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    A common idea that is spread among the youth of America is a move from a capitalist economy to a socialist economy. This idea comes from the experienced failure of capitalism in the American society that younger

    Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism.

    A common idea that is spread among the youth of America is a move from a capitalist economy to a socialist economy. This idea comes from the experienced failure of capitalism in the American society that younger generations have...

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    • Interesting idea! I wonder how long it would take to turn the economy and the systems we have built developing a capitalist society, as well as what the opposition says. I think this would be challenging, especially given our political climate that seems to be changing individuals to be more about keeping their wealth/earnings for themselves and playing less of a “brother’s keeper” role in larger society.

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    Student Drug Testing Alienates Students from Schools

    This article discusses the issue that happens when schools drug tests their students. Using evidence from different studies the author shows how drug

    Should Schools Drug test?

    Student Drug Testing Alienates Students from Schools This article discusses the issue that happens when schools drug tests their students. Using evidence from different studies the author shows how drug testing can alienate students and promote drug use. Drug use...

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    • Hi Kaila, I appreciate you writing this article as this is something that effects us at our own school. I like how you stated the positives of drug testing such as identifying the scale of the issue and getting those that need help the help they need. However I really agree with your concessive clauses that talk about how drug testing only creates a divide between administration and the students. Because of the anxiety caused from this relationship, some students may turn to drug use as a way to combat this. Along with this, teenagers are known to rebel against authority no matter what, so this creates another reason for students to begin using drugs. An article that articulates that point is https://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/drugresponse.2.html.

  • Love this poem and its message! It connects so deeply to pressing issues that many teenagers encounter today. It is disheartening knowing that youth voices aren’t being heard despite our interest in issues and how drastically they effect us.

  • Wow, great post. It’s interesting, I have never thought about the pledge in that sense. It’s odd that a country that portrays itself as religiously diverse has such strong connections to Christians the ideals of them. Its a contradiction in all senses.

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    The environment has become quite the concern of many people. However the reasons behind the efforts to move to a more sustainable life have become less ethical in reasoning and more to follow a trend. Modern

    Sustainability as a Trend

    The environment has become quite the concern of many people. However the reasons behind the efforts to move to a more sustainable life have become less ethical in reasoning and more to follow a trend. Modern social fads such...

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    • Even with the “skip a straw, save a turtle” trend going around, many followers of this don’t recognize or care about the other plastic the comes from cups or lids. Like you said many people just hop on this bandwagon without realizing what they’re actually doing. Much like how joining the trend of juuling or vaping can be harmful to our bodies, these environmental trends might be harming the Earth more than the trend followers think.

    • Maybe people are just being sustainable because it is trendy, but does it matter? The impact of actions toward sustainability is more important than the reasoning behind it. Although I agree that people should be sustainable for reasons that have to do with saving our planet I think that it is a good thing that people are following trends that urge sustainability. For example Teslas, these are cars that are electric and hence better for the environment, does it really matter if people get a Tesla to show off how much money they have or to reduce their carbon footprint?

    • Such an interesting connection between social media and social movements, whether for sustainability or other movements like Black Lives Matter and Me Too. I totally agree with you–while limiting plastic straw use is a step, we consume SO much more plastic that doesn’t always make it into a recycling bin. I, personally, am shocked that SLC hasn’t banned plastic grocery bags like other major cities (Chicago, LA) have as we are literally in the center of such natural beauty. Like plastic straws, banning plastic bags seems like a given. Also, having recycling bins alongside garbage bags on public streets.

    • Sustainability has become more of a social trend than a true issue we are facing. Matter of fact, at times those who use reusable straws or cups are made fun of by society. Even with these actions and steps taken, the amount of damage is insurmountable when compared to the actions taken against it. This boon said, I am shocked that it has come to governments, “banning,” various uses of plastics, such as bags. Even with people knowing how bad it is for the environment, they still use single use plastics for the convenience.

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