The Bruin Voice

VOICES: With capstone gone, seniors must find new ways to make their mark

September 11, 2015

The beneficial aspects of the senior project should not go unnoticed. Many seniors from years past chose topics that related to a field of interest; from organizing events to raise awareness of bigger causes to learning a new skill to showcase, the senior project allowed students to express themselves outside of the classroom and go beyond textbook content.

VOICES: What’s good for athletes is good for all students

September 11, 2015

A mandatory tutorial program with aid from trained teachers and consequences for failing to attend should be directed at students actually at risk of failing their classes. If the Sports Academy is successful, it should bring the vast majority of athletes’ grades above 75 percent — which would be great news, as athletes represent Bear Creek in our community. However, it would benefit a much larger group of students to attempt to bring all students’ grades above 75 percent.

PRO/CON: Should students be excused from lessons that make them uncomfortable?

Aidan Backus and Claire Gilliland

September 11, 2015

When students are excused from crucial lessons, they miss out on learning important information that will prepare them for their life after high school. If high schools don’t equip students with the knowledge and experiences they need for their future, they risk creating a generation of young people who believe they should avoid anything unpleasant or objectionable when it is often those very experiences that allow students to grow the most emotionally. In college campuses, students are already reporting professors and fellow students who say or do something that anyone may perceive as even slightly offensive, making them more sensitive about touchy subjects.

BC’s International Rally showcases students’ pride

May 14, 2015

It comes as no surprise that Lincoln and Lodi high schools consist of a predominantly Caucasian student population. In contrast, Ronald E. McNair and Cesar Chavez high schools’ student demographics exhibit practically the opposite. Thankfully, Bear Creek is not a sea of ethnically similar students who become unfortunately habituated by the lack of diversity.

Politicians should not hold education hostage to political ideologies

May 14, 2015

At Bear Creek, we’ve got quite a few smart young minds, and many of them will be able to vote in 2016. When that election rolls around, students should remember that while nothing is sacred in modern America, certain issues — like education — should be, and any candidate, Democrat, Republican, or independent, who uses educational matters as pawns in the game of politics does not deserve our vote.

College: learning a lifetime of useful lessons — finally

College: learning a lifetime of useful lessons — finally

Jasmine Santos, Class of 2014; UCLA Class of 2018

May 14, 2015

For me, high school was that stage of desperately wanting to be independent. Thinking that you’re so smart and so cool that you don’t need parents when really, you’re probably not that smart, and you’re most definitely not that cool, and you’re literally a dependent to your parents. Although arguably there are some students that are forced—by whatever circumstance—to be already practically self-supporting during their high school years, for the most part, high school students are dependents (read: legally minors).

Common Core Assessment: Is computer-based testing superior to paper and pencil tests?

Jessica Dang and Brooke Shimasaki

May 14, 2015

Parents and teachers who favor the traditional forms of testing claim that by taking away the long-established pencil and paper, students’ motor skills will be negatively impacted and active-reading and marking the text skills that teachers have tried to embed into students will be counteracted. Despite students not being able to mark the text online during tests, many students lack the initiative to make notes in the margins and mindlessly underline or highlight random quotations on regular tests.

Should the UC system lose its autonomy and be under legislative control?

Kristin Lam, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 4, 2015

After all, when was the last time the state of California proposed a balanced budget? Its current deficit of approximately $227 billion according to the “Sacramento Business Journal” speaks for itself.

Should the UC system lose its autonomy and be under legislative control?

Aidan Backus, Online Editor

February 4, 2015

The University of California has done a poor job of managing funds, and while they still have to report to the state government, it remains difficult to hold them accountable.

When free speech becomes threatening speech

Emma Garcia, Online Editor

February 4, 2015

If Elonis’ posts were said to someone’s face or even through a phone call these words could seem threatening; however, in the context in which they were posted, Facebook, they should be protected under the First Amendment due to the nature and purpose of social media itself, which is to let users publicize their feelings and inner thoughts without penalty.

Facebook’s psychological experiment was unethical

Jessica Lee, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2014

All subjects who view Facebook in English were subject to being randomly selected — a violation of the ethical guideline that participation should be voluntary. The research paper states that Facebook’s Data Use Policy in its generic click-through agreement was the users’ form of consent. The Facebook policy at the time of the experimentation, however, did not state that the information users posted could potentially be used for research purposes.

Teachers and students must be wary of social media contact

Katrina Springs, Staff Writer

September 22, 2014

Social media sites are not a platform for education. In fact, teachers and students do have an appropriate way to communicate; all students are given a Gmail account with their own email and password through which they can contact their teacher if they have questions about the curriculum for a particular assignment.

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