Over the past few decades, drug experimentation among teens is actually down. Enough negative findings have come out to dissuade the average teen from using hard drugs, drugs that were more popular in past
Isaac, I believe that we as a generation abuse alcohol and drugs more than past generations because it has been ingrained in us from a young age whilst watching movies and TV shows that depict teens drinking and doing drugs that as teenagers, this is what we are supposed to do. I think that before, teens would do these things because it was fun and new, and this habit carried onto the next generations and so forth until this day and age, where instead of doing these things for the fun of it, we do it because we think that it’s what were supposed to do and that we will be left out if we don’t.
I really enjoyed the subject matter of this essay. This argument is picking up a lot of steam as the US brainstorms ways to revitalize our lacking education system. More and more countries are doing away with homework and are focusing on a more test and project oriented approach. An exchange student I had described school as no less…[Read more]
I find this post really interesting as my older brother just gave up on his dream to be a professional artist. Too many people put the image of a starving artist in his head, and he couldn’t handle it. Financial security was too important to him. From the looks of it, you have a stronger resolve. There are definitely ways to make money in…[Read more]
The practice of lobbying has been around since America’s gilded age, when the young nation first experienced the sheer power of big business. Lobbying is the practice of paying legislators money for elections in e
Very interesting topic, Issac. I believe lobbying can be very corrupt, and while it is legal, it is not fair to the majority of the American citizens. There should be stricter laws and restrictions when it comes to big business in government. I especially appreciated you commenting on how “the constitution guarantees a level playing field to its citizens concerning their political voice.” How do you believe this issue could be solved or improved? If you would like to learn more, I suggest you look into this article:https://www.cato.org/policy-report/julyaugust-2006/big-business-big-government. I look forward to reading more from you on this topic in the future.
I love this topic, my government class just finished discussing this. What is your stance on lobbying? Do you have a solution? Although lobbying is legal, I agree with Hailey, there should be more restrictions. Lobbying gives more power to the wealthy which only makes up a small portion of the population. It doesn’t give all Americans an equal voice.
Going to private school is a huge privilege, and the price tag reflects that. A school like Judge gives students a nudge above students who attend public school. But it is just this: a nudge. Hard work and natural ability are ultimately what decide academic success. I like how you brought this up, as there are plenty of amazing kids that go…[Read more]
Great question to finish off your article. I personally thing NFL players should be a able to take a knee, and exercise their Constitutional right to free speech. I personally think this movement is a force for good. However, just like any social movement, #takeaknee has its critics. While you and I don’t have to agree with what they say, they…[Read more]
In my opinion, Interstellar was one of the most emotional, intense, and mind bending movies of the 21st century. The acting was phenomenal, and so was the soundtrack and cinematography. However, one question
I agree with your findings and may I say ahead of time Interstellar was a wonderful movie. The effects were great along with the plot of the movie. I’m also intrigued by how you become interested in this. To the point of which you’d explore further into the actual math and science behind it.
I am intrigued by your questioning of Interstellar’s validity in your post because I’ve also questioned the aspects of the film due to the fact that it is considered science fiction. In my opinion, I think that the movie did a great job in exploiting concepts such as worm holes and general relativity. One thing you said that stands out for me is: ” Judging by the fact that the producers of Interstellar hired a renowned cosmologist, Kip Thorne, as a consultant, I have high hopes for interstellar.” I think this is interesting because the movie went to this extent to ensure the validity of the math and science behind the movie.
I like how you talked about traditional American values. I absolutely agree that these are what the country is founded on. Leaders like MLK have definitely made these more of a reality. My question for you is: while country was founded on these values like freedom, unity, and diversity, do Americans exemplify those values today? Overall great…[Read more]
Gun control is one of the most decisive issues in the US today. Personally, I believe that people in general should be able to own guns. However, limitations need to be put in place. Gun shows that do not require background checks need to be done away with. Assault rifles and weapons of such caliber should also be heavily restricted, if not…[Read more]
Abusive relationships, both physical and verbal, have been a problem for all cultures throughout history. You said you were looking into brainstorming a solution to the problem, which is really important research. The best place to start is to look into the root causes of these toxic relationships and the results of the abuse on the…[Read more]
Maggie, I got really excited when I saw a post on multiverses. This has been a question lingering in the back of my mind for some time. Your insights on the “cold spot” shows that in fact our universe could actually be part of a system of multiple universes. In fact, an MIT professor I’ve read has some really good insight on this topic.…[Read more]
Anna, I like your perspective on this issue. When people talk about the opioid epidemic, most people complain about patients being reckless with their drugs, or selling their extra pills. They blame the patients for this epidemic. However, when you said, “Both the medical industry and drug dealers are connected through greed and profit, targeting…[Read more]
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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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