The Griffin

The pitfalls of modern education

Fanglin Ding, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

As per the norm of a modern western society, education is heralded as the crux of civilization. We romanticize the nature of our education system, and continue to spread the mantra that more education is simply a necessary thing. However, what do we notice when we actually take a much needed and serious...

Past actions cause detrimental effects

Noah Wilkens, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

An increased presence and importance of the press and media worldwide has skyrocketed in recent years. In conjunction with the increased magnitude of stories, the stigma surrounding them has followed suit. The world of politics is often provoked by the suffocating amount and type of content administered...

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wish list

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wish list

January 7, 2019

No need to wrap these, Santa, just hurry: 1. Sell all the Dulaney laptops to buy one big laptop 2. Nationally televised Dulaney Chess Club matches 3. Consistent exposure to Google 4. The designated JUUL room (just kidding there are already two on every floor) 5. Bring back superlatives 6. Unlimited...

it’s debatable: normalizing environmental apathy

Olivia Summons, Editor-in-chief

January 7, 2019

Climate change is the new 2018 conspiracy! Do you believe in aliens, ghosts, an afterlife? Well what about climate change? Let’s consult our soon-to-be president in his early years as the Republican presidential candidate. “I am not a believer. Unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe...

American reactions condone Saudi actions

Rushil Byatnal and Laura Hennawi

January 7, 2019

When news came out Oct. 2 that Jamal Khashoggi, an overt critic of the Saudi Arabian government and a prominent Washington Post journalist, was murdered by the Saudi government after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the public outrage was immense. Khashoggi was a figure of free speech in the...

Materialism Detracts from Holidays

Ankith Hiremath, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: spending time with family, relaxation from work and most importantly, empty wallets. Society has embarked on a materialistic frenzy to acquire all of the newest fad items that will inevitably go out of style as the next year rolls around. The holiday season...

The value of constructive criticism

Geoffrey Dochat, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Feedback is one of the most important elements of growth and improvement in adolescents. I know firsthand how much a simple piece of feedback regarding my performance in athletics or school can help me improve. The catch is that those who praise you or provide you with criticism have to do so in such...

Constant change promotes growth, resilience and tenacity

October 31, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The return to school inevitably ushers in a myriad of policy changes throughout the school, and this year is no exception: the introduction of devices (complete with bright blue Baltimore County public schools-issued cases), an extended school day (five minutes that somehow...

Scandals permeate public discourse

Scandals permeate public discourse

Geoffrey Dochat, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

Controversy, scandal, lying, criminals. These are not the words that come to mind when discussing our nation’s government, yet these words dominate the public discourse. News lines are filled with politicians’ names and accusations of federal offenses and sexual harassment far too often. People with...

Crazy rich representation

Emily Zhu, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

Everyone wants to be the hero of their own story. When Constance Wu, the heroine of “Crazy Rich Asians,” reflected on the concept of her role and how it elevates minority representation in film she said: “I mean, it kind of makes me want to cry right now…because I didn’t see that growing...

Four years later: lesson learned

Four years later: lesson learned

Olivia Summons, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018

Countless times, I have seen someone fling their head back in spontaneous indignation: "Nothing in high school prepares you for life, why do we have to learn this?" Never have I disagreed more with any commonplace statement. High school obviously equips students with the academic basics to pursue any path i...

Don’t panic, it’s not over yet

William Chen, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

To all the seniors, it’s that time of year. With each school cycle means we’ve come full circle- it’s time for college applications once again. And with that, seniors are left with more than just a pile on their plate. Difficult Advanced Placement classes coupled with this looming task of college e...