the Paly Voice

Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, September 25, 2016


  • The problem with our theme selection process

    The Class of 2018’s recent outburst may not simply have been due to a lack of maturity, but representative of a greater issue with Paly’s entire theme selection process.

  • Time for a second draft: Alignment reform needed in Paly’s English department

    Imagine this scenario. You read the required book for your class, and write an essay, using the instructions given to you by your teacher. Then you add it to the pile of essays for a different teacher teaching a different period of the same class. Would you be confident your work would get the grade it deserved? Would you bet 10 or 15 or 20 percent of your grade on it? We wouldn’t.

  • You are so not OCD: The truth behind the colloquialism

    ‘I am so OCD’ has become too familiar of a phrase, ingrained in speech to justify moments in which one feels the need to perform an action in a certain way; but this has stripped the serious mental illness of its harsh reality.

    Illustration by Portia Barrientos.
  • Opinion: Jordan Middle School name change is unnecessary

    A Jordan Middle School name change is unnecessary due to potential costs and confusion as well as the fact that eugenics, while an atrocious practice, was universally accepted in the early 20th century.

  • Opinion: Low-flying planes are just the tip of the iceberg

    New flight routes above Palo Alto have limited environmental effects and only represent the tip of the iceberg of Bay Area noise pollution.

  • The truth behind GMOs

    When over 50 percent of Americans believe that it is “unsafe to eat genetically modified foods,” you would think they would know what genetically modified foods are. Shockingly, they don’t.

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