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Don’t Blame TikTok for Unwanted Content

Don't Blame TikTok for Unwanted Content

Will Rosenblum, Opinions Editor

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. Beyond the For You page itself, videos with a phrase such as “like for part two” are incredibly ...

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.

Will Rosenblum, Opinions Editor

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 to produce factory workers during the 19th century. Despite the recent emphasis on critical thinking, ...

Redistricting Helps, Does not Solve the Root of the Gap

Sage Marmet, Creative Director

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 complex, multifaceted issue can be traced back to the post civil war era, where slavery be...

Private Schools Have Less Obvious Gaps, Greater Ability to Address

Private Schools  Have Less Obvious Gaps, Greater Ability to Address

Anna Johns, Staff Writer

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, but perhaps not in a manner that mirrors Minnesota as a whole. When asked about a potential achieve...

Redrawing Public School District Lines Creates Equality of Education

Redrawing Public School District Lines Creates Equality of Education

Nora Fox, Arts & Culture Editor

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 to make this goal a reality, and consequently, are falling behind in school. This inequality in ...

The Achievement Gap

The Achievement Gap

Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita

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. The Minnesota Department of Education found in a survey from 2010 to 2013, the graduation rate of...

Comedy is Not More Constrained Today

Drew Rosenblum, Editor Emeritus

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 else could. This is undoubtedly important: comedians play an integral role in speaking on issues that are t...

Award Season Showcases Divisive Comedy

Award Season Showcases Divisive Comedy

Maggie Seidel, Features Editor

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, a comedian and writer, for his fifth time hosting the Golden Globes.  Prestigious and ta...

Jokes Should Not be Politically Correct

Jokes Should Not be Politically Correct

Sara Richardson, Managing Editor

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. After the Golden Globes, the host, Ricky Gervais, was condemned for his controversial, not politically...

Political Correctness and Cancel Culture Complicate Comedy

Tyler Holmes, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2020

Political correctness is a term that has taken on many different perspectives over the years. The core meaning of being ìpolitically correctî is to speak, write, or express oneís ideas in a way that doesnít disparage any members or groups in society or exclude anyone from a narrative. Political correctnes...

What is Impeachment All About?

What is Impeachment All About?

Daniel Lesov, Online Editor

December 9, 2019

As the impeachment inquiries against President Trump continue, perspectives this month is looking at impeachment and whether or not it is the correct decision for the many players in politics and the larger nation as a whole. Most importantly, impeachment is not the removal of a president from office but ...

Failure to Ease Asylum Policies Worsens Illegal Border Crossings

Failure to Ease Asylum Policies Worsens Illegal Border Crossings

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 8, 2019

In the past 10 years, the number of people seeking asylum in the United States has skyrocketed— from 5,000 people in 2008 to more than 97,000 in 2018, a 2000% increase according to Time. Deteriorating conditions in many countries around the world has led to this dramatic increase. With deteriorating co...

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