We Need Real Parent-Teacher Conferences

Op-Ed Contest Winner #3 By Emma Pilkington Students are present at school about seven hours a day, five days a week, and attend the same classes with exactly the same teachers. These teachers spend time with their students not only in class, but also during after school hours and individual appointments. When it comes to…

Knocked Down but Never Knocked Out: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Visits Beacon

By Adrian Flynn Photos by Erdene R. Greene Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic Representative of New York’s 8th district in the United States Congress, came to Beacon on May 2nd to address students and take questions from people interested in politics and the current political climate from the perspective of a prominent politician. The event was…

To Go Green, Go Vegan

By Phoebe Kamber   Is going vegan just another health trend? NO, going vegan can be a push towards a better Earth!   Factory farms are industrial farms that provide 99% of the 10 million animal products the U.S. consumes every year. They are some of the greatest antagonists of our environment. By going vegan,…

Even Outspoken Students Struggle to Listen in English Class

By Esme Laster For most students, the importance of listening has been tactfully drilled into our minds by teachers, administrators, parents, and even some deceptively instructional television series. In kindergarten, you begin to hear catchy phrases you never forget instructing you to put on your listening caps, and to stop, look and listen–to which you…

Sick of It: The Social & Economic Toll of Standardized Testing

By Maxine Slater For the last three hours, my SAT had gone smoothly. The only delays were brought by anxiety-driven inquiries into how best to erase a wrongly-marked bubble, or whether the use of mechanical pencils was permitted.Yet mid-way through substantiating a lofty claim in my SAT essay, I heard a splatter, and turned to…

Consumer vs. Conscience: The Schadenfreude of Disney World

By Sophie Steinberg A side view of the Magic Kingdom Castle. Cold and exhausted after going on soaking river rapids, I began to make my way over a to another part of the Animal Kingdom park. I had just waited over an hour for a 10-minute ride that left me drenched. My trip to Disney…