• To the teachers, the educators, the inspirations,

    Thank you. Thank you for the lives you have affected and the knowledge you have shared. For your hard work and dedication to what you do. For your enthusiasm in

  • In the modern world, it seems that everything is ever changing and ever progressing, but the ever constant force driving this progress is the mindpower of capable individuals. This capability stems from the power

  • Evan, great job with your infographic; it was very well laid out and hit on multiple good points. School lunches may not even be on the radar for some people who are able to bring lunch from home and receive good education about nutrition, so thank you for bringing some of the real statistics to light.

  • Grant, I think you did a really great job clearly listing out the pros and cons of nuclear power. What is your personal opinion on the matter? Do the cons outweigh the pros? I think that nuclear power is still a bit risky to use as a widespread source with the technology we have now, but as advancements are made, there will definitely be more…[Read more]

  • Here is the link to my infographic for the What Do I Stand For playlist.

    • You have lots of great statistics, and it seems like you’ve done some great research. This is a very important subject, especially now with the change in office and the new secretary of education, and you have presented some really informative points. I also didn’t know that the budget was being cut by that large a margin.

  • We are currently working on our This I Wish to Change projects, an extension of This I Believe. I chose the topic of the value of education for my This I Believe, and I would like to continue that idea in my This

  • Hi Grant,
    I think you hit on a lot of great points in the first three paragraphs regarding the similarities between Huck and Jim. They come from different social standings, but when you look at their motivations and backgrounds, you can definitely see that there are many similarities between them, as you mention in your analysis.
    I was wondering…[Read more]

  • Huckleberry Finn is the main character in Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. He is a thirteen year old boy, dressed nicely when he is forced to, and dressed in whatever he can scrounge together when n

    • Huck is most definitely a good person with the right type of morals. There’s growth in his character as the story moves on and he undergoes many incidences and events that help add depth to Huck. Although, if you think Huck has changed throughout the story, why would Mark Twain say that there is no plot or moral to the book? If there’s obvious progression in Huck’s character with helping a slave become free in racist communities, there would have to be good intentions to the character who decides they would go to hell for helping someone of a different race. Even Tom Sawyer argues that Jim should be free to walk the earth, and this is coming from a boy who would only follow the rules and be more likely to conform to society. The characters who make this a moralistic story are the kids because they have a innocent and different mindset that allows for growth and improvement to be made.

  • I believe in the value of education. Education is what has allowed me to have most of the things I have today, from basic reading and writing skills, to worlds of knowledge that pique my curiosity and wonder. It

    • I agree with the text about the value of education. I also agree on how we need to improve our teaching skills in public schools. Education also has allowed me to have most of the things I have today. Education has thought me the values that I hope to carry with me forever.

      • I agree that education is important and should be put at a high value. Without the education that I’ve been provided, I wouldn’t be able to read, comprehend, or compose a response to this. I’m a student at a charter school, so at times we have teachers who publicly complain about their pay. If you aren’t familiar with charter schools, they are tuition free schools who operate independently from the local public schools. Because they operate independently, they might not have the money to pay teachers efficiently. This often helps us find teachers who are truly there for the joy of teaching rather than for the money. Charter schools are given a hard time for the way they pay their teachers, but I find that I create real connections with my teachers and can openly talk with them without fear of repercussions. They have influenced me heavily to pursue my education as far and for as long as I can.

      • I agree that education is important and should be put at a high value. Without the education that I’ve been provided, I wouldn’t be able to read, comprehend, or compose a response to this. I’m a student at a charter school, so at times we have teachers who publicly complain about their pay. If you aren’t familiar with charter schools, they are tuition free schools who operate independently from the local public schools. Because they operate independently, they might not have the money to pay teachers efficiently. This often helps us find teachers who are truly there for the joy of teaching rather than for the money. Charter schools are given a hard time for the way they pay their teachers, but I find that I create real connections with my teachers and can openly talk with them without fear of repercussions. They have influenced me heavily to pursue my education as far and for as long as I can.

    • I agree with what you were saying on the values of education. Not everyone appreciates the education they have. When in other countries they do not have the same rights as us. Education has made me stronger and learn more skills. Education has showed me to be more responsible. We need this learning because in any career we do it will be needed.

    • I agree with the other on the value of education.I believe that public schools should get more funding to improve skills for teaching and interacting with students.I also agree that people should appreciate what they have and take their education seriously and use it for the rest of their lives.

      • I agree because education should be put to a higher standard than it currently is. Improving funding for charter schools would help better the school systems because they offer a second choice for choosing education. Having a good education can change the way a child future is shaped. improving education throughout the world will end up changing the world. Charter schools focus on small classrooms which allows for better student to teacher relationships. I think this gives better education opportunists because with the smaller class sizes its easier to be involved in class and ask questions.

