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Excessive extra credit creates unfair advantage

Maeve Malaney-Lau, Writer

October 29, 2017

By Maeve Malaney-Lau Comment Every week, Grady students log on to Infinite Campus to check their grades. Some students see a mixture of As and Bs, some may see a sprinkling of failing grades, and, others have grades of above 100. You may ask, how is it possible to get above a 100 percent in a class if that’s a perfect score? The answer is simple: extra credit. There sh...

Tracking students eases teachers’ burden while hurting students

Maura O'Sullivan, Writer

October 29, 2017

By Maura O'Sullivan Comment Over the years, the Grady cluster has advocated for separation of gifted, on-level, and remedial courses, a practice which increases racial, socioeconomic, and academic achievement gaps. While it levels out classes, so-called “tracks” hurt students in the long run, and should be replaced. Students are separated early on. Many Grady stude...

Time to end Grady students’ self-segregation

Jaeden Davis, Writer

October 29, 2017

By Jaeden Davis Comment Students create self-segregation among themselves. This has been a growing topic at Grady and seems to be getting worse. During Grady’s three lunch periods, Caucasian students mostly sit outside in the courtyard at the tables. While on the inside, toward the back of the cafeteria, there are mainly African-American students. This is a problem bec...

Weekly advisement wastes time on irrelevant skills

Lauren Silcock, Writer

October 29, 2017

By Lauren Silcock Comment Every Wednesday, after their first period class, Grady students settle into their assigned classrooms for an hour of "Advisement." This class is intended to assist students in their everyday school lives, as well as providing them with skills required for the future. However, this class is sorely misguided. The class spends hours teaching t...

Teaching LGBT+ history would benefit all

Joanna Baker, Writer

October 29, 2017

By Joanna Baker Comment Historically, America’s gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBT+) community has been chronically misrepresented and underrepresented. Throughout the 20th century, their very existence was reduced to nothing more than religious slogans and advertisements. Outspoken anti-gay opponents such as singer and political activist Anita Bryant rei...

Schools should bring back home economics classes

Lanier Pickren, Writer

October 29, 2017

By Lanier Pickren Comment When we think of the term Home Economics, most likely an image of young women cooking over stove tops in an artificial kitchen comes to mind. However, Home Ec. is more than just a cooking class. Home Economics was a popular course offered in the 1900s. Students in the class learned basic life skills such as cooking nutritious meals, budgeting...

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