• Luka's Oct 19, 03:55 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    Aww thanks! The Student Climate Action Board aka S.C.A.B is a student run group were we are currently trying to raise money for solar panels for the roof.
  • Ishak's Oct 18, 17:21 comment on A Cricket Player in the Bronx
    Dear Dust, I am interested in your post "A Cricket Player in the Bronx" because it shows the posh factor (something that let immigrant to the United State) One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is that you use a lot of repetition like "from Bangladesh" and "to USA" This reminds me of an experience I had once like a poem by using repetition. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to see how your writing progresses.
  • Joshua's Oct 18, 16:06 comment on short story
    I am curious why you chose this place.
  • alejandro's Oct 18, 15:50 comment on VERY OLD CARS
    dear rolando: I'm impressed by your post, ''VERY OLD CARS,'' because... that's so cool old cars wow 70's they fascinate me because for me are the betters cars one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:''most important thing for the owner of this cars '' I think this is awesome because... that demonstrate that the people really appreciate their cars. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because...your information about your topics is very interested and and so easy for to read .
  • Thomas's Oct 18, 13:24 comment on A Hot Take on the Gun Debate
    Dearest Will, I really liked how you made your point, then had a firm argument for that certain point. Your post's flow of ideas was really smooth and it was easy to tell what position you stood for and why. All of your claims were clearly justified and you really figured out the nuances of your argument. Each claim that you made was thought thoroughly and defended by a fact or a document that firmly contributed to what your original claim was. Gun control is viewed as a slippery slope kind of argument. If the government bans a certain type of gun, then what will they ban next? But if we all are law-abiding citizens, then moderate amounts of gun control will not lead to a slippery slope (Conway III and Katayal). I think that your argument comes down to mostly common sense. Gun control should not be based off political views, but rather on what makes the most sense. It's hard to argue this because even though some people might think we need something done, they won't let it happen because it doesn't fit their political side's viewpoint or values. The split in politics makes laws too hard to pass, and early I said that if we all just respect the law, we should have no problem. Works Cited: George T. Conway III, Neal Katyal. “Opinion | It's Time to Debate Gun Control on Its Merits.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 6 Aug. 2019, www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-time-to-debate-gun-control-on-its-merits/2019/08/05/d14a4c3c-b7c2-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html.
  • Mitchell's Oct 18, 13:17 comment on The Importance of Hard Work in America
    Sofie, thank you for taking the time to type such a well thought out comment. I am very glad you enjoyed my argument and were able to connect it to your personal life. I have a feeling we are on the same page about hard work and its role in society and how it has changed. The fact that you also have a figure in your life that inspires hard work is great, your father farming 1,100 acres by himself is very impressive and on top of that he even tends to the animals. I see why you value hard work so much because farming is not easy work at all and growing up in those surroundings clearly have a big impact on you. I also love the part where you emphasized the fact that if you take shortcuts you won't do the job as well and you won't feel nearly as accomplished as you would if you truly put in the hard work. In your case, where do you think learning the value of hard work has paid off most? School? Work? Or another area?
  • Jihan's Oct 18, 13:11 comment on History Told Us What We Should Be
    Hi Baoyang! I really enjoyed reading this article because there were so many connections with this article to mine. My article also talked about the strive for freedom in America and why that leads to America becoming such a melting pot. I talked about cultural openness and more of a broader standpoint overall. I liked how your essay took on more of a single point and heavily expanded upon that. You also used more of a history based type of essay by having a lot of your evidence from old documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the "I have a dream" speech, and the Emancipation Proclamation. To further support your argument, I would recommend putting something more on where we our now to show not only what we believe in, but also if we are enacting our creed of freedom as you say. I'd recommend looking at things that could also counter your argument and take that into view. https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/america-is-home-to-many-brave-people-but-it-s-no-longer-the-land-of-the-free-1.3369612
  • Aidan's Oct 18, 13:08 comment on How Music Helps Us Define What it Means to be American
    Hello, Mudit thank you for bringing up Polo G and southside Chicago, I think that him and many others are very important to showing the world what Chicago is really like. Chicago has been named Chiraq by many because more Americans have been killed there then in Iraq. See Young Pappy's "Chiraq" (2014) where he says, "Boy, I'm from the real Chiraq, where we catch more bodies than the real Iraq Know a real n***** that still shot back, caught one to his neck and he still got whacked". Young Pappy isn't glorifying violence here, rather he is showing what his real life is like. Young Pappy was unfortunately killed in 2015 from a gunshot wound. His brother TaySav said this in "PBG Story" (2017) "Thinking 'bout the end Nah, I can't get no sleep Pappy talking to me, saying: "Bro, let it go!" And I told him, "I can't 'cause this shit too deep". He's talking about wanting to kill the man who killed his brother although he knows his brother wouldn't want that. It's a vicious cycle in chicago and without music I don't think we would know about it.
  • jack's Oct 18, 13:07 comment on United We Stand
    I agree with what you said, that's where the never-ending improvement comes in. We might not be as united as we have been in the past but that doesnt mean we can't change that. My hope is in my lifetime that America will come back to its united roots we had in the beginning.
  • Nico's Oct 18, 12:09 comment on How do we hold up these freedoms?
    Hi David, I enjoyed reading your essay and I agree that America struggles with gun control. What makes it so hard is because it is our 2nd amendment to have the right to have a gun. Although I believe that guns can be a necessity to protect one’s self, it is more important to keep the community safe from future harms. According to ProCon.org, “Gun control laws do not deter crime; gun ownership deters crime” The author states that with the rising percentage of people owning guns in America, the crime rate has decreased. I believe this happens because if you are in a city that outlaws guns strictly, the only people who will have guns are criminals(ProCon.org). The community has nothing to protect themselves from if they were threatened. What I am trying to address is that gun control is a very hard aspect to control because so many people believe that you cannot take their right away from them. How do you think the government should approach gun control more effectively? https://gun-control.procon.org/
  • Jasmine's Oct 18, 01:12 comment on To be American is to fight
    Hi Prerna! I loved reading your essay. You did a great job providing evidence from multiple sources including the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights Act, and the U.S. Constitution. I also enjoyed learning about how many groups of people are discriminated against, since my essay was based on only Native Americans. I was able to learn new things! Such as the fact that “There is no federal law protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States” (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Workplace Issues). This is so sad! I completely agree with you that we need to fight for our rights, especially as youth since we are the next generation to lead our country. In a time of division and fear, coming together to fight for a common cause is very rewarding! Have you ever been to a march? What is your opinion on school walkouts? Do you think they are effective?
  • Abraham's Oct 17, 17:20 comment on Global Warming
    I thought it was interesting when you mentioned the fact that scientist have known about the earth climates rising because of high levels of co2. Some denied that climate change actually existed because there wasn't any drastic climate changes. Currently some still believe that global warming is not real while people all around are being affected by floods, hurricanes, and other natural storms that are more aggressive because of high levels of co2. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOkfOLbSE6o Here's a source that you may be interested in. This video focuses on the green house gases(methane) trapped in ice sheets being released in our atmosphere because the ice sheets are melting from global warming.
  • Joshua's Oct 17, 16:19 comment on Rain
    me gusta por que es bonito pero algunas personan piensan diferentes yo soy de Honduras y los desastres naturales me quitaron parte de mi familia
  • Mudit's Oct 17, 14:26 comment on How Music Helps Us Define What it Means to be American
    Hi Aidan, I really like how you pointed out how the use of music has changed over time but it has always been used to address issues that people are facing. From Billie Holiday talking about lynchings and such activities being ignored in the south to Phil Ohcs voicing his dismay in Vietnam, music has been and always will be used as a way to express feelings and voice opinions. While reading this I realized how prevalent it still was for musicians and artists to voice their concerns and beliefs through music. An artist I listen to often Polo G uses his music to voice concerns about the violence in Southside Chicago. “He decries the racial inequities and gentrification in Chicago, and, in the next verse bares the psychological effects of the constant violence spilling out into neighborhood streets like those near the Marshall Field Garden Apartments where he grew up.” (chicago.suntimes.com). I feel like this is a way that music is used nowadays, people talking about violence and poverty in places they grew up in. I think that music will only grow to be more popular and will always be used to voice opinions and concerns about society. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/8/23/20825767/polo-g-chicago-success-finer-things-rap
  • Laya's Oct 17, 14:24 comment on To be American is to fight
    Hi Prerna! I really enjoyed reading your paper, it had a focused claim and great evidence. I completely agree with your views on this topic that there is inequality and if we want to progress in life we must work for it. I think the way you phrased this essay made it that much more compelling and made me understand what you were trying to say. The inclusion of the 13 Amendments and the Emancipation Proclamation brought a new view to your claim. I thought it was interesting how you said that our nation probably will never be perfect and made it obvious that there are flaws in our society. Reading this makes me wonder why can't America ever be flawless or perfect? Do you think there is anything we could do to make that happen?
  • Peyton's Oct 17, 14:23 comment on United We Stand
    Hi Jack, I really appreciate your outlook on what it means to be American. I do however have a question about your stance on unity in this country. As talked about in this article around political polarization, Americans are more divided than ever about which political stance they take. Along with that we’ve already had a civil war that divided the country in two. So I was just wondering what you have to say about the seemingly unmendable divide in this country’s politics.
  • William's Oct 17, 14:05 comment on American Values
    Hello Ethan, I like how your essay talked about American values throughout the years, from the start of this country to more recent times. One sentence that stood out to me was: "Everyone is equal, though some may not believe in that, that is what this country was built on." I believe that Americans are as equal as they can be right now, but it is debatable that this country was built on that concept. Sure, Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal", but enslaved more than 600 people and personally profited from it (Monticello). It is also known that other founding fathers turned a blind eye to the slave trade in their home states. About 100 years later, we had to fight a very destructive war to straighten out this issue. Do you think that the founding fathers truly meant "all men are created equal", or do you think they just put in in the constitution for later generations to decide? Do you think the founding fathers just added it to the constitution to express their differences from Britain and add legitimacy to the new government? Your bold statement on the values of Americans really resonated with me, and I enjoyed reading your paper. Good work! “Jefferson's Attitudes Toward Slavery.” Monticello, www.monticello.org/thomas-jefferson/jefferson-slavery/jefferson-s-attitudes-toward-slavery/.
  • Ethan's Oct 17, 13:26 comment on A Hot Take on the Gun Debate
    I really like your post. I agree with most of the points you’ve brought up, especially your final one. I look at this issue and just see prohibition in the 1920’s all over again. In prohibition alcohol was banned completely, but people wouldn’t stop. Since the selling of alcohol was illegal people made it themselves. This made it more dangerous. People were poisoned and seriously hurt because of how unhealthy it was. And because of this Prohibition failed miserably. “ Alcohol became more dangerous to consume; crime increased and became "organized"; the court and prison systems were stretched to the breaking point; and corruption of public officials was rampant.” (Thorton 1991) In the case of Gun Control, I believe the same would happen. By banning guns that would only give people the incentive to buy them illegally. They may buy smuggled guns as you said or go onto the “Dark Web” and purchase them. And with those illegally purchased weapons they can attack people who have no weapon of self defense except for maybe a knife. But let's be honest, what will that do against a possibly fully automatic rifle.And by purchasing smuggled items, this could lead to people buying fully automatic weapons since it’s already illegal. Simply banning guns would be ineffective and would cause more harm than there already is. I do agree there is a problem with gun control. But the way people are going about banning them will only hurt them. And they need to understand this. The problem is even when they do hear this they are so stubborn about their stance that they don’t pay attention to it. Overall your post expresses all the right things and I think it was a great analysis of the gun control problem. Work Cited: “Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure.” Cato Institute, 12 Apr. 2019, www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/alcohol-prohibition-was-failure.
