Self-driving cars: dangerous robots until proven safe March 27, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Rachel Zhang Google’s self-driving car is a hands-free automobile that allows users to sit back and relax, while it navigates through traffic for them. The car’s potential release date is between 2017 and 2020. Unfortunately, self-driving cars are no longer a distant fantasy. read more » Staff editorial: AP classes should be geared toward learning, not just passing AP tests March 27, 2015 — by Ashley Chen and Ariel Liu Last year, more than 500 students took almost 1,300 AP exams, which amounts to an average of one AP test for each student at the school. Of those students, 93 percent received qualifying scores, which means they will probably be guaranteed some sort of credit for their work if they attend a state system Given this reality, it may seem natural for AP teachers to tailor their curriculum to having their students achieve for a perfect score of 5 on the tests. This test-focused mind-set, however, undermines the quality of education students can receive. read more » Winter guard deserves more recognition (and gym time) March 27, 2015 — by Claire Chou and Isabelle Tseng One of the school’s strengths is the vast variety of extracurricular activities offered to students. Unfortunately, not all of these activities are recognized equally: sports such as football and basketball are higher profile regardless of how well or poorly the team is actually doing, while others remain under the radar. One such group is winter guard. read more » Trashing healthy dishes: New lunch regulations too strict March 27, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Rachel Zhang The caloric intake of a food item does not always correlate with its nutritional value, and thus should not be considered an important factor in deciding the healthiness of a food item. This is a misconception evident in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a piece of federal legislation passed in 2010 that allows USDA to enact healthy lunch reforms in schools in hopes of combating child obesity. read more » Battle against Islamophobia continues March 27, 2015 — by Michelle Cen and Karissa Dong After watching the January release “American Sniper,” media users shared their discriminatory views of Arabs and Muslims. Twitter user @harshnewyorker stated the conviction of many: “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are — vermin scum intent on destroying us.” The Academy Award-winning Iraq war movie, adapted from the autobiography of now-deceased Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, merely reinforced the American public’s bigoted perception of Muslims. read more » A minority opinion: Recent rolling block decision sets a bad precedent March 27, 2015 — by Ashley Chen and Eric Sze While many students applaud the rolling block schedule decision as a step in reducing student stress and improving the quality of each class period, the positive effects of the rolling block are still questionable. And because Robinson announced this change without much discussion with Saratoga’s nearly 1,400 students and 70-teacher staff, previous concerns about the efficacy of rolling block have not been addressed. read more » Jon Stewart leaves ‘The Daily Show’: what now? March 22, 2015 — by David Fan and Helen Wong On Feb. 10, Jon Stewart announced that he would be retiring from The Daily Show by the end of this year. When we first heard this news, we were astonished and saddened by the fact that one of our favorite TV hosts was leaving. read more » Time management lessons ought to be offered March 12, 2015 — by Kelly Xiao One way to curb the “student-dies-then cries-over-APs” issue is to offer time management lessons or tutorial sessions to increase students’ ability to handle rigorous course loads. read more » Planned rolling block schedule shows promise for the future March 6, 2015 — by the third-period Falcon staff After years of discussion about a possible switch to a full block schedule, the school recently made the decision to switch to the format in the 2016-2017. read more » A need for more collaboration between Redwood Middle School and Saratoga High March 5, 2015 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar and Summer Smith SHS and Redwood should collaborate on helping prepare middle school students for high school and on classroom content especially in math and language courses, which depend on sequential knowledge. read more » firstprevious...1020304050...110111112113114...120130140150160...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.