Alternative teaching styles benefit students
High school field trips are growing more and more common, as opposed to traditional classroom learning. Since the pandemic, student engagement has plummeted, with 50 percent of students reporting that they are less motivated, according to a recent study conducted by the EdWeek Research Center.
BHS teachers push back against letters of recommendation
This year, several Berkeley High School teachers are refusing to write letters of recommendation, as they are not receiving compensation. This has put pressure on many college applicants, including France Naville, a senior in Berkeley International High School. So far, Naville hasn’t been able to secure any letters of recommendation due to the teacher
Beneficial or Performative: Should Politicians Publicly Volunteer?
PRO By Ohad Aviran-Finkelstein The actions of celebrities and politicians have massive effects on society. Although many public figures have taken their power for granted and used it to make little to no difference, other public figures have used their power to make a significant impact, working for the betterment of society.
Should Students Choose Their History Course Curriculums?
Berkeley High School requires students to attend a history class every year, which can be anything from Ethnic Studies to AP Government. However, many of the required history courses simply cover a narrow range of American or world history.
Should Bay Area Cities Be Cracking Down on Crime?
Yes Ohad Aviran-Finkelstein Recent headlines paint a grim picture of unsafe conditions in the Bay Area. Crime in San Francisco has risen over 12 percent in the past year, while Oakland’s violent crime rate was over three times higher than the national average.
Preventative Action Needed to Stop Fights
In the first months of this year at Berkeley High School, the issue of violence and fights has been imminent. Although there are security staff at BHS, a large number of fights have already occurred this year, and they will only continue to occur.
Is Berkeley High Accessible to Differently-Abled Students?
Accessibility for differently-abled students at Berkeley High School has long persisted as a problem. The Special Education Department is a team of teachers dedicated to aiding these students. Angela Bau, a vision-impairment specialist, said, “Berkeley Unified is known for full inclusion and having all classes accessible to all students.” She also explained that
Local Program TeensVolunteer.org Expands
As a freshman, Emi Rohn, a Berkeley High School graduate, saw an issue with the way teenagers, who are often eager to help, could connect with volunteer organizations.
Are Prank Fire Alarms a Threat to Safety?
In the first six weeks of school, there have been six fire alarms at Berkeley High School. “Fire alarm pulls have been happening at Berkeley High ever since I started teaching here, which goes back to 1995,” said Aaron Glimme, an AP chemistry teacher at BHS. These alarms not only disturb class, but also