• 1.3.208-218

    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am hitherto

  • The thing about IEP’s and other programs meant for developing the learning skills of children with learning disabilities, is that there are few and they are underdeveloped. Through recently speaking with one of

    • Rae Rae,

      Thank you for sharing your post. It was really easy to relate too as I am someone who suffers with the same problem as your friend. Yearly years were very helpful as my old school and my parents helped me to prepare for what was ahead in my life, but once I got into high school all of the support went away. I didn’t have anyone to help me if i needed it but growing up with learning so much you begin to figure it out on your own which i began to do. Thank you for your post I found it really interesting.

    • Reagan, I really liked your post. It’s interesting to see how our extra programs for students really decrease as they get older. I think it’s awesome that we can help these kids at a young age, which then translates into them having the skills they need in higher education, but do you think our schools, especially high schools, should have more programs for kids who need them?

    • Reagan,
      I thought your post was very interesting and well written. I find it interesting that you said parents spend more time helping their kid when they are younger than when they are older. I would think this would be the opposite because the work gets harder and more complex the farther along you are in school. It is also disheartening that kids with learning disabilities are faced with underdeveloped programs. Why do you think the programs are underdeveloped or completely nonexistent in some schools? You may find this article interesting: https://www.ncld.org/understanding-learning-and-attention-issues.

  • Carter,

    This is a very interesting topic. It seems as if most people think that a zoo is normal, because they have been around for so long, but like you reiterated, an animal in a cage is not normal. I have also seen articles and news headlines that animals have become even more aggressive in enclosures because it is not where they were meant to…[Read more]

  • Yaqui,

    This post is so incredibly brave. It takes true courageous to write about your hardships in this way. Your writing is chilling, in the best way. I could tell that every word meant something to you, they made the reality so real that goosebumps rose on my skin. I am so thrilled that you have managed to stay strong and see the other side. I…[Read more]

  • Ronnie,

    Hmm, very interesting take on this. I loved all the detail you used and the way that you showed both sides of the issue without showing bias. It opened up more about the side of pro choice which I thought was great because that is where I personally stand. I hope you continue your research on this topic because it needs to be talked about…[Read more]

  • Valerie,

    Your poem really touched me, because it seems as though this was a memory you genuinely cherish and remember from your childhood. I hope you keep writing, because this was a truly beautiful increment that I believe you can continue to improve on!

  • Lucy,
    This topic so controversial in society today, but you managed to provide the information in a way that you did not take a specific stance. Rather you just gave primary information to understand the depths of this situation. It is difficult to determine if PAS is murder or if it is unconstitutional, because the patient is giving their…[Read more]

  • Ellie,

    I think this is a great topic to research. I do agree with your point that social media has put much more stress on people to be perfect, and the perfect side you see on social media is not one someone’s life is really like. As a Judge student, it is easy to see this side, because it seems like so many people are so privileged online, but…[Read more]

  • Back again with the topic of learning disabilities, this time to talk about how communities can help people with LDs. The best way for people to discover how they can best help out the member in their community is

    • Reagan, I am very happy you are talking about this. At my elementary school we had a woman who specialized in reading disabilities and we were constantly tested with dibels (https://dibels.org/dibels.html) to ensure no one was falling behind. If you were, you either had sessions with her or you just had to take a book home and read it to your parents, where they then signed off on it. I had to take books home for a couple of years (they were the worst books. There was this one where this girls family rejected her and kicked her out because she liked birds. Then there was the mole book, which I never finished because I openly reused to read it). Despite hating them and feeling bad for having to read them, they really did help me. My test results improved -even while I added snide remarks. Early testing is important along with the right social atmosphere to allow kids to accept the needed help.

