School Segregation

Mirna Peralta made a short video about the history of school segregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and how it has impacted Garinger students and what they think should be done to fix this issue.

Conservatism in Garinger

Conservatism is very hot button issue in our society. We can clearly see it in our everyday life when we go to news outlets to get our daily news. Whether you get into a debate and get punched in the face, then have the media say that you were “allegedly attacked” even though there’s photographic evidence, or whether we harmlessly argue in classrooms, whenever we get into a conversation dealing with politics, we are quick to defend. We state our political stance and are ready to debate with anyone with the opposing view. This happens often in our classrooms.

Figure 1

Specifically, political debates occur in the classes that deal with politics. I did a survey on how students felt about Conservatives and how they felt about their censorship on the media. The survey was taken by students in a few classes that dealt with politics and society. The results of the survey and their implications will be shown further on in the article. The results were shocking but not unexpected since the classes were made up of mostly minority students, and most minorities tend to favor more Liberal Democrats. But nevertheless, these results are shocking since it means that some students may be getting biased news and which will shift their opinion when it comes to how they see the world and how they view those who are different from them.

In Figure 2, you can see how divided students were when it came to accepting their friend’s political point of view. Almost half of surveyed students answered ‘maybe’, which suggests that they will judge their friend’s opinion and if they like it, they will respect it and if they don’t like it, then they will not respect it.

Forms response chart. Question title: Would you respect your friends political ideology if they supported an opposing party? . Number of responses: 47 responses.
Figure 2.

Another question that was asked in the survey was “how biased do you think the media is”, with 1 being very biased and 5 being not biased at all. As seen in Figure 3, most students felt that the media is very biased. And since media is how everyone gets their information from, biased news outlets can affect how the students view politics in general.

Figure 3

Another question asked in the survey was “do you feel as if our country is divided politically because of fake news?”, and the results pictured in Figure 4 show that 85.1% of the students that were surveyed do believe that the media and fake news play a part in how our country is divided. This corresponds with Figure 3 where it was asked “how biased do you think the media is?” because it puts the students responses together. The two results show that students recognize that the media is biased (seen in Figure 3) and that because of that bias, our country is divided (seen in Figure 4).

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you feel as if our country is divided politically because of media and false news? . Number of responses: 47 responses.
Figure 4

Overall, this survey showed me that students at Garinger are aware of media bias and they do believe that it tears our country apart. What we have to do to lessen the effects of media bias is to get our information from various sources because if you get your information from one source and one source only, the news outlet may rearrange the story to favor their political bias. We should also spread more awareness about media bias because my survey only covered classes that dealt with politics but we have to see what others have to say.

Week 13 Senior of the Week : Michael Guerrero

This week senior of the week goes out to AP Honors Mr. student body Vice President of 2018-2019 who is also a member of LASA and also works for E2D. Michael can be seen at many events on campus and also having an optimistic attitude. Michael will be attending CPCC for one year and transferring to UNC Charlotte where he will be majoring in psychology. One of Michael’s future goals is to be just like Garinger’s College Adviser, Mr. Reyes. He wants to be a college adviser and help the high schoolers.

Michael Guerrero best memory of high school was building The Block. Michael’s biggest motivation are his parents. He said “My parents traveled and moved here from Mexico so that I could have better opportunities and an education. I want to make them proud of what I achieve. How heartwarming. An advice he has for the students are Garinger was “always persevere and try hard during your time at school so you can be successful.

Week 12 Senior of the Week : Julissa Aguirre

Everyone has something in their life that they enjoy doing. For Julissa Aguirre AP Honors student that is Band. Julissa is one of the two drum majors in the Blue Funk Sound Machine. Julissa absolutely loves music and hopes to become a Band Director after she attends Virginia State University where she will be studying Music Education and Music Theory.

Julissa Aguirre biggest Motivation is her family. She wants to be a positive role model for her younger siblings. Her biggest accomplishment was going to Nationals as a Drum Major and competing. An Advice Julissa has for the students are “Don’t let anyone get in your way of what you want to do. Smart choices will benefit you in the long run.”

Week 11 Senior of the Week : Ruth Kalume

Most students do not enjoy school but for Ruth Kalume that is a different story. Ruth Kalume is president of National Honor Society and the Senior Class. She also has her own story on the CMs page. Ruth will be attending the University of North Caroline of Greensboro as part of the Honors College program where she will be studying Computer Science and International Business.

Ruth Kalume biggest motivation is her parents and their journey to the United States from Congo. Her best memory was all of the events held with her clubs and having fun with friends and making a difference. An advice she has for the students is “Enjoy the moment and know that making mistakes is okay, but you must learn from them to get better.”

Week 10 Senior of the Week : Tim Shar

Many students at Garinger are bilingual but have you ever met someone who can speak up to FOUR different languages?! Well then that means you have not met Tim Shar yet. Tim Shar is an AP honors student who loves math and chemistry and also known for playing soccer as a part of our Varsity Soccer Program. He will attend Belmont Abbey College where he will play soccer and study math and science.

Tim is driven by an intense desire to be more successful than he was the day before. His biggest accomplishment was being a part of the Varsity Soccer Program and playing club soccer outside of school and with other people around Charlotte. His favorite quote is “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” An advice Tim has for Garinger students is “Stick to your own goals and stay motivated to be successful for yourself. Don’t be less than successful.”

Week 9 Senior of the Week : Elli Pineda

Giving off a positive attitude and vibe is what everyone needs and want in life. Elli is always smiling and trying to make sure every interaction he has is positively impacted by his presence. Elli Pineda is an honors student on the JROTC Armed Squad and Flag Detail Team and is also Captain and Officer in JROTC. He is also involved in yearbook and does community service. He will be attending CPCC for two years where he will study science and then transfer to with either NC State or UNC- Charlotte to study Computer Science.

Elli’s best high school memory was being involved in JROTC and winning the East side Book Study Competition. His biggest motivation is being able to wake up every morning and knowing he is closer to graduation. He is driving by the desire to make people SMILE! His biggest accomplishment was being named Officer in JROTC and being able to compete and serve the community. An advice Elli has for the Students is ” You should hang out with the right people and surround yourself with people who will make you better and not bring you down. Focus in classes and fins an activity that motivates you.”