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    Sleep and the brain

    Research shows that the sleep students sacrifice for studying may be hurting them more than they realize. Quality sleep is necessary for proper brain function, memory, cognative ability, judgement, appetite, and can even help with the retention of concepts...

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    • Hi-
      Getting a good night’s sleep has been something we have been told for years and although we are lectured about it constantly we have not seen a change. This piece was extremely informative and the statistics you incorporated throughout were thought-provoking and scary. Are there any studies that show what lack of sleep in your teenage years does to your body and brain late in your life? Is there a solution to this? Do you think if you had less or no homework that you could get 8 hours of sleep a night? Overall really good work!

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    Sleep deprivation is becoming an epidemic among high school students

    The phenomenon of sleep deprivation among high school students is a continuous cycle. After a long day at school, it's likely for any teenager to participate in an extracurricular activity, work, or other responsbility before spending hours completing an...

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    • Dear Nicolette,
      I found your post very informative on the topic of sleep deprivation in teens. I myself struggle with regulating my own sleeping schedule. One line that stood out to me was, “…87% of teenagers are averaging far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, making it extremely difficult for them to reach their potential in terms of performance. It shows how many teens aren’t getting an adequate amount of time to sleep. Some could carry on with as little as 4 hours every day. It’s a problem that hasn’t been fully addressed, yet it is having great consequences. I agree with your post and the arguments brought up.

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    "A Plan to Make Homelessness History"

    The severity of homelessness in the United States is more intense than many people probably realize. 700,000 people every day in the US experience the dangers and burdens of not having a home, often on top of suffering from...

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    Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen

    Going back to school...is it worth the risk? Following a summer characterized by uncertainty and fear concerning the reopening of schools across the country, many schools have made the decision to resume part-time or full-time in person learning. Whether...

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    • I liked how you brought in the percentages because that helps me get a visualization of what is truly going on.

    • I also like how you mentioned the fact the reopening causes more people to be together, and I feel that all of that is causing the cases to spike because it is just more people being around each other and more chances for the virus to spread.

    • Hey Nicolette! Personally, I don’t think the only problem is the fact that the children are being sent to school in the middle of a pandemic. It’s also the lack of enforcement of social distancing or health safety measures in some of these schools. I’ve seen a lot of videos on social media of masses of students out in the hallway or in the classroom without masks, but no one in their administration seems to be doing anything about. I think some of the schools even tried to take the videos down forcefully! If the children have to go to school in person, the least they can do is to ensure that those basic regulations are in place. Have you seen any of these videos, what do you think of them?

    • Dear Nicolette,
      I am understand about your concern about the virus by your post “Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen” because its a new dangerous virus that we all don’t really know about. I personally don’t think that opening schools is a big problem because the schools that have reopened are now being careful of who is coming in schools, are now cleaning the schools, and is making sure that staff and students are stating 6 feet apart. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me is “Whether or not this was the right decision is heavily dependent upon the location and enforcement of sanitary precautions of each school, but the overriding trend is that children are being affected by the virus more than what most originally expected.” I think this is false because I see parents going to stores with their kids, traveling, and having big parties that no one is wearing a mask. If parents are taking their children out then they should be okay with sending their children to school.Thank you for you writing. I look forward to see what you will be writing next because I was intrigued of the topic you chose.

    • Dear Nicolette,

      I am intrigued about your post “Covid-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen” because with this new virus hitting the world like a bus, we restart the way of living and how we treated our surrounds. As our world consists of normalizing masks and online learning, that puts pressed on our parents and our teachers/education districts because they are trying their best to provide the best learning environment.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “But at the same time, I’m glad the school is doing what they can to protect our kids”. I think this is important concept because with this new and upcoming years, our lives will forever be changed and be modifying.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we need to be more aware about our surrounds concerning our education and teachers.

      Monserrat.

    • Nicolette, you raised some very good points about how schools are handling re-opening. I agree with what you said about now that schools are going back in session many people think that means life may resume as normal when that is certainly not the case. How do you think schools could open back up safely and still give kids the education that they would receive if they were in the classroom?

    • I think that especially because children are at a higher risk than the average person it is neglectful to rush into reopening schools. I think Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, said that only 14,000 children would die making it seem like it was a small number. I think that one child dead is too many. We should not be putting our children at risk in any way.

    • Nicolette, fantastic post! I totally agree with your statement of “With reopenings came a popular mindset that other aspects of life should return to “normal” as well, leading to more playdates, time in large groups, sports, and activities out of school.” It’s barely safe to go back to school, and even more unsafe to break social distancing guidelines and go back to “normal”. There is nothing “normal” about a global pandemic.

    • Hi Nicolette, I enjoyed reading your post! It really caught my attention due to the fact that it didn’t only talk about COVID-19 cases within Adults and the Elderly; what you would normally hear about in articles. Yet, it talked about another vulnerable group, children. When you stated that the spike in cases had risen from 2% to at least 10% it occurred to me that this age group is also very much vulnerable as well.

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    Responding to Covid

    Should we be going to school? It's important to consider the pros and cons of online learning when addressing this issue . We need to consider more than just the risk of getting the virus. social, mental, and behavioral health...

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