Teacher’s Dismissal Sparks Debate Over Student Expression at San Gabriel High School

ELTON HO Copy Editor The AUSD continues to be met with protests from San Gabriel High School (SGHS) students after the controversial firing of English teacher and debate coach Andrew Nguyen and the alleged censorship of the student newspaper article regarding the issue. In May, Rebecca Lei, editor in chief of SGHS’ award-winning student newspaper, The Matador, contacted former principal

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College Board ‘APUSH’ing Out 2014 Curriculum

ERIN KIM Staff Writer On July 31, College Board released an updated version of the AP U.S. History (APUSH) course and exam description. This change was a result of protests by opponents of the curriculum, who claimed the previous 2014 APUSH framework was unpatriotic and anti-American. According to College Board, the 2015 edition presents a “clearer and more balanced approach”

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Introduction: The Core Foundation of Education

JACQUELYN LOI Staff Writer Designed by teachers, school officials, administrators and other experts, Common Core is a set of national academic standards that has been implemented throughout the nation. In 2009, the state school chiefs and governors coordinated a state-led effort to create the Common Core Standards as a way to address the need for consistent learning goals throughout the

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Pros and Cons of Common Core

YI-FENG HO Staff Writer Pros With the new system, written answers in math and English are required, which hones students’ writing ability. The new system allows comparisons between states because they have one unified set of standards. The Common Core system emphasizes evaluating and analyzing, rather than just identifying, so students will do more critical thinking. Tests and assignments are

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