• Dear Martha,
    I very much like your perspective on education and gives me a sense of remembering why education is important. Being in high school, I sometimes don’t understand the point of being at school 8 hrs a day for several months. You giving me this perspective has helped me remember the importance of education and that not everyone has…[Read more]

  • Dear Kheriya,
    I completely understand where you’re coming from. I believe people do drugs because they’re influenced by it and feel pressured to try it because their friends are doing it too. However, little do they know the impact that those drugs will have on their body in the future. Drugs aren’t meant to be something to play with, it’s meant…[Read more]

  • Dear Juan,
    I definitely agree with you about the importance of how music impacts our lives. It impacts mine too in a positive way. Anytime I feel sad or just happy, I listen to my fav music and it makes the world make sense for it split second. It make me understand what the artist is talking about through its lyrics and being able to connect…[Read more]

  • Dear Tatianna,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. I school starts at an early time too and it’s annoying having to get up to go to school at an earlier time. Unfortunately, i don’t have the option like you do but i do try my best to wake up on time even though am almost always running after the bus. I like that the option of your school works for…[Read more]

  • In novel Dear Martin, by Nic Stone, the story shows that the average black person has to struggle and work harder than the average white person to gain social mobility in the U.S. In addition, she explores how

    • Amazing story!!

      • Beverly,

        I am co-signing Donta’s shout out….

        Thanks for sharing this thoughtful review and response to Nic Stone’s novel, Dear Martin. Last year, my students at U School, had the opportunity to meet Ms. Stone at a book talk at one of our local public libraries in Philadelphia. We enjoyed her talk. During her talk, she really helped enhance her characters’ background stories. Reading your review and thinking of Jus, Jim Crow Jr, and Police Brutality makes me more interested in seeing the film Queen and Slim. Have you seen this movie yet? Based on your response to Dear Martin I would love to read your review of the film Queen and Slim 🙂

        Reed
        Humanties Teacher
        U School

  • Thomas, I agree with you that every American has the right to have different values, creeds, or culture. I understand that not everyone is the same and some people may value different things. Your conclusion was very strong but I don’t completely agree with it. Do you think if the government lets everyone come in American undocumented, how would…[Read more]

  • Martin Luther King Jr once said, “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” He was a great man that worked tremendously to bring greater equ

    • Hi Beverly,

      I think your outlook on police brutality against African Americans is enlightening. As you said, a lot of people have heard about situations where someone was shot just because of their race, but they don’t think about the reasoning behind what causes police to pull the trigger. Is it due to their race or did they do or say something that the police felt threatened by? And yes, while I agree with you on the idea that American is not living up to its standards of equality as introduced by founding documents including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of America, it could also be that the law enforcement officers are frightened because they feel threatened. I don’t think it’s a reasonable excuse to say that they pulled the triggered on someone (that’s not white) because they felt “threatened”. These stereotypes of people of different color and race are one of the factors that contribute to the police brutality. I think you did a great job of introducing and explaining this topic, and I would love to hear about your perspective on the other side of the argument. I found two articles and thought that it might be interesting for you to read 🙂

      https://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/12/cover-policing

      A black police officer’s perspective

  • Kait,
    I truly admire what you said about happiness. I remember saying a poster in middle school that said, “Life is 10 percent of what you do, and 90 percent of how you react to it. Sometimes I feel myself being caught up in trying to fix things but I realiaze that there’s no point trying to fix something I can’t control. In your passage, you…[Read more]

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