Posts Tagged ‘ opinion ’

How to End Poverty

By Saiarchana Darira

This research paper was originally written for Ms. Mezeske’s Math Honors Class.

My eyes open, and it’s another day. Suddenly problems overwhelm me, and I start worrying – worrying about college, the ACTs, the SATs, and writing this paper in time. Thousands of mile away, a child in poverty opens his or her eyes. Worries plague their minds too – but these are different ones – about having enough to simply stay alive. The problems in a first world country seem like nothing in a third world country living in poverty. Poverty is one of this world’s greatest problems, and it affects millions of human beings on a daily basis. To an average human being, problems like poverty seem impossible to solve. But, can the solution to poverty actually be simpler than one thinks? Poverty is something that is solvable. Here is how to end poverty.

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The Case for Stew

By Amanda Bertsch

 

It’s a familiar enough metaphor: America is either the melting pot of unity or the salad bowl of multiculturalism. Last Wednesday’s opinion piece dissected one view of the issue. Others strongly disagree. Yet there seems to be no good choice here.

In the melting pot, Americans have a strong sense of national identity. A shared cultural background unifies the wide country despite other (often political) differences. However, minorities may find themselves forced to assimilate, losing rich cultural histories in favor of a primarily white Christian narrative.

In the salad bowl, these different identities coexist peacefully. The juxtaposition between cultures enriches society. However, some may find themselves struggling to communicate with distinct and disparate areas of culture, so the country feels splintered.

Ironically, this debate about how to achieve national unity has become uniquely polarizing. Republicans tend to align with the melting pot model, while Democrats advocate the salad bowl. Many people in the middle offer some half-remembered explanation from eighth grade civics. Yet the truly impressive fact of this debate is society’s willingness to accept that narrative.

The melting pot vs. salad bowl debate is a false dichotomy. Continue reading

Melting Pot or Salad Bowl?

By Markus Weinzinger

 

As always, opinion articles reflect only the personal beliefs of the author and not necessarily those of the Denobis staff, Denobis editors, or Tri-City Prep as a whole.

 

America is the premier mixed-culture nation on Earth. It’s a country where people from the world over have come to flee tyranny or to start from scratch. It is from this reality that America is known as the “melting pot,” that perfect blend of every spice, savor, and sweetener. Arriving in America, immigrants are no longer obligated to keep themselves tethered to their native culture. They have the wonderful opportunity to participate as citizens of the freest nation and pursue their dreams. Why then, is the melting pot established long ago tipping over and down the drain?

Replacing the melting pot practice is a new policy that’s emerged in the U.S. and in Europe: multiculturalism. Stemming from the left-wing school of thought, multiculturalism is the practice of multiple cultures coexisting. Sounds great: people get to see and experience the dances, cuisines, and costumes of rich cultures. However, multiculturalism doesn’t mean those cultures are obligated to cooperate or contribute to society. Multiculturalism’s effects can be seen as plain as day in Europe, which is on the frontline of the migrant crisis.

Since the migrant crisis flowed from Syria in the thick of intense conflict, Europe hasn’t hesitated in the least in lending a helping hand. The pictures and news reels report droves of migrants entering wide-open gates, smiles perched on their lips. Politicians like German chancellor Angela Merkel praised the efforts as an amazing display of the Western world’s tolerant and warm social atmosphere. The good feelings would be ephemeral, however. Continue reading

The Infinite Ladder: Elite College Admissions

By Amanda Bertsch

This essay was originally written for a Tri-City Prep class. It represents only the views of the author and not necessarily those of the editorial board, Denobis staff, or Tri-City Prep. The Study Spot column, published bimonthly, aims to shine a light on issues surrounding education and offer assistance to students.

This spring, colleges across the country will be notifying high school seniors about their admissions decisions. Students will rejoice, eagerly accepting offers to their top choice schools or poring over generous financial aid statements. Those lucky few that receive acceptances from the most renown schools in the country will be especially grateful. These students are part of the 10-15% of high school graduates competing for spots at the most selective of schools, typically those that admit less than 30% of applicants (Deresiewicz 40). In the game that is college admissions, and by extension high school, these students have “won.” They earn bragging rights, not only for themselves, but for their parents and schools and communities as well. Applying to highly competitive schools has become a rite of passage for college-bound seniors, a tradition followed religiously by many, but it is hardly one without downfalls.

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No laughing matter: why “triggered!” jokes are not and will never be funny

By Amanda Bertsch

Opinion articles reflect only the views of the author and not necessarily the views of the editorial board, the Denobis staff, or Tri-City College Prep. 

 

The word “triggered” has a number of useful functions. In its most simple definition, it is an expression of causation: the dog’s hair triggered an allergic reaction. Recently, it has also taken on a medical meaning. Leading mental health website Psych Central defines a trigger as something that elicits a strong memory or flashback of a past trauma. Someone who is triggered forcibly relieves a traumatic experience in their mind; such experiences are commonly sexual assault, memories from war, or other violent events. Content warnings, sometimes referred to as “trigger warnings,” are often used to warn people of possibly triggering content.

This brings the story to today, when the word “triggered” has become the newest internet darling and crept into the casual conversations of many high school students as well. Some people exclaim “triggered!” at every slight offense, from water spilling to someone correcting a grammar error. Jokes about triggering also extend to trigger warnings, with some jokingly putting warnings for “words,” “humanity,” or “opinions,” among others, on their online content.

Proponents of using this word jokingly often argue that words are “just words,” that they are simply joking around, or that restriction of the use of a word is a violation of their 1st Amendment rights. All three of these claims have a fundamental error that lies in an understanding of words. Continue reading

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