By Janoc Gou Arribas
Spain and the United States are two very different countries with different cultures and ways of life. There are also vast differences between the education systems of both countries.
Before we start diving into the differences between these two countries’ education systems, let’s talk about some of their similarities. The number of years that students are required to study are almost the same. In Spain, you can start studying at three years old in grades that range from P3 to P5. These years are not obligatory, though. Mandatory education starts at six years old. This time is called first of primary, and it goes from first to sixth of primary, at which point students are 12 years old. Following the primary grades, students continue to high school, when they are 12-16 years of age. Then, students study from first of “ESO” to fourth. ESO represents the initials of “Secondary Obligatory Studies” in Spanish. Following this stage of education, students can study first and second “Bachiller” before attending a college or university.
By Craig Mannino
As the world gets closer to the ever present threats of governmental collapse or a nuclear holocaust, and as more and more people rant on Twitter about subjects that nobody really cares about, comedy has become an escape from all things depressing. Jokes ranging from how stupid a friend’s shirt might look to jokes parodying current events are heard on a regular basis. This begs the question: can a joke go too far?
The concise answer to this question is that there is no definitive way to determine when a joke has gone past the point of acceptable. This is mostly due to differing senses of humor among people. Certain topics might offend one person and not
By Lindsey Purcell
A cell phone buzzes while you're driving home. Is it acceptable to take your eyes off the road for just a few seconds?
Cell phones are a major part of people's daily activities, including driving. As of 2018, only 16 states prohibit drivers from using handheld devices while driving. Driving while talking on the phone is dangerous for all drivers in all states, so it doesn't make sense for this to be legal. A phone takes the driver’s hand off the wheel and causes the driver to risk his/her life; therefore, handheld use of a phone while driving should be illegal in every state.
The time it takes for the driver to pick up the phone could cost the driver his or her life. According to Edgar Snyder of The
By Isabella Skvarla
For sometime, politicians in this country have been criticized and mocked by comedians, regardless of their party. Whether on Saturday Night Live or The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, comedians have demonstrated that all people have an opinion about how our country is governed.
A prime example of this is Jimmy Kimmel’s coverage of the repeal and replace effort against the American Healthcare Act. During his monologue, Kimmel used the example of his son, Billy, who was born with a congenital heart disorder, to explain to viewers that if the proposed bill passed, individuals with medical conditions like Billy’s would be turned down for healthcare coverage when they were older.
One of the most impactful lines from Kimmel’s monologue was, “If your baby is going to die and it does not have to, it should not matter how much money you make.” By making this statement, Kimmel raised awareness of how the American people would be impacted by the proposed bill. But, to what extent does the commentary of these comedians impact the lawmakers who have to either approve or disapprove of these laws?
By Shania Kuo
With the school year drawing to a close, most of us have our summer plans set. However, the life of a student is rough, and for you underclassmen, there’s a lot you can do this summer to get a head start for next year.
By Ashley Hazan
Senioritis: a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors
1. Loss of Hand Mobility When it’s Time to Turn Off the TV Senioritis may cause a sense of cramping in the hands and feet when deciding to turn off Netflix and start your overdue homework. It’s almost impossible to grab the remote, and you may find yourself stuck in front of the screen for hours on end.
2. Short-Term Memory Loss When it Comes to Remembering Project Due Dates
Senioritis blocks any important messages that need to be received by the brain, like due dates! Even if we seniors do remember, most times we just refuse to do the work anyway
By Matilde Bechet
Chardon High School Shooting—3 deaths
Charleston Church Shooting—9 deaths
2012 Aurora Shooting—12 deaths
Columbine High School Massacre—13 deaths
Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting—17 deaths
Sandy Hook Elementary School—26 deaths
Virginia Tech Shooting—32 deaths
Orlando Nightclub Shooting—49 deaths
2017 Las Vegas Shooting—59 deaths
This list could keep going…
By Kevin Hart
People often pose thought-provoking questions about life. These questions include: Is there a God? What’s the meaning of life? What’s our purpose? Well, we don’t care about that—we only care about lunch.
Picture this. You walk into the cafeteria and see the happy faces of your fellow peers before stepping in line to receive the daily grub. What could it be today? Chicken tenders? Perhaps pizza? Then, before you know it, you’re towering over the grand selection of food at your fingertips. You see that it’s a messy calzone with the side of fruit that you probably won’t eat.
Now, you might be thinking, “Kevin! Why you gotta be so harsh towards the food? Food is food, just eat it as it is!” You’re right, food is food. But, shouldn’t we enjoy our food as we consume it?
I took the liberty of visiting the cafeteria during 6th period lunch, and I surveyed twelve people about their opinions about school food.
By Matilde Bechet
What if you were challenged not to look at your cell phone for an entire day? Seems impossible, right? How about an hour? Ask yourself: can you really detach yourself from your device?
Consider the fact that there are fellow humans in other countries who don’t even have wifi, let alone cellphones. So, why is it that the OBHS community cannot live without them? Well, it’s an issue that France is addressing.
France’s Education Minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced that when students return to school in September of 2018, cellphones will not be allowed in schools for children 15 years and younger.
According to National Public Radio, phones in France had already been banned from elementary and secondary schools in 2010, and students were expected to keep them inside their backpacks. However, students did not always follow these rules. As a result, stricter guidelines were imposed, leading to this most recent ban.
By Kevin Hart
The answer is… Angelina Jolie! No. John Madden! Dang—it’s HQ Trivia! The app has taken the country by storm, and it’s here to stay. HQ Trivia is an app where players from the United States and the United Kingdom play live game show-esque trivia for a chance to win thousands of dollars! The app goes live at 3 pm and 9 pm EST.