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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 […]

Illustration by Ryan Bell

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 […]

Illustration by Audrey Hettleman

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 […]


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 […]


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. […]

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Show Up or Grow Up: why our attendance policy needs to change

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Have you ever sat in a classroom listening to a substitute teacher drone on name after name, repeating them with no response, because half of the class failed to show up? At Redwood, students quickly grow accustomed to the frequent absences of their peers, and teachers often experience one or two of their students missing […]

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Reinventing learning: it’s time for tablets

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At Redwood, sometimes it feels like there is so much pressure to succeed―to learn better, to learn more, to learn faster. This pressure, however, does not need to be as significant as it currently is because there is an easy, cost-effective solution that could help students at Redwood learn more quickly and efficiently: replacing textbooks […]


Is private education worth the cost?

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Every year, well-intentioned parents funnel thousands of dollars into private schools, hoping to further their kids’ success. However, in affluent places with superior public schools, like Marin, the only thing large tuition costs guarantee is a decrease in family savings. In a recent Bark survey, 56 percent of students reported that they chose Redwood over […]