This piece is fantastic for highlighting this problem. I really appreciate that you are trying to raise the issue into the light a little bit, because I completely agree that it is totally overlooked. It is particularly striking when you say “they handed me a prescription for Percocet like it was no big deal, not to mention the large…[Read more]
The United States’ political climate in 2017 has been volatile. The public distrust of media and “Fake News”, alongside the fractures in character of powerful men around the country in the “#metoo” movement, have
Very interesting topic, Hunter. I am appreciative of your ability to recognize the ongoing issue of complacency within our country today. In addition, I am also saddened by the fact that people feel their vote will not make a difference, when as you mentioned, “if everyone voted, California could cast fifty-five votes to the Republicans and Texas could cast thirty-eight to the Democrats in the electoral college.” This is a very pressing issue in our world today and I believe it is necessary for people to be more involved in politics and the decisions being made that will affect the livelihood of the American citizens. If you would like to read more on this topic, you should take a look at this source:https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/voter-turnout-united-states. I look forward to reading more from you on this topic in the future.
Firstly, thanks for sharing! This can be super difficult, especially when you’re vulnerable, like on the internet. Nonetheless, your courage to demonstrate yourself to the world is awesome, and I want to congratulate you for that. It’s so unfortunate that many people don’t have an easy-going experience when they come out, and it has…[Read more]
Hi Sara –
This is a very well written piece, and it highlights very well the problem with our legislative body, particularly in its inability to to just that: legislate. We are at such a roadblock because of the polarization of politics, that people will literally vote on someone purely because they don’t want to vote for another person. This…[Read more]
Murmurs of Kim Jong Un’s proximity to the big red button have been common lately. The big red button, of course, being the theoretical button that launches weapons capable of destroying the planet. Perhaps, then,
Sevin, great opinion piece!
I wholeheartedly agree with you when you say “What people say about you shouldn’t matter.” This has been a key element to my peace of mind living in the United States. I feel comfort in my ability to protest freely. I had a controversial opinion from the NFL’s controversy on which I would love to hear your opinion. I f…[Read more]
It’s funny; if you go to Google and search “best time to be alive”, what will appear is probably exactly what you’d expect. Of course, there are many reasons why we might want to be living in the 20s, or the 70s
I am envious of how good of a writer you are. Aside from that, I really like your message. I believe it’s human nature to want we don’t have, but in cases such as these, it’s important that we have a healthy perspective. The reality is that the roaring 20s, the milkshake 60s, and the funky 80s are all glorified in the movies we watch, the books we read, the music we listen to. It’s not frequently emphasized the injustice that plagued these retro periods, painting a picture of only the things we want to remember. We are extremely fortunate to be living in such a modern age where we have progressed further and further away from the inequality tainting past decades, and to whoever truly wishes they lived in the earlier twentieth century, perhaps they should spend less time daydreaming and more time cracking open a history book.
I also agree with Emma you are a phenomenal writer! I liked how you said, “Relativity has it, however, that any person born at this moment is more likely to have an opportunity to have a good life than ever before.” I can agree that we back in time when people were segregated by color, race, and gender it was very bad a horrific, today this segregation isn’t as much a problem today as it was when comparing these two times to then and now. I also would add that this quote lead to me to the idea that we are at a time of transcendence on how an individual person define a man and woman. What I mean is today we have gender fluid people which is “a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender.”- a way to classify a person like this didn’t exist 50 years ago, and I’m very happy that we have come to believe that life can flow differently than at a biological level. I found this video also by BuzzFeed to be very helpful and eye opening to how we should look at people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Zem9ILPbc .
Your post brings up some good points, you all too often hear teenagers unironically saying they were “born” in the wrong generation … through their smartphones that they can’t function without. It’s all too easy to take how advanced society has become for granted. The fact that most people can just acknowledge that everyone wants to be happy and allows others to live peacefully is a simple yet important thing. Hopefully the world continues to improve and the future continues to be progressively a better and better time to live in, the planet is going to start to really feel overpopulation, climate change, and related issues over the next few decades.
Allison, your post is great! You definitely highlight well the American dream. Do you think the American Dream really is available for everyone, though? Your title certainly suggests it’s something you would like, but particularly as a result of your last paragraph, it seems like you might agree with me that not everyone has the same access to the…[Read more]
Walter, thanks for highlighting this issue. It is a big problem, especially in places like Hong Kong where people are forced to wear air filter masks just to go outside to breathe. Your piece is good for demonstrating the effects of air pollution on people, as well. I think a great adaptation for this piece would be to add some of your own…[Read more]
Issa, you’ve definitely chosen an interesting topic, thanks for sharing. I want to say that your research so far has been eye opening for me. I had no idea that since the Yemen Civil War “there were more than 3,000 schools destroyed”. That’s a shocking figure, and I certainly did not expect to see such a horrific statistic about education, even in…[Read more]
Thanks for your information, I enjoyed this article. One issue with it, however, is that just because “56.6% of Charter Schools are located in cities”, it is not certain that fifty percent of the city’s schools are charter schools. This doesn’t necessarily mean that public schools get more funding, so the issue is certainly still a major…[Read more]
Hey Epic, thanks for sharing your story!
I’ve personally been playing video games since the beginning of my memory, and I really dislike the notion that they’re destroying our generation. They’re such a cool way to express creativity, and even a great way to show off. I’ve never been much of an artist myself, either. The idea of creating 3D models…[Read more]
I really liked this post. I can relate, since I’ve been going to Catholic and other denominational private schools for my entire life. I’ve always been dissatisfied with the answer of “everything happens for a reason”, and “God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle”. If we are truly God’s children, why can’t some of us handle our…[Read more]
I personally have watched countless movies, T.V. shows, and documentaries that detail the incredible world of space exploration. Our biggest limitation, and the reason humans have never stepped foot an a celestial
Hunter, the concept of ultra-fast travel has fascinated science and sci-fi alike for years. Imagine, in all the time we’ve spent writing and dreaming about this topic, we could have gotten, well, a bit outside our solar system. You should take a look at the Alcubierre Drive — why move through space when you can make space move you? I’m interested to read what you think of it.
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We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
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