  • Jessica's Oct 17, 13:26 comment on America vs Estonia: Why are people from other parts of the world so fascinated with America?
    Dear Dorothy, I am interested in your paper because I feel like there are a lot of people in America who don’t want to live in America, but there are a lot of people who don’t live in America who want to. I feel like some people don’t know how well they have it in America. Of course we have our problems in America, but we are very lucky to live in a country with as many freedoms. I did some research on why people want to come to America. In Brooke Binkowski’s interview of Lisa Sasaki, the director of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, says, “... the idea of a land of opportunity where you can change your circumstances and that you can be able to better your financial, social, economic, cultural well-being in the process” (1). I think America has a lot more opportunities than any other country. Estonia is so small that it has limited opportunities. People are driven by opportunities and bettering themselves. So I think the number of opportunities that are available in America is what drives people to come here. Something you said that stood out to me was “About three Estonias could fit into Michigan alone. Imagine how many more types of businesses and jobs there are here.” Estonia has limitations that just aren’t present here in America. I agree with your paper because I feel the size and opportunities available in America is what makes people want to come here. I also think our protected rights and programs like you noted “medicaid and medicare” make people want to come to America. As I said earlier, some people want to leave America, Why do you think that is? Work Cited Binkowski, Brooke. “What Brings Immigrants to America?” Smithsonian Second Opinion, Smithsonian Second Opinion, 25 Oct. 2017, www.smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-brings-immigrants-america-conversation-lisa-sasaki-180965162/ .
  • Alexander's Oct 17, 13:24 comment on Immigration Impacts American Values.
    You talk about illegal immigration and one point in your essay. You make the argument that illegal immigration should not be aloud, but that legal immigration should continue. Do you know why illegal immigration happens in the first place? For starters, most illegal immigrants are not dangerous. In fact they are an important part to agricultural business. Illegal immigrants don't want to go through the admission process that is required to get into the united states. Instead they enter illegally to work during the appropriate season and then go back to where they were from. Illegal immigration is responsible for much of our hard labor on farms. I am not saying that illegal immigration is good, but is it really as bad as it is made to seem?
  • Dorothy's Oct 17, 13:24 comment on The Importance of Freedom to the American Creed
    Hi Jessica, This is a very well written post. I was drawn into your essay because you did a great job showing how the American creed and the freedoms of America impact our everyday lives. I also really like the way you incorporated sources to support your argument. For example, I liked the way you used the Declaration of Independence to support your fact that all men were created equal, a very important value in our American creed. One part of your post that stood out to me was, “Some issues we are having that bring us further away from the American creed are the deportation of illegal immigrants, racism, and discrimination. America is supposed to be a place for immigrants to come and get a better life. Recently, we have been limiting immigration and deporting people.” As you mentioned, illegal immigration has become a big issue in recent years and the government is making it increasingly hard for immigrants who are seeking a new life to come to America and achieve their dreams. But now, all immigrants, not only illegal, are facing deportation. I found another source to support that argument. Alan Gomez from USA Today wrote, “For the past 15 years, the fast-track deportation process, known as expedited removal, has been used mostly by Border Patrol agents near the border. But now, for the first time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can unilaterally question, arrest, detain and deport undocumented immigrants who have been here for less than two years that they encounter anywhere in the country.” (Gomez) This article states that any immigrant who is undocumented by ICE, legal or illegal, who has been in the country for less than two years can be arrested, detained, and deported. Our American creed values immigrants who add to our melting pot. Taking away this freedom and is chipping away at our American creed that we have stood for ever since the founding of our country. What do you think about all immigrants facing deportation and how it affects our American creed? Gomez, Alan. “Undocumented Immigrants on Edge as New Trump Immigration Policy Calls for More Deportations.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 13 Aug. 2019, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/13/new-trump-immigration-policy-means-more-deportations-across-us/1880847001/. Accessed 17 October 2019.
  • Aidan's Oct 17, 13:22 comment on How Music Helps Us Define What it Means to be American
    Mitchell I love you, thank you for the beautiful comment. The way you understood my argument was exactly the way I wanted it to be perceived. And to answer your question I think that without music America would be nowhere near as developed as we are now. Music is in our DNA it is primal, without it we are starving ourselves of a need. That need is of pleasure through way of sounds. Without music America would be a third world country.
  • Jihan's Oct 17, 13:22 comment on What Does America Value?
    Hi Abhi! I really enjoyed really reading this article. From reading this post, it reminded me of what our country built its foundation on. Since you used mostly old documents I would also recommend looking at what not only our founding fathers looked on, but also the perspectives of other philosophers and their take on what Americans valued during that time period. I'd recommend looking at posts like the Magna Carta, or the works of John Locke. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Essay_Concerning_Human_Understanding http://www.ushistory.org/documents/magnacarta.htm
  • Beverly's Oct 17, 13:17 comment on Land of the Free
    Thomas, I agree with you that every American has the right to have different values, creeds, or culture. I understand that not everyone is the same and some people may value different things. Your conclusion was very strong but I don't completely agree with it. Do you think if the government lets everyone come in American undocumented, how would America look like? Would it still be the same? https://explore.proquest.com/sirsissuesresearcher/document/2266089196?accountid=35549
  • Aidan's Oct 17, 13:15 comment on How Music Helps Us Define What it Means to be American
    Thank you for commenting Taylor I like to know what works with my writings and what doesn't. I thought my stats weren't the strongest but thanks for letting me know they are.
  • madison's Oct 17, 13:15 comment on Americans are fighters
    Hi Prerna, I enjoyed reading your post. I like how you used evidence from different sources to back up the idea that discrimination is something that needs to be addressed. I agree that Americans should be able to access their natural rights, and it’s sad that many people aren’t treated the same as others soley because they look or act “different”. I feel that many people think mainly about skin color when the word “discrimination” is used, but discrimination is so much more than that. People are also discriminated against based on gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, etc.... I thought you addressed that concept well in your writing. Here’s a link that talks more about natural rights for Americans and also legal rights. https://www.thoughtco.com/what-are-natural-rights-4108952. In the last paragraph of your post you state, “It does not happen naturally, we cannot expect our basic rights to just be there without fighting for them”. What I’m wondering is if we have to fight for our natural rights, then are they really natural? Should we have to fight for our natural rights? Another concept that I agree with is that we, as Americans, need to work together in order to institute change for issues that we greatly care about. Not everybody agrees on how certain topics should be addressed and when we don’t agree with something, we citizens have the right to say so, and that’s what’s so special about America.
  • Ava's Oct 17, 13:14 comment on Diversity in America
    Hi Catherine! I strongly agree with your response regarding diversity in America, and continue to think that the diversity will get even better throughout the years. "Most Americans say having a population that is racially and ethnically mixed enhances U.S cultures," said an article titled Americans See Advantages and Challenges in Country's Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity. This is very important because when it comes to the thoughts and beliefs of one person, the positive impacts that their opinions can have on another is crucial to coming together as one in America. I think your points about the 14th Amendment, and your arguments in your essay were very strong and you executed explaining your topic very well.
  • Mitchell's Oct 17, 13:11 comment on How Music Helps Us Define What it Means to be American
    Aidan, I love the way you approached the idea of American values. Focusing on music is unique and you tied it together very well. Since music plays such a big role in our society today I can imagine a lot of people can relate to this. I like the way you connected it to the Vietnam war, whether you know it or not this connected to other American values like freedom and community. The people didn't like what was going on with their government and the war, so they spoke out against it in a very influential way using music. This expresses freedom and community because the musicians used freedom of speech to bring their community together, with the subtle form of protest, music. In the paragraph about censorship and how artists were being oppressed, I think this is a another great example of how music reflects the current happenings of the time. On that same note, I also saw another connection between the current events and music in the paragraph about Lizzo's song on anti-commitment. The section about censorship and oppression of musicians is relating the American value of freedom and the section about anti-commitment ties in with freedom and important topics of today about empowering women. The way you connected pop culture from the past and present to connect to American values was very clever. How much do you think music influenced today's culture? What do you think America would be like if music wasn't as important as it was and currently is today?
  • Baoyang's Oct 17, 13:11 comment on To be American is to fight
    Hey Prerna, I like your opinion about to be American is to fight, I also talked about America history told us what we should be. I regard American history is a "fight" history, fight for freedom, fight for equality, and fight for our rights. You use a good related to the book The Absolutely True Diary of Part Time Indian we read these days, that is a strong evidence to explain some Americans still don't have the rights and they struggling everyday. You also use suppose in your 4th paragraph, that's make the essay more convincing and more diverse. It is an amazing essay! When I read this article, I can feel it is very powerful!
  • Aliko's Oct 17, 13:10 comment on Accepting America
    Oscar, I agree with you on the fact that America is a melting pot for many cultures and that nowadays some people are alienating others just because they do not believe what they believe or that they don't have the same features. It's a shame on how we do this and how we think its right when the Constitution has amendments that say we are all equal and that we all free to do what we want but we let these acts take place to exclude people.
  • Ashleigh's Oct 17, 13:09 comment on The Stigma of Mental Illness and Race in America
    Olivia, I really like when you said "Americans look at people with mental illness as less because they have to take medications to be 'normal'". I liked this because having to take medications to seem normal hits close to home for me. I know what it is like be belittled by those around me for my mental illness. While my illness is not as severe as the Jokers, people can become scared or very standoff-ish when they find out. Thank you for writing about this because a lot of people glaze over this topic because of its controversial tendencies.
  • Aidan's Oct 17, 13:08 comment on Diplomacy Is the Key to American Success
    Hi Han I liked the ideas you presented but let me counter with this. America does better when it focuses on itself, rather than extensive relationships with other countries. According to a graph made by the Tax Foundation (https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiwy5T1rKPlAhVIMqwKHTWaACoQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftaxfoundation.org%2Fshort-history-government-taxing-and-spending-united-states%2F&psig=AOvVaw1ZsFMB_WWfD31vc2QS-0TP&ust=1571403639871706) when America was isolationist the government spent the most amount of money on the country. I was wondering how do you think our country can flourish without money being put back into it?
  • Mikeala's Oct 17, 13:07 comment on The Stigma of Mental Illness and Race in America
    Olivia, I really enjoyed reading your post. It shows how educated you are about this topic. Right away, I liked your first sentence, how America being an accepting place isn't exactly true. I believe that people look at people with mental illness as a threat, like you cannot trust them. They do not understand what is going on in their head so think they are completely different from people without mental illness. Some even look at people with mental disabilities different. say, someone with downs syndrome or someone with autism. They act a little bit different than others, so we judge them. If people would take the time to learn about these illnesses and disabilities, maybe we wouldn't be so judgemental to them. Also, mental illness is becoming more common these days, "New research, from our laboratory and from others around the world, however, suggest mental illnesses are so common almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable disorder at some point in their life" (Reuben). This scares me a little but maybe that means America will become more accepting?
  • Taylor's Oct 17, 13:05 comment on How Music Helps Us Define What it Means to be American
    I never thought about using music to describe Americans. This gave me a different insight on Americans and America as a whole. Music is a way to express the artist's feelings and I didn't realize how many would write music about their country. Whether they were mad or happy or just expressing their life, I feel now that most artists write about their homes, or where they come from. When you said "238 million users, 175 million users, 60 million users, these are the numbers put up by the top streaming apps Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple music " I was shocked. I know lots of people listen to music for many different reasons but I truly didn't think about how many did. 238 million people is a lot! Americans use music for many different reasons, which is important in our culture. Now more than ever I do believe music helps us understand whats going on in the world and sometimes even to forget what's happening.
