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The General Consensus

The Student News Site of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

The General Consensus

The Student News Site of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

The General Consensus

Students and teachers are desperately trying to find the right ways to use AI while maintaining academic integrity.

The benefits of AI

Margot Bryce Morris, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

On November 30, 2022, ChatGPT was released, quickly causing panic among teachers and changing schools significantly. Many schools banned AI, arguing it would only serve to help students cheat on assignments....

Book banning has the same impact as book burning; it denies people access to knowledge and stifles free speech. (via Wikipedia Commons)

Book banning is a form of censorship and should be seen as unconstitutional

Maya Wakeham, Student Journalist November 6, 2023

According to Freedom to Read, in 1983, Members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee challenged The Diary of Anne Frank because it was “a real downer.” This is offensive on multiple levels. The Diary...

Harvard University, an Ivy League school, taken in November of 2019

There is No Need for Legacy Admissions

Ian Swanson November 6, 2023

Every year, millions of students apply to their dream colleges. These people are hard workers who strive to do everything right, but their spots are taken by people who do half as much as them. The only...

Tech. Sgt. Ivan Abudo, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, teaches a self-defense class to attendees at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia April 12, 2012. The self-defense class was held as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon)

Self-Defense is a Right. Let’s Make It Mandatory To Learn.

Capria Cole October 24, 2023

As my friend and I walk down the streets of Salem, we find ourselves looking around, cautious about our safety.  Who would protect both of us if we were met with someone who had bad intentions? Unfortunately,...

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A Woman’s Worth: The Gender Pay Gap

Lizz Bento, Photographer and Staff Writer May 28, 2023

In the United States, working women are less likely to be paid the same as their male counterparts. Since sexism is already prevalent in modern society, the gender pay gap continues to hold us back from...

Students of the small gas engines class at work in the metal shop.

Requiring shop classes ensure students are prepared for any future

Max Consolazio April 10, 2023

Hamilton Wenham regional high school has several classes in stem learning. To name a few,  introduction to engineering, computer-aided design, and manufacturing. These classes teach vital skills like...

Music Should Be Allowed in Classrooms During Work Time

Naomi Provost March 28, 2023

For many students, listening to music is not always an escape, but instead, they use it to help them lock in and focus on what they are doing. Music has often been proven to help you focus and get tasks...

The before and after of a viral TikTok filter “Bold Glammor”

Why Social Media Creates an Unrealistic Standard for Youth

Taylor Aptt March 22, 2023

Within the past decade, social media has influenced the beauty standards of teens. As platforms become more advanced, advertising continues to promote older content to younger audiences.  Because...

All schools should dedicate a course to climate change

Climate Change Education Should be Mandated

Gillian Horner, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

Schools are supposed to prepare students for their futures, but they cannot do that without educating them about climate change, and the future of the planet they live on. Teaching about climate change...

James Bird’s The Brave, Donna Gephart’s Lily and Dunkin, and Paige Rawl’s Positive: Do the Authors Properly and Responsibly Represent Bullying?

Cassi Sullivan March 14, 2023
This critical essay won a Gold Key from the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. CONTENT WARNING: Please be aware that this essay discusses topics including bullying, self-harm, and suicide. It also contains strong language.
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