Best pathways to education are rugged and steep

As Woodstock students, we live in one of the most beautiful parts of India, the foothills of the Himalayas. This biodiverse location is what makes outdoor education such a valuable part of the curriculum. Woodstock seeks to educate each one of its pupils through the environment around us. However, I fear that the school’s outdoor […]

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Cash or compassion: which do we value?

Woodstock prides itself on the fact that it attracts students from all parts of the world, from different cultural, religious and social backgrounds.  But do we ever stop to consider the true implications of this? To consider the fact that Woodstock is home to a community of students from not only different ethnic backgrounds, but […]

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Get up and do something

Nobody should come to Woodstock just for a traditional “academic” experience. While academics at the school are supported by mostly strong faculty, the fact remains that simply utilizing only these resources, which many students fail to do, does not constitute education at the school. Woodstock was founded in perhaps one of the most isolated, beautiful […]

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Seniors and SAT stress

I am never getting into colleges! I have heard this phrase from various different classmates in the last one month, more frequently in the past week. Classmates who prepare for SAT endlessly, for hours, with shaky hands and droopy eyes — all because of the lack of sleep and excessive caffeine intake.  With SAT looming […]

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A Convenient Lie

As I observed dying turtles and choking marine animals painted all over my Instagram feed, I wondered if these images actually motivate people to make a change. After encountering numerous occasions of my peers bleating about minor inconveniences like the food for lunch, or the walk up to school, – despite the fact that we […]

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We must overcome menstruation stigma

Many in the Woodstock community might find it shocking that some women around India use cow feces as a substitute for a sanitary pad, but many of these women do not have a choice. As hard as it might be to accept this fact, especially after seeing young activists constantly trying to break taboos about […]

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‘We don’t need no education,’ why pop culture hates school

In 1979, Pink Floyd, a psychedelic rock band, released “Another Brick In The Wall,” where its chorus rang, “we don’t need no education//we don’t need no thought control.” Later in 2014, Charli XCX, an English singer and songwriter released the song “Break the Rules,” that reached the 36th position in the Billboard Hot 100. The […]

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Water is running out; so is time

The month of May marks a dire deterioration of the water situation of Mussoorie and the rest of India. Even by just taking a step outside of our school campus, one can see hundreds of people filling up at nearby a water outlet, awaiting the few droplets of water that flow once a day for […]

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Adults should not intervene in student politics

When the Student Council presidential candidates opened the floor to questions after their speeches last week, several staff members took the opportunity to call into question the candidates’ skills and ideas. Several of these comments made by staff members were considered especially discouraging and targeted towards specific candidates, thereby raising questions about the appropriate extent […]

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Define yourself by character, not grades

People often use the example of Bill Gates being a Harvard dropout to define success as a result of hard work and not the outcome of receiving a world-class education with the highest grades.   However, when the grade 10 AP World History preliminary results were released a few days ago, it suddenly occurred to […]

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