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The power of Beyoncè

The power of Beyoncè

By Beth Beasley

March 26, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Beyoncé Knowles, or “Queen Bey” as fans like to call her, is a worldwide sensation on the stage, the Billboard Top 10 charts, and in the classrooms. Universities such as Rutgers, Harvard, and the University of Texas have started to offer classes like “Politicizing Beyoncé,” which covers topics...

Student launches sign language course

Student launches sign language course

By Sydney Czyzon

March 16, 2015


Filed under School

When her freshman year began, current sophomore Kendall Fris was disappointed to learn that Joliet West lacked an American Sign Language (ASL) course. Since her mother is a Sign Language interpreter, Fris had a serious interest in learning how to speak with her hands. However, instead of just accepting...

Elementary schedules more academic, less culturally rich

Elementary schedules more academic, less culturally rich

By Jessica Gross and Ellie Gavin

February 23, 2015


Filed under School, Showcase

A first grade teacher watches her students as the clock ticks towards 2:55. Little fingers rub tired eyes and stifle yawns. Beneath desks, legs shake restlessly. It’s been a long day. The teacher sighs and closes her classroom door.

Looking at the literature canon through a feminist lens

Looking at the literature canon through a feminist lens

By Abbey Branco and Reid Santos, Dartmouth High School

January 12, 2015


Filed under Books, Opinions, Showcase

Novels like The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and Of Mice and Men, despite differing genres and story plots, all bear one similarity: the gender of their authors. Dartmouth High's English curriculum does a good job of covering most periods of British and American history. However, the majority of l...

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

By Joe Jolley, Ballard HS, Seattle

November 20, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

This is a very clear attempt at censoring the uglier parts of U.S. history. Not only would this new “patriotic” course deprive students of a proper education, it would also be extremely damaging to the country it claims to be defending if implemented on any sort of large scale.

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

By Alexus Plascencia, A. A. Stagg HS, Stockton, Calif.

October 14, 2014


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Money is an issue. The class isn’t. With cooperative students, and the teacher carefully planning out what needs to be taught, both students and teacher expect the class to run smoothly.