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Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

National test results about civics and history declined for the first time ever in 2022, and the government has just now started spending more on civics programs in response.
EDITORIAL: CIVIC EDUCATION MUST BE REFORMED
Southwest Shadow, Editorial Board • February 20, 2024
The lack of emphasis on civic virtue in schools is hurting our democracy.
In public and school libraries across the country, states are beginning to implement legislation that bans youth audiences from reading specific books. While these are examples of historically banned books in schools, the target of new-age censorship seems to be shifting.
EDITORIAL: Keep Politics off the Shelves
Southwest Shadow, Editorial Board • November 15, 2023
In school libraries across the United States, students are increasingly affected by new-age book bans that overwhelmingly target LGBTQ+ titles.
The extent of the security breach in CCSD’s network is not fully understood yet. The district is working with authorities to find the hackers responsible for the ongoing student data breach situation.
EDITORIAL: CCSD: Take Accountability for your Infrastructure
Southwest Shadow, Editorial Board • November 13, 2023
Following a vulnerability in the CCSD network that was allegedly exploited by a hacker group, student information and digital infrastructure in the district has been threatened.
Saudi Arabia has recently spent billions of dollars investing in a wide variety of sports.
Do Saudi Arabia’s Sports Investments Have Substance?
Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor • March 21, 2024
Though Saudi Arabia’s massive athletic investments may seem strange, they are actually a well-reasoned addition to the national economy.
Over 40 million tons of plastic waste is generated by the United States each year, with more than three-quarters of the trash winding up in landfills. After their short lifespan has concluded, low-quality goods from Temu are likely to be quickly forgotten.
Stop Temu: Don’t Be Consumed by Consumerism
Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor • February 23, 2024
The low prices on Temu come with a catch that few are aware of; where the platform succeeds in pricing, it also forces users to pay a human cost.
Disturbing thumbnails, similar to this depiction, illegally utilize licensed characters that are easily recognizable by small children in order to garner clicks.
The History and Remergence of Elsagate
January 31, 2024
A new generation of young children are the lab rats revealing the effects of early technology use in toddlers.
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Looks That Could Kill
Looks That Could Kill
Venice Jingco, Staff writer • April 9, 2024
Resurfacing on TikTok under the guise of beauty hacks, Looksmaxxing claims improve complexion and figure through brutal methods of beautifying. These range from using chewing gum to define the jawline, to forcefully reconstructing the facial structure with a hammer.
META MIND CONTROL
META MIND CONTROL
Arcade Encarnacion, Editorial Cartoonist • March 7, 2024
Meta is often blamed for poor parenting.
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Many Americans no longer view our politicians as experienced statesmen, leaders and policymakers. Now, presidential candidates have become mockable caricatures.
Bring Back the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor • January 19, 2024
As political showmanship has increasingly dominated American politics, perhaps one answer to the issue of unsatisfactory presidential candidates can be found by abandoning our short-form media.
Grateful for Discounts
Grateful for Discounts
Arcade Encarnacion, Cartoonist • December 12, 2023
After being thankful for what you have, don't forget to shop early for those holiday deals!
Journalism Foundations: Fitting In
Journalism Foundations: Fitting In
Leilani Bernal December 11, 2023
This editorial cartoon, illustrating the despair that many high schoolers experience is a result of adolescent beauty expectations, was created by a Journalism Foundations student exploring the cartoon drafting process.
Formula 1 Takeover
Formula 1 Takeover
Arcade Encarnacion, Cartoonist • November 30, 2023
In wake of the F1 races, many locals were concerned with the increase of traffic, the uprooting of trees, and the blocking of walkways.
Journalism Foundations: No Phones In Class
Journalism Foundations: No Phones In Class
November 29, 2023
This editorial cartoon, explaining the hypocrisy behind some teachers who enforce a strict "no-phone policy" in classrooms, but are still on their phones themselves, was completed by a Journalism Foundations student.
Focusing on your next social media post instead of your eight classes can lead to a plethora of low grades.
Don’t Get Caught Up in Content Creation
Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer • November 28, 2023
While the idea of becoming a teenage content creator sounds intriguing, I’ve learned over the years that it’s ultimately not worth it.
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