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A reflection on various notable events throughout our unusual school year.

2020-2021: A Year in Review

Pathfinder Editorial Board June 4, 2021

It’s safe to say that the 2020-2021 school year will be remembered as a year like no other. Cancelations and modifications of many school-year traditions have been chalked up to the disaster that this...

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander month, our editorial explores the implications of the model minority myth, the role the education system has played in perpetuating it and our responsibility to take steps in the right direction.

Unraveling the myth of the model minority

Pathfinder Editorial Board May 31, 2021

The model minority myth characterizes Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as a successful, prosperous, intelligent monolith, capable of anything and subject to equality. It’s characterized as...

Aspiring actors and performers spend their senior year auditioning for countless collegiate training programs.

The truth about Acting School applications

Arden Dickson, Staff Writer May 13, 2021

Aspiring to become a famous actor at a young age is a phase most can relate to. We are drawn to the glitz and glam of the industry, the pretty costumes, the expensive parties and the adoration that follows....

Our social responsibility is to protect our community and get vaccinated.

We have a responsibility to get vaccinated

Pathfinder Editorial Board April 30, 2021

365 days ago we were safe in our homes. From late March to mid-May, our community experienced a stay-at-home order and, well, stayed at home. We watched Tiger King, baked banana bread and went on family...

An inarguable side-effect of the quarter system: no one is sleeping when each of your four Advanced Placement (AP) or honors classes have at least two hours of homework.

Debating the quarter system

Pathfinder Editorial Board March 31, 2021

You don’t need us to tell you that the world is jank, and it feels like everything has changed over the past year. Here in the Parkway School District, “everything has changed” truly has felt...

Viewing history in a linear way overlooks how past events continue to shape today’s reality.

History is more than a timeline

Pathfinder Editorial Board February 25, 2021

From chapter one to chapter two, year after year, we highlight vocab terms of isolated events: revolutions, laws, court cases. This is generally how we are taught history—a series of systems and policies...

It is time we reexamine where the responsibilities of social services are placed.

It’s not just 2020

Pathfinder Editorial Board December 28, 2020

We spent this year blaming 2020 for everything. We blamed it and online school as counselors struggled to solve unprecedented scheduling problems and care for students' mental health simultaneously. We...

One example of performative activism occurred on June 2, when millions of Instagram users posted black squares with the hashtag #blackouttuesday. Performative activism, which consists of low risk actions and increases social capital, does little to help further a cause.

Activism is not a performance. Take real actions.

Pathfinder Editorial Board November 24, 2020

Throughout 2020, we have witnessed several dramatic issues sweep across America. A virus has decimated communities. Wildfires have raged through forests, burning everything in their path. Police have continued...

During this worry-filled time it is important that people take time for themselves and think about what they are thankful for.

The importance of being thankful during COVID-19

Madi Michajliczenko, Staff Writer November 16, 2020

What is something that you’re thankful for?  This is the question that many people are asked during the month of November because of its association with Thanksgiving. But really, name one thing that...

Our daily lives are consumed by the need to produce more; in turn, this alters our priorities and negatively impacts our health and relationships.

Busy culture is killing us

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer October 29, 2020

I had a conversation recently that baffled me. We were discussing our schedules, and a peer shared with me that, alongside their AP-filled class schedule, they were holding down a part-time job, participated...

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