I picked Desdemona’s passage, 1.3.208-218, from the play Othello. To perfect my interpretation and delivery of the passage, I had to record it several times. The first time I did it, I just read the passage with
Milton, thank you for writing this piece entitled “I stand with Angela”. I have never heard of Angela Davis before, but now I know that she is an underappreciated Civil Rights Activist. I don’t hear a lot about activists relating poverty to criminal activity, but this concept is important to me because I think it is important to understand how…[Read more]
Vanessa, thank you so much for writing this piece. I really enjoyed reading it, and I think that the concept of freedom of speech in schools is very interesting. When your brought up the point “If any bullying or harassment took place at on the premises of any school they would have the ability to take initiative in how they would like the…[Read more]
Hi Beatrice. Thank you for sharing this short essay with me! I loved how you opened up about your feelings towards your mom and I get how people might not always understand you as well as you would like them to. Your opening sentence was impactful when you said “I just don’t understand why my mother does not understand me”. Keep up your good writing!
Hi Noemi, I love your essay on positivity! When you said ” I mean It was hard to stop talking to them but I knew that those who I use to call friends were not really my friends”, I agree that even though if it isn’t the easiest thing to do, that the best thing to do is cut the negative people out of your life. The one thing you could improve on is…[Read more]
Hi Beatrice. I really enjoyed reading your perspective on teachers. I think this article brings me to the idea that you should not let other people’s perceptions sway your own opinions. I will link an article below that further explains characteristics of a good teacher. What draws you to like this teacher and why do you think others don’t liker…[Read more]
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 g…[Read more]
Sadly, school shootings seem to becoming more and more of a trend ever since the Columbine shooting almost twenty years ago. School shootings have resulted to teens feeling unsafe in school, and have led to an
I’m gonna have to disagree with you. First off, never use absolutes when it comes to politics. Saying phrases like “Students would feel much safer knowing not everyone has access to a gun” is not statistically accurate. Also, not everyone has access to a gun. Completely banning firearms or regulating them in any way is a very bad idea. If you don’t believe me, look to Chicago, Great Britain, Australia. These places have highly restricted gun laws in the world, yet the gun and violent crime rates are going straight up. Banning firearms, or even merely regulating them is not the answer. Gun deaths (including suicides) in America per-year is around 33,000. Take our suicides and it’s around 11,000. Now, compare that to the lives saved by a firearm per-year in America is around 500,000-3 million according to the CDC. While gun violence may seem like a big issue, taking these firearms away from law-abiding citizens is a horrid idea that will only hurt us more.
I think this is a good article and strives to get an important point across. I personally think that mental health is an issue that needs to be tended to first. Banning guns will not stop someone with a strong will to do malice. More than a half million guns are stolen each year, according to Giffords Law Center, and then sold. Although banning weapons sounds like an effective idea in the process of stopping school shootings, I think we, as Americans, have a priority to first help the mentally ill.
HI Guadalupe, this was a very interesting take on animal testing. I found it interesting when you said “potential animal rights violations are outweighed by human benefit”. Animal testing is often looked at as a bad thing, so it was in was different to hear a positive side of it. Thank you for writing this piece. I hope to see more research works…[Read more]
Hi Annika, I really liked your post about dress codes. I especially lied when you said “now they have grown into a form of control over students”. I can relate to this because I have been told that I am dressed inappropriately several times, and it feels like the adult is just trying to show that they can do that because they are an administrator…[Read more]
With school shootings growing in popularity, teenagers are feeling increasingly unsafe at school. Many of the people who are doing the school shootings are mentally ill, and should have never had access to a
i agree that guns are dangerous and that they r used to kill people but ,in my opinion us human is the biggest issue because we are the ones that kill people we Gotta find those who are capable of doing crazy things with guns .i agree that gun is a big issue but people are the biggest issues cause guns don’t
‘just come up to u and kill u ,is us humans who do it .So what i,m trying to say is that we shouldn’t focus a 100%of the the gun issue ,we should focus more on the ones who do it or capable of doing it .
I’m glad you’re passionate about this topic. However, “multifire machine guns” is a made up term. If you’re talking about fully-automatic weapons, those are already banned to the public in the 1993 Assault Weapons ban. As for banning all guns: guns are not the problem. You take away guns, then psychopaths will find other ways to harm and kill people. While the law-abiding citizen is left defenseless. I do agree however that we have a mental health issue in this country, but that does not involve firearms and restricting them even further to the law-abiding citizens.
I think all of these points are legitimate and well spoken, but I think this sarcastic remark with no purpose but to make fun of someone commenting doesn’t contribute to the discussion of the issue. Whatever side your audience stands on, all points of view should be respected and comments should contribute, not take a stance of making fun of an individual’s very possible ambitions.
There are many different viewpoints on this article and it is an interesting debate. However I disagree with how you have built your argument, the first statement of school shootings “increasing in popularity” was immediately off putting for the simple reason that the word “popularity” should never be acomponied with such a tragedy. Also you offer many opinions from one side of the debate, but don’t offer any information from people you don’t agree with to show that you are knowledgable on the issue. Although everyone agrees that in a perfect world there would be no guns, this is not a perfect world, and the unfortunate reality is that guns will always be in circulation and if someone has drive to commit an atrocious act such as mass shootings they will do whatever it takes. In the connotations you’ve presented the only victims in this situation would be defenseless law abiding citizens.
Hailey that guns can be dangerous and kids feel unsafe at school, but there are a lot of ways you can look at this. Some people may think taking away guns would help but that’s not fair to people who may hunt and use good use to what they do with their guns. The gun checks should be more detailed to people with guns because some people don’t need to have them. The self protection reasoning is tough though because people are not exactly using them in the right way of “protecting themselves”. This is a debate that goes on a lot and is hard to make a good decision on.
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