• Sgt. Gorillaa's Mar 22, 15:56 comment on Do leaders have moral obligations?
    Don't confuse leadership with authority. We don't chose leaders we chose the people to have authority over us i.e. the President. We hope/expect them to be leaders but I believe that some of the worst leaders I have witnessed in my life have had tremendous amounts authority. Morality is a subjective concept. Who gets to decide what is moral and what is not. Ask a jihadist and they will tell you that suicide bombing is a moral obligation. While I know many Islamic believers that don't agree with the jihadist, morals are a personal set of codes that each of us decides for ourselves. Some of the greatest leaders in history were what I would define as pure evil. However, this does not negate their leadership ability. We want those who we choose to be in authority over us to have the same ethical/moral code but leadership does not depend on morals.
  • batchillyhatou94@gmail.com's Mar 21, 13:07 comment on STOP THE BULLYING
    this was a beautiful,thoughtful post you left for readers. this give us a heads up and let us look around on whats going on in our society today.I hope a bully bumps into this . thank you for having this thought.
  • Ashley's Mar 20, 16:34 comment on Broken Girl
    Dear Emily: I am so interested with your poem, Broken Girl, because this types of poems identifies us women. This is what the major of us live in this life, for us is difficult express our feelings and we store them in us. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She remembers the last time she cried,She remembers it like it was yesterday.” I think this is real because we (the women) live stories like this every day we try to do our best but nobody thanks it. We live in a society when the feelings or the opinion of a women does not care and they ignore us. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this kind of poems I love to read and know about them these bring us definitions, personalities and big challenges to our lives. To know what we need to do to not be afraid to be great. To be us and don't care what people say.
  • Samantha's Mar 20, 16:27 comment on define
    Dear Jillian: I am excited by your poem, “Define,” because your poem is very cool. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Marvelous, disastrous, what- who knows except for your concealed antics, your mind that reflects,your pure,sinister essence.” I think this is very cool because It is a paragraph where you express many feelings. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked this poem a lot. I would like to see more poems than you write. Samantha M.
  • Fredy's Mar 20, 16:26 comment on The Future?
    Dear wendy I am impressed with your publication that I put as a phrase that my name is the attention is I am impressed with your publication that I put as a phrase that my name is the attention is You could see yourself In the future but, You can not predict it But the future does not Create itself, you Create your future Thanks for your writing. look forward what you write next because this post was nice and i hope your poss another one.
  • Veronica's Mar 20, 16:25 comment on Mom on protective
    Estimada Evelyn: Estoy de asombrada por tu publicación “Mom on Protective” porque es verdad lo que dices todos tenemos a nuestros padres que siempre nos protegen y nos cuidan. Los padres a veces son muy sobreprotectores pero es por que nos quieren ver con bien y no sufriendo. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “ Are many young people who need their potatoes for everything because they need of his father’s” Creo que esto es cierto porque hay niños que no cuentan con sus dos padres y quisieran tenerlos pero por problemas familiares no los tienen. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque es muy interesante lo que lees y nos compartes muchas cosas que son ciertas y nos ayudan a pensar más.
  • Sofia's Mar 20, 16:24 comment on The Bad People
    Dear Veronica: Yo estoy sorprendida por lo que escribes, pues es cierto que habemos personas que no apreciamos las artes porque creemos que son aburridas o que no tienen sentido. Pero las artes son hermosas por que las personas que hacen esto pueden expresar sus sentimientos por medio de ellas. Una frase que escribiste con la cual me identifico es“ exist people that do not appreciate the art or the things that doing about yours life” por que si es cierto que aveces tenemos cosas o personas importantes en la vida que no valoramos a veces, pues por ejemplo yo no tengo a mis padres a mi lado y cuando los tuve no les demostraba todo el cariño que les tenía por vergüenza pero ahora que mas quisiera demostrarselos. Gracias por tu escritura, espero seguir viendo lo que escribes.
  • Alejandro's Mar 20, 16:22 comment on Toyota Supra
    Dear eduardo I am impressed by your post TOYOTA SUPRA because… 1989 under various design, product planning and engineering teams and the pre-production of the test models began in December 1992 with 20 units One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ‘’ chido I think this is something awesome because : the toyota supra is the best car in the world per his structure and for his years of dedication Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… your post are interesting by your information about cars the history of the cars and your life
  • Claudia's Mar 20, 16:13 comment on PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
    Estimado Eduardo: Estoy muy asombrada por tu escritura porque aprendí de las luchas y de que no había escuchado que las luchas fueran tan populares. Una frase que usted escribió es " hasta la prehistoria del ser humano y hoy en actualidad sigue esa tradición y ahora es muy popular" porque muchas personas hoy y antes las luchas son muy tradicionales " cómo comenzó la lucha libre alrededor del mundo" quisiera saber como cómo comenzó la lucha en el mundo, espero ver lo que escribes a continuación y me lo digas porque creo que se me aria importante. Gracias por tu escritura.
  • Jenifer's Mar 20, 16:08 comment on Be Brave!!!!!
    Dear Sofia: I am very amazed by your publication, "Shadowhunters", because I liked the experience you had with your friend. Because your friend really was very brave. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "We must be brave at all times." I think this is very true because it is true that we must all be brave at all times and in any place. No matter how difficult the situation, one must always stand and no matter how scared you are, do not let yourself be overcome by that fear. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your stories, your experience, etc.
  • Rolando's Mar 20, 16:06 comment on Video Games or Gangs?
    Estimado Taheem: Estoy asombrado por su publicación "Video games or gang" porque este es un tema muy interesante que hay que investigar a fondo este tema. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es " getting a job, working out, video games, school, college, etc. Is joining a gang the right thing to do? NO!!!!!!!!!!" creo que esto es liberador porque es otra forma de pensar de una persona diferente. Gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación porque este es un tema importante que todos deben conocer.
  • Fredy's Mar 20, 16:06 comment on Guerreros de mundos diferentes
    Estimado rolando Estoy impresionado por tu publicación Guerreros de mundos diferentes es una publicación muy interesante porque Dragon ball z es muy chido. Una frase que escribió que se hiso interesante es ‘’ goku entierra a vegeta por todo su esfuerzo al retener a freezer, goku al ver que vegeta quería derrotar a freezer, goku le trata de cumplir ese favor al pelear con freezer y esto significa que talvez no vuelva a pelear. Gracias por tu escritura espero que escribas a continuación porque es una historia bastante interesante.
  • Samantha's Mar 20, 16:06 comment on Clásicos de terror 2
    Dear Jose: I am excited by your post, “Clásicos de terror 2,” because I really like all the horror stories. They are my favorite categories to read. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “el señor Beeson que cuidaba el cementerio nunca a salido de el cementerio y una vez miró a un viejito que estaba en la caca de el señor Beeson y el viejito estaba todo tapado hasta de la cara.” I think this is awesome because this is very creepy. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I want to know more about the horror stories. I see the way you write and express yourself.
  • Claudia's Mar 20, 16:01 comment on Guerreros de mundos diferentes
    Estimado Jose: Estoy asombrada por tu libro porque yo creo que no es bueno pelear porque al final no te ganas nada como te puedes lastimar o pasar algo peor. Una frase que usted describió para mi es "al pelear con freezer y esto significa que talvez no vuelva a pelear" yo creo que eso es algo que pelear esta muy mal. Gracias por tu escritura, espero y ver lo que escribes a continuación porque quiero que escribas mas cosas porque el texto que hiciste esta muy pequeno.
  • Eduardo's Mar 20, 15:58 comment on Guerreros de mundos diferentes
    Estimado Rolando: estoy muy asombrado sobres tu tema la verdad me gusto mas cuando vegeta por todo su esfuerzo al retener a freezer, goku al ver que vegeta quería derrotar a freezer, goku le tratara de cumplir ese favor al pelear con freezer
  • German's Mar 20, 15:57 comment on Guerreros de mundos diferentes
    Estimado Rolando Estoy impresionado por tu publicación ‘’Guerreros de mundos diferentes’’ es una publicación muy interesante porque Dragon ball z es muy chido. Una frase que usted escribió que es se escribió para mi es ‘’ goku entierra a vegeta por todo su esfuerzo al retener a freezer, goku al ver que vegeta quería derrotar a freezer, goku le trata de cumplir ese favor al pelear con freezer y esto significa que talvez no vuelva a pelear. Gracias por tu escritura espero que escribas a continuación porque es una historia bastante interesante.
  • Rolando's Mar 20, 15:55 comment on corvette
    Estimado Fredy: Estoy impresionado con su publicación "Corvette" porque es un auto muy veloz y que además es deportivo. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es : "con los años,los corvette cambio con cada nuevo modelo" Creo que esto es grandioso porque esta información me servirá para el futuro para esperarme para que salga otro modelo del auto. Gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque el tema de los auts es un tema muy interesante y muy entretenido.
  • alejandro's Mar 20, 15:54 comment on Champs
    Dear claudia I am impressed by your post champs because… they had two friends that are best friends and they play for be the best players Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… your posts are interesting are entertained and more essay for read what is a advantage for sacar the information more essay.
  • Julissa's Mar 19, 18:29 comment on Comfort Zones
    I really love how you worded what we should do with our comfort zone, and why we shouldn't always be in it. Because sometimes when we step out of it, we can discover new things or be opened up to a whole new world.
  • Wendy's Mar 19, 18:24 comment on Beauty Locked By Fear
    Dear, Meggy I am feeling understanding about your poem because sometimes I do feel like this. This poem explains how some people are feeling lost but they are still beautiful. Some people feel this way and your poem explains how they should think of the bright side and not give up. I really liked your poem and it is really inspiring to me.
  • Jillian's Mar 19, 18:22 comment on C is for Consent
    Dear Iween, Your poem is very strong. The adjectives you chose evoke a lot of different feelings. You interpreted a syllabic poem in a new and original way. This poem i feel brings awareness to such a difficult topic.
  • Ethan's Mar 19, 18:21 comment on Afternoon Sky
    what a nice way to describe a rainbow, there are a few things you can remove and include but it's good nonetheless
  • Iween's Mar 19, 18:20 comment on define
    I love how mysterious you made the poem sound.It makes me think deeply
  • Ethan's Mar 19, 18:18 comment on raining
    Why do I get this feeling that before you published this, the poem of yours was longer, and you deleted the bits you didn't really need to make your poem more powerful, which it surely is. Am I right or nah
  • Quantel's Mar 19, 18:07 comment on Life Story …..
    thank you ! ! !
  • Oliver's Mar 19, 18:04 comment on Change
    I liked how you brought real world problems into your poem. It really made a deeper understanding of the struggles in the situation. You talked about the weather changing and all of the destruction that is happening which can make people think deeper into the poems theme. you're welcome Georgina or Curious George! 🙂
  • Oliver's Mar 19, 17:59 comment on What does she remember?
    Your poem was very deep going into so much detail about your life. I liked how it showed the good and bad that can happen in a persons life story. Parts such as when you were cut by a thorn were very engaging because of how you include the smallest thing yet it can have a big effect.
  • Oliver's Mar 19, 17:56 comment on This is Where I’m From (or so I think)
    I am interested by your life Stephen the duck. You seem to be very unique and I personally was impacted inside by your poem. Good job brother :]
  • Emily's Mar 19, 17:52 comment on Life Story …..
    I like how you described the moments that make you, you.
  • Ashley's Mar 19, 14:26 comment on You can do it!
    Dear Kelly: I'm amazed by your poem "You can do it!" because I can relate to it. It's hard for me to get up in the morning. I hate getting up.
  • Keeba's Mar 19, 14:25 comment on Shut Up
    Dear Elijah, I am beyond shocked that you choose to present such a serious topic like this. Especially seeing that your in Middle School. I like that you addressed the President quote on quote for every word.
  • Mariam's Mar 19, 14:24 comment on Apology
    Hey Kelly, I like your poem it's really nice. I feel like this poem is very personal to you, was it something you wrote for yourself? Your line "to my greatest enemy, myself and only me" it seems as if you have an internal battle with yourself, and knowing that you were confident enough to expose this to the world and I applaud you for it.
  • Chloe's Mar 19, 14:23 comment on Surprise ’em
    Dear Hanna: I am LIVING for your poem,"Surprise 'Em", because it is very uplifting. I like the message that you are conveying. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you tell the reader to wear what you want, no matter what anyone says or thinks. Another part that I liked is where you tell the reader to "Live for yourself and no one else". This stood out to me because it wraps up the message in your poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because you seem like such an amazing writer.
  • Jovana's Mar 19, 14:23 comment on Keep Going
    Dear Asa, thank you for this cool poem. I like the way you are pushing toward into bad things, and how positive you are. I agree with you, we should keep going even if feel bad.
  • Erald's Mar 19, 14:21 comment on Life Goes On
    really like it love the picture
  • Octavio's Mar 19, 14:21 comment on The Law Is Unjust
    Interesting poem. I would like to see the words that you didn't black out. You might type it out so we can read it, and keep the wonderful picture.
  • Fatjon's Mar 19, 14:20 comment on I want you to fall
    It was very good! You made a point with this poem, but you can make it more useful and sweet!, But great work!.
  • Nathan's Mar 19, 14:17 comment on Shut Up
    Dear Elijah: I am intrigued by your poem, “Shut Up,” because it shows an interesting analysis on the political climate in America today. One part of your poem that stands out for me is when you began your poem with trump quotes followed by the words shut up. I think this is interesting because it gives great insight into your political views. Another part that I liked is where you describe Trump's more controversial views. This stood out for me because it was a great commentary on his actions. Your poem reminds me of something that I wrote once. One time I wrote a poem about the political climate as well, I found that it was easier to write because my opinions on the topic were stronger. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because you seem very passionate about your thoughts.
  • Keeba's Mar 19, 14:17 comment on The Law Is Unjust
    You did a great job on the art aspect of the poem, it was very creative. Type out your poem so we can read it!
  • Tim Case's Mar 18, 11:11 comment on Student Loan Debt
    The purpose of student loan is obviously helping students, but, government grants and support for post-secondary education have failed to keep pace with increases in college costs which cause student loan debt increase. In conclusion, student loan debt should be decreased by government and colleges should be more affordable for students. https://place-4-papers.com/write-a-perfect-grant-proposal
  • Li's Mar 16, 00:13 comment on Blind photographers
    Thank you for reading this. The first time I knew this I was shocked too. I cannot image how could blind people be a photographer. Guess life is no limit. p.s. Hope you can be a good photographer.
  • Sofia's Mar 15, 03:35 comment on “DREAM BIG”
    Dear Ms. Navarro: Thank for your comment and I loved that you are happy because my friend has continued practicing music. And about with your question about what the character of the story continued to develop ? Was that despite the fact that they did not want him to continue in the theater he continued practicing, writing novels and at the end of the story he becomes in a good writer and a good basketball player. Thank for your writing, I hope continue seeing what do you think about what I write.
  • Grace's Mar 15, 02:09 comment on ISO Adoff and Raccoon Violence
    The raccoon poem and the other one are two different poems.
  • Charlotte's Mar 14, 16:33 comment on raining
    Dear Ajaeya, I am intrigued by your poem because the way you phrase your words leads to a joyful feeling. It is a if I can almost feel the rain on my face as well. One thing you said that stands out for me is: "..they run away into/ grates where they dissapear..". I think this is interesting because of the way you personifyed the rain drops. Your poem reminds me of something that I have experienced. When it was raining once, I was inside the house waiting for my friend's parents to pick them up. They begged and begged to go outside in the rain. So, we ran out into the rain, ran up and down the street in circles laughing as the rain poured down our faces. I believe that your poem captures both the beauty of rain and the joy that some feel when they take away their umbrella and just let the rain fall onto them. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. I look forward to reading your next work for the beauty you can capture through words. Charlotte
  • Saheth's Mar 14, 16:27 comment on Lake Charlevoix
    Greetings, Owen. I like your flow and style.
  • Meggy's Mar 14, 16:19 comment on I want you to fall
    This was beautiful! I loved how cynical it started out, but was resolved into a beautiful message. It wasn't overly sweet or sugarcoated and I love that! Great work!
  • americanlitblogslaya's Mar 14, 16:07 comment on A Never-Ending Search
    Sup Brian. I absolutely loved reading this piece. Your descriptive words and fluent storyline make the story come to life. I could thoroughly imagine exactly what you were saying, and felt as if I was watching the actual TV show! I will never forget this!!!!
  • Tanu's Mar 14, 11:51 comment on A Never-Ending Search
    Hi Bryan, I enjoyed reading your story! As I was reading your story I could imagine everything you were saying so vividly in my head. You effectively used dialogue ans strong diction to make your story interesting. 10/10 would read again. Also 10/10 would recommend.
  • Bryan's Mar 14, 04:40 comment on It Could Be Worse
    I liked the premise of your poem. Many people complain about their lot in life, yet do not realize how much worse it could be. Perspective can really change a person, one man's trash, is another man's treasure. A garbageman in the US could complain about their job and how doing anything else would be better, yet a brick worker in India working would probably give anything to be in that garbageman's position.
  • Zachary's Mar 14, 02:22 comment on A Never-Ending Search
    Hi Bryan, I absolutely love this post! The way you described Guy and the chef and the burger was amazing. The use of detail throughout the poem is excellent! Great job!
  • Grace's Mar 14, 01:44 comment on How My Voice Changed
    Dear Autumn, I found your younger self very relatable. I was always very shy and since my family moved around a lot I struggled to speak to my classmates and make friends. Now that I am a senior I have gotten a bit better at using my voice but I still struggle especially in confrontational situations. I especially struggle when forced to say things I do not want to say. I remember one time my teacher chose sides for us in a class debate and I did not get the side I believed in and I took a zero on the assignment because I was just unable to say anything. Anyway I thought this was a really great post.
  • Harsna's Mar 13, 22:10 comment on A Never-Ending Search
    Hey Bryan, I love how you used certain words like "ooze" to describe the "All-American Cheeseburger." I was able to imagine the cheeseburger very clearly! The cheese burger must be really good if Guy was crying!
  • Jose's Mar 13, 17:40 comment on Blind photographers
    Li, I love this piece. Thank you for sharing it. I can understand this because I am training to be a photographer and knowing someone who doesn't see anything must seem to be difficult for someone to see. Again, thank you.
  • Owen's Mar 13, 16:26 comment on A Never-Ending Search
    Bryan. This is the most beautiful piece of poetry I have ever read. I have plenty of experience watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and this is a phenomenal representation of the show. I loved the way you described Guy Fieri's emotions. Thank you for making my whole week with this great post!
  • Enrique's Mar 13, 16:24 comment on “The wonder of HORSES”
    Estimado Raul: Estoy asombrado por tu poema de “the wonder of horses” aprendí de cómo los animales nacen y que hacen cuando van creciendo una frase que que escribiste y me gusto fue” live all over the world some live in warm places some live in cold places. And horses come in different colors. A blaze is a white stripe on the face the horses. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que sigues escribiendo.
  • Ajaeya's Mar 13, 16:23 comment on Comfort Zones
    Emma, I really loved this post. I always find it difficult to immerse myself in something new. Talking to complete strangers is one of the main fears that I have, but I've been able to work on that the past four years due to being in such close proximity to people. The idea of regret that you presented in this post resonated with me this year as that's pretty much the dogma that I've been following my senior year.
  • German's Mar 13, 16:15 comment on Las personas pueden cambiar (=_=)
    Estoy impresionado ‘’las personas pueden cambiar’’ es una buena publicación muy interesante porque ami me gusta ver mucho a Dragon Ball z. Una frase que usted escribió que se escribió para mi es ‘’cuando llega goku y vegeta con sus últimos alientos y lágrimas en los ojos le pide a goku que vengue a toda la raza saiyan de más manos perversas de freezer ya que el destruye el planeta de vegeta. Gracias por tu escritura espero que escribas a continuación porque es una historia bastante interesante
  • Alejandro's Mar 13, 16:09 comment on Las personas pueden cambiar (=_=)
    Dear rolando I am surprised by your post LAS PERSONAS CAMBIAN because… cuando a freezer le dicen que si mata al gran gran patriarca las esferas del dragón se harán en piedra y serán inútiles one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:’’ vegeta resultó gravemente herido y freezer al saber que dende podría curar no dudó en matarlo I think this is chido because… was a signal of not to have piety with characters of the history thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… tus historias de goku estan chidas y esta mas chido cuando escribes mal :V
  • Samantha's Mar 13, 16:08 comment on La juventud
    Dear Evelyn: I am so excited by your post, “La juventud” because you are talking about is happening very often. It is true that many young people do not want to live with their parents because they believe they are ready to live without them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Girl no longer wanted to live in her parents’ house because she wanted to do what she wanted and she decided to move to her brother’s house to do what she wanted.” I think this is sad because she is not ready and only wants to go to do what she wants. She needs to continue living with her parents so that she does not have a problem in her future. Thanks for your writing. I look forwards to seeing what you write next, because I like to see what you write and how you express yourself. I like the way you write everything because you get inspired. Samantha
  • Alejandro's Mar 13, 16:08 comment on Las personas pueden cambiar (=_=)
    vegeta resultó gravemente herido y freezer al saber que dende podria curar no dudo en matarlo
  • Veronica's Mar 13, 16:06 comment on La mejor historia de amor
    Estimada Jennifer Estoy asombrada sobre tu publicacion “La mejor historia de amor” por que hay te das cuenta de que algunas personas puedan dar la vida por su más grande amor solo para que se encuentre mejor. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es:” él se dio cuenta de que la princesa había dado la vida para salvarlo y salvar a su pueblo” Creo que esto es hermoso por que no todas las personas te aman o te valoran de esa manera siempre hay personas que aunque hicieras todo por el/ella no te toman en cuenta solo te buscan por favores pero esto si es un amor real. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, por que es interesante el libro que lees por que te hace razonar algunas cosas o pensamientos.
  • Eduardo's Mar 13, 16:04 comment on En camino a salvar a todos
    Estimado German Estoy impresionado por tu publicación sobre las esferas del Dragon namekians La parte que me gusto fue cuando gohan y krilin observan a freezer en el planeta namek y goku viene en camino entrenando dentro de una nave con modificador de gravedad para que el ejercicio sea mucho más duro. Gracias por tu publicación espero que sigas escribiendo mas de que pasa después en el planeta namek.
  • Raul's Mar 13, 16:02 comment on Education for all
    Dar veronica Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you say the The theme reminds me of this because the kids have the right to study the races do not import in the school, everyone can have education. In the story Im reading about Jaim ave education and in his school do not import the races.
  • Rolando's Mar 13, 15:55 comment on Ghost fever
    Estimado Alejandro: Estoy asombrado por su publicación "Ghost fever" porque es tema es misterioso y se lee muy bien. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es " la casa embrujada de un texto de otro libro que leí en el pasado la relación es una casa demasiado vieja que al parecer está embrujada y dicen que aparece fantasma".Creo que esto es genial porque te dice lo que es todo el tema en una oración. gracias por su escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque es un tema bastante interesante.
  • Loreanny's Mar 13, 13:51 comment on You must stand up for yourself
    Love the way you describe yourself as in independent women who is passionate about her religion and school. I'm happy to see young women be so proud of their religions even when others bully and say nasty things. Some people just don't have nothing good going on and rather put others down but that's not you and I'm happy for you. Thank you for sharing this with us.
  • Edna's Mar 12, 23:34 comment on Carlos
    I can tell your super connected to this piece and it shows through your writing. Great poem!
  • Juliana's Mar 12, 21:43 comment on The Dog and the Sparrow Remixed
    Hi, I liked how you turned your writing into an animation, especially one with multiple plotlines.
  • Juliana's Mar 12, 21:37 comment on Bruised
    Wow, this is good! I wish it was longer. I liked the back and forth between timelines, and just seeing snapshots of the world.
  • Abigail's Mar 12, 17:04 comment on Be Comfortable In Your Own Body
    Yes, a lot of people have struggled with this. Body image can be very difficult for some people and it honestly sucks not be comfortable in your own skin. But you are correct we only have one body for the rest of our lives so we mine as well love it as much as we can! Although I am sorry to hear about the eating disorders you have struggled with, tell yourself that you are beautiful through all the other voices that say otherwise. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and at the end of the day our body shapes or skin tone is just a shell, it does not define who we are as a person. On a side note, you have very clear and understandable reading, keep up the great work! And I wish you the best!
  • Abi's Mar 12, 16:52 comment on It’s Not Always Forgive and Forget
    Thank you for writing this Kassie, I can see why you believe in what you believe in because of the pain you have felt towards dishonesty. I am sorry to hear that you had to go through those events with your family, I know that must have been very difficult. I admire how you are turning your pain into something you can grow and learn from, that is true maturity. Keep up the great work!
  • Cameron's Mar 12, 16:27 comment on Designer Clothes
    Ricardo I think you chose an interesting topic to write about and it was good you could connect with it personally. However, just due to the fact a piece of clothing is designer does not mean it is tailored. It can mean it is well made for a specific body type and it happens to fit you well, but it does not mean its tailored. You can take a gildan t-shirt and go down to any tailor and you will have yourself a tailored shirt. This entire piece of writing felt like a weird flex. You seem to have both a high and low level of confidence, so I would say be more universally accepting of yourself. Nice piece.
  • Saheth's Mar 12, 16:01 comment on Be Comfortable In Your Own Body
    I disagree with this point of view. I believe that being unhappy with current circumstances is not a problem, in fact I think it is a solution. I think that being unsatisfied is part of human nature. Being unsatisfied is a driving force for innovation and improvement. Think about an athlete who competes in the Olympics. The athlete wishes they are stronger, leaner and faster in order to get first place, so to achieve that goal the athlete trains and trains but now imagine the athlete gave up and said "I'm fine with how I am now and I don't want to work hard and become better, I don't want to change because I am body confident." This mentality is not going to win any medals, instead it will hold the athlete back from reaching their full potential. In summary what I am trying to say is never be happy with where you are at, always strive for more or else you will never improve.
  • Madelynn Grant's Mar 12, 15:50 comment on Justice for Emely Peguero
    Dear @crismeylin I liked how you wrote with passion and anger. After I read your post I was upset, especially after reading: "Martínez’s lawyer maintains the 19-year-old should not be found guilty of murder. Instead, he simply participated in a failed abortion attempt." I agree that justice should be found for Emily and will be actively watching the news when the trial begins in June. Keep writing with passion!
  • Saheth's Mar 12, 15:47 comment on Does Trump form a more perfect union?
    I Agree with this article and I believe that President Donald Trump is making a more perfect union. Since he is following through with the goals that he promised to do as a president I think he is using his executive power in a good way.
  • Alexander's Mar 12, 15:47 comment on Dispelling the Fear of Vaccination
    Parents really have been mislead with their information. Until recently I would just think that it was a bad idea and leave it there. However just recently a child was under medical care for almost two months due to tetanus and the parents refused vaccination to help their kid. That's just dangerous and now I view that this issue needs to be acted on.
  • Rory's Mar 12, 15:44 comment on a poem is a lot like…
    wow I really like this poem. great flow !
  • Al Christensen's Mar 9, 14:26 comment on Understanding how Counter-Culture Arose in Utah
    Maybe it's not that countercultures develop in rebellion to the dominant culture but rather that the dominant culture creates exclusion.
  • Rigoberto's Mar 8, 16:32 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    its ight
  • Angelique Barnett's Mar 8, 01:19 comment on Bennett Park
    I love this photo and story
  • Milton's Mar 7, 14:21 comment on I Stand With Angela
    Dear Kimani : I am impressed with what you have wrote. Your style of writing is incredible and your format is tremendous.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ Davis was always at protests and giving speeches at rallies to help black people fight for their civil rights” I think this is relevant to Angela Davis because she attended various events and stood up for all civil rights upon African Americans.
