The Bruin Voice

Baby, it’s cold outside

Baby, it’s cold outside

January 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Voices

Another holiday, another controversy. Or should we say, another day, another controversy. Cause it’s 2018. This time, the populus has concerned themselves with the lyrics in popular Christmas classics. What was once seen as charming, quaint fun has evolved into another sexist excuse to violate the...

What makes a club?

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Voices

Last year, Bear Creek’s International Rally debuted a club unlike any other: Arab Club. Compared to the more formal, conventional clubs offered at Bear Creek, such as Polynesian and Swing, the club—consisting primarily of a single group of friends—raised concerns over its legitimacy. Members of...

Bruin Bucks add to school spirit – but fall short of changing behavior

November 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Voices

With every school year, new changes made at the district level trickle down to affect student experience to different extents. However, the administration’s sudden push this year for encouragement of the “Bruin Way” in the materialistic form of “Bruin Bucks” has us wondering whether the hot...

California schools must set example for its students and not settle for a D+

California schools must set example for its students and not settle for a D+

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May 30, 2018


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California is a state known for its sunny skies, its supposedly celebrity-packed cities, and, more recently, its poorly trained teachers. At the end of December last year, the National Council on Teacher Quality released a report ranking school systems based on factors such as teacher evaluation,...

Negative teacher stereotypes — fueled by social media — contribute to teacher shortage

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November 28, 2017


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Education is a right that people should not be denied. Around the world girls are fighting for the opportunity to receive an education and explore that right. Here in California, students’ right to education is mandatory. There is no guarantee, however, that students will have enough qualified teachers...

Changes to campus sexual assault guidelines are questionable

October 16, 2017


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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has promised to restore due process in cases of campus sexual assault and harassment.  This change will provide those accused of such behaviors with more rights.  However, DeVos says she will keep the safeguards provided for the victims that were detailed in the Obama...

Dashboard rating a step in the right direction

May 9, 2017


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School ranking is not a trivial matter; it helps concerned parents decide which school will best educate their kids, and can sometimes influence the real estate values of houses surrounding the school. As such an important thing, this ranking should not depend on test scores like the SBAAC — for which...

Throwing Bucks to the wind

May 9, 2017


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BRUIN Bucks are a remnant of a simpler, better time — a time devoid of worries and enhanced with a primitive reward system for good behavior. That’s right, we’re referring to elementary school. Students used to be rewarded for cleaning up trash at lunch, doing their work, or even being a good...

LUSD must address AP exam costs

March 17, 2017


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Many students take an AP class because they believe that it will help them save money when it comes to taking classes in college. This year the price for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch jumped from $5 for an AP test to $63 — only $30 less than the $93 that most students pay — making...

What’s good for kids is good for parents too

March 17, 2017


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When the LUSD School Board tried to investigate changing the start time of its schools, few parents attended meetings to give their input. Those that did were almost all opposed to the later start time that was being requested. Students sleep in class. They walk blindly during passing period. They...

Students lead the call for kindness

February 16, 2017


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Bear Creek’s campus is not necessarily known for being perfect; students are accustomed to dirty bathrooms and bumping into each other in the halls without an apology. However, recently some students have taken the initiative to help our campus feel more positive and welcoming. With Beautify Bear...

LanSchool necessary to keep students on track

February 16, 2017


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Having Chromebooks in every classroom is highly beneficial to students and teachers, but only if used properly. Some students use the Chromebooks to play games or to do other things that they weren’t meant for. There needs to be some way for teachers to regulate the use of Chromebooks and to keep...

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