    • I agree with article about the values of education. I also agree that being in a learning enviroment will help you with social skills and responsibility. i believe people should appreciate education because not everyone is able to go to school.

    • I agree with you on how education is not as valued in this day in age. However, I believe that charter schools give a new sense of value back into education. So much more involvement is found at charter schools. I have been lucky to see this involvement flourish my school since I was in first grade. Teachers at charter schools are willing to do whatever it takes to impact the school and the student’s lives in a positive way. This involvement is not only found in the teachers but the parents. Parents donate so much time and money to allow education to grow at charter schools. The value of education is able to be found within charter schools.

    • I agree with your deep values of education. I believe that a public charter school education is the best way for students to learn. Everyday when I go to school; I am met with so many new challenges that better me as a student and a person in society. My sophomore class has a little more than 100 students. This small class size allows for better relationships with teachers and students. I know I can turn to my friends with any of my problems and they will be there for me. My teachers help me when I’m struggling in school with extra practice and group tutoring sessions. Students truly have a chance at reaching excellence in a charter school. Charter schools are a family environment, and I am happy to attend one.

    • I agree with the values of education. I am a sophomore at a charter school and I believe that the independent learning is the most efficient way to learn. Having the smaller classes is nice because you can have better and closer relationships with your peers and more opportunities to get help from your teachers. I believe that the parent involvement great because it allows parent to be more apart of their children’s social lives. Charter schools, as said in the original post, are valuable with education.

    • I agree with your essay because education is valuable for everything in life. Not only is education important for having success through school, but it gives critical life experiences that will be useful when preparing for the real world. As a student in high school, I have witnessed events that although they may not have been the most pleasant experiences, I am now able to pursue my career with those bits of information. Although education is very valuable, it is not portrayed in the best way possible. It is often looked at as a standard or needing to be revamped, but old-fashioned, solid schooling can get the job done quickly. The system that works is not always being used to its fullest. In order to restore the best possible success for students is go back to the method that works. This way students will be successful and be prepared for life.

    • Education is something that must be internally fixed. From my own personal experience as a student who has been at the same school since kindergarten, the changes in academics have occurred drastically. Nowadays, since my school is constantly trying to be compared to traditional public schools, the main focus on students learning and preparing them for life has been tossed aside. For my school, our administration strongly believes in data. We are tested every quarter about our studies, and our focus is on the public image. Instead of this, we should be preparing for what students need, even if it doesn’t produce all of the glory that other schools have. Charter schools, and other schools in general, need a reverse shift back to where the student came first, instead of the picture. Education is valuable, with the help of the right focus, mentor, and curriculum, education can be more valuable and beneficial than the other.

    • I agree that education is important and should be put at a high value. Without the education that I’ve been provided, I wouldn’t be able to read, comprehend, or compose a response to this. I’m a student at a charter school, so at times we have teachers who publicly complain about their pay. If you aren’t familiar with charter schools, they are tuition free schools who operate independently from the local public schools. Because they operate independently, they might not have the money to pay teachers efficiently. This often helps us find teachers who are truly there for the joy of teaching rather than for the money. Charter schools are given a hard time for the way they pay their teachers, but I find that I create real connections with my teachers and can openly talk with them without fear of repercussions. They have influenced me heavily to pursue my education as far and for as long as I can.

    • I agree that education is important and should be put at a high value. Without the education that I’ve been provided, I wouldn’t be able to read, comprehend, or compose a response to this. I’m a student at a charter school, so at times we have teachers who publicly complain about their pay. If you aren’t familiar with charter schools, they are tuition free schools who operate independently from the local public schools. Because they operate independently, they might not have the money to pay teachers efficiently. This often helps us find teachers who are truly there for the joy of teaching rather than for the money. Charter schools are given a hard time for the way they pay their teachers, but I find that I create real connections with my teachers and can openly talk with them without fear of repercussions. They have influenced me heavily to pursue my education as far and for as long as I can.

    • I agree that education is important and should be put at a high value. Without the education that I’ve been provided, I wouldn’t be able to read, comprehend, or compose a response to this. I’m a student at a charter school, so at times we have teachers who publicly complain about their pay. If you aren’t familiar with charter schools, they are tuition free schools who operate independently from the local public schools. Because they operate independently, they might not have the money to pay teachers efficiently. This often helps us find teachers who are truly there for the joy of teaching rather than for the money. Charter schools are given a hard time for the way they pay their teachers, but I find that I create real connections with my teachers and can openly talk with them without fear of repercussions. They have influenced me heavily to pursue my education as far and for as long as I can.

