That is a very interesting article that you have. Your position really speaks to me and I do believe that it is a right to say what ever we want as long as it is not at the expense of others. But sometimes we have to limit our selfs from saying things online for our personal protection. And in the world of online bullying, situations like those…[Read more]
There is so much more to education than simply opening a book and reading from it. The actual interaction between a student and a teacher, and between students themselves, represents a substantial part of the entire education experience. For sake of our mental health, the traditional school programming is proving to be much more important than…[Read more]
At least forty four million K – 12 students in the United States are adjusting to the sudden change to online learning. (1) Rather than waking up, getting dressed and walking, driving or riding the school bus to
Hey James, thanks for writing about this issue, because it’s something that is greatly impacting us all at this moment. I agree with your contention that online school does not work for the majority of students. I as well agree that the classes should be moved to pass or fail grades if school does not return. The only question I have is what an alternative for online schooling would be? Especially being seniors it’s important we finish our credits so we can graduate on time, so if online classes were to be cancelled how would credits be rewarded.
Dear James :
I commend you on your post, “ONLINE LEARNING DURING COVID-19 DOES NOT WORK,” because its something that should be said because I too am finding it hard to work from home because i have AP testing coming up and I feel like i am not yet prepared enough for either of my exams. Plus i also an=m going into college and i wasn’t able to have a tour around the campuses so i’m going in blindly, not to mention that i need help with school both filling out financial aid info and homework.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “School can be stressful on it’s own and when you add the threat of illness and death from a relatively unknown virus, the stress level is increased substantially.” I think this is great because i’ve already been to high school i’ve already done my four stressful four years and learning from home when none of my teachers have reached out to me other than messaging me about how the week is extending, more homework, or not communicating at all when i ask questions about a subject.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you’re writing is really good at conveying your ideas and persuading the reader
The current administration in the White House has promoted nationalism as a good thing for the United States. Nationalist believe that their country is superior above others and desire to separate themselves
I thought that you did a fantastic job tying all of the books messages into one. Its really fascinating how complex each book is and how you were able to create a whole new perspective on their views. I think that your message is really important and that you have a cool way of explaining it.
Hi Jonathan, I also agree with your argument. This topic does not get as much publicity as it should. But the lack of regulations and ability to take care of the animals is really depressing and sad. But thank you for bring it closer to the light. I found more info that you might find interesting here:…[Read more]
I agree that there has to be something done about homework. I do believe there is some basis for assigning homework, but it has to be reasonable. More and more, it seems that a teacher gives a 15 minute lecture on a subject, then says “here’s your homework assignment for tonight”. The homework then takes quadruple the amount of time to…[Read more]
This is a very interesting topic that you have raised. Personally, I have fond memories of my childhood and all the many zoos, animal parks, and other situations in which my family went to see animal exhibits. What I have realized is that there is a substantial amount of research that goes on in these situations where animals are kept…[Read more]
Kaya, You are absolutely right on point in regards to your post regarding sleep. Teenagers seem to be torn in so many different directions, and unfortunately sleep seems to be the one item that suffers the most. When we attempt to prioritize the various responsibilities we have in our lives, getting to bed and obtaining restful sleep is the first…[Read more]
I know we set aside one particular day each and every year to express our thankfulness for all that we have in this great Country of ours; but, even that Holiday has become more focused on food rather than the
I think this an interesting outlook on holidays and how they become a little too materialistic. Holidays were created to honor an event and bring people together, not to be about food and gifts. I think this is a unique post and it truly gets people thinking.
Hey James, I think that this is a really interesting article about obesity in America. I like how you called out all of these holidays for using them to sell even more foods. My other favorite thing you said, was we should start listening to health professionals about being more healthy. Here is an article that can relate to yours; https://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/about
Hey James, interesting ideas you have put out in this article, however I have a couple discrepancies. First of all how can you say that Thanksgiving has become more about food then being thankful, when the reason the holiday was started was coming together and being thankful for food. Now it might be true that Americans eat too much, but I think that the problem doesn’t lay within holidies this is when we should be able to indulge. I think the problem is with the lack of government intervention in the public health arena.It’s simple either the government gets involved and we become a healthier nation or we stick to our old libertarian ways of thinking and we don’t judge how other people choose to consume.
I think there are restaurants that serve appetizers, yes appetizers that have more than 1000 calories! Who’s appetite are they intending to appetize anyway?
So if you do the math, in one day you can easily be eating 3–5000 calories with very little effort. So how do you make a dent in this if you are running in today’s fast paced life!
There is a saying that I have heard many times regarding this subject, and I believe it truly makes the point. The saying is: “If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns.” Because there are so many different ways to obtain a gun, if someone really wants to get one, they are going to find one. Since the statistics all support the finding…[Read more]
This is an amazing topic to write and read about, due to the fact that this is a leap forward in technology and science. But it does come with some foreseeable consequences in the future. As you said, due to these new “superior” genetics this could cause more issues than it does fix anything. The first problem that would most likely be faced is…[Read more]
Believe it or not there was a time, not so long ago, that the average American family only had one garbage can. Then a decade or so ago these extra blue cans started appearing on a regular basis. The blue
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