  • Olivia's Oct 17, 13:01 comment on Is Money Over Valued?
    Hello Mikeala, I really agree with you argument. Americans really do seem to value money over anything else. Money is the center of a lot of controversy in the United States. I think it is ridiculous that amazon didn't have to pay any taxes after making 11.2 billion dollars! It is so unfair that some people work so hard and don't make much money at all and still have to pay tons of taxes while a company who makes billions doesn't have to pay a cent! If one person has to pay taxes then everyone else should have to too, there should be no reason one person shouldn't have to pay taxes. I found this article on the Amazon taxes that i thought might interest you, it is called "Fact-check: Does Amazon Pay No US Federal Tax Income?" and once again, good job on your argument piece!
  • Sloane's Oct 17, 12:56 comment on History Told Us What We Should Be
    Hi Baoyang! I thought your post was really interesting. Some people think that the most important part of the American Dream is being successful and rich, so you don't really hear much about freedom and equality relating to the American Dream. I liked how you used founding documents in order to back up your claim. It shows that this country actually was founded on exactly what you say the American Dream is: freedom and equality. Overall, I really like your post and can't wait to learn more.
  • Idrissa's Oct 17, 12:41 comment on Making Decisions
    Dear Kevin I am Idrissa sylla your poem is great but you said only said you were born and raised in mid Manhattan i believe many people do not know what's mid Manhattan so you should give a little more detail about the location on were you were born and raised., “Making Decisions,” because… eventually somebody going to wanna the exact place where you were born and raised. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I also like to hang out with some of my friends after school, and i would only hang out with my friends if I had little homework, if i had a lot of homework or a project due, i wouldn’t hang out with my friends or do anything, the only thing I would do is school related, like staying after school, or going straight home to finish what I need to finish. I can be a responsible kid, only sometimes.” I think this is mature because… most kids are not responsible for anything. Another sentence that I love is when you said you go to school and you treasure it but you can't focus. was: “I treasure school but I’m not really good at staying focused.” This stood out for me because… Your i go to school everyday but most of the times to be honest i really can't focus because of the people I sit around. reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… what happened to me when I was in class disturbing others from learning so the teacher Randomly called on me to answer some questions because I was not paying attention. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… I really loved the story that i just read of yours but next time make sure to give more details about where you are from..
  • David's Oct 17, 12:24 comment on Why Education Fails
    Hi Nico, I thought your post was interesting and this has been a question I have always asked myself a lot. I think this is an interesting issue. The most surprising part is when you said how many college graduates are out of a job. To most Americans school is the key to success, but is it really? I feel like college is one way to achieve success, but it isn't the only way to achieve success, and shouldn't be presented in that way. How do you think we should change this stigma that Americans have about higher education. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancraig/2017/01/20/the-top-10-higher-education-issues-we-all-agree-on/#76ccc8f6fa87
  • Navid's Oct 17, 12:19 comment on What it means to be American
    Hi Cooper, I like the way you have used Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to show how one can have the opportunity to change their life, yet I think that it would be more concise if you went more in depth by using quotes from the book to show his earlier lifestyle. I find the last paragraph (the American Creed) very well developed, the phrases are very deep and informative, particularly the phrase, “you have to find pride in your country no matter who is there” shows the duty of Americans towards the nation, the unity regardless of one’s background. It shows the relationship between the citizens and the country, how they are both dependent on each other in order to provide the needs of a society. Do you think that today everyone in the U.S. are provided such opportunities equally?
  • Sofie's Oct 17, 12:18 comment on The Importance of Hard Work in America
    Mitchell, It stood out to me when you said that hard work is at the heart of all other values. I never thought of it like that, but I agree that we as Americans had to work hard to gain all the freedoms that we enjoy today. I also was inspired by how you made a connection to your grandfather and his hard work. I have great role models of hard work as well. My father never stops working. He is a commercial farmer, so he has to farm all of our 1,100 acres by himself. He loves to work hard to produce crops and take care of our animals. He has always inspired me to work hard for things that I care about. The constitution is a perfect example of hard work because it is evidence that the founding fathers tired one form of government, The Articles of Confederation, and it didn't work so they tried again with the Constitution. Their hard work is evidence of their belief in the American values. I also agree with your statement that people are losing sight of the importance of hard work. People our age seem to think that they can accomplish things faster by taking short cuts, but if you want to do something correctly and you want to be proud of your accomplishment you will have to work hard for it.
  • Lauren's Oct 17, 12:12 comment on What does it mean to be American?
    Ben, I enjoyed reading your Article. Mine is similar to yours in the Freedoms respect. I agree that our first amendment is our most important being able to say and express what we feel without being penalized for it. I also agree that something that defines America would be that we work to be successful and have what we want. We don't just get the money we earn the money. I believe another important factor to being American is our patriotism. We have gone through a lot over the years and we fought to be independent and to have the rights discussed above, so being proud to be American is another factor that stands out in every area. For example, in almost every sports and other events it starts with the national anthem. Everybody pays respect to the flag and sings the lyrics with such pride. For me personally I have heard the national anthem more times than I can count and it still gives me chills to this day. I believe the songs describes America's fight and how we have overcome issues to be where we are today. Anyway, thank you for your time!
  • Jonah's Oct 17, 12:11 comment on Accepting America
    Oscar, I agree that our country is becoming harder to get into. Like u said since the 1790s more acts have been made to make entrance harder. Some of these acts pick out one specific group to exclude which seems crazy that our country would allow that. When u said “many of the laws were meant to tear apart our country” I didn’t quite agree. I don’t think that these laws are meant to tear us apart, I think that they are meant to keep us safe as a country. If we have completely open borders and everyone is allowed in, people who want to harm the U.S. will come in easy. These laws are in place to try to prevent those people from entering our country, but I think that picking out specific groups and excluding them more than any other group isn't fair.
  • Brendon's Oct 17, 12:10 comment on What does it mean to be American?
    Ben, overall I really enjoy your essay. I like how you included the Bill of Rights and more specifically the first amendment. One critique that I have is you may want to stay away from using statements like "I believe", "I think", etc. Besides that this essay was well written. I think you could've included The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in your essay as a third source that could've made your argument tighter. That novel includes a lot of content about prejudice and equality which may have benefitted you. I also agree with your opening sentence "Being American means different things to different people." I wrote something similar in my response and I also believe that that is a very important part of being an American.
  • Prerna's Oct 17, 12:09 comment on Do American Values Apply to Native Americans As Well?
    Hi Jasmine, I forgot to include one text in my response so I am replying again. Another one of my favorite parts in your essay is using the point of view of Arnold (a partly fictional character) who relates to so many people in the real world. Through the use of examples of discrimination that Arnold faced, that you brought up in your essay, you helped the reader better understand as I said before, how deeply this issue affects people. And while Native Americans are not the only group who face discrimination in this country, they are a group whose trouble need to be discussed and fixed more. No white American can truly ever repay the things their ancestors did but they can at least try or learn from it.
  • Drew's Oct 17, 12:08 comment on Accepting America
    Hi Oscar, I really liked how you broke down the actual intent behind many of the acts and laws that tried to stop immigration. Many of these acts (like the Chinese Exclusion Act) are talked about in our history classes, but we don't always go over their effects and impacts on the average American. I think many of these immigration “reforms” made America more racist and less accepting of people from other cultures and religions. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/04/09/race-in-america-2019/ This article from the Pew Research Center helps illustrate the country's increasing racial tension that I believe has roots in what you wrote about. Trump and DACA certainly don't help de-escalate these tensions either. I also liked the quote from Ellen you included. I feel the same way. Going back 20-30 years, many people of different political and racial views were friends with each other, and I think we can get back to that state in America today.
  • Caroline's Oct 17, 12:07 comment on Is Money Over Valued?
    Dear Mikeala, I really liked reading about your perspective on the American dream. I agree with you that money is a big deal in our society today, in many aspects. I especially found your evidence about Amazon not paying taxes last year crazy, since they made so much money. I also found it surprising that the people with the least amount of money get taxed the most. That seems entirely unfair to the people that work hard and society and struggle to keep a steady income in order to support their families and or themselves. The topic of money made me think about equality of income in between genders as well. In an article I found it stated, "Among full-time workers, women earned less than 81 cents for every dollar a man earned in 2016" (Inequality.com). What do you think we should do in order to stop the unfairness of taxes and income in between classes? Awesome job again!
  • Owen's Oct 17, 12:06 comment on Freedom and Equality
    Hello, Annie. I thought your post was persuasive and I agreed with many of your points and pieces of evidence. The portion where you talked about how peoples view change throughout the years, made me think about the Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education court cases. Because in Plessy v. Ferguson the court concluded that segregation was fine as long as the people were equal, but in Brown v. Board of Education segregation was viewed as unfair and unequal. Overall, this post helped me gain another perspective on the values of freedom and equality. What do you think the government should do to increase the amount of equality between people?
  • Benjamin's Oct 17, 12:06 comment on What it Means to be an American
    Brendon, I found this article very interesting. I like how you tied in two books from the author Sherman Alexie, I've read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and it ties into this topic very well. I think you could have added on and said that this book also shows racial equality.
  • Eric's Oct 17, 12:05 comment on Why Education Fails
    Hi Nico. I enjoyed reading this essay about education in America and I agree that we aren't focusing on the more critical skills needed for life beyond schooling. Without them, tasks such as doing taxes are confusing to someone who isn't educated on how to do them. In your argument about not needing to go to college, you mention some successful people who dropped out and still became wealthy. However, in regard to the difficulty in finding a job, the period of time that they lived in was probably different from the one we live in today. In a New York Times article with Bill Gates, Gates states, “Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success.” I would check out this link https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/upshot/bill-gates-college-dropout-dont-be-like-me.html to find out more about his perspective on getting a college education.
  • Oscar's Oct 17, 12:03 comment on What it means to be American
    Cooper, I like your closing statement. I think you are correct that even though we are different we can all be Americans together. I think you will find this reading about people coming together to vote for things even if they don't see eye to eye on everything. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/america-coming-together-act/
  • Rachel's Oct 17, 12:01 comment on What Does It Mean To Be American?
    Lauren, the concept of what it means to be an American is very well explained in your piece. I too, sing the national anthem with respect for our country and the line about the flag still being there is a line that shows we very well deserve our independence. It is amazing that women can have jobs just like men and have the same opportunity to succeed. Our freedom is one thing to be very grateful of and take advantage of because we the people could be in worse conditions. We have the freedom of speech, assemblage, religion, etc. and we should be able to say what we want to say without being penalized for it.
  • Prerna's Oct 17, 12:01 comment on Do American Values Apply to Native Americans As Well?
    Hi Jasmine, I really liked your essay! The aspects I like the best are how you relate founding documents to a novel to a real life experience (of your father). It helped me see how widespread and long lasting this issue is. Many Native Americans are impacted by discrimination on the basis of their race and Native Americans are the original Americans, so why aren't they treated with the same respect we might give a white person? Humanity is terribly flawed and prejudice is a large aspect of why we do terrible things to each other. Early on, when Columbus first arrived to the America's, racial terrorism was common. It was a horrible thing to do but I wonder why we haven't learned from it. You do a fantastic job of explaining how deeply this discrimination impacts many Native Americans and how not learning from it takes from the identity of today's "Americans."
