• Desdemona 1.3.208-218
    My noble father,
    I do perceive here a divided duty:
    To you I am bound for life and education;
    My life and education both do learn me
    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;
    I am

  • ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The American Psychiatric Association defines ADHD as one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention,

  • A 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) found that 8.4% of children in the United States have a current diagnosis of ADHD. Based on this research, a survey was conducted in February of 2018 on 69 p

  • Bobby, you brought up a lot of great points. I never really knew how inconsistent film ratings were. I do agree that it’s unfair to blame the filmmakers and artists. Their job is to tell stories, and in many cases, push the envelope. How do you propose we revamp the rating system? Should there be more ratings, more explicit descriptions of the…[Read more]

  • Lindsay, I absolutely loved this post. You brought up so many good points regarding communal growth.I mean, humans are social beings after all. What are your feelings toward the statement “You must learn to love yourself before you can love others?” Where would that fit in? Do you believe it?

  • Reagan, I really liked your post. It’s interesting to see how our extra programs for students really decrease as they get older. I think it’s awesome that we can help these kids at a young age, which then translates into them having the skills they need in higher education, but do you think our schools, especially high schools, should have more…[Read more]

  • Sophia, I truly appreciate how you tie in the opposing view’s points. This really gave your argument more depth. I completely agree with you that net neutrality is necessary, as it does allow for anyone and everyone to be heard. Extending capitalism to this new sector may be a good economic move, but it would inhibit people’s freedom to express…[Read more]

  • Cicely, I really liked how you distinguished the difference between correlation and causation. I very much agree with you that we need to better educate the public. How do you think we should go about doing this? Should it be a part of health class in schools or a required course? When should we start talking about mental health?

  • Stephen Tonti, a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon, started off his 2013 TED Talk with what he is: a director; however, he goes on to say that he’s also a “writer, an actor, a drummer, scuba diver, soc

    • Zoe,
      I really liked your post. It at first interested me because I was diagnosed with ADHD in 2015. I thought it was really interesting when Tonti said “ADHD is simply a difference in cognition, not a disorder”, Tonti says. “We are attention different, not attention deficit.” I have never thought about it this way. I think it is a very accurate way to put ADHD. I think you have done a lot of good research. I thought this was a very interesting artile. It is about helping kids who have ADHD. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-in-children.htm

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  • On March 11th, 1902, the first recorded study of ADHD was presented. These three lectures, known as the “Goulstonian lectures”, were given by Sir George Still, the father of British pediatrics. He noted that the

    • Zoe,
      I found your post to be so intriguing, and I love all the research and statistics you included in it. I think it is fascinating to learn about the brain and how chemical imbalances can strongly affect one’s personality, emotions, or mood. I also think its interesting that it is more common in boys than it is in girls, but I would love to know if they know why that is? Here is an article that you might find interesting: https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/news/20040915/study-confirms-adhd-is-more-common-in-boys#1

    • Very interesting topic, Zoe. I have not looked into ADHD and how the brain is effected. I found what you said about chemical imbalance in the brain to be especially compelling as medication can help “increase dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.” I loved your piece, but I am curious as to why it is diagnosed more often for boys than girls. If you would like to read more about ADHD, take a look at this article:https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/digital-pandemic/201308/why-the-increase-in-adhd. I look forward to reading more from you on this topic in the future.

    • Zoe,
      This topic is very interesting. I had a few questions, though. How come, since ADHD is not curable, it is so much more common in kids than it is in adults? Is it because adults have a lower rate of diagnosis even if they have it? It’s strange. Additionally, when kids have ADD, is it the same chemical imbalance as ADHD or is it different? I looked at this website: https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/add-vs-adhd/ … and it gave some good insights as to the misconceptions about both ADD and ADHD, and I think it is worth looking into for your research topic, since both of these diseases are very similar and very common, and it would be good to distinguish them.

    • Hey Zoe,
      I am really fascinated by your post. I was not aware of how the brain truly affects one’s abilities to show emotion, control mood, and portray personality among people. I really that you acknowledged that it does not decrease people’s cognitive function because most people are not aware of that. I found an article that you may be interested in.


