Fortunately, disagreement is healthy, and you’re absolutely entitled to your opinion. That said, this is a public forum for discussion, and you ought to provide some sort of reasoning why you might disagree with a journalist’s view. Additionally, profanely responding to someone else giving their opinion doesn’t really promote discussion. Thanks…[Read more]
for some reason while reading this story I was nervous the whole time that Nova was going to lose Bear. At the end, I thought perhaps Daddy was going to throw Bear away. You really had me captivated! Also, I think Bear is a great name (I had a stuffed cat when I was younger called “kitty”). My question for you is whether this story came…[Read more]
this is a great article to highlight the gender inequality gap. I really don’t like when people limit “the gender gap” to differences in wages, because it shows just how much of a blind eye we turn to other societal problems. My question is, where do you think this comes from? Why, even hundreds of thousands of years after the creation of…[Read more]
Hi Hunter, I like your research topic. I think students’ mental settings are wrong in this society especially for seniors. Sometimes students do need some motivations and need to be helped/pushed by teachers. Although grades, homework and tests are stressful but they motivates students to learn. However, many seniors just drop the ball and don’t care about anything now. So I think either student himself/herself need to do something to change this setting or schools need to do something to prevent this from happening.
Here is a useful resource of grading from a teacher’s perspective: https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/grading-student-work/
Great article, Hunter! I really like that you talked about how the current use of teaching techniques aren’t done because they are good but rather because they are societally acceptable. Based on your post I think you would enjoy this article, https://www.thnk.org/blog/3-reasons-grades-bad-education/.
This is an interesting topic to research. It is something we need to change in our society to make our future better. And it all starts with education. The current teaching methods are based on grades and not on proficiency. I found this article that has interviews of educational experts about the current teaching methods. Hope this helps!
I found your article very interesting. Specifically when you said “We are a feedback culture, and as such, understanding each other and considering other points of view are important, but the underlying question, of course, is whether we can differentiate points of view in a topic with one fundamental method of solvency. If the answer is no, then we cannot open up a calculus class to discussion.” I agree that our educational system needs to have a change and I think that meta cognition is a great way to accomplish this goal. However, you bring up a good point about its downfalls. I would like to read more about this subject and I look forward to reading your next post.
this is a super cool topic. Our names are this thing we take for granted all the time. They are literally a permanent tag by which we will be known forever and we don’t even choose them. There’s an interesting theory in the world that your name actually defines who you are as a person since it changes how people perceive you. Check out…[Read more]
This topic is very interesting. I had a few questions, though. How come, since ADHD is not curable, it is so much more common in kids than it is in adults? Is it because adults have a lower rate of diagnosis even if they have it? It’s strange. Additionally, when kids have ADD, is it the same chemical imbalance as ADHD or is it different? I…[Read more]
By far the most interesting comment on teaching is George Bernard Shaw’s notion that “he who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” In an almost revolting misjudgment of teaching, one effectively sums up the reaso
I should read this book! It sounds like Victor Rios has been through his fair share of hardships, for sure. I just came back from the Bay Area this weekend! It is interesting the contrast between the Berkeley area and the Oakland area. It almost felt like there was a level of segregation, where the more privileged white folk stood on one…[Read more]
This is a crazy and scary topic. You have a host of good evidence here, and it’s going to be a really good essay in the end. My question for you is, since this is an argumentative essay, when do you think the human race, and do you think it will be natural or human-caused? Another thing to consider is the group of scientists that calculate…[Read more]
I really liked this video, because I really hadn’t put much thought into Philadelphia as a gun-violence-ridden city. I suppose when I hear urban gun violence my first thought is always Detroit or Chicago. I think if you continue to work on this project, you should see what people outside of your city think. Obviously firsthand accounts are…[Read more]
I like your piece, because it demonstrates how impossible it is to have a dystopian society without people wishing to rebel. Winston is certainly one of them, but he obviously is not the only one. Do you think this kind of society, one in which everyone is secretly hoping for the government to fail, is possible? Since everyone has it in…[Read more]
You are absolutely right! There is an enormous up-front cost, but do keep in mind that this cost is being paid not by the government, whose infrastructure budget is far too low to ever make an alternative energy takeover a reality, but by the energy corporations themselves, whose wallet is plenty thick for making this happen. I personally…[Read more]
I liked this piece a lot, because it is well-developed and questions the moral implications of one of the most widely questioned legal things in the United States. In my English class we are currently reading Dead Man Walking, a non-fiction account of Sister Helen Prejean’s spiritual advisory to two death-row inmates, both of whom are…[Read more]
I find this piece interesting, particularly because of how easy you mention it is to change. As someone who has not had to battle with obesity, but from an outsider’s perspective, I’ve never seen it this way. I feel like the general perspective on obesity from someone who is obese is not that they feel comfortable that way, but that they do…[Read more]
On the topic of alternative energies, one of the most common arguments about why we ought to continue using natural gas, fossil fuels, and otherwise unclean energies is that we do not possess the resources or
I agree that we need to start the switch to clean energy very soon, there is no argument against clean energy because it is the perfect solution. im intrigued about the 30 year switch and I do want to look into that Ecowatch website and see what the transition would look like. I hope our world governments start the switch soon because it will be very bad if they wait till we have an energy crisis.
While I’m also very hopeful that renewable, clean energy becomes the norm sooner rather than later, realistically I also know that there are basic reasons why it’s growing at a relatively slow rate. The main expense of renewable energy is the up-front infrastructure investment. Wind turbines need to be manufactured, transported, and assembled. Efficient solar panels are much more expensive in the U.S. than other major solar energy producers such as Australia (but are becoming cheaper as technology improves). The electricity production industry is shifting from coal power natural gas, which is much cheaper per watt. While renewables are even cheaper, the up-front cost of creating a system to harness energy with them deters companies that seek to make a large amount of money in a short amount to time. The renewable energy takeover is coming eventually, it just unfortunately won’t happen until our technology improves enough to the point where massive corporations can spend billions to create ways to produce it and pay off those billions quick enough so that they’re better off than investing in natural gas.
You are absolutely right! There is an enormous up-front cost, but do keep in mind that this cost is being paid not by the government, whose infrastructure budget is far too low to ever make an alternative energy takeover a reality, but by the energy corporations themselves, whose wallet is plenty thick for making this happen. I personally think a big reason they aren’t dishing out the cash is because it is very profitable to continue producing energy with foreign and domestic oil, and not quite as profitable to build solar and wind plants. What do you think?
This is a really great post. I agree that this is the time to take action and start using clean energy. I don’t know too much about renewable energy, but we cant go on the way we are and so we need a solution. The information in this post sold me even more by showing just how much better and more efficient it would be. Many places are beginning to make the change and I truly hope we make the switch soon.
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]
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