  • Naomi's Oct 17, 12:00 comment on To be American is to fight
    Dear Prerna, This argument paper was amazing. The way you used your words and voice made it a very compelling read. As I was reading this I realized that we have very similar views on a lot of topics. I agree with your statement that having rights isn't what makes you a American. There is so much corruption in this country and it is hard to unify ourselves because not everyone wants to be unified. I was going to talk about gun control is my paper, but I decided to leave it out, so I am happy that you touched base on the topic. I think it is fascinating how you also acknowledge that "humanity has never and will likely never be perfect" which I 100% agree with. I think it is interesting when people use the claim "Make America Great Again" because it makes me question, when was America ever great? I am curious what you have to say on this topic. Once again, great essay!
  • Cooper's Oct 17, 11:58 comment on Accepting America
    Hello Oscar, I liked that you talked about Americans being equal. You said "The country was a giant melting pot and everybody was accepted and lived together" which shows a value of equality. If you wanted to use a different document to also show values, you could find several examples in the Declaration of Independence that would also support your claim, and show that when America was founded, it accepted all people from around the world.
  • Jasmine's Oct 17, 02:54 comment on Americans are fighters
    I love how you discussed various ethnic groups and the discrimination they face. It is such a great point that we need to fight for the freedoms we want! Advocating is so important. This is a well thought out essay and I really enjoyed reading it! Thanks Prerna.
  • Rosy's Oct 17, 01:14 comment on EL BULLYING
    Estimada deisy. Me parecio interesante tu escritura sobre el Bullying .Creo que muchas personas, sufren de bullying a veces porque no pueden hablar otros idiomas o por otras cosas .Muchas personas se sienten mejor que otras porque saben hablar muchos idiomas o porque tiene mejores cosas.Yo creo que en este mundo todos somos iguales el hecho que tengas mejores cosas no te hace distinto a lo s demás nadie es más que nada pero muchos no entienden eso Gracias por tu escritura me hizo pensar muchas cosas.
  • rosa's Oct 17, 01:10 comment on HISTORIA DE TU MEXICO
    Dear Rodolfo . Estuve viendo tu publicacion,Historia de México y me pareció interesante, porque la comparastes con la del salvador , me gusto que escribistes sobre oscar romero.Que fue un hombre que luchó por la la paz en el salvador mi abuelo me contó que muchas personas no lo querían especialmente los ricos por el simple hecho que el quería que los pobres tuvieran los mismos derechos.Me gustaria que escribas su historia sería muy interesante . gracias por tu escritura y espero que escribas sobre la historia del Salvador y oscar romero.?
  • Rohan's Oct 16, 23:10 comment on The Electoral College Is Broken
    First of all, great post! I loved your evidence and ideas. Your argument made me reconsider everything I knew about the electoral college. We were told at a young age to follow everything the government told us to do but I think that this is one of the main things that we should fight to get abolished. I also think that when the electoral college was first put into place it was a time when people were less educated and only the rich went to college, but now everyone has an understanding of politics and elections so there should be a change to the electoral college. Popular vote is the smartest thing to do in order to get a right candidate. Thank you for sharing this post with us, it really opened my eyes to new ideas.\ Rohan
  • em's Oct 16, 18:52 comment on The Sweet Life of Sarah
    Sarah, I love your how real and eloquent your writing is. I feel like I have fairly strong idea of who you are and what you value as an individual from your writing. And based on your honestly and fluidity of your writing piece, I can tell you have put many hours of hard work into polishing your skills in Journalism. At the end of the day journalism is about pushing yourself to explore and grow in ways you had never thought were possible. Striving to improve, connecting with others and corroborating with creative thinkers is what unite journalist. This article explores the importance of the ability to work and learn from other to create better work and strong relationships. https://blog.wagepoint.com/all-content/the-mini-guide-to-effective-leadership-in-the-workplace
  • Kalson A Yussuf's Oct 16, 18:50 comment on The Sweet Life of Sarah
    Dear Sarah, I love your bio, it represents you as whole it shows how you got into journalism and the progress of your writing. Though out the piece I was really engaged, which is really good you should always have the reader be engaged throughout your writing. I have been in journalism for almost two years now, and I keep progressing which is very exciting. I can't wait to see more of your writing.
  • Dylan's Oct 16, 18:45 comment on Matt in the hat with the cat
    Hello Matthew! I too also have some trouble sleeping after watching horror movies! Here's an article on why people have trouble sleeping after watching horror movies: https://www.saatvamattress.com/blog/this-is-why-you-cant-sleep-after-watching-scary-movies/
  • Sam's Oct 16, 18:43 comment on Jack is Back
    Hi Jack, my name is Sam and I go to Judge Memorial Catholic High School. I'm on the new media staff here and from what I read in your post it sounds like my class is much like your journalism class. Anyway, I was doing a little searching around the internet to see if there might be an answer to your question. Turns out, google might have you covered! Here's a link to the highest rated joint that I found in case you want to check it out. http://hopsburgerbar.com/
  • alex's Oct 16, 18:42 comment on Everyday stories of everyday people
    Hi Teireny, I like your article and I think you should look into this article about an untold hero that impacted our society in a big way. https://www.biography.com/scientist/henrietta-lacks
  • Amaia Horyna's Oct 16, 18:42 comment on Everyday stories of everyday people
    Dear Tierney, My name is Amaia Horyna. I am a senior at Judge Memorial and the editor of our student newspaper, Bulldog Press. I love that you want to make an impact on the world! You are very inspiring! If you want to write stories that will make a difference, my advice would be to start small. As you already mentioned, it is so important to listen to people in your community/at your high school and to make their voices heard. I wish you the best of luck this year! Sincerely, Amaia Horyna
  • Katie's Oct 16, 14:53 comment on Jack is Back
    Hello, I was looking into some of the best Burger places in Greenville and LTO Burger Bar sounds really good! I hope this helps you get more sleep. Here is a website where you could check it out. https://ltoburgerbargvl.com
  • Sam's Oct 16, 14:50 comment on Matt in the hat with the cat
    Hey Mathew, I am definitely in the same boat as you when it comes to watching horror movies! Here's an interesting article I found about why people like watching horror movies: https://partner.sciencenorway.no/film-forskningno-inland/why-do-we-like-watching-horror-films/1451826
  • Oriandy's Oct 16, 14:45 comment on The many details that make my Spread
    Dear Isabella: I was very drawn to your story mainly because I found someone who agrees with me on one thing, "There is no room for inferring or “adding fluff.” News is good for getting straight forward to the facts and the important events at Rose." Journalism is so special and different from any other writing type because it conveys an intriguing story and at the same time the writer has to point out the evidence, all the facts. Others believe journalism is taking your own twist/ version on a story and modifying the reality to fit the audience's interests, "add fluff", as you said before. Our job as journalists is to write about something and put the facts out into the world and it is our responsibility to put our special touch on it by making it interesting and draw people to it without changing the reality of the story. As to influencing people to speak their mind and don't mind being judged, try to show them or speak to them about the benefits of their opinion, that there are people out there who agree with them and they are representing that population. Maybe this will help and get ideas across to your friends: https://www.more.com/lifestyle/why-its-important-voice-your-opinions/ Good luck to you and keep on writing!
  • Cameron's Oct 16, 14:43 comment on Sadler: King of Barfing
    If journalism is something you really enjoy then continuing it in college is the right decision. It could be a great part of your resume if you see yourself going into professional journalism.
  • Charlie D Leo's Oct 16, 14:42 comment on Russell with the muscle
    I think your idea about interviewing someone quiet or antisocial is interesting. These people sometimes have really interesting aspects of their lives and are great for stories. If I were you I'd probably reach out to a few and become friends with them so they feel less uncomfortable when you ask for an interview. Also, dying's pretty scary so I get that.
  • Sarah's Oct 16, 14:41 comment on Jack is Back
    You should so do a story about this. Go around places in Greenville and rate different places and thier food. I found this website that might help https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=burgers&find_loc=Greenville%2C+NC
  • Joey Kaplan's Oct 16, 14:39 comment on Matt in the hat with the cat
    Hi Matthew! I think it's cool that you can't fall asleep after watching a scary movie because I can't either. Here's some stuff about Charles Cornwallis; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Cornwallis,_1st_Marquess_Cornwallis . He's pretty cool I guess.
  • Xander's Oct 16, 14:38 comment on Rayne’s bio
    Hey Raynise, My name is Xander and I'm from Judge Memorial catholic high school. Im on the new media staff at judge, which is also a journalism class that does the same kind of thing your class does. I would like to send you an article on why people can't sleep even if they don't have insomnia. Here is the link to the article (https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/medical-causes-of-sleep-problems.htm).
  • Charlotte's Oct 16, 13:37 comment on Intro To Me
    I agree that there are no gangs in Okemos, but people can still associate with people outside of Okemos and get involved with gang activity. Falling in with the wrong people could be detrimental to your safety and life.
  • Christopher's Oct 16, 12:43 comment on Art Keeps It Interesting
    Thanks for reading my Bio, and glad you enjoyed it. Practicing is all I do 0^0
  • Abbey's Oct 16, 00:56 comment on Intro To Me
    Grant, I like how you mentioned that you don't mind school because most teenagers or really anyone would think otherwise.
  • Ian's Oct 15, 21:14 comment on Who I am
    As a junior with still two more years to go, I might not be as worried about life after school as you, but I still related to a lot of your points, such as wanting to change the future and being excited to gain independence. I like your attitude regarding failure and think that optimistic perspective will lead to success.
  • Erick's Oct 15, 19:24 comment on Eliezer’s Story
    I am interested in your story because that happened to me. I had to leave my brother in El Salvador. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: I am sad because my mom is not with me. ” I think this is sad because when I left my brother I was also sad every day I called him on the phone so he wouldn't feel alone at home. Your story reminds me of something that happened to me. One time because I want to be a professional soccer player just like you want to be a DEA agent. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like your story and I think you have more stories how are you. Erick
  • Kerly's Oct 15, 19:21 comment on Learning English as a new language!
    Estimada Heymi. Estoy muy impresionada de como escribiste tu poema ya que te expresas muy bien y tambien se puede entender muy bien lo que quisiste transmitir al escribir tu poema. Una oración que escribiste que me llama la atención es “When I came to New York I did not know that all people in school would need to speak English in order all teacher would be able to understand students. I was so scared to speak but at least I was trying to talk with my friends that I made in the first middle year. I remember that my grandmother used to tell me some words in English when I was in El Salvador, some words easy as “maybe, thank you, yes, etc”. Eso es lo mismo por lo que yo estoy pasando ahora ,porque no se hablar muy bien ingles y me da un poco de miedo pero trato de hablar el idioma. Otra oración que me llamó la atención fue "Three years ago I meet my little cousin (my uncle’s daughter) her name is Yesenia when I meet her she was talking with me in English and I was not able to understand what she was saying so my uncle used to translate what she was saying then I reply to her in Spanish and my uncle translate back to her in English." Esta me llamó la atención porque yo tambien tengo primas que solo hablan ingles y yo no las entiendo entonces mi padrino me tiene que traducir lo que ellas me están diciendo. Tu poema me recuerda de algo que me pasó a mí. Una vez yo estaba en la casa de mi padrino y sus hijas ( mis primas)solo hablan ingles y yo no entendía lo ellas me decían y entonces mi padrino me tuvo que traducir lo que ellas me estaban diciendo para yo poder entender. Gracias por escribir. Espero leer tu próxima discusión porque eres muy buena explicando y me gusta como te expresas. Kerly
  • Lyse's Oct 15, 19:19 comment on What I am made of?
