The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

As Upper School History Department Head Greg Gonzalez and history teacher Francine Werner discuss the age-old debate in the history community about teaching a Eurocentric world history, other teachers in the history office can’t help but chime in. “Is this the ‘all-west versus the rest’ discussion?” asks one teacher passing by. As the topic of […]

Administration meets with affinity groups to discuss diversity, slur controversy

Student members of Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club, Gender-Sexuality Awareness Club, La Femme Club and Latin-American Students Organization met with members of the faculty and administration this afternoon to discuss the recent controversy over student use of racial and homophobic slurs and how to better promote diversity on campus. After alumni shared a Facebook […]

School to take disciplinary action following racial, homophobic slur controversy

School to take disciplinary action following racial, homophobic slur controversy

In light of reports of students using homophobic and racial slurs in social media posts, President Rick Commons sent an email to the Harvard-Westlake community condemning the language and behavior and promising administrative action. A Facebook post shared by alumni contained students’ social media posts, which were originally shared on students’ private accounts and included repeated use of […]

Deans implement new admissions policy

The deans will enact a new admissions policy starting with the class of 2018 where Single-Choice Early Action applications to Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford will be treated as Early Decision applications. Under this policy, the deans will not allow a student who is accepted to one of the four schools to submit applications to […]

Tatted Teens

Tatted Teens

When talk show host Wendy Williams asked reality star Kim Kardashian if she had any tattoos, Kardashian responded, “Would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?” While some students, like Kardashian, think that tattoos deface one’s body, others see them as a form of self-expression and appreciate them for their individuality. “The Bentley will […]

Discovery through lenses

Olivia Bautista ’18 stands at the Starfish Impact School in Guatemala and plays a video of her grandmother talking in Spanish about how, when she was 12 and living in Mexico, she could no longer afford to attend school. Tears fill in the eyes of several Guatemalan teenage girls at the school to whom this […]

Different DMV Preferences

Different DMV Preferences

When Naomi Barlava ’17 made her appointment last May for a behind-the-wheel driving test, she did the unspeakable — she made the appointment at the Santa Monica branch of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Her friends had told her to save herself the trouble and take the test at the Winnetka DMV, which has […]

Seniors named Presidential Scholars

Seven seniors were named candidates for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. The program honors high school seniors for either academic abilities, artistic talent or accomplishments in career or technological education to encourage educational excellence. Students who score high on the SAT or ACT exams are automatically considered. Semifinalists will be announced in April and […]

Students to participate in hackathon

Students will collaborate in computer programming and learn about technological entrepreneurship at Hack HW, a 36-hour student hackathon Jan. 16-17. Participants will divide into multiple groups and work on a programming project throughout the event as part of a competition. Though most hackathon participants generally create apps or websites, students are free to pursue whatever […]

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