• The piece I have recorded is from the play Othello by William Shakespeare.  The dialogue is 1.3.208-18, and it belongs to Desdemona.  I chose this because I think Desdemona is a strong character for standing u

  • Desdemona: 1.3.208-218

    Background: Desdemona has just told her father and the Nobles about her marriage to Othello, and that she loves him.  

    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am

  • Averi,
    I think this is really interesting. I had never heard of sub minimum wage before right now, but I think it seems to be a good idea. If it provides work opportunities I think it’s brilliant, and I think it’s a good way to keep people involved regardless of what they are and are not able to do.

  • Catherine commented on the post, Voices 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Jack,
    I think your post is really interesting. I often think things and then find myself thinking something else afterward. For example I’ll think to myself, oh this is a great idea to do a whole essay we have a week to do right now, then my second thought will be, oh that’s a terrible idea I shouldn’t cram. I saw a post on social media about…[Read more]

  • Lilian,
    I love this piece. I also like your choice in title as well. I hear the word nice thrown around a lot as a synonym for kind, but I consider the two very different, and this wasn’t brought to my attention until recently. I think kind is a very powerful word, and I think that staying kind, especially in the world we live in today is…[Read more]

  • Averi,
    I think this post is really interesting. I agree, I think there’s a huge problem in the language we use, as a nation, to address people born in the USA who commit acts of terror. People in positions of authority are quick to call people from other countries terrorists, especially branding people from Middle Eastern Countries, but when an…[Read more]

  • Catherine wrote a new post, Fear 7 months ago

    Fear is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as an, “unpleasant often strong emotion caused by an anticipation or awareness of danger.”  Fear is most likely a familiar emotion to most people, fear of loss, fear of the

  • Catherine‘s profile was updated 7 months ago

  • Kariah,
    I think that your striving to become a better writer is awesome. I myself also love writing, especially creative writing, and personally I find that reading other peoples work helps a lot too. There is a website called wattpad where you can publish writing, like stories or poems or essays, and also establish copyright on your pieces.…[Read more]

  • Hi Ravi,
    I think this topic really interesting, because with the technology we have, we have the power to do a lot. Especially with our food. There is an old tv show, called Gilligans island that explores this in a funny. Five people are stranded on an island and one day radioactive food washes ashore and it basically gives them super powers.…[Read more]

  • With easy access to smartphones, computers, televisions, newspapers, magazines, and a plethora of other information accessibility capable devices, we essentially have the world at our fingertips with information

  • PJ,
    I totally agree with you, I think that memorization is not the way to learn. I have been doing Theater since I was in fourth grade, and I’ve been in over twenty plays in my life in which we memorize scripts for every show, memorization works well in Theater because there is a natural flow to it, and the words don’t mean anything until the…[Read more]

  • Brooklyn,
    I think this is a really interesting topic, and I also recently made a post about it. One of the articles I looked at was this one https://www.motherhoodthetruth.com/school-uniforms-destroying-body-image/ that a mother wrote about her daughter’s school uniform damaging her self esteem, which I think is a huge problem with uniforms. I…[Read more]

  • One thing that I have always been curious about is the fear of things we have not experienced ourselves.  I come around to this often with sharks.  They are my second favorite animal, in specific the Black Tip R

    • Catherine, this is a great topic. The fear of the unknown is one that’s hard to pin down. Some of the articles I’ve briefly looked at pointed to xenophobia, but I personally don’t think that captures it fully. Sure it’s an irrational dislike and fear of something we don’t know, but I feel like that falls from ignorance. You yourself state that you know the likelihood of you being bitten let alone killed are ridiculously low, next to guaranteeing your safety, yet you still don’t wade into the ocean. Could it stem from you watching Jaws as a young child? Shark Week? Of course, no one likes to be pegged as a xenophobe since the connotation is fear towards those from other countries, while the word itself stems beyond that.