    Dear Ishak: I am inspired by your poem, “What I am made of,” because it shows so many memorable moments. your poem is so toughing because you quoted so many things that everybody goes through every day One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I am made of sharing my opinion,” I think this is an interesting quote that shows how you like speaking your mind in your own way because it helps others know you understand. Your poem reminds me of a story I read when I was little. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed it.
  • Lainie's Oct 15, 18:32 comment on Mixed
    I loved this article and reading about your history!
  • Samil's Oct 15, 16:55 comment on My Beautiful Neighborhood: Castle Hill Park
    i like you poem
  • Heymi's Oct 15, 15:38 comment on A story about learning English
    Dear zhenghao, I'm happy for your history "A story about learning English" because it's really interesting because when you were in China you had the opportunity to learn English but you didn't want to learn English and now you only like to type in English because you think is too easy than Chinese. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "My father spoke Chinese but my grandparents don’t, They know Chinese but is hard for them to speak so when I was at home I speak to them with Wenzhounese." I think this is important because you couldn't talk with your parents in English because they weren't able to understand you so you use to talk with them in a dialect, this reminds me of an experience I had once because when I'm in my bf house his family use to talk in a dialect and im not able to understand what they are saying so i just stay there sitting down and thinking about what to do with my life because i cant laugh with them cause im not even understand them. Lol. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i like your some details and want to learn more about china 🙂
  • Heymi's Oct 15, 15:34 comment on A story about learning English
    Dear zhenghao i'm happy for your history "A story about learning English" because it's really interesting because when you was in China you had the opportunity to learn English but you didn't wanted to learn English and now you only like to type in English because you think is too easy than Chinese. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "My father spoke Chinese but my grandparents don’t, They know Chinese but is hard for them to speak so when I was at home I speak to them with Wenzhounese." I think this is important because you couldnot talk with your parents in English because they werent able to understand you so you use to talk with them in a dialect, this remains me of an experience I had once because when Im in my bf house his family use to talk in a dialect and im not able to understand what they are saying so i just stay there sitting down and thinking about what do to with my life because i cant laugh with them cause im not even understand them. lol. Thanks for you writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i like your some details and want learn more about china 🙂
  • ZhengHao's Oct 15, 15:23 comment on Poetic project
    Dear Ceming, I am interested in your post,"Poetic Project", because it shows how hard and difficult to learn a new language or going to a new place. One sentence you wrote that stand out me is"the Chinese include many different dialects."I think this is interested because it telling me that there a lot dialects in china and people speak different dialects. This reminds me of an experience I had once that I talk to my Chinese friend and he speaks a different Chinese to me that I didn't know it was dialects. Thanks for writing I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I want to learn more about what happened to you when you learning English.
  • Ethan's Oct 15, 14:45 comment on Me, Myself and I, three paragraphs about yours truly.
    I love how real you are with your writing. I also love the little bits of comedy you give. It really makes the piece stand out.
  • Tesnim's Oct 15, 14:42 comment on Who Am I?
    Your lead hooked me in right away. It makes me want to read on in order to understand what you mean by "wasn't as joyful." It was interesting to learn things about you that I never knew, and I'm excited to learn more! I feel that I could hear your voice as I read your bio, not just while listening to the audio.
  • valera's Oct 15, 14:40 comment on Who I am
    To be honest, I can totally relate to this. I know i'm going to make mistakes in my life, but i'm also scared to go into the real world and have to fight for myself. Even though we may have been prepared, were still about to just be thrown into reality. And, yeah, thats scary.
  • Husnain Khan's Oct 15, 14:38 comment on Me, Myself and I, three paragraphs about yours truly.
    A Jacob said, I could really hear your voice too. I felt like I was talking to you in person. In addition, I also agree that a father figure is important in everyone's lives because it creates a balance with the mother figure. Overall, this work is great and keep working hard in school.
  • Abbey's Oct 15, 14:37 comment on Who I am
    Charlotte, In your first paragraph when you say that you have changed so much and would have answered this question differently a year ago I totally relate. Personally, I feel the same way. Just in the last month I feel like I have changed and that answering this question everyday would be interesting to see my different responses.
  • Ari's Oct 15, 14:35 comment on Who I am
    Wow, good job, I really liked the concluding sentence.
  • Tesnim's Oct 15, 14:34 comment on Me, Myself and I, three paragraphs about yours truly.
    I love that it isn't just a typical bio. I can really hear your voice through your writing. I was able to learn more about you, while also staying engaged and interested. I like that you didn't just list off facts, and the facts you told me were interesting and different. Your lead was also very intriguing, it caught my attention and persuaded me to read more.
  • Christopher's Oct 15, 14:00 comment on Football, Basketball, Video Games
    Hey Christian, its an interesting goal you have to be in the NFL or NBA as its very hard to get into a thing but im wishing ya luck if you continue to play sports.Its cool that you’re trying to get better at art, I do art myself traditional and digital. A tip I wanna give you about art and is that keep practicing even though the drawing or painting looks bad or even when you feel like quitting. promise that each bad piece you think you make is always a learning experience. no matter what you keep practicing and trying cause you will improve, it isn’t noticeable till you give it time then you’ll see the hard work and time has improve you a little bit. oh and please dont strain yourself onto video games much if ya wanna live. good luck and hope ya really improve your art skills.
  • Keily's Oct 15, 13:05 comment on Let things out
    Dear Mariely: I am very impressed with your your post “Let Things Out” because you’re a very nice human being and very talented. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I like writing; I just have a lot to express and when I think I’m done expressing there’s more I want to say so I think I can write forever about the things I am passionate about” . I think I can relate because I spend a plethora of time writing poems and it connects because i always have more to say. Another sentence that I can relate was: “It has also made me way too mature too soon but I’m grateful for it; this way I have been able to be there for people in ways that I didn’t expect and I embrace it to the fullest”.This stood out for me because I had went through situation that made mature and now i see life with a different perspective. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I went for vacation to Dominican Republic and something bad happened to me. In DR there’s barely any traffic lights , so I was crossing the street and got hit my motorcycle. Thank God I didn’t break a bone but I was really hurt. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are great at writing and grabbing people’s attention.
  • Syed's Oct 15, 05:44 comment on Poetic project
    Dear Ceming : I am amazed to hear your post, “Poetic Project,” because it gives many readers a new perspective on how English brings a new scope into a foreigner's life. The growth you show throughout your paragraph is empowering and helpful to many who struggle with learning English. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We celebrate Christmas but not the same as the American people celebrate it.” I think this is different because many people do not understand other holidays different regions of the world have to offer. From Ramadan to the Chinese New Year, we all have something to bring to the table of diversity. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time while checking out at a retail store, my parents and I talked in our dialect we speak at home and an older Caucasian gentleman came up to my father and said: "This is American, we speak English here". This caused a flame in my heart because he could never understand the beauty of speaking a different language. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Tyler's Oct 15, 00:42 comment on Intro To Me
    Wow. Really sounds like you bonded with your community. I also found it funny when you talked about your siblings and how you don't always get along. Good luck on getting into Michigan and RIP Taijion.
  • Joey's Oct 14, 23:40 comment on Cover
    Oh! Another sci fi fan! Ever seen any Star Trek? Or Battlestar Galactica, those are two of my favorite sci fi shows. I prefer TV shows for the genre. I similarly disdain writing bio's so I feel you on that. XP
  • Jacob's Oct 14, 23:39 comment on Me, Myself and I, three paragraphs about yours truly.
    I can really hear the voice you injected into this piece. That's a great cat picture!
  • cecelia batton's Oct 14, 19:22 comment on Who am I?
    Dear Murphy : I am very pleased by your post, “Who am I?,” because it really explained why you started to want to be a journalist. I also stated what steps you took to get where you are now. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Communication is very important, it is one of my strengths.” I think this is good because I also think that in journalism all of the sections need to have good communication to keep the paper flowing. Another sentence that I liked was that you focus more on human interest when you are writing a story. This stood out for me because most sports editors and writers would focus mainly on the facts of an article rather than how it affects the people. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was alone by myself at a concert and the only way that my mom would let me go was if I communicated to her where I was the whole time so I was safe. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really showed your views and perspective on how you write and what specifically you do differently than other in your same section.
  • Stockton's Oct 14, 18:36 comment on Welcome to my life
    Dear emma combs : ⏎ I am excited about your post , “ Welcome to my life ,” because It seems very interesting. I like to read about peoples lives. ⏎ One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ If I could interview anyone I would interview a celebrity. ” I think this is great because I like famous people too. And I would love to see one ⏎ Another sentence that I liked was: “ I am talkative so asking questions comes smoothly to me and I feel like people open up to me during interviews so I can get more information. .” This stood out for me because This is very good skill to have. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… I was interviewing a person who i thought would be a good interview This guy was not. No matter what i said his answers were so bland. I wish i had this skill ⏎ Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… I am very interested what your passion will be in the newspaper. That is very exciting!
  • Italia's Oct 14, 17:50 comment on Learning English as a new language!
    Heymi, I really loved your post! As a first generation Mexican-American I resonate with difficulties in speaking the language at times. Spanish was also my first language and I had to learn English in school when I was around five. Because I was so you though, I don't really remember much of the process. I have though, helped my family members learn English and now the difficulty of it all and the dedication it takes to learn the language. I'm glad you enjoy learning English!
  • Italia's Oct 14, 16:52 comment on Why Do Colleges Still Look At Standardized Testing Scores?
    Hannah, this is such an important topic in our day and age. As you said before, as seniors, we're starting to see all the true costs and sacrifices that we have to make. "Unless you are a super genius or wealthy, the standardized testing system is stacked against you," made me realize that the system truly only favors the academically genius and the wealthy. Although those who qualify for fee waivers are given opportunities to take the test, it's still difficult in the process of preparing for the actual test. Tutors cost around $50 an hour and when preparing for such an extensive and important test, it is necessary to partake in multiple, hour-long courses a week. For many though, this may add up to be as much as how much half of rent for the month is or the groceries for the week. This article might give you more information on the topic: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar99/vol56/num06/Why-Standardized-Tests-Don%27t-Measure-Educational-Quality.aspx . As a society, I think we have to think of a way to measure a students academic growth without the extra loads of stress and financial sacrifices made to continue our education in order to better the world around us by exponential factors.
  • Sam's Oct 14, 15:30 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    This poem is great. I really like the tone and rhythm. I thought using questions every other line for the first handful of lines was cool because it got the readers to begin to answer them and think about the problem for themselves. I agree with your stance here and thought it was refreshing to hear this take. I agree in that we can't just blame the shooters and move on, but we have to start thinking about their motives and then looking into the resources they have for dealing with said motives.
  • Sam's Oct 14, 15:16 comment on Medical Marijuana
    I really liked how you used the problem of opioid use as an introduction for your argument. It made your claim authentic and mature by presenting a solution to a present problem. You did a good job of providing a lot of facts from credible sources and weaving them into your article nicely.
  • Ian's Oct 14, 14:57 comment on Why Do Colleges Still Look At Standardized Testing Scores?
    We've also been discussing this topic in my AP Calc BC class. Many of my friends who take 4 or more AP exams a year lament the exorbitant cost of the tests, with their only merits being a higher possibility to get into a good college or obtain credit. Personally, I try to take AP classes based on the subjects I'm interested in, not just to improve my application. I think that recent developments such as the superscoring of SAT scores, looking at test attempts by section rather than the whole package, show that colleges' attitudes are changing to be more beneficial to the student rather than the corporation.
