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The DC Witch Hunt

“Witch-hunt.” “Screwed over.” “Three day.” “This is BS.” “Should have lied.” A common thread runs through the attitudes of students with a DC on their record: resentment. There exists a perception among DA students that the administration is “out to get us.” Although the ...

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Turning a Blind Eye to Character Education?

Does Deerfield train us to solely focus on the destination, rather than to immerse ourselves in all that the journey has to offer? When students receive bad test grades, rather than asking themselves what they can learn from their mistakes and how they can become better students, their train of ...

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For the Girls?

I would like to start this article with a disclaimer. The following op-ed is made up of the opinions of a 17-year-old boy in high school. In no way, shape or form was this written to offend anyone or anyone’s beliefs. These are merely my observations and opinions. You can ignore them or take them ...

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Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader, First and foremost, I would like to extend my gratitude to Charlotte Allen and the entire 2013-14 Scroll Board. You have transformed The Scroll into a platform for serious dialogue between students, alumni and the administration. Under your leadership, The Scroll has addressed many ...

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Rejection: Not Your Fault

It’s true: compared to last year, fewer Deerfield seniors have gained admission to Ivy League universities. But the reason for this decline in acceptances is not because our seniors are less committed, involved, athletic or intelligent. As I understand it, the lower Ivy admission rate is due to ...

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Starving for Acceptance

Deerfield, our own little world—in which we are quite literally never apart—runs the risk of fostering a detrimental competitive environment. This close proximity to one another can have a hugely adverse effect on how we begin to treat and view ourselves. Coming in as a new sophomore from the ...

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Burns Slams College Board Conformity

In my American Studies class, I never had to study for a test. Looking back, I only ever picked up my textbook because I truly wanted to understand and learn. We were told from the beginning that this was not a class that would “teach to the test,” but rather a class that would teach us how to ...

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Response to Krugman

We write in response to Joshua Krugman’s “Open Letter to the Deerfield Community,” recently published in the Deerfield Scroll. Mr. Krugman’s complaints are focused on the purported role of Trustee David Koch, with whom Mr. Krugman has political disagreement.  David Koch has been a valuable ...

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Krugman ’09 Speaks Out Against Kochs

Dear Students, Faculty Staff, Alumni and Friends, I think that I speak for many alumni when I express concern at the outsized power David Koch enjoys legislatively and culturally at Deerfield Academy today, in light of his appointment to an unprecedented lifetime position on the Board of Trustees. ...

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Did It Get Better?

Contributing Writer Last summer, a group of prep school students “on the spectrum” (LGBT) met in New York City to discuss being gay at boarding school. Coordinated by a Phillips Andover graduate, the meeting took place at a small cafe in the Village. I will never forget the response when I said ...

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