students. This difference is most commonly viewed in the context of varying socioeconomic statuses or ethnicities of students....

Comedy is Not More Constrained Today

Boundaries shift, not tighten
February 7, 2020

The role of comedy in society has stayed almost exactly the same for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Comedians have always said what couldnít be said by others and transgressed boundaries no one...

Award Season Showcases Divisive Comedy

Award Season Showcases Divisive Comedy
February 7, 2020

Every winter, dedicated Golden Globes viewers tune into this annual award ceremony that takes place at the Beverly Hills Hilton in January. What changes, though, is the host. This year featured Ricky Gervais,...

Jokes Should Not be Politically Correct

Jokes Should Not be Politically Correct
Pop culture keeps comedians from pushing boundaries
February 7, 2020

Comedy is subjective. Just like movies, not everyone is going to like a particular joke. But comedians should not limit their controversial jokes because someone, somewhere, is slightly offended by it....

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