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  • 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

  • Tomas commented on the post, Improving our communities

    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

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    Article & Annotations: HATE IN SCHOOLS

    The author of this article Francisco Vara-Orta talks about discrimination in schools with tactics on how we can help solve this issue. The author gives many examples of

    Problem-Solution Research

    Article & Annotations: HATE IN SCHOOLS The author of this article Francisco Vara-Orta talks about discrimination in schools with tactics on how we can help solve this issue. The author gives many examples of racism and prejudice in schools, starting...

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    Article & Annotations: Discussing Race with Young Kids.

    This article looked at the idea that kids are not born racist. If they are to become racist, they have developed it through time as they have grown up.

    Problem-solution summary 2

    Article & Annotations: Discussing Race with Young Kids. This article looked at the idea that kids are not born racist. If they are to become racist, they have developed it through time as they have grown up. The author claims...

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  • 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

  • Tomas commented on the post, Teen Vaping ?

    Simon, I completely agree with you. Teen vaping has become such a large issue in our country. Here is a link to a NY Times page where they calculate the number of deaths and injuries from vaping, I think the numbers will surprise you: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/vaping-illness-tracker-evali.html. It is crazy to see that even…Read More

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    “Racism in America: `The struggle will define us’.”

    – Derrick Bell, a professor at New York University School of Law, claims in his book that racism is a significant part of American life; it keeps Ame

    Racism and Schools

    “Racism in America: `The struggle will define us'.” https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9312281438&site=ehost-live - Derrick Bell, a professor at New York University School of Law, claims in his book that racism is a significant part of American life; it keeps America alive. “Even poor whites...

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  • Tomas commented on the post, Religious Freedom

    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

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    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

    Preventing Racism Through Children's Books

    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 though it has been diminishing through...

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    • 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

  • Tomas commented on the post, Woman Rights

    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

  • Tomas commented on the post, Police Brutality

    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

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    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

    Opposing Viewpoints: Praying vs Action

    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 control up to God is...

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    • 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.

  • Tomas commented on the post, Fighting For You

    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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    A mass shooting is an incident where people fall victim to firearm violence. The citizens of America are very familiar with the phrase “mass shooting.” Mass shootings are very common in the U.S., and that isn

    The Mass Shooting Epidemic

    A mass shooting is an incident where people fall victim to firearm violence. The citizens of America are very familiar with the phrase “mass shooting.” Mass shootings are very common in the U.S., and that isn't something to be...

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    • Dear Tomas,
      I am persuaded by your essay, “The Mass Shooting Epidemic”, because it really opens my eyes about how the real world REALLY is. It shows me that life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Actually, in 2019 alone, there have been 283 mass shootings in the U.S. (according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA)).” This stood out to me because it really shows how often mass shootings occur and it’s honestly scary.
      Another sentence that showed how important this issue is is when you said: “That is more mass shootings than we have had days in the year.” This stood out to me because a year is 365 days and we’ve already had 283 mass shootings, that’s insane.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really showed how much you care for topic like this, considering this topic is very big and opinionated.

    • In the article “The Mass Shooting Epidemic” I learned that the United States is not surprised to hear the words “mass shooting” as it is something often done here. 2019 experienced approximately 283 mass shootings serving as proof and evidence of a much needed change in the U.S. The country needs to set forth stricter rules to prevent firearms getting into the wrong hands as it has led to the loss of many innocent lives. Other countries have done something about this problem and have highly benefited from such actions serving as a positive influence to those who are yet to do something about it.

      I agree with the statements made in the article demanding change in the country. I really like how to the author of the article used examples and evidence to support their claims regarding the countries who have made a change along with the number of mass shootings recorded in the year of 2019. Reading such claims with provided evidence helped get me more into the topic and helped me make my own claims to demand change.

      Would the US benefit more from creating a new law to take under control this current problem or would it be more beneficial to copy the strategies already being used by other countries?

      #OCHS

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