  • Ian's Oct 14, 14:52 comment on God Bless America, Land of the Religiously Diverse
    I thought that "under God" was in the Pledge of Allegiance from the very start. It's fascinating to explore how religious ideals have influenced greater American culture, especially in the relatively recent 20th century. It would be very interesting to read responses to Rev. Doherty's claim from a multitude of religious perspectives. Personally, as a non-Christian, I believe that one does not need to be Christian to fulfill the "American ideal" (values such as self-determination and freedom, in my interpretation), as they are unrelated to worship of a deity like God, but one can be religious and fulfill the ideal at the same time.
  • Julia's Oct 14, 14:52 comment on Expressing myself at school
    Samson, I liked reading about the difference between learning what you love and learning what you're required to. It's interesting to hear that somebody prefers gym as a class but the reasoning you had made a lot of sense to me. I feel the same about when I'm able to do something other than sit in a chair at a desk trying to read things as a way of learning. I love that you like to sing and that you have a passion like that. Have you ever used your passion in a school assignment? Did it make it easier to do the assignment?
  • Ian's Oct 14, 14:45 comment on Learning English as a new language!
    Hello Haymi, I really enjoyed reading your post and experiencing a new perspective on life in America. As someone who was born in the US, I've been learning English from a very young age and never had any trouble communicating with fellow family members or teachers. I like your anecdote regarding your cousin Yesenia because it reflects how important our first formative years are in picking up language, regardless of family or language of origin. Finally, I connected with being scared to speak in school because I am also learning a second language at school, French, and as I don't have the greatest grasp of its grammar or vocabulary I tend not to speak, not wanting to make a fool of myself. I hope that you continue to learn and love English!
  • Grant's Oct 14, 14:20 comment on My Life in La Troncal, Ecuador
    Dear Allison: I am impressed with your poem "My Life in La Troncal, Ecuador," because it expresses what you are made of very well. Reading about your life in Ecuador was very interesting to me. One sentence that stands out to me is: "I am made of a girl playing on the large rocks next to the blue ocean." I think this is excellent because it creates a picture in my mind of the setting you grew up in. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: "I always wait for the 53rd street train R to arrive." I think this is important because it brings another aspect to your poem. Your poem reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I went on a vacation to California. The setting in your story reminded me of that in California. With the big blue ocean near the gigantic rocks, both places are similar in a way. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed this piece. Your descriptions were very compelling and I could imagine your thoughts.
  • Ethan's Oct 14, 14:13 comment on Who I am…
    Chelsie, This piece did a very good job describing who you are and what you enjoy. When you said "I am made of watching all the people pass by below me and the noisy school children in red and black uniforms playing on the street." I could relate to that because when I was young I would look out my window and watch people walk by on the street. Good writing.
  • Brendon's Oct 14, 14:03 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    Wesley, I have recently been to a concert as well and I agree that there are times where it seems as if every person and their grandma has their phone out. It's somewhat crazy, but I admit I had my phone out for a couple songs. For most of the show I wanted to enjoy it and take it all in, but there were some moments I wanted to be able to look back on in the future and enjoy. I'd agree that there are both negatives and positives to the amount of cell phone use at concerts and that people need to find a balance. What do you personally think that balance is?
  • Brendon's Oct 14, 13:59 comment on “Fighting for you poem”
    Rumi, I really enjoyed reading this poem. I like how you started off listing positive traits about the polar bear's and then transitioned into the negatives that they are dealing with. You did a good job of painting the picture that the innocent bears are dealing with some huge struggles because of humans. However you did end on a positive note, which I thought was good. You said all of the things that people are going to stop doing like burning fossil fuels, cutting carbon emissions, etc. My question is, do you really think people are going to do this?
  • Brendon's Oct 14, 12:38 comment on Fighting For you
    Vinicius, I don't live in Hawaii, or anywhere close to it, but based off of everything I hear about it, it must be a beautiful place. This poem is very good and I like how you started off early saying how incredible Hawaii is. Then later on you transitioned into explaining the issues and challenges that Hawaii is facing and having your call to action. I also really liked your last line "We are fighting for change." I think it is simple yet powerful. Our planet and taking care of it is a big topic right now and this was a really good way of showing how you can take care of your own state.
  • Benjamin's Oct 14, 12:34 comment on VERY OLD CARS
    Rolando, I Found your post very interesting. I was wondering what were some examples of your favorite old cars? I have seen that book, but haven't read it. Do you recommend it to friends? I was really drawn to your post by the amazing image of the old car.
  • Stephanie's Oct 14, 05:42 comment on Can we make HSHMC the best school in the universe?
    Hello Friend!
  • Farah's Oct 14, 05:34 comment on Football, Basketball, Video Games
    hi Christian, I have a lot in common with you. I feel safe in my community too and I also love video games so much. I also love math and it has been my favorite subject even since first grade. I am also 17 years old and live in Michigan. If you believe in yourself and work the hardest you can, then you can achieve that dream and make it to the NBA or NFL. Good luck:)
  • Farah's Oct 14, 05:24 comment on Fatjon’s Journey
    I also feel safe walking down the streets in my community and I hope that none of us ever be a victim of any crime and bring peace to the world:)
  • sandra's Oct 14, 03:10 comment on The Meaning of American
    Noah, I admired your definition of 'American' because most Americans tend to only focus on themselves, but forget that there are so many people immigrants or not are American as well. Being a Latina I identify myself American. Being American should mean that you have the freedom to believe, speak, etc whatever defines you. But there is huge part in the United States culture that doesn't know the actual meaning of freedom. I found this article in which people express their opinions of what 'American' means, it supports our ideas. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/us/what-does-it-mean-to-be-american.html#commentsContainer
  • sandra's Oct 14, 02:58 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Stella, I agree with you. First of all standardized testing has a range of material that students may or may not know. Some students take camps in order to study for this one test that will determine their college future(which I think is so unfair). Even with the study camps, some students who have practiced to take the ACT or SAT still don't get the results they wanted. Colleges would rather look at students as a score rather than how they are as a person or their accomplishments. I enjoyed how you included the Chinese proverb because I think the more you are taught and actually involved the easier it would be for you to succeed and understand. I found this article written by a college student who has struggled to get the scores she wanted and how it unfair for a lot of people who want to go to college and get a better future for themselves but can't because of their low ACT scores. https://sandbox.spcollege.edu/index.php/2017/02/standardized-tests-are-inaccurate/
  • Laya's Oct 14, 02:02 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    Hi Wesley, I actually never really thought about how that could affect not only us but the performer and also everyone around us. I agree that when you pay money to go see a concert, you should live in the moment and experience it firsthand. I, however, understand why someone would want to take a video or picture at a concert in attempt to keep the memories forever. It is necessary that we learn to keep extra phone use at a public event like a concert to a minimum, especially when it could distract others. Really interesting piece, glad I read this!
  • Laya's Oct 14, 01:56 comment on Creating a Cult of Perfectionism
    Hi Maggie, I really agree with your stance on the amount of stress school puts on students. I think you covered some really compelling points and made a really great argument. Stress is something every highschooler is expected to endure, but an understanding teacher and support system can really mean the world. As time goes on, hopefully students realize that A grade isn't everything and will learn to accept and appreciate their flaws. Great job!
  • Laya's Oct 14, 01:48 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Hi Calaia, I love your poem, I think it has a meaning that needs to be talked about a lot more. Gun violence is so important and is such a huge issue that scares and puts people in danger everyday. Just by spreading the word, you can save lots of lives. I completely agree with you views, it is such a sad reality we live in and hopefully we can do something about it.
  • Laya's Oct 14, 01:38 comment on What Being American Means
    Hi Alani! I really enjoyed reading your post. In my lit class we are actually studying American Creed and the American Dream so I thought it was super interesting to hear your opinion about it. I agree with your views on the topic that Americans should be given equal opportunities. I also just finished reading "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian" which talked about topics such as Indian American inequality. I think if you haven't read it yet, it would be something that you would enjoy. It is interesting to think that Americas motives have changed, I would be interested to hear more about what you have to say about that!
  • David's Oct 13, 23:33 comment on Global Warming Has Been Proven. Why Has So Little Been Done, and What is Being Done to Correct it Now?
    Hi Addison, I completely agree with you, it makes me happy to see young people seeking action. The internet has given so many people who previously had practically no voice, the opportunity to share their ideas and provoke people and politicians.
  • Horyna's Oct 13, 23:14 comment on Print Is Dying, And No One Can Heal It.
    Hey Johnathan, this article is awesome! I am the editor of the school newspaper at Judge Memorial. I totally agree with the fact that news has gone much more digital and that it is less common for readers to pick up than a physical newspaper. I think it is so interesting and adds a valuable personal element to the story that you interviewed and have quotes from people who have been directly impacted by this change. In regards to how the media is affecting newspapers, I think you should take a look at this article https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2014/jan/30/digital-world-changing-concept-news . A reporter for The Guardian discusses how the digital world has not only changed how we consume news but has also changed the way in which journalists report/write their articles. Thank you so much! I look forward to reading more of your articles! I hope you write more in regards to the media and how it interacts with the modern world!
  • Jana's Oct 13, 18:08 comment on Trying to Make a Change
    Thank you so much for your comment!! It really made my day. I’m really happy to know that I’m not alone in this fight!! ❤️❤️
  • Isabella's Oct 13, 17:47 comment on Trying to Make a Change
    Jana, it makes me so happy that there are people like you in the world who are spreading awareness of immigrant mistreatment. It seems that in recent years, there has been such a negative bias towards immigrants, when in fact, being exposed to multiple cultures and customs makes us more open-minded people to new perspectives and ideas. Being a first generation American myself, I know that many immigrants are hard-working, intelligent people, and the diversity they bring is what makes America great. I love that your blog has spread not only in the U.S., but to countries overseas such as India, Ireland, Sweden, and Australia. I wish you and your friends future success with your blog and I believe that every view makes a difference in the world. Here's a quick article supporting why immigrants are important! 🙂 https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-immigrants-benefit-society-trump/
  • Prerna's Oct 13, 16:24 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Hi Calaia, This is an incredible poem! Gun control is a problem in today's world and one of the most debated topics today. The fact that you put this in poem form while acknowledging why the person who the gun is pointed at and the person holding the gun is a really creative way to talk about this. I agree on how many young lives are being taken before they even have a chance to say what they even think or support guns. It's a sad reality and something more people need to see. It's not just about freedom any more it's about lives.
  • Prerna's Oct 13, 16:16 comment on Medical Marijuana
    Hi Olivia, I am impressed by the way you don't exactly take a side on the argument but instead act like an audience member who is looking for why this is such a heated topic in today's world. I also like the fact that you bring in professional opinions and facts on the issue itself. I agree that we must look at medical marijuana as something that can have many benefits in the medical world but also be careful as to who to give it to.
  • Prerna's Oct 13, 15:51 comment on Healthcare and Surplus of Goods in the United States
    Hello Maddie, I think you did an incredible job framing your argument. You gave statistics but also followed up and explained those statistics and why they are relevant to your main argument. Also, I completely agree with you on how much waste the United States, as well as many other first world countries, produce that could solve problems like world hunger if distributed properly. Unfortunately, because we live in a very capitalist oriented economy with little to no laws on wasting products like food, along with the fact that transportation to countries that need these products are expensive, it's not likely that this problem will be solved without government intervention. I do hope that in the future, we will be able to realize that others need help.
