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  • Alazia,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. One part that really stood out to me was when you said that “we should provide the youth with behavior counseling instead of throwing them in a cell for some years.” I agreed with most of your initial points but I don’t agree with your main argument where you take about how giving them nicer…[Read more]

  • Sam commented on the post, Police Brutality 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Noor,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. Your intro really pulled me in as a reader and got me thinking about your topic. I decided to do a little research of my own and I found an article you might find interesting (will attach link at end). One sentence of your post in particular caught my eye, when you said that “the police are there for…[Read more]

  • “That’s why they call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” -George Carlin. America is too focused on financial and material success. Many Americans believe that due to the unatt

    • SAM! Your post was very intriguing, it brought up a lot of good points. Our society is centered majorly on money and financial success, like you said, “America is a self-centered country full of self-centered people” and I completely agree. Humans are naturally selfish beings who will do almost anything to achieve their “American dream” which can become very clouded by the obsession of being more successful then their neighbor. We live in a world muddled with jealousy, hate, and competition, and like you said within your post that is not the American dream and it never should be.

    • Sam, I was very interested in your post at first because of the clever title. Then I read the first sentence and it continued to draw me in. I really like the quote and I think it ties into your essay perfectly. I agree with what you think the American dream is becoming. It truly is being focused on money and greed and less about uniting together as an equal society. I hope that when people read this, they think about what the American dream has become and work towards fixing it. Great Work!!!

  • Sam commented on the post, Our Values 2 months ago

    Lila,

    Thanks for posting on this discussion topic. I really enjoyed reading your piece. One part really stood out to me as I read along, when you said that “many citizens believe that the American dream is purely materialistic.” I found this sentence particularly interesting because I hadn’t really thought about this before and it is scarily…[Read more]

  • Alejandro,

    I really enjoyed reading your piece. I found your use of descriptors enhanced my understanding of your shadow box very well. It made it very easy to understand you as a person and a little bit of your background too where you talk about how your “race is Latino, my ethnicity is Mexican, and my nationality is American.” I found it a…[Read more]

  • The American culture is being drastically changed for the worse by new familial status quos in family and by political views. Out of the three pieces that I read one poem called ‘Let America be America Again’ by

    • Sam, this was a well- written post. I really liked the line where you said “we are wasting the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of decades of people’s lives that all worked so that we could be here today,” because you are absolutely right and I have never thought of it that way. Also, I enjoyed your wording of calling Americans “dreamers.” I believe that the American Dream is not what it used to be and materialism has taken over. I think this article https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-the-american-dream-today-3306027 will be interesting to you. Hope to hear from you again.

    • Sam, this was an important and interesting topic to talk about. I liked it when you said, “Even though many people want to stop this division between American Citizens, I don’t think people realize that they have the power to change and do something about this problem, or maybe they don’t know what they can do to help”. I liked this sentence because noting that American don’t realize that they have the power to change really hits you. Today in the news you see tons of things about President Trump and many people feel as though they cannot do a thing to change his views, but then you have the people who do realize that the people are the change and protest against his view points, for instance, the NFL. In the news we see NFL players on their knees during the National Anthem even though President Trump talked against it.
      Thank you for the fantastic post.

    • Sam, I thought you brought up a lot of good ideas in your post. I do think we are becoming a very polarized country. In my AP Gov class, we were just discussing the idea of “The Big Sort”. Studies and data show that more people are choosing to live in communities that fit them with people who hold similar beliefs as them. I mean, that’s how we pick where we go to college, yea? What feels right, good vibes…? Here’s the paper: file:///C:/Users/zoefg/Downloads/The%20Big%20Sort%20PDF%20(1).pdf
      I believe this post could be even stronger if you addressed ways to address these issues. We are the future leaders of this country. What can we do to make it a better, more inviting, compassionate place where everyone feels like they can belong? Is that even possible?

  • Dear Nate,
    The German word Schadenfreude is a very interesting choice for your favorite word. I find that due to its tough translation into english that it is hard for some people to understand and describe but I think you did a very good job of portraying it. This word is very relatable in some situations for everyone, at one time or another…[Read more]

  • Sam commented on the post, Hunger Games: Book Quote 3 months ago

    Hi Diamond,

    I found your post really intriguing. I liked how you talked about how people go out of their way to help others even when it’s not convenient. I agree to the idea that it’s good to remember people that have helped you.

  • Sam commented on the post, About Me 3 months ago

    Dear Hailey,

    I am interested your post because I found it very relatable since I am also 16 and in the 11th grade. I also really enjoy music, I’ve been in my school’s band for six years now.

    One thing you said that stands out for me is: “I enjoy putting my thoughts on paper and seeing them flow like a river.” I think this is Interesting because…[Read more]

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