  • Olivia's Mar 7, 02:23 comment on Please Don’t Read This
    Hey, Oliver. I stumbled across your post and was compelled to read it by the title. I really like what you wrote and if your title was set in place seriously, I encourage you to keep working until you are more confident in your work. I would love to hear more about where you are from in the future!
  • Sofia's Mar 6, 17:20 comment on Venganza
    Estimada Claudia: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación sobre” la Venganza” aunque yo no he leído este libro por lo que escribes parece ser interesante. Una frase que escribiste que se destaca para mi es “justice was done” por que muchas veces la justicia si existe pero a veces existe la corrupción y encontramos personas que están afectadas por que no hay justicia, pero en ese caso sí existió. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque quiero aprender mas sobre lo que opinas sobre los libros que lees. Sofia Torres
  • Samantha's Mar 6, 17:13 comment on Venganza
    Estimada Claudia: Estoy asombrada por su publicación, “Venganza,” porque habla acerca de un tema muy controversial. Es muy interesante ese tema para mi. Es muy controversial porque se habla mucho sobre el narcotráfico. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “The difference is that in the news they found the killers and justice was done.” Creo que esto es muy cierto porque hay veces que si los atrapan y hacen justicia. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque me gusta ver lo que publicas. También me gusta como te expresas cuando escribes un libro. Samantha.
  • German's Mar 6, 17:09 comment on Ghost fever
    Estimado alejandro Estoy impresionado por tu publicación Ghost fever porque es una información bastante interesante, una frase que escribió es. ‘’ cold cash dueño de casi todo el pueblo, la casa embrujada que nadie quería rentar, la familia necesitaba que decidió vivir en la casa embrujada in ghost fever reminds me of another text in’’ Grasias por tu publicación espero que escribas a continuación, porque es una historia bastante interesante
  • Veronica's Mar 6, 17:06 comment on Venganza
    Estimada Claudia: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación “La Venganza” porque suena interesante del cual habla tu libro y llama la atención para poder leerlo. Es interesante el como Laura y Adrián era su comportamiento en el libro. El cómo la droga hace un efecto que te hace perder el control. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “This reminds me of a piece of news that I saw on television.” Creo que esto es asombroso por que nos das a entender que ves las noticias y estas enterada de lo que pasa en la ciudad o el mundo. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, por que es interesante los libros que nos compartes.
  • Alejandro's Mar 6, 17:06 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear nayeli I am imprecionated by your essay Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech? ‘’Because… Schools should be able to limit students online speeches because their is situations where things get out of hand and the students think its okay for them to bully others throughout the internet one sentence for your wrote that stands out for me is:´´ bully others physically and to continue bullying them throughout the internet is too much for an individual to handle´´ I think this is bad because… the bullying is a thing very bad for the teenegears thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… you write about a thing very important for the people hoy en dia because is very important
  • Rolando's Mar 6, 16:55 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Estimada claudia: Estoy asombrado por su publicación "Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?" porque es un tema muy importante que todos los alumnos deberían saber para evitar cualquier golpe de depresión o un suicidio por causa de esto. una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es :"Students online speech should be limited because of suicides have occurred, learning environment disrupted and causing more problems" creo que esto es significativo porque te dice la idea central del texto rápido. Gracias por su escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque estos temas son muy importantes para mi y la sociedad para evitar posibles golpes de depresión.
  • Jenifer's Mar 6, 16:48 comment on The animals in extinction
    Estimado Heriberto: Estoy muy feliz por tu publicación, “Underwater Animals”, porque me gusta que le abras los ojos a las persona, de que se den cuenta de lo que están haciendo. De que vean que los animales no son objetos son seres vivos igual que nosotros. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “The animals are in danger of extinction”. Creo que esto es triste porque los animales no merecen ser lastimados. Y además los animales se están extinguiendo por culpa de los humano. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque me gusta que hables de los animales, ya que son muy importantes en nuestra vida porque sin ellos no existieramos haci de facil. Además las personas no saben que por culpa de los humanos hay muchos animales en extinción y si no hacemos algo también nos extinguiremos nosotros.
  • Griffin's Mar 4, 21:58 comment on Charter Schools
    The Charter school system has harmed availability to education and also the lack of government oversight in charter schools has lead to inconstancy in educations provided. While one can appreciate them as part of said school they represent a problem in the American educational system. Also since your a member of one of those schools you should look for unbiased info on charter schools.
  • Angelique Barnett's Mar 4, 19:21 comment on Hurt kept us together
    I’m hurt from life
  • Brayden's Mar 4, 19:13 comment on Infant❤︎
    Deer Iween, so beautiful. Made me think of my siblings. Great Job!!!
  • Linda Christensen's Mar 4, 15:50 comment on Swinging from Tire Swings
    I love your poem, Kiran
  • Mary's Mar 3, 20:55 comment on What does she remember?
    Wendy, This poem was very good and I think the concept you chose to write about is interesting. We never really remeber all the firsts we’ve had in our life just bits and peices. I especially like the end where you said, “She doesn’t remeber this but her life could have been worse.” It really puts in perspective the hardships we go through. Yes, it may have been a horrible experience but there’s others out there who may be experiencing hardship just as hard or even worse as us. Looking at life through this lenses helps us to see we’re not alone in our trials but to also count the many blessings we have. Here is a poem I think you will like about a girl experiencing different things for the First time. (Sorry the hyperlink wouldn’t work) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/54757/first-time I really appreciated this poem and hope to read more things from you.
  • Lona's Mar 1, 17:43 comment on Where me and my family lives
    Hi Angelina, Thank you for sharing your poem. I loved learning about you, your family and your culture through the language you used. Have you read "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo? Do check it out, if you have a chance. I think you will like it. Best, Lona
  • 2019 Chanakya Duggineni's Feb 28, 15:52 comment on How Poverty affects the nation
    I really enjoyed your article it talks about many valuable things we as a society have to look at before taking action on poverty. First defining it and understanding its condition. I also liked your Glass Castle reference I also read the same book a few years ago, and the things that Jeannette went through definitely made her a better and stronger person than she would've been in different circumstances. I also believe like you said single parents are more likely to have their kids drop out of school and its important to look at how poverty can affect education. Here is a link that may interest you: https://www.childfund.org/Content/NewsDetail/2147489206/.
  • Oakley's Feb 28, 02:37 comment on Prostitution in Oakland
    This is a hard topic, but thank you for writing about it. This essay is straightforward and says what needs to be said.
  • Oakley's Feb 28, 02:31 comment on Freedom Of Speech
    This essay is right to the point, and is thurough about the issue at hand. I appreciated the part in this essay where you incorporated in the teacher's account on bullying. This is not just something that affects kids, and you really brought that to light.
  • Raine's Feb 27, 15:43 comment on A Crime Born
    This was a really nice piece of writing. I liked how you used examples throughout your writing that helped to carry your telling of this story. I think paragraph four is really impactful and I believe that you're making a really important statement here. Below is a source that has similar information to your paper that you might find interesting. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/criminal-justice/news/2018/08/29/455313/dangerous-racialization-crime-u-s-news-media/
  • Lindsey's Feb 27, 15:41 comment on Oakland violence
    Brian, This piece is very informative. Great job providing specific examples and stories to showcase solutions to Oakland violence. I love the idea of young gang members finding jobs and joining sports teams to keep them off the streets. In addition, programs like LMB and Joven Noble seem very successful. Here is a link to the website of Father Gregory Boyle, a catholic priest, who has founded an organization to help gang members lead good lives. https://homeboyindustries.org/our-story/father-greg/
  • Emma's Feb 27, 15:38 comment on Rent is causing anger
    Juan, this was a really powerful essay. I had no idea how bad the rent crisis was in Oakland, and I find it interesting as well as heartbreaking. I loved how much evidence you used. It helped bring this crisis to life, especially for a reader who is unfamiliar with it. I found this article on the housing crisis in Oakland: https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/13650-the-housing-crisis-in-oakland?v=preview. I'm curious about how it can be fixed, and what needs to be done other than protesting to fix it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and research!
  • Jillian Nelson's Feb 27, 15:36 comment on I Stand With Angela
    Kimani, Your essay on Angela Davis reflects how educated you are on her and her life. It allowed me to get a better understanding of who she was and is. Your claim was basically stating that Angela Davis should receive the Civil Rights award, but in your second to last paragraph it distracts from your claim. I still believe you should incorporate this in your essay, but not so close to the end. You should also defend why she bought those firearms in order to make your claim stranger. An article that I found helps with using counterarguments in order to support your claim which could potentially make your essay a lot more persuading https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/counter-argument Good work!
  • Clara's Feb 27, 15:35 comment on Time is running out
    Jocelyn, while I can't relate to your position exactly, I know how it feels to be stressed out and ready to finish high school! It may seem difficult to find the strength to keep going, especially when you are ready to graduate, but trust me, your success when you get your diploma will be all worth it. In the beginning you said you are sensitive but a slow learner. In my experience, the quiet and thoughtful people are the people that learn from observing and go on to know themselves very well. I hope you continue to follow your passion for English, whatever that may be. I am glad that you feel like you have had your turning point and you are now on the right track. While this is just a funny article, I hope you get a few laughs and this gives you the motivation to push through! https://www.huffingtonpost.com/karielle-stephanie-gam/7-tips-to-help-you-fight-_b_2604028.html Thanks for your honesty, Jocelyn!
  • James's Feb 27, 15:34 comment on American Means Eagles
    Nathaniel, I thoroughly enjoyed reading you article "American Means Eagles". You have a gripping style of writing, that entices readers to continue on till the end. I especially like how you used the description of an Eagle as a parallel to the hard work and the initiative of the American people. Here is a historical account of how the Eagle became the symbol of America that you might find interesting. https://www.history.com/news/how-did-the-bald-eagle-become-americas-national-bird
  • Sean's Feb 27, 15:34 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    The censorship in online forums of students is something public schools have a limited ability to do. Unlike private schools, students do not sign a release stating that they wave many of their constitutional rights, including that of free and unlimited speech on any platform. However, since the Morse v. Frederick, 2007 case, schools are in fact able to limit speech of a student when it is speech that goes against the agreed upon school policies (https://judiciallearningcenter.org/your-1st-amendment-rights/). When it comes to cyberbullying, it is not so much the teachers that the schools need to worry about, but rather the students. Teachers are more likely going to be better able to cope with online abuse than students are. Teachers often have support groups that are stronger than what students have because of the relationships they built through college. Teachers are going to have the higher statistic of coping better, but students are going to be more endanger emotional and physical harm. It is also a trend in which students who are cyberbullied are more likely to be bullied in school (https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300308). Students who were either victims of cyberbullying or also the offenders, are more likely to have suicidal thoughts along with attempting to take their life (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13811118.2010.494133). The other problem of cyberbullying and online speech being entirely unlimited for students is that it may be pushing students to begin using drugs and alcohol. Both of which can permanently damage a growing brain. Schools do have the authority to discipline a child who is using drugs against their policy, however, the drug use may be rooted in a cyberbullying incident and becomes the coping mechanism for that student. When this happens, schools may often be looking just to get rid a of a "druggie" rather than providing the support that the student may need and allowing the problem to continue (https://cyberbullying.org/cyberbullying-and-substance-use). Although public schools cannot regulate speech when it does not cause a disturbance, they do have the authority to stop a student from placing another student in a situation that may cause them to take their life. The Supreme Court has come to the decision that when speech becomes a threat to security and a person's life, the school may appropriately discipline a student. Online content posted by a student that places another student in situations that will cause him or her to attempt to take their life, self harm, abuse substances, etc. should be within a public school's jurisdiction in that the school may help to actually save a life.
  • Abby's Feb 27, 15:31 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    Adrian, This article was really helpful in understanding some of the commonly overlooked struggles of the homeless population. I really enjoyed how you did an interview with someone in your community; it shows that you're truly committed to this problem and are actively seeking ways to help. In addition, the statistics you included effectively supported your argument and it gave a nice visual representation of the problem. Although this article was very well written, I would suggest that you go a bit deeper into the problem. Discuss a bit more about why people are homeless and active steps that our community can take to help this population. Here's an article that you may find helpful https://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/addiction.pdf
  • Matt's Feb 27, 15:30 comment on I Stand with Angela
    Great article. This seems kind of similar to the work Bryan Stevenson has done https://eji.org/bryan-stevenson
  • Branigan's Feb 27, 15:30 comment on You must stand up for yourself
    Thank you so much for your thoughts Fatumata! Your story is so interesting, and its amazing to see someone so proud of their religion and accomplishments. The piece about bullying at the end really stood out to me. Its something that everyone can connect to and learn from, which is really important. You hear so many examples of ignorance and bullying in schools today, and its nice to see someone rise above it with pride. I look forward to reading more of your work!
  • Penelope's Feb 27, 15:29 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Hello Amber! I really enjoyed this point of view with the first amendment and students' say within school ground. You have some really good points within your essay and I really enjoyed reading it. For the paragraph specifically talking about the first amendment, you could use a link talking about court cases dealing with free speech within a school setting. A good paper I found on this is in the following link: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/pubs/ss/ssonlspch.pdf . It includes some cases that could abck up your evidence and make your points stronger. Love your writing! Penelope Richardson
  • Madeleine's Feb 27, 15:29 comment on Should schools be allowed to Limit students’ Online Speech?
    Lizbeth, your article brings up some decent points, but there is no structure or flow. While the title of your article sways me to believe the post is about cyberbully, you don’t mention social media at all until your last paragraph. Consider providing an initial and more encompassing thesis to build your article off of. This will help with the structure and flow. I liked how you thought about teachers in this mix because I feel they are often forgotten. Your cited articles provided adequate evidence to your claims, however, I’d like to know more about the reference articles. Below I have attached another one if you wish to continue your research. Lastly, you begin your article with a question: “If schools don’t protect from cyber bullying then who will?”. What about the work that we, as students can contribute in eradicating these types of things? Overall well done, and I hope to be reading more of your posts in the future. https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html
  • madeleine's Feb 27, 15:28 comment on Should schools be allowed to Limit students’ Online Speech?
    Lizbeth, your article brings up some decent points, but there is no structure or flow. While the title of your article sways me to believe the post is about cyberbully, you don't mention social media at all until your last paragraph. Consider providing an initial and more encompassing thesis to build your article off of. This will help with the structure and flow. I liked how you thought about teachers in this mix because I feel they are often forgotten. Your cited articles provided adequate evidence to your claims, however, I'd like to know more about the reference articles. Below I have attached another one if you wish to continue your research. Lastly, you begin your article with a question: "If schools don't protect from cyber bullying then who will?". What about the work that we, as students can contribute in eradicating these types of things? Overall well done, and I hope to be reading more of your posts in the future. https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html
  • Anna's Feb 27, 15:27 comment on Littering in Oakland
    Jessica, thank you for sharing your viewpoint on this urgent matter in our society. I thought you made some very good points about how littering is becoming socially acceptable and why people think it's okay to do this. I also thought the interviews in your piece of writing were used very well to support your point. Do you think it is the government's fault that littering is so socially acceptable? If so, what would you have them to do change this? Similarly, do you think that the situation is especially bad in Oakland, or do you believe this to be a problem on a much broader spectrum? The only critique I have is maybe give a little more insight into why people tend to think like those around them. This is known as group think. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/groupthink I have attached a link above. Maybe you could include this in your reasoning. Overall you did a really good job. Let me know what you think of the link!
  • Lindsey's Feb 27, 15:27 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Noe, Overall this piece was somewhat confusing to me, but had some great points. I was confused when you jumped from restriction of free speech straight to cyberbullying. It might make more sense to explain the correlation between the two before getting right into your thesis. Your points in your thesis were pretty solid, but the fact that "cyberbullying is a problem" could be seen as an overarching point that encompasses the other two. On the other hand, great job having specific examples and cases to back up your arguments. You cited specific documents and appealed to emotion successfully with the examples you included. Good job! Here is a link to some solutions to cyberbullying that don't restrict free speech necessarily: https://www.stopbullying.gov
  • Clara's Feb 27, 15:26 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Hi Martin, I enjoyed your fresh perspective on the extent to which teachers should monitor online activity. While most students would advocate for privacy, you made some great points on why schools should step in. In the end of the second paragraph you said, "However besides the research you also should know the means of the bully and why they might post harmful post." I was really interested in your answer to why the bully may post harmful words or images but you never followed up with this statement. To improve your post, add some answers to this proposed questions. Check out this article, it may help, http://endcyberbullying.net/why-do-people-cyberbully/. Great points, Martin!
  • Mack's Feb 27, 15:26 comment on Overcoming Hardships
    Brittney, Your claim is very strong and you had factual evidence to make your claim even stronger. Although, I would provide more evidence that is more broad like what accomplishments did she reach and what goals did she want besides having equal rights for men and women. I feel that this link https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/angela-davis will make your claim better and more people would agree with you.
  • Chris's Feb 27, 15:26 comment on Politics Brought My Family to America
    I really enjoyed reading your story, and I also agree that immigration is extremely important. I am really glad that you see America as a place of opportunity and safety because the country was built on ideals of freedom and equality. I feel like in recent times, partly due to the current government, the country is not being as friendly to immigrants, however, your story is really good to hear and I hope that your story will be able to inspire people in America to be more open to accepting everyone, regardless of what country they come from. Here's a link to a cite where you can share your story on a bigger scale, and many people with similar stories will read and respond: http://immigrantcolorado.blogspot.com/
  • Abigail's Feb 27, 15:25 comment on Should schools be allowed to limit students online speech?
    Daniel, you make a fascinating point. The extent to which a school can limit a students freedom of speech is a highly controversial topic. While we are guaranteed freedom of speech in the first amendment, as you pointed out, schools also retain the ability to restrict such freedom if it becomes a disruption. Online freedom of speech is difficult because it does not always happen on school grounds as you pointed out with the K.K. v. Berkeley County Schools court case. I agree students should have individual rights but is there a point when regulation becomes acceptable? You might want to look at https://billofrightsinstitute.org/conconnect/high-schools-able-punish-student-speech-social-media/. This site does a great job of setting up both sides of the arguments.
  • Raine's Feb 27, 15:25 comment on Students online speech should be limited to a certain extent
    You make some good points throughout your writing. However it would be nice to add in a counter example, showing a different point of view. Adding more examples of how limiting online speech can be viewed negatively would be more affective in creating a strong argument. Below I've listed some sources that might be helpful to add information onto your paper. http://theconversation.com/can-schools-punish-students-for-off-campus-online-speech-52466 https://www.al.com/opinion/2015/05/should_schools_put_a_limit_on.html https://www.kappanonline.org/student-online-speech/
  • Emma's Feb 27, 15:24 comment on Should schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Evelyn, your argument was well stated. You gave strong evidence to back up your claim about why schools should be able to limit students' speech online. I enjoyed your counterargument, because it shows that you've considered both sides and made a rational choice based on evidence. My favorite part was when you said, "Cyberbullying is a reality, but in many cases like those previously mentioned, it could be prevented by students’ online speeches being limited." This was a strong way to finish off your counterargument. I found this article on online speech that you might be interested in: https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/topics/freedom-of-speech-2/k-12-public-school-student-expression/cyberspeech/. Thank you for sharing your opinion on this topic!
  • Hailey Grandy's Feb 27, 15:24 comment on I Stand with Angela
    Milton, thank you for writing this piece entitled "I stand with Angela". I have never heard of Angela Davis before, but now I know that she is an underappreciated Civil Rights Activist. I don't hear a lot about activists relating poverty to criminal activity, but this concept is important to me because I think it is important to understand how circumstance has an effect on outcome. One way that you could improve on your writing is that you could increase the variety of vocabulary you have used. However, keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more from you. You might want to check out this link for more information on criminal psychologyhttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/inside-the-criminal-mind\
  • Skye's Feb 27, 15:23 comment on STOP THE BULLYING
    I really like how you looked at bullying from a lot of different angles. You gave, not only consequences that can happen as a result of bullying, but also ways to prevent it in the first place. Though these solutions are a really good start, how can we really look at the root causes of bullying and try to destroy the root of it? Here is an article that discusses the roots of bullying and some possible reasons that it goes on in schools http://www.veanea.org/home/940.htm
  • Matt's Feb 27, 15:21 comment on Limit Students Online Speech
    I agree that schools should only step in if social media is threatening someone’s safety. This link shows how cyberbullying is prevented by teachers or even by law. https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/cyberbullying-prevention-and-support/
  • Abby's Feb 27, 15:21 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Claudia, You had some really solid arguments for why schools should limit the online speech of students. For example, "When young people have problems in their home or with friends outside the home, if affects them in school because they are only thinking about the problems and how they can solve them" this shows the reader a long term affect of cyberbullying, and it really solidifies your argument. One suggestion that I would make is to provide a clear thesis statement that outlines all of the points that you will discuss in your writing. This will allow for a more effective first paragraph and overall just improve the flow of your piece. I found this really helpful website that has statistics involving cyberbullying that I think you may find useful. https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html
  • James's Feb 27, 15:21 comment on Should schools Limit students online speech ?
    Thank you Itzel, for a very interesting piece. The use of multiple outside sources are well synthesized into your argument and helped add supplementary points that made your writing very concise and intriguing. I agree with your points about really anything can be a distraction, and how there is no penalty for just hurting someones feelings. Another way you can support your argument is to add in views from the opposing side of this argument, here is an article that may be helpful for that. https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/cyberbullying-prevention-and-support/
  • Jillian Nelson's Feb 27, 15:21 comment on Should Schools Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    I think you have a lot of evidence to support your claim that students should not have any sort of limit on what they post online, however I think that your essay starts to become a little redundant when you keep repeating your claim. This article will help you support your claim, and hopefully make your essay stronger https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/about/faq/what-rights-to-freedom-of-expression-do-students-have/ . Good work!
  • Branigan's Feb 27, 15:20 comment on Freedom Of Speech
    Thank you for your thoughts Jesus. Your essay takes on many important issues, and you manage to include a lot of ideas that help your argument. Its a very tough predicament that these people are in, and the answer is not always clear-cut. In my opinion a better definition of bullying would help to keep kids safe, and give more control to teachers in this situation. This article talks more about that: https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/changing-the-way-oklahoma-defines-bullying-in-schools . I hope to read more of your writing in the future!
  • Mack's Feb 27, 15:19 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech
    Kevin, I agree that Cyberbullying should be limited and I feel that the parents of the kid that are getting cyber bullied should address the issue to the school. If they address the problems to the school, then school can be involved and they would be able to sit down and help the situation. I feel that the administration has a big part in this and they should find solution to solve this problem.
  • Chris's Feb 27, 15:18 comment on Should schools limit free speech?
    I think this topic is really interesting because arguments can be made from either side. It's important that we address our first amendment rights, but it's also important that we look after the safety of other students. The line becomes somewhat blurry though because there is no clear definition to what is considered harassment. This link is really interesting if you want to read more into the issue: https://billofrightsinstitute.org/conconnect/high-schools-able-punish-student-speech-social-media/
  • Anna's Feb 27, 15:18 comment on Should Schools Limit Speech
    Martin, I really enjoyed reading your article. I might recommend recognizing the other side to make your argument stronger. I would like to hear more reasoning for your connection between limiting free speech and online cyber bullying. There are some obvious connections, but clarifying them could really help your argument. Do you think that filtering what people say is violating student's first amendment rights to free speech? Where do we draw the line between regulation and control? Take a look at this court case https://www.oyez.org/cases/1968/21?sort=ideology . It focuses on students' free speech rights, and is a very well known standard for our country. Let me know what you think of it!
  • Hailey Grandy's Feb 27, 15:17 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Vanessa, thank you so much for writing this piece. I really enjoyed reading it, and I think that the concept of freedom of speech in schools is very interesting. When your brought up the point "If any bullying or harassment took place at on the premises of any school they would have the ability to take initiative in how they would like the situation dealt with", it made me think of the Fraser case, which is similar to the Tinker Case, but has a different outcome. Free speech is allowed in schools, but not if it is affecting other student's ability to learn in any way. I think you would like to check this out: https://www.oyez.org/cases/1985/84-1667
  • Matt Cotter's Feb 27, 15:17 comment on Limit Students Online Speech
    I agree that schools should only step in if social media is threatening someone's safety. This link shows how cyberbullying is prevented by teachers or even by law.
  • Skye's Feb 27, 15:15 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    This a really interesting piece of writing. I like how you included information and quotes from a committee hearing to supplement your argument. It was also interesting how you brought up the issue of free speech when it comes to censoring what students are able to say in the interest of protecting others. Though on a slightly different topic of free speech and social media, you may find this article helpful/interesting https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/is-high-school-student-speech-protected-online
  • Emmanuela's Feb 27, 05:54 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students online speech?
    I thought the way you introduced the topic of online speech was very relatable because it is something we all had, as well as stating the purpose and importance of how school shouldn't limit of us from our freedom of speech which is also our first amendment. Using social media acts as a form of expression where posts may cause conflict such as bullying but it is our right to express how we feel as long as no one is hurt doing so. You explained this very well even with adding direct examples,quotations, and statistics from the Association of Teachers and Lectures and Teacher Support Network. I think will create an even stronger argument for why online freedom of speech should exist is, adding the viewpoints of the opposing side and as to why they are wrong. Otherwise very well written and I agreed with much of what you had to say.
  • Johnny's Feb 26, 20:59 comment on Should students online speech be limited?
    Arelly, This post was very intriguing to me however I have a conflicting opinion. I believe that online communicating should not be limited because it is a constitutional right, as stated in your introduction. I do not however disagree that cyber bulling and suicide aren't huge issues in our society. I believe the proper approach we should make is to properly instruct everyone (especially youth) on internet conduct. We should be teaching the dangers of cyber bulling and how to avoid it. On every platform of social media there is a "report" button to notify the network of any user breaking the policy agreement that they signed in order to create their account. I think this is a uncommon method of decreasing the amount of bullying. Of course there is no such "report" button outside of social media. Bullying in schools still takes place. It is most definitely a convoluted and controversial subject with no clear solution yet. Your post was very intriguing to read, however. I think it offers some great points and I would love to see how else you propose to decrease the amount of bullies we have, both online and offline.
  • Ozzie's Feb 26, 20:59 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    Jackie, Your point of view is very unique and does shed some light on cyberbullying and bullying in general. However It lacks factual evidence as to how schools limiting students online speech would help to counteract this bullying epidemic we have. You do briefly touch on some sources that provide evidence but i think a deeper dive into those would benefit your argument. Also when thinking about your argument dont forget to think about what rights students have. Freedom of speech plays a big role in talking about censorship in schools.
  • Ruby's Feb 26, 20:58 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Luis, You have constructed a very good argument on why schools should limit online speech. However the evidence you cited contradicts your stance on the issue. You cited the Tinker V. Des Moines case in which the students won, "school officials could not censor student speech unless it disrupted the educational process. Because wearing a black armband was not disruptive, the court held that the First Amendment protected the right of students to wear them." I think that if you were to use this piece of evidence you might want to expand on how it helps support your claim. Because this currently goes against what you are saying. I agree with the other comment on this post with the part that says, “If schools are not allowed to limit students’ freedom of speech then they are left powerless when it comes to situations like these..." I think you need to define how much the school should be able to limit students speech because how much is too much. Overall I think that your writing put across a clear message just focus on the details in order to really solidify your argument.
  • Julissa's Feb 26, 20:57 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Noe: I like the idea and argument that you are giving. But, I think that you can always make some improvements. For one, make your three points that you are going to talk about more specific. Perhaps saying "cyber-bullying is a problem prevalent in today's youth" could help your reader follow a bit more. The argument you made is that schools should limit students online speech. You did a great job of giving examples that favored your stand. What would take this next level is looking at both sides. Looking at both sides of the arguments, presenting both of them, and then showing how what you're saying is more acceptable will help your argument be stronger. When you're talking about cyber-bullying, it is an issue, not a person or place. It does not have to be capitalized every single time. I really liked how you gave specific examples for each point you were making. But, instead of saying document A,B, or Z, I would have liked a link to what you were talking about. You did a good job at explaining it, but a link to your sources would help. One major thing I did notice throughout the whole post was how the sentences were structured. For me, it was a bit hard to follow and understand. I would say to use periods just overall in general. It just helps with the flow of writing.
