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Op-Ed: ‘Everyday Math’ Method Revolutionizes Education

Tools to tackle complex math problems. 
Photographer: Yasmeen Namazie '15

By Yasmeen Namazie

March 19, 2014

The University of Chicago School of Mathematics developed a new scientific model to teach mathematics in public schools. The name of the project is “Everyday Mathematics.” Currently, over 220,000 public institutions have implemented this system. Read More »...

Commentary: Archer’s Diversity Day is Important

Commentary: Archer's Diversity Day is Important

By Haley Kerner

March 2, 2014

On Jan. 29, 2014, Archer celebrated Diversity Day. Read More »

Op-Ed: The Home Team Advantage

Op-Ed: The Home Team Advantage

By Marcela Riddick

February 24, 2014

Thursday, Feb. 20, Laguna Beach High School: Two referees, one score table, and Laguna Beach fans versus three Archer coaches and their supporters. Was the home-team advantage out of hand? Read More »...

Op-Ed: Don’t Fall Prey to Tumblr’s Trap

Op-Ed: Don’t Fall Prey to Tumblr’s Trap

By Sarah Wagner

February 5, 2014

Millions of people visit the popular website, Tumblr, each day.  Don't get me wrong, there are many beautiful images on this site that inspire people everyday. However, people can also be negatively inspired as well. Tumblr has a bit of a dark side, a series of blogs that promote eating disorders and/or ...

Op-Ed: North Korea Might Not Be a Joke

Op-Ed: North Korea Might Not Be a Joke

By Beatrix Rowland

December 17, 2013

North Korea has been a growing threat to United States, and while many seem to find it to merely be a joke, it is a threat to the world as a growing nuclear power and as a huge violator of human rights. Read More »...

Op-Ed: The Mandela Effect

Op-Ed: The Mandela Effect

By Haley Kerner

December 17, 2013

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." —Nelson Mandela Read More »...

Op-Ed: The Messages in Songs Matter

Op-Ed: The Messages in Songs Matter

By Sarah Wagner

December 11, 2013

When did our society decide that a catchy beat is an excuse for a horrible message? “It’s just a song, stop overanalyzing everything.”  “The artist didn’t mean it in that way.” I am tired of hearing these responses to critiques of messages in music and pop culture; what motivated the arti...

Op-Ed: ‘Catching Fire’ Pushes Beyond the Feminist Appeal

Op-Ed: 'Catching Fire' Pushes Beyond the Feminist Appeal

By Yasmeen Namazie

December 10, 2013

Catching Fire is the second book of Suzanne Collins' trilogy "The Hunger Games." After its release as a major film production on Nov. 22, 2013, it has attracted a wide array of judgments, criticism and praise for its powerful female lead and inverted use of gender roles. Read More »...

Archer Community questions homework load

Archer Community questions homework load

By Sarah Wagner

December 4, 2013

There has been a lot of buzz in the faculty about the upper school homework load recently. It seems that so many schools simply give kids “busy work” or homework with no real benefit other than ruining an otherwise enjoyable evening, and the Archer faculty does not want that to happen. Read...

Op-Ed: A Culture of Complaints

Op-Ed: A Culture of Complaints

By Gaia Richardson

November 22, 2013

Plaintiffs claim discrimination, injury or other injustices. But in some ridiculous cases, their claims seem comic either because of how trivial they are or because of the price they ask in compensation. Has America, as a society, become too finicky? Read More »...

Op-Ed: Don’t Fear the F-Word: Archer’s Feminist Legacy

July 9, 1978: NOW (National Organization For Women) organized the women's march on Washington to protest delays in ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Photographer: Chuck Aaron

By Athena Schlereth

November 11, 2013

I have something to tell you that may or may not be news. You are a feminist. Read More »...

Commentary: Fun Community Service Hours Spent at The Gentle Barn

Commentary: Fun Community Service Hours Spent at The Gentle Barn

By Helena Heslov

November 11, 2013

Have you ever wanted to hug a cow, groom a horse, or rub a pig’s belly? If the answer is yes, then the Gentle Barn may be the place for you.  Read More »...

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