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Editorial: Because We Don’t Talk About College Enough…

Editorial: Because We Don’t Talk About College Enough…

May 22, 2018

We could spend this editorial proving the obvious: that Tam students are drowning in college talk and it’s making us miserable. But despite frequent hand wringing, it only gets worse every year. What we need is a plan to do somthing about it. The constant pressure to succeed by getting into a “go...

Editorial: The Power of the Panther

By Staff

March 23, 2018

Just over a century ago, the white supremacist propaganda film “Birth of a Nation” overtook the cultural consciousness. President Woodrow Wilson was so taken with the now-infamous racist film that he had it screened in the White House, and enough Americans were inspired by its rhetoric that the Klu ...

Breaking Through Breakthrough Day

Breaking Through Breakthrough Day

February 9, 2018

In February 2017, Tam had its first ever “Breakthrough Day,” which commemorated the 50th anniversary of Operation Breakthrough, an event intended to promote racial understanding and organized by students in response to race riots on campus. Breakthrough Day admirably sought to address racial inequa...

Editorial: Current Events in the Classroom

By The Tam News Staff

October 26, 2017

All around us, crisis and disaster run rampant. The months of September and October brought vicious hurricanes, the deadliest mass shooting to date, a twitter beef backed by nuclear weapons, incredibly divisive NFL protests, and devastating fires in Northern California. During this tumultuous time our ...

EDITORIAL: Dreams Deferred

September 22, 2017

DACA, an Obama-era immigration policy may be revoked. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA, was an executive order put in place in 2012 by the Obama administration. DACA protects immigrants that arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and who’ve lived in the states...

EDITORIAL: Hunting for New Ideas

EDITORIAL: Hunting for New Ideas

June 2, 2017

The annual scavenger hunts, referred to by those involved as the “scav hunt,” is a high school tradition that takes place in late May. This year’s junior scavenger hunt took place on May 26, with approximately 60 juniors participating. Like any scavenger hunt, the goal is to complete a list of t...

EDITORIAL: Operation Breakthrough

EDITORIAL: Operation Breakthrough

February 10, 2017

Fifty years ago, as racial tensions divided the nation, Tam High was no exception. From 1964 to 1968, more than 100 American cities were swept by race riots. Faced by this violent expression of hopelessness many members of the Unites States’ northern white community drew back from its reformist sta...

Editorial: Mental Health Stigma

Editorial: Mental Health Stigma

January 12, 2017

It’s no surprise to many of us that mental health issues such as depression, O.C.D., and bipolar disorders plague our school. According to the most recent Healthy Kids Survey from 2016, 30 percent of juniors at Tam had experienced chronic sad and hopeless feelings and 13 percent had considered attem...

Editorial: The Problem with Fake News

January 12, 2017

On December 4, a man walked into a neighborhood pizza place with a gun, positive that he was about to encounter a vast conspiracy involving child sexual abuse and Hillary Clinton. What brought him there? Fake news. The man in question was quickly arrested. Later that night, however, Michael Flynn Jr., so...

Editorial: Presidential Moderators Need to Push Back

Editorial: Presidential Moderators Need to Push Back

By Tam News Staff

October 11, 2016

The first presidential debate of this election garnered a record 84 million viewers. News organizations across the globe have analyzed every word the candidates said. But another important aspect to consider is not what the candidates said but how the debate was moderated. Lester Holt, a veteran news...

EDITORIAL: Standards-Based Grading

By Staff

May 12, 2016

Standards-based grading (SBG) is a popular and new grading strategy whose use has expanded in the district over the past few years. SBG aims to assess students solely on whether they have acquired identified skills or knowledge and doesn’t take into consideration outside factors such as homework, atten...

EDITORIAL: Parkin’ Problems

EDITORIAL: Parkin’ Problems

By Staff

April 8, 2016

The lack of parking at Tam has been at the forefront of student conversation, often outshining other topics - prom, standardized testing, college acceptances and decisions, grades - as the most complained about subject among our student body. As more and more sophomores get their driver’s licenses, par...