  • Katherine's Feb 26, 20:56 comment on Should schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Evelyn, you made a very compelling argument and I enjoyed seeing your point of view on this subject. You made great points about how students have the right to exercise their first amendment right when it is not for hate or harassment. I specifically liked your inclusion of the court case and when you said "This proves that harassment can be enhanced and used to promote hate, which should not be allowed." Bringing in specific statistics and how teachers are also affected by this was interesting as well. I also found this article that you might be interested in https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/student-speech-and-privacy/some-schools-need-lesson-students-free-speech-rights. Thank you for sharing!
  • Patricia's Feb 26, 20:56 comment on Should Schools Limit Speech
    Martin, you explained well your view on the question "Should schools limit speech." But, to explain yourself further, can you first start out what school's limiting speech would mean. I have an idea as to what that means, but to have a clearer view of what you are trying to say, explain the background information to that question. What does limiting speech? I like how you go into your reasons as to why school's should limit speech, but to have a better understanding of what you are trying to say, elaborate on how limiting speech would solve the reason you presented. For example, you said that because there is cyber -bullying, school's should limit speech, but you don't explain how that would solve cyberbullying. You state your reason, but don't provide enough information to support that reason. Interesting topic, Martin!
  • Elena's Feb 26, 20:56 comment on Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Hi Jacqueline, I can tell you are very passionate about this subject, you made some amazing points. One thing that you focused on which I didn't agree with is that your school should be able to monitor the students phones. I think this is one solution to the problem of cyber bullying but I don't think it is the best solution. If teachers and administration have access to students calls, texts, apps, and their email, some students will take that as an invasion of privacy. I think that there should be a better way to handle the situation. By allowing the teachers to monitor students phones there will aslo cause a distrust and a wall will be placed in-between the adults and students.
  • Gwendolyn's Feb 26, 20:55 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Amber, I absolutely loved your last post! I think that your essay has some really great ideas in it. I appreciated how in the second paragraph you quoted a well respected source to lend credibility to your argument. I also liked how you cited a court case in the fourth paragraph. I like it would be great to include some statistics about teen cyber bullying. This website (http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html) says that one in three teens have been cyber bullied. These facts might give you a way to make some concessions to the other side that would bolster your argument. Overall, I thought that you did a really nice job! Great work, Amber. I hope to be seeing and reading more of your posts in the future.
  • Christopher's Feb 26, 20:54 comment on Schools Should be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech
    Very interesting stuff. I really like your points and statistics involving what happens when teachers are the subject of online slander by students. It is a very negative influence in addition to cyber bullying of other students. You draw an insightful connection between the deprivation of free speech outright, but how not limiting this speech could lead to more deprivation of rights in the future. You seem to argue that online speech should be limited by these measures, but I have a hard time seeing how feasible it is. There are plenty of private communications that happen online that school administration will never be aware of and so cannot protect against. But you do draw attention to an important side of this issue. Perhaps you could look into cases where cyberbullying was policed by schools and how it deviates from some of the stats that you cite. Thank you for your insightful examples, and I hope you pursue this line of inquisition further.
  • Bella's Feb 26, 20:54 comment on Should Online Speech be Limited?
    Your point was very clear and strong and you backed up your claim adequately. Your use of court cases really added to the validity of your essay, so good job. Also good use of the first amendment. The political cartoon example was a good idea but could've been omitted as it didn't really add much to the essay. Also next time be sure to add concessions (opposing points) to strengthen your argument. Some grammar and spelling issues but all in all really impressive! I can tell that you've thought a lot about this issue and made a thought out stance.
  • Audrey's Feb 26, 20:54 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Rigoberto, I think that the premise of your argument is very interesting and you explained your points very well. I thought it was a good supporting point when you brought up a quote about minors rights on the internet from the ACLU. Whether minors should have the same extent of freedom of speech as adults is something I’ve often wondered myself. I personally think that in cases of cyberbullying the school should be able to step in to protect its students. However, I also think you make a good point that schools should not regulate what happens outside of school. I found an article about a lawsuit which is very relevant to your argument and have provided a link(https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124076038) . I hope that you might find this useful and I look forward to reading more of your submissions in the future.
  • Alexis DiGregorio's Feb 26, 20:53 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Carla, I think you make some good points, I agree that students can easily be cyberbullies and that schools need to do something to monitor this. I like how you provided three separate pieces of evidence to support your claim, they all did a good job of showing real life issues that could be solved through stricter regulations on what we share online. However, while I agree with you, how do you think limiting students online speech would affect their first amendment rights. Could it lead to discrimination by preventing certain issues from being discussed online? Could you think of a way to prevent cyberbullying while still protecting a students right to speech? Overall, thank you for sharing your writing, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say!
  • William's Feb 26, 20:52 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    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 the Tinker v. Des Moines case, it should not be limited. I also agree that it is not the job of the public school system to observe the online activity of the students. In terms of your argument that it is hard to figure out who is cyberbullying, I would have to agree; however, I don't know if this greatly adds to the content and message of the essay. Overall, the essay is well done with the inclusion of a fact based argument.
  • Olivia's Feb 26, 20:52 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    This is an interesting topic. I understand your point that schools should intervene in harmful online activity in order to provide a safer environment for their students. I do have a couple questions though. How would schools know when they need to intervene? How would cyberbullying between people in different schools or even in different states be punished if at all? Would the schools just have to act on reported incidents or would they monitor students phones? Would this monitoring create an untrusting and violating situation in itself? I think your point is valid, but I would like to hear your thoughts on some of the repercussions or flaws of schools being able to limit students' online speech.
  • Katie's Feb 26, 20:51 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    I think that there are arguments to be be made either way. I found it interesting that you brought up the Tinker case, because I'm covering that case in another class right now. In the Supreme Court decision for the Tinker case, the court ruled in favor of the students, and the majority leader wrote that speech in school could be limited by the schools, but only if the speech would "materially and substantially interfere with the...operation of the school". I think that based on this case and others like it, students should be limited in their online speech if it is interfering with the operation of the school. However, if their speech doesn't interfere with the school at all, it shouldn't be regulated.
  • Ari's Feb 26, 20:51 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    Sebastian, You have a solid amount of statistics to support your argument that schools don't have the right to limit online speech. I think the part of your argument that focuses on the first amendment is the most concrete. You could elaborate on how a student's expression of free speech needs to be substantially disruptive to the school environment and institutional functioning for the school to have enough jurisdiction to discipline that student. Cyberbullying could easily be argued as a substantial disruption to the institution and therefore can be limited by a school. I think you should also expand upon a few of your claims to better structure your argument. For example, saying that teachers are not affected is vague and it's not clear how that fits into your main point. Overall, I think you have a good start and a really good amount of factual evidence to back up your thesis, but you should elaborate on your supporting arguments in order to make your logic more clear. It was also really awesome that you cited court cases to support your idea about the first amendment.
  • Yulisa's Feb 26, 20:51 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    I think that you made a really good point. You had good examples and data that supported your idea that schools should limit students online speech. However, maybe you could try adding some counter arguments and include examples of how you would argue against these counter arguments. I do agree with you though and think that it's important for schools to keep track of what their students post online because it could possibly lead to a variety of problems. It can also bring negative attention to the school which is a distraction from the more important aspects to education.
  • Grace's Feb 26, 20:50 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Claudia, You bring up a lot of good points. I like how you bring up multiple perspectives that are applicable to many groups of people, and you tie it together in that cyber-bullying can affect anyone and everyone. Children are mean and don't recognize the impact that their actions and words have, it can certainly be harmful. I think you should expand on this topic and look more into the positives of not limiting students' speech or looking more into the negatives. Issues similar to this have been brought to the Supreme Court to look at if the first amendment right (freedom of speech) applies to minors in public schools. Here's a link: https://legaldictionary.net/tinker-v-des-moines/. Thanks Claudia! Grace
  • Maggie's Feb 26, 20:50 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    Jose, I think that the research you included made your arguments a lot stronger, but I would encourage you to include statistics on suicide rates based on cyberbullying. https://theorganicagency.com/blog/life-death-consequences-cyber-bullying/. This link has some more statistics about suicide from bullying. I think you did a really good job with your piece and I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future.
  • Bella's Feb 26, 20:49 comment on Cyberbullying
    Brigney, I enjoyed your commentary towards cyber bullying regarding schools. I like how you investigated all the different court cases that deal with the issue you are addressing. I thought your arguments were interesting, and I enjoyed how you examined all the different ways cyber bullying can affect more than just the victim. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
  • Griffin's Feb 26, 20:49 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Jamileth, You have a lot of strong points in your argument and you make a decent case for why schools should be allowed to censor online speech. I think you could have made the argument even better if you had acknowledged the other side of the argument and given a response to those issues. By addressing issues like first amendment rights, internet laws and firewalls, freedom of symbolic speech, and citing court cases, you could have made a very effective argument for why schools should be allowed to censor online speech. Overall very well done.
  • Anika's Feb 26, 20:47 comment on should schools allow online speech
    Armando, I really like where you're going with this argument. I agree with you to an extent that speech should not be limited, but what about in the instances in which cyber-bullying is happening? Does it still apply then? I agree that in most cases students' speech online should not be controlled by the school, but there might be some cases where the school does need to step in. Great job!
  • Katelynn's Feb 26, 20:47 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Katie: I think you make some great points in this essay. My only comment is to expand your ideas and be more detailed. Also, I would love to read the sources you used in your writing. I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing!
  • Amani's Feb 26, 03:29 comment on Dangers of Underage Drinking
    Enzo, you make a very compelling argument. I liked how you started off with talking about how underage drinking is dangerous and stating facts that you found related to that. Then, you talked about what you think should be done about it: educate youth about these dangers. I think it is very clever to have mentioned that what is happening today, with zero tolerance, is not working, therefore something different needs to be done. Here is a link that I think you might be interested in: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh26-1/5-14.htm. It talks about more strategies to prevent reckless, underage drinking. Great job!
  • Amani's Feb 26, 03:21 comment on Should schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Evelyn, I really enjoyed reading your argumentative essay. I think you brought up some great points about how cyber bullying is a real issue today and how it can affect a large spectrum of people. I think it is also important to keep in mind that not all online speech is bad. It can be used to bring people together, to set up meet-ups, raise awareness, etc. Which is why I also liked how you mentioned at the end “But when that right is used to promote hate, harass others, or even invade privacy, it should not be allowed.” You also strengthened your argument by using specific court cases and statistics that you found. Here is a site that talks about the extent to which schools should limit free speech: https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/05/26/schools-have-right-limit-free-speech-how-much-should-they. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and research.
  • Kasandra's Feb 26, 01:40 comment on Cyberbullying
    Great article, Brigney! You had a very compelling argument, especially when you discussed how cyberbullying goes beyond the screens and carries over in person, causing disruptions in school. Based on your post, I think you would enjoy this article (https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/31/how-should-schools-address-cyberbullying/). I look forward to reading your future posts!
  • Kasandra's Feb 26, 01:33 comment on More about the brain of a serial killler
    Great article, Maggie! I found it interesting how you differentiated that the problems can stem down to genes or can come from the way one is brought up. Based on your post, I think you would really enjoy this article (https://www.medicaldaily.com/serial-killer-criminal-mind-brain-scans-374994). I look forward to reading your future posts!
  • Abby's Feb 26, 00:50 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Noe's Feb 25, 18:59 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    Dear Jose I am totally agree with your post on "Restrinting online speech in the name of students safety" because it is true that schools are the responsible to have a good and safe environment for the students, I am also agree with you in that the Cyberbullied have a big effect in student and that it can cause illness or stress because when someone is passing for harassment as Cyberbullied, it affect them seriously. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "it is essential for schools to limit students online speech because there is an alarming number of students who have suffered online Cyberbullying. I think this should be approved for schools to do it because this thing could be something helpful to prevent Cyberbullying in schools by students. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you wrote next, because you gave many evidences that prove that schools are the ones that must have the satisfaction environment where there is no Cyberbullying and where students feel good.
  • Matthew's Feb 25, 16:02 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    Hi, I clicked on this because of the Elon Musk meme and I am only a little disappointed. I guess that it is just an exercise of your free speech that should completely be protected by the first amendment. Most schools cannot and do not punish bullying outside of school, so I think that allowing schools to punish cyber bullying that happens outside of school almost encourages real bullying. You don't really have enough emphasis on this, in my opinion, to go along with the court rulings. You could say it is a step in the wrong direction and you could say that there are actual reasons to go along with this action. I also agree that this helps people grow up, in that we have to get used to being made fun of, in some form or another. We could always have a future boss that hates us just because they do, and I don't want that to ruin everything past that person. Also, I think that this allows for people to turn it around and get a sense of humor. People have a typical reaction of going along with the masses, and if the masses make fun of you, the funniest one is usually the person saying something funny of themselves. I was commonly joked about Freshman year by everybody on all the sports teams that I was on, and I realized that it was more out of love than anything else a little later. If we take away this right to free speech, it may make people not realize that this teasing typically comes out of love, not hate. I know that there are viable arguments on both sides, so here is a link that shows that a little https://www.debate.org/opinions/is-cyberbullying-a-serious-problem
  • Mary's Feb 25, 15:43 comment on American Means Eagles
    https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/eagle.pdf
  • Isabell's Feb 25, 15:43 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    Penelope- I believe you are bringing up an important issue regarding an environment. I recently learned about an organization called the Plastic Bank. They work in underdeveloped countries to collect plastic for recycling and provide jobs to communities.https://www.plasticbank.com/go-plastic-neutral/#.XHQMOfZFzZs I think this may be useful for your research. Good Luck! Isabell
  • Mary's Feb 25, 15:42 comment on American Means Eagles
    The American Bald Eagle
  • Jacob's Feb 25, 15:41 comment on Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    This is certainly an interesting postJacquelin. I especially enjoyed the bringing in of court cases to prove your point to the constitutional ban of cyberbullying. At the same time, I think it's important to recognize these decisions aren't uniform. In the case of "J.C. ex rel. R.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District", the courts decided that a youtube video "from the student’s home computer that denigrated a classmate in a profanity-laced rant" is protected under the 1st amendment, as it had not been violent or threatening and had not lead to a confrontation at school. They also claimed that preventatives measure couldn't be taken beforehand because the belief that increased fear of gossip and cyberbullying were speculative. This is similar to a part of the decision in the "Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District" court case, which sets the precedent of free speech in public schools. They said the pre-emptive prohibition of the black armbands the students would've worn to protest the Vietnam War is speculative, as they just assumed that it would cause disruption without any evidence. It's still a very interesting post, good job! https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/publications/trial-magazine/cyberbullying-schoolhouse-courthouse
  • Mary's Feb 25, 15:41 comment on American Means Eagles
    Nathaniel, Your take on eagles and how they relate to freedom was a very interesting one. I do agree that eagles are a symbol for freedom in America but inferring what people think based on what they say is not a very good way to support your evidence. Here's an article that can back up your claim of how an eagles are a symbol of freedom with more substantial evidence (Celebrating America's Freedom). It talks about the eagle appearing on the American flag as well as on billions of one dollar bills making it a very important symbol for America. I hope you find this article helpful and I hope to read more of your work.
  • Amy's Feb 25, 15:40 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Hi Carla, overall I agree with your post and I think you have made a good argument. I like that you broke your argument down into three main parts, and analyzed each one separately. In particular, I thought it was interesting that you talked about teachers being victims of cyber bullying because I have never thought about that before. You might like the following article because it talks a lot about relevant court cases regarding the extent to which schools are allowed to limit students' First Amendment right to free speech: https://theconversation.com/what-are-the-limits-to-free-speech-in-schools-49545. Overall, I really enjoyed this post and I would like to know what you think of the Tinker Supreme Court case.
  • Joseph's Feb 25, 15:37 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Carla, I think this is an interesting post. I think it is very true that students are prone to cyberbullying and it should be stopped. This will most definitely lead those students affected to feel excluded in their own school. However, a public school that follows all rules given to other public schools have to abide by students' rights of free speech. This begs the question: if teachers were to limit students speech online in hopes of decreasing cyberbullying, could they possibly cross a student's right to free speech if they choose to pursue a different issue that doesn't regard cyberbullying? I think this is a topic that has a lot of different view points. I have posted a link at the end of this comment which you may find interesting, as in involves an idea to limit cyberbullying without the issue I have posted above. https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html
  • Olivia's Feb 25, 15:37 comment on Should Schools Limit Speech
    Hi Martin! You are so right, cyber bullying is a big issue. However, I would like to hear why you think limiting school speech will eliminate cyber bulling? Does that mean schools can only limit online speech? If so, is that a violation of the First Amendment? This a really good start, but I think you need to expand on why schools limiting speech would be beneficial and not invasive. Here is a website to start you off, use this to develop your ideas to back up your thesis that "schools should be allowed to limit students’ online speech because cyberbullying affects kids at school." Good work! https://www.lawyers.com/legal-info/research/education-law/when-can-schools-limit-students-free-speech-rights.html
  • Halley Valente's Feb 25, 15:36 comment on Censorship in the Modern World
    Hi Tarek! I agree that censorship can easily be a problem many Americans face. We normally think of privacy in relation to the government, but censorship is an equally important problem that we rarely pay attention to unless it directly is affecting us. Here is an article about censorship in other countries you may enjoy https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/censorship-and-silence-south-east-asia-suffers-under-press-crackdown/ar-BBU2lAN I look forward to reading what you ride next!
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    Anika I think you did an amazing job on the topic of uniforms. I really like that you provided the history behind the dress code and I found it very interesting. I found a source on the pros and cons on uniforms and I believe it will be very useful to your research. Great job Anika! https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-pros-and-cons-of-school-uniforms
  • Sante's Feb 25, 15:36 comment on Dangers of Underage Drinking
    Enzo, Hello, my name is Sante and I am a senior at Judge Memorial High School. I think you are discussing something very important and prevalent to today’s society. Often times, society has thought that the solution to problems such as underage drinking is to just tell people to not do it. More than often, this makes an underage and not fully developed brain more curious to know why they shouldn’t be doing it, ending up in them doing the very thing they were told not to. Awareness is key in preventing this problem. In this article, they talk about how communication with young adults is key (https://www.quitalcohol.com/guides/preventing-underage-drinking-and-alcohol-abuse.html)
  • Mariah's Feb 25, 15:35 comment on The True Meaning of American
    Isaias, I deeply enjoyed reading your piece on the definition "American". From a young age, we are pressured and even forced to show our pride and patriotism for this country. However, there are many issues within our country that inhibit everybody from being able to equally access our freedom. I very much agree that our definition of American should change to reflect the hard work and resilience that comes from people working for their dream. Here is an article I think you would enjoy that discusses the history of American identity in the perspective of awareness of the true history of our country. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a23732907/school-history-teaching-children-racism-patriarchy/ Thanks, Isaias!
  • Miriam's Feb 25, 15:33 comment on American means community
    I also think that being American would be a lot better if the majority of Americans helped to create a supportive community. However, the facts are, it is not a supportive community, especially if we have to designate "safe spaces" when a community should be one giant safe space. What do you think we can do to create a community? This website might give you some insight on how to argue. I think this website could be important because one of our biggest challenges today is that people don't know how to discuss controversal issues. https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2016/01/4-tips-for-arguing-effectively-and-productively.html
  • Alexandra's Feb 25, 15:33 comment on American Literature
    Emmett, I am throughly fascinated with the point you brought up about "American" Lit only referring to literature created within the United States. I have never thought about another perspective on this subject before, which I'm now realizing is slightly ignorant. This article (https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2013/08/america-the-continent-vs-america-the-country.html) supports your claim and offers another interpretation of the idea. Thank you for showing me a new way to see the world!
  • Jacob's Feb 25, 15:32 comment on What Being American Means
    Alani, I think that this post was really great. I can tell that you're very passionate about certain issues, and it shows in your writing. There is a huge disparity between Native Americans and the rest of the American people. Here's a link about some current Native Americans and their troubles working with the Federal Government and the people surrounding them: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/24/697028570/overcoming-a-long-bitter-relationship-grand-canyon-and-tribes-mark-centennial
  • Matthew's Feb 25, 15:31 comment on What does American Mean?
    forgot to post a link XD blows kiss https://www.revealnews.org/article/6-ways-religious-exemption-laws-are-exploited/ I would recommend reading the part of the article that talks about zoning laws, as I feel it pertains the most.
  • Olivia's Feb 25, 15:28 comment on American Means
    Hey Leo! You bring up a lot of good points about the faults of America. We have experienced and continue to experience lots of hatred and discrimination, which is a very disheartening as an American. Because of this, many people have a negative view of our country. However, I don't know if you will ever get a truly perfect nation like you suggest will happen through power and safety. The Bill of Rights protects our individual freedoms, but I would like to hear your opinion on how that has been ineffective in securing the safety and protection from the government. Overall, I totally agree with your position on the issues of the nation, but I would've liked to see you delve into the other side of the spectrum: the positives of America. Here is an article to get you started: https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-reports/todays-american-how-free
  • Sante's Feb 25, 15:27 comment on Depression and Anxiety in American Teenagers
    Hello Emmet, My name is Sante, and I am currently a senior at Judge Memorial High School. You bring up some important issues in this article that I think need to be more pervasively talked about in the world scene. In an era where we are learning more and more about the effects and causes of mental illness, it still carries the connotation of something we can control on our own and is rarely talked about. I like how you talked about the most important thing is having a discussion. Bringing awareness is almost always the first step in solving an issue, and we cannot help people if they don’t even know what they are going through. Every May is designated Mental Awareness Month. Throughout the month many organizations work to break the stigma of mental illness. Here's a link to one such organization: https://adaa.org/raising-awareness
  • Matthew's Feb 25, 15:27 comment on What does American Mean?
    I genuinely like what you have to say here until you get to saying that property boundaries are stopping Native Americans from practicing traditions. I think that this is too easy of an answer to a complex issue that cannot simply be resolved by just opening up the flood gates. We have had a long history of people abusing systems, specifically the first Amendment's right to free religion which has allowed for people to open tax-free mega churches and abuse state laws that stop the selling of certain drugs because "its my religion," so I don't think that we could give power like that away. This would really allow for people to have too much power over others and I don't think that this would be a good solution. That being said, I really liked the next section that you wrote.
  • Jacob's Feb 25, 15:27 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Hello Claudia, I loved your article about cyberbullying. I'm glad that there dialogue being brought up about the topic, and it's important to find more resources and solutions to this issue. Here's a webpage that has more research about the federal laws and programs you mentioned: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/shame-nation/201902/cyberbullying-how-social-connectedness-may-help-victims
  • 2019 Chanakya Duggineni's Feb 25, 15:26 comment on Why doesn’t everyone finish high school at the same time?
    I think you make some great points; especially that everyone has the right for education. I think it's very unfair that that not everyone gets the same education. Some stop so early, while others drop out because of family or financial issues. I agree that education is very important and is the one and only thing that will improve struggling societies. I hope this link helps: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/07/why-education-is-the-key-to-development/
  • Isabell's Feb 25, 15:26 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Nayeli- You provided compelling examples for supporting school involvement in student online activity. I found a Scientific American article regarding student mental health and social media, and I believe this may help your research. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/social-media-cyber-bullying-linked-to-teen-depression/ I think it would be interesting for you to include court cases regarding online speech specifically in schools. Good luck! Isabell
  • Amy's Feb 25, 15:26 comment on Should schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Evelyn, you have made a very compelling argument about why schools should be able to restrict students' speech on line. I particularly like when you say, "Cyberbullying is a reality, but in many cases like those previously mentioned, it could be prevented by students’ online speeches being limited." Using statistics to show how prevalent cyberbullying is in American is a great way to support your claim and convince your audience. I also liked when you used a specific court case to back up your ideas. You might like this article on the extent to which free speech can be limited in schools currently: https://theconversation.com/what-are-the-limits-to-free-speech-in-schools-49545. Overall, I enjoyed your post and I think you provide a convincing argument.
  • Madison Jones's Feb 25, 15:25 comment on Cyberbullying
    Wow Brigney, this post about cyberbullying is amazing. The details and the examples you used were so vivid and placed so well in your essay that it made the story line so clear. Whoever reads this genius essay their eyes will be open to the truth about cyberbullying including what damage and harm it does to students and teachers. Heres a website that I thought would help you continue your essay if you wish to expand your essay...https://www.stopbullying.gov. Thank you so much for your essay and ideas.
  • Miriam's Feb 25, 15:24 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    I think there are several issues at hand here. Obviously, cyber bullying is a cancer that came along with the digital age and needs to be dealt with, however schools should also ensure that they protect the rights of their students, like free speech. I think the best solution to this problem is for the courts and states to make laws around cyber bullying as a means to protect minors, because the courts are supposed to protect citizens from harm. Example's include is cat fishing and giving threats. If cat fishing is a punishable crime and threats are punishable crimes, what makes cyber bullying different. However, if these things occur off of school property, they should be the states issue to deal with, not the schools. However that can go either way. If it does occur on school property, as most posts have times and locations now, then the school should be liable to deal with it because they have failed to protect their students. This website has some information on cyber bullying laws. https://www.gaggle.net/speaks/is-cyberbullying-illegal-in-your-state/ What are some solutions that you think would benefit both victims get justice and the rights of all students?
  • Alexandra's Feb 25, 15:23 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Vanessa, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your argument about why schools shouldn't regulate a student's online speech. By using Supreme Court cases and the ACLU to back up your thesis, your argument was well supported. Your writing was incredibly eloquent and concise making it easy to follow along and understand what you are saying. Another SCOTUS case to look at might be Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (https://www.oyez.org/cases/1985/84-1667). In this case, the Supreme Court actually sided with the school instead of the student. The judges we once again able to define how a school can limit a student's speech.
  • Joseph's Feb 25, 15:22 comment on What does American Mean?
    Peter, I really like this essay. When you quote Kanwal Mehmud and his statement that "Pakistan is all Pakistanis" but here in America we have so many different cultures in just one neighborhood. I think that you would enjoy the link at the bottom; it's very interesting to look at after reading your post. It really puts your main idea in perspective. https://www.livescience.com/28945-american-culture.html
  • Mariah's Feb 25, 15:22 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Claudia, I enjoyed reading this piece on student speech online. Cyber bullying is a major problem in our society, and we aren't doing enough to combat it. Cyber bullying has become so big that it is causing disruption in a school's ability to operate and function because students do not have a solid enough support system in the school to perform at their full capacity. I also enjoyed how you brought up that students' lives have been put into danger by cyber bullying. The number of tragic suicides that have happened because of cyber bullying are too high. Here is an article I think you might enjoy about how other forms of speech are limited and school. It lays out ways in which schools may be able to begin limiting online speech. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/do-students-still-have-free-speech-in-school/360266/ Thank you, Claudia!
