The Californian

Students call for better representation in English curriculum

The classic novels “Of Mice and Men” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” - displayed here in Cal High's library - have the attention of some students, who are pushing for the district to remove them from the freshmen required reading list because they include offensive racial slurs such as the N-word and are deemed by some to be too discriminating.
Increased awareness to racial injustice spotlights derogatory terms in required books
November 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter is a movement that many people have heard of, but not many are aware of the effect this could have on the English curriculum.  Students from the district’s four high schools...

Book ‘catches’ juniors’ interests

April 27, 2015

Although there have been many controversies regarding “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, it was one of my favorite junior required readings. Holden Caulfield, the main character of the story,...

Savage kids warm sophmores’ hearts

Savage kids warm sophmores’ hearts
April 27, 2015

While sophomore year in general is an academic drag of mind-boggling proportions, there’s one bright spot to guide you through the darkness – the Spongebob Squarepants episode, “Club Spongebob.” When...

Seniors charmed by medieval tales

Seniors charmed by medieval tales
April 27, 2015

Among all the required reading for seniors are classics like “Frankenstein” and “Hamlet,” but my personal favorite is a story - well, several stories - that are relatively unheard of: “The Canterbury...

Rugby isn’t just for the English

April 25, 2012

by Sydney Castillo, staff writer Intensity builds as players fight for the ball, packed in a scrum scrambling for possession. Bound together players fight to inch up the field. Bodies crash together...

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