  • A learning disability–or an LD–is a condition in the brain that can make it difficult for a person to comprehend one or more sections of learning (reading, writing, math, etc.). These disabilities are generally

    • Reagan,
      Your post was very interesting and well-written. I liked how you didn’t present learning disabilities in a negative way like many other people, which like you said has detrimental effects on those with LDs. I didn’t know there was such a significant percentage of Americans with LDs and that they can be more apparent in different times of life. Those statistics just make it that much more important that we create an education system that can suit their unique needs throughout all of their time in school. It is saddening that kids would feel stupid and have low self-esteem or struggle in school without help for something they cannot control because those around them may not realize when a they are suffering from an LD. I hope we continue to improve our schools to better help kids with LDs. I also found this article on strategies for teaching kids with learning disabilities: https://ldaamerica.org/successful-strategies-for-teaching-students-with-learning-disabilities/
      Thank you for your post, it was very informative.

  • Are schools doing enough to accommodate students with learning disabilities?

    The majority of the time, learning disabilities are hereditary, so a student cannot control or change the fact they have trouble

    • I 100% agree that schools are not doing enough to help students with learning disabilities, especially those with undiagnosed learning disabilities. It seems that if a student tends to be constantly distracted and disruptive, they are punished rather than observed and eventually helped. I’ve personally seen this at school. Teachers and administration at schools must learn how to be more patient with students and determine why they are behaving the way they are, rather than punishing them for disrupting class. Students with learning disabilities need to be surrounded by people with patience and kindness to help them adapt to learning with their disability.

    • Regan, I love your post and think the validity of the post is definitely worth looking at. Today, I can through my own optinion that schools do not accomdate to the needs of students. Many public schools that are not private school, which tend to bring in more money for these programs, do not have the funding for these which are vital. Many people at Judge who have these accommodations are very well equipped for taking the ACT, they help with getting that paper work that is needed for having the proper accommodations, whereas, I feel in a public school kids are lost and don’t know how to navigate and they suffer from so ething they have no control over. I found this website which helps my claims. Hope this helps.

      The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia

    • Reagan,
      I agree with your post. I believe that many kids in our society have learning disabilities and don’t know it. Yet, our academic system fails them instead of trying to help them. I think our system needs to be better in accommodating people who have these conditions so they have equality to opportunity as the rest of the kids. The worst type of “accommodation” is punishment for their behavior. Their behavior is involuntary and should be treated with medication (if needed), therapy (if needed), love, care, and patience. Here is another article that you might wanna check out: https://ldaamerica.org/successful-strategies-for-teaching-students-with-learning-disabilities/

    • Hey Regan, I really enjoyed your post about learning disabilities. I agree that schools/teachers do not help students who have learning disabilities, and these students are the students who are behind in class and need help. I like how you defined each different learning disabilities, and how you stated your solution that schools should incorporate programs for students with learning disabilities so their not behind their classmates. I found an article about the research and knowledge of learning disability that you may be interested in (https://www.understood.org/en/advocacy/take-action/research-and-knowledge). Anyways I look forward to what you write next, take care.

    • Dear Regan
      I am happy to read this post because it made think about my brother when he was in a regular school and how the school and teachers didn’t understand that he have problems understanding the material that the teacher was giving him. Something that I noticed in schools is that they don’t accommodate kids that have especial needs.
      Many public schools and private schools tend to bring in more money for these programs for special needs kids. Many people judge students who have accommodations in school. They think that if people are helping you, you are not smart enough to think in your own.
      A sentences that really grab my attention was when the Regan said: ”But are schools doing enough to help them be their best?” Is it true that schools are helping special needs kids do their best? That’s one of the thoughts that I had about this.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I love the way you wrote your article it was pretty good and it show that you really care about kids with learning disabilities.

  • Jenessa, I totally agree about your stance on this issue. This has been a problem in todays society since the iPhone became normalized. It is sad that a lot of our generation and the generation after us will not live the same carefree childhood that our parents and grandparents did. With social media comes responsibility and more and more things…[Read more]

  • Reagan commented on the post, 8 Letters 1 year, 7 months ago

    Cristina,

    I thought your poem was incredibly honest. I have not come across too many posts that delve so deeply into personal issues such as your poem. Your writing was so honest and true that it had me thinking about my own name and what I have had to bear with it. If you decide to change your mind about your name, which has been truly blessed…[Read more]

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  • Reagan wrote a new post, #MeToo 1 year, 8 months ago

    In recent months, sexual assault has become a great epidemic in our country. The biggest platform for this has been Hollywood. There have been numerous accounts in the last few months of Hollywood celebrities

    • Reagan,
      I am glad you decided to talk about this topic. The #MeToo campaign has done so much for women who have felt like they have no voice and were ashamed to come out and say what has happened to them. Did you by chance watch the Golden Globes? They all dressed in black to support woman in the workforce and woman effected by sexual assault. I think this was a powerful movement to again grab the attention of the public and the people in Hollywood to say that this is not ok and has to stop.