  • Sophie's Feb 25, 15:22 comment on Freedom Of Speech
    This article is very intersting and straightforward. I like how you added the teacher's piont of very and enlightened us on the idea that teachers may alos fall victim to online abuse. Here is an article you may find interesting https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/cyberbullying-what-teachers-and-schools-can-do/
  • Angelica's Feb 25, 15:21 comment on America Means Something
    Marshall, I agree with the point you make that what american means can be very different depending on the person and their experiences. I also like how you provide other examples like literature rather than just pointing out the views of other people. I think you did very well in providing a sense of what american means. I also found this source that I think might be useful for your topic. It's about asking multiple people what they think it means to be an American.Again great job and very interesting. http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=5235
  • Jacob's Feb 25, 15:20 comment on Charter School Funding
    Very good question Madalyn. I'm not sure about North Carolina, but according to an article on The Washington Post, charters school in D.C. receive less funding then the average public school because they pay based on the enrollment, and the average public school is much larger than the the average charter school. That doesn't necessarily mean it's right though, as Charter Schools do have to pay for costs public schools don't need to pay for, like the upkeep of the campuses, legal needs, and retirement, which leads to more money being sent to public schools to pay for this. Maybe if you continue asking public officials you can find out if North Carolina also uses a formula system, and going to the lawmakers themselves is a very good idea to learn about issues like these. Good job! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charter-schools-deserve-equal-funding/2017/11/17/95f591b6-c979-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.75f945e91975
  • Sophie's Feb 25, 15:19 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    This was a very informative article! I found how schools have the ability to punish kids for online abuse very interesting. Here is an article you might find helpful. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/cyberbullying-what-teachers-and-schools-can-do/
  • Sera's Feb 25, 15:18 comment on Comfort Zones
    You make many good points in this. Here's a link to an article talking about the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zones in regards to cognitive health. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/stepping-outside-your-comfort-zone-keeps-you-sharp
  • Madison Jones's Feb 25, 15:18 comment on The True Meaning of American
    I really enjoyed reading your point of view on what it means to be an American. I fully support the idea on "being “American” means to be proud, to have your chest up high, be proud to call yourself American." The website that I thought you would like to read is http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=5235. This website shows what Americans really think about being an American. Thank you for your interesting post.
  • Sera's Feb 25, 15:15 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    This is an interesting read. Here is a link to an article explaining the rights of students in California regarding their cell phones in school that might be interesting. https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/know-your-rights/student-cell-phone-privacy
  • Britney's Feb 22, 08:54 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    Dear, Jose I am impressed by your essay, “Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Students Safety”, you convey your message clearly and persuade me towards your point. I really like your introduction where you make your stance on how it is the schools responsibility to stop/prevent cyber-bullying. With that thesis it helps me know that I will be reading an essay about the schools role in online speech. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “students are enduring harassment and almost half of the times is committed by their peers”. That sentence uses pathos in the way that it makes me think of the last time I got bullied and it was by one of my fellow peers. Your essay flows and persuades me to your side on schools having the power to restrict students online speech. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading what you write next because you have a lot to say and you use a good amount of rhetorical appeals. Sincerely, Britney Araiza
  • Jennifer's Feb 22, 03:35 comment on Schools Should be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech
    Dear Jessica, I am Inspired by your post, "Schools Should be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech," because I agree with your input about how students' online speech can cause cyber bulling. Cyber bullying can be difficult to control, but we have to start somewhere. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, "If you give a student the right to speak freely without any limitations online then they might be cases of negative outcomes like cyber bullying." I think this is a powerful sentence because we currently don't limit students' online speech and it is causing negative outcomes. Things may become more problematic if we continue to give students the right to speak freely of whatever they want. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoy reading your style of writing. I also believe your word choice is powerful and convincing. -Jennifer
  • ninaruiz's Feb 22, 01:14 comment on Oakland is becoming unrecognizable
    I feel as though some people may think gentrification can be a positive process because it can bring economic growth into an area and usually the area is renovated and beautified - to draw in more middle or high income people. I personally feel that gentrification as a whole is a negative thing because it takes away the history and character of a neighborhood or community, but it does have the ability to improve some areas economically. However, when gentrification occurs the current residents in the area are typically unable to continue living there due to the rising costs. I think it would be good for gentrifiers to take the time to learn about the community culture and try to appreciate and uphold that culture rather than eliminate or detract from it. These are just my personal thoughts on the topic but I felt like sharing with you. Thank you!
  • Dashiell (Dash)'s Feb 21, 07:03 comment on What is American Creed?
    Dear Mrs Reed, I found the post a very good read. Your use of jargon was effective because you explained their context and meaning to the reader effectively. I also enjoyed your observation that what it means to be American is an ever changing things and that certain large events alter its definition. This was a great post keep it up!
  • Dashiell (Dash)'s Feb 21, 06:59 comment on American Creed… Game Seven
    Hey Paul, I liked your idea that even though we aren't different we are still together as American people. This reminds me of how we are so divided as a nation now and we need to understand that it is a team effort and we are all In this together. Very good writing!
  • Dashiell (Dash)'s Feb 21, 06:37 comment on This I Believe About the American Creed
    I liked your use of your personal experience and expertise in order to make a concise and solid point. Good work!
  • Samantha L Swanson's Feb 21, 04:15 comment on Homelessness: Are Politicians Doing Enough?
    Lupita, Thank you for replying! I appreciate your thoughtful answers. It's always good to consider the other side of the argument in order to improve your own. Hmmm that's a good question. If I were in the shoes of a politician I would 1) allocate more money to building and maintaining homeless shelters and 2) I would try to empower businesses and individual citizens to support the cause by donating their time, money, and compassion. You should check out this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/12/14/in-seemingly-rapid-fashion-much-has-changed-for-orange-countys-homeless-population/. It's a good example of how local government can and does aid the homeless. I hope this is helpful! ~Samantha
  • Zaniya's Feb 20, 23:06 comment on Shadow Box
    Hi Estefani my name is zaniya and I'm a student from Fremont high school I'm in 9th grade.i really love your shadow box and there Noting wrong with it I think it awesome and that you really great at makeing showdown boxes so thank you and have a nice day
  • kevin's Feb 20, 21:17 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Dear, Jennifer I agree with what you want to prove with this post and image. Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech? because people have there right but to a extent were they see your point. The image shows a lot because a lot of people feel like they can't speak. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "victims of cyberbullying and 38.6% shows that it has had no effects on them." Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it showed that people do look forward to it. You also write really good. Kevin
  • Evelyn's Feb 20, 21:16 comment on Schools Should be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech
    Dear Jessica, I am enlightened by your post, because you addressed issues I considered to be minor. Like the negative effect it may have on teachers. I was quick to overlook it. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is "When you think of giving students freedom, you don’t think about the negative consequences it could have on the teacher, there has been instances where teachers were impacted negatively and it affected they way they managed their classroom." I think this is a strong and accurate statement because teachers are adults so we have a tendency of thinking nothing fazes them or their conduct in a classroom. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you made me consider circumstances I would have never prior. -Evelyn
  • Rigoberto's Feb 20, 21:15 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Anytime I love to give good feedback. Ɛ>
  • Vanessa's Feb 20, 21:15 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Dear Katie: I am intrigued by your post, “Should schools limit your online speech?”, because I also agree with you that schools should not be allowed to limit your online speech because it does not take place on school boundaries. When consequences are given to students due to events taken place online they are beyond their limits of controlling the situation. This results in an invasion of the students privacy and their first amendment. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Lastly the school should not limit the online speech of a student because the speech does not disrupt the school environment” because it is true it does not interfere with any learning. When measures are being taken than that creates an interruption. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we have some of the same opinions. I also liked how you used quotes to support your reasonings. Vanessa
  • Nayeli's Feb 20, 21:15 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students online speech?
    Dear ,Kaylee I am agree with your post about how parents should take action on their kids social life and not have the school take control of it because although it may cause a distraction at school there's only so much a school can do and most of the time when schools get involved it causes a bigger problem for the student . One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ,”The school can make as many rules concerning the internet as they like but parents are the ones making rules for when the students are not on school grounds.” I think this is a good statement because some children are more afraid of their parents than a school teacher or principal . They will take their parents more serious because there are actual consequences due to the fact that they live with them . Thanks for writing . I look forward to seeing what you write next because you make valid points . Also because you see the sides to both sides and then make a decision .
  • Nathaniel's Feb 20, 21:14 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Thank You for your feedback Ashley
  • Rosa's Feb 20, 21:14 comment on Cyberbullying
    Dear Brigney I am impressed by your essay "Cyberbullying" because you demonstrate situations that really happen. Also, using this strategy pulls me towards your side. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "Imagine you find out some kids from your school created a Facebook page dedicated to making fun of you. How would you feel?" I think this is strong. This gives strategy gives me a lot of emotions towards this situation. Thanks for your writing. I look forwards to seeing what you write next, because you add a lot of detail and real life situations. This gives a lot of persuasion on pulling me more towards your side. Rosa Fregoso
  • Rigoberto's Feb 20, 21:14 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Nathaniel I am in shock about your essay "Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students" Online Speech because you said that schools should not limit the students online use. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is "The internet is so powerful that anyone(including students) can practically go in using fake emails and accounts with random names to cyberbully(express their opinions online),while remaining anonymous. " I think this is a good point because teenagers make fake emails and other stuff to make themselves unknown and the only way to track them is through IP but even that can get bypassed. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of how you utilize your information. I also like how you give your points into why students should not have their online speech limited.
  • Martin's Feb 20, 21:13 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Nathaniel, I am shooketh by your post “Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?” because it opened up my mind to the reality that cyberbullying even though being bad has to be taken care of personally not by law. I also realised that not only due people believe cyber bullying is a bad thing but they don’t realise that the victim has the right to say something back. This article helped me further understand that people who get cyberbullied don’t need help from the law but if they do receive it it will take away our “first amendment rights”(Reyes, par.1). One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Even if schools did put a restriction on students online speech(which is basically impossible because it would take years to develop a system or program that could do such a thing), it would be to difficult to pinpoint the person that was doing the bullying.”(Reyes, par.3) i believe that people do not realise the chaos that limiting students speech will have on society, creativity will no longer exist. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of the great detail your provided such as a witness and your personal insight to the world of law and cyberbullying. This was a great peace of writing describing what cyberbullying causes and how to fix it.
  • Jose's Feb 20, 21:13 comment on Freedom Of Speech
    Dear Jesus, I agree about your essay "freedom of speech" because you are giving many reasons why bullying affects people. One sentences you wrote that stands out for me is when you wrote "they need to stop and know if there passing the limit" I think this is important to know because a person has to know if it hurts the feelings of others. They have to know where to take the conversation so that other people do not feel offended or hurt.Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like the way you are more focused on the victims of bullying than on the people who bullied. -Jose Ramos
  • Edger's Feb 20, 21:13 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech
    Dear Kevin I agree with your essay to “Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech” because many people have been severely impacted by cyberbullying. I also agree that there are many consequences to cyber bullying and schools should make an effort to stop or limit cyberbullying from happening. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Victims may fear to attend school when experiencing cyberbullying because they feel like they are being judged by everyone and they feel followed so therefore, they won’t feel safe anywhere but home alone”. The reason why it stood out to me was because I believe that victims would be affected by the bullying and would result in unusual behavior. Many students would most likely miss school due and would affect their academic performance. Overall I agree that cyberbullying has significantly impacted the lives of many students and cyberbullying must be limited. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really find it interesting the topics you write about. Your topic is an issue that many students are currently dealing with and I find it very important that people are informed of what is happening. Edger Marquez
  • Sebastian's Feb 20, 21:13 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    Dear Elizabeth💕❤ Thank you, for taking the time to write to me but I disagree with you on freedom of speech should be limited. One sentence that stood out to me was "yes it is your first amendment right to say what you want but, you should not be able to say something if it will hurt someone’s feelings" I disagree with this statement because you have the right to say what you want and it's not your fault that people get offended by it.😠 As adults you should be the grown up and don't worry about what students have to say about you behind your back.😈 I understand if it was a different adult but that is a whole different story compared to students doing it. I really appreciate you writing to me because I can see where you stand compared to where I stand with you I hope next time I write another post we can see eye to eye on where I stand thank you so much😂😂
  • Carla's Feb 20, 21:13 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Noe: I am touched with your post "Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Student' Online Speech?" because in our day today there has been many cases where students get bullied because of the schools allowing students to use their electronic devices online. There should be a limit that school must have in order to stop cyber bullying from happening on campus. Cyber bullying can affect many people and in some cases it can even affect how a teacher decides to run their classroom because of what they are receiving online. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "A second reason why schools should limit students’ online speech is because Cyberbullying distracts the learning environment..." This quote demonstrates that students in school can get discouraged to work in class because of negative comments that are occuring on campus. This quote is also trying to say that the negative things that people say online can lead to physical actions that can physically harm someone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you really introduce the problems that are currently happening. You also talk about many different topics that many other people can learn from. There are many things that are happening that people like us canadress these strong topics that are occurring in today's society. -Carla Zavala
  • Jairo's Feb 20, 21:12 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Rigoberto: I agree with your post "Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?" because I think you prove your point by mentioning that freedom of speech is really precious. It is something we are born with and also something that can not be taken away not even in places such as school. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is " students should be able to speak about their opinions even if they are rude." I think this supports your point about not limiting freedom of speech because it is meaning of having this freedom. I also see that it supports the statement before of schools not having the right to interfere with problems outside of school. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you support your claim. Not only do you support your claims, but you also bring up great points as to why they should not limit freedom of speech. I will be checking up again in future points because it is interesting how incorporate detailed evidence in your writings. Jairo Alvarado
  • Nathaniel's Feb 20, 21:12 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    *I also meant "me" instead of "be" in sentence 4.
  • Kaylee's Feb 20, 21:11 comment on Is school lunch a problem?
    Dear Chris, I agree with your post, "Is school lunch a problem?" because I can relate to many of the points you made. Such as how students start ro bring their own food after having a bad experience with the food taste or getting sick from it. One sentence that stood out to me was "The fact that the lack of experience is extraordinary shows that they know what is good for students that are in school and since they are not focusing on making money t this is a program that all of the schools should have because it also helps the students that come from low-income families they don’t pay usually for their food so this also show the equity on how low-income students get the same chances as other on getting healthy and good food to get through their academic day¨ I think this is beneficial because a majority of the students here come from low income family and can not afford to buy lunch daily. Because of this this the bad tasting food causes kids to go hungry and get distracted by it during class. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was something I know a majority of all students can relate to it. Also because you wrote a good structured essay that flowed well.
  • Alexis's Feb 20, 21:10 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Dear, Jennifer I am intrigued with your essay about online speech because you started with a strong hook and followed with a good thesis. Your essay was clear and easy to read with proper grammar. You also include your sources very well and explain them thoroughly. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is " Essentially, schools limiting students’ online speech is an unrealistic goal." I think with is powerful because it shows that it really is a goal that will not be achievable as much as people want. I understand your point of there bascially being too big of a goal to all of a sudden throw out a goal. Thanks your your writing. I look foward to seeing what you write next because I also have the same idea as you. You explain very well why the online speech should not be restricted. --Alexis Gutierrez
  • Nathaniel's Feb 20, 21:09 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    *There was only supposed to be one "depends" in the second sentence.
  • Katie's Feb 20, 21:08 comment on Should schools be allowed to Limit students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Lizbeth: I am Impressed your article,"Should schools be allowed to Limit students’ Online Speech?" because the information added to your post really is true. I really did not get the opportunity to get a glance of the other side because I had said that schools should not limit our online speech. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "When people get bullied they tend to lose self-esteem and confidence." I think this is true because you really do not know what a person is going through. Then for people to be attacking them on the internet makes things worse for them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you can maybe make me see the other side of my perspective. Reading what another person thinks on the subject can help you view both sides and understand them a little better.
  • Jacquelin's Feb 20, 21:08 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Claudia, I totally agree with you on your post, "Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students' Speech?" because it is a reality, cyberbullying is no good. It is affecting victims physically, mentally, and emotionally with all of what cyberbullying causes. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me is: "Students online speech should be limited because of suicides have occurred, learning environment disrupted and causing more problems." I think this is very true because when a victim gets bullied that is all that roams around a classroom setting during instruction, it is disruptive, such as a comment "Oh, did you hear about..." Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you listed reasons of why schools should have the right/power to limit students' online speech. No matter if it is off school limits, it happens at school too, lets just be honest. Jacquelin Monroy
  • Jessica's Feb 20, 21:08 comment on Fixing American Lit
    Dear Milo, I agree with the idea that being a true American cannot be defined by a single guideline and your post "Fixing American Lit", gave rise to the idea that people of many cultures and races can and are able to show patriotism. I also saw how you brought in the idea that American needs to see its flaws and correct them head on. One specific sentence that stood out to me was " It’s so important to learn about American Literature, to educate ourselves on how others feel about America and to understand a full picture of what America really is because there are many views that we can learn and benefit on instead of a single-minded view on America like many Americans have.", this embodies exactly what America as a country should be like. Not only does educating ourselves we bring more intellectual knowledge but we also widen our own views. I am glad that you brought to this topic, which not many people think about. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you noticed a problem and brought your own unique ideas about it. There is a lot to be said and I think that this articles could potentially start an important conversation.
  • Ashley's Feb 20, 21:07 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Dear Katie: I agree with your stand on why schools should not be allowed to limit students online speech. One thing I did notice though was you had good reasons but not strong enough evidence. Your writing was good and you were clear with your stand. Hope you write again soon sis! Can't wait to read your next writing. Your Sis Garza
  • Arelly Calderon's Feb 20, 21:07 comment on Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Jaquelin, I am very pleased by your post, “Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?" because you supported your argument efficiently. You also brought in very understandable information that helped me further interpret your reasoning behind your opinion. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “When a topic like this pops up it disrupts the entire class from instruction and then leads the entire class to be off topic, but most of all affects the victim to be be really hurt and feel as an outsider.” I think this is significant because it really puts into perspective that cyberbullying is more than just a classroom disruption. Not only the class is being affected but also the individual. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is very informative. You also are very understanding about this topic and explain very thoroughly. -Arelly Calderon
  • Nathaniel's Feb 20, 21:06 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Dear Katie: I am intrigued by your post, “Should schools limit your online speech,” because I also agree with you that students online speech should not be limited. Another reason is because you target how it also "depends depends on the time and place it is happening". I agree because if it doesn't happen in on school grounds, what right do they have to deny students of their first amendment right. One sentence you wrote that stands out to be is "school should not limit the online speech of a student because the speech does not disrupt the school environment". I would like to respectfully disagree to agree (if that makes sense). I disagree with the idea that it does not cause a distraction in class because there are many scenarios such as gossip(specifically about someone who got bullied) that could disrupt the learning environment. However, if you meant to say that it was not a distraction in the classroom because it is no different from any other distractions that normally occur, then I would completely agree with you. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because our ideas are very similar and your writing is pretty interesting. I also look forward to seeing what you write next because you clearly establish your position and your believes in your writing. -Nathaniel R.
  • Evelyn's Feb 20, 21:06 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Amber, I am glad I read your post. I side with "schools should be allowed to limit students' online speech" but I wanted to gain some insight on the opposing side. You made some great points; but I had some trouble understanding your slang claim to the rest of your paragraph (par. 4). On the other hand, one statement you wrote that stood out to me was: "Limiting online speech will slowly weaken and ultimately vanish the 1st Amendment". I think this is a fair and accurate statement because limiting students' online speech will generate a lot of restraints on what they can or cannot say. Thank you for your writing. I can't wait to see what other interesting points you have to make regarding other topics.
  • Martin's Feb 20, 21:06 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    Dear Jackie: I disagree with you on your post, "Should Online Speech be Limited" because I disagree with the limitation of speech. You gave a reason that I disagree with and that reason is "online speech should be limited is because of privacy being invaded". In actual free speech no one's privacy is invaded. You don't give enough to persuade me to believe speech should be limited for privacy reasons. Thank you for sharing your opinions and using your voice to speak up on this topic. Martin C
  • Jackie's Feb 20, 21:05 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Dear Katie: I am very impressed by your post, " Should schools limit your online speech", Because you do prove a big point of view on why schools shouldnt limit there speech. On sentence that stood out to me was, ” Another reason why schools should not have authority to limit what you say online because it depends on the time and place it is happening”. The reason why is because the students and everyone else has the right to say, post anything they want no matter where they are.Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I enjoyed what you wrote about this topic and made me be very interested in what you had to say/ your opinion. Love, Jackie
  • Luis's Feb 20, 21:04 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave me a response. I am appreciative of it! Thank you for your feedback it is a motivation to me to write more well done posts for other readers just as great as you to read my posts!
  • Jamileth's Feb 20, 21:01 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    Dear Jackie: I am showing pathos towards your response on students online limited speech because I strongly agree with your statement that students should be punished when they are caught cyberbullying others it brings me as a reader anger that others may say otherwise. Your statements are very broad and important due to the fact this is a main issue to our society people should take this into consideration and how it affects our teens and adults now in days. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "In the study conducted by the cyberbullying Research Center we learn that the graph shows how there was a huge percent of people that have been bullied throughout their lifetime" (2). This quote basically is letting us know that there a significant amount of people that have been bullied once in their lifetime. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I truly enjoyed what you had to say about If schools should limit students online speech. Your voice matters and I am excited to see what you may have to say next. Jamileth
  • Luis's Feb 20, 20:59 comment on Should students online speech be limited?
    Dear, Arelly💕: I am astounded by your post “Should students online speech be limited?” because of how well done you wrote your post. It was absolutely amazing and breathtaking! It was such an honor to read a post from such a magnificent writer such as yourself! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This is alarming.” I think this is such an eyeopener. It is in fact true that the statistics you cited are truly alarming, and not much people realize that which is why it was great that you emphasized the importance of this. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you wrote such an intriguing post and I hope to see what other works you are capable of creating.
  • Ashley's Feb 20, 20:59 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Nate : I agree with your essay, “Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students Online Speech,” because it is true that authorities would not know who the bully is or who else was involved. You also make a good point of how it happens off campus and it is not illegal to hurt someone's feelings. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “the website was created outside of class time and it traveled into the school just like any other news, trends, or other subjects that can also cause distractions in the classroom.” I think this is important because everything is a distraction and it should not have been a big part of deciding whether the student got suspended or not. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you did a good job in your writing and were very clear about your point. Ashley
  • Arelly Calderon's Feb 20, 20:58 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Luis, I am very pleased, about your post, “Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech” because you express your thoughts clearly and thoroughly. The information you provided is easy to understand and it supports your claim efficiently. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “If schools are not allowed to limit students’ freedom of speech then they are left powerless when it comes to situations like these because they can’t do any legal actions" I think this is significant because its shows that schools should hold some form of power of the actions of the students attending their schools. Also, by limiting their speech, suicide can be prevented. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your point of view on this topic. You also seem to be very open minded and understand how to elaborate on such topics. -Arelly Calderon
  • Martin's Feb 20, 20:57 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    Dear Sebastian: I am impressed by your post, “Should Schools limit Students online speech ” because I agree with the point you are getting across. For example, cyber bullying lowers people’s self esteem. As well as their privacy being invaded. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: " 38.6% of the people surveyed it had no effect. ”. I think this is agreeable because when many people have low self esteem it leads to depression which can also sadly lead to suicide, this number shows that majority of people do see effects. Also, nobody should ever feel bad about themselves because we are supposed to be confident in ourselves and how we are. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you explain yourself really well. You also have good facts on what you’re saying and you back yourself up well. Martin
  • Rosa's Feb 20, 20:57 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    Dear Ignacio I am intrigued with "Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety" because you show data on how many students were effect (according to an age). Also, you add a rhetorical device which makes your essay stronger. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "25.1% of the females have been bullied. This is staggering. To imagine that more than ¼ of the girls at that school district have been cyberbullied is heartbreaking." I think this is terrible, many girls have been bullied, males have also been a victim; however, this can effect in a person in a variety of ways. First of all, cyberbullying can cause problems, like depression, self-harm, and worse conflicts. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you demonstrate a lot of important facts. This also shows that you care a lot towards situations like these. Rosa Fregoso
  • Jackie's Feb 20, 20:54 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Jamileth: I am excited to read your post, “Should Online Speech be Limited? ” because I agree with the point you are getting across. For example, cyber bullying lowers people’s self esteem. As well as their privacy being invaded. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “…38.6% had answered that due to the times they were bullied it created a huge affect which has affected their self esteem”. I think this is agreeable because when many people have low self esteem it leads to depression which can also sadly lead to suicide. Also, nobody should ever feel bad about themselves because we are supposed to be confident in ourselves and how we are. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you explain yourself really well. You also have good facts on what you’re saying and you back yourself up well.
  • Jamileth's Feb 20, 20:53 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech
    Dear Kevin: I am showing the same amount of emotion with your response on students with limited speech because I strongly agree with your statement. Your statements are very dauntless and important due to the fact this is a main issue to our society. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "Cyberbullying and physically bullying both have the same consequences and it can ruin someoneś happiness"(1).This quote signifies a lot because it's letting the reader know that cyberbullying can ruin someones happiness. This can cause someone else to harm themselves. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I enjoyed what you wrote about this topic and made me be very interested in what you had to say about If schools should limit students online speech. Jamileth
  • Jackie's Feb 20, 20:49 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    thank you for your feed back but we both have a different p.o.v.
  • Jackie's Feb 20, 20:46 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    thank you sissy <3
  • Alexis's Feb 20, 20:46 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    I really like how you started with your first sentence. I also like how you mention limitations on online speech is an unrealistic goal. As well as your writing being very clear and easy to read
  • Nathaniel's Feb 20, 20:44 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Thanks for your feedback
  • Rigoberto's Feb 20, 20:42 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    its ight
  • Jesus's Feb 20, 19:09 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Dear Katie, I am showing the same amount of emotion with your response on students with limited speech because I agree with your statement. Your statements are very bold and prominent. One sentence that stands out for is, " Another reason why schools should not have authority to limit what you say online because it depends on the time and place it is happening". I think this is one of the best answers because you have to be aware of the situation first. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I enjoyed what you wrote about this topic and made me be very interested in what you had to say. Jesus
  • Yesenia's Feb 20, 18:53 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Carla I agree with your post, 'Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech,' because cyberbullying could cause the victim to lose their self confidence. Cyberbullying could also affect how well teachers perform in the classroom. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ' over 115 teachers have been affected by bullying' because its not only the students that are victims of cyberbullying it's also the teachers. The teachers might not feel as comfortable going to school and teaching a classroom. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it was interesting reading about this. -Yesenia
  • Lourdes's Feb 20, 18:30 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Dear Katie: I am impressed by your post, “Should schools limit your online speech,” because this has happened in several school were they limit students’ online speech and see them get suspended or expelled. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Lately the school should not limit the online speech of a student because the speech does not disrupt the school's environment. It happens at home with a home computer. I think this is agreeable because their are violating our first amendment right. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is an agreeable topic about schools’ violating our first amendment right. As well as wanting to limit our online speech. Lourdes
  • Armando's Feb 20, 18:30 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    Dear Jose I am emotion with your post on restricting online speech in the name of students safety,"because schools are responsible to punish kids when they are hurting others. Then I also agree with you because schools do not want to see students being all sad when they are walking from class to class. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is that essential for schools to limit students online speech because there is an alarming number of students who have suffered online cyberbullying. I think this is good to use because every parent would come to school and tell teacher why is my kid sad and then they will need to explain. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next,because you know what schools should do to keep every student safe in that school.
  • Alyssa's Feb 20, 18:28 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    Dear Jackie: I am impressed by your post, “Should Online Speech be Limited? ” because I agree with the point you are getting across. For example, cyber bullying lowers people's self esteem. As well as their privacy being invaded. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “...38.6% had answered that due to the times they were bullied it created a huge affect which has affected their self esteem”. I think this is agreeable because when many people have low self esteem it leads to depression which can also sadly lead to suicide. Also, nobody should ever feel bad about themselves because we are supposed to be confident in ourselves and how we are. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you explain yourself really well. You also have good facts on what you're saying and you back yourself up well. Alyssa
  • Ricardo's Feb 20, 18:28 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    Dear sebastian : I am interested by your article should schools limit students online speech because it brings up the topic when should schools step in to stopping online speech. This also brings up the question should students have their constitutional rights on campus. one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "the first reason is there was no effect on teachers" this is interesting because i think it affects everyone differently and we shouldn't just look at this one example. Thanks for your writing i look forward to seeing what you write next because you had a good article explaining your ideas. you also were not biased when writing this article. Ricardo
  • Daniel's Feb 20, 18:28 comment on Should schools limit free speech?
