These days, in the upper level classes of Newport Harbor, tutors are often looked at as just a part of taking an AP class. Tutors, however, compromise academic integrity and hinder good students who choose not to use them.
I am not against tutors that are utilized to pass classes. If one is failing a class and they chose to get a tutor to try to bring an F up to a C, they have every right to do so. I am against tutors who are used to enhance academic performance to make students look good in AP classes that the student should probably not be taking anyway. It is not fair to tutor-less students in the sense that their essays and scores look worse in light of the tutored kids’ scores, nor is it fair to them that the tutored kids’ transcripts are held in higher regard by college admissions officers who have no knowledge to the extent of their tutor background.
Tutors also compromise academic integrity in the sense that students misrepresent their own views or their own depth of knowledge for a better grade. Whenever a tutor helps a student write a paper (or in some cases writes it for them) it cheapens the assignment because the thoughts expressed in the essay are not the student’s and the student alone’s. They are not writing what they think, they are writing what they are being told to think by someone who knows the subject much better than they do.
Furthermore students who cannot afford private tutoring are hurt by their presence in high school academics. They are hurt by tutored students essays and test scores in the class that raise the grading curve so that they perform worse in the class. They are also hurt in class rank (though Harbor doesn’t rank) and GPA because of students with tutors will likely outperform them.
College admissions favors students who have been tutored because their GPA’s and test scores are inflated. Tutor-less students who perhaps tried harder than the tutored students, and perhaps know more than the tutored students are looked at in worse light because they would not compromise their academic integrity in the name of their GPA or could not afford to. This causes an injustice to honest hardworking students who are less apt to get accepted to their dream school than tutored students.
I do not believe in tutors for grade enhancement and they should have no place in high school.
My title for this image is “Unity.” My purpose for this work was to illustrate the inner child that is in every human soul. We all, at one point, were playful and innocent, like a child. But it seems with the chaotic pace of our society, we have become characters of stress.
I used the teenagers in this picture with the addition of my 80-year-old grandmother to show the “Unity” of playfulness in every person, no matter what the age. Maybe its time that we all find our inner child and let ourselves free.
This picture was taken place against a blank wall in my home with the ceiling lights to create a downward light exposure. In the picture (in order from the left to the right) are Blanche Hendy, Jeremy Faber, Ryan Hernandez, and Brad Tuz. I used a Nikon 90-D camera to take the picture. I used a low flash when I took the picture in order to receive the most exposure possible coming from the ceiling.
Spirit. Merriam Webster defines it as enthusiastic loyalty. It is often the foundation of a school, but it seems to be missing from Newport Harbor.
Walking through the halls, I see students in all sorts of apparel repping their favorite colleges and sports teams; everything from USC to NYU, from the Lakers to the Packers. But why do I rarely see anyone wearing anything relating to our school, the one place we spend most of our time?
Newport Harbor is one of the only establishments we truly belong to in life, now and forever. As much as we may dread waking up every morning to come here, it is a part of us. We are a part of a tradition that has existed for over 75 years, it is something we should be proud of, right?
Of course, we all get together and cheer on our fellow Sailors at their biggest games of the year, like the various Battles of the Bay, but why aren’t there bigger turn outs for the other games of the season, no matter their importance? Why do pep rallies, which are supposed to promote school spirit, turn into boo fests and an excuse for others to complain and criticize? Why don’t more students feel motivated to attend the school dances?
It seems that the only students who have spirit and work hard to sustain it are those who are either on ASB or those who are athletes. We should all be proud of our school and enthusiastic to be here. When we show school spirit, we are not only supporting our school, but what it represents. It represents the area we live in, grew up in, or just hang out in. We are fortunate to be a part of something so unified.
Being a sailor is something we will be for life, so why not give it the respect it deserves? The four years we spend here determine the paths we take in the near future; that is four years we will never have back. We should be living in the moment and making the most of our time in high school. If we don’t respect the place we are in now, we may never be able to respect the future places we will go.