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]
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]
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]
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
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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