    Dear little liz I am impressed by your post "Should schools limit free speech?" because you did not just pick one side of this argument but you chosen to do both sides. one sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is "The situation that took place was off school campus and it was on a website she wouldn’t be able to access in school." because it was right for the school to suspend the student for something that has happened off campus. thanks for your writing. i look forward to seeing what you write next because you have a great way of thinking on both sides of the argument. Also you provide great examples and explanations from the text you used for this argument. Daniel Valladolid
  • Yuliana's Feb 20, 18:27 comment on Is Immigration into the U.S. an Actual Problem?
    Dear Sophie, I am impressed by your post , “ Is immigration into the U.S an actual problem” because many people do not do the jobs that immigrants do. For example i have seen only on white young american working in the fields and he was surrounded but mexican, he would not understand what they would tell him but he did got along with them even thought they were different from one another with language. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ the government does not recognize immigrants” Is something that one day can change. For example a lot of americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo but do not know the main meaning to this. Maybe one day immigrants can get a day to get recognized like Martin Luther King JR day. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the topic you wrote about was good. I also look forward on reading it. Yuliana Vasquez
  • Juan's Feb 20, 18:27 comment on Nature vs The Brain
    Dear Lauren: I am amazed with your post “Nature vs The Brain”, because I have experienced that when I am indoors all day my head starts to hurt and I start to feel sick, but when I go outside I start feeling much better. I think it has to do with having some fresh air and oxygen go into the human body. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “The outside stimulus involved are known to positively influence the way we think, feel, and live”. I think this is true because being outdoors keeps us away from technology and we start to see all the positive things in real life opposed to seeing all the negativity on social media. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write about next, because your post was very interesting to read. Juan Gomez
  • Amber's Feb 20, 18:27 comment on Should Online Speech Be Limited ?
    Dear Jackie: I differ from your post, "Should Online Speech be Limited," because speech should not be limited. I feel like there are better reasons why it shouldn't be limited then the reasons you provided. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is," The last reason as to why online speech should be limited is because of privacy being invaded." I think this isn't a good reason that limit online speech because once you put yourself online your allowing people to see your life. If someone is worried about their privacy, the internet might not be the best thing for them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to see what you write next because I am pleased to share ideas and one's opinion. Although we might not agree on certain things it is good to share ideas.
  • Lizbeth's Feb 20, 18:26 comment on Government Knows Too Much
    Dear Lizbeth Alvarado : I am agreeing about your post “Government Knows Too Much” because sometimes we want our own privacy but we cannot do that because the government is always looking at us. Another reason why I agree with your post is because they do have a lot control over us but it is for our own good. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ The National Security Agency helps keep Americans safe from terrorist threats.” I think this is true because they do keep us safe. This is also a great point because it makes us realize that the government does care for us and they do what they do for a reason. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you make some great points. Also, because I want to know what else yu are thinking about. -Lizbeth Alvarado
  • Blanca's Feb 20, 18:26 comment on Fixing American Lit
    Dear Milo I am moved with your essay because you mention the idea of Tegan Griffith of being an American. Identifying as an American is not exclusive to one certain race. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is " It’s so important to learn about American Literature, to educate ourselves on how others feel about America and to understand a full picture of what America really is because there are many views that we can learn and benefit on instead of a single-minded view on America like many Americans have." I think this is a good point because a person should be open to other people's views. Each person is entitled to their own opinion and it is nice to know what they think of America. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing is very nice and formal. You made your point very clear throughout your writing. You also made the reader think more and want to learn about American Literature. Blanca
  • Elizabeth's Feb 20, 18:25 comment on Should Schools limit Students online speech
    Dear Sebastian: I am intrigued by your post “Should Schools limit Students online speech” because I fail to see eye to eye with your belief of freedom of speech not having a limit. The reason for this being is because yes it is your first amendment right to say what you want but, you should not be able to say something if it will hurt someone's feelings. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “The first reason is their was not affect on the teachers” I think this is inaccurate because we saw data that showed how a few teachers started to lose confidence and their teaching effectiveness went down. This really showed that it did have on effect on the teachers and the environment they were creating. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I hope to see more of your beliefs and see if we will agree or disagree on more topics. Elizabeth Vargas
  • Erica's Feb 20, 18:25 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students online speech?
    Dear Kaylee: I am Interested with your post, "Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students Online Speech?" because even though you think that schools should not limit students online speech you also know that people will disagree. I also like how in the beginning of your post you don't just get to the point of you thesis statement instead you lead into in. One sentence that stood out to me is, "The school can make as many rules concerning the internet as they like but parents are the ones making rules for when the students are not on school grounds." I agree with this sentence but also I think that even if parents are the ones making the rules out of school grounds, students will break them if it's their own parents making the rules. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you right next, because you seem to explain really well what the sources are saying in your own words. Also even if the sources would be for agreeing that schools should be allowed to limit students speech you made it work so that they would be agreeing with you argument. Erica
  • Teresa's Feb 20, 18:25 comment on Should students online speech be limited?
    Dear Arelly, I am very pleased with your Essay/Post because I can agree with what you have written and it is thoroughly explained. I also enjoy how you have information that I can easily read and understand. One sentence that really stood out to me was "She was being humiliated and insulted for actions she does at her own free will." I think that this is powerful. The reason this stood out to me was because I had not looked at the situation in that way. Thank you for your writing, bro. I look forward to your future writings because your explanations and knowledge is easily understandable. I also enjoy your writing because it is, again, very powerful. See ya. -Teresa
  • Guillermo's Feb 20, 18:25 comment on Government Control
    Dear Kayden I am amazed with your post “Government Control”, because I agree with what you said. Everything you said about it I feel like its true. Its awesome how you brought in so many facts about the government control. One sentence that you wrote that stands out ot me is “We the people are allowed to speak, judge, act and pursue the freedom we have as a American society but, are we”? I think this is impressive because, are we really able to do all of that? Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I thought it was an awesome article. Guillermo Lopez
  • Christian's Feb 20, 18:23 comment on Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Jacqueline: I am pleased, with your essay, “Schools Should Be Allowed To Limit Online,” because while reading you made some good points which i have to agree with. Students have been cyberbullied for years and i agree that it is a worldwide problem which has to be taken care of. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ When a topic like this pops up it disrupts the entire class from instruction and then leads the entire class to be off topic, but most of all affects the victim to be be really hurt and feel as an outsider” I think this is important because when you think about it, a student may feel bad and especially when everyone is talking around them which could lead to problems. This will disrupt the peace of the classroom which could cause less education for other students as well. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the topic of students having their free speech taken away really interested me and your writing was very clear to understand. I think you did a good job. - Christian Cisneros-Anzures.
  • Armando's Feb 20, 18:17 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    I agree with this because the schools should punish kids that bully others.
  • Daniel's Feb 20, 18:13 comment on Should schools be allowed to Limit students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Lizbeth I am impressed by your post "Should schools be allowed to Limit students’ Online Speech?" because i did not get a chance to focus on the other side that i did not choose which i though they should not be limited. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is "When people get bullied they tend to lose self-esteem and confidence" i thought this was interesting because it is true when people get bullied they lose all their confidence because they start to believe that the person who is telling them stuff is true. thanks for your writing. i look forward to seeing what you write next, because i believe that you provide good examples from each text you used. Also you used explanations to be able to understand your thinking towards the subject . Daniel Valladolid
  • Yuliana's Feb 20, 18:13 comment on Deportation
    Dear Luis Eduardo, I am impressed by your post, “Deportation”, because it is a huge problem here in the United States where people come to live better from what they had. They try to leave a bad environment but end up in the same situation here in the U.S. . One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ Our current president is trying to build a wall”. I think this is a very important topic because it really is not going to solve any problems smuggler will just find more ways to get into the U.S. The president is more worried about the wall when he should be worrying about “Making America Great” in helping the homeless, making better laws for bullying etc. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this was a good topic. I think you could have extended more on topics or examples. This was a good post to read. Yuliana Vasquez
  • Ashley's Feb 20, 07:08 comment on OUSD District Blog – Ashley Mujica
    Hey Abby, Thanks for reading my blog :). One of your question was asking what I can do to change the problems from my school district. Something I can try to do in the future is to talk to teachers and students about what they think about the lunch they produce at school. With their opinion we can try to create a change towards having more appetizing food. I have some questions for you : “Did you like the school lunch that the district provide to students? And If you don’t, “Would you go back and change the lunch food? And if you did , “Does eating in school help you concentrate in your classes?”
  • Lupita's Feb 20, 05:17 comment on Homelessness: Are Politicians Doing Enough?
    Dear Samantha, Thank you for taking time out of your day and responding to my blog. To answer your questions, the politicians aren’t 100% at fault but they are the people that are in control of where certain money goes and they oversee what happens in their community. So, since they haven’t fully tried to address this problem they are slightly only contributing to worsening it because they haven't taken action to make it better for the homeless. To answer your question about how the community could help is they could give some canned food because it can be preserved for a long time. But to support the housing they can give food or supplies/furniture that they don’t need, that way the city provides the housing but the community provides the sense to feel at home. Hopefully I have fully answered your questions. One question that I have for you is, if you were in the shoes of a politician what changes would you make to your community to support homeless people? I hope you have a great day!:)
  • Lauren's Feb 20, 00:50 comment on Family Separation=Fear and dehumanization
    Tania, I think that you are definitely on the right path on your solution and I would say the same things. Marches and awareness can change situations. Young people are so powerful when they mobilize. Best, Lauren D. UCR Graduate School of Education
  • Judith's Feb 19, 23:08 comment on Inclusion and Safety in OUSD
    Hi Erica, Thank you for reading and replying to my blog! I believe that by talking about identities and their intersectionality in general, a space is created to recognize how sexuality and gender expression can be included because we discuss how our identities can be impacted/harmed. However, our Ethnic Studies class isn't focused on only LGBTQ+ identities or sexuality and gender. So, we don't talk about related issues as much as we need to. If the curriculum was enough, I believe that the inclusion Ethnic Studies provides, would occur outside of the classroom too. Also, I think that we need more books with queer protagonists. This would allow youth to feel represented, important, and learn how to empathize and understand others experiences. I have not read much about curriculum in other cities or states and how they try to be inclusive. What is the curriculum like in your city/school? Have you attended an Ethnic Studies class before? If so, how inclusive was it? Did it actually leave a meaningful impact? What other changes do you think should be made? What results would those changes cause? -Judith
  • zaniya's Feb 19, 22:33 comment on Violence
    Hi Uslises Im zaniya from fremont high school Im in 9th grade.And i want to say was i'm so in love with your poem and i think you awesome at writing and you poem inspired me and my friends. so thank you and have a great day
  • Judith's Feb 19, 22:30 comment on Inclusion and Safety in OUSD
    Dear Frank, Thank you for reading and replying to my blog! I am happy you agree with what I wrote but I was wondering if you have any questions about my statements or would like to know more. There was a lot I learned in my interviews so feel free to ask about anything:). A question I have for you is when you wrote, "In order for intersectionality to occur we must embrace these ideals that are being taught in the classrooms and apply them to our daily lives". What do you think it will look like when we apply these ideals into our lives? Also, is this a necessary change? Lastly, have you been apart of an Ethnic Studies class? If so, what was your experience like? Thanks again! Judith
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 22:27 comment on Family Violence Affects Youth
    I like that you have done your research about domestic violence and I the way you explained it
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 22:24 comment on Two genders
    You explained more about genders in a paragraph then what I have researched I like that.
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 22:20 comment on The effects of violence
    I am convinced that you topic if informative but i wish that I can see more images of your topic.
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 22:17 comment on Shadow Box
    I like the images in the shadow box but can you explain why you put them in there
  • Makayla Watson's Feb 19, 21:48 comment on Should the Death Penalty be Legal?
    I agree with the author when she talks about how the death penalty shouldn't be legal why I agree with her is because 150 people were innocent and got taken of the death penalty.Another reason I agree is because a 14 year old boy was executed and years later he was found not guilty .
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 20:37 comment on My Shadow Box By Ulises Almanza
    I like the photos that you put on your shadow box meaning that family is everything.
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 20:36 comment on War and Violence!
    I like that you did a subject of war when war is the ugliest thing in the world and I am happy that someone made a project about it.
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 20:33 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    I did the same thing for my project when I was in 8th grade to graduate.
  • Jesus Morales's Feb 19, 20:31 comment on ICE is inhumane
    I like the way you explained why we don't need ice agents to control immigrants.
  • Jesus Gasca's Feb 19, 18:40 comment on Restricting Online Speech in the Name of Student’s Safety
    I agree with this because this has happened to one of my friends.
  • Travis Simpers's Feb 19, 18:40 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    I agree with you because plastic bottles just build up in the ocean to create things like The Pacific trash vortex and kill sea life.
  • robert buyard's Feb 19, 17:16 comment on My shadow box
    hi Edwin, my mane is robert and i am a Fremont HS student and i really like the way you format your shadow box because it is unique and it is the first time i have seen one like that. plus i see that you have a raiders symbol that is cool.
  • robert buyard's Feb 19, 17:09 comment on My Shadow Box
    Hi Chris my name is robert an i am a Fremont HS student and i really like your shadow box because i like cars too. plus i like the way you made your box by putting fabric and paper together.also i love the color blue
  • Tyquawn's Feb 19, 13:50 comment on Why do people feel the need to come to school and do nothing?
    Our stance on the issue is that students aren’t the problem the teachers are. One reason why we think that the teachers are the problem is because they give students a lot of homework that keeps the students up at night trying to finish the assignment. Sometimes the students don’t understand the work. A second reason is some teachers could negatively impact students learning. On thoughtco.com it says the vast majority of teachers are effective at their job , sandwiched in between bad and good teachers.
  • Breon's Feb 19, 13:49 comment on Why do people feel the need to come to school and do nothing?
    I agree and disagree with the author because it can be both the teachers and the students fault on how a child performs in school. The work may be too difficult for the student to do, the teacher may also be teaching in a difficult way and isn't interacting with the students enough, but it can also be the students fault, he/she may have been procrastinating in school, the student may have not had enough rest the night before school,or simply the student does not care about school or their knowledge.
  • Jo' Kara Drummond's Feb 19, 13:47 comment on Do The Police Deserve Our Trust
    I agree with the author that the police don't deserve our trust because they kill innocent people and don't answer emergency calls. In the article, the author says, " On New Years Day, 2009, an Oakland police officer shot and killed an unarmed, pinned suspect. Oscar Grant was a 22 year old African American man who was shot by, a white police officer that was sentenced to jail for 11 months. Oscar Grant clearly said " don't shoot, don't shoot" demanding that he wasn't dangerous or armed." This shows that they killed an innocent man. They also don't answer emergency calls. In the article, the author says, " But, how can we prevent crimes from happening if the police don't care to help out. This is supported by the " Oakland police dispatchers slow to answer calls which states, " 37 percent of all emergency calls were not answered within industry standards of 10 and 20 seconds." This shows that they don't answer to emergency calls.
  • Genetic Engineering's Feb 18, 04:46 comment on Introduction of genetic engineering
    Genetic Engineering is a set of technologies used to change the genetic makeup of cells, including the transfer of genes within and across species boundaries to produce improved or novel organisms. It will help to cure many genetic issues in future. It has high scope to build career in it. Thanks for informative article, keep sharing.
  • Nathaniel's Feb 15, 14:11 comment on I Stand With Angela
    Dear Kimani, I am amazed by your “I Stand With Angela,” post because it gave me a new perspective of Angela Davis and her role in civil rights. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Angela Davis was a very motivational figure during the Civil Rights movement and is still one till this day where she fights for justice no matter what country it is. ” This gave me a greater appreciation of Davis because she fights for the rights of everyone despite race and color. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Sarah's Feb 15, 06:17 comment on The Value of 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.
  • Sarah's Feb 15, 05:48 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Tristian Arrieta's Feb 15, 00:54 comment on The path of Immigration
    Dear Evelin, Yeah I do know people who are and who were immigrants. I have a few students in my classes that are from various countries in Central/ Latin America. I do believe there is a way to solve problems towards immigration. I personally believe that the immigration system should be reformed, the last true immigration reform was in 1986. I think we should hire more immigration judges, workers etc. to better serve the vast amount immigrants that are stuck in the process. I also believe that one of the best ways to help immigrants is to recognize why people leaving their country in vast numbers, and figure out a way to help those countries. I do not agree with the current stance the administration has towards immigration. I believe the first step to trying to help the immigrants is to recognize them as people that have a legitimate reason for coming over. However, it's hard to say what will work since it would have to be passed through congress which is more divided than ever.
  • Christina's Feb 15, 00:49 comment on Gentrification is Hurting Us
    Hi samantha! First of all I want to thank you for reading my blog it means alot to me. To answer your question about how I would solve gentrification in my area to to make our problem more volical weather that meaning on the news or on social media to project how it's hurting our community. If I were to start off with making this happen I might start off with a instagram account because that’s where people spend their most time. What would you do if you were in my place? ~Christina
  • Kimani's Feb 14, 14:10 comment on I Stand with Angela
    I enjoyed reading your "I Stand With Angela" article, it helped me understand way more about Angela Davis and how much of a great person she is. I also agree with your claim about how Angela Davis should get the award she was nominated for.
  • Milton's Feb 14, 14:06 comment on I Stand With Angela
    Dear Nathaniel : I am Incredibly amazed of your essay structure and your format. You state what is going on with famous activist Angela Davis and the award she was nominated for from the Civil Rights Institute. I feel that this essay was relevant to the fact that she was very bold to step up to the plate and stand her ground for Civil Rights that was needed for her people. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is‘’ The current events that is happening in Israel is shameful. Along with human rights violations to the Palestinian civilians, racism against African Migrants is currently happening’’.I think this is very because Another sentence that I thought stood out to me was: “I don’t know whether I enjoy being at the center of the controversy. I think I’ve had my share of controversies in my life.” This stood out for me because it represents what shes personally been through. Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was oppressed by the police in a situation that occured that i had completely nothing to do with, i was brought to court speaking to a judge And he completely looks over what i have to say, maybe it was because i wasn’t light skin.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are a very outstanding writer with high expectations.
  • Travis Simpers's Feb 14, 13:33 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    I agree because plastic can really mess up the environment and ecosystem.
  • Joseph's Feb 14, 05:02 comment on Challenge of Youth With Single Parents
    Dear Ariana, I’m pleased to know that you have great interest in my idea of a parental advisor. And when it comes down to more details on the parental advisor, I have to assume that they would take place in a “perfect world.” And in that world I believe that the government would fund for the advisors so their job can sustain them effectively. And when it comes to how the advisor would support the child I think of taking the child on trips, teaching them new things, guiding them on what they want to be in the future, that kind of support is what I think of. I'm still not completely sure on how the advisor would work yet. I'd love if you could reply and tell me your opinion on how the parental advisor idea should function. I look forward to your insightful opinions. Sincerely, Joseph Thornton
  • Lilly's Feb 14, 03:46 comment on Transparent Backpacks
    Thank you for sharing your very interesting point of view on the topic, Johnny. Although I believe the idea of having transparent backpacks is a safe precaution to see what students bring on a day to day basis, I do not think it is the best way to secure the safety of students from gun violence. I personally believe that the best way to solve issues regarding gun violence is to place stricter laws on who is able obtain guns. That way students are not able to access weapons of such violence. One of the other points made is that teachers should be more equipped with weaponry by providing them with guns. I think this will only cause the issue to be worse due to accidental or purposeful deaths that occur with the nature of guns themselves. The other problem I see occurring with transparent backpacks is based on the self expression of students. Although it may seem like a minor inconvenience that students will not be able to full express themselves through their backpacks, I think the issue could be a large problem. Most children lose artistry with dress codes and uniforms and would not want to give up the only self expression that they have, which is backpacks. Even though transparent backpacks are not going to solve all of the issues revolving around gun violence in schools, it is very inspiring to see that the conversation about safety in schools has began.
  • Erica H's Feb 14, 00:24 comment on The Effect Of Violence On Youth, Oakland California
    Hi Diego, I'm glad I had the chance to read your post. You've chosen a really important topic and drew on some very helpful sources. The Well Being Scorecard evidence really helped to make your point in a clear and stark way. I'm curious what the rates are in other areas near but different from Oakland. Were you able to compare Oakland to other communities? Since this is clearly impacting youth, I wonder what you think schools and teachers can do to help young people and communities. What would you recommend people do to help solve this issue?
  • Erica H's Feb 14, 00:14 comment on Inclusion and Safety in OUSD
    Hi Judith, I really appreciated reading your post about LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Safety in OUSD. It's an incredibly important topic for us to consider in our schools across the country. Your interviews seemed very interesting and that they gave you a good sense of ways that inclusion could be achieved. I wasn't clear from reading your piece whether you think the Ethnic Studies curriculum in OUSD does adequately include LGBTQ+ identities and related issues. Do you think that the curriculum helps students understand the importance of recognizing an intersectional identity including their gender expression and sexuality. Did you read anything about how schools in other cities or states do this well? What can Oakland learn from that?
  • Erica H's Feb 13, 21:52 comment on OUSD Budget
    Dear Janie, I really appreciated reading your blog about the OUSD budget crisis. You have clearly chosen a really important and timely topic. I know that teachers may strike starting next week to push the district for a contract and higher wages. You identified some important causes of the budget crisis, such as misuse of funds toward district salaries and consultants. I wonder if there is any decline in the student population in OUSD schools that is leading to school closures as well. Did you see anything about this in your research? I also wondered whether you read anything about the budget challenges Oakland has faced in the past and whether they are similar today or different.
  • Mr. Ogaz's Feb 13, 20:39 comment on Cultural Celebrations In Oakland
    Imelda, I love hearing about your passion for your community. That's something that I think more people need to have, some passion for where they come from, and the inclusion of other cultures in these events. As you described all the different variations of the food, I can almost smell the intoxicating aroma! I haven't personally been to one of these festivals, but that's going to be something I need to change! I want to go to a Day of the Dead festival. What are some things that I should do while at the festival? I want to remain as respectful as possible! Best, Mr. Ogaz
  • Kenya's Feb 13, 20:19 comment on Police Brutality Cause and Effect in Oakland
    Dear Brendan, I would like to thank you for commenting on my blog. It was great to read your comment and learn from your perspective on police brutality. What really stood out to me from your comment was when u stated, ¨How what you think your community can do to help end police brutality and what programs can you come up with to help bridge the gap between police and community”. Your comment helped me expand my thinking on how our communities can fight and stand against police brutality because it is indeed a problem that we need to address as humans. I also agree with you about how police brutality doesn’t only happen in Oakland which is also why I feel like we should take a stand and fight against brutality to prevent there being any more negative interactions between police and people. Hopefully i get to hear back from you again and your perspective on police brutality! Thank you! Kenya Sanchez
  • Imelda's Feb 13, 19:52 comment on Cultural Celebrations In Oakland
    Hey Mr. Ogaz thank you for taking the time out of your own personal life to comment on my post. Sorry I wasn’t very explicit I tried talking about the celebrations that I went to but I think it all got messed up. The 2 main focuses I wanted to point out were the 5 de Mayo celebrations and The Day Of The Dead celebrations. Yes I have gone to the latest celebrations! The recent celebration that happened in Oakland was the Day Of The Dead that happened around November and I decided to go. These celebrations are so beautiful like I mentioned in my blog you see many people come together as one. I did saw a good amount of cultures out. For example the food is all different. You go on one corner you have Mexican food. The other corner has Salvadorian food. Then you see Guatemalan food, etc. Not only the food but the music and the rhythm. While walking around you see the altars and those are honestly my favorite. They’re my favorite because people go out and decorate the altars with the objects their loved one enjoyed. These celebration really unite many others. Have you ever gone to any celebrations like these? If so I would love to hear back from your experience! Sincerely, Imelda Pablo
  • Anahi's Feb 13, 19:52 comment on Immigration and Deportation affects Families
    Dear Lenny Ledbetter, Im very happy that you felt enlighten by my post but you also mention that you didn't know much about immigration and the effects on family , I wonder why because immigration is a very known issue around the communities. I'm just wondering if you have a blind spot for this issues since it may not affect you as much as it affects others? If you would want to know more about the issue here a article that talks about immigration and families. https://americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/us-citizen-children-impacted-immigration-enforcement
  • Nathaniel's Feb 13, 19:41 comment on I Stand with Angela
    Dear Milton, I am moved by your “I Stand With Angela,” because it gave me a clearer understanding of who Angela davis is and what she did for the black population. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Angela Davis deserves the award because of the hard work and dedication she has put into her race and culture. As an activist, scholar and educated black women, Angela Davis wanted and still wants equality. ” I think this is wonderful because this made me aware of her role in our society and how dedicated she is. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Ingrid's Feb 13, 19:37 comment on Landlords Increase Rent Prices
    Hey Katie, thank you for giving me the good feedback because it helped me dig in deeper about my topic because those are some questions I didn’t think about since I had a lot in mind. Also, yes it was wonderful interviewing real people who have been affected by the rent changes and I encourage you to read this article ( https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/29/a-tale-of-two-cities-piedmont-investor-doubles-rents-in-low-income-neighborhood-sparking-oakland-tenant-protests/ ) it talks more about how bad it affected Jorge Rojas. It’s sad to me how house owners are starting to ask people to pay for their pet. I hope we can stop this soon and do something about it. Some questions for you, What’s your personal opinion about this topic? How has it affect you or your family? Who else you think is after the land ords? I hope you answer and thank you for reading my blog. Sincerely, Ingrid
  • Maria's Feb 13, 19:37 comment on Success Is Cause By LOVE!!
    thank you for taking your time and giving some good things you like I really appreciate it. I look forward to share more poetry or just different types of topic.
  • Gregorio's Feb 13, 19:36 comment on The Salvation Army
    hi Huitzilopochtli, thank you for replying to my work and telling me what you liked, it means a lot. Also i don't know if goodwill is similar to the salvation army because i didn't do any research towards goodwill so i can't really answer that. thank you for taking the time to read my work and replying to it. (please reply its for extra credit ;). )
  • Evelin's Feb 13, 19:36 comment on The path of Immigration
    Dear Tristian, Thanks so much for reading my blog! Also I appreciate your compliment about my topic. I really like the quote you mention from our 28th president of the United States. I’ll like to know more your opinion about immigration. Do you know anyone that is an immigrant or was an immigrant? Do you think there’s a way to solve the problem towards immigration, for example instead of sending them back from what they ran away from what you think we should do? Hope hearing back from you!
  • Kelly's Feb 13, 19:34 comment on       Immigration Reason and Causes
    Dear Warisha Ashfaq, Thank you for commenting on my post and taking the time to read this, I really appreciate! I personally have not experienced any immigration issues but my family has. Both my parents are immigrants from El Salvador and they have personal reasons to migrate to this country. I am very sorry that you have had to experience those types of jokes. Have you ever expressed your feelings to the people who joke about your experience? I personally feel like you should because they might not know that their words are really hurtful. Again, thank you for leaving me this comment. 🙂 Sincerely, Kelly
  • Diego's Feb 13, 19:34 comment on Redlining is a Toxic Paint
    Thanks James. Joseph Thornton didn't base his data on exact statistics but from prior knowledge of the subject. And yes, I would like to focus on redlining in other posts if accessible. Thanks again.
  • Kassandra's Feb 13, 19:33 comment on Why are people Moving in and out?
