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Scheduling Conflicts with SBAC Testing

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Last year, high schools in California introduced the newest iteration of standardized testing: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, also know as SBAC. The school’s primary issue with SBAC testing no longer revolves around the content on the exam itself. The problem nowis scheduling conflicts, which...

Corporations are the Real Common Core Culprits

Spencer Dembner, News Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

It’s easy to forget that before the Common Core became the one thing everyone can agree to hate, it was the one thing everyone could agree on. Created in 2008 by a partnership of idealistic education reformers and the National Governors’ Association, the Common Core State Standards initiative originally...

Taking Too Many AP Classes is Overrated

Chris Dadok and Rachel Lu

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Throughout the years, the intent of AP courses has changed dramatically. However, one constant remains the same — the content for AP level courses are meant to prepare students for college, and many colleges do accept high AP scores as college credit, which saves tuition and allows students to get...

How to Handle Junior Prom at LAHS

Emily Aoki and Jessica King

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

In past years, juniors have expressed disappointment at the lack of a junior prom, and Jordan Auerbach and his friends are no exception. Over the winter break, Jordan and his friends, juniors Cooper Cornell, Tyler Grant, Kyle Godfrey, Lee Staufenbiel and Ryan Young, came up with the idea that the junior...

AP Human Geography Diversifies Social Studies Department

Savita Govind, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

With already rigorous course options and limited choices, all students deserve the chance to study the world in a new light, from interpreting maps to using satellite images and aerial photographs. The AP Human Geography course offers each one of these opportunities and much more to its students. Next...

Harvard is “Turning the Tide” — naively

Spencer Dembner, News Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

When it comes to shaking up the college process, there’s a new leader in town. Forget the Colleges that Change Lives, forget the Hidden Ivies, forget affordable public education. No, if you really want to be on the cutting edge, you’ll have to visit the obscure, scrappy school which has established...

Jim Takes a Break: Interlude

Jim Takes a Break: Interlude

Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer

March 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Issue-6, Opinions

There’s not much to talk about on the college front besides the cacophony of thumb-twiddling that’s taking place as we wait for late-March admissions. There’s also the happy truth that college is currently a bit “out of sight, out of mind” and I’d rather not dwell on something that’s better...

“Turning the Tide” on College Admissions

Anisha Desai and Julia Santos

March 21, 2016


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

There is a possibility that community service, contributions to family life and accomplishments based on quality will be valued by college admissions just as much — or even more — than GPA, the number of AP or Honors classes taken or standardized testing scores. Harvard University and 88 other colleges...

John Steinbeck: On the Verge of Extinction

John Steinbeck: On the Verge of Extinction

Claire Bai and Rachel Lu

March 21, 2016


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

George and Lennie. Crooks, Curly and Candy. These are all characters with whom we have traveled in the adventure “Of Mice and Men” our freshman year, but who won’t be passed on to the next generation. This year, the English department has pulled the text from the ninth grade Survey of Composition...

Youth Desensitization in the U.S.

David Lisbonne, Senior Writer

March 20, 2016


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions, Web Exclusive

Out of the 365 days in 2015, the United States saw 372 mass murders –– classified as four or more people killed or injured –– with 475 deaths and 1,870 injuries, according to PBS. With this staggering and terrifying data comes a problem less exposed: youth desensitization. This current outpouring of of v...

Rich, Educated and Unvaccinated

Rich, Educated and Unvaccinated

Miranda Li, Staff Writer, Graphic Artist

February 13, 2016


Filed under Issue-5, Opinions

  Los Altos is sitting in the middle of one the most important and alarming public health phenomena of this era. We live in the epicenter of a dangerous anomaly, an anomaly which is simultaneously biological, ethical and psychological. In the Bay Area and in other pockets throughout the United S...

Negative effects of modern consumer culture

Negative effects of modern consumer culture

Akhil Jakatdar and Michael Sieffert

December 15, 2015


Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

In modern society, big technology companies like Apple, Google, Netflix and Facebook have revolutionized the way consumers react and behave toward new products. Modern consumerism isn’t inherently bad, but its effects have a negative impact on the modern society overall. As consumers, it makes sense...

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