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Animal cruelty: Why I stopped going to zoos

Zoological institutions have been around since 1847. Whether for educational purposes or fun, almost everybody has been to a zoo before. Originally, zoos were established to educate the public on particular species and how they interact with one another in their habitats. However, studies are discovering that zoos are not as harmless as they may

Safe sex makes sense

When I was little, my mom used to show me her birth control pills while I sat in the bathroom, watching her get ready for work. They were arranged in a beautiful rainbow pattern, a mysterious circle of medication that we dubbed, “no baby pills.” To me, birth control has always seemed like a rational,

There are more important things than Delta Math

As students attending Wilson, we’re all familiar with the annual summer assignments. We receive a reading and math assignment, and if you’re lucky, an AP assignment. I would never mind the reading assignments because they always correlated with the curriculum for the first advisory unit. The AP assignments were extremely tedious but effective in preparing

White Privilege: Not a Liberal Hoax

The summer before my final year of middle school, Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man in Ferguson, Missouri. The unjust event angered many across the nation, sparking protests and the national recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement and their slogan “hands up don’t shoot.” The

Schools should rethink their use of letter grades

Countries all around the world use the letter grade system. Though the letters and the percentages assigned to them slightly vary from country to country, most people are familiar with the system. People are so used to A through F grading that no one realizes its faults. Most people know the feeling of getting back

Lowering the drinking age has societal benefits

In the United States, the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA), is 21 years old. The thought behind this law is to protect the developing minds of young people, however, I believe it does the opposite. The current MLDA makes it difficult for young adults to get alcohol; therefore when they have the rare opportunity to

Is protesting effective?

Civil disobedience is the act of opposing a law one considers unjust and peacefully disobeying it while accepting the consequences. This concept isn’t new to DC students. On November 14th, 2016, over 300 of us participated in a city-wide walkout to demonstrate unity and represent a population that refused to be ignored by our new

Stereotypes of Black culture still persist in media

Although Hollywood has made drastic improvements in the field of diversity and has successfully increased inclusion of Black actors, many of the Black characters portrayed in movies and on television are stereotypes. These harmful stereotypes perpetuate outdated beliefs about Black people and their behavior. Black people are often only represented through a handful of caricatures

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