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  • Ari,
    This is a super interesting topic because the political landscape right now is so partisan and toxic on both sides. This really is where the problem starts and persists as people are only open to what they previously believe and choose not to further educate themselves on dividing topics. The prevalence of one sided media sources and short…Read More

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    The ingestion and entanglement causes by marine debris has adverse affects up the entire food chain through direct and indirect effects. Studies have shown that it is a commonality that animals such as sea

    Garbage Patch Environmental and Human Impacts

    The ingestion and entanglement causes by marine debris has adverse affects up the entire food chain through direct and indirect effects. Studies have shown that it is a commonality that animals such as sea turtles and seabirds will ingest...

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  • Jovana,
    I like the outlook that money is not the most important thing in life, but we can’t live without it. I think it is really important for people as they get older to balance their lives so they are not just focusing on their salary. I wish you well in your endeavors in law or wherever you decide you want to go.

  • Patricia,
    This is a super important topic as most of us are about to go off to college or an equivalent institution. Mainly I think the most important thing is the rising tuition costs and how it really can effect people from the impoverished to the upper-middle class. Also, the mention of how some institutions are run as a business with less…Read More

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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of five oceanic gyres, roughly circular current systems. These gyres are created by the influence of air and water temperatures, humidity, air pressure, and the landmasses

    More on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of five oceanic gyres, roughly circular current systems. These gyres are created by the influence of air and water temperatures, humidity, air pressure, and the landmasses in the ocean. The Pacific patch...

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    • Hi William. I agree, the garbage in our oceans is a huge problem and is a stain on our Earth. I wasn’t aware of the patch where this is all accumulating, and I think your description of the gyres make the reality set in. Preventative motions for the future are of course important, but I would be interested to hear about what scientists are envisioning to clean up the mess. You touched on it briefly, but I would really like to know our options. Overall, very good job.

  • Fatumata,
    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my absolute favorite books. It really shows the ugliness of some of America’s history while blending it with the compassion of Atticus and innocence of his children. It is really interesting doing character analyses on characters, specifically in this book. The characters in this book show some of the base…Read More

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    Sofia,
    This is an interesting thing how most men consciously or unconsciously do not show emotion. It is very interesting how the biological aspects of trying to attract women, the roles of testosterone, and how men are raised leads to the outcome of most men not showing emotion. I have a scientific article from Psychology Today that describes…Read More

  • Joe,
    Very interesting topic as AI has become weirdly present in our world in places we wouldn’t imagine. I liked the concept that the innovation of AI will be exponential and not linear as it is a frightening thought to imagine. I am interested to hear why there is so much intrigue with AI outside the sector of atomization.

  • Patricia,
    Education is one of the most important topics that you could write about because as you said our country is not performing as well as it should. While I think Judge does a better job than most other schools at trying to educate each and every kid, for those other schools steps need to be made in the right direction. I am eager to hear…Read More

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    With such an alarming problem as a patch of trash twice the size of Texas floating in the middle of the ocean, people are looking for solutions to help slow and eventually stop this problem. An example of this

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup Efforts

    With such an alarming problem as a patch of trash twice the size of Texas floating in the middle of the ocean, people are looking for solutions to help slow and eventually stop this problem. An example of this...

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    I think it’s good to draw attention to hockey as a sport that has some pretty serious injuries. As much as hockey is known as a pretty brutal contact sport, more attention is given to other sports. I would like to hear the rates at which common injuries occur in hockey compared to other sports.

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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of trash released into the ocean that has collected in the North Pacific. The patch is collected due to the movement of warm tropical water meeting cooler waters

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of trash released into the ocean that has collected in the North Pacific. The patch is collected due to the movement of warm tropical water meeting cooler waters coming from the...

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    From the play Othello I chose lines 188-196 from Act I Scene 3. In this section, I played the character of Othello as he explains how he earned D’s love. In recording this passage I saw how important the vocal

    Othello Voice Recording

    From the play Othello I chose lines 188-196 from Act I Scene 3. In this section, I played the character of Othello as he explains how he earned D's love. In recording this passage I saw how important the...

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  • Dear Nathaniel,

    Great job on the construction of this essay being supported by facts and court cases. I agree with the conclusion that students should not be stripped of their Constitutional rights when they walk through the school doors. If the students’ online speech does not substantially interfere with the operations of the school as cited in…Read More

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    The modern world is full of technological innovation that seems to become increasingly more complex by the day. This technology has provided us with easy communication, shopping, security, and simplifying our

    How can we secure privacy in a world full of new technology?

