• My name is Mauro Delpino and I am currently a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland, California. For my Capstone project, I am researching the inequalities between school systems. Please answer the following

  • To the YV community, this is my response to the Warm-Up for English class today. We are studying Shakespeare’s Othello and exploring the theme of appearance versus reality.

     

    Dear Me,

    I am always happy to se

    • The message within this post is a phenomenal one and I think all high schoolers should see this. Under-confidence results in a very poor self-image and it is so unhealthy for anyone’s mental health. At the same time we need to make sure we don’t let this become over-confidence where we are arrogant.

    • This was a truly inspiring letter and very encouraging to read. Everyone suffers from low self-esteem or under-confidence at some point in life. In your message, you mention some ways to overcome such holdbacks. Believing in yourself, as you state is one of the most important things you can do. Even though it seems hard and impossible at times, it might just change people for the better.

  • Mauro commented on the post, Trust No One 1 year, 4 months ago

    Oliver,

    Thank you for commenting and I recently finished the book so at the time I did not realize that O’Brien was the culprit for Winston’s demise. I found it interesting that Winston knew that he was going to get caught and he put his trust in the first person that reached out. This proves that trust should be gain and not given fully all the…[Read more]

  • Mauro commented on the post, Trust No One 1 year, 4 months ago

    Annie,

    Thanks for the comment. I agree the novel “1984” has a lot of similarities with society in the US. In fact, I think that the book was a warning for the future. Orwell was able to predict this through his ability to evaluate the trends when he wrote the book. Just a remainder, Trust No One.

  • In “1984” by George Orwell, the author utilizes metaphors to reveal that Big Brother manipulates members of the Party like Winston to maintain confusion and to deprive others of the truth. In Chapter 2, Win

    • You have some interesting thoughts about the book and how society is portrayed when the story takes place. Throughout the book you will see how Winston gains more trust in people but as always worrying about big brother catching him. The biggest fear of all the people was being caught by the Thought Police. If you do not know what they are; the thought police are a secret police force working for big brother that goes past what they want you knowing or going against big brother. As you will see later in the book Winston meets someone he gains trust with, and works to take down big brother.

      • Oliver,

        Thank you for commenting and I recently finished the book so at the time I did not realize that O’Brien was the culprit for Winston’s demise. I found it interesting that Winston knew that he was going to get caught and he put his trust in the first person that reached out. This proves that trust should be gain and not given fully all the time. DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.

    • Mauro,
      How do you think this particular part of the novel relates to our lives and the societies present in the US today? Personally, I see a lot of similarities between our world and the world that Orwell “made up” in 1984. Lately there has been a lot of “fake news” floating around that is not backed up by no research, facts, or support by other resources. Additionally there is a large portion of the population currently denying many facts and statistics, or simply not addressing these ideas, in their statements and therefore limiting the transference of knowledge and historical issues.

      • Annie,

        Thanks for the comment. I agree the novel “1984” has a lot of similarities with society in the US. In fact, I think that the book was a warning for the future. Orwell was able to predict this through his ability to evaluate the trends when he wrote the book. Just a remainder, Trust No One.

    • Mauro,
      I liked this post because it highlights the relevance of truth in 1984. One of the main themes of the book is that the truth is whatever the government wants it to be. The people have no grasp on the past, because the government edits out anything they find to be unsatisfactory. Although they have their memories, they quickly begin to believe the government more than what they remember. It is a bizarre phenomenon, and one that I think is relevant in today’s society with the massive influx of fake news.
      Great Post!

      -Logan

    • Mauro, I thought your post was very good. While reading your post, there were a lot of things running through my brain. I recently read this book and thought it was very interesting on how similar this ‘future’ was to our society now. How do you think Winston altered history? In some ways I think Winston got caught into the came cycle as all the other people living in this world, but there are other things that make me beileve that he changed history. What do you see as the most prominent theme in this book? Great post! I hope you enjoyed the book!
      Maggie

  • Dear Fernando,

    I am intrigued by your post, “Change the way you Think” because it presents important themes in the book that are later are connected to current times. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ This quote also connects to the LGBTQ+ community because often people are not allowed to love each other because of the way they…[Read more]

