• I have always been a private school kid, and I’ve always been told that because of it I’ll have a better shot in this life. I’m a Judge kid and because of that I’m supposed to have this greater shot of getting

    • Whitlee, I do believe that you have some privileges/advantages over people that go to public school. But, I don’t think that it is anything to be ashamed of. There isn’t anything you can do about the fact that that is true. You can only focus on the things that high school kids focus on such as, grades, sports, family, and friends. It is also hard to say what should be done about this because, unlike public schools, private schools can chose their own curriculum. This in its own I believe gives a student a leg up because the school can specifically prepare you for universities, instead of on the public school system that prepares its students for the workforce.

    • This is a really important topic to look at, and as a fellow Judge Student, also have a lot of interest to see if our private education has helped us to get into schools. I have always though that we do have an advantage because we get much more help when it comes to college counselors. Some public schools also have help, but not all of them are sufficient to help students get into college. https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/private-vs-public-hs/ Is an article that goes over the advantages to both private and public schools. Basically it says that private schools tend to be better, but public schools vary, some of them being great to help with college admissions, and others don’t provide the right guidance.

    • Going to private school is a huge privilege, and the price tag reflects that. A school like Judge gives students a nudge above students who attend public school. But it is just this: a nudge. Hard work and natural ability are ultimately what decide academic success. I like how you brought this up, as there are plenty of amazing kids that go through the public school system. However, this is a good question to reflect on, so here is a link to help with further research. http://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/12/03/are-private-schools-really-better-than-public-schools/

    • Hi Whitlee, I would agree with Lindsay and Issac on how they view the advantage of going to private school which has given me the idea that private schools offer a push and pull effect “nudge” – Issac, with private schools especially you should see students achieving higher because you yourself, parents, teachers and college advisors are putting time and sacrifice into a student attending a private school, which colleges look at did the student make the most out of the opportunity that was given to them. I think you also have to decide what level you are looking at this question for in-state schools or out of state schools, because just yesterday I was looking at a Private Jesuit High School in Indianapolis and their grading scale is insanely hard an A+ is a 98-100. Tougher colleges I assume look at the strength of the schedule the student had- meaning did they take AP Classes and what was their AP score. I will admit our school has been tough for me with the rigorous academic course but it has taught me how to work for good grades, take scary classes (risks), learn how to fail to better myself and improve on the next opportunity that arises to me (tests, quizzes, homework), and how to thrive with my classmates all while receiving a catholic education.

    • Dear Whitlee, I believe that you are sort of right, however a more effective strategy would be to research public school students and see their graduation and acceptance rates then compare the two. However I think that people that do go to private schools have a major advantage not only in college but more specifically in funding for their schools. Also private schools have stronger curriculum as opposed to public schools were they have less opportunities. I would be interested to see the research and contrast between these two systems and see if there really is an advantage.

  • I like that you looked at both sides. Technology is a very interesting topic, but it’s also a little scary. Did you know our computers are learning to code themselves? “DeepCoder is a machine learning system that can write its own code. It does this using a technique called program synthesis. Essentially, it creates new programs by combining…[Read more]

  • Hi! I’m Whitlee, a student with interests in the influence of the arts in schools. I’m fairly disappointed right now, though. In my state they just passed something that made the arts, and P.E. so they aren’t requirements in our public schools. I saw videos of a meeting that went on and I was proud of all the students that showed up. A girl with a…[Read more]

  • Anna, to get images of vaquitas you must upload images of vaquitas. XD
    Also, I really like this post. I was instantly drawn to it. I wonder why. Also, have you ever heard of the vaquita challenge? I think you’d reaaalllyyy enjoy it. It’s great to raise awareness for the vaquita.

    According to http://porpoise.org/save-the-vaquita/ you can help by…[Read more]

  • First, your profile picture is amazing, and so is your cover photo. Second I love your shadow box. I like how you represent yourself with your heritage, but you show there’s more to you than that. I also love to draw, so I connect to that really well. I spend every day trying to work on my skills, and improve. One day I hope it goes farther than…[Read more]

  • Well, there is a research study that states blacks are expected back out on the field master than whites. It showed how biased people are on the topic. “‘Participants assumed that the Black target was less privileged and faced more hardship than the White target,’ the study’s authors write, and that harder life presumably shields them from things…[Read more]

  • This topic needs to be talked about more. It’s not given very much attention, and we don’t educate about it either. Did you know there’s a beach in New York nicknamed Bottle Beach covered in trash and broken glass? People actually act like it’s cool. Yes, it’s interesting and strange, but it shouldn’t be left like that!…[Read more]

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  • I enjoyed this so much. I can connect with it, and I love how you made a reference to how the outside world sees masculinity. I actually have a song and music video that I love in connection to the toxicity of masculinity. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8y-WyBrNgQ) (There is another one by the same artist that encompasses gender stereotypes…[Read more]

  • Construction worker kids tend to grow up on construction sites, learning the trades, and working alongside their families. They are pushed to do more than construction in the future. Jokes like: “teaching my kid w

  • In class we learned about depth of field. The focus of the background can greatly impact the photo. We learned about this through toy stories. We had to tell a story through toys. I chose a stuffed turtle in my

  • My important person is my mother. She’s always been there for me, and kept my head leveled. I chose this picture, because of how happy she looks. She was outside taking care of her plants, and I caught this. S

  • I learned a lot about how people use photography. It’s not just snapping a picture. The pictures taken convey meaning. Lisa Kristine tells stories and puts the things we try to avoid in the spotlight. We need to p

    • I agree, when I started photography my main theme was black and white photos to hide the beauty of the world in my pictures, and as I grew as a photographer I wanted to show more beauty in the world so I used my nature surroundings and objects to portray the more than just the person I’m taking photos of or myself, I wanted to find angles that allowed me to add the beauty of the world. Color in photography is very important as it shows the world and adds character

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