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Politics over dinner

Speak with the goal of making your voice heard, not with the goal of changing someone’s opinions. Speak with the facts at the forefront, not emotions. Speak with a clear message and listen with an open mind.
November 2, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, a racial justice movement and a historical presidential election, young people across the nation are experiencing a political awakening. Those eligible for voting cast their...

Editorial: Proposition 18, our generation’s next step

We are running out of time, year by year, month by month. The world we inherit is shaped
by the decisions and problems of previous elections. For a generation watching as the climate rapidly fluctuates and the ocean creeps into cities, we
don’t have the luxury to wait.
October 31, 2020

For the first month of school, we woke up to dim orange skies and the smell of smoke in the air. Some of us packed bags for evacuation, others faced permanent loss and the unforgiving raze of wildfires....

Editorial: Ousting Trump is the only choice

Editorial: Ousting Trump is the only choice
Biden may not be perfect, but he’s the better candidate
October 29, 2020

Over 221,000 Americans dead from coronavirus. The killing of unarmed Black men and women prompting protests across the nation. Unemployment shooting up to 14.7% in April. Leaders are defined by their...

Heart of Harker: Support Prop 15

Heart of Harker: Support Prop 15
It's time to put our schools and communities first
October 26, 2020

Over the past few decades, we have watched California’s education system crumble; our basic services, counselors, and teachers have experienced significant cuts and our music, art, and STEM classes...

Why I walk

Who can run all day, every day? I can’t. Especially in times like this, where our tolerance for exertion is already at reduced capacity, continually pushing our limits seems less appealing as a valuable burden to force upon ourselves.
A senior perspective on slowing down
October 21, 2020

The incline begins 50 feet out from my driveway. This hill I know well: it greets me every time I go out for a run with a gift of lactic acid and wobbly knees. The strain starts right away, with my first...

Expanding ethnic studies in curriculum as required classes

Adding one poster or one text to a literary canon is not inclusion, but tokenism. Pairing them with the historical background of the experiences they write about will open up discussions about ethnic cultures. Making ethnic studies more mainstream is not a radical act of indoctrination, but an effort to include the history and perspectives of more identities.
September 30, 2020

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1460, effectively requiring all California State Universities (CSU) to implement an ethnic studies mandate: students would have to take one of four...

Editorial: Gen Z defines itself through adversity

What do we look like through our own eyes? We have been endlessly defined by a time range, compared with analyses of older generations and their defining moments: wars, disasters, crises. But what about by ourselves?
September 29, 2020

Completely reliant on technology. The “snowflake” generation. A lack of focus. A short attention span. Such common stereotypes may pervade characterizations of Generation Z, but the reality extends...

Heart of Harker: The necessity of activism

As a Black man, I strive to be an idealist, yet I am limited by my system of reality, which places me in the firm grasp of invisibility. When I was brought into this world, I had no choice whether I would be seen as the normative, or forever be hyphenated.
September 22, 2020

In this day and age, it seems nearly impossible to be an active citizen in our world without being exposed to many types of media promoting some form of activism. As our signatures are requested for petitions,...

Talk Around Campus: New bell schedule

Talk Around Campus: New bell schedule
September 15, 2020

With the remote start to the school year, the upper school implemented a new bell schedule to facilitate remote learning. See how eight upper school students feel about this schedule in the newest edition...

Promoting experimental vaccines isn’t science – it’s medical fraud

Whether or not these doctors are motivated by altruism or reckless self-interest, one thing is clear: scientists who promote experimental vaccines as valid drugs blur the boundary between medicine and quackery, subjecting unaware citizens to unanticipated harm.
September 9, 2020

As the notoriously slow process of Covid-19 vaccine approval drags on, groups of scientists have begun developing their own experimental SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, citing its supposed benefits on themselves,...

This land was made for you and me?

My Asian American identity is composed of traditions from both my heritage and nationality. Whether it be watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, eating dumplings on Lunar New Year or spending summers in my grandparents' complex in Xi'an, I carry both cultures with me.
September 6, 2020

Whenever I travel to a foreign country, my American passport tells my identity. Gold eagle stamped on navy blue. Carrying it to visit relatives in China for weeks at a time, I spoke English with my sister...

Editorial: Say their names — and listen

This illustration depicts how the country has reached a flashpoint. The African American community is speaking out against systemic racism and police violence, across the nation and in the Harker community, too.
June 14, 2020

Say their names.  Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric Garner. Rodney King. Tamir Rice. And so many more African American men and women — most unpublicized, many minors — have been...

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