  • Dear Cicely,

    I am fascinated by your post, “ Isolated America”, because your interpretation of the book and its similarities with our current society are accurate. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “One of the greatest things about studying with students from other places is that they teach American students about the world…[Read more]

  • Dear Grady,

    My name is Mauro Delpino. I am a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland, California. My teacher gave us a list of students who had to do a Shadow Box project and she also gave us links so as a class we can appreciate them. I chose to comment on your post because I appreciated the variety of pictures and the thoughtful writing that…[Read more]

  • Dear Guadalupe,

    My name is Mauro Delpino. I am a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland, California. My teacher gave us a list of students who had to do a Shadow Box project and she also gave us links so as a class we can appreciate them. I chose to comment on your post because I liked your inclusion of religion, culture and a clear counter…[Read more]

  • Dear Jared,

    My name is Mauro Delpino. I am a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland, California. My teacher gave us a list of students who had to do a Shadow Box project and she also gave us links so as a class we can appreciate them. I chose to comment on your post because I appreciated the amount of soccer logos and flags that were included.…[Read more]

  • Dear Aaron,

    My name is Mauro Delpino. I am a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland, California. My teacher gave us a list of students who had to do a Shadow Box project and she also gave us links so as a class we can appreciate them. I chose to comment on your post because I appreciated the amount of pictures and the quantity of different…[Read more]

  • My name is Mauro Delpino and I am working on my senior project  Did you know that 56.6% of Charter Schools are located in cities? This identifies that half of schools are charter schools. Assuming that the other

    • Hey Mauro! Your topic, the effect of charter schools on public school spending, is fascinating to me. We are all required by law to go to school, so why do some schools get more than others? It really stood out to me that you noted that the small amount of charter schools seem to be draining money from the public schools and limiting the resources available to students like you. The bold font really made your post easy to read and piece together.

      When I looked through your cited sources, specifically the website (https://www.greatschools.org/california/oakland/schools/?st=charter.) and used the “Refine Search” button to search for charter schools and public schools, I found 48 public charter schools and precisely 100 public district schools in Oakland. Checking your math at the top; 48 public charter schools + 100 public district schools = 148 publicly funded schools; 48 charter / 148 publicly funded = .3243, or 32.4% of publicly funded schools are charter schools. This statistic makes your post even scarier than it has been, that such a small percentage of publicly funded schools (less than a third) are charter and those charter schools receive disproportionate funding.

      I also found another source for you to consider: the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) claims several interesting counterpoints to what you observe, most notably that charter schools receive about $600 less per student than a traditional public school.

      I am looking forward to seeing what you can do with this topic! Your position could be very strong especially if you can prove what the CCSA says is wrong. Thank you for your wonderful post!

      Eric

    • This is a very intriguing concept Mauro,
      I like how you are incorporating something that you have personally been affected by into your assignment. What you are saying about the lack of funding that charter schools in your area recieves is an important issue that should be addressed. Something that could be included in your text is a way to provide support for these schools, specifically the one you attend. How can you shed awareness on the lack of resources your school provides? What can be done to improve the spending that these charter schools need?
      I have found an article that may help to show what it takes to improve a school’s budget, as well as spending.
      http://educationnext.org/breaking-down-school-budgets-2/
      Thank you for your ideas, and I hope you continue to write because the way you posed this article was astounding. Best regards

    • Mauro,

      That is a very interesting subject. I liked how you said “charter schools seem to be draining money from the public schools and limiting the resources available to students like you.” It makes your argument more personal. However, I also think you could add another aspect to your research. Have you considered adding how teachers feel about teaching in charter schools? I think this aspect would really expose the point you are trying to make about charter schools. Also, I found a source that you could look into about how teachers feel about working at charter schools. I look forward to reading your research project because I think it will be interesting to see this new perspective on charter schools.
      (http://www.in-perspective.org/pages/teachers-and-teaching-at-charter-schools)

    • Mauro, this is definitely an interesting topic. I like that it is personal to you, since that makes you more motivated and passionate about it. The way I understand your topic is that charter schools, although they have less students than public schools, have more money and resources. One website I found that may help you in your research is https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/public-private-charter-schools/ . I hope to read more of your work on this topic in the future.

