Mon. Jun 17th, 2019

Guest Writers

Guest writer English Teacher Mark Mazzenga on the necessity of the Alternatives changes

Guest writer English Teacher Mark Mazzenga on the necessity of the Alternatives changes

Guest Writer English Teacher Mark Mazzenga

Surfing on a beach in Morocco…for school? Sounds like a sweet field trip if not an enviable life story (even if many of those surfers returned to London with a gnarly case of food poisoning). When discussing the ASL Alternatives program, it’s never been a question of if ASL can provide amazing experiences for its student population. The question, rather, is “Why?”

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Guest Writer Rohan Prasad (’18) on diversity in texts

Guest Writer Rohan Prasad (’18) on diversity in texts

Rohan Prasad Guest Writer

I have attended ASL for fourteen years.

In this time I have read Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet; I have read The Odyssey and Antigone. I have scrutinized texts like The Great Gatsby and Great Expectations.

I have studied the stories of the American Revolution and the brilliance of the Roman Empire. I have been on the beaches of D-Day and mourned at the graves of dead soldiers.

The line between all these might be obvious, or it might not: these stories are all blindingly white.

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One Young World Quotes

One Young World Quotes

ALEX LIEDERMAN GUEST WRITER

During alternatives, I went to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the One Young World summit. One Young World is a London based charity that hosts an annual summit where young leaders start leading. The Johannesburg summit had over 1,250 delegates from 190 different countries debating and formulating solutions to the worlds’ most pressing issues. I was asked to take photos for the Huffington Post and the One Young World Facebook page, which gave me access to all of the counselors. I seized this opportunity by meeting them, taking photos with them and asking each of them the following question: “What specific advice would you give to a high school student at the American School in London?” These are their answers. (more…)

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