Category Archives: Opinions

The Reality Behind Net Neutrality

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai presenting net neutrality policy.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard two words come up a lot: net neutrality. There’s been a lot of talk about it on the Internet and in school classrooms. But what exactly is net neutrality? And what does it mean for us if we lose it?

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISP’s) cannot favor any specific sites or services on the Internet. This means that they must give access to all websites equally. Therefore, AT&T cannot just decide to make your favorite blog run at a slower speed than Netflix. Essentially, everything that is on the Internet, with net neutrality, is equally accessible by any Internet user. During Obama’s presidency, he and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed regulations to prevent ISP’s like Comcast and Verizon from manipulating internet traffic. On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under a new chairman, Ajit Pai, held a vote on undoing these regulations. In a 3-to-2 vote, the majority chose to repeal the previously upheld regulations.

Writing the Right Notes: Redefining the Common Core

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Staff Writer

The Common Core: a group of goals and guidelines for public education established by the government that outlines what has been deemed “important” for the success of all American students in college and beyond. The list calls for proficiency in english, social studies, science, and mathematics. Evidently, it has been determined that these subjects are important enough to a child’s education and success that they be made mandatory in public schools. However, today’s children require more than mere academic success to succeed as independent human beings, rather, the future requires skilled, thoughtful, and unique workers.

While academics are piled on students day after day, many students are found to be underprepared for the working world without the creativity that is found alongside successful workers. The Common Core does not achieve its own goal: the academic subjects it mandates for the success of students are not enough. This dilemma is due to the lack of widespread art education in the nation’s public school system. The arts, by fostering vital skills ranging from creativity to decision making and even independence help create students who are ready for self-driven success. Therefore, art programs must be promoted in America’s education system and be made a mandatory piece of all high school students’ education to better align with Common Core ideals of preparing children for the real world.

Co-ed Isn’t the Best Ed: The Dawn of Girls in Boy Scouts

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Staff Writer

Boy Scouts. For years and years, it has been Boy Scouts. On October 11th, the 107-year-old organization known as the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls will be allowed to join scouting packs, troops, and even work to reach the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Have you ever heard of the Gold Award? How about Eagle Scout? These two awards are the highest rank in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Most people only recognize one, and it is probably the latter. As Harrison Gilberti (‘19), an active member of the scouting program for over 12 years, explains, “the Eagle Scout award is universally acknowledged by society, but what even is the Gold Award?” This is just one of the reasons that many girls wanted this plan of action to take place. One Eagle Scout, Arnav Srivastava (‘19), does not believe that “… allowing girls into Boy Scouts is a step in the right direction.” Rather than allowing girls into the Boy Scouts, he believes that it would be a more logical idea to fortify the Girl Scouts program and make it of equal foundation to that of the Boy Scouts.

A Right Turn For Driver’s Ed?

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Across the nation, finally turning the glorious 16-years-old comes with a dreaded opportunity of its own: Driver’s Education. In order for any highschooler of age to ultimately earn their driver’s license, they must first pass their state’s permit test, and then take a Driver’s Education course as well as gain on-road driving experience.

However, over time, high schoolers have began voicing their discontent with the Driver’s Education license obtaining process, and perhaps for a good reason too.

For one thing, the process of ensuring drivers’ knowledge seems a little illogical. To prove one’s proficiency if the Connecticut Driver’s Manual, one conventionally takes the CT Permit Test prior to Driver’s Ed, whereas the purpose of Driver’s Ed is to have students fully understand all information provided in the Driver’s’ Manual and teach students how to be a safe driver.

Although previously Driver’s Ed was offered before the written driver’s’ test, its current setup is a little strange, since drivers are essentially proving sufficient knowledge by earning their permit, making the class somewhat redundant for the overwhelming number of students who have earned their permit in advance.

PSAT – Practice for Practice?

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Opinions Editor

As the fall trends and styles roll into season, October also brings along the College Board’s renowned PSAT. Being a required assessment taken by freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Trumbull High School, the PSAT has some mixed perceptions by students.As the fall trends and styles roll into season, October also brings along the College Board’s renowned PSAT. Being a required assessment taken by freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Trumbull High School, the PSAT has some mixed perceptions by students.