    • I agree with you on how education is not as valued in this day in age. However, I believe that charter schools give a new sense of value back into education. So much more involvement is found at charter schools. I have been lucky to see this involvement flourish my school since I was in first grade. Teachers at charter schools are willing to do whatever it takes to impact the school and the student’s lives in a positive way. This involvement is not only found in the teachers but in the parents. Parents donate their time and money to allow education to grow at charter schools. The value of education is able to be found within charter schools.

    • I agree with you on how education is not as valued in this day in age. However, I believe that charter schools give a new sense of value back into education. So much more involvement is found at charter schools. I have been lucky to see this involvement flourish my school since I was in first grade. Teachers at charter schools are willing to do whatever it takes to impact the school and the student’s lives in a positive way. This involvement is not only found in the teachers but the parents. Parents donate their time and money to allow education to grow at charter schools. The value of education is able to be found within charter schools.

    • Mia replied 6 months ago

      I agree about the value of education. As time goes on people shouldn’t change who they want to be, if we can change the way people change in the school system as people grow older, we can unlock new potential never thought possible. I too have learned a lot in school that I hope to never forget, and we should work as a nation to help others feel the same as well.

    • I agree that education is important and should be put at a high value. Without the education that I’ve been provided, I wouldn’t be able to read, comprehend, or compose a response to this. I’m a student at a charter school, so at times we have teachers who publicly complain about their pay. If you aren’t familiar with charter schools, they are tuition free schools who operate independently from the local public schools. Because they operate independently, they might not have the money to pay teachers efficiently. This often helps us find teachers who are truly their for the joy of teaching rather than for the money. Charter schools are given a hard time for the way they pay their teachers, but I find that I create real connections with my teachers and can openly talk with them without fear of repercussions. They have influenced me heavily to pursue my education as far and for as long as I can.

    • I agree with the value of education. I was fortunate enough to get to go to a charter school since kindergarten. I have grown so much not only as far as my education, but as a person. Going to a school that doesn’t have a graduating class of close to 130 students definitely has its benefits and allows me to have a better relationship with my teachers. I don’t feel like I can’t ask them a question when I need help. Also, it allows me to be dual enrolled so that I can take classes that actually interest me. The school itself offers a wide selection of courses and electives to choose from, but also offers a chance for students to take classes such as nursing at a local community college to help them when they go to get their degree in the future. My school has helped set me up for a great future, and I feel as though some schools lack this necessity with their students. Teachers at charter schools are more willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that they are benefiting the student in a positive way.

  • What do I stand for? An interesting and complex question to think about, especially considering how there are just so, so many issues today that deserve attention. From what I see, the link that connects them all

  • Hi Eric, I think you brought up some really great and thought-provoking points here. I agree that Pap is a character representative of the attitude of many Americans at the time with a social status similar to his. I also can see the clear connection between the tensions then and the tensions now. I especially like your line, “However, the tariffs…[Read more]

  • Hi Joseph, you took this analysis in a really great direction. I agree that the feud between the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons is reminiscent of the one in Romeo and Juliet. It’s interesting to think about these things from Huck’s perspective; from my perspective, I would choose solid land over the uncertainty that comes with being on the sea…[Read more]

  • Currently, my American Literature class is reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mart Twain. We’re taking notes on the book in the form of a dialectic journal, in which we pick a quote every few

    • Hello Minne, I am liking this book a lot so far. When you were talking about how her ways were negative towards the window, do you think she will still be negative towards them? I think this is going to get more interesting in the future. I just want to hear more about Jim and how people treat him.

  • Dear Dinakar,
    I agree that this is a really sad issue; we should have stronger and more tightly-regulated background checks for people looking to obtain firearms. I hope this issue gets addressed in the coming years.
    • Minnie posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

      Dear Dinakar,
      I agree that this is a really sad issue; we should have stronger and more tightly-regulated background checks for people looking to obtain firearms. I hope this issue gets addressed in the coming years.

    • Dear Next President:

      In many cases, it is human nature to look more at the short term than the long term. Staying up late and regretting it when you have to go to school the next day, procrastinating on an

      • Hi Minnie! I can tell that you are very passionate about our earth. I love how you focused on a specific source that is being depleted on our earth and did not just say that our earth was in danger. I think you did an excellent job using evidence to support your reasoning and it looked like you put a lot of work into your post. Nice work!

      • I agree very strongly with your argument, individuals need to become aware of the current state of the environment and how big of an issue it really is. I like how you incorporated elements from your article in your writing, I think it really enhances your argument.

      • Hi Minnie! What a powerfully directed point you have made in this well written piece of work. I agree that it is so important to take care what we have before it is to late. I think you did a great job of going into detail with many subjects you clearly feel very passionate about.

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