      Great topic. 🙂

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  • She is beauty. She is grace. However, she will actually punch you in the face. Beneath this gorgeous exterior is a feisty, free spirit that’s not afraid to make herself know. Her name is Samantha, and she is a

    • Dear Zoe:
      I am proud with your poem, ´´A Thousand Word Face,” because what I learned from your poem is telling me that you have to trust someone or have someone where you can talk to when you in badly situation, have to trust somebody.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Sam is one of the kindset hearted, caring, and fiercest people I know. She is, if you couldn’t tell by the photo, one of the most beautiful people I know as well. ” I think this is a quote for everyone because it shows that one of her friends so nicely taking care of her treating her like a family.
      Another sentence that stood out was: “I hope every one of you has someone like this in your life. Someone who you can call and cry to on a Tuesday evening, someone who makes you experimental lattes, who pushes you to be the best person you can be. Never let that person go..” This stood out for me because not everyone has that one person that they can talked to and tell their story what situation they were going into. Not everyone have one person they trust on. They all have enemies.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because to see more poems that make sense that everyone can understand what is it about. Mostly what made your letter stamd out to me is when youy using quotes. I knew wasn’t your own words is it from either a book.

  • Hi Reagan!
    I completely agree with you on the diversity of America. In that respect, Huxley was definitely wrong. I also can see the caste system. My question for you though is if the socioeconomic classes of the US are becoming more caste-like. Are less people able to move about economically and socially? Why do you think that is? I look forward…[Read more]

  • Zoe wrote a new post, Lazy! 2 years, 7 months ago

    Everywhere you turn, you can see someone complaining about how lazy today’s young people are, how we were handed everything and don’t know how to work a “real job”. My question is, is this true? Are today’s

    • Zoe,
      I agree that the discussion of laziness in our communities is widely discussed today. On the other hand, I agree that the competitiveness of our generation exemplifies a major aspect that keeps progress on the roll. Even though our generation can express outward attributes of being lazy or being constantly addicted to our mobile devices, we, nonetheless, carry feelings for change toward world progress that makes me feel very optimistic about the future. Throughout the years during my high school career, I have noticed how many of our classmates have fundamental beliefs that inspire others, especially inspiring me, to become the better human being for humanity. I truly believe that our generation is not as lazy or blind as many would think we are. Thank you, Zoe, I appreciate our post.

      -Thomas K.

    • Zoe, I agree that perhaps young people are overly criticized of being lazy. I think that activity involving technology has become defined as lazy; it is a stigmatism. As a generation, i think that we are actually the least lazy. The vast majority of students are involved in a plethora of activities, both in and out of school. We are bombarded with homework every day, and are expected to maintain both academic and social lives. College has become far more competitive, so we are forced to work harder than previous generations to get in. Once we graduate, we have to work incredibly hard to maintain a comfortable life, as the cost of living has skyrocketed but the average income has stagnated. Ultimately, I think that our generation might actually be the least lazy of all. I’ll look forward to hearing more!


    • Dear Zoe

      I like your thoughts on this subject because it had great statements and also evidence backing it up. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is “their minds are “always on” as many of their childhoods were filled with sports, extracurriculars, demanding school work and test course, all in order to get into college. They grew up in a hyper competitive world and now face enormous student loan debts”. This stood out to me because it was pretty funny how you made fun of the school system. Also I am about to face with student loans so it is pretty depressing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I learned about a different point of view. Which is always good.

    • Dear Zoe,
      I am intrigued by your post because it describes laziness in a different way and its exact definition. A normal person would probably say that being lazy is not bothering to do anything. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “he is able to carry out some activity that he ought to carry out, but is disinclined to do so because of the effort involved. Instead, he carries out the activity perfunctorily; or engages in some other, less strenuous or less boring activity; or remains idle” I think this is interesting because if people thought this way, than doing what they think they are too lazy to do will mean that they are doing something they should which can motivate them to do it more.
      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time my dad said that we should go to the meusum, but I did not feel like doing so. Then, later, I decided that I might as well not be lazy and just g, so I went wih my dad. This shows that thinking that you are being lazy may help with not being lazy. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your passage was interesting and gives people a new perspective of seeing things.

  • 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…[Read more]

  • I loved this post! I think you brought up a good point about how being an American can mean so many different things to different people, and that even that is a part of being an American. I also liked how you mentioned the struggles America has gone through and the goals we continue to strive for without discounting our successes.
    As of today,…[Read more]

  • Hi Jackalyn!
    I think you have some great points here! I do think this could develop into something very awesome, especially considering how diverse American culture has become.
    Why do think our bullying is so bad here? How can improve our country more?

  • My hands wrap around the warm cardboard of my to go coffee cup. The smell of roasted beans wafts up from the small hole in the top, beckoning me. I take my first sip and feel the chocolaty bitterness flow over my

  • Panhandling: to stop people on the street and ask for food or money. Begging. We see this everywhere, from my home city of Salt Lake to rural Midwestern towns. People stand next to freeway exits with cardboard

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