But first, just what is the PSAT? Officially, College Board’s assessment is referred to as the PSAT/NMSQT, abbreviated for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although the PSAT now sounds significantly more intimidating, it still fits the flawed acronym that most students hold of the PSAT: the Practice SAT.

A Two-Way Road of Murder: The Detrimental Impact of Violent Video Games on Young Gamers

Arnav Srivastava ’19
EE Opinions Editor


The effect of violent video games displayed among youth.

“Shooting at those guys was just so much fun!”

Over the years, the violent video games industry has established a virtual world with dystopian themes where anyone can be a killer. Unfortunately, many gamers are spending too much time playing the role of an assassin, and unforeseen (and somewhat scary) consequences are becoming present amongst gamers. Nevertheless, the solution is simple: the playing of violent video games need to be restricted and monitored amongst the youth.

After-School Clubs and Activities–Hot or Not?

Teresa Cetrangola ’19
EE Staff Writer


Trumbull High School’s “We the People” team.

So, what is the club or activity that comes out on top? Studies by Public Agenda suggest that in 2004, sports ranked number one as the most popular after-school activity. Out of 100%, sports ranked 54% of the vote. Many of the students taking this survey found this statistic true. Sophomore Ella Williamson, when asked what she thought the most popular after-school activity was, she responded by saying “Sports, especially soccer and football!”

Reflecting on Black History Month

Christina Yacoub ‘17
EE Co-Opinions Editor

IMG_2918Since the beginning of the era of exploration and colonialism, African Americans have struggled to establish equality. In the process, importantly, they created a rich history. From the foundation of the NAACP in 1909 to the election in 2008, inspiring and progressive figures have emerged. Although the United States has had an embarrassing history with racial inequality, we must remember the men and women who have tried to create a better world.

There is no shortage of men and women dedicated to creating a more just world. Some of the most prominent figures include Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Booker T Washington, W.E.B Dubois, Frederick Douglas, Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale (black panthers), Stokely Carmichael, and of course, the Obamas.

Within pop culture, African American athletes, artists, and other performers have organized a platform and made sure their voice is heard. With social media such as Twitter and Tumblr, it is significantly easier to spread opinions about injustices in our society.

The list of people risking their lives to provide a better future for the next generation is truly endless. Even before Rosa Parks, African Americans refused to give up their seats on buses to those who demanded them to leave.

Why should coding be implemented into the curriculum?

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE  Co-Managing Editor

img_9808Technology. It’s simply a necessity in life that many of us cannot live without. Technology makes our lives simple and more orderly, and assists us immensely in our day to day activities.

People all over the world have access to a multitude of technology, including smartphones, computers, and even virtual reality devices, which can certainly help to augment the world around us. Because technology is such a vital part to our everyday success, it is essential for people to use it and express their creativity in the devices that they use.

In one sense, computers are just like people. Users input information into the computer using a variety of programming languages, such as Java, C++. and Python, to name a few. These programming languages, if learned at a young age, can help students to express their creativity and even design their own programs, which is excellent.

In recent years, the goal is to involve more girls in computer science, because many of them lose interest at an early age and want to go into other professions.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story: See it!

Ian Calandro-Bitjeman ’18
EE Staff Writerrogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6

Almost a year ago, the Star Wars franchise was officially revived with the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  Director JJ Abrams took it upon himself to start off where the franchise left off, making a hopefully new trilogy with new characters and a new scenario –  but all in the same universe with some familiar faces we all know and love. So it’s no surprise that this movie was a big hit, raking in a whopping 2.8 billion dollars at the box office and  making it one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Interestingly enough, the movie  doesn’t take place in this new universe created in the previous film, but instead goes back in time to the timeline of the original three movies. Not only that, JJ Abrams isn’t responsible for directing this movie, instead being replaced with Gareth Edwards.

Who’s Gareth Edwards? He’s a British film director, film producer and screenwriter to name a few. He is responsible for some movies such as “Godzilla” (2014) and “Monsters” (2010). These movies are, to say the least, “okay,”  but will “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” follow this trend? Will the movie be a big success for the director? Most importantly, is “Rogue One” a movie worth seeing?

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