    Dear Ali, Thank you so much for the feedback! I was researching statistics on homelessness in Los Angeles, and I stumbled upon, https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html which explained,” The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 — in the last six years. (Including Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, which conduct their own homeless counts, the total is nearly 58,000.)” And I thought it was pretty interesting. But for homelessness in Oakland, I found that,” Oakland's homeless population is conservatively estimated at 2,761. Over 300 of the homeless people counted last year during a county census were children, and 68 percent of the city's homeless are Black. Most of the homeless have chronic health problems. Some are employed but can no longer afford the cost of housing in the Bay Area” from https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2018/01/21/united-nations-expert-describes-oakland-and-californias-homeless-crisis-as-cruel. I can tell homelessness is growing in my city because I see tents everywhere in the Bay. Do you or anyone you know struggle with homelessness, or struggle having a home? I look forward to hearing your response! Sincerely, Kassandra
  • Valerie's Feb 13, 19:33 comment on OUSD and Problems
    I understand what you are saying but I believe this blog is not showing judgement. OUSD has been known for being in debt for over a decade and they do absolutely nothing to raise awareness. Currently, the OUSD teachers are planning on going on strike because of the district. Also, they had millions of dollars funded to them by the state, yet they suddenly lost the $30 million dollars funded. I personally think that you should search more on OUSD since I did my research. Here is a link and I hope you stand in solidarity with OUSD. Please leave me a reply so I can know what you think now about the district. https://oaklandea.org/updates/remedying-educational-malpractice-oea-fact-finding-presentation/
  • Maria's Feb 13, 19:31 comment on Immigration Separation
    Thank you Alejandro for reading my article are really appreciate that you took your time and gave me some feedback and what you like. I'll be writing more about different topics and i also look forward to read some of your work.
  • Matthew's Feb 13, 19:30 comment on Why Does Marijuana Get Such A Bad Rep??
    Hi Danielle, thank you so much for the feedback! I haven't heard that term before, i will be sure to see more around that term. I agree, I'm really into politics and the deeper meaning of all major topics. Ill be sure to create more blogs when i have the time to talk about all the things I think are important, including sensitive ones. Again i really appreciate the feedback and a new vocab term to use in the future. take care!:)
  • Maria's Feb 13, 19:26 comment on Immigration Separation
    Hey, thank you for reading my article and giving back nice feedback I really appreciate your time. Some question i have for you will be what school do you go to? It will be nice to share things out to each other about the topic and like are you MEXICAN?
  • Wendy's Feb 13, 18:34 comment on How Should We Help Prevent Suicide
    Dear Adam Corn, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my blog and leave a comment on my work. I think your suggestions were really interesting and I will look forward to asking some of the counselors their opinions. I think it’s somewhat confusing how we don't have as many counselors of color here in our school knowing that we have 100% of students of color here. I think that is a really interesting idea and I didn’t really think about it as I wrote my blog. I think it was also interesting that you brought up, I should research what causes people to become depressed. I think in my opinion there's multiple reasons but that is a cool and interesting idea and I am looking forward to research more about that question. I was wondering if at UC Riverside the students have access to counselors they can relate to and feel like actually help out? I also happen to notice that you never agreed or disagreed with my argument on better counseling services being more effective so I wanted to know if you think that would make a bigger impact than having some other resource to help people with depression or suicidal thoughts? Thanks again for your time. -Wendy Perez Govea
  • Edwin's Feb 13, 18:26 comment on Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities
    Dear Steven Dinh, Thank you for your very thoughtful feedback on my blog based on police brutality. I really work on this very hard and researched a lot of supporting evidence to my claims of how it impacts the community and how to solve it with the city. The questions that you told me to think about are true because how can the states and the federal government can bring justice and how can we prove that there's police malpractice in a community. But, We will just think about it more during 2019. Overall, thank you for reading my hard work and I hope you would respond back. Have a good day and thank you for your time. Edwin M.
  • kalani limbrick's Feb 13, 18:25 comment on Prostitution in Oakland
    Dear kayla, I'm glad you enjoyed reading my blog and your advice is helpful to i will pick up on that again i happy you enjoyed my writing and hope you enjoy more to come.
  • Tania's Feb 13, 18:23 comment on Family Separation=Fear and dehumanization
    Dear Lauren D, Thank you for taking your time off and reading my blog, it means a lot to me. I like how you were able to agree with me on this topic, and you’re completely right it’s very important. You asked me,”What do you think are some ways we can combat our immigration problem?”. Well in my opinion I think that for right now there would be no solution to fight back because obviously our president Trump has more power than us. But maybe if we do marches and certain things like that, it can bring awareness because there has been some powerful movements before that made changes. But I’m also curious do you know any ways we can combat this problem? sincerely, Tania
  • kalani limbrick's Feb 13, 18:21 comment on Prostitution in Oakland
    Dear Kaylee, I'm glad you enjoyed my blog and grateful that you stumbled upon it and also had you thinking thats what i want when i'm writing and having you as one of my readers is pretty cool i hope you can reply back to thus when you get the chance.
  • Mr. Ogaz's Feb 13, 18:16 comment on Gentrification is a “Slap In The Face”
    Kanika, Your words really do mean a lot to me, as I'm only a student teacher right now so I'm glad they have such a positive impact. So the feels are mutual! What I want you to start thinking about are some of the subtle ways gentrification can make people feel worthless. So your original argument is around the rent causing people to lose their homes reinforcing the stereotyping of the people, but what other ways can this make people feel less than that? Are there any other side effects of gentrification? These aren't easy to see, but as I pointed out earlier, you have keen eyes to see things most don't so I know that you can figure some of those things out!
  • Dustin's Feb 13, 18:15 comment on Can Fortnite affect a person negatively or positively?
    boi im really bouta getcho pickle chin head ah boi
  • Calvin's Feb 13, 18:07 comment on Oakland is becoming unrecognizable
    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I like your idea of adding the gentrifier perspective because I believe that there is some good in gentrification as well, I only wrote about it's negative effects on Oakland. What do you think are some ways that gentrification can help? I hope to hear back from you soon. Thank you!
  • Ariana's Feb 13, 17:24 comment on Fighting to Change the Foster System
    I will keep your suggestions for next time. 🙂 A few questions I have for you are.. What is a preservice teacher? What do you do as a teacher to make sure your students that come from the foster system to feel safe and aren't distracted by everything that is happening to them?
  • Kanika's Feb 13, 17:24 comment on Gentrification is a “Slap In The Face”
    Dear Mr. Ogaz I love that you think my argument for keeping gentrification out of Oakland is very compelling because i'm only in the 9th grade and to get such a delicate eye to read and even notice my blog/work is very beholden. So I thank you for taking your time out and reading and commenting on my blog and to answer your question of what other affect does gentrification have on community is that the community may feel that their not worth nothing like feel like they have no value.
  • America's Feb 13, 17:20 comment on Family Violence Affects Youth
    Thank you Alex! I really appreciate you for commenting on my blog this will help me a lot to become a better writer. I wondering if you have any ideas on what I could add to my blog?
  • Oscar's Feb 13, 17:18 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Thank you so much for reading my blog! I appreciate all of the feedback that you gave me, I will consider looking in more depth about what you suggested. Just to clarify the ¨wealthy people¨ people that I meansion is the people who live in the hills of Oakland, I do not know exactly how much they make but I´d say no minimum than 100,000 per year. I love how you included how I should include access to grocery stores and access to fast food chains I think that is a great idea. Although those ideas are great I don´t really understand SES (socioeconomics status). I hope you can explain to me in more depth about it because I am really interested. I hope to you can comment in order so we can talk more. Thank you so much.
  • Juan's Feb 13, 17:16 comment on Rent is causing anger
    Dear Yan, I want to thank you for the positive feedback. I agree with what you said "I think that when people look to the issue of gentrification positively, they tend to focus on “oh look all the increased rent made the neighborhood nicer” and not “the people who made that community unique cannot afford to live there anymore.” but I want to know what are your full thoughts on gentrification?Is gentrification a problem in Riverside? Looking forward to your response.
  • Dulce Mendiola Flores's Feb 13, 15:28 comment on Should Bottled Water Be Banned?
    i think shouldn't because the tap water is too nasty for people's health 😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😭
  • Kimani's Feb 13, 14:22 comment on I Stand With Angela
    I agree with your argument that Angela Davis should receive the award that she was originally nominated for. I also feel like the tweet the Jewish Voice For Peace made about Angela Davis was very unnecessary and inappropriate as well.
  • Yan's Feb 13, 04:05 comment on Growing up in Oakland
    Hello Latrell, Your piece on the duality of enjoying and struggling through life in Oakland offers a very optimistic and hopeful perspective! I think, as someone who grew up in Oakland, it's all too easy to focus on the hard times in life and about my old friends who left school early to do unsavory things. You chose to talk about all of those things: the loneliness, the difficulties growing up, and the pain of seeing friends do horrible things, as well as the good sides of living in Oakland and being in the center of everything. What are some solutions or programs that could decrease the amount of bad experiences kids in the future have to deal with that you've had to handle? For those who grew up too fast and are going into a life of drugs and crime, what are some ways or solutions for them to leave that life if they chose to? I'm excited to read more from your perspective!
  • Yan's Feb 13, 03:51 comment on Rent is causing anger
    Hello Juan, Your last line in your amazing post, "However, right now it is important to focus on the renting crisis because even if some changes happen for the positive, who will enjoy them?" is amazingly worded and poignant. It also ties together the whole message of your post, which is that the people who have lived in Oakland all their lives will be forced out of their homes in exchange for material improvements they cannot even enjoy. I think that when people look to the issue of gentrification positively, they tend to focus on "oh look all the increased rent made the neighborhood nicer" and not "the people who made that community unique cannot afford to live there anymore." Some other viewpoints you might be interested in might be the ethics behind this and connect it to what Oakland and the Bay Area's position on this is at the moment. I'm curious to know if protest is really the only answer however. While protesting does bring attention to the issue, what are other ways to be involved that concerned citizens in Oakland or in other cities in the Bay Area can use to create a solution or help people who have been displaced? I'm excited to see what you write next!
  • Ariana's Feb 13, 03:01 comment on Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities
    Hello Oscar, To start off you got my attention when you included the quote of African Americans born in West Oakland are expected to die 15 years earlier than a White person. Sadly, I wasn’t surprised reading this comment due to everything happening in society such as racial prejudice, redlining and police brutality. Unfortunately, one’s socioeconomic status (SES) affects the health benefits and insurance they receive. Everyone has access to healthcare but for lower SES their insurance doesn’t cover much therefore, they can’t afford many services or treatments as those in higher SES due to money. I suggest looking into redlining and how one’s SES weighs in whether they have more access to grocery stores compared to fast food chains, access to certain facilities such as gyms, parks, etc. In addition, when you say wealthy people, who are those wealthy people? The middle class? The 1% percent? Families earning over 50,000 dollars a year? In addition, you should expand more with what your solutions are because it’s a great start but not enough to make a change. Please clarify this but other than that I enjoyed reading your blog.
  • Katy Garner's Feb 13, 02:54 comment on Violence in Oakland
    Leslie, I enjoyed your article, very thoughtful work! I really like how you focused on ways to solve the problem of violence in Oakland. I appreciate that you looked at three solutions and went into detail about them. I also love that you included interviews and cited sources! I can tell that you care about this issue and I appreciate that you are thinking critically about it as a member of your community. Perhaps you could add in a counterpoint and a refutation of the counterpoint to make your argument more persuasive. What might be an alternative viewpoint? What might someone who doesn't think violence in Oakland exists due to a lack of opportunity say? What about somebody who doesn't agree with your solutions? Good conclusion, but maybe you could develop it some more. Is there anything that an individual citizen can do? How might community members in Oakland be able to create change, or even a space for greater dialog? Great job with this article! It was a great look at solutions to violence in Oakland. I would love to hear back from you regarding the counterargument or the questions I posed, and I would also love to hear if you have any more thoughts about solutions to violence in Oakland. Best, Katy G.
  • Ali Reno's Feb 13, 02:52 comment on Why
    Kayla, Your blog is very impactful and thoughtful. I agree with you that rape is not addressed enough in our society. Your interview with the woman that was rape 7 years ago was quite meaningful because she said the same things that we all hear are the reactions of women who have been raped. I would be interested to know if you know how women can begin to heal from such a traumatic experience. Healing is very important - it isn't fair for a woman to have to carry the burden of that trauma. I'd love to hear your thoughts Kayla! Take care, Ali
  • Mr. Ogaz's Feb 13, 02:51 comment on Cultural Celebrations In Oakland
    Dear Imelda, I love that you decided to choose something that you're clearly passionate about. I find that community engagement and involvement IS something that is for everyone. The fact that you brought up such a controversial title that Fox decided was "appropriate" is very important when thinking about the impacts of words. This is generally something that not many people would be able to pick up, as it's usually looked at as "a catchy way to be viewed." In any case, I didn't fully know what event you were talking about. It would have been amazing to describe the atmosphere as if you were there, to introduce the topic. When you mentioned the ofrendas and began to describe them, I could see them in my minds eye! Did you attend the festival? And if you did, what other cultures did you observe respectfully taking part while there? I'd love to hear your story of being there if you have one!
  • Samantha L Swanson's Feb 13, 02:51 comment on Gentrification is Hurting Us
    Hi Christina! I enjoyed reading your blog post. You did a great job defining gentrification as well as integrating evidence and graphs to support your point that gentrification is hurting the majority population of Oakland. I would encourage you to think about the following question: What are steps that the community can take, or even you as a student, to resolve this issue? I would love to hear back from you! 🙂
  • Danielle Brees's Feb 13, 02:50 comment on Why Does Marijuana Get Such A Bad Rep??
    Matthew, I really enjoyed your blog post! Marijuana is a very controversial topic lately but it's good for young people like you to understand where controversial issues begin, like with Nixon's campaign. I think it was a very smart choice of you to include a current analysis of how marijuana is perceived. The stigma is definitely changing with more states deciding to legalize the drug. You could expand your argument by explaining why different states have decided to legalize it. Also, if you want to expand your vocabulary, you could use the term "scapegoat" in your blog. It basically means to blame one issue on specific people because they are already looked down upon in society. Other than this, you really did your homework and you have a nice compelling argument that is fully supported. I look forward to reading the rest of your work! Danielle
  • Alex's Feb 13, 02:49 comment on Immigrants Create A better Community
    Hello Marleni, Let me first start out by saying that I really appreciate you having the courage to discuss such a difficult topic. I think you make some excellent points throughout your argument, and I particularly enjoyed the section that discussed the cultural assets that immigrants bring to the United States. Diversity exposes us to new perspectives and traditions that only serve to benefit our lives and make us more empathetic. I also enjoyed your section on the economic benefits of immigration, but I would encourage you to find statistics that support your claims. While I agree with your arguments, someone who may not agree with you will find it unconvincing unless there is evidence to back up your claims. Some topics you can consider researching are how much money immigrants pay in taxes in each year, what sorts of jobs immigrants take and why those jobs are important to the American economy. Once again I would like to thank you for discussing such an important topic. It is students like you who are going to make a positive impact on this world. Keep exploring the world around you and never stop asking questions! Best Regards, Alex
  • Dylan (From UCR)'s Feb 13, 02:49 comment on Why
    I admire your capacity for empathy, and respect your approach on a critical topic such as this. Raising awareness about rape and the impacts it has on people is very important, and unfortunately not talked about enough due to being considered inappropriate or taboo by society. Even so, spreading information like this is very important, and youth need to be aware of these issues. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, rape is the most under-reported sexual assault, where 63% of cases are not reported. That number is far too high and presents a danger to the general public for people of all lifestyles and ages. As someone of your age- where discussing this in school can be an issue- how would you go about trying to educate your peers about this? Would you attempt to lead a presentation on this in the school? Meaning, would you publicly advocate within your school? Or, would you launch a campaign in your personal life outside of school? What would you want to do, and what do you feel comfortable doing? I'd love to here your response.
  • Mr. Suffolk's Feb 13, 02:49 comment on Change your opinion of immigrants
    Dear Miguel, Thank you for sharing an inspiring article on a subject that affects the lives of millions of people - not just in Oakland, but all over the country. I particularly liked your usage of rhetorical questions to drive your point home to your readers when you asked "Are all immigrants animals? Do they deserve to be in the US?" I can clearly tell that you have a grasp on ethos, pathos, and logos, and I think it worked well in persuading your audience. One thing I think you could do even more is to tap into the logos even further. Give your reader more logical reasons as to the benefits of immigration - how does it improve the economy? How does it positively influence American culture? There's a wealth of information out there to make your case even more persuasive. I hope to hear back from what you have to say about this suggestion. You are clearly passionate about this topic, so I know you'll find something great. Mr. S
  • Warisha Ashfaq's Feb 13, 02:48 comment on Oakland
    Dear Martha, I am happy that you chose to write about a topic that is so important in the United States right now, specifically Oakland since that is where you must reside. I found your blog post so informative as I didn't even know what a "sanctuary" city was. I am very glad to know that Oakland protects their undocumented citizens. It is very true that people migrate to the U.S. for safety and a better future for their families so as a free country, it is the U.S.' job to protect them and give them the rights they deserve as humans. While I know not all cities are like Oakland, it is satisfying to know that at least there a few in the Bay area. I also liked that you used personal interviews as your resources for evidence. That makes the topic closer to the heart because these are real life stories we are reading about. I want to ask, do you know anyone personally that has been affected due to this issue? Once again, great job on writing this blog and stay awesome!! Sincerely, Warisha
  • Robby Zeeb's Feb 13, 02:48 comment on Immigration Separation
    Starting off, this is really well done. You have clearly addressed what the issue is and have provided solid (albeit horrific) examples of what's going on with border patrol and immigrant families. While I'm totally down for countries being open bordered, other people are not as eager to have foreigners coming into the country. This could be another talking point for you. You mentioned how these immigrants are just people who want a decent life for their family, you could try to find an article that has opposing views and then refuting it. Doing that would give your blog more credibility. Keep up the great work, let me know if you need help finding an article like that.
  • steven dinh's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on Fighting to Change the Foster System
    Dear Ariana, Your post is insightful because it focuses on an issue that is rarely discussed. As a preservice teacher I have many students who come from foster homes. I never really knew some of the struggles my students can face in detail before reading this post. One thing to think about regarding this post is specificity. What are the actual policies regarding the information you wrote about in the second and third paragraph? In what ways are some individuals manipulating the system? Overall the post is great and it is evident that you are genuinely concerned with the issues you raised in the post. I want to challenge you to address some possible solutions to the issues with the foster system. Best, SD
  • Vicky's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on Oakland violence
    Dear Brian, I agree with what you said. If the educational system put more fundings in extracurricular activities, students would not be force to be involved in gangs affair and continue the school-to-prison pipeline system. It is really unfortunate that an unsupportive environment can lead a student to fall into the path of the gang life. For your post to be better, I think it might be better if you proof read or clarify what you are trying to say. For example "Another way to get rid of violence because of gangs is having more programs in schools", this sentence does not grammatically makes sense and can make it confusing for readers to understand what you are trying to say. Thanks for your writing, I can't wait to read more because your writing makes me reflect about our society and the changes we need to make so that every students can be successful and not get involved in the gang life.
  • Haley Martz's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on Prostitution in Oakland
    Kalani, Thank you for drawing attention to such an important issue. I think you could include an argument on the prevalence of prostitution in low-income communities. Do you think there is a relationship between the two? Is there a high unemployment rate in the area? A high population of sex workers in an area is typically related to the rates of poverty or unemployment, and these women become sex workers out of necessity. I also think you need to make a distinction between prostitution and sex slavery. Prostitution can be something a person chooses to do as their career, and sex slavery is something a person is forced into doing. Making this distinction, interviewing an expert on the issue, and maybe including some statistics, could really strengthen your argument. Best, Haley M. UCR Graduate School of Education
  • Frank-Robert Akubuilo's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on The Effect Of Violence On Youth, Oakland California
    Dear Christy, Thank you for your thoughts on violence in the city of Oakland. I am not going to lie, growing up in Southern California I have always heard those nasty things that were said about Oakland. However, I know based on the things that I have watched and from my visits up there that Oakland has a very rich history in which the people that lived there stood for something great and from what I can see still do. There is no doubt in my mind that things will get better and people will realize that the youth hold the power towards making change. Sincerely, Frank
  • Kaitlyn @ UCR's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on Solutions To Oakland Violence
    Hi Daniel! I absolutely LOVE how you used what you've observed and experienced personally to talk about the prevalence of violence in the Oakland community. I can hear the passion in your voice and it is powerful and informative! Also, I felt that it was really powerful that you used stories and personal accounts from citizens living in the Oakland community. I really enjoyed the two solutions you suggested, especially the one about police reaching out and community with the locals. However, I was wondering, have you thought of any solutions that students at your school site can do to stop the violence in Oakland? If so, what may that look like in a school or classroom setting? I am curious to hear more of your thoughts on this incredible important topic!
  • Adam Corn's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on How Should We Help Prevent Suicide
    Hi Wendy, Good job with your topic selection and research. This is an important issue that students around the country are facing. Your sentence, "There is multiple ways that people cope with how they are feeling but some ways make someone feel worse because they hurt them physically, but counseling is truly the most effective when done properly." is a great summary of what individuals need when they are facing suicidal thoughts. I would encourage you to look at two things. First, investigate why the suicide attempt rate is as high as it is. What is causing people to become depressed and begin thinking suicidal thoughts. There is a lot of research on this topic, and it may help you look for solutions in Oakland. Second, I suggest looking at your comments about the current counselors available in your school. Why are there not more counselors of color available. And, why can't students relate to white counselors. Are there issues beyond race that may cause the distrust or discomfort? This is a difficult topic, but I am excited to know that students are thinking about this issue, and I look forward to solutions you or your peers think of to help decrease suicide rates. Adam
  • Nina's Feb 13, 02:47 comment on Oakland is becoming unrecognizable
    Hi Calvin, I really enjoyed reading your post about gentrification because this is a topic that I am very interested in. I liked how you not only stated that gentrification causes the diversity of the area to narrow, but how you further explained why families of a specific kind are being pushed out of the neighborhood and who is benefitting from this. I would encourage you to also show this topic from the perspective of a gentrifier to give your post a little bit of both sides of the story. I look forward to reading more about your post and this topic. Thank you.
  • Erin Jenne's Feb 13, 02:46 comment on OUSD and Problems
    Hi Valerie! I think you did a fantastic job of covering the current debt situation in Oakland Unified, something of which I was unaware up until I read your work. You used several good sources to support your stance on the debt crisis in your school district. I think however that you may have jumped the gun a little bit in making a value judgement about the district managing their money; in my understanding, districts receive little federal funding and only some state funding meaning they have to make up the rest, and that can be tough. Maybe the next step in your research could be to look deeper into financial decisions made in the last 15 years by administration to determine whether or not they mismanaged funds. However, I absolutely agree that essential programs including the after-school lunch program and after-school sports should not be cut. I did band in high school and we were constantly worried about our program getting cut for budgetary reasons, so I understand. Additionally, students deserve to be fed especially if that is something their family cannot afford. That being said, what are some ways that Oakland Unified could find funding or raise money to support these programs, because they are so important? I hope this was helpful to you! Feel free to respond to my thoughts on your thoughts.
  • Douglas Green's Feb 13, 02:46 comment on Does Music Truly Benefit Oakland Schools ?
    Good Evening Celeste, My name is Douglas, and I am currently a student at U.C. Riverside in the Masters Program in Education. Let me first convey my surprise when I learned that you are only in 9th grade. Your skill at writing exceeds that of my 11th graders that I currently teach at Moreno Valley High School. Your essay is beautifully researched, and your ideas are clearly conveyed. If I had the power to keep your music program intact, I would fully fund it in perpetuity. You are indeed correct in all your assertions regarding the benefits of the arts when coupled with the conventional disciplines of English, mathematics, and science. However, I have a few questions that I believe would help you both demonstrate your depth of knowledge on this issue and create an opportunity for you to strengthen your argument in favor of maintaining the funding for the music curriculum: What is the exact argument of your opponent in this debate? Can you explain your sentence from the second-to-last paragraph of your essay? "Some people may think that music programs are useless and don’t have a place in the education system." Who are "Some people" and what are the specifics of their side of the debate? I believe that if you can incorporate the answers to these questions coupled with your own carefully crafted responses to their arguments, your essay would be stronger and more persuasive. Best, Douglas
  • Abby's Feb 13, 02:46 comment on OUSD District Blog – Ashley Mujica
    Hi Ashley, I think it's great that you're thinking critically about how your school district is affecting you and your peers academically, and address the issues that prevent your school district from adequately supporting you in your academic careers. I especially like the way that you address the way that your school district can actually have a huge impact on your learning by choosing to support your nutritional needs, not only through strictly academic issues. I agree that providing foods that students will not eat actually leads to students having poorer health by refusing to eat, and leads to greater amounts of food waste. Do you have any solutions for encouraging the school district to supply the students with better food? Is there a way that you could engage with school district officials to begin addressing this issue? Are there ways to work with your peers to make this issue more prominent in your school district? You have a lot of potential in exploring these issues, and I look forward to your response!
  • James G's Feb 13, 02:46 comment on Is school lunch a problem?
    Hi Chris, I really enjoyed your post. I think your use of anecdotal, personal evidence in the form of interviews with students and staff added a really personal and convincing flair to your topic, because you are basing your argument off of the lived experiences of your peers. Have you considered researching how Oakland Unified's school menus compare to menus in the surrounding area, or even menus around the world? It might be interesting for you to see how similar or different Oakland's lunch offerings are to different communities that have different income levels and demographics. I know that many popular news websites like Buzzfeed often have videos that compare school lunches from around the world, so maybe you could start there and see what sources they use to continue your research. I would love to hear back from you about any information you might have found about different school lunch options around your community and around the world. Additionally, I would love to hear whether or not you are thinking about taking this research further and possibly coming up with a plan to fix Oakland Unified's lunch situation. Keep me posted! Best, James
  • Tristian Arrieta's Feb 13, 02:45 comment on Do You Care About The Homeless In Your Community
    To begin with i like your choice of picture since it draws a person to read your blog. you have interesting topic and i believe you can use more research in it. I love how you incorporated the chart, however i suggest that you tell us about some of the important data in the chart to make it more impactful. I suggest that you look into the past homeless rates to see if the rate has gone up. i love how you have looked at your community and recgonized a problem which has led you to now call it out. In the future if you choose to write about the problem more have some solutions. What things do you think people and the community in Oakland can do to combat homelessness? The use of interviews really helps to add a voice to the problem! Great Work! Look forward to reading more of your work.
  • Brendan Davila's Feb 13, 02:44 comment on Police Brutality Cause and Effect in Oakland
    Kenya, Your blog was extremely well-written and you have a great perspective on police brutality. I really like the perspective you took on who the police attack. You focused on how they don't protect the lower socio-economic classes and instead hurt them. In essence they give better treatment to the higher classes. Why do you think that is so? I was also enraged to learn that a 14 year old girl got punched in the face for practically doing nothing. I agree police have way too much power when using violence. I believe to "serve and protect" means just that and not using violence if necessary. One thing I would encourage is research on what Oakland is trying to do to help end that divide of police mistrust and what steps has the police department has taken to show they are not using violence for many of their arrests. Also, I am curious to see how what you think your community can do to help end police brutality and what programs can you come up with to help bridge the gap between police and community. I think this is a problem across the United States and not just in Oakland. I think race does have some aspect in it, and it stems from stereo-types and prejudice. Great Post, Brendan Davila
  • Samantha L Swanson's Feb 13, 02:43 comment on Homelessness: Are Politicians Doing Enough?
