Defending military education

Defending military education

When it comes to colleges, students at Harvard-Westlake can be tunnel visioned to say the least. Some students decide they need to go to an Ivy. Others will only look at schools with the best engineering programs or history departments or tennis teams. Instead, it is important that, as students, we take a step back […]

Appreciating our education

Appreciating our education

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work with student volunteers from other schools at an event on campus. While stuffing gift bags in the lounge, one of the volunteers glanced at the deans’ offices. “My school doesn’t look like this,” she murmured. As we made our way upstairs to open the math classrooms, […]

When It Rains, It Pours: UTLA teachers go on strike against LAUSD

When It Rains, It Pours: UTLA teachers go on strike against LAUSD

The streets were a sea of red. As Aaron Rovinsky (University High School ’19) maneuvered his car down crowded boulevards in downtown Los Angeles, he watched as streams of teachers, students and parents marched toward the Los Angeles Unified School District Board headquarters. Sporting scarlet ponchos and clasping colorful umbrellas, the protesters extended for tens […]

Mistreatment of the majority

When people across America sit staring at their screens, watching a needle move left or right and dots on a diagram turn red or blue, it becomes easy to wonder if people are voting for the candidates themselves or just for their party. With few notable exceptions, Democrats and Republicans are the only real option […]

School administration receives results from Stanford survey

School administrators received results from the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences that middle and upper school students took last spring. The results include information ranging from workload to classroom enjoyment and will be used to determine how to improve student life. President Rick Commons presented his early findings during his opening remarks to the […]

Bubbled In: Standardized Testing in AP Course Curricula

Bubbled In: Standardized Testing in AP Course Curricula

After taking her first unit test in an Advanced Placement class at the beginning of junior year, Alyse Tran ’18 said she felt:   a) Frustration b) A decline in motivation c) Helplessness d) All of the above The correct answer is D. The test was an old AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam issued […]

New To Voting

New To Voting

As the California primary election draws near, many seniors at Harvard-Westlake say they feel prepared to vote knowledgeably for a presidential candidate, but some juniors who will turn 18 before the June or November elections say they wish the school integrated politics more regularly into the curriculum. This fall, Marisa Hattler ’16, along with many […]

An education that does not adequately prepare us

An education that does not adequately prepare us

“Why am I learning this information that I will never use in my life?” If any student asks an adult this question, one that haunts our minds while in math class, he or she will be lied to. They will receive a blank look from someone who doesn’t know any better themselves. That person will […]