• Hi I thought your essay was great,
    Anytime I hear about domestic abuse it makes me super sad. Those you love should never ever hurt you whether it be physically or emotionally. What shocked me is when you wrote” In fact, according to the federal law, abuse is only considered domestic violence if “the victim is currently or formerly married to o…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    I thought your post was very well written. I am just as curious as you about this topic. It always puzzles me because if we have a potential way to solve a scary problem why wouldnt we do it. Im sure marijuana could have its downfalls just like any drug but through all its research it seems way less harmful then cocaine or all the scary drugs.…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    I really enjoyed reading this article most times we only hear parenting advice coming from Adults but shouldn’t we be learning how to parent with advice from children as well. I loved the line ” “In order for teens to grow up, they need to have the opportunity to experience the freedom of making their own decisions (age appropriate) and the o…[Read more]

  • Tbh I really love this post as much as every teen loves their phone and says they can’t live without it sometimes I wish we got the time to. Recently I broke my phone and didn’t have use of it for a few days throughout those few days i felt a mix emotions. I had a little bit of a withdrawl and it was hard not to communicate constantly with my…[Read more]

  • I think what you writing about is great. You recognized something wrong in our schools and voiced your opinions on it backed with documentation and reasoning. I agree that every different race or ethnicicty not just certain ones that our picked by someone else. Everybody has a right to learn about themselves. I find your statement “They only m…[Read more]

  • Hi Ethan!!
    As soon as I started reading this I was intrigued. When you said “When people go to a higher end event they might rent a tuxedo, or buy new shoes, or a watch”,right away I was like wait this is so true and I’ve never really thought about why exactly people do this but it makes so much more sense when you explain it. I liked how you had…[Read more]

  • When you think of America what comes to mind? Fast food, Baseball, and Apple pie are very common answers. When asked what do American’s value? Does something come to mind right away or do you have to think about i

  • Allison's profile was updated 1 year, 11 months ago

  • Owen,

    I really liked how much detail and time you put into your writing. I can tell you worked extremely hard on researching your topics. One spot that stood out to me is that you said a lot of people didn’t vote for Donald Trump but still have to live with it because the other half of Americans did vote. I thought this was interesting because…[Read more]

  • Hi Grace!!!

    I agree with you how it is sad how our American Dream has morphed into being about material things instead of focusing on the exact ideology of being American. Yes, being materialistic has become a huge part of what defines Americans but it shouldn’t be the only part of what makes you American. I like how you tied in a part about the…[Read more]

  • Allison commented on the post, Our Values 1 year, 11 months ago

    I agree with your statement “Without the values of equality and individuality, our country would not be the same. We would be missing the culture, the diversity, and the opportunity to pursue our American dream.”. If no one ever did anything different we would be a sad group of people with no electricity, but over time Humans specifically…[Read more]

  • You may dream of scoring the winning touchdown in the Superbowl, or you may dream of winning the Nobel Peace Prize for creating a cure for cancer. The beauty of America is that you can do all of that and more if

    • Allison,

      I really liked your post because I agree with your choices of what you believe the important american values are. In my paper, I also used equality as one of the values I believe is most significant. One thing that you said that stood out to me was when you talked about our differences and how we all have many different opinions, even on food! I also liked how you used the first amendment as evidence to back up your claim. I look forward to seeing your next piece of work, because we seem to have the same sort of opinions and I love how your voice shines through your writing and makes it your own.

    • Allison, your post is great! You definitely highlight well the American dream. Do you think the American Dream really is available for everyone, though? Your title certainly suggests it’s something you would like, but particularly as a result of your last paragraph, it seems like you might agree with me that not everyone has the same access to the American Dream that his or her neighbor might have. Despite this, it is, like you say, important to consider that Google isn’t available in some countries. We certainly have a big advantage in our security of life over many places.
      Here is a great article to consider by the political forecaster Fivethirtyeight:

      Inequality Is Killing The American Dream

      This paradigm shift in model economics throughout America’s history is what has made me so cynical about the American dream, but I’d love to know what an optimist like yourself has to say.

    • Dear Allison, Your article has very good examples and sources from where you acquired your information. As I was reading I noticed that before each paragraph you dive right into the topic, next time maybe try to explain more or introduce your topic and what you are about to talk about. Overall, great job.

    • After reading your article, I have to first say that I’m appreciative to the neat and clean article you’ve presented. It helps show that this is in fact a topic that you have spent time thinking critically about, and not just wrote down the first thing that came to your head. Although I would say your first paragraph is a little… odd. As in some statements seem to contradict each other, (For example, after praising America’s ‘different ideas’, you almost criticized, or at the least looked down on, people who wouldn’t call America the same 3 words you do) the rest of the article was well done and a fairly enjoyable read. Good work.

  • I agree with your post. I liked how you brought in a real life court case which showed how a majority of rape victims are treated. We need more people in the world to advocate for victims who can’t speak up for themselves.

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