Opinion

2018-05-14 13-57

Allowing test retakes provides students more chances to succeed

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I will never forget the six pillars of character I learned when I attended Bacich Elementary School. They instilled in my peers and me to always be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and have good citizenship. These traits stuck with me because I was encouraged to practice them over and over again after I made […]

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The Creation of Sexuality Labels Generates Conformity

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For centuries, the most common sexual orientation has been “straight.” Those who identified with a different orientation in the past often experienced harassment from others. Today, people still experience some of that same harassment. According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2012, LGBT youth were twice as likely as their peers to report having been […]

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Helicopter parenting needs to end

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“I have a friend who had the ultimate helicopter parents. When she went to college she completely freaked out having to be on her own and because of that she dropped out,” said sophomore Whitney Johnson. The idea of hovering over your child may seem endearing and loving. Instead, it is creating lasting problems for […]

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World History bias towards European accomplishments

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World History is a course taught to hundreds of sophomore students every year, however the course is not as worldly as its name indicates, as it primarily showcases the history of Europe.  One does not have to look any further than the index of the World History textbook adopted by the Tamalpais Union High School […]

Make the student in ‘student-athlete’ the priority

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My sophomore year, physical education (P.E.) started off with the dreaded, even hated, swim unit. In this unit students learn how to dive, side stroke, swim with their head up, float, tread water and perform many other swimming skills. Although learning swim techniques at school would be considered a privilege for many kids, for an […]

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New California: The hazards of dividing the Golden State

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On Jan. 15, a group of political activists gathered in a small conference room in Marysville, California with a single goal in mind: to divide California in two. Vice chairman Robert Paul Preston of the aptly titled “New California” movement took the stage at 11 a.m. to read out their own independence doctrine, declaring the […]

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Why increasing athletic opportunities would be a splash

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In the fall of 2014, current senior Kaitlyn Yang was a freshman at Redwood High School. Although she swam competitively for about six years prior to entering high school, jumping into the pool at her inaugural tryout was Yang’s first time ever playing water polo. The sport felt difficult in the beginning, but she pushed […]

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What’s at steak: Why Marin should consume less beef

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Two friends walk into the modern atmosphere of The Counter, music is playing in the background, and they slide into the nearest booth. They order two one-pound cheese burgers, fries and shakes, ignorant to the true impact of their seemingly innocent lunch date. With the amount of energy used to create their burgers, one could […]

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Redwood needs to unblock social media from the wifi

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Since the first phone was patented in the United States in 1876, the role of cellular devices has grown exponentially. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, over 90 percent of adults have a cell phone that they use for various tasks including messaging, calling, playing games and shopping. Social media is also a growing […]

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What’s Sleep Again?

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It is a Wednesday at Redwood High School, and I am sitting in my first period class at eight in the morning. After observing my fellow classmates, I notice that they are either complaining about being tired or quietly laying their head down on a desk, trying to catch a few more minutes of sleep. […]