  • Catherine commented on the post, Miracles 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Christy,
    I really enjoyed reading this story, I thought that it was a powerful thing you did by opening Hope. My grandmother works with an organization in Utah called The House of Hope, which is sort of a half way house for women who were recently released from jail or struggling with drug addiction, things like that, and their children. Though…[Read more]

  • Hi Amelia,
    My school also read 1984. It is a very interesting book with a lot of curious events, especially this idea of being watched the whole time. If you have not read past this part yet, I’m wondering, what do you think is written in the note to Winston? Do you think that the way she passed it to him was smart, or do you think that it was…[Read more]

  • Maxwell,
    I think this is a very interesting topic, especially right now with our current medical care system and the rights we have at this time. I don’t think about this a lot unless it finds it way into mainstream media, the occasional news story or arc on a TV show, but bottom line it’s not often something I think about. I think that this…[Read more]

  • Abby,
    I am a lover of sharks, they’re my second favorite animal overall and favorite ocean animal so I’m very passionate about this topic. I’ll start by saying that this disgusts me, I hate the slaughtering of sharks just for their fins, it sickens me. One thing that I find particularly disturbing though is how many fishers dispose of the…[Read more]

  • As I was sitting in my English class on a gloomy day in January, adjusting a brace that I have on my knee due to an injury that was changing position over and over because of the fabric of uniform I’m wearing, the

    • Hi Catherine-
      I have attended private school for thirteen years now and with that I have worn plaid skirts, khaki shorts, and polo shirts for the same amount of time. I have not had the luxury to experience a life not in uniform, however I have always wondered how different it would be. To this day, I envy people who are able to express themselves through their clothing at school and learn in comfort. With all angst aside, I have found my Catholic School uniform to be (at times) unbearable. From a woman’s perspective, our body’s are always changing size/shape/etc; and the confinement of cardboard textured shorts makes learning uncomfortable. I’m not saying that uniforms should be done away with, but I do think that the style and even material should be made more flexible for the individual. To answer your question, no. I do not think that uniforms should be standard in schools. While there are pro’s there are also cons, and it seems that the cons outweigh the pros. I could ramble on and on about this argument, but I think that you ultimately presented it well. If you want to read about it anymore I found this article interesting https://www.motherhoodthetruth.com/school-uniforms-destroying-body-image/

    • Catherine, I really like your interest in this topic. I think it’s important students be happy with everything about themselves at school, especially the way they look. I’ve also gone to a private school my whole life. In elementary school my uniform was strict and closely monitored by everyone. I don’t remember hating it too much, except for when my teachers thought I was wearing makeup and would make me go wash it off. This made me really upset because I never broke that code and I almost felt as if I was being bullied. In high school that all changed because at Judge we had a lot more freedom in the uniforms. I couldn’t imagine what school would be like if I had to chose and outfit every single day. However I agree that students should be able to express themselves in anyway they chose. I don’t mean ill fitted clothing and suggestive quotes on shirts. I just think it’s important that kids learn to be themselves because as we get older, it’s important we know exactly who we are, even if it is just in the things we wear. I guess my ultimate question after reading this is with our ever growing and changing society do you think schools will eventually take these complaints into consideration and allow students everywhere to wear what they want, even Judge?

    • Catherine,
      I haven’t ever had to wear a uniform in school but my sister did for a time, she absolutely hated it and felt as you do about them being uncomfortable and not being able to express yourself. I agree that students in uniforms are more likely to be violent because I feel that they would feel oppressed and be more prone to rebelling and that if students had more freedom ( to dress for example) they wouldn’t be provoked into rebellious behaviour.

    • Catherine,
      I never have wore a uniform but do understand how it is going to a school where not everyone can afford nice clothes. The poverty rate in America is extremely high and in private school most children are not in the poverty. I believe that school uniforms are a great idea. There are people who do not have hip clothes or top brands. If there were uniforms everyone would look the same and not feel ashamed or stand out. Also it would take away dress code issues or distractions in school. I know this is my own opinion and I respect yours and the research you have done. Well done and your argument is valid and well written.

  • Ethan,
    This is an interesting perspective on what it means to be an American. I think that maybe what’s happened is that what it means to be an American has morphed, but that fundamentally, to the core our values are still similar, just the way we’ve presented them have changed. Women and people of color are still discriminated against, just in…[Read more]

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