• PJ wrote a new post, What can we do 1 week, 1 day ago

    If you’ve read my last two posts you’d know a few problems, I see, with the US education system. In “What kids can do” by Ronald Wolk he points out ways to deal with these problem and ways certain schools have

    • Isaac replied 1 week ago

      PJ,
      This topic is pretty cool. I had no idea a education system like the one you discussed existed until reading your article. While I personally disagree with your stance on lecture learning as I learn the best through audio and visual cues, I can see why so many teens check out once a powerpoint is projected onto a screen in a dark classroom. In my opinion the most effective arguer is someone who studies the opposing side. Here is a source to get you started comparing multiple perspectives on lectures as a teaching method. https://www.thoughtco.com/lecture-pros-and-cons-8037
      I hope to see more writing on this in the future.

  • Beth, I have to disagree with your claim that people don’t receive these rights, the US prison system mat not be first class seating but it does meet the basic rights. Thats a prisoner gets is the basic rights, they don’t get more thats why it’s prison. If you read,…[Read more]

  • Koji, I really enjoyed this article especially with such controversy this topic brings with it. Legalization of marijuana will not only benefit the economy but will bring numerous jobs with it as well. People are going to get their marijuana anyways, there is no way of ridding this country of it, so why not tax them on it. You pointed out the…[Read more]

  • The US education system has been obviously failing the students and lacking in its job to create self sufficient, self thinking, contributors to society. Students are greeting with rigorous class work in subjects

  • PJ commented on the post, Faces of Foster Care 2 weeks ago

    Beth, I really enjoyed your post. I agree that we tend to overlook the foster system and it’s ever growing numbers of family-less children. Your use of statistics to back up your claim was also well thought out but you made it seem more then just numbers, which it is, and that is important when writing about articles like this. I do wonder,…[Read more]

  • Erick, I commend you on growing up in a house as the only male, I couldn’t even begin to imagine the hardship you’ve been through. I think you chose an interesting topic with the riots in Charlottesville. I personally think the people had no right to tear down the statue not to mention its illegal to do so. Your topic here seems to be more about…[Read more]

  • Jesus, I believe animals should not have the same rights as humans but they should have protective laws to keep them safe. We have something animals do not which puts us on top to be more superior to them and that is our rationale. We have this ability to know right or wrong to think beyond our animal instinct. For example if your hungry your not…[Read more]

  • PJ commented on the post, behind bars 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Fred, I agree that incarceration is a problem in the US. Not only does it leave families alone but it cost hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to take care of our ever growing prisons. You also brought up that people are going to prison for little reasons which is true according to https://www.prisonpolicy.org/graphs/raceinc.html. This source…[Read more]

  • US curriculum is one of the worst ways of “grading” one’s intellect. We use these ideas of memory and mimicking to prove ones worth on the academic battlefield. This brings rise to many flaws in the system and

    • PJ, this is a very interesting topic, and I definitely agree with this. I hate having to memorize things when in any real world application you would be able to easily look them up. You might find this article helpful: https://medium.com/@finleyt/why-rote-learning-doesnt-work-and-what-does-work-4d890d7ca916 . I’m looking forward to what you will write next about this topic.

    • Dear PJ,
      I am happy that someone is trying to inform people that the U.S. educational system is not a good way for kids to learn. A sentence that you wrote that stood out to me is “Memorization also causes stress in teens that can lead to things like cheating or a lack of wanting to learn.” I think this is showing that the memorizing stuff that are useless may cause stress on teen which makes them want to cheat more to get a “good grade.” I agree with what you are saying that the U.S. educational system sucks and it could be better. Another reason I agree with you is that the way U.S. is making the education system could make kids cheat more due to the fact they are stressing for memorizing the material given at school and wanting them to cheat more which is not a good way to learn. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems like you care about education and kids.

    • Dear Pj,

      I myself hate memorizing stuff, I find it a waste of tine to memorize stuff that we won’t even have use for in the future. There’s the internet now so all we have to do in order to figure something out is to search it up. Memorizing isn’t everything, when trying to memorize people tend to give up, or not even memorize it at all. This is why I believe that memorizing isn’t the way to go. Great article!

    • Dear PJ,
      I am interested by your topic, “Why memorization doesn’t work” because it talks about how the U.S educational system is not good for kids. It shows how teens and kids can be impacted by memorization. A sentence that stood out to me was, “Memorization also causes stress in teens that can lead to things like cheating or a lack of wanting to learn”. I think this is very important because not memorizing something influences kids to find other ways to pass their classes like cheating or not wanting to learn. It can also lead to street which will affect their health. I agree with you that the U.S educational curriculum needs to be changed so kids knowledge can be apply in a subject that best fits the student. This way kids don’t have to tree on memorizing something because it might not even help them in their future. This topic is very interesting and true because many teens and kids feel this way. That memorization doesn’t help them study and just causes them to become cheaters. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it’s going to be another interesting topic. It’s going to contain good information that will help society.

    • PJ,
      I totally agree with you, I think that memorization is not the way to learn. I have been doing Theater since I was in fourth grade, and I’ve been in over twenty plays in my life in which we memorize scripts for every show, memorization works well in Theater because there is a natural flow to it, and the words don’t mean anything until the individual puts something of their own behind them. Whereas in school, having to memorize the chemical formula for nineteen different compounds and their atomic weights and a million other facts that you’ll never call upon again is much more difficult and not rewarding. We cannot put emotion behind the facts we learn in school because they are facts. We cannot add our own subtext because the subtext is already there and takes three hours of research to find. Schools using hands on activities and learning through experience as apposed to memorization I think is absolutely the way to go, it provides background for information in a way that memorization doesn’t. Not everyone’s brains work the same which I understand, but I think schools need to stop grading on memorization and start rewarding learning. This is a really interesting topic, you should keep writing about it in the future, because it really is a problem that needs to be addressed.

