Asian-Americans prompted to change name for “American” friendliness May 12, 2009 — by Sulmaan Hassan At the crux of America is its plethora of cultural diversity that is sometimes referred to as a “melting pot” or “salad bowl.” However, surprisingly (or, perhaps,not so surprisingly), Texans of Chinese descent were recently faced with a dilemma that utterly contradicts this foundation of coexistent acceptance. These citizens were turned away from the polls because the names on their IDs did not correspond with those on the incompetently assembled voter lists. read more » Obama’s apologies make room for improvement May 7, 2009 — by Nandini Ruparel When President Barack Obama went to Europe this year, he did so with a mission: to reconcile America and the European countries that have often been at odds in recent years. He said, “There have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive…”. This, coupled with bowing to the Saudi Arabian king, has made it seem our president has set himself up for criticism from the country by looking weak in front of our allies. However, Obama is doing the right thing. George W. Bush strained in Europe, as a result of his foreign policy. The U.S. is viewed as a bully, and that impression can be damaging. read more » Challenge Day changes little in high school April 27, 2009 — by Tim Tsai For one day on March 17, a gym full of students connected on an emotional level—with none of the invisible barriers that usually fill the high school hallways. Students shared their deepest fears, insecurities and secrets with complete strangers. They formed bonds between former enemies. Students and staff empathized with one another on issues involving family problems, abuse and violence. They shed tears and tore down walls of human separation, revealing acceptance and love. But do the effects of Challenge Day remain? read more » Top ten downsides to Spring Fling April 24, 2009 — by Ben Clement and Sulmaan Hassan 10. Houses get TPed… the good ones get egged 9. Gender roles are reversed… which can be very confusing. read more » Digital versions preferable to school textbooks April 20, 2009 — by Brandon Yang For decades, students have been given massive textbooks, some to be carried back and forth between school and home, others left alone and forgot until June. Many of these books are old and damaged, the newer ones already deteriorating. It is time to think about replacing these with something more advanced and less destructible: digital textbooks. read more » Increasing class sizes should be a last resort April 20, 2009 — by Synthia Ling and Pia Mishra In desperate attempts to solve the state’s long-term fiscal problems, lawmakers recently passed the 2009 state budget plan that involves cutting $2.6 billion from K-12 apportionments. These apportionments are what generally provide the support for local school districts throughout California and nearly 1/5 of the budget cuts are coming from reducing these funds. When all is said in done this leaves the educational community with a loss of $787 per student, according to the California Progress Report. With the news of the budget cuts, districts all over California are struggling to scrap up what they can from what’s left of the budget. With the rapidly increasing California budget crisis, the district has decided that for the 2009-10 school year, they will increase class sizes to cope with the devastating financial limits. read more » Merit pay for teachers makes sense April 17, 2009 — by Shannon Galvin and Vijay Menon For almost any other occupation across the country, good performance, not how many years spent on the job or number of degrees possessed, merits the bonuses or increased pay. The time has come for public education to follow this model as well. Merit pay is a bold idea—within public education—but everywhere else it’s taken as common sense. read more » Challenge Day necessary for student bonding April 17, 2009 — by Shannon Galvin “All you need is love,” sang the Beatles in one of their songs. And to make Challenge Day work in the days that follow, that’s exactly what we need. On March 17, about 80 students joined together in the gym for a day to break down stereotypes and develop a community. After a whole morning of energetic icebreakers and cheesy dancing, students broke into small groups. For many, it was one of their first opportunities at school to simply talk about the troubles they had stacked on their plate. read more » Let’s Facebook stalk together! April 16, 2009 — by Elizabeth Cheng and Kavya Nagarajan Be careful what you post on Facebook because just about everyone who is your friend will see. The new layout guarantees it. read more » Strange but true: Cage fighting in a Texas school April 16, 2009 — by Amalie MacGowan and Uttara Sivaram In ancient Rome, criminals were once released in the middle of a gigantic coliseum filled with armed and dangerous gladiators. After the trumpet sounded, the wrongdoers and the gladiators would have a go at one another, to the intense entertainment of the Roman citizens who had assembled to watch the carnage. After the gladiators effectively eliminated the population of wrongdoers in the coliseum, the audience would meander out, eyes bright with the memory of a good, plain fight. Apparently, times have not changed much since then. A recent acquisition of old documents following an investigation into Dallas school districts discovered a strange pastime that had once been regularly practiced at the South Oak Cliff High School from the year 2003 to about 2005. Students had been encouraged—sometimes even forced—to resolve their disputes physically; namely, in steel utility cages located in the boys’ locker room. The students would be locked inside the cage during lunch to battle it out with only their bare fists. Others at the school, including staff members, looked on, apparently amused. read more » firstprevious...1020304050...184185186187188...200...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.