George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, seems near prophetic when looking back on the work today. Orwell predicts the increase of surveillance and the decline of personal privacy. However, there is one area in w
What a great story about your connections to the source “Kareem.” I especially liked when you shared that you knew people who lived in Nebraska like him but then talked about the differences between their lives and Kareem’s life. I would have loved to know a little bit more about how you personally connect to the text. I hope that you…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your piece. It definitely made me want to check out “Behold the Dreamers.” My favorite part of your essay was the section in which you talk about how the book made you realize just how lucky you are to be an American. I had a similar experience when I visited rural Thailand. I hope that you keep writing about…[Read more]
This is such a brave story. Thank you so much for sharing. Your personal narrative about your experiences in elementary school helped me to understand a little bit about how self confidence can deteriorate from a young age. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I would love to hear more about the exercises that you learned…[Read more]
Jada, I completely understand where you are coming from in this post. I often feel frustrated also when I work very hard and others just sit around and do nothing. I liked how you went through all of the reasons that a person may not be paying attention in school. Check out this article about if school starts too early…[Read more]
What a fascinating piece Sera!
I think that the articles you chose are very relevant to the upcoming election in which people will be voting on Marijuana. I liked how you described all of the medical conditions that it treats and mentioned that it does not treat others. This helps people to have a less biased view. I think that this article…[Read more]
Gender equality is at the forefront of national debates as politicians argue over how to go about creating equal pay and whether or not equal pay is really necessary. Proponents of equal pay claim that equal pay
Hi Gwen, I really enjoyed reading about your article on gender inequality. I found it fascinating yet upsetting that “for every dollar a man makes, a woman only makes 79￠”. I have not observed this because I have never worked, but one day I will and this issue concerns me. Below I will link and article from Psychology Today. It also talks about gender inequality and I think you would enjoy it. When do you think this social justice issue will be resolved? I will be back to read more of your articles because I found your research compelling. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mind-games/201801/gender-inequality
Gwen I really liked all the input and information that was in your article and how sad these facts can really be and how real it is in today’s world. How true it rings and that it shouldn’t be this way. I also liked when you mentioned STEM as well. I also found this article that I think would be helpful to your research as well. Thank you again Gwen.
I found your article very interesting. I particularly enjoyed your example about asthma. I had never thought of that as an enhancement, but you are right that people who need inhalers are enhancing their performance. I also thought that your inclusion of the history behind doping added to my understanding of the current issue. Your…[Read more]
I really enjoyed your descriptions of what you did with the kids. I also really appreciated that you commented on how the experience made you more grateful for everything that you have. The line “It showed me how much impact you can make by doing the smallest of things” really resonated with me. You went on an…[Read more]
Immigration may well be the hottest issue in the United States today. Some people want to build physical walls to keep illegal immigrants out. Others want to welcome them with open arms. However, the issue of
This is a very interesting outlook and argument regarding policing immigration, Gwen. I find your arguments about how immigrants’ fear of deportation can affect the rest of the community, not only the immigrants directly. It is also interesting that you wrote about how what the police officers are doing is unconstitutional and not a part of their job, as they are supposed to be serving their community, their states and their country, not trying to deport undocumented immigrants. I definitely agree with you when you say “The police are there to protect the people in their jurisdiction and they cannot do that if there are people who are afraid to call and report crimes”. I have been interesting in learning more about the actions some officials are taking in regards to immigration, and I have never come across this argument before. It is very thought provoking. I think another article that would be interesting to read is “Is it constitutional to lock up immigrants indefinitely?” (https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/it-constitutional-lock-immigrants). It is not directly related police officers, however it does question the actions and decisions of the Supreme Court regarding locking up immigrants. Do you have any insight on this perspective? I am looking forward to reading more about your outlook and research on other controversial issues.
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