Drops of Ink

Why Bully? Freshmen Deserve Better

Why Bully? Freshmen Deserve Better

Tom Ackerman, Opinion Editor

October 10, 2013

Like any other freshman, I was terrified to start high school. Not only finding my way around this castle worried me, but also the teasing I had heard so much about. Part of this came from what I’d seen in any movie involving high school or college, and how the freshmen were portrayed; the typical ...

Participation Points Prove Unfair

Participation Points Prove Unfair

DOI Staff

October 10, 2013

During the first week of school, when teachers go over syllabi in classes, most students dread seeing a participation category. While participation points can prove to be helpful, the Drops of Ink staff believes that the way they are currently used is unfair for students. Most DOI staff members have...

Medical Marijuana: A Responsibility Worth the Hassle

Medical Marijuana: A Responsibility Worth the Hassle

Tom Ackerman, Opinion Editor

September 15, 2013

At a glance, the growing list of states legalizing medical marijuana seems preposterous. America is slowly making a drug legal, even if only for medical reasons. If someone from the 1950s were to see this such a changed America, they might just have a panic attack. In Illinois, as of January 1, 2014, medica...

Hard to believe: Last first day of high school

Hard to believe: Last first day of high school

September 13, 2013

I woke up at 6 a.m. to find myself getting all geared up for the first day of school. For us, our first day outfit was not a skirt or dress, but a tank top that said, "Seniors ‘14."  In addition to getting ready the night before by labeling our notebooks with our classes, many LHS seniors  filled up ...

Overdosing on Technology?

Overdosing on Technology?

Bailey Schmid, Photo Editor

August 13, 2013

Wake up. Check text messages. Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Check messages and other social media again before heading off to school. Throughout the day, we absorb information like sports team scores, updated statuses, and text messages through our mobile devices all while trying to pay attention...

Too much homework stifling students?

Too much homework stifling students?

Elise Houcek, Editor-in-Chief

August 13, 2013

"What philosophy of teaching, what theory of learning, lies behind each assignment? Does it seem to assume that children are meaning makers -- or empty vessels? Is learning regarded as a process that’s mostly active or passive? Is it about wrestling with ideas or mindlessly following directions?" -A...

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