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Tea: what’s up with that?

Tea: what's up with that?

By Sarah Sommer

May 19, 2015

Tea is quite the concept. People all around the world take little baggies full of herbs, stick them in hot water, and then drink them. People have habits and designated “tea-times,” favorite combinations, and special recipes. However, you may as well be sipping on a freshly brewed cup of leaves,...

APUSH controversy spreads beyond Oklahoma

APUSH controversy spreads beyond Oklahoma

March 2, 2015

Recently, lawmakers in Oklahoma have been doing their best to eliminate AP U.S. History (APUSH) from high schools statewide. Opponents of the curriculum argue that it neglects to teach important facets of American history, and that it casts the nation in an unfavorable, even unpatriotic, light. What...

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

By Morgan Menin and Amy Shim

February 20, 2015

Opponents of the revised 2014-2015 AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam have begun a patriotic uproar against the College Board and its released framework for the modified test. Teachers and politicians have described the curriculum as “liberally biased” and “radically revisionist,” and claim the...

The unbroken Spoke

The unbroken Spoke

By Meredith Oldham, The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

February 9, 2015

The year was 1964. Gas cost 30 cents per gallon. The Beatles were embarking on their first world tour. Americans were fighting the war in Vietnam. Neil Armstrong had not yet walked on the moon (and wouldn’t for another five years). Where the Ann Richards School is today stood a race track. Red Lobster...

MLK Day honors King’s dream, legacy

MLK Day honors King's dream, legacy

By Katie Valley, Kearsley High School

January 26, 2015

Many students appreciate "MLK Day" as a welcome reprieve from school. But how much do you know about the man behind the holiday? Katie Valley at Kearsley High School has published a great longform piece that explores Martin Luther King's roots, activism, life and death. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luth...

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

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.

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

By Michelle Gomes, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.

November 7, 2014

One of the listed accomplishments on Springbrook High School’s website is that the school has the highest number of freshmen students enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH). However, this fact is not something to brag about due to the number of students failing the exam. AP...

Social studies students learn how life was in colonial Williamsburg

Students from a mix of classes gained a first hand perspective on colonial life.

By Mia Karr, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Va.

November 21, 2013

Fifteen students now know what’s it’s like to march in the colonial army during the American Revolution, attend a trial for a woman accused of witchcraft and watch a musket be fired. Students in the AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. History, and Dual-Enrollment U.S. History classes got to experience history...