    • Mauro,
      Thanks for your information, I enjoyed this article. One issue with it, however, is that just because “56.6% of Charter Schools are located in cities”, it is not certain that fifty percent of the city’s schools are charter schools. This doesn’t necessarily mean that public schools get more funding, so the issue is certainly still a major one, but I would make sure that your research includes accurate logic in your arguments. I am personally very concerned for the public school system and its lack of funding, as well. What do you think could be done to fix the problem? Do you think higher taxes on certain groups would be beneficial to your school, and others like it?
      Here is a great source for you: http://www.in-perspective.org/pages/finances
      I look forward to hearing back from you.

    • Mauro, it would make sense that 56% of the nation’s charter schools are located in the cities because that is where the most people live, which can be related to diversity of interests leading to the benefit of charter schools. This is a quite peculiar interest that you have, but I am all ears to hear about how charter schools take away from the public school systems. As a matter of fact, I actually was unaware that charter schools were limiting the resources and funds of public schools. I was drawn to reading this article because I have never read much on the differences between public and charter schools. I have had friends who have gone to both public and charter schools, and there didn’t seem to be too much of a difference on the surface of both. To further your research, I challenge you to further explain the differences of public and charter schools. What are your teachers’ opinions on this issue? If possible, ask charter school teachers questions on why they think charter schools “deserve” more funding and resources. Maybe try to find what the government has to say on this issue. I encourage you to read through the article I found which explains many differences between charter and public schools and some reasons as to why things are the way they are.
      http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/americas/2017/05/charter-schools-public-schools-false-choice-170530042023466.html
      This will be a very interesting final paper to read through, and I hope you the best with your research. It would be amazing to see behind the scenes of why public schools, who cater to the majority, are not treating their students with equality of opportunity.

    • Mauro,

      What an interesting topic you have chosen for your English project. I, personally think that this is a good thing to research. I would definitely study the major causes and effects of going to a charter school versus a public school, and make the comparison. It is data analysis like this that can bring issues to people’s attention. When you said,”The school has the potential to have a great program but we do not have enough funds. I chose this because it is very personal to me because it affects me and my peers,” I was reminded of how many people this reality can affect. It is unfortunate when the only thing needed to fill the potential of something that could be really great is money. If it came to it, what would be your plan of going about changing the situation in order to fix the problem? Here is a link that has something to do with your topic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_school_funding . I hope to hear more of this issue and ways the government could go about fixing it from you.

      Thank you,
      Sophia

      • I definitely agree with your approach to this topic Sophia. I like how you suggested doing more research into the possible benefits of public schools vs. charter schools, and vice versa. From my perspective, charter schools actually receive far less funding that they need to be sustainable. Public schools suck a lot of the state funding for somewhat impractical programs. I attend a charter school in Monroe, NC. My school relies partly on the state funds that cover teacher salaries, and mostly on raised and donated money for things such as buildings, maintenance, etc. The perspective that we need to take is that funds need to go to students, not individual schools. Each student at each school, district or charter, should receive access to equal amounts of opportunities and programs, regardless of whether or not the facilities are brand new. According to Lindalyn Kakadelis of the John Locke Foundation, “If each school received the amount given to a child attending – then the school leadership must make decisions in the best interest of the students attending their school with the funds available. We need to look at funding students not schools.” The great thing about the option of attending a charter school or a district school is that there is flexibility. With the addition of charter schools to the U.S. public education system, students are becoming better educated based on their personal needs. School choice is beneficial for students, in order for them to gain the skills needed to combat the ever-evolving challenges of the 21st Century.

  • Dear Leaders of America,

     

    My name is Mauro Delpino. I am from Oakland, California. I am 17 years old and I currently attend Fremont HIgh School. For a class project, I researched and analyzed the events of

    • Mauro,
      I really like that in your post you not only expressed your opinion but you also brought forth your experiences and observations. I agree that the Unites States needs to change drastically and I especially liked that you pointed out that we are the United States, not the divided states. Your topic was very current and very interesting to me, thank you for your thoughts.

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