Free mental health resources are necessary
Berkeley, renowned for its cultural vibrancy and academic excellence, contends with a substantial homeless population of over 1,000, many of whom lack access to crucial mental health resources.
BHS clubs need access to BUSD funding
Berkeley High School offers over 100 registered, student-run clubs. From the StageCraft club, which seeks to raise funds to support on-campus productions, to the Supporting Girls Education club, which strives to monetarily support organizations furthering female education, many of these clubs require funding.
AP class tests should stay unstandardized
AP classes have become a cornerstone of high school education, offering students the chance to engage in rigorous coursework, cover extensive material, and potentially earn college credit.
Grade inflation impairs student growth
Grade inflation is where a student’s given grade is higher than the grade they “deserve.” Typically, this results in a higher average GPA across the class, since everyone in that class has had their grade increased.
Daylight savings harms youth, must end
Twice a year, millions of Americans change their clocks in accordance with “spring forwards” and “fall backwards.” This unnecessary time switch leads to a variety of damaging consequences for youth.
Online activism must not become performative
Perhaps the most crucial byproduct of social media, amid many detrimental effects on our society, is online activism. Social media provides a platform that enables activists and social movements to grow on a mass scale, aiding to both social and political change. However, as online activism has gained traction, a complicated expectation has arisen; an
How I see it: Neurodiverse at BHS
Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed by all the sensory stimuli around me, such as slamming doors, shrieks of laughter, overhead light bulbs, and blaring music.
Extracurriculars lead to personal growth
Getting into college is becoming harder and harder. With prestigious colleges often averaging less than a 10 percent acceptance rate, students may feel the need to take as many AP classes as they can and get the best grades possible, in order to maximize their chances of acceptance.
Zero period offers valuable opportunities
The thought of zero period often elicits a sigh of frustration from the students of Berkeley High School. Students may wonder if zero period, which involves waking up early and an additional hour of school, really worth it?
Gender imbalance within BHS classes must be addressed
In certain Berkeley High School classrooms, the number of male students far exceeds the number of non-male students. There are many historical and systemic factors that cause this issue. “From a young age, guys are told they can do a lot more and society gives them a lot more self assurance … I feel like