    • Sam replied 2 weeks ago

      I agree with you that there are some things we should have memorized, and there are other things that are just a waste of time to remember. Education shouldn’t be so much about the ability to memorize as it is to learn. Have certain things memorized can be helpful, depending on the future you are pursuing. However, like your example of the valedictorian states, these things can be avoided. This goes to show that the education system requires change. Thank you, this was a very compelling argument.

    • PJ,
      I appreciate your writing about this subject. I find that this is a very pressing issue in the United States right now. This is something I am also very interested in. I thought it was impactful when you said “US curriculum is one of the worst ways of “grading” one’s intellect. We use these ideas of memory and mimicking to prove one’s worth on the academic battlefield. This brings rise to many flaws in the system and problems occurring in American teens.” Also, I think you would find the article (http://time.com/2806663/american-education/) very interesting as it is about the problems with America’s education system. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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  • PJ commented on the post, The Death Penalty 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Thomas, I agree that the death penalty should be changed but not abolished because of it’s dehumanizing nature. However I don’t think the reason for it is because of revenge I think the idea is that if someone is that dangerous to society then to keep everyone safe we must. I see the problem during the tedious trial all death row cases face, not…[Read more]

  • Luke, I agree more awareness and stricter methods when purchasing a gun should be in place but as you said it would infringe on the US constitution to take away guns all together. I think wanting to prepared is a total and valid reason to want a gun and don”t forget the original reason was to protect against tyrannical government. IF you read this…[Read more]

  • America’s education system was created in the nineteenth century and has been weakened throughout the years to a point where less then half of those who graduate high school graduate college. The US education

    • Pj, I just finished a research paper on Standardized testing and the fact that it is an outdated way of testing ones intellect. I agree with all that you point out, The outdated system pushes students to go for the A, not to learn. It is a tragic system and it needs to be changed. do you know if any schools/states/countries that are trying to push for a new system?

    • PJ, I agree there are so many problems with our schools today. I just wrote a paper about growth mindset. I wonder how things would be different if student grades were based on growth rather than fixed scores. I also think students should learn more real world skills and be exposed to other opportunities after high school rather than just going to college.

  • Zach, I fully agree with your post. I think we’ve become slaves to the modern consumerism and we would fail as a society without it, like a drug. Think of it like a leach that if it gets too big it will kill you if you take it off, technology has become so prevalent to every individual that we couldn’t function without it. I also agree we have to…[Read more]

  • Mason I really enjoy this post. I was thinking about this and i came across this article by Debate.org(http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-you-trust-the-government), a heavy leftist source and it follows the same ideals as this post but Ive noticed some possible flaws. First I want to address the fact the I think untrustworthy has been mistaken…[Read more]

  • How is intended obsolescence contributing to the increased laziness and lack of individual thought in today’s society?  An will it effect our environment as a whole?

    Technology has seem to almost overcome

    • Hey PJ,
      This is a very interesting post. I, much like everyone else on this forum, am a teenager as well. I am pretty addicted to my phone and cannot get off it sometimes. As surprising as it may seem, however, I am not as bad as some of my friends. What I want to know is why is playing on your phone SO addicting? Why are we drawn to it and why our younger generation?

    • This is a really interesting post, PJ. As a teenager, I can say that my phone has become a part of me, and when I don’t have it it almost makes me anxious. There is an article by CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/health/teens-cell-phone-addiction-parents/index.html) about how 50% of teenagers in a poll said that they were addicted to their phones, and I highly recommend you give it a read because it is extremely interesting. That said, it is also pretty scary to think about how despite the fact that smart phones have only been in existence since the early 2000’s, it has already become such a huge part of our world. I’ll look forward to your next post.

    • PJ,
      While planned obsolescence is something I knew about before, I never even thought about its environmental impacts until now. One thing that comes to mind for me is just shortages of raw materials; metals like tellurium and neodymium aren’t too expensive now, but are being used exponentially more and more and could become ridiculously expensive. I think the larger issue is the consumer culture of being “okay” with planned obsolescence. People buying products designed to go obsolete seem to often turn a blind eye to that fact because the product is popular, when they’re really just hurting themselves and the world.

  • PJ commented on the post, Six Word Memoir 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Christopher, i can tell there is a lot of emotion coming from this post , and if you list times of racism or discrimination i will happily fight them with you but it’s such a problem when people claim victimhood but never prove it. i need to know specifically if you want others help. statistically speaking african americans have a higher chance of…[Read more]

  • Ellie, personally i love trump he is doing great things for our country, for example strengthening our alliance with china or taking out the ISIS strong hold, etc. i think the problem in america right now is left refusing to cooperate, some so ignorant they created a group to fight a problem that hasn’t even happened.its saddening to me how some…[Read more]

  • “When is a train most free? Is it when it goes bouncing across the field off the track? No. It is free only when it is confined to the track. Then it runs smoothly and efficiently, because that was the way that i

  • Melissa, as a Utah citizen myself I definitely see what your saying, and Im always a sucker for hard facts and statics so no argument there. I did however wonder why the large influx of Tongan background people. The mormon concentrations is quite high here, you cant turn your head without seeing a mormon chapel. I myself am not mormon but it has…[Read more]

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