How Should GDS Improve Assemblies?

Taking place every Friday, assemblies are an integral part of GDS’s culture and mission. Assemblies present an opportunity for the community to both share experiences and exchange ideas without leaving the campus. While GDS offers a host of different assemblies each year, there are five core assemblies that occur annually: the Harvest assembly, the Christmas assembly, the Passover assembly, the MLK assembly, and the Pride assembly. The purpose of having an assembly is to expose students to different ideas. However, many students ditch assemblies because attendance is not taken. When a student misses an assembly, they could forego a potentially

Are Practice APs Good Practice?

This marks the first year the GDS high school did not hold traditional midterm exams. In a November letter to the GDS community, high school principal Katie Gibson wrote, “This change in our schedule will allow students and families to enjoy their winter breaks, with a firm end-date to the first semester falling prior to the departure for winter vacation. In addition, it allows us to add seven more teaching days to the calendar.” In the spring of last year, when Quinn Killy announced that GDS would not be holding midterms for the following school year, it seemed pretty surreal.

Celebrity Apprentice: Chief Executive Edition

America has an undeniable obsession with celebrities. Thousands of news sites and magazines trace the movements of movie and TV stars, publishing them doing mundane activities like walking down the street and shopping for groceries. Our obsession with fame and famous people, however, does not need to—and should not—leak into our political system. Celebrities tend to be charismatic and know how to appeal to a specific audience, which is wonderful for a TV show in need of ratings, but not ideal for the chief executive of a diverse country. As junior Revati Mahurkar says, a “lot of [celebrities’] success depends

Standing Strong on Mental Health

Every single GDS student knows a peer struggling with their mental health, whether or not they are aware of it. Although mental illnesses do not always have obvious physical manifestations, mental health issues can affect people in a variety of seen—or invisible–ways. Still, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at least one in five high school students around the country battle with a mental health illness—and GDS students are no exception. While recent student-driven actions have begun to shed light on mental health issues in our community, the school itself needs to step up and meet its students

Antifa’s Violent Protest is Ineffective

Violence can be very tempting, especially when those you are fighting against are spewing hate and intolerance. But more often than not, violence just makes things worse. It can cause the other side to use more violence, and further magnify the conflict. Right now, across our country, a group of anti-fascists who refer to themselves as Antifa have caved to the pull of violence. The political unrest in America right now is causing many people to join Antifa. The far-left group believes that the terrible and violent history of those on the far-right requires violence in order to stop them

Is Social Media an Effective Medium for Expressing Political Views?

How many times a day do you scroll through your Facebook feed? A Nielsen Company audience report found that adults in the United States spend over ten hours a day consuming media. Social media attracts the attention of an extremely wide age span, and is heavily integrated into our everyday lives through both personal and commercial use. As teenagers, many students at GDS use social media every day, and often personal opinions, such as political affiliations, can become a recurrent theme in one’s social media feed. It is another common theme on social media to get into arguments online with

When the Land of the Free Isn’t Free To All

On January 27, President Donald Trump announced the temporary entry restriction United States for travelers from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – seven majority Muslim countries. Likely the most controversial of all the executive orders Trump has issued, the “Muslim ban” has invoked mass protests all over the nation, caused confusion and disorder at many airports, and separated several families. With its broad implications and heavy historical impact, there’s no question that this will significantly change the course of American history and our relationships with other nations, specifically in the Middle East. Even if it has no

To March or Not To March?

Stretching for miles, hundreds of thousands of pink hats were visible throughout the mall in downtown Washington D.C. this past Saturday. People were squeezed throughout the streets, at times unable to move due to the size of the crowd. Signs that said “My Body, My Rights,” “Accept my Existence or Expect Resistance,” “Protect Planned Parenthood” and a host of others were on proud display. This was the scene of the Washington D.C. Women’s March, one of the many that took place around the world January 21. The sheer size of the DC march just after a presidential inauguration made it

Veiled Threats: The downside of anonymity online

Sam Brodsky In the past few months, Georgetown Day School has undergone a lot of turmoil. Nobody can seem to pinpoint one specific event that sent the entire community into day-long discussions and school-wide meetings, or at least, nobody has publicly announced such event as official. Rather, sporadic episodes of racism, misogyny, assault, and bullying from months and years past have been bubbling up within the walls and hallways of our community, concluding in an outburst of emotion and dramatic upheaval. A great number of these small yet profoundly hurtful moments seem to take place in the realm of social

Make GDS Great Again: How not to talk about Trump

Ben Kaslow-Zieve Since announcing his candidacy last summer, Donald Trump has come to dominate American life. A news cycle rarely passes without a story involving Trump, nor does a day pass without him coming up in conversation. Unfortunately, Trump has made his presence felt in the classrooms of GDS as well. Teachers joke about Trump, perhaps half in jest and half in fear, practically on a daily basis. Some students report hearing jokes about him at least once a week, while others say every other day. To be sure, much of Trump’s rhetoric is at odds with what Georgetown Day

Moving Beyond Controversy: What we can learn from each other

Rohan Palacios Two months ago, the entire Georgetown Day community underwent a process of painful self-examination. What started as a discussion of the use of social media at the school quickly turned into a wider airing of grievances. For a few tense days, students shared experiences of racism, sexism, bullying, and other forms of marginalization that captivated and shocked both peers and faculty alike. Affinity group, grade, and all-school meetings allowed students to voice concerns held by many but never before put into words. These conversations were undoubtedly a significant moment for the community, prompting a new level of awareness,

Defining Consent: Education About Sexual Assault Should Be in the Curriculum

Jenna Schulman and Lucy Walker In the past few weeks, sexual assault has become a widely discussed topic throughout the GDS community. With a recent case of sexual assault reported at Sidwell and heated discussion about sexual assault arising at our own school, the question of how GDS will handle further conversations about consent is becoming a pressing issue. Only recently has the conversation surrounding consent, sexual assault, and rape turned from a “back alley” discussion to being at the forefront of the community. For GDS students, improved sex education seems to be the priority. How can we become more

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