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Here’s Why High School Isn’t Making Me Smarter

Brazil is unlike many other countries. Here we only have three years of high school, where there is an intense amount of content and exams each and every week of the year. The grades don’t work like in the United States, where it’s based on letter scale (from A to F); here, the grades are from 0 to 10 and the least you’ve got to get to not fail is a 7, the rough equivalent

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Why Alabama Public Television’s Refusal to Air an Episode of Arthur Harms LGBTQ+ Children

The LGBTQ+ community has made tremendous advancements in the 21st century — from global pride parades to laws intended to eliminate discrimination against identifying members to incorporation in mass media. Even television conglomerate Disney introduced its first-ever storyline with an openly-gay character in 2017 on the series Andi Mack. As recognition of the LGBTQ+ community progresses, some have responded with inhibitory controversy and discontent, especially with reference to the exposure it imposes on children. Amid

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Why Plastic is Ruining Us and Our Oceans

In Cefalù, a city in northern Sicily, Italy, a fifth whale was found dead, washed up on shore. This whale, about 6 or 7 years old, only a tenth of the age of its life expectancy, contained about “several kilograms worth of plastic” the local researcher, Carmelo Isgro, who performed a necropsy on the whale told CNN. This frightening event, however, has become more and more of a regular occurrence. A young sperm whale was found dead

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Gender in Sports Needs to be Redefined

Mokgadi Caster Semenya is a name we probably all know after a fiery scandal divided the internet, scientists, and even sports regulators. Semenya is a South African track athlete who had already been repeatedly crucified in the media for her alleged intersex characteristics. Recently the issue surfaced again and she was barred from running in most events 800 meters and below. For the time being, it looks as though the International Association of Athletics Federations

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On The Reclamation Of Slurs

A slur, in its verb form, is most commonly defined as a word used to harm someone’s reputation by criticising them. This isn’t exactly true when we speak of slurs like the n word, f***ot or tr***ny, but it’s close enough that we still understand that a slur is clearly a bad word. It is used in a willful and purposeful verbal act that is used to damage someone, usually in terms of their reputation,

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Maduro Needs to Go

Right now the situation in Venezuela is tense, to say the least. Two men Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó are fighting for control of the country. The country is in dire straits with a terrible economic crisis, there’s hyperinflation that has destroyed in value in the country’s currency. Every day civilians face massive food shortages and medicine is in short supply. In the last couple years over three million Venezuelans have fled the country. It’s

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Hitting 415: Rock Bottom or Launching Point?

Sorry pre-human times: we’ve broken your carbon emissions record. As of Saturday, the Mauna Loa Observatory showed that our emissions have generated over 415 parts per million of carbon. This record high emissions total has not been hit for over 3 million years and shows that we’ve now entered into an entirely new plane of our climate change fight. 415. You might think to yourself that that is not a very big percentage. After all,

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Brian Kemp’s Heartbeat Bill is an Inherent Detriment to Georgian Women

On Tuesday, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed HB481, or the “heartbeat bill,” into law, which bans abortions following six weeks of conception, before many women are able to recognize their pregnancy. The law is expected to be challenged legally by Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized women’s right to an abortion. Though championed by conservatives across the state, many have taken to social media and have even campaigned outside of

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“I Have No Excuse”: How Ignorance Breeds Hatred

At Issaquah High School in Washington, prom season was in full swing. The first goal was to ask someone to go with you, obviously enough, but having the funniest sign was just as important to many students. All was well until one girl, whose name will remain undisclosed, showed up with a sign bearing a blatantly racist joke. The sign was emblazoned with the multicolored words “if I was black I’d be picking cotton, but

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Are Our Opinions Original, or Is Society Dictating Our Beliefs?

Before we as humans advanced in how we treat others and ourselves, racism, sexism, and homophobia were all completely normal things. These were all topics that everyone felt the same on, and if you didn’t, you were cast out and called impractical and rude. Nowadays, everyone has this opinion and that statement about freedom of speech and pride and equality, and if you were racist or homophobic, you were cast out as well. So have

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