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English department pulls two Junot Díaz stories from sophomore curriculum six months after sexual misconduct allegations

English department pulls two Junot Díaz stories from sophomore curriculum six months after sexual misconduct allegations

Phoebe Grandi, Visuals Editor

March 28, 2019

Nearly seven months after multiple sexual misconduct allegations came out against him, two of author Junot Díaz’s short stories, “Drown” and “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie),” have been taken out of the winter English 2A curriculum, but why? In May of 2018, aut...

Homework survey results inform teaching practices

Sophia Vahanvaty, Editor-in-Chief of Newspaper

March 29, 2018

Complaints about excessive homework are a constant presence in the Urban School’s hallways. But how much truth is there to these claims? Led by Geoff Ruth, the Academic Dean, the school administration began to answer this question with data collected through homework surveys: schoolwide surveys tha...

20 Great Reads of 2015

20 Great Reads of 2015

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 16, 2015

Here is a sampling of the best nonfiction articles of the year.       MEET THE AMERICAN VIGILANTES WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIS Jennifer Percy – The New York Times Magazine “Like Marlow on his way up the Congo, these men seemed to experience a disturbance in their Western consciousness. … These were ...

Recreational reading loses prevalence among busy high school students

Olivia Mitchel, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015

Remember those reading logs you got in middle school? Those glorious days when your homework was to spend a substantial amount of time with the book of your choice? No annotations necessary, no passage analyses, just you and your book. To most high school students, that all seems like a distant memory...

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