HI grace! This poem was very heartbreaking, but at the same time very hopeful. When you said “I both know it was for the best and I cried a great deal about it”, it made me think of the bittersweet cycle of life and death in our world. Thank you for sharing this, I hope to read more from you.
Hi Mariah, I think that witch hunting is a very interesting topic. When you said “One of the biggest “witch hunts” that isn’t directly about the practice of witchcraft is the era of containment led by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s”. This is a topic that no one pays much attention to anymore, but it in fact has gone on in modern society and shoul…[Read more]
My source from EBSCO was a comparison of academic and athletic statistics from a division one school. I found it interesting, because 33% of students at DI schools feel as though they are perceived as less smart
Hailey, I really enjoyed reading about your articles. I can’t wait to see what your final essay looks like. I have never read anything that talks about these topics, so this is all new information to me. I find it really interesting that athletes think that their peers look at them as not as smart as others. Hopefully, we can change this mentality.
Wow, this is such an interesting topic. I find it very upsetting that some people view athletes as not being intelligent, as I believe that most sports require a lot of work and intelligent training in order for someone to be successful. Also, all successful athletes have a drive to be the best, which can also be applied to school work.
I think it would also be interesting to compare men’s and women’s academic performances. I found an article that relates to this topic: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/09/why-girls-get-better-grades-than-boys-do/380318/ . It is titled “Why Girls Tend To Get Better Grades Than Boys Do.” It talks about how, all around the world and at all ages, girls on average are found to get better grades than boys do, even in math and sciences, areas in which people expect boys to excel in. They also present reasons as to why this is the case. I hope it is helpful, and I can’t wait to read more of what you write.
Mariah, I really liked this article! It reminded me of when we read 1984, because government privacy was a very prominent theme in that book. “. At this point in time, the United States has no legal regulations on the buying and selling of personal data” I think that this brings an even larger issue that our society has to deal with. Keep up the…[Read more]
The first article that I found is entitled “Fair Play and the Competitive Sport”. This article was about the ethics behind playing fair in sports, and it was interesting to me because it was the first article
For my topic, I picked competition in sports. I want to know what drives people to be competitive, and how it helps them accomplish the goals that they need to. This topic interests me because I have been a
Hailey, this is such an interesting topic! The psychology behind sports (and specifically competition) is very interesting and I like how you delved into the different kinds of motivation since they are seemingly so different for each athlete. I also liked how you added that collaboration and competition are often both necessary on teams. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
Hailey, I am writing about this topic as well but my topic is slightly different. This is very interesting and understanding. Being an athlete myself, I can relate to this a lot and have a good understanding of competition when it comes to sports. Keep writing!
Hailey, as a competitive athlete this is a very interesting topic for me to read about. I like how you mentioned that, although competition may seem like a negative thing, sometimes it is important in a team and a motivation for some. Here is a link to an overview of a book called “The Winner’s Mind”, which I think you might enjoy reading about: https://www.active.com/tennis/articles/the-winner-s-mind-a-psychology-of-competition-3068057. I look forward to reading what other insights you have about this topic.
Hi Celeste! I enjoyed your presentation, because even though I read it a year ago, Divergent still remains one of my favorite books. I like how you concluded your write up “the government would then surrender. There would be no more factions and everyone can live how they would like to live, no more factions, no more oppression”. Divergent brings…[Read more]
Hi Maggie! I really enjoyed reading this. I think that learning about serial killers is fascinating, especially because I am so interested in psychology. I liked when you said “We have ideas about what a serial killer is and when someone is found that contradicts our mindset, we are shocked”, because it shows how people make snap judgments as to…[Read more]
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]
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