  • Prerna's Oct 13, 15:36 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Hi Stella, I completely agree! We live in a system where no matter how hard you work for four years, one morning of testing could change your life forever. Not to mention that most of the standardized tests don't test how hard you work to study for them you might still go poorly. Those who are poor tests takers often struggle with admission into colleges even though how good you are at taking tests will probably never matter at the actual career you are striving for. We can hope that in the future colleges become much less reliant on standardized testing but for now this is the reality we face.
  • Prerna's Oct 13, 00:35 comment on Learning English as a new language!
    Hello Heymi, I found your post really interesting and a great perspective on what a lot of people in this country face when they don't know English. My grandmother moved here thirty years ago and had to work hard in order to learn English so that she could get a good job for her kids. You seem to be doing really well on learning English, especially since it's a very complicated language. I wish you all the best!
  • David's Oct 12, 21:46 comment on Explaining College Prices
    Hi Kaitlyn, I enjoyed reading your post. I found it surprising how much the price of college has increased. This post really hit home seeing as though I'll be attending college in the next few years. Hopefully, one day college will be more affordable and more widely available for people.
  • Emmy's Oct 12, 21:01 comment on The Psychology Behind Being Materialistic
    I found this to be a very interesting idea and a concept that definitely rings true in this day and age. So much of status is equated with wealth so it's no surprise people want to accumulate more items that make them feel 'important' at least until they look at their bank statements haha! I'm curious if you yourself live a minimalistic life or if you're attempting to? If so I think you might enjoy this article: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/what-is-minimalism/
  • Emmy's Oct 12, 20:52 comment on Sadler: King of Barfing
    That's great how you have worked up the ladder in journalism! I also find my self in a manic episode of creativity... starting something and then not being able to stop haha! Except, my passion is painting rather than writing, I find it gives me a good outlet when I am spiraling down the tunnel of existentialism. It sounds like journalism gives you a great sense of purpose and I think you'd be well suited for it in college!
  • Ronata's Oct 11, 23:47 comment on Racism in Courts
    I really enjoyed reading this Ella. I appreciate that you recognize that discrimination against black men is prevalent in American society. The story of the Central Park 5 shows the flaws of our government and how they place stereotypes on the minority simply because of the way that they look. Racism and discrimination do exist in this day and age and as a country, our goal should be dealing with the issue before it begins to grow out of control. There's a movie called Brian Banks that about a black man (a football player) who was wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit that I think you'd find interesting. Thanking for sharing your opinion on the matter, I look forward to what you write next!
  • Michael Stokes's Oct 11, 22:38 comment on A Never-Ending Search
    Bryan, this beautiful creation of yours that too few will ever witness will continue to light the way of writing for millennia. The ability to perfectly capture the complete image and grace that is Guy Fieri is a rare feat, and one worth mentioning. I could see every detail in my mind, and I think you completely captured the American classic that is Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Thank you Ryan. Thank you.
  • Ellie's Oct 11, 20:35 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    Wesley, you got me thinking about all the past concerts I’ve been to that I’ve used my phone at. I think it should be personal freedom on whether to use your phones at concerts. I agree with the notion that posting on social media about your favorite artists gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-care. However, it can get distracting to have a herd of phones block your view. Let’s talk more about this next time!
  • Dominic's Oct 11, 20:33 comment on America’s past and present
    Hi Connor, I really like this outlook on what being an American means and how the common idea has clear flaws. It seems like every time I read news comparing America to other countries in the world, the consensus is that America is the best country and everyone else should try to be like us. On the other hand, when I read news about events within America, there always seems to be some sort of conflict within the country that makes us fight with one another internally. This hypocritical view is much like the one you described where people want to take pride in America's past when it is not something anyone should be proud of.
  • Megan's Oct 11, 20:30 comment on Poetic project
    Ceming, this is very interesting. I am so impressed by all that you have gone through, it is not easy learning another language! Not to mention being an immigrant and moving to the United States without knowing English. I went on an international service trip, and it is overwhelming being away from home and not knowing the native language, so I applaud you for handling it so gracefully! I think that it is really cool how your culture mixed with American culture has influenced the way you celebrate holidays such as Christmas! I really enjoyed reading your article!
  • Jonathan's Oct 11, 20:29 comment on Art Keeps It Interesting
    Hey Christopher, I liked your story. If you are passionate about art I think you should share it and learn from what others say about it. Let art express who you are. The art you create can reflect about who you are and what your life is like. Art is pretty amazing. Keep on keeping on. I enjoyed reading your story and maybe one day you will make a piece of art for the world to see.
  • Erica's Oct 11, 20:28 comment on The United States and Political Corruption in the Congo (DRC)
    Joshua, this is fantastic! I had no idea how failed democracy was tied to these nations, specifically the DRC. This piece makes one think about other failed nations in the world, or even developing countries who got started later than America, or were pushed down by other world powers. Your statement, “Understanding how political corruption has been built into the Congo’s history starting months after its independence gives me a new perspective on events in Congo today. ” resonated with me because I had the exact same thought after reading your piece. Well done! -erica
  • Erica's Oct 11, 20:27 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Calaia, this is a very interesting an thought provoking poem. Most people assume gun violence is just that, reckless violence, but here you mention, “Because the people or the person behind the gun are scared of reality Scared of facing the fact that they’re human beings just like us And that they’re nothing without the gun or weapon” which suggests there is a lot more at play. I have not read Silverstein’s original poem, but now I am more interested to see how you adapted it. This is a cool idea, nice work. -erica
  • erica's Oct 11, 20:26 comment on The United States and Political Corruption in the Congo (DRC)
    Joshua, this is fantastic! I had no idea how failed democracy was tied to these nations, specifically the DRC. This piece makes one think about other failed nations in the world, or even developing countries who got started later than America, or were pushed down by other world powers. Your statement, "Understanding how political corruption has been built into the Congo’s history starting months after its independence gives me a new perspective on events in Congo today. " resonated with me because I had the exact same thought after reading your piece. Well done! -erica
  • Ella's Oct 11, 20:25 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    Hi Luka! I just wanted to say that i LOVED your poem. It was very playful and cute, while also talking about a serious topic. I think that the fact that you start it out with "Dear baby polar bear" is very powerful and immediately has a sense of sympathy to your poem. I think that more people need to read this honestly because it is so good. It addresses the serious topic of climate change and global warming, which people need to start doing something about. I also really liked your ending line, "We will protect you." I thought it was a very powerful ending and leaves people with a bit of hope. In your poem, you mention "The Student Climate Action Board." That sounds really interesting and I would love to see more about it, and maybe I could make one at my school and we could start making a change. I think this poem is very precious and valuable and I think you executed it very nicely. I can't wait to see what you write next because you are a great writer!
  • Ellie's Oct 11, 20:25 comment on Should schools limit your online speech
    Katie, I am also interested in this topic because my school has recently started this app where it allows parents to track their kids' online footprint. When you say "speech does not disrupt the school's environment" I agree because things that happen online had the equal likelihood to happen in real life also. It is interesting to see that a lot of schools are implementing these systems and teens are trying to debate about these issues online. Thank you for writing this article and providing a safe space where this topic can be debated. I look forward to talking to you next time.
  • Kaitlyn's Oct 11, 20:25 comment on Depression and Anxiety in American Teenagers
    Hello Emmet. I am a senior at Judge Memorial High School. Your post is incredibly important to me for a lot of reasons. The discussion on mental health has increased in recent years, as many adolescents are starting to understand how crucial it is to speak up, however, there is still a lot more talking that needs to be done. For some reason, mental health can be seen as something that is uncomfortable to talk about, but we all should be aware that every one of us is somehow affected by mental health. You brought up that "giving someone the help they need in any form of support can be the turning point for their problem." I agree with this. Support is so important, even in the littlest forms. I also agree with your point that spreading awareness can help everyone indirectly. As said above, more discussion needs to happen. Thank you for bringing this up in a public manner for more people to read and learn about. I look forward to reading other entries you post.
  • Dominic's Oct 11, 20:23 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Hi Stella, for the most part I agree with your argument and think that you brought up some very good points about why the system of standardized tests has flaws. I don't agree with your idea that grades sufficiently tell colleges how smart a student is or how well they can perform in school. One of the easiest classes I have taken in high school was an AP class, but colleges don't know that and believe I got an A in a college level course when in reality it was a walk in the park. I think that if schools and teachers found a way to make all classes the same no matter where or when you took it, then tests like the SAT and ACT wouldn't be necessary. The reality is that a GPA only says so much about a student because a 4.0 from one school might be much easier or harder to attain at another school. This is why I believe standardized testing is a necessary evil for colleges to evaluate a student's intelligence. It gives all students an equal opportunity to show colleges their academic prowess.
  • Abbey's Oct 11, 20:22 comment on Improving our communities
    Improving communities and the air that we all breathe is such an important topic. I agree that something must be down about lowering the levels of air pollution because especially in Utah, it is a large problem in the winter making it harder and harder to breathe. Thank you for bringing such an important topic to light, I look forward to reading your future writing.
  • Megan's Oct 11, 20:22 comment on Why Gun Control Matters
    It is a very interesting debate. Both sides are heated, but at the end of the day there is no argument against protecting human lives. I think that your article brings up many valid points. Our country needs stronger gun control laws to protect the lives of our citizens.
  • Kathryn's Oct 11, 20:20 comment on EL BULLYING
    Me agrada mucho tu publicación, y creo que tus puntos y preguntas tienen mucho valor. Cuando escribes, "Mi pregunta es porque hay personas tan repugnantes con las demás personas que no saben sus tradiciones o lenguaje? En vez de ayudarles para así poder seguir aprendido nuevas cosas.", pienso de la misma manera. Siempre me he indagado sobre ese tema, y por qué las personas sienten que molestar y tratar mal a otras personas de alguna manera les ayudara a satisfacer alguna necesidad o llenar algún vacío en sus vidas. Existen muchos estudios y artículos sobre este tema, y me gustaría recomendarte uno en especial: https://www.guiainfantil.com/educacion/escuela/acosoescolar/causas.htm . Espero este recurso sirva para poder expandir tus futuras publicaciones sobre este tema.
  • erica's Oct 11, 20:18 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Calaia, this is a very interesting an thought provoking poem. Most people assume gun violence is just that, reckless violence, but here you mention, "Because the people or the person behind the gun are scared of reality Scared of facing the fact that they’re human beings just like us And that they’re nothing without the gun or weapon" which suggests there is a lot more at play. I have not read Silverstein's original poem, but now I am more interested to see how you adapted it. This is a cool idea, nice work. -erica
  • Jonathan's Oct 11, 20:18 comment on Healthcare and Surplus of Goods in the United States
    This is a cool topic. The facts you laid to describe how Americans waste so much was well done. I liked the flow of each argument to support your overall idea. Some people could say that the 1 billion dollars wasted on unused medical supplies and excess food should go to the 1/7 Americans who go hungry and to family's who can't afford food or healthcare and have a little of that go to other countries.
  • Ella's Oct 11, 20:17 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Stella, I loved and agree with everything you said about standardized testing. I also do not think that they accurately reflect a person's intelligence. I agree with everything you said, especially the statement, "Throughout this process, the involvement aspect of learning is stripped away. Students are not understanding the information they are learning – we are solely remembering it." This is so true. People do not try to learn the information of the tests. They are just trying to remember what the tricks are to getting good scores. I also agree how there are so many kids who work so hard to getting straight A's but aren't good at tests, so they feel like their chances of getting into their dream college are hurt. I also think that it does not accurately reflect a person's level of learning. We aren't learning what is on the test in school, so why should we have to? I really enjoyed reading this and thought it was a very good topic. So many kids feel like this and the weight of it should be reconsidered among schools.
