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Don't Abolish Single Test Admissions for NYC Specialized Schools

(5) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:40 AM

Every Stuyvesant student remembers the day they took the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).

I was thirteen, a student at the Ramaz Middle School in Manhattan. I was taking the test on a Sunday due to religious observance. My alarm rang at 6:00 AM. I washed my face, said...

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Single-Sex Classrooms Are on the Front Line in the Fight for Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:54 PM

We're a society that talks with great frequency about gender inequality, but does little to combat it. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama lamented unequal salaries, noting than women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. "That's an embarrassment," he said. "It is wrong." Likewise,...

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My Teachers Have Senioritis

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 11:15 AM

My teachers have caught senioritis. "I know you're seniors and you don't want to do you any work, but... " were the first words uttered by each of my teachers as I began the spring semester. In most of my classes, the homework load suddenly shrank and in some, it...

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Popular Does Not Mean Practical: The Case Against the Federal Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:47 PM

An astounding 71 percent of Americans believe that the federal government should raise the minimum wage to $10.10, including 87 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans, according to Pew Research's most recent polls. Raising the minimum wage is so popular, in fact,...

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Young Jews Are the Key to Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:26 PM

Young Americans are notoriously liberal because they are constrained by neither cynicism nor historical failures. Over the past half-century, the campaigns they have spearheaded have initiated momentous social change -- from the civil rights movement in the 1960s to the gay rights movement that is mobilizing young people today. This...

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China Rejected Allegations of North Korean Human Rights Abuses

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 6:04 PM

On Monday, March 17, Chen Chuandong, a counsellor at China's mission in Geneva, publicly rejected allegations of North Korean human rights abuses. In his speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, he called the allegations "divorced from reality."

"The inability of the commission to get support and cooperation from the...

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Syria Will Worsen Over Next Decade, Intelligence Community Reports

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:09 PM

On Thursday, March 6, experts told the Senate foreign relations committee that "the likeliest scenario is that which the US intelligence community now predicts, which is the war continuing for another decade or more." The death toll, now at 140,000, continues to climb. Chemical weapons have...

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Why the Updated SAT Is Better for Students

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Exactly a year ago this week, I wasted four grueling hours taking the SAT. My peers were science fair winners, debate champions, poets and athletes, but for this short period of time, we joined together to meet the same goal: make the fewest careless mistakes possible and achieve an optimal...

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Why You Shouldn't Be Celebrating El Chapo's Arrest

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Until Saturday, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, boss of the Sinaloa Cartel, was the most powerful and feared drug lord in Mexico. Based on intelligence that El Chapo had, after 13 years in hiding, started to come down from his mountain hideouts, a joint operation run by Mexican marines...

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Fighting Racism in the 21st Century Requires a Modern Formula

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 10:01 PM

Earlier this year, when the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional, much of this country responded with disappointment. The Voting Rights Act, originally passed in 1965, represented one of the most substantial pieces of legislation in American history. On both sides of the...

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US: Send Development Aid to the Sahel Region of Africa

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:25 PM

This Fall, the Sahel region has become a center of international attention with the United Nations calling its security situation "alarming" and deploying 12,600 peacekeepers to stabilize the region. This aid is desperately needed. Hillary Clinton recently called the Sahel a "powder keg" for terrorist activity....

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Free More Killers, Please

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 3:09 PM

News and politics can be bizarre. Over the past few years, we're heard Todd Akin assert that victims of "legitimate rape" are rarely impregnated, Sarah Palin declare that she can see Russia from Alaska, and read about a man who had his face eaten...

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Forgive Wiener, Not Spitzer

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Elliot Spitzer's entrance into the New York City comptroller race has taken the city by storm. There has been a lot of talk about whether Spitzer "deserves a second chance" and even more comparison of Spitzer's situation with that of Wiener. Spitzer doesn't deserve a second chance, but...

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New York's Mayoral Campaigns Are Failing

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Most politically active New Yorkers don't know what to think of this year's mayoral race. To date, we've heard very little about the candidate's platforms, even though the Democratic primary (which will likely determine our next mayor) is only a few months away. The main reason the campaign season is...

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Junior State Averts the Fiscal Cliff

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:03 AM

David is a member of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.

Modern politics is plagued by a deadly polarization. America has come to a point where we do or die. The longer we stagnate,...

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John Galt Speaking

(8) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 8:18 AM

Jack and David are members of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.

Let's play Jeopardy.

A banker by profession, this man spent his life making risky investments in fledgling enterprises. Famous...

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Don't Take My Stress Away

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 8:11 AM

Jack and David are members of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.

I came to Stuyvesant to be sleep-deprived, I came here to be pressured, I came here so that I would have enough...

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Young People in the 2012 Elections

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:01 AM

Jack and David are members of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.

If you're under 18 in America, you might be asking yourself: Why should I care about the 2012 elections? Although as a...

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Mayor Bloomberg Needs to Apologize to City Employees

(6) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 10:39 AM

Jack and David are members of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.


This week, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City. Schools closed for an entire week -- unheard...

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Putting An End To Gun Violence

(19) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 9:36 AM

David and Jack are members of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.

Every 60 seconds a person is murdered. Each murder is tragic, each human life equally valuable, but it seems like...

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