No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher.

Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society”, one of the great teachers on the silver screen.

There is a lot of talk about privilege in our country. Privilege can come from many places, including the color of your skin, your sex, your place of birth, and your wealth. I myself am fortunate to have privilege in all of those areas. However, I believe that my greatest source of privilege comes not from something I was born with, but instead something that I happened to luck into early in my life. And this is the fact that I truly had some of the best teachers in the world.


Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

I am a person who is very cautious to not get stuck in a thought bubble. I actively seek out opposing viewpoints that challenge my beliefs. I have seen the dangers of groupthink and confirmation bias first hand on both sides of the aisle, and I don’t want to fall victim to that. For most political issues, I try to at least understand the reasoning behind an opinion that contradicts my own. That being said, there are some things that are going to be virtually impossible to convince me of. For instance, if I threw an apple up in the…


The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is about to expose this.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg passed away. This will allow Republican President Trump to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice. This Justice will be confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate, and that Justice will serve their life term over the course of the next several decades. Depending on your political views, you may view this as a very good or a very bad thing.

Whichever side you are on, I think that we can all agree on one thing: there is something deeply wrong with the country right…


It’s That Simple

I am a diehard Philly sports fan, born and raised. As a diehard Philly sports fan, I know a thing or two about booing. I am very liberal when it comes to booing my own team for their performance on the field. When we boo like this in Philly, we do it not out of hate, but out of love. We love our teams, and when they are not living up to all that they can be, we let them know it. We boo because we want more than anything to cheer. There is nothing we love more than when…


Every year on this day, I cry. I cry long and I cry hard. And every year, it always confuses me. I wasn’t in New York, I do not know anyone who died, and I was hardly old enough to truly understand what was happening at the time. I don't even remember “where I was on 9/11.” The only memory I have was looking at planes in the sky and being afraid they were going to crash into my house.

And yet, every year, I cry. I cry because I think about the people trapped inside the building, with no…


To be crystal clear, this is in no way a defense of racism. In fact, it is quite the opposite. It is a suggestion on how to combat racism more effectively. Because if your idea of combating racism is calling out people as racists, there is a good chance you are doing it wrong. That might seem counterintuitive, but to understand why all you need to do is take a mental trip with me to Africa.

Picture this. You are standing in the middle of the plains of Namibia, a country on the southwest coast of Africa, right above South…


As you very well may know, on Tuesday, August 25th, Kyle Rittenhouse killed two people and injured a third during a night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconson. What you may not know is that Kyle put both his life and the lives of others in danger well before he stepped foot in the city. That is because guns, contrary to popular belief, are not a tool for self-defense. In fact, if your goal is to defend yourself, you would be safer buying a cheeseburger than a gun.

That is not a joke. It is not hyperbole. You are statistically more…


The Class of 2020 has had so many memories taken away from them already: from sports seasons to drama performances to senior awards ceremonies and beyond. In many places across the country, it looks like there will be no choice but to add an in-person graduation to that list. That is why I have spent the past several weeks talking to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators to determine the best possible plans for producing a Virtual Graduation Ceremony. I can’t personally produce every Virtual Graduation across the country (Although our team at Perlow Productions will try!), …


If you are a fan of Major League Baseball, you have probably heard of the term Moneyball, a term for the approach taken from now legendary Oakland A’s General Manager Billie Beane. Beane’s concept was to use his small salary cap to shrewdly pay for players that put up the right stats but did not command large salaries for it in order to maximize the only stat that truly matters for a ball club: wins. He started a data analytics revolution in baseball, and now every team hires top notch statisticians in order to maximize the amount of wins they…


Earlier this month, a Federal judge ruled that the MTA must tackle their disability access problem by adding an elevator to a subway station every time they make renovations. For many New Yorkers, this news probably came and went without much thought on the matter. However, for the over 11% of New York’s population that have disclosed they are living with a disability, this could be the most important news they read all year.

So just how much of a problem is the New York subway system for handicapped individuals? To put it into perspective, just imagine your daily commute…

Jon Cooper

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