    Hi Lupita! I enjoyed reading your post. You did a great job integrating your evidence to support your points regarding the rise of homeless populations due to gentrification. I'm saddened to hear that this issue is occurring in Oakland because it is also occurring here, in the Los Angeles area. I think it would be useful if you thought about the following questions in order to strengthen your argument: Do you think that politicians are truly 100% at fault for this issue? How can the community come together to support new housing and infrastructure for the homeless population? I would love to hear back from you! 🙂
  • Esmeralda Cano's Feb 13, 02:43 comment on How can your world improve
    Jai'Kari, I'm so glad to hear that your experience living in Oakland is an improvement from that of your mothers, I would like to know what "community interventions" specifically contributed to this wonderful change. I urge to research what other members of your community have experience. I also wonder how far back you looked into the history of violence in your area and what improvements the police force has experienced. Best wishes, Esmeralda Cano
  • Jessica's Feb 13, 02:42 comment on Sex trafficking in Oakland
    Jocelyn, thank you for sharing your insight about this topic. There are many people that are affected by sex-trafficking that go unseen by people, or their families and friends. If you watch football, consistently every year, the superbowl is the largest event that has the most people being sex trafficked - a horrifying amount that happens. every. year. But just as you pointed out, this happens frquently in your community, and it also happens frequently in my own community with students in the area who think that they have no other place to go. One of the comments that you made in the 4th paragraph was: "Additionally, young girls involved in sex trafficking often don’t speak up because they don’t know where else to turn and home is not an option" and this brings up the questions that if home is not an option, where do these young girls go? Do you think there are any resources or safe houses in Oakland for young people trying to escape the clutches of their "pimps"? If more people within the community who were aware of the signs of sex-trafficking, we can be able to stop prostitution and hold the pimps accountable for their choices to sell people.
  • Ariana's Feb 13, 02:41 comment on Challenge of Youth With Single Parents
    Hello Joseph, I found your article to be very impressive. Including statics, scholarly articles, interviews and both views on the topic of single parents was very informative. I wasn’t aware of the increased rate of single parents within Communities of Color therefore, thank you for informing all of us this crucial information that should be addressed more. However, can you expand more about this personal or parental advisor? I’m aware this advisor would provide assistance inside and outside of school but what assistance would they be providing outside of school? In addition, is the advisor going to be doing this for free or where would the money be coming from? And will the school and district approve of this? I suggest expanding more into your recommendation in having these parental advisors. Overall, you made a lot of key points and arguments. Keep it up!
  • Katy Garner's Feb 13, 02:41 comment on Landlords Increase Rent Prices
    Hi Ingrid, Great article, very thoughtful! I like that you discussed real-world people who are affected by the rent prices, and I also like that you provided citations. I think that it is a great idea to discuss how this issue affects both citizens and undocumented peoples living in Oakland, and I think that it is wonderful that you included interviews with these folks. I think that you could make your point more persuasive by providing a counterpoint, then refuting it; perhaps landlords need money too? Are they increasing prices because of wear-and-tear on the units, or because units are being poorly taken care of? A few questions for you to think about: How is this issue more than just an effect of our economy, more than just supply-and-demand? Are the landlords really the ones with the power here? What are other forces at play in Oakland that have an effect on rent prices? I like your conclusion, but I think you can develop it more. What are some real-life, tangible steps that citizens can take to fix this problem? How can folks in Oakland create change? Great start thinking about this topic, I like that it is something personal to you and your community, and I can tell you care about it. I enjoyed reading your article and I would love to hear your thoughts about these questions, and about the larger topic of rising rents in Oakland! Best, Katy G.
  • Ali Reno's Feb 13, 02:41 comment on Why are people Moving in and out?
    Kassandra, I really appreciate your post. I live in Los Angeles, and we have the same problem with high rents and lack of affordable housing. The topic you chose is very relevant and deserves more awareness and action. Have you thought of linking your research on evictions with research on rental increases? In Los Angeles, I believe we have a similar problem with evictions. Landlords keep raising the rent so that, even if a family could at one time afford the rent, they no longer can afford it and they are evicted. I would also be curious to know what the statistics on homelessness are - I think these statistics might make your argument stronger. Lovely to read your post! I would love to hear your thoughts on the issues I've raised! Take care, Ali
  • Mr. Suffolk's Feb 13, 02:40 comment on Family Violence Affects Youth
    Dear America, I am impressed by how thoroughly researched and well-cited your article is! It clearly shows how much effort you put into finding information about your topic. I also like how you structured your argument to have your points build off of one another, going from how family violence not only affects performance at school (something more visible) to the well-being of students (something that is harder to see). I think you took a good step in identifying how counseling services can be a solution. However, I'd encourage you to explore that idea further. Are there programs that implement better counseling at schools for this kind of subject? Have schools tried such programs before, and have they been successful? What are some barriers to implementing such a program? Having as specific and concrete an action plan as possible will make your argument even better! I would love to hear back from you if you find any additional information about implementing successful counseling services for students! Keep up the good work. Mr. S
  • Nina's Feb 13, 02:40 comment on Why Violence is a Problem
    Hi Irvin, I really enjoyed reading your post! This topic was very interesting to me because I have an older sister that actually lives in Oakland, so I was interested in learning about the community. I really liked how you showed specific ways (such as negatively affecting grades and needing therapy) violence can affect students’ lives. I liked how you added the part about it taking a community to raise a child, and how the community and environment a person is raised in, and lives in, can ultimately affect or influence their behaviors and actions. I would be interested in knowing if you also researched statistics and crime in other cities in the Bay Area like San Francisco to show whether or not this issue is mainly present in Oakland, or if it’s also in the surrounding areas that may have different demographics. I would encourage you to look into this to really emphasize if crime in Oakland is more heavily tied to race, compared to other nearby cities. I look forward to keeping up with your post and learning more about your community from you!
  • Mr. Ogaz's Feb 13, 02:40 comment on Gentrification is a “Slap In The Face”
    Dear Kanika, I think you have a strong argument for keeping gentrification out of Oakland, and well any place that is becoming gentrified. I found that your argument of the racial inequalities that come from being kicked out of your apartment to be extremely compelling. This reinforcement of stereotypes is something that not many people connect with when we think of gentrification. Most people look at it as just this "updating" of the local businesses, but in reality, it affects the people and the communities who actually live there! So well done in that. Going forward, I think using the same phrase "slap in the face" is great for an initial effect, but as the argument builds hearing that phrase kinda lessens its effect. Try to vary your connecting words and phrases. This is something that I always have to catch myself with! What other effects do you think gentrification can have on the community?
  • Kaitlyn @ UCR's Feb 13, 02:39 comment on More Parks for Oakland!
    Hey Victor! I really enjoyed reading your post! I can hear the passion in your voices as you bring in your perspective as well as your credible resources! Doing this makes your post very powerful and informative. Your post was also very engaging. I loved how you connect your issues to the community! Doing this made the post very personal to the reader (me!). I was able to connect with you right away! I encourage you to continue thinking about this issue. As a reader, it would help me if you elaborated on what you mean when you say "pickup" games in the park. What does this game entail? What does it look like? What does it feel like when you play in a park? Pulling these personal details into your post will allows your readers to stay connected and feel a since of comfort as they read. I also enjoyed that you discussed issues of obesity. Have you look up any statistics on the current obesity rates among students in K-12? As a reader, statistics can be very powerful and help get your message across. I hope to hear what you like about these suggestions or any additional research you have found in your studies!
  • steven dinh's Feb 13, 02:39 comment on Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities
    Dear Edwin, I enjoyed how well thought out this post is. There is evidence to support your claims and it is evident that you have researched this topic thoroughly. One thing I would have liked to see is a methodical approach on how to collectively approach such a problem as this. I want to invite you to think about what justice is and how we can reach justice. Some questions to think about are: does convicting officers who have committed acts of police brutality correlate to a decrease in acts of violence toward minoritized communities from law enforcement go down? what role can the federal government play in managing police malpractice on a state level? What is the research behind how officers who have committed acts of police brutality avoid conviction? Overall your post in very insightful, and all of your claims are supported by a wide range of sources. Keep thinking about ways that you as a student can continue to bring light to issues such as this. Best, SD
  • Alex's Feb 13, 02:39 comment on Gun Violence Prevention
    Hello Kimberly, Let me start out by saying that I was very impressed with your blog post. You have chosen a very difficult issue to talk about and I applaud your willingness to discuss this issue and propose solutions. I think you made several great points, and I agree with your argument that a greater support system for those with mental health problems would go a long way in reducing the amount of gun violence not only in Oakland, but also in the United States. I do have a question for you to consider though. Given the fact that we are witnessing a rise in the amount of school shootings, what would you propose should be done in schools to help prevent future school shootings? What would that support system you discuss in your blog post look like in a school? Would schools need to hire more counselors? Would teachers need to receive better training in addressing mental health issues? These are some questions for you to consider and possibly research! In addition, I would urge you to do more research on the links between poverty and gun violence. Many people feel hopeless about the economic conditions they find themselves in and unfortunately are forced to turn to crime in order to survive. What would need to be done in order to address this problem? How can we work to improve economic conditions and lift people out of poverty? Once again I would like to thank you for posting this blog, it is students like you who are going to make a positive impact on this world. Keep exploring the world around you and never stop asking questions! Best Regards, Alex
  • Lauren D.'s Feb 13, 02:38 comment on Family Separation=Fear and dehumanization
    Tania, I think that immigration and detention centers are a very interesting topic. I agree with you when you said that it seems like President Trump does not care about these individuals that are crossing the border. Immigration is a problem that Americans have not agreed on for hundreds of years. So far, we have not found a solution that both political parties agree with. What do you think are some ways we can combat our immigration problem? Do you think the United States should have an easier path to citizenship for law abiding immigrants? I hope that you continue to research this topic and refine your ideals. Best, Lauren D. UCR Graduate School of Education
  • Frank-Robert Akubuilo's Feb 13, 02:38 comment on Inclusion and Safety in OUSD
    Dear Judith, This was a really informative post on inclusion within the OUSD district. Your highlight of Young Whan Choi's statements regarding the implementation of ethnic studies lessons in the classroom can help both students and teachers to gain a sense of inclusion that needs to exist within the school setting. In order for intersectionality to occur we must embrace these ideals that are being taught in the classrooms and apply them to our daily lives. I know for a fact that doing this in the schools will foster strong characteristics in the youth! Once again, well done and I wish you the best!! -Frank
  • Troy's Feb 13, 02:38 comment on OUSD School Meals
    Roberto, I really enjoyed reading your blog about school meals. I think that this is an important topic as the lack of nutrition it seems students are getting can directly effect academic performance. You did a great job using quotes from the CDC and the school principal, both very appropriate and useful sources, which gives your writing a lot of credibility. As you discuss solutions to the problem by saying the school should make food that people are use to at home, I challenge you to think about students of different cultures, backgrounds, and home lives that eat all different kinds of food, how would the school be able to make food everyone is used to? I agree with you that having fresh and healthy food cooked would be an upgrade and would really benefit the students. If financing is the issue, how could schools make fresh food for cheap? I would love to hear your thoughts about any of this so please feel free to respond. Hope to hear from you soon and great work! Sincerely, Troy
  • Danielle Brees's Feb 13, 02:38 comment on The effects of violence
    Hi Beatriz, I really like your blog post! This is definitely a very serious topic that affects a lot of places around the country, not just Oakland. Your use of quotes was very helpful in getting your point across and helps support your arguments. I think that if you also added some cities near Oakland with similar problems regarding gun violence, this would also strengthen your argument. I am really looking forward to what you come up with in the future, but what are some solutions to the problems with gun violence in your city? What are some possible steps in getting rid of this problem? I am looking forward to reading the rest of your work! Danielle
  • Warisha Ashfaq's Feb 13, 02:38 comment on       Immigration Reason and Causes
    Dear Kelly, I am glad you chose to write about such a contemporary and important issue we have going on. I liked that not only did you use the news to back up the immigration issue, but also personal interviews from people who have or are dealing with this issue. I want to ask you, have you had any experience with this immigration issue yourself? As for myself, though I was born in the Middle East, I came here when I was almost 2 years old. Sometimes, even my friends and family will joke around and call me an "immigrant." While I know they are joking, sometimes it just gets on my nerves because I've been living here for so long so I don't like the way they can discriminate me like that. Either way, I embrace where I was born and I feel like that's what other people should do as well. Good job writing this blog, it was very well written and informative. I wish you the best and stay awesome!! Sincerely, Warisha
  • Erin Jenne's Feb 13, 02:37 comment on The effects of violence
    Hi Beatriz! You did an amazing job tackling a complex and very serious issue that is close to home for many. I like that you identified a few of the key causes of gun violence in Oakland, three of those being a lack of role models, growing up with violence/cycle of violence, and the availability of guns. You identified these issues clearly and explained each one with evidence from one of your sources. What do you think about the intersection of class, income, and gun violence? Does it also intersect with urban areas and if so, is there a pattern of demographics in those areas? Then I think the next step in your research and for you to consider are what are solutions to stopping gun violence, and which of those solutions do you think would be most effective for Oakland? One that jumps to my mind is more regulation of guns but I'm not sure whether or not that would impact the specific situation in Oakland because I am not from the area. I hope this was helpful to you! Feel free to respond to my thoughts on your thoughts!
  • Dylan's Feb 13, 02:37 comment on Littering in Oakland
    The interviews and articles you cited made your blog post much more validated. To make a claim like "people are lazy" is one thing. However, you supported your claim well with justifying with civilian testimonies, plus citing statistics from the City of Oakland California website. You made a very convincing case. While I was reading, you linked the fault of littering between the people and the Oakland government. While both are surely to blame, I'd like to ask: Whose responsibility is to to clean up the litter? Whose responsibility is it to stop littering from continuing, to spread public information about the dangers of littering? When I read your article, I thought when the Government was shut down recently. Because government officials weren't working or being paid, no one was cleaning National Parks; thus, pictures are all over the internet of parks being over-run with garbage littering our beautiful nature sites. The parks weren't cleaned due to the government shut down; yet, because these sites are for public use and are intended to be preserved for such, shouldn't people also be responsible for this? To stop the issue, who should be taking the first step: the government or the people? Government can fund and circulate projects to stop this. On the other hand, people are more personable and can start campaigns to get others more involved and knowledgeable as well. I'd love to hear (read?) your thoughts on this and what should be done.
  • James G's Feb 13, 02:37 comment on Redlining is a Toxic Paint
    Hi Diego, I really enjoyed your article. The way that you introduced the topic was very engaging, as it lulls readers into a false sense of security where they think they are participating in a thought exercise, only to realize that you are actually introducing them to a problematic phenomenon that still occurs today. Additionally, your sources are robust and do a very good job at explaining that redlining is not just a historic phenomenon, but one that continues to happen in modern times. In your paragraph where you reference Joseph Thornton, I think that the use of anecdotal evidence is strong. I am curious: did you happen to come across any research that backs up what Thornton is saying, that redlining was used to financially benefit the companies that participated in it? I think that Thornton's comments are convincing in their own right, but it might be interesting to see if there are any statistics out there that Thornton might have been basing his claim off of. I would definitely love to hear if you found any statistics regarding Thornton's claim, and I would also like to know if you plan to take this research farther and how you would do that. Redlining is a concept I first heard of when I was a freshman in college - it is so exciting to see a freshman in high school engaging in this type of critical thinking! Please write back. I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you plan to proceed with this research. Best, James
  • Adam Corn's Feb 13, 02:37 comment on A Serious Matter: Deportation in Oakland
    Hello Ivy, As the other commentors have said, you definitely picked an important and tricky topic. Well done for taking this head on. I would suggest two things. First, you may want to think about looking at arguments of people who support ICE and their efforts to catch criminals. You make a good point of how ICE do their job poorly, but there are reasons for ICE to exist. It helps your argument when you address an opposing opinion. You kind of did this with your line, "Child trafficking is a real problem, which should be taken seriously, not misused as a false claim." Second, I would suggest looking into the data referenced in your articles. What are the crime statistics in Oakland? Is the mayor making a biased statement about her city? She may be 100% correct, but you want to make sure what she is saying is backed up by data. Overall, I enjoyed reading your perspective on ICE and deportations and they affect your community. I'd like to hear what you think can be done to maybe change the image of these families so that they may not be targeted (on accident or on purpose) in the future. -Adam
  • Abby's Feb 13, 02:36 comment on Can Fortnite affect a person negatively or positively?
    Hi Dustin, I really like how you talk about the multiple ways that Fortnite can affect an individual, both socially and mentally. Most people might focus on the negative social aspects of Fortnite, but you were able to frame Fortnite as beneficial to those who struggle with socializing face-to-face. I noticed that you mainly highlighted the negative impact that Fortnite can have on someone's mental health, especially in terms of a teenager's brain development. What are some examples of these negative influences on a teenager's brain development, specifically? Additionally, does the amount of impact on a teenager vary from person to person? I look forward to seeing your perspective on these questions!
  • Huitzilopochtli Marron's Feb 13, 02:36 comment on The Salvation Army
    Hello Gregorio :). I appreciated your take on the Salvation Army and how it provides for different parts of the community. You used various examples of the groups of people the Salvation Army has helped throughout the years. I’m a little curious if the Salvation Army is similar to the Goodwill stores, which has the same setup. I liked that you came up with counterarguments on the Salvations Army position within society. 🙂
  • Robby Zeeb's Feb 13, 02:36 comment on ICE is inhumane
    I really like the research you have done, these articles are an awesome way to bolster your argument. Especially using the works of RIcky Cruz, who is a perfect person to use for this topic. I liked how your second paragraph offers a solution to this issue; however, I feel that it's a little vague. To many people who live near the border, ICE is a way for them to feel safe (however misguided this may be) and they may feel like removing ICE is putting them and their families at risk. That's possibly another direction you can take the blog. Another way to strengthen your blog is to talk about the cruelty in which ICE detains immigrants, primarily children. Here's an article from Time magazine as a place to start looking into that (http://time.com/5485344/migrant-children-christmas/). Keep up the awesome work!
  • Tristian Arrieta's Feb 13, 02:35 comment on The path of Immigration
    I love how you opened up the essay with a quote from Barrack Obama. It reminds me of a quote from Woodrow Wilson where he said "We came, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide and to make sure of the things that unite." The topic you chose is very relevant to the time we live in our, especially under the current administration. The use of the interviews really helps personalize the essay and gives an impactful feel. Living in southern California i hear a lot of the similar stories you had people share. I like how instead of trying to really persuade a person to be for immigration you instead told everyone the reasons of why people immigrant to the United States, it helped humanize the people coming over, and helped give them a voice. You did a great job and i look forward to reading more of your work.
  • Vicky Dang's Feb 13, 02:35 comment on Stereotypes In Oakland
    Dear Doraneli, Wow! This article really made me rethink my opinions about Oaklands, seeing as how I have been previously biased on the stereotypes and images associated with Oakland. This post made me realize that my perception of Oakland have been marred by past stereotypes pushed upon me, and made me not see the city for what it is. I automatically associated Oakland with crimes and bad place, but tis post made me see that Oakland is no longer what the media portray it is. What have community members of the city of Oakland done to prove people wrong? What did people do to prove that Oakland is not this stereotypical dangerous city image formed by media? What are some great things that you love about Oakland that can make people changed their views on how Oakland is a dangerous city of crimes?
  • Samantha L Swanson's Feb 13, 02:35 comment on Do The Police Deserve Our Trust
    Hi Yasmin! I enjoyed reading your blog post. You did a great job clearly organizing your points making sure to support each with researched evidenced. I would encourage you to ask yourself the following questions: Do you think every single police officer is intent on abusing their power? How can the community and police force come together to begin solving this issue? I would love to hear back from you! 🙂
  • Esmeralda Cano's Feb 13, 02:35 comment on STOP THE BULLYING
    Jose, I appreciate that you not only highlight a very real issue but that you also give accessible solutions to improve the situation. I think that you are right about teachers and other school staff members having to be more conscious about paying more attention to how the students are doing. I encourage you to look into how can this be done in the classroom itself not just in extra curricular activities like clubs. That being said I do think that clubs are a great way to give students an opportunity to develop friendships and lessen the tension amongst them. How would you suggest creating clubs that the students would want to join? sincerely, Esmeralda Cano
  • Haley Martz's Feb 13, 02:35 comment on The Effect Of Violence On Youth, Oakland California
    Diego, you have done an awesome job with this argument. I appreciate you posing the question at the end. How can we make young people feel more secure when they are in an environment of violence? I think we can begin by tracing where this violence comes from. Societal oppression because of class, race, and gender makes violence and crime inevitable. By identifying these problems, we can begin to find solutions. In my opinion, education is the first step in closing those wealth and achievement gaps. You are right, time will tell how we can make these communities more safe. I think you could make a stronger argument if you trace how these communities have become so violent, and cite things like systemic oppression and an unfair justice system. Keep it up! Best, Haley M. UCR Graduate School of Education
  • Brendan Davila's Feb 13, 02:32 comment on Violence in oakland
    Khalid, I appreciate what you wrote and especially since you were hit by a person who was being chased for robbery. I think you are right, you can't end violence with more violence. Look at all the protests we have had around the world and what they do to combat people being violent with one another. I think we must have like you said collaboration and cooperation in our communities. It is also the peaceful protests that help issues reside. One critique I do have is to have further research across other major cities as well. Oakland is a hotbed for violence and a lot of civil rights movements, but what other cities have the same problems? I would invite you to consider to looking more into police brutality and other cities that have the same problems. Today, many people have trust issues with police and I encourage you to continue to write about programs that help that divide. What can you do to make a difference in your city? What can you and your fellow students do to fight this growing violence in your city and also police mistrust? Thanks for your post, Brendan Davila
  • Huitzilopochtli Marron's Feb 13, 02:32 comment on Electric cars, Are they safe?
    What’s up Daniel? I enjoyed reading your article on the pros and cons of electric cars becoming a more cost and energy efficient form of transportation. I enjoyed that you added both the positives and negatives of the electric car and how it can affect individuals, cities and society as a whole. I’ve never really looked into buying an electrical car and I’m glad that you mentioned the reality that most places don’t have chargers for electrical cars and the cost of creating these chargers. I’m looking forward to reading more about the long term effects of choosing a electric car or maintaining cars that run on gasoline’s (effect on environment and cost).
  • Lenny Ledbetter's Feb 13, 02:30 comment on Immigration and Deportation affects Families
    Dear Ahahi, I found this post extremely enlightening and eye opening. Thank you for providing me with an insight that I feel that I may never have received without reading your post. I would love to hear more regarding this area in the future.
  • Erin Jenne's Feb 13, 02:28 comment on Soccer Is Life Right?
    Bryan, I really appreciate your perspective on soccer and the misunderstandings surrounding the sport in the United States. I am not a huge sports person and I found that you made the topic approachable and easy to understand. I also really like the point you made about how there is flopping in basketball and Americans are ok with it in that sport. Why do you think that is? Is it tied to how Americans seem to like basketball better because it is a high scoring sport or something else? I also liked how you tied it to a personal issue: resources for soccer in the Oakland school district. This could be something you could build on and investigate how resources are allocated in your school district and for what. I hope this was helpful to you! Feel free to respond to this to let me know your thoughts about my thoughts.
  • Lenny Ledbetter's Feb 13, 02:28 comment on Challenge of Youth With Single Parents
    Joseph, As someone who has grown up with a mixed family I found your post extremely touching and very uplifting. I think that involving students in a program like the one you described would do leaps and bounds for them. I would love to hear more about this area in the future.
  • Ashley's Feb 13, 00:53 comment on Moment of Truth (Feedback)
    I definitely agree with your approach to this topic Sophia. I like how you suggested doing more research into the possible benefits of public schools vs. charter schools, and vice versa. From my perspective, charter schools actually receive far less funding that they need to be sustainable. Public schools suck a lot of the state funding for somewhat impractical programs. I attend a charter school in Monroe, NC. My school relies partly on the state funds that cover teacher salaries, and mostly on raised and donated money for things such as buildings, maintenance, etc. The perspective that we need to take is that funds need to go to students, not individual schools. Each student at each school, district or charter, should receive access to equal amounts of opportunities and programs, regardless of whether or not the facilities are brand new. According to Lindalyn Kakadelis of the John Locke Foundation, "If each school received the amount given to a child attending - then the school leadership must make decisions in the best interest of the students attending their school with the funds available. We need to look at funding students not schools." The great thing about the option of attending a charter school or a district school is that there is flexibility. With the addition of charter schools to the U.S. public education system, students are becoming better educated based on their personal needs. School choice is beneficial for students, in order for them to gain the skills needed to combat the ever-evolving challenges of the 21st Century.
  • Rosa's Feb 12, 22:09 comment on Feedback on my research about the civil war in Yemen
    Dear Ammar, I am intrigued, about your post “Feedback on my research about the civil war in Yemen,” because not many people are informed. Another reason is because this isn't on the news. I did some research and figured out that the US had been involved. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I chose this topic because i’m from yemen and it’s affecting people that i know like my family and friends and another reason why i chose this topic is because i see people in the news dying like children and babies and womens. ” I think this is really devastating because not many people care about this situation. Not many people are informed about issues like these that happen around the world. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you added some new information that I was not alert about. Also because you took the time out of your day to explain to people what is happening. Rosa Fregoso
  • Luis's Feb 12, 21:59 comment on Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech?
    Wow. This is such a phenomenal writing. I was left highly impressed after reading this. Your writing is BEYOND amazing. I cannot wait to see more of your writings!
  • Ellie's Feb 12, 17:13 comment on The Value of Education
    I agree that it is very important for students to continue to be asked questions about what they would like to do when they grow up. At a charter school this question is asked and students are allowed to pursuer it every day. At Union Academy there are a lot of duel enrollment classes and you can take electives in what you are interested in. I have friends that are taking a community collage class for free that allows students to peruse nursing. We also have a trades program for students that don't want to go on the collage route, we have a group that takes a class called welding and they learn how to weld so that they can leave high school ready to go into work. This is one of the major benefits of charter schools. Electives at my school are mandatory, we have science electives like anatomy, psychology, and sociology. These are elective that students can choose to take to help them get ahead in collage and their future career.
  • Avery's Feb 12, 13:27 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Union Academy's Feb 12, 04:38 comment on Why The Education System Needs More Funding.
    You make some great points and I can vouch for some of the issues you brought up. Schools do need better funding because many public schools are unable to fulfill the needs of many students from below average to advanced students. Many schools are unable to help students that are falling behind whether it be due to funding or bad teachers. Students need teachers to be there for them for encouragement while learning which would boost students moral. Teachers also have to be aware that they are creating the future of America and if the slack off they are only running the future of this country into the ground. Teachers are crucial when it comes to the way society works and human generations replace each other, the next hopefully being better than the last. The role funding plays is also large because without funding schools are forced to constantly be raising money just to keep their doors open and provide their students with the bare minimum. With larger funding schools are able to open programs that develop talents that their students have and programs that allow students to learn more about their potential career choice. Schools have a major impact on the youth of America and with changes to, primarily, funding schools will be able to prepare their students for modern-day challenges that they may face.
  • Rachel's Feb 11, 19:47 comment on What I Believe
    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.
  • Madyson's Feb 11, 13:32 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Janna's Feb 11, 01:26 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Kaitlin's Feb 9, 23:47 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Rachel's Feb 8, 18:44 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Rachel's Feb 8, 18:43 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Rachel's Feb 8, 18:39 comment on The values of education
    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.
  • Rachel's Feb 8, 18:36 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Rachel's Feb 8, 18:32 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Kiser Shelton's Feb 8, 17:17 comment on The Value of Education
    I totally agree that a lot of people don't appreciate the education that we are privileged with. I am so blessed to have gone to a charter school since kindergarten. I am currently a Junior and love how family oriented my school is. My parents have an input on any choice the school makes, and it makes me have a much easier life in the long run. I am so blessed for the opportunities I have been given and hope that people start to recognize the blessings they have in their life.
  • Rachel's Feb 8, 16:58 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Rachel Myers's Feb 8, 16:51 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Kaitlin's Feb 8, 16:04 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • morgan's Feb 8, 15:32 comment on The Value of Education
    I agree that education should be valued more than it is. Education shapes a child throughout their most important years of being developed. However, a child’s education has been limited to learning by the book. Teachers should be able to have a creative space to teach what they think will help them get to the next course. Charters schools don’t have to teach to the book because they don’t have to follow the rules of the states. Teachers are able to connect to with their students and teach so they really understand the material in a unique, fun way. Funding and support for charter schools should be encouraged because they help prepare students for the future.