    The modern world is full of technological innovation that seems to become increasingly more complex by the day. This technology has provided us with easy communication, shopping, security, and simplifying our lives. However, with this ease comes the cost...

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  • Adelphe,

    Gun violence and lawmaking is one of the foremost issues that we are facing today. The culture of gun use and violence in the United States is like that of nowhere else in the world. This is an issue that goes far beyond the average citizen and is something that needs to be remedied at the national level. The limitation of gun ownership…Read More

  • Jean Carlos,

    I think this is a very important topic with todays youth as I have seen a drastic rise of the number of people who experience depression. It it important to understand the underlying causes of teen depression, even with so many factors. I believe today’s teens experience much more stress in their lives than previous generations, as…Read More

  • I think it is a really good idea to believe in self discipline and thinking positively about things in your life. While most things are out of our control, we can always control how we react. Keeping an open mind and thinking of everything as having a positive effect can really change a persons view on life. I think this Law of Attraction is…Read More

  • Hi Beatrice,
    I enjoyed reading this post and it is a very good point that you make. You should never make assumptions about people from what you see or hear until you meet that person for yourself. I found this article on judging a book by its cover, a common saying for judging others:…Read More

  • Madi, I think you wrote a great piece of abortion and enjoyed how you used the specific stories to show both sides of the debate. Although I enjoyed reading it, I am interested in why you used an example from outside of the US. If you were trying to establish a global view of abortion here is a resource on how the abortion laws in the US have…Read More

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    Minimum wage is a heavily debated topic in the United States. Views on the issue range from making the minimum wage a livable salary to abolishing the minimum wage altogether. This issue itself is divided between

    Minimum Wage: To Increase or not to Increase

    Minimum wage is a heavily debated topic in the United States. Views on the issue range from making the minimum wage a livable salary to abolishing the minimum wage altogether. This issue itself is divided between the two main...

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  • Good job on discussing the possible pros and cons of a difficult ethical topic. I like how you summarized the main argument of each side in a concise sentence. One thing that I feel could have been added is possible other solutions to horrendous crime to replace the death penalty. While you give good reasons to keep or abolish it, you did not give…Read More

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    Great job on the post James. You did a good job at providing factual evidence for the issue and using scientific understanding to further add to your point. You bring up reasons that I did not previously know like the plastics in the bottles being endocrine system disrupters. I have to agree that legislation is probably required because as much as…Read More

  • I like the way you gave two different reasons for decline of milks popularity. I did not think about the advent of different drink alternatives as one of the causes of milks decline. I have noticed the general decline of milk drinking, especially in a family that does not drink milk due to the calcium. Overall, great job on the milk education.

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    Standardized testing is used in the US system in order to gauge what a student has learned and college readiness. Standardized tests such as the ACT and the SAT are important steps in the path toward college.

    Standardized Mess

    Standardized testing is used in the US system in order to gauge what a student has learned and college readiness. Standardized tests such as the ACT and the SAT are important steps in the path toward college. These tests...

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    • I liked your title it was very clever. I also liked how you brought to my attention that standardized tests sometimes don’t do what they were created to do, in the terms of testing students evenly.

    • Interesting topic, William. This topic stood out to me because I think the ACT standardized test is a very unfair way to learn about how intelligent someone is. For example I have a higher than average GPA and I take rigorous courses; I would consider myself an outgoing student. However, my ACT score is much lower than a lot of other people’s which might be misleading to colleges if they rely solely on my test scores for admission. They do have other portions for admission which includes an essay, letters of recommendation from teachers, your grades from high school, along with everything else included in your application. This is a very interesting topic to be further discussed!

    • I think your topic was very interesting because as seniors in high school we have all experienced and had to study for standardized testing. You made some very interesting points that I have personally experienced, and I think that bringing awareness to this issue is very important. Do you have any ideas on how to possibly fix this?

    • William,
      This topic seems to be coming up a lot lately. I agree with you on the fact that standardized testing is unfair to students. Many people get test anxiety and the thought of being timed to finish a test makes matters worse. Also, many students do not do well under pressure and don’t like the generic, one sided questions and answers of the SAT and ACT. Along with the thought of essays being biased while graded, I completely agree. The person grading essays may have certain opinions or may not like the style of writing the student used. Have you heard that some colleges don’t look at SAT scores and essays? I find that interesting and think it is a good idea. Since standardized tests are asking students to answer meaningless questions and not think creatively I believe colleges should avoid looking at scores to accept students into their school. I think your argument is thorough and thought out very well!

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