• School Start Times – In this article, the writer claims that having a later start time for school benefits students’ mental health. They justify their reasoning by using studies done by the American Academy of P

    • Hello Maggie,

      I think your thoughts and the arguments you used to discuss this topic are very important. The question of whether or not school start times should be delayed is a very up-and-coming issue as more and more students begin to talk about the lack of sleep they are getting, and how miserable it is to have to wake up early in the morning. You refer to an article where the author “relays that every child’s circumstances are different and that some may have work and athletics after school, whereas others do not. He also believes that children using technology is the biggest reason for sleep deprivation and that delaying school times will not fix that issue.” I think this is a very important thing to consider when deciding if school start times should be changed. If the start time is delayed, many people’s schedules would need to be altered, including students and parents of students. I agree that technology is one of the big reasons why students are not getting a lot of sleep, and I also think that work load is another reason. Do you think that work load or homework plays a role in lack of sleep? After reading your post, I found an article that highlights some other points on why it would be difficult to change the start time of schools: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/eight-major-obstacles-delaying-school-start-times. Before reading your article, I felt that starting school at a later time would be beneficial, but I now realize that changing the time would be a lot more difficult for many people. Upon starting high school, I felt that the start time was too early and I needed more sleep, but as the years go on and I am now a senior, I realize that starting school at a later time would affect the rest of my day and other people’s days as well. Your post was very informational and it made me look at things from another perspective, so I will definitely read another one of your posts!

      -Kaitlyn

    • Ella replied 1 month ago

      Hi Maggie!
      I think that this topic is something that triggers an ongoing debate. School start times can be very debatable but I agree with you and your reasoning for keeping school starting earlier rather than later. You talk in your second paragraph about how if school started at a later time, it would conflict with kids’ after school activities and jobs. I agree with that, as I am also involved in sports and know how this could damage times and things. I also like the statistic you brought up about how “90 percent of teenagers use some sort of digital technology before they go to bed which tends to interfere with sleep.” This is also very detrimental, but not something the school can change. If a kid wants to stay up that late on their phone, then it is their fault how tired they are getting up early. Something that could be interesting to this debate is looking at studies done on the brain. I’ve heard people argue that school should start at a later time because our brain is apparently not fully awake until 10:00am. I have never checked that fact, but it might be an interesting factor into the viewpoints you are describing. I really enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to reading more of them!
      -Ella

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  • I agree with you. I believe that social media truly does bring down a person’s confidence, and it makes them doubt their values and talents.

  • Maggie commented on the post, American Values 2 months ago

    Hi Jake,

    I completely agree with you. I am from Texas and grew up around guns and my family and I have the same opinion as you. It is our right to have firearms and nobody should be allowed to take that right away.

  • I truly believe that there are benefits and drawbacks to gun control. For example, having gun control can decrease the risk of accidental injuries. “From 2005-2010, more than 1,300 people who were the victim of a

    • I like how this article has a view from both sides of the story. I agree that more gun control would lead to less accidental deaths, as well as suicide. I wrote about a similar topic: Does Having a Gun in the Home Make You Safer?

    • I like your argument that is shows that the gun debate is not a black and white debate. I agree that an increase in gun control can lead to a decrease in violence. Here is an article to help prove that point and how deep the gun debate goes. https://www.wsj.com/articles/where-should-the-gun-debate-go-11566341691

    • Hi Maggie, I like reading your post and i especially like how you talked about both sides of the argument. I think the gun control problem is very complicated and doesn’t just have one simple answer. In my opinion more time should be spent on helping people’s mental health. This would help lessen mass shootings and suicides.

    • Maggie, I really feel as though your article seeks to provide valid information from both sides. Obviously the answer to the mass shooting epidemic is no easy solution, and people will continue to disagree on the matter far into the future. Your article provided views from both sides of the argument as well as statistics to support both sides. Personally, based upon what I can tell from the article, you and I have fairly similar views on gun control. You said, “I grew up around guns, so I am not afraid to hold one in my hand or shoot one because I know that its purpose isn’t to kill others but to protect people.” I too have been around guns since I was a child. Therefore I have no fear of guns, as the gun itself is just a piece of metal. It only becomes dangerous when it is in the hands of the wrong person. I have been taught how to properly handle a firearm and because of this I feel it poses no risk to me. Personally I feel the biggest problem regarding gun control is the lack of proper education when it comes to guns. I am interested in what else you have to say regarding this topic. If you are interested I too wrote a similar article. I will link it below in case you would like to read it.

      Pin Pointing the Problem

    • You have a very interesting perspective on gun control, and I think you did a very good job of pointing out the valid parts of both perspectives. We as a society really do need to work more on helping people with mental health issues. It’s also good that you support your argument with a lot of facts and statistics.
      This article might interest you:
      https://gun-control.procon.org

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