  • Kaitlin's Feb 8, 15:12 comment on The Value of Education
    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's Feb 8, 01:34 comment on Importance of Education
    I agree with this whole heatedly. No one should change as time goes on, our ideas and wants for the future should get stronger. If we as a nation can find a way to change this, then we can unlock potential never thought possible. I also have a lot of great memories from and school and people should work together to try and accomplish the same things for others.
  • Mia F.'s Feb 7, 19:49 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Rachel Myers's Feb 7, 19:42 comment on The Value of Education
    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.
  • Fatumata's Feb 7, 13:43 comment on My life made me good at standing up for what’s important
    Dear Tahlia I am thrilled with your essay “My life made me good at standing up for what's important”. I thought it was really emotional ,and amazing. I thought this because i know it must had been really hard speaking about your little brother, yet you did it anyways, this shows how brave you are! One sentence you wrote that stand out to me is ,”and also like coming to school because you get to find out many different personalities that can influence you to make good or bad decisions in your own life that can take you a long way or leave you where you stand”. I think phrase is really great because as teens we should know what type of people we want to hang out with and if it's going to change and help us in a good way. Another sentence that i loved was “many people in my life said they were going to take care of me and be there for me didn't do what they said they were going to do so i had to do it for myself”. I loved this! This stood out for me because this conveys sometimes you only have yourself which can be difficult. Your esssay reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i had a friend that i thought would be by my side forever. She told me she had my back through thick and thin. But then she just stopped talking to me for no reason, i felt horrible but at the end i realized people come and go and we just gotta deal with it. Thanks for your writing. I look foward to seeing what you write next beacuse this one was really interesting and i enjoy reading this.
  • Sofia's Feb 7, 06:39 comment on Competition
    Dear Eli: I am surprised by your post, “Competition”, because I like the way you talk about competition. I had never thought about what the competition was really about. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ without competition, we would have no lengths to strive for. For many, people who are financially successful serve as motivation for those whose goal is to achieve wealth and they use that example to compete to get ahead.” because you are right that without competition the life would be easier and nobody would fight for their goals. I also think that competition is something that we need in life to learn to fight, win, or lose. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like what is your opinion about on others topic such as friendship? Sofia
  • alejnadro's Feb 7, 04:07 comment on Nuevos Poderes Despiertan :v
    Dear rolando :V I am impressed by your post the warrior legendary I like it because is a history very interesting Dragon ball Z A phrase that you write that was written for me is "Goku have given him so much power that he starts to shine in a wonderful way and that this is a subject that makes me similar to a movie called" DBZ Thanks for your writing I hope to see you write below because it's a very interesting story
  • Jaden's Feb 6, 20:37 comment on You must stand up for yourself
    I love how passionate you are about your beliefs! Although my religion isn't the same as yours, I still respect you for being so open and proud of it. It's something that others tend to hide, so I love it when people will talk about their religion in such a joyful way. I also agree with what you said at the end, about being brave and not caring what others think. My siblings and I dealt with some level of bullying throughout our school years. And, it sucks but, you just need to put them behind you because they don't know you as a person. Overall, I really liked how open you are throughout this. And although I can't fully agree on the part where you love school, I definitely like history classes as well, haha.
  • Judith's Feb 6, 19:37 comment on The Universe Within Us
    Dear Mikayla, Thank you for reading and replying to my poem! A line that stood out to me was when you talked about the connection you made with my poem and a movie you saw. What movie is that? Why did it connect to my poem? Did it connect in a good way? Thanks! Judith
  • Evelin's Feb 6, 19:35 comment on The path of Immigration
    Thanks for reading my blog. I really hope to raise awareness, hope you could too! Thanks for noticing my typos, that'll make me a better writer!
  • Judith's Feb 6, 19:34 comment on The Universe Within Us
    Dear Calvin, Thank you reading and replying to my poem!:) I wanted to adress what you meant when you wrote "...it made me think about how we really have this problem in the world right now". Can you elaborate on what problem you are talking about. Also, a line that stood out to me in your reply is when you wrote "...because they don't see some people as human" because your perspective on that line and what you think it means is a little bit different than how I would describe it. -Judith
  • Imelda's Feb 6, 19:34 comment on Cultural Celebrations In Oakland
    Thank you for taking your time out of your day to comment on my post. Choosing this topic to talk about was a great decision because now I see how many people relate to the Oakland cultural celebrations. I’m so happy you made a new friend while being at the celebration and it’s amazing to see how you’re both still in contact. I also made a new friend but the thing was that we lost contact and that isn’t a good thing since now I can’t talk to her. Making friends can honestly be hard but when you find a person with the same interests as you and you bond you can call it a friendship. Once again thank you for leaving a comment under my post!
  • Anahi's Feb 6, 19:34 comment on Immigration and Deportation affects Families
    Dear Itzel, Thank you for reading over my post. I also agree with you that immigration make a very big effect on families because they do worry about if their parents and them will be separated from them. Also as a Mexican it's very important to live in a household with both of my parents and if one of them is no longer living with us it bring a big change to use because we're use to having both parents work to get everything moving smoothly and without one of the parents in brings a big challenge to the other one. For the children its bring more challenge because they’re affected by the fact that they won't see their parent.
  • Martha's Feb 6, 19:30 comment on The path of Immigration
    Your welcome!!! keep up the great work!
  • Bryan's Feb 6, 19:29 comment on Soccer Is Life Right?
    Thanks for your comment. Something that stood out to me was when you said, “I didn’t grow playing soccer like most people so I really don’t like it”. This stood out to me because you are basically saying that you don’t like soccer because you pretty much haven’t played it. So that means you are just going to basically hate on soccer but you haven’t even played it lol oh well. Anyways thanks for your comment.
  • Bryan's Feb 6, 19:29 comment on Soccer Is Life Right?
    Thank you.
  • Kimberly's Feb 6, 18:25 comment on Gun Violence Prevention
    Dear Diego Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was ¨nice evidence use with having 3 interviews so you can get 1 more actual oakland person instead of the 2 minimum¨. A question I have for you is can you tell me the typos that you see so I would know what to look out on further on on my writing? Im looking forward looking at your reply back.
  • Samantha's Feb 6, 17:26 comment on Mexican Emigrant
    Estimada Veronica Estoy asombrada por su publicación, “Mexican Emigrant,” porque me asombro de lo que hablas y como te expresas. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: ” In the real life the law exists and the people don’t have immigration papers they return your city or state.” Creo que esto es muy cierto porque la ley si existe. Creo que esto puede ser algo más o menos justos porque hay gente que solo vienen a hacer cosas malas pero los que vienen a trabajar es mejor que los dejen aqui. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque me gusta la manera en que te expresas. Me gusta como hablas de cosas muy importantes. Samantha.
  • Jenifer's Feb 6, 17:24 comment on Justicia por nuestras propias manos.
    Estimada Samantha: Estoy muy asombrada por tu publicación, “El qué dirán”, porque nos dices toda la verdad la gente critica sin saber sin preguntar. Es por eso que el mundo no cambia. Una frase que tu escribistes que destaca para mi es: “Todos se unen para acabar con todo”. Creo que esto es una frase que es muy cierta en muchos aspectos porque es cierto que todos podemos cambiar pero el cambio se inicia en uno y después en las otras personas. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque es algo muy bonito aprender cosas que suceden en la vida y más lo que pasa a diario y muchas personas no lo saben por eso nosotros tenemos que poner el ejemplo para que al rato no seamos nosotros los afectados.
  • German's Feb 6, 17:24 comment on Nuevos Poderes Despiertan :v
    Estimado Rolando Estoy impresionado por tu publicación de “Nuevos poderes despiertan” Es una historia bastante interesante porque ami me gusto ver mucho a Dragon Ball z. Una frase que usted escribe que se escribió para mi es “ krilin fue ala casa del gran patriarca y el le advierte de un malvado villano llamado freezer pero krilin eso ya lo sabia asi que el gran patriota le pone un mano en la cabeza y krillin se empieza asustar porque empieza a brillar. Gracias por tu escritura espero ver que escribas a continuación porque es una historia bastante interesante
  • Lupita's Feb 6, 17:23 comment on This Is Oakland By Lupita M.C.
    Dear Kassandra, Thank you for taking time out of your day and deciding to read my poem. Thank you for all the great feedback.
  • Juan's Feb 6, 17:23 comment on Rent is causing anger
    Thanks for reading my blog and for the feedback next time ill make sure to use a picture.
  • Juan's Feb 6, 17:22 comment on Rent is causing anger
    Thank you for reading my blog and I agree with you about that soon only wealthy people will be able to live here and I think that is not fair.
  • Lupita's Feb 6, 17:21 comment on This Is Oakland By Lupita M.C.
    Dear Christina, Thank you very for reading my poem and I am very happy to see that you were able to connect to it because that was one of my goals while writing this poem. Hopefully in my future post you can connect to them as well.
  • Eduardo's Feb 6, 17:20 comment on Ghost Fever
    Estimado Alejandro: estoy asombrado de tu tema sobre algo sobre Ghost Fever es duston arizona a railroad town. Where the tracks ran right through the middle, maybe 100 feet north of highway 75 where there was few store were located porque me asombro ese pedazo y me gustaría leerlo algun dia bueno espero y sigas con el texto
  • Veronica's Feb 6, 17:14 comment on La verdadera realidad
    Estimada Evelyn: Estoy asombrada por tu publicación, “La Verdadera Realidad” por que es verdad que hay personas que viven en la calle y no tienen un techo donde refugiarse andan en las calles de un lado al otro. Una frase que escribiste que se destaca para mi es :”hay muchas personas que no tiene donde vivir”. Creo que esto es muy cierto por que hay personas que viven en la calle y sus familias no las ayudan. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación por qué tus publicaciones son interesantes, si en alguna ocasión miramos a una persona necesitada hay que ayudarla con lo que sea, por ejemplo ropa, zapatos, dinero, comida, etc.
  • Fredy's Feb 6, 17:09 comment on Racing Cars
    Estimado alberto bedolla... Estoy sorprendido de tu publicación que hiciste que es muy corta pero estay muy bien lo que hitite y lo que dijiste de Los carros son lo mismo que los caballos porque casi tienen la misma fuerza para correr. A los carros les ponen gasolina y a los caballos les ponen droga. Un carro tiene como 40 caballos de fuerza. Gracias por tu escritura.espero que vuelvas a publicar tro......
  • Rolando's Feb 6, 17:02 comment on Maltrato de los perros
    Estimada Jenifer : Estoy angustiado por su publicación "Maltrato de los Perros" porque el tema de los perros es un tema bastante crucial y más en los tiempos de ahora antes era conocido como el mejor amigo del hombre y ahora si la perra está preñada tiran a la perra junto con los perros o solo a los perros indefensos. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: " Esta no es un cuento o algo por el estilo, esto es lo que está pasando en las comunidades y en el mundo entero" creo que esto es cierto porque es la pura y cruda verdad sobre el ser humano por eso debemos adoptar y no comprar. Gracias por tu escritura . Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación , porque es un tema que me gustaría saber o conocer mas a fondo hola y adios :'v
  • Heriberto's Feb 6, 16:56 comment on Racing Cars
    Dear: Alberto I am amazed by your publication "Racing Cars," because I learned how hard the expensive ones can be and how they can be. I learned so well that cars need to be able to walk. I also learned that they are as fast as horses. A phrase that you wrote that stands out for me is: "Cars are the same as horses because they almost have the same strength to run." I think I'm interesting because I like how it talk about the cars and horses is tolling the people that the horses can be like the cars because they are fast like the cars. And I like it as well as he talks about horses running the same as cars and cars have 40 horsepower.
  • Erika's Feb 6, 16:43 comment on Escape casi perfecto
    Estimada Samantha : Estoy muy asombrada con tu escritura de ''Escape casi perfecto '' porque hablas de las personas de prisión que están desesperadas por salir de prisión .una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es que las personas de prisión quieren explotar los vidrios para salir o hacer túneles para escapar. creo que esto es importante porque haci saber que es lo que sienten ellos o piensan .Gracias por tu escritura.Espero ver que escribes a continuación ,porque me pareció muy interesante porque habla de algo muy importante que es la libertad, espero que sigas hablando sobre el libro y que sigas mejorando tu escritura.
  • Raul's Feb 6, 16:41 comment on Deportation
    Dear Luis Eduardo: Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you say that parents and ends up destroying families by also not getting a chance to stay here in the U.S. for a better life. This issue impacts people because it separates immigrants from their families when they get deported and may ruin their lives. It is problematic because it is also a racial thing because immigration targets mostly hispanic people because they are seen as the people with no papers and illegal. When someone ends up getting deported they are forced to leave behind loved ones.
  • Samantha's Feb 6, 16:36 comment on Justicia por nuestras propias manos.
    Hi Ms. N Thank you very much for commenting on my publication. About the question you asked me, I think the boys and men they go through the same thing. They are also told a lot of things because sometimes when they do not have sex with girls, their friends tell them that they do not like women. Sincerely, Samantha
  • Kiser Shelton's Feb 6, 01:58 comment on The Value of Education
    I agree with what you are saying about public schools needing to change their teachings styles and skills. I go to a charter school and have some of the best teachers in my life. They always communicate with my parents and can help me when I get behind. Anyone else have any views on charter schools? Best wishes, Kiser.
  • Kiser's Feb 6, 01:54 comment on The Value of Education
    I really like what you said about the teaching in public schools. Personally, I go to a charter school and have some of the best teachers that I've ever had. I really enjoy my school because it creates an educational niche for it's students. I am hoping that the public school system can change for the better. Best wishes.
  • Marleni's Feb 3, 04:07 comment on Do The Police Deserve Our Trust
    Dear Yasmin, I am so happy that I got to read your amazing and informative blog because you used real life situations to help support your writing which made your blog so much stronger! One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was: “This affects the young community because they will always have that thought in there mind that it could be there last day living if they see a police officer because they might be stopped”. This stood out to me because it is not fair that the young community has to grow up in a place where there is a lot of police brutality. They shouldn’t be scared of stepping out of there homes because they can’t trust the police. Your post makes me want to learn more about this topic because I also believe it is important for us as a community to stop police from abusing there power. I really appreciate your writing and I look forward to reading your future posts as well! Thank you, Marleni💗
  • Marleni's Feb 3, 03:38 comment on OUSD and Problems
    Dear Valerie I am very thankful for you contributing to the youth voices community with your great blog! Your writing really stood out to me because you wrote some very convincing arguments that I also agree with. For example, one sentence you wrote that stood out for me is, “This is clearly showing that not only is it affecting the students but it is also affecting their family” I think this is true because if the system isn’t making the students happy then it wouldn’t make their parents happy either. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I wrote a letter to OUSD telling them to also improve their lunch system as an assignment in the 5th grade. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really enjoyed reading this post and I know that the following posts will be just as great. Thank you, Marleni.
  • Natalia's Feb 3, 02:11 comment on “DREAM BIG”
    Hi Sofia, I'm so happy for your friend who is continuing to develop his music career. In your book does the character continue to communicate with the author who wrote to him? Ms. N.
  • Natalia's Feb 3, 01:54 comment on Información de familias malévolas
    Hi Rolando, I haven't read this series of books, but you and some of your peers seem very interested in them. Were you the one who encouraged Eduardo, Miguel and German to read them? I'm curious to know--who is your favorite character? I'd like to know about him/her. Ms. N.
  • Natalia's Feb 3, 01:49 comment on The wonder of Horses
    Hi Raul, Does your book remind you of anything? Have you been around horses? Ms. N.
  • Natalia's Feb 3, 00:39 comment on Justicia por nuestras propias manos.
    Dear Samantha, This is such an important topic! It is terrible that people put these labels on women and girls. Do you think boys and men experience these types of verbal attacks in the same way? Ms. N.
  • Natalia's Feb 2, 23:55 comment on Racing Cars
    Hi Alberto, Did you read that horses are given drugs to go faster? I was surprised to read that, but I really shouldn't be. It's like athletes who takes performance enhancing drugs. Did you read that cars have "40 caballos de fuerza"? I have heard about "horsepower" before but never thought about it until I read your post. Is there an actual calculation based on real horses? Please respond! I am learning a lot from your posts! Ms. N.
  • Jose's Feb 1, 00:14 comment on Change your opinion of immigrants
    Dear, Miguel I was excited on reading your blog because the way you are talking about how immigrants are humans too. And how they need to have the same amount of rights as americans in the United States.One thing that I liked about your blog is that how you are able to support others. And something that you wrote is that you were talking about Donald Trump and he said that they are animals and you said that in reality that no one is a animaland I agree with you.Thank you for writing this blog this inspired me to support other immigrants and thank you very much for making this blog.
  • Maria's Jan 30, 19:39 comment on Immigration Separation
    Hey Jocelyn i seen that you go to the same school that i go to but i had never seen you hope we could hang out someday and talk about immigration. thanks for taking your time and writing to me!!!!!!
  • Khalid's Jan 30, 19:38 comment on Soccer Is Life Right?
    Dear bryan i like how your personl life mostly on soccer
  • Doraneli's Jan 30, 19:38 comment on The Remedy For A Broken Heart Part 2
    Hey Oscar -- thanks for taking your time to comment unlike many other people who feel like not reading my tingz. Much respect. Anyways, I appreciate this comment and you acknowledge the part that has a story behind it ! Thank you very much :).
  • Evelin's Jan 30, 19:38 comment on The path of Immigration
    Thank you for reading my blog. Also thank for catching my typos, I'll focus more on my grammar when I write again. I also agree that Barack Obama is a impactful president!
  • Judith's Jan 30, 19:38 comment on The Universe Within Us
    Dear Jessica, Thank you for reading and replying to my poem! The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you wrote "This stood out to me because I think it really brings out your topic". Can you ellaborate on what you mean by that? Also, do you think those lines mean anything? If so can you explain because I'd like to know what others get out of my poem and if it's different than what I was trying to say. Look forward to hearing back!
  • Maria's Jan 30, 19:36 comment on Immigration Separation
    Gracias, por tomar tu tiempo y leer mi escritura. Si yo creo que imigracion tiene que parar de separar personas que tienen familias en los USA.
  • Ingrid's Jan 30, 19:36 comment on Rent is causing anger
    Dear Juan, Your blog is good and I agree with what you said that people are getting evicted from what they once called “home”. I like the evidence you used to support your claim because it was very convincing. Also, I agree that rent is not affordable because I think that to. Maybe you should of used an image to show the data you wrote. Either way Good Job! Sincerely, Ingrid
  • Miguel's Jan 30, 19:36 comment on Change your opinion of immigrants
    Thank you for commenting on my post and talking your time to make a good comment.I like how you used one of my sentences in your comment.I am happy that it moteved you.
  • Evelin's Jan 30, 19:34 comment on The path of Immigration
    Thank you so much for reading my blog Martha! I'm glad you took my article as a tool to help you next time. I'll take your comment to help me right more better analysis next time around!
  • Joseph's Jan 30, 19:34 comment on Challenge of Youth With Single Parents
    Dear Diego, Thanks so much for commenting on my blog post. It's very motivating to me that work has drawn enough interest for you to leave me such words. I'm glad that you appreciated the inclusion of the interviews in my blog, they were easily the most interesting part of the process of making the blog. I'd like to know form you what evidence you found more convincing, the fact of single parenthood being negative or having positive effects? Reply when you can, thanks. Sincerely, Joseph Thornton
  • Gregorio's Jan 30, 19:32 comment on Violence
    thanks for reading my poem and giving me feedback about my poem and what was good about it. thanks
  • Valerie's Jan 30, 19:31 comment on OUSD and Problems
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said OUSD is affecting everyone and not only students. A question I have for you is, do you think there is a bigger problem that needs to get more attention? Look forward to hearing back!
  • Kassandra's Jan 30, 19:31 comment on Why are people Moving in and out?
    Dear Christy, Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog. A question I have for you is If this rent situation is affecting you or your family? I look forward to hearing back! Sincerely, Kassandra
  • Khalid's Jan 30, 19:31 comment on Don’t Judge Me
    thank you for reading my blog . the part of your comment that stoodout to me was when you incuriged me that it is good
  • Martha's Jan 30, 19:30 comment on Eyes
    Thank you, I know my poem is great heheheheheheheheheheh but thank you for reading and I just knew that it would be great in poem jsut read your poem and yours was creative and awesome 5 STARS! your great!
  • Imelda's Jan 30, 19:30 comment on Cultural Celebrations In Oakland
    Thank you for taking your time out to comment on my post I really appreciate it. I really enjoyed writing about this topic because when the season of celebrations come around you see many commercials on TV about how fun they are and they really are. Many people have kept this tradition going on for so many years. Oakland is also a diverse city/community that brings in many cultures and it’s so beautiful. Once again thank you for writing a generous comment under my post!
  • Anahi's Jan 30, 19:29 comment on Immigration and Deportation affects Families
    Dear Maria , Thank you for reading my blog. The part of you comment that stood out to me es como escribes de una frase que te gusto de mi blog, tambien como tu escribes que tu tambien miras que las familias necesitan ayuda. Also its very important that people see that they also deserve a second chances at doing better Thank you for reading over my bolg
  • Bryan's Jan 30, 19:29 comment on Soccer Is Life Right?
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I agreed with you when you said, ¨With this statement you prove those who hate soccer for flopping yet like other sports wrong because you show that you are getting nearly the same quality of sports¨. I agree with you because this is soooo true but people don't realize it. Anyways thank you so much for your comment.
  • Valerie's Jan 30, 19:28 comment on OUSD and Problems
    Thank you so much for reading my blog! The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you acknowledged that I put my opinions in my blog. A question I have for you is, what do you think we should do to raise awareness? Look forward to hearing back!
  • Kelly's Jan 30, 19:28 comment on The Good and The Bad
    Thank you for reading my Poem! I also read you poem and thought yours was amazing too! One question I have for you is, what would you add to this poem? what can I work on?
  • Judith's Jan 30, 19:28 comment on Inclusion and Safety in OUSD
    Dear Victor, Thanks for reading and replying to my blog! I wanted to adress what you said when you wrote "...If they do that they can make everyone feel and especially the LGBTQ community". I agree with you but I was wondering why you think that's important? What do you think we should be doing in order for the LGBTQ community and everyone at school to feel safe. -Judith
  • Latrell's Jan 30, 19:27 comment on Revenge and Love
    thank you I glad to hear that you like my poem I don't know when i'm making my next poem but when I decide to you'll be the first to know from Latrell
  • Maria's Jan 30, 19:27 comment on Immigration Separation
    Thanks for taking your time and writing a positive comment I really like that you agree with me.
  • Evelin's Jan 30, 19:27 comment on The path of Immigration
    Thank you so much for reading my blog! The part that stood out to me was when you talk about the interviewee that mention about moving to the USA to find a job and better support the person's family. A question I have for you is, what ways you think my claim can be supported by? Hope you can join and speak up for the immigrant community! Look forward to hearing back.
  • Gregorio's Jan 30, 19:27 comment on The Salvation Army
    привет товарищ по имени Сал, я ценю, что вы читаете мою работу и даете мне эпические отзывы о моей работе. до свидания Сал, мне нужно вернуться к матери русской
  • Ingrid's Jan 30, 19:26 comment on Landlords Increase Rent Prices
    Thank you so much for taking your time and reading my blog and I agree with you in that quote because it´s true many young adults leave school to help out their parents.
  • Kassandra's Jan 30, 19:26 comment on Why are people Moving in and out?
    Dear Diego, Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment! A question I have for you is what part if my concluding paragraph made you think more? Sincerely, Kassandra
  • Gregorio's Jan 30, 19:26 comment on The Salvation Army
    thanks for reading my work edwin, i agree i should have more analysis to show why sal is 100% epic. thanks for the feedback
  • Martha's Jan 30, 19:26 comment on Oakland
    Thank you, I think your comment was very clear for me to understand the great things about my blog.
  • Matthew's Jan 30, 19:25 comment on Why Does Marijuana Get Such A Bad Rep??
    dear bryan thanks for the comments, i also think that was a very strong peice of evidence for my claim because their as no real reason to make it illegal.
  • Judith's Jan 30, 19:25 comment on Inclusion and Safety in OUSD
    Dear Wendy, Thanks for reading and replying to my blog!:) I wanted to adress what you said when you wrote "I didn't really think about this topic but you made it relevent...". Why didn't you think about it before? What can people be doing to make the topic more relevent? Look forward to hearing back! -Judith
  • Valerie's Jan 30, 19:24 comment on OUSD and Problems
    Thank you so much for reading my blog! The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said you learned more on school lunches. A question I have for you is if you think school lunches can help our school. Look forward to hearing back!
  • Ingrid's Jan 30, 19:24 comment on Landlords Increase Rent Prices
    Thank you so much for taking your time and reading my blog and also recommending me that website to check my work.
  • Martha's Jan 30, 19:24 comment on Oakland
    Thank you for reading my blog. Your blog is amazing too. I found it interesting you found that part outstanding.
  • Khalid's Jan 30, 19:24 comment on Violence in oakland
    thank you so much for reading my blog.
  • Matthew's Jan 30, 19:23 comment on Why Does Marijuana Get Such A Bad Rep??
    dear yasmin thank you for the comment, its very sad that weed gets the reputation it gets because of some old dude😢😤. i belive that weed shouldnt get such a bad reputation becauseit a medical drug and dosent do any harm to people unless theyre underage.
  • Diego's Jan 30, 19:23 comment on Redlining is a Toxic Paint
    Yes Ricardo, my post is very wet, lit, fire, LMAO, rofl, and lol.
  • Kelly's Jan 30, 19:22 comment on       Immigration Reason and Causes
    Thank you very much for reading my blog and taking the time to comment on my blog. I have one question, What is your experience with immigration? What do you think is wrong with Trump's comments on immigration? Again thank you for reading my blog!
  • Diego's Jan 30, 19:20 comment on Redlining is a Toxic Paint
    Well thank you for reading my epic gamer post and telling how I assisted you in knowing about the facts about red lining. I will try to be even more of an effective writer in later posts. Thanks again.
  • Celeste's Jan 30, 18:31 comment on Does Music Truly Benefit Oakland Schools ?
    Ahh thank you for reading my blog. I agree with you that even though we do have an after school music class we should have an actual class during school to go more in depth. Some people actually signed up for the class but they don't go because they said that it's really boring. I think that by having an actual music class students wouldn't be as bored because they could actually learn more about music and maybe learn some new things.
  • Tania's Jan 30, 18:31 comment on My shadow box
    Thank you so much for looking over my box. The part of your comment that stood out to me was that as a young female it's important to know that I can overcome things I think every young female should realize that because people say they can't achieve anything but the truth is we can.
  • Christina's Jan 30, 18:31 comment on Finding myself
    Dear Jose, Thank you for enjoying my shadow box; I tried really hard on it so i'm happy you enjoyed. I also liked your shadow box and how you keeped it true to you
  • Wendy's Jan 30, 18:29 comment on Spoken Word Poem
    Dear Naomi, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my poem. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said, “ tons metaphors to add poetic value.” This is because I don’t really think I’m that good at writing poetry but you showed me that I’m learning and doing good so far. I have posted some new work we have worked on in class that I would recommend you reading since you said you look forward to reading more of my posts. I look forward to hearing back and even reading some of your work. 🙂 -Wendy
  • Chris's Jan 30, 18:28 comment on Is school lunch a problem?
    Dear, Kevin I would like to thank you for reading my work. I like how you said how good my work sounded and how I proved my point. I really thought this was a good topic because school lunch is a problem is lots of places not just Oakland. But thanks again for reading my work I really appreciate you reading it. Chris

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