The achievement gap is the measurable disparity of the socioeconomic statuses and educational performance of different groups of people in the United States. The achievement gap usually falls along socioeconomic
I like that you specified that the point of stronger gun control laws isn’t to rid the whole country of gun, but it’s to make this country safer for us. I also like that at the end you talked about how Americans shouldn’t have to live and walk in fear. I thought that that was a really effective way of getting your point acrsoss-outside…[Read more]
Hi Ariel!! I love your article on this topic!! I’ve never looked into this issue or even thought about it before. Obviously we all know equality exists but looking at it as it starts existing is really interesting. I think it’s really awesome that you are passionate about this topic and did enough research to know what exactly you were talking about. I also believe this exists in our society. I think this has something to do with the stereotypes that we either inherit or learn as we grow up. I found this article that discusses the ‘adultification’ of black americans that I think you’d like! (https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/01/05/black-americans-have-fewer-years-to-live-heres-why) Keep doing research on this topic and see how it effects your own life and school. I hope you write again soon.
Ariel(: I love this post!! I have never looked into this topic specifically, but coming from an African American background, I have often times wrote about how my parents have instilled in me from a very young age that I will always have to present my best self and try ten times harder than other people. I do believe that African Americans are perceived as more violent/more accustomed to violence than other races, which is a fact proven in almost all of the articles you’ve mentioned. Similarly related, have you ever heard of the Implicit Attitude Test (IAT)? I think you would be very interested in this topic here are some FAQ’s about it https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/faqs.html it is a study currently being done by multiple schools around the nation, but this case is at Harvard. They show pictures of different people of different races, and then you have to coordinate that picture with a word. It’s very interesting, and the results show people’s bias towards different races and different looking people. I think you should definitely take a look at it, and have some of your friends take the test!!
Hello Ariel, your article was creative and very original. This topic on how our culture is criticized and sterotyped could go even further. This was a great way of putting what you know and what people dont look at on the radar. Keep writting about what you believe in and other people will soon spread your word too, nice job.
One can recover academically, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I myself happen to be in the midst of 4 out of 5 of the listed areas right now. I love this word because it is so full of hope and
I love this piece. Even though there are only a few lines/words, the ones you chose and the way you embedded them stirred powerful emotions and images. I also noticed how many of the ideas seem to contradict each other like “time lost” and “tremendous gains” but somehow you made them work perfectly. Great job!
Hi Ariel, I really enjoyed this piece. The poem is able to explain how this smell brings back happy, sad, fun memories. Crazy how one smell or sound can open up old wounds, feelings, and emotions. great job!
Sallie, this is a very needed post. Thank you for bringing attention to this massive problem in this country. I also like that you suggested things that possibly could help. At least lowering the cost of college could be a big help, as well as subsidized housing for students. Nice job. Keep it up. 🙂
Hi Florentina, I really like that this article is so informative about an issue that is not brought up all the time. This particular group of the population does seem to be glossed over so I’m glad that you are raising your voice. Keep it up!
Jordan, I feel this on a spiritual level. It’s really terrible that many students today feel like they they can’t be the best that they can be academically and also being happy and relaxed individuals. I will continue to work on that for myself and if/when you find the answer please let me know. Ariel 🙂
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