More Than 50% of 8th Graders Leaving BSGE Reply

On the fated day of March 5th, the majority of the 8th grade became increasingly nervous as the end of the day approached.  It didn’t matter which class they had last period, whether it was Living Environment, Art, or Humanities.  It was insignificant, because during that last five minutes of class, high school results were given out. People held their breaths as they opened the letter, the one that determined where they were going for the next four years. Many were filled with joy and celebrated with elation because of their acceptances.  Several tears were shed over the not-so-satisfying results. Everyone ran around in a frenzy, sharing and exchanging results with any fellow 8th grader they came across.

It’s not unusual for around 20% of each grade to leave for other schools in 8th grade.  This year, however, more than 50% of the 8th graders are leaving. Within the past few years, parents and students have become more and more ambitious on the topic of education. It’s common knowledge that it is easier to get accepted into one’s “dream college” if their high school has been known for being academically rigorous for over fifty years, so it’s understandable that many students pick a more widely-known school over BSGE.  Unfortunately, this is one of the sad realities of attending this school.

Having started about only 15 years ago, barely anyone recognizes the name “The Baccalaureate School for Global Education,” despite the academics being on par with, if not higher than, specialized high schools across the city. Come on, let’s face it. How many times have we awkwardly mumbled “Uhhh I go to the Baccalaureate School for Global Education, but we just call it BSGE” whenever people ask what school we go to?  You would receive a blank face, whereas if you told someone you went to Stuyvesant or Bronx Science, a flash of recognition would pass on their face, followed by comments like “Oh that’s so cool!” and “Wow, you must be very smart then.” More…

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Bake Sale Craze at BSGE

Bake sales.  This once-every-two-month, or maybe non-existent treat for most schools are pretty common events at BSGE.  Most students have taken advantage of these delicious events, going into the corridor  in search of a what more-than-likely is a tasty snack.  Others, however, groan in frustration because a) they don’t have enough cash b) they want food but don’t want to spend cash c) they’re just plain tired of the same food items being displayed over and over again in these sales d) some other reason.

Source: TomoNews US

Source: TomoNews US

There are many people who enjoy these bake sales, claiming that these dessert items are one of the things that they look forward to each day.  According to Sophia C ‘19, bake sales basically equals food, and, well, food is good.  Obviously, she has a point.  It’s basically common knowledge that for the most part, cafeteria food plain sucks.  If the bake sale has some partially substantial food such as donuts, dumplings, fried rice, or samosas, many students would be willing to pay the dollar or two instead of eating the mystery meat available for lunch that day.  Even if students bring in their own lunch, desserts such as brownies and carbonated soft drinks are usually not included.  Bake sales give these students a chance to purchase drinks and desserts of their choice.

However, not everyone views the sales as a good thing.  Some students, like Sunny J. ‘19, think that they cause us to spend too much money at once since many bake sales are literally back to back and then all of the sudden, there are none for a long time.  Others, like Matthew D. ‘19 are allergic to foods provided at bake sales and dislike them because they can’t eat anything that is being sold. More…

Movie Review: The Giver Reply

The Giver by Lois Lowry was recently turned into a movie. Released on August 15th, it revolves around a boy who lives in a futuristic black-and-white world where the idea of ‘sameness’ is created to eliminate conflict. Everything is controlled, from emotions, to weather, to memories, therefore preventing people from making bad decisions and causing war and other difficulties. Therefore, most people are unaware of harmful events and actions, since the memories of the past were erased from the minds of everyone except for one person, whose responsibility is to transfer those memories to the next person chosen to receive them.  Jonas, “The Receiver,” was chosen to accept the memories.  Throughout the movie, he learns many things that stun him, things he never thought possible in a peaceful but artificial society.

The film, starring Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, and Jeff Bridges as the Giver, basically follows the main plot of the book, though a few things are tweaked.  The actors, even though they are older than they were supposed to be, did a good job of portraying the personalities of the original characters, Thwaites as a boy absorbing a lot of shocking information, and Bridges as a wise man who has experiences beyond one’s imagination, suffering from the pain of loss and knowledge.

 The movie and book were both exceptional, however, some details added or taken away made the book slightly better. Fans of the book were somewhat disappointed in the movie, but most agree that it was beautiful in its own way. More…