Racial humor: not a laughing matter

Racism exists in a shrouded state at Aragon. It’s not institutionalized racism such as segregation or discrimination, but every student is likely to be able to list examples of racism that they’ve been exposed to. And at Aragon, those examples come overwhelmingly in the form of racist jokes. While racist jokes can seem to be harmless, the term “racist joke” in itself is a contradiction—racism is not a joke, and…

March 7, 2012
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Atheletic role models…but only on the field

Look up on any kid’s wall across America and you are more than likely to find a poster of his idol. For some kids, it’s the Spice Girls; for other, Martin Luther King; for still others, it’s Marilyn Manson. Regardless of who is up on their wall, these kids are instilling a lot of trust in their idols. They idolize them for different reasons, but the meaning of this idolization…

March 7, 2012
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Charmin Ultra-Controversy

December was a month of controversy for Aragon students. Passions were ignited, sides were taken, and a “Winter Community Tree” was covered in toilet paper. Despite the controversy and rumor surrounding the “Winter Community Tree” Leadership put up last year, the actual story is pretty straightforward. A group of Leadership students—none of whom identified themselves as Christian—put up what they called a “Winter Community Tree” in an attempt to foster…

March 1, 2012
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Charmin Ultra-Controversy

Note: This article is on the “Winter Community Tree” discussed in December 2011. December was a month of controversy for Aragon students. Passions were ignited, sides were taken, and a “Winter Community Tree” was covered in toilet paper. Despite the controversy and rumor surrounding the “Winter Community Tree” Leadership put up last year, the actual story is pretty straightforward. A group of Leadership students—none of whom identified themselves as Christian—put…

February 7, 2012
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WASC survey for parents calls for change

As part of an accreditation process for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Aragon is currently involved in conducting an overall evaluation of the school. As part of the process, a voluntary online parent survey is currently underway, the link to which can be found on the Aragon High School homepage. At this time, approximately two hundred responses have been accounted for.

April 22, 2011
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Perspective on poverty in the United States

“It does seem to me, being the wealthiest country in the world, shameful that we have people who don’t have enough to eat in this country,” said history and psychology teacher Jim Smith. “You see the great abundance of our society, and the fact that there are so many people who go to bed hungry is unconscionable. “I think of Julius Nyerere, who was the president of Tanzania. He said that a society should not be judged by how many millionaires or how much wealth they generate, but how they take care of the most dispossessed, the most disadvantaged of society. And if that’s how we’re being judged, I don’t think we’re doing very well.”

March 3, 2011
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The Million Dollar Dilemma

Sport Illustrated recently reported the average salary of eleven different positions in professional football. Quarterbacks made the most, with an average salary of $1,970,982, while tight ends and punters made the least at an average of $863,414 and $868,005 respectively. These numbers serve to give rise to a question that has been asked in one form or another for many years: do professional athletes (and celebrities for that matter) make too much money?

February 3, 2011
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Chris McCandless: he who dared

This year, Christopher Johnson McCandless would have turned 42 years old. Yet this year marks the eighteenth anniversary of his passing. His name may be obscure, but the biographical work “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer and director Sean Penn’s film adaptation may seem more familiar.

December 9, 2010
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Our society’s very own “race to nowhere”

Sangwon

The English historian George Macaulay Trevelyan once said, “Education…has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” His comment summarizes the case presented in the documentary “Race to Nowhere” with eerie accuracy.

November 12, 2010
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