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School summer reading program is valuable, but should be free

January 6, 2017

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EditorialOriginally published on October 15, 2015Why do we need summer reading? English department chair Meredith Santiago put it bluntly: “We don’t want brains turning to jelly over the summer.”“We don’t want brains turning to jelly over the summ...

Avoid voluntourism: How service trips can make a difference

Luming Yuan, Author

January 5, 2017

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Originally published on June 17, 2015Illustration by Emily TengAn American high school student stands in front of a crowd of unfamiliar, foreign faces. He begins to feel a bit anxious as he scans the room of students thousa...

PFT: Physical Fitness Test or Pretty Flawed Test?

November 9, 2016

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EditorialIllustration by Hannah CosselmonThe issue of body shaming recently was brought to the public’s attention during and after the first presidential debate when the world was reminded that Donald Trump had called Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner who gained weight, “Ms. Piggy.”W...

Save freshman English honors but make it open enrollment

November 9, 2016

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EditorialBy The Lowell StaffOriginally published on January 28, 2016Starting this semester, ninth grade English Honors, which previously served as one of two routes for juniors to take the Advanced Placement (AP) English co...

New same-teacher policy for freshmen is unfair — let them choose

October 25, 2016

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EditorialOriginally posted on March 4, 2016This semester, Lowell’s administration implemented a new policy that requires freshmen to take the same teachers in biology and history for the entire school year instead of being able ...

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