I also have to agree, but disagree with your statement. I wear uniform to school, and have never thought of it as minimizing my individuality, and surprisingly so, I haven’t heard any students say that it minimizes their individuality either. I have gone to a free- dress school, and I do think that the bullying was a bigger problem…[Read more]
The opioid problem in America is a horrible issue that I, too, agree needs to be more recognized. I love how you pulled in factual evidence to make your argument stronger, and how you closed your essay addressing the problem, but also with a sense of hope for the cause. I can tell that you put time in what you wrote, and your piece is very…[Read more]
Fake news has lead to some of the greatest disputes of this era. Websites, tv shows, Twitter, news apps, Instagram accounts, you name it- have all lead to the spread of false information. Fake news manipulates
I love this. I agree with everything you stated above. Nowadays, especially, its really easy for us to make up our emotions or hide them behind the screen of a phone, or with a post on instagram, twitter, etc. Emotions are natural, and being sad or angry is just as important as being happy or excited. It is okay to not be okay all of the…[Read more]
Mae, this was a very interesting article. I never thought of someone saying ,”it’s so cute I want to squish it,” or “it’s so fluffy I want to die” as violent, but now that I’m actually considering those words, they are indeed pretty violent. It’s ironic that we use violent-related phrases to explain the joy-filled pleasure we fill when we se cute…[Read more]
I see where you are coming from. Nowadays, music can easily get repetitive and overplayed. What I’d like to suggest is that you expand your research. If you look at the top charts in the iTunes store, yes you will see many pop songs- but there are also indie artists, R&B, and a variety of different genres. A good argument always touches…[Read more]
Hi Adrian!! Your shadow box is beautiful. I am very happy for you, and I respect the courage you have to stand for who you are and what you believe in. I know it’s not always easy to feel different from everyone else, but it is great you have people in your life who support you. I, too, am African American and understand that being a minority…[Read more]
Heather! This is a great piece. I think you should have included the inequality of race, and more issues that show that America does not value equal opportunity. Broadening your topic will challenge you to organize a lot of information into one, persuasive piece, and further prove the point. Great use of quotes and information. Your writing is…[Read more]
Hi Aleah! Great points stated in your post. I agree that college should be more affordable, and that low-income people of color do not always have the best circumstances when talking about a college. I believe the first step actually starts with Elementary school. Public schools are governed mostly by the state, so states regulate the amount of…[Read more]
Antonio, this was a heart-warming piece. May I ask why you had to mention that you ” play football and i am a D1 prospect with a future to attend any college in this nation?” I don’t think this information relates to the point you are trying to prove, and it would be more effective later in the post. However, I am filled with joy to see an…[Read more]
Norma!! Amazing piece. I love the way you share who you are as a person to your readers right off the bat. I agree with a lot of things you said. I agree that the Native Americans are the true Americans, that nowadays everyones’ nationality is mixed, that our president should think before he speaks, that there should be no war, that civil rights…[Read more]
Amelia, this is a beautifully written piece. Would you explain to me what a “humid woman” is? I have never heard that term before. I relate to this piece on a very personal level. My parents have instilled many of the same values you mentioned into my being. I think that you can be your own person while still complying to all of these things, but…[Read more]
Great article Abby! This question was never brought to my attention until last year in religion class at my private, Catholic high school. It seemed to be a very touchy subject to be discussing especially since Catholicism places importance on the domination of men over women. I agree with your viewpoints on how God can be both a man and a woman.…[Read more]
Religion is a subject of tough discussion. It is ranked as one of the top two things to never bring up in a conversation (the other subject being politics). When it comes to religion, people have very strong
Wow, cool concept! I think you are right that a universal religion would bring a more peaceful world. However, I don’t think it would be possible in the world we live in due to so many different cultures and backgrounds that play into people’s beliefs. Most conflicts that come out of religion are from people trying to force religion on to others, or disrespecting the beliefs of others. The issue with universal religion would be which religion is the right one to choose from, but getting past that I think we could have a much more peaceful world, and you have a great view of it.
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