Ishak, I completely agree with you. I think this virus has really changed the world in so many ways. To hear that your religion was affected is truly saddening. Many large events are being altered, and there is nothing we can do to fix it. We can only make the best of the situation at hand. In my religion class, we actually read about how Ramadan…[Read more]
Louis, I completely agree with you saying that the risk and rewards need to be understood and maybe balanced to make a final decision. This virus has put so many people into difficult situations, and has even taken a large shot at our economy. I think sports is more than just an economic boost and entertainment, it is something that brings lives…[Read more]
Dulce, I think your opinion truly matters. Factories and their pollution truly affect a large population of citizens in certain communities. These people shouldn’t have to deal with such quality of life from their surroundings. Here is a link that shows that certain people are more effected by air pollution than others: h…[Read more]
Joshua, I completely agree with you. I consider myself very active with all of my sports and activities I do outside of school. I try to maintain a healthy exercise routine and to stay in good shape. I totally agree that it is somewhat hard to be motivated, but as I have seen, when you start, its hard to stop working out. I find myself laying in…[Read more]
Willbert, this is a very interesting question. However, I think school is very necessary. Elementary onto middle school develops a kid into a teen with the skills necessary for high school and daily life. High school forms someone a person ready to launch into the new world as an adult. The people who are rich, and dropped out of school are a…[Read more]
Deng, I definitely think that freedom of religion is such a significant topic to be talking about. In our world today, there is still discrimination and prejudice that surrounds certain religions. As a predominantly Christian nation, the outsiders get no attention, and almost get hatred for the fact that they are a different religion. Here’s is a…[Read more]
I think this is a very interesting point. I think that it is very hard because schools start so early. You have been placed into a really tough situation where do you sacrifice your learning for nutrition? I’m not sure if I know the correct answer to that question, but I have researched the idea of schools starting later. IF they started later, y…[Read more]
Racism is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race projecting the idea that their race is superior. This matter has been around for many centuries, and even
Hi Tomas! This is such a interesting organization! I agree that to solve major issues such as racism, we, “have to stop it at its core – adolescence.” This concept reminds me of the phrase, “racism is not taught, it is learned.” I am interested to see if the children now reading the books produced by We Stories will have a different perspective on prejudice and discrimination once they are old enough to understand them. Along with children’s books, the wording and content of history books is crucial to a child’s awareness and premonition to racism. I think you would enjoy the following video by Vox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkFXPblLpU. It explains how textbooks were written in the South after the Civil War. The video highlights The Daughters of the Confederacy and they kept the confederacy alive by teaching young children that the Civil War was not about slavery. It also touches on how the presence of Confederate Monuments impacts communities and social interactions. I would love to hear more from you on this topic!
Glendy I completely agree that people should be able to speak whatever language they want. It is their right to be able to do such a thing. I think because our nation has so many different races and languages, it makes us more diverse and better. Language is such a beautiful thing, and everyone should be able to do it however they want. Here is a…[Read more]
Keily, I agree that women definitely deserve equal rights. Our country has come a long way in the category of women’s human privileges. I agree that the picture does portray a public assembly of women trying to express their opinion. This is their human right of assembly and free speech, which they have. At the end of you reflection, you said that…[Read more]
Asnica, I completely agree that the African American community has been traumatized with police brutality in the past years. The police ended up killing someone, but also ended up significantly affected the entire black community. I agree that PTSD has been formed with African Americans, creating tension between them and black lives. It is very…[Read more]
Natasha, thank you expressing your opinion. I completely agree with you. Putting young kids in preschool can only be beneficial. It can help kids create friendly relationships and the basics of education. It helps them to understand how school works, and can even advance their vocabulary by very much. This link explains a few reasons why preschool…[Read more]
Kutay, I completely agree with your points. Obesity is a serious health problem that has plagued the entire United States. I read an article that gives a few facts about the obesity in the U.S. and it is truly remarkable that we have gotten so fat (the link: https://www.healthline.com/health/obesity-facts#1). When you said that “technology has an…[Read more]
The author Becket Adams states in the article “Prayer Provides More Benefits Than Gun Control” that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo wishes people would stop praying for the victims and families. Leaving action for gun
I enjoyed reading this paper. I must disagree though as I think thoughts/prayers do not do much. They do bring awareness but usually in what I see action isn’t taken with or following them. It offers peace but it doesn’t offer a change so similar tragedy doesn’t occur again.
Meghan, I think this poem is very interesting. The way you set up the poem was truly inspirational and moving. The way I see it is that the Earth is here to be our gift, it cannot do wrong, however the people who are supposed to cherish it put it through irreversible damage. We have ruined so many things that the Earth has offered us. We need some…[Read more]
Stella, I agree you you. I think the tests do not effectively show how “smart” a person is. I think the standardized testing system has become corrupt. Teenagers study how to take the test more than actually learning the information that will be on the test. The test is also very broad. It tests a range of material that seems impossible to…[Read more]
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We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
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