The Spectrum

The battle of reproductive rights in the United States has become politicized and increasingly polarized

Reproductive Rights Battle Lingers

Pro-life versus pro-choice arguments distract from root causes of higher abortion rates
Betsy Fries, Photography Editor December 7, 2020

There is no doubt in my mind that reproductive rights have been under attack for decades. It saddens me that this controversial subject has become as fueled by politics as it is today, and has...

Politics Create Uncertain Supreme Court Future, Usher Potential Changes

Politicians debate new restrictions, landmark cases
Will Rosenblum, Multi-Media Editor November 5, 2020

As the third branch of government in the United States, the Supreme Court has held tremendous power for most of the countryís history. Originally, the judicial branch was by far the weakest sector of...

Answering Student, Faculty Questions about State of Supreme Court

Noor Naseer and Sara Richardson November 5, 2020

“WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT?”  - CJ Jones Eckhardt The Supreme Court is made up of nine members: one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. Because of the Certiorari Act of 1925,...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy has been oversimplified, erasing her nuances

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy

RBG touted as liberal icon, feminist symbol, bipartisan leader
Nora Fox, Features Editor November 5, 2020

According to Social Studies Chair Beth Calderone, "In modern American history, there is no greater champion of women's rights" than late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While serving on the...

Teachers Create a Politically Safe Space

Teachers Create a Politically Safe Space

Students are opening up to other opinions in the classroom
Noor Naseer, Sports Editor February 7, 2020

Talking about politics can be awkward and tense, but the combination of excited students and diligent teachers creates political safe spaces. Social studies teacher David Graham shares how he broaches...

Amanda Ward '21 and Nora Cornell '21 campaign for Elizabeth Warren.

Students Learn from Iowa

Students have different experience campaigning for politicians
Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita February 7, 2020

A contingent of 67 students from all four grades along with 13 teacher chaperones returned from Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, February 4. The group spent the three days prior canvassing, meeting, and rallying...

The 2019 caucus that Blake student will attend is in Iowa. Pictured above is the Capital building in Iowa.

Students Engage in Upcoming Election, Campaigns

Age doesn’t hinder political involvement
Ale Perri, Contributing Writer October 14, 2019

Regardless of how students get involved in the election, they see importance in being knowledgeable about politics. Rosa Gerdts ‘20 states, “The outcome of politics to- day truly does affect...

Activists approach the Capitol.

Students Take Action Against Climate Change

Anna Johns, Staff Writer October 14, 2019

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean” Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist whose unrelenting passion has brought her to the...

The value of political compromise

Unifying polarized political parties
Yeukai Zimbwa, Copyeditor November 5, 2018

When asked “what side I take” on x or y political issue, I like to start what often turns into an emotional, patriotic rant about Mark Lila’s The Once and Future Liberal with, “Well I like to consider...

Understanding defensiveness

Examining the limitations of seeing the other perspectives
William Lyman, Features Editor November 5, 2018

We exist in a community and a political landscape that relies on competition. Small margins of victory for political candidates in presidential and congressional elections have heightened the struggle...

“As for upperclassmen, they defend their viewpoints more than freshmen and sophomores do, so underclassmen are much more influenced by the people older than them.” -Somil Vinod '22

Sharing opinions on political dialogue

Averi Sullivan, News Editor November 5, 2018
As students, personal political beliefs seem to be trapped in our conscious. The self-righteous ideals that were sprawled on scrolls across the wooden tables of our country’s founding or even the passionate values and words to live by etched in the plaques of our institution. With all of this history in pure word vomit of never-ending principles, we live in a moment in time where the student body is crippled by their own ideas to start a conversation. Why is it so hard for us to talk about politics?
Religion: An Opportunity For Learning

Religion: An Opportunity For Learning

December 7, 2017

As a college preparatory school that is not affiliated with any religion, Blake prides itself on pluralism and academic excellence. Although Blake is indeed not a religious institution, many students,...

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