Investing in Education: Early childhood education and its implications for the future

In an ideal world, universal child care would give every child equal opportunity from birth. While all states in the US have their own education system, they all follow the basic model of K-12. However, this model fails to recognize the most important years of a child’s development, from birth to age five.  Universal child…

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Palantir Protests: I.C.E’s presence in Palo Alto

Although it is not unusual to see a crowd of people in downtown Palo Alto on a Friday, on Aug. 30, it was clear that the crowd did not come for a cup of coffee.  Chants like “Palantir, you can’t hide! We charge you with genocide!” roared through the crowd as the protesters marched. With…

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#Activism: Social media and its impact on social activism

Online activism, also known as “hashtag activism,” has reached millions of people across the world. Hashtag   activism allows anyone who has access to the internet to become active civic participants, something that was not possible just a couple decades ago. A notorious example of online activism in motion was the #IceBucketChallenge in 2014, which…

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The Hong Kong Effect: The Impact of the Hong Kong Protests 7000 miles away

As of when this issue will be printed, the infamous 2019 Hong Kong Protests, originally started to oppose an extradition bill that would allow criminals to be transported to China, will have gone on for five months now. When there is a movement in America, the effect on Americans is apparent. However, when it comes…

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The Disloyalty Charge: How Jews have been perceived as disloyal throughout history and how it impacts us today

Living in Palo Alto, I haven’t personally experienced outright anti-Semitism. Aside from general ignorance and the errant Holocaust joke, I just don’t have to deal with it. Of course I know people who have, and I know how it impacts my family, but my experiences of anti-Semitism don’t compare to those of people in other…

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Gallery: Paly Pride

Pride parades are held every year to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community around the world. The San Francisco Pride Parade is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ parades in the world and is organized by a non-profit organization called The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee. On June 30, Paly students celebrated…

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Climate Contribution: Our city’s efforts and how you can help reduce impacts

Millions of people displaced from rising sea levels. Drought, famine and natural disasters from extreme weather events are expected to increase. These are just a few realities of a world where we don’t change our habits. Staggering statistics on Climate Change are released every year, warning of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, but as…

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Social Justice Pathway Updates

PRACTICING POETS A Social Justice Pathway English 10-A class works on a poetry assignment. The students choose a social justice issue they are passionate about, write a poem from that perspective, then present the poems to the class. “It [Poetry slam] has the same tenants of revision [as the English classes not in the pathway]…

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Not-so-American Dream: New book illustrates the reality of being an immigrant

For generations, many have dreamed of immigrating to first world countries, believing that with relocating, comes a better life and a better future. That is, until their wish comes true. This is the idea that author Dina Nayeri, explores in her new autobiography ‘The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You,’ published in May.  …

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