Opinion

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Ignorance isn’t bliss: the importance of self-education

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Within the last year, I’ve learned more about the current issues surrounding gender identity than any academic subject I’m required to study in school. I was thrown for a loop when someone very close to me came out as transgender, and while I was extremely proud of her, I found myself lacking in knowledge about […]

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Re-assessing sports: Do you play for the right reasons?

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It was my first T-ball game. As a six-year-old, I wasn’t worried about winning, emailing scouts or getting recruited to college; I was just there to have fun. Sure, it was always exciting to play well, impress your peers and maybe help your team win, but that was never my first priority. I played baseball […]

California should stop taxing menstrual products. Period.

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“Women and girls do not get to choose when or if they have their period; it’s basic biology,” said California assemblywoman Cristina Garcia in May 2017. “We must make menstrual products available to women and girls who struggle with access to these basic health necessities. If we truly value women’s health, we’ll remove the stigma […]

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The classroom is no place for bias

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Not even a school in the middle of sheltered Marin can monitor their students, who tune into the news and in turn converse on the subject, using class time to discuss the polarizing events that recently took place. Public school teachers should plan what to say when they look at the impressionable teens sitting before […]

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Point-Counterpoint: seniority vs. unity

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Point-counterpoint: seniority vs. unity Seniority is what keeps Redwood tradition alive By Carolyn French The first time I walked into a Redwood rally, my heart stopped. Giant crowds of people I’d never seen before pushed me through the doors into a room of overwhelmingly deafening screams and music that was taboo in middle school. I […]

Editorial: Statues should not be set in stone

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Today, the controversy over Confederate monuments is not simply about statues—similar to how the Civil Rights movement was never just about drinking fountains. The issue over Confederate symbols encapsulates a series of long-standing national conflicts, reignited by last month’s deadly clash at the White supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. Confederate memorabilia is not only concentrated in […]

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Procrastination: the inevitable byproduct of teenage stress

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Why did I allow this to happen during finals week? These words echoed in my head as the deadline for my Art Exposition final project loomed closer. I had given myself plenty of time to finish my assignment, but I kept putting it off until it was much too late. As I found myself spiraling […]

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Realize the real lies of reality TV

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It was only the fourth hour of my newfound sense of upperclassmen immunity when a freshman boy pushed me into a locker. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration. It turned out it was all a misunderstanding: his friend pushed him, and he bumped into me and I slammed into a locker. Although the specifics of the […]

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True tolerance means allowing expression of unpopular opinions

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It’s no secret that the political atmosphere at Redwood is heavily liberal. Students assembled to protest on campus when Trump was elected president and every now and again, teachers express their left-leaning opinions in the classroom. I’ve noticed that in most classroom political discussions, almost all opinions voiced adhere to the liberal ideology and we are […]

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Safety advancements should halt plummeting football participation

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Nationwide, participation in football is plummeting. There were three million kids aged six through 18 playing football in the United States last season, a 14 percent decrease since 2009, according to Forbes magazine. Since last season, participation rates have dropped an additional three percent in California, according to CBS Sacramento. So why have youth participation […]