    • Reagan,
      I’m glad you decided to bring awareness to this issue, sexual assault allegations are on the rise over the past few months and it has good and bad implications. It’s good because men and women are finding the courage to speak up against their assaulters and then bad because they are just allegations, most of them don’t even have proof that this person did this to this person. And what’s worse is that it is centered in Hollywood and if that person is targeted by an allegation, it doesn’t matter if the allegation is real or not. That person’s professional career is ruined because in the community spotlight, they have done it. And it’s all because that person wanted their 15 minutes of screentime. That is my opinion but I feel that most of the allegations are the latter.

    • Reagan,
      I really liked your post and I am so glad you decided to write about it. I feel like so many people try to avoid this topic and act like sexual harassment isn’t a problem. This movement has really brought to light how severe of a problem it really is. I think the movement should open itself up more to men who have suffered from sexual abuse as well. I’m glad people are finally getting the justice that they deserve. Here is an article I think you would find interesting: http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/

  • Ahmiah,

    This is one of the most thought provoking posts I have come across this year. I have actually been working on a project about environmental rights, which are the rights that each person is entitled to as a human being. Your evidence and arguments are well researched and provide many great examples to visualize the issue. if you are…[Read more]

  • Olivia Sauer!
    I agree that the norm in today’s society is to flaunt what you have no matter how minimal while others are left in awe. You brought up some great points like asking why it even matter’s and why are you doing this, and it has really made me think. Why do I need to show off on snapchat or on instagram that I am out having a good time?…[Read more]

  • After reading ‘Brave New World’ and ‘1984’, it was easy to come to the decision that Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ is the most relevant in our society of 2017. Many of the concepts portrayed in ‘Brave New World’ seem

    • Reagan,
      I agree with you that technology has really defined and changed our society within the past few years. There are many positive attributes for technology that you mentioned above from medical to personal. These have brought us closer to people, but this closeness is different than the closeness of 40, even 20, years ago. I found a really interesting article, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/17/technology-changing-relationships_n_5884042.html, this goes into the ways that technology has changed relationships and what that means for us as a society. The way that you wrote of this subject was very interesting and informative, keep it up. I am excited to read more from you in the future.

    • Hi Reagan!
      I completely agree with you on the diversity of America. In that respect, Huxley was definitely wrong. I also can see the caste system. My question for you though is if the socioeconomic classes of the US are becoming more caste-like. Are less people able to move about economically and socially? Why do you think that is? I look forward to more of your posts!

    • Reagan,
      “Brave New World” is definitely an eerie and unnerving read today, especially with how it “predicted” some of our technology and habits of using it. While I don’t think the world is headed toward a situation that severe anytime soon, our use of technology will likely have to change or else it will create some nasty negative effects. While you’d think the internet would make coordinated activism more popular, it’s starting to make complacency even more popular. People read something once, they maybe discuss it, and then they feel satisfied. I know this isn’t applicable to everyone and every issue, but I hope that we eventually learn to all use communication technology more to organize activism rather than just all agree about how bad something is while not actively doing all they can to change it.

  • Jalyn, I am so glad you have pursued an interest in the Flint water crisis. I agree that there has not been nearly enough upward mobility in the plan to fix the water supplies in Michigan. Simply the fact that you have made it a point to bring this still unresolved issue to more attention will hopefully make others realize that it is a big deal.…[Read more]

  • Reagan commented on the post, Reef 1 year, 10 months ago

    Anna, I loved your poem. I recently got back from a trip to Catalina Island where I snorkeled frequently and saw many of the images your poem presented. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but your stanzas all follow a similar structure to a haiku poem–give or take a few syllables here and there. I loved the use of repetition in the first and…[Read more]

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