• Eric, I think you’re totally right about teachers needing to do more than just supply information. I go to a pretty small school, so the teachers know pretty much everybody and you can almost always count on having a teacher to talk to if you have problems, both in and outside the context of schoolwork. I wish that it could be that way for all…[Read more]

  • I also think this is important to consider following shootings. The victims should really be the focus. No shooter should be given any more attention than we can help, because it humanizes people who really don’t need to be humanized. Well said.

  • Katie wrote a new post, Science Fiction 6 months ago

    In Science Fiction, the stories tell most often about science and technology of the future, or what we envision the future to be. Science Fiction must be at least somewhat related to science for it to be labeled

    • Very cool topic. When you start to think about what was science fiction only a few decades ago, now cemented in the technological canon of today, it really says something about the importance of any kind of fiction in society. You should look at this article from popular science that talks about what is science fiction right now that could become science fact soon. https://www.popsci.com/realistic-generational-spaceship

  • This surprised me, since I don’t really know anyone who earnestly believes in astrology. I wonder why our generation likes it so much, especially compared with other countries.

  • The term “sci-fi” was coined by Forrest J Ackerman in the 1950s, and has been in use ever since. There’s even a TV station (spelled “SyFy”) sharing the name. When science fiction started out, authors like H.G.

  • Katie commented on the post, Perfectionism 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Isabell–

    I think it’s really interesting that perfectionism has been called a form of anxiety. I’d never thought about it that way before, but it makes sense: both can be good for human health in small amounts, but can actually be detrimental in large amounts. Your research is fascinating.

  • I think it’s interesting that you pointed out how students not only feel pressure to do well on the ACT/SAT, but also tend to exaggerate themselves on their applications. I definitely felt that kind of pressure when I was applying for my schools, and I felt that my application didn’t reflect who I am as a person.

  • Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre encompassing all fiction with certain elements that do not exist in the real world. It includes fantasy and science fiction. In recent years, the popularity of fantasy and

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    The fantasy genre has been around for a long time. However, it was not called that in its early days. Books like Frankenstein and Dracula or Edgar Allen Poe’s many works were not explicitly defined as “

  • I did Othello 1.3.229-240, playing the Duke as he advises Brabantio. I learned that by changing the pacing and inflection, you can make the characters say something completely different. The Duke as I played it

  • I think that there are arguments to be be made either way. I found it interesting that you brought up the Tinker case, because I’m covering that case in another class right now. In the Supreme Court decision for the Tinker case, the court ruled in favor of the students, and the majority leader wrote that speech in school could be limited by the…[Read more]

  • One of the many problems that society faces today is the rise of xenophobic and anti-refugee sentiment. This is a particular issue in the United States in recent years, because the Trump administration is

  • Campbell, I think that one of our biggest issues in America is definitely division, like you said. Everyone is either a “liberal” or a “conservative”, and we all demonize each other. I think that the rise of technology has contributed to this, because people can insult people without actually having to look them in the eye, making it much easier…[Read more]

  • Katie commented on the post, Comfort Zones 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Emma, I think that you’re right about the way that leaving comfort zones can improve self confidence. I liked your example about the dress. I think that it might seem kind of superficial, but wearing certain clothes that you thought you wouldn’t like is a really good way to actually find out whether or not you enjoy it. Plus, once you find out…[Read more]

  • Katie commented on the post, Respect 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Britney, I think that you made some really good points about respecting people. When you said that letting go of people who don’t respect you has “become something easy to do,” and that you believe that “it’s a good thing that I can let go of toxic people,” I felt that getting rid of bad relationships is really a skill that will help you t…[Read more]

  • The political topic that I chose to explore was gun laws, namely how gun laws in Utah and the United States compare to the rest of the world.

     

    The first article that I annotated was just a straightforward

    • You make an interesting point about how the US has a unique perspective and situation when it comes to Gun laws. I think this is due to the creation of the second amendment. I also think it is interesting that millennials are in support of gun laws.

    • You make an interesting point, and although i disagree with the overall banning in guns, i would agree that some restrictions should be put into place. This is a very interesting topic to me and you should check out https://nowcomment.com/documents/116622#.XABcJRNKj3A

    • Katie,
      I found the third article you mentioned very compelling. I think it is important for the U.S. to analyze our current gun policies and the problems that are occurring. The U.S. is a relatively young country and should consider some of the policies adopted by other countries. I agree with you that there is a tug-of-war between the states and federal government.
      Here is an interesting article outlining gun violence statistics. This may be helpful in furthering your research.
      https://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

  • Jada, I think that a lot of students just don’t have the right kind of personality that allows them to sit in a classroom for hours on end without getting frustrated or bored. A lot of students go to school simply because they are required to. I think that for some people, they can learn best outside of school, but some effort is required when…[Read more]

  • I thought that when you said “Why would I spend so much time and money to become a doctor when I’ll barely be able to afford three meals a day?”, it was really impactful because it put into perspective just how much debt people are being out under, where even a good-paying job can’t solve your debt. Reading this article almost gave me a panic a…[Read more]

  • I agree that dress codes are too confining and frankly ridiculous. One point that I’ve also heard made is that dress codes are insulting to both girls and boys. Assuming that a girl showing off her shoulders would be too distracting for boys to handle implies that boys have no self-control. It’s demeaning for all the students involved, and there’s…[Read more]

  • Medical marijuana is currently outlawed in 19 states, but how can states justify the illegality of medical marijuana if there are sick people who need it? The reason that states are hesitant to legalize marijuana

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