Jellyfish and Their Superpowers

By Matthias Armstrong The Charter News 5/17/19 From their bloodless brainless bodies to their extreme ability to regenerate and survive in extreme environments, jellyfish or more properly, sea jellies, are quite an extraordinary group of organisms. What’s so interesting about sea jellies? Well for starters they have been around for nearly six hundred million years appearing in the fossil records during the Cambrian Period. This … Continue reading Jellyfish and Their Superpowers

Study Hall Suggestions?

Clearly there is considerable and understandable upset, me included, but what are we doing about it? Very few of the people I’ve heard complaining have actually told anyone about it or tried to make a difference, for they are often, as one student put it “calling people out… (afraid) that i would be next, or that things would escalate” (this goes for many school issues). Continue reading Study Hall Suggestions?

Let’s Talk About Our Education

Rachel Armstrong The Charter Opinions “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Our education is, without a doubt, one of the most important and cherishable aspects of our life. It is through education that we can create a better future, by becoming … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Our Education

Why People Should Never Write Opinion Columns  – Satirical Commentary from a Columnist

An opinion column by Rachel Armstrong Here are five reasons why you should never write an opinion column. It’s a waste of your time On average, humans don’t live very long.There are 1,440 minutes in a day, 525, 600 minutes in a year. If the average human lifespan is 79 years, that means we only have 37,843,200 minutes total (for all you old timers that … Continue reading Why People Should Never Write Opinion Columns  – Satirical Commentary from a Columnist

Not So Jaws 2

Piper Stephens The Charter Opinions Dangerous creatures, lurking in the water, waiting for an innocent victim to swim too close… or not. Contrary to popular belief, even though sharks can be quite dangerous, they aren’t the bloodthirsty monsters that some movies portray them as. Some species of sharks can actually be friendly. This fearful attitude that a lot of people have toward them is really … Continue reading Not So Jaws 2

Breaking Your Funny Bone

By: Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions “There’s something that’s really fun about the challenge of making the mundane funny, too, I think.” – Jim Gaffigan   A blind man walked into a bar. He was taken to the hospital shortly afterwards. What makes some of you chuckle at that joke? What purpose does it serve to laugh? What is funny? “Comedy is not a science. … Continue reading Breaking Your Funny Bone

On the offensive

Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions “Offending people is a necessary and healthy act… every time you say something that’s offensive to another person, you just caused a discussion. You just forced them to have to think” – Louis C.K.   Oh I’m sorry. Did I say something to offend you? Good. For such a small disturbance, being offended is a bizarre concept that has been … Continue reading On the offensive

Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

By: Annie Pullella The Charter Opinions In early 2017, Disney California Adventure Park closed The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM and is replacing it with Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! According to Disney Parks Blog the new attraction is “a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure.”  It’s scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.   The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is considered one … Continue reading Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

Bully Scholarship Edition

Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions   “Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.”   Barack Obama     Bully: A repeated offensive to someone or a victim of unfair treatment who has said “no” or “stop”. Typically comes in the form of verbal harassment and, in extreme cases, physical abuse and violence.   … Continue reading Bully Scholarship Edition

Have you ever cheated?

Piper Stephens and Samantha Rands The Charter Opinions We all make mistakes, some of which are definitely worse than others, but they are an important part of learning. If this is so, then why do students tend to feel that mistakes made in school are irreparable? Learning from our mistakes and asking for help is how we grow.   “How do you become better tomorrow? … Continue reading Have you ever cheated?

The Importance Of Student-Teacher Relationships

By Anna Krieske – The Charter Personal Opinion Column Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” To influence students in a way that creates a love of learning, it is important to build a strong relationship between the teacher and student. For optimal mental, social-emotional, and academic development, a teacher must have … Continue reading The Importance Of Student-Teacher Relationships

Testing Troubles

  By Piper Stephens The Charter Opinions   Standardized tests are an organized, relatively simple way of assessing how much a student knows, but are they really what they’re made out to be? From too much pressure, to not really helping students other than providing a score, standardized tests are often valued way too much for what they are actually worth. Standardized testing is a … Continue reading Testing Troubles

Letters to The Editor

Dear Editor,   Please compliment Annelise Krieske on her well-researched article about homework. I find it ironic that a “homeschooler” should have such familiarity with (and distaste for) busywork homework, and a feeling of wasting her precious youthful energy. I certainly remember that feeling from my public high school days, and I bet that many homeschooling families at ACA started out with the desire to … Continue reading Letters to The Editor

How a lack of sexuality education contributes to rape culture

rape culture
Noun: rape cul⋅ture
a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.
“…a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.” – Emilie Buchwald, author of Transforming a Rape Culture

“Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable. Rather than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture think about the persistence of rape as ‘just the way things are.’” – definition of rape culture from Force: Upsetting the Rape Culture

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius

What constitutes a well-rounded education? Why do we teach kids what we do when we do? A well-rounded education encompasses every aspect of life, especially topics on personal well-being, such as social, emotional, and even sexual health. These are important topics that are often overlooked and forgotten, but they are arguably even more important than algebra or biology. Topics like these are what shape and mold who we are. Topics like these are what shape our future generations. They deserve to be taught – they need to be taught.

This series will take a closer look at sexual health and its role in our education, including how it is taught, why it is taught that way, and if it should be taught that way. I hope to show you how important this is, and how our lack of proper sexual education is one of the greatest contributors to the rape culture that is pervasive in our country. Continue reading How a lack of sexuality education contributes to rape culture

Toxic Masculinity

Halie Sofich – Personal Opinion Column   Toxic masculinity. It isn’t a term you come across very often, but a quick Google search will bring up a plethora of results. While doing research for this article, I stumbled across an opinion piece on the Fox News website. In ‘Toxic masculinity’? Dude, Now America’s Universities are Turning Men into Women Todd Starnes writes about how universities … Continue reading Toxic Masculinity

How ACA students and staff can make our school greener

  Lavender Duff The Charter Editorial   In 2006, Americans generated 251 million tons of trash, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. ACA adds to this pollution, but together as a school, we can be part of the solution.   A few of our students and teachers have stopped paying attention to how their actions impact all of us. Garbage is ending up in the … Continue reading How ACA students and staff can make our school greener

Journalists counter propaganda with verification

By: Michael Lancaster Commentary for The Charter   Propaganda is not new, and it’s definitely not news. Much of the fake news that has increasingly flooded the internet is really propaganda. When confused with real news, propaganda creates confusion, mistrust, and, ultimately, threatens our democracy. For good decision-making, we need reliable information. For reliable information, we need journalists who gather, verify, and report facts.   … Continue reading Journalists counter propaganda with verification

Time Wasted

Annelise Krieske Time is of such value and is so fastly fleeting. To waste it on painstakingly stressful busy work while suppressing passions is truly disgusting in my opinion. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” We are told to try new things, to branch out, to think about our future, to … Continue reading Time Wasted

Creating an Even Better Learning Environment at ACA

This new school-year has brought in many changes. Although not all of these changes have been accepted as well as others, each of these changes gives us an opportunity to grow. With new staff to learn from and new students to learn alongside of, we have the ability to change ACA for the better. We hope that these new changes will enable us to grow … Continue reading Creating an Even Better Learning Environment at ACA