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Teachers Create a Politically Safe Space

Teachers Create a Politically Safe Space

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 the commonplace topic of politics in his AP Gov class, “We do talk about ideologies and where peo...

Students Learn from Iowa

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

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 for the various democratic and republication candidates vying for a victory in the Iowa Caucu...

Students Engage in Upcoming Election, Campaigns

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

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 our future...It is also our responsibility to be active global citizens.” With the 2020 election n...

Students Take Action Against Climate Change

Activists approach the Capitol.

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 UN floor and headlines of newspapers all around the world, opened with this statement to world leaders at t...

The value of political compromise

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 myself a moderate… “ Yes, it is annoying to both diehard Liberals and diehard Conservatives, ...

Understanding defensiveness

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 for power within our government. In other words, the aggressive fight between political parties perpe...

Sharing opinions on political dialogue

“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

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, teachers, and faculty members alike practice a wide variety of religions. Dialogue tends to be evaded mor...

Justice League tackles Trump at recent discussion

Zoe Wellik, Arts and Culture editor

May 25, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, Justice League met to discuss Donald Trump. Do experiences influence Trump supporters over facts? Are Donald Trump supporters anti-government? Does Trump really “tell it like it is”?  All of these questions acted as bases for their discussion. Meeting in the Cherne Forum durin...

Politics fuel cynicism

Cynics often criticize one parties rather than strongly supporting another, compounding a two party system. Politics, then, turns into a dodgeball-like game where people are simply attacking the party they don't approve of.

Zoe Wellik, Arts & Culture Editor

April 28, 2016

For such a polarized system like politics, it is easy when supporting a candidate to  reduce other candidate’s views to being trivial or unqualified, purely to shield your own views from being debated.  But at the core, candidates bully themselves in this way; through debates, focus can be turned aw...

Trump’s Appeal

Students at the Iowa caucus pose with a Trump flag at the January 31st rally.

Willy Verneris, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

Trump’s road to the nomination is one to keep an eye on.

The joke’s on you: The reality of Donald Trump

Jack Barker, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

Jeb Bush. Rand Paul. Chris Christie. And now, Marco Rubio. All flattened by Donald Trump. Although his campaign was, at one point, considered to be a joke by most Blake students, Donald Trump’s political chances have quickly morphed from zero to “huuuuuge.” Blake students are still bewi...

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