  • Megan's Oct 11, 20:16 comment on Sustainability as a Trend
    Sustainability has become more of a social trend than a true issue we are facing. Matter of fact, at times those who use reusable straws or cups are made fun of by society. Even with these actions and steps taken, the amount of damage is insurmountable when compared to the actions taken against it. This boon said, I am shocked that it has come to governments, "banning," various uses of plastics, such as bags. Even with people knowing how bad it is for the environment, they still use single use plastics for the convenience.
  • Kaitlyn's Oct 11, 20:15 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Stella, your points are so strong. The part you talked about the Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand" really stuck with me. This is so important for colleges to consider, as many people haver different learning and remembering capabilities. The standardized tests seem to be more revolved around how much we remember vs how much we have learned. Also, the point you made about the students that work hard to get good grades but don't get "good enough" test scores stuck with me, too. When I test for anything, I do not perform well even though I have worked really hard to get good grades most of my academic life. The question you have raised is incredibly important as more and more people become aware of the negative aspects of standardized testing. I feel like more people should read about this topic so they are personally aware. I look forward to reading more of your insights as they are very real and I can connect with them.
  • Abbey's Oct 11, 20:14 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    I totally agree, having phones out at a concert can make the experience not as great because you become more concerned with who is going to see the video/pictures and know the you are there versus actually experiencing and engaging in the performance that you paid to see. But at the same time, just like Stella (above said), I too feel like its something I want to keep forever and get to relive over and over by watching the videos I took
  • Ellie Han's Oct 11, 20:14 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    Wesley, you got me thinking about all the past concerts I've been to that I've used my phone at. I think it should be personal freedom on whether to use your phones at concerts. I agree with the notion that posting on social media about your favorite artists gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-care. However, it can get distracting to have a herd of phones block your view. Let's talk more about this next time!
  • Kathryn's Oct 11, 20:12 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    This is great! I am in complete agreement with you about the error in using standardized tests as a means to measure student intelligence. The value of learning and true inquiry is done away with completely in such processes, and thus does not show an accurate evaluation of students' abilities. When you say "This option seemingly gives students who are not great test takers a better chance – but that is not always the case. Often, these test optional schools are less likely to accept students who don’t submit their test scores, so it is still a struggle for them. ", this shows that although test optional school seem like a good choice for students that aren't proficient test takers the schools still admit students who do submit test scores with more frequency.
  • Emma's Oct 11, 19:18 comment on Welcome to my life
    oops Dear Emma Combs, I am eager about your post, "Welcome to my life" because i am interested in your life and your journalism career. I am happy to see that you like journalism so far. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "If I could interview anyone I would interview a celebrity." I think this cool because I would also love to interview celebrities. I have this connection with you about this topic. Another sentence I liked was: "I hope to be assigned to a different part of the newspaper to get to write about different things." This stood out to me because I like how you are open to new things. Your post reminds me of when I started journalism. I was hopeless and needed a place to fit. Thankfully, I found a place in news and hope you find your place too! Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to see you try different types of writing and find the type you love. I also hope you love your new style like I love news and that you feel in place there.
  • Emma's Oct 11, 19:17 comment on Welcome to my life
    oops Dear Emma Combs, I am eager about your post, "Welcome to my life" because i am interested in your life and your journalism career. I am happy to see that you like journalism so far. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "If I could interview anyone I would interview a celebrity." I think this cool because I would also love to interview celebrities. I have this connection with you about this topic. Another sentence I liked was: "I hope to be assigned to a different part of the newspaper to get to write about different things." This stood out to me because I like how you are open to new things. Your post reminds me of when I started journalism. I was hopeless and needed a place to fit. Thankfully, I found a place in news and hope you find your place too! Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to see you try different types of writing and find the type you love. I also hope you love your new style like I love news and that you feel in place there.
  • Mashlin's Oct 11, 19:00 comment on Art Keeps It Interesting
    This is a very interesting story. I can relate to many of the things you said. And if you're into art, do something with art if that makes you happy. Art is very great way to express yourself and there is nothing wrong with not being the best at it right now but you will get better as long as you keep practicing. Art does keep it interesting and fun. I enjoyed reading your story.
  • Emma's Oct 11, 18:58 comment on Welcome to my life
    Great article Emma! Can't wait to see how you explore the different types of writing and find what you love!
  • Emma's Oct 11, 18:28 comment on Emma the Dilemma
    Nice article!
  • Stockton's Oct 11, 18:15 comment on Welcome to my life
    Great Article!
  • Abraham Gaucin's Oct 11, 18:15 comment on Climate change: Those who want it to stay vs Those who want it GONE
    I thought it was interesting when you said,"...industries have a large impact on the US is because top oil companies such as ExxonMobil, Shell, and Chevron have an iron grip on policy making by making very generous contributions to political figures that advocate for these oil companies needs". This caught my eye because its true. Many politicians don't believe in climate change even though its been occurring for years. When the topic is brought about, politicians don't talk about climate change because, like you said, they're being supported by big oil companies. If those politicians made a change they would no longer get their paychecks and politicians would be messing with a billion dollar industry that millions depend on. https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/our-rising-oceans/566f4ac7172bc273142131fd - Here's a documentary you and others may be interested. It speaks about the environments, politicians, and the history of climate change.
  • Gedeon's Oct 11, 17:52 comment on Opioids: The Good and the Bad
    I understand your approach to this issue and can definitely relate. Opiods are not so hard to acquire in certain states and therefore a prominent danger for some. I believe this source will provide you more context to the current reinforcement process on opioids. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/marilyn-bulloch-pharmd-bcps/2019/02/opioid-prescribing-limits-across-the-states
  • Natalie Risse's Oct 11, 17:51 comment on American Means Eagles
    Hi! I like your connections of America to eagles. I do often relate to being an American to eagles as a joke. "She takes a plane. That flies. Just like an eagle," I liked this connection because I would have never thought of it. America is such a weird country, the connection to eagles makes a lot of sense. Maybe extend it with more sources but I like it a lot so far. It's hard to find sources for this so I commend you for finding one 🙂
  • Elliot's Oct 11, 17:51 comment on A Glimpse of Grubb
    Hi Olivia, I think journalism is a key concept in this country. Good journalists are the difference between an educated and uneducated population. And if people are educated we can elect better people to lead us into the future of this country and the world. I am not sure about your coma conspiracy theory but I think if that really was the case then we might all be still sleeping.
  • Emily Leary's Oct 11, 17:51 comment on The Benefits and Drawbacks of Gun Control
    You have a very interesting perspective on gun control, and I think you did a very good job of pointing out the valid parts of both perspectives. We as a society really do need to work more on helping people with mental health issues. It's also good that you support your argument with a lot of facts and statistics. This article might interest you: https://gun-control.procon.org
  • Alexander's Oct 11, 17:50 comment on Our Project on Preventing Bird Collisions
    Ashton, immediately upon reading your article I became interested in your project. I started to do some research on laminated glass and I found that the glass when broken will hold together rather than shatter. Personally I feel this is beneficial for a building regardless of bird collision rates. Perhaps if you were to try and get more signatures you could pitch the idea that way. It would benefit people in the building keeping the glass intact preventing potential falls as well as protect the people passing below from potential falling glass. All of this while simultaneously helping the birds. "Bird collisions happen extremely often around the TWC building, polluting the streets and causing birds a painful death," is a really good incentive for people, but perhaps the inclusion of something more would further influence those considering signing. Hopefully you are able to get this project up and running, as I am interested in seeing where it goes from here. I feel that you have a very good idea, it just needs to be set in motion.
  • Amani's Oct 11, 17:48 comment on People are worth what they are, not what they seem
    Nancy, I would Want to be a good hearted person to be honest. I would rather be a good person and treat others as special as possible based on their values. I as a person would want to be treated with kindness and honesty. I would rather have people love me for me and what my values are versus not knowing who I really am. I really liked your post because this reminds me of what every high schooler goes through. As a high schooler today I can assure you I go through this a lot especially my freshman year.
  • Tiffany's Oct 11, 17:47 comment on Dinosaurs
    I recommend using this site: https://www.thoughtco.com/things-to-know-velociraptor-1093806
  • Alicia's Oct 11, 17:46 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    I thought your article was interesting. I think that it's good that you put the issue about how animals are treated in Zoos in your article because that is a hot topic at the moment even though the issue has been going on for a while. I think that your organization could be improved slightly. I was a bit confused on how you got from testing vaccines on animals to we need protein because it's human nature. I also agree with your comment on animal rights, no animal deserves to be abused, they're so innocent! However, to play devil's advocate, couldn't you argue that using animals to test vaccines is a form of animal abuse since animals cannot give consent?
  • Tomas's Oct 11, 17:46 comment on Fighting For You
    Meghan, I think this poem is very interesting. The way you set up the poem was truly inspirational and moving. The way I see it is that the Earth is here to be our gift, it cannot do wrong, however the people who are supposed to cherish it put it through irreversible damage. We have ruined so many things that the Earth has offered us. We need some change and it needs to start now. I try to do my part as an individual, but we need a complete movement across the world to create a change. These changes affect people, animals, and everything in between, so why shouldn't we fix the issues. I have researched ways to fix these global environmental changes, and here is a good link to see for yourself: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming. Your poem perfectly displays this current event, and you make it very personal which adds emotion to your claim. I would love to see more poems or other work in the future.
  • Horyna's Oct 11, 17:41 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Hi Stella, I completely understand and agree with everything you said. As someone who is not a very proficient test-taker and who has worked extremely hard throughout high school to maintain good grades, the weight given to standardized tests in the application process seems unfair. The ACT and SAT do not measure a student's intelligence, they simply measure a student's ability to take a test. I think you would really like the following article published in the Penn State newspaper: https://news.psu.edu/story/165456/2010/08/23/standardized-tests-not-always-best-indicator-success. When you said, "this option seemingly gives students who are not great test-takers a better chance - but that is not always the case," in regards to test-optional schools I could not agree more. University of Chicago, for example, is one of the most prestigious test-optional schools, yet, their admissions rate is only 6%. Thank you so much for sharing information about this topic. Before reading this, I had not given much thought to test-optional schools and how they are somewhat of a double-edged sword for applicants. I would love to know what you think about the article I linked. It argues that standardized tests are not great indicators of academic success.
  • Mashlin's Oct 11, 17:41 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    I agree. Concerts are something that people feel the need to record but it is a distraction because we are more focused on recording than being they're in the actual moment but people would like to always have a memory to re-watch the concert.
  • Amani's Oct 11, 17:41 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Stella, I 100% agree with you about how standardized test don't show all the knowledge someone has. As a student struggling to get that perfect score I find it hard to believe that is all my knowledge on one exam. I also loved how you talked about the Chinese Proverb “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” I feel like this is a good example on how some teachers teach. I wish these test weren't apart of getting into college because I feel like our grades and GPA should be enough. For me I am not a good test taker yet, I still get good grades and a good GPA and getting into college is hard due to just one score. I feel like this is an interesting topic, I just want to ask is your school very strict on getting high scores? Or are they more laid back about it? It would be interesting to see how colleges look at these score today verse 10 years ago. Thanks for sharing this information, I found it very interesting and relatable.
  • angeth makol's Oct 11, 17:41 comment on Racism in Courts
    Dear Ella, I really enjoyed reading this passage on discrimination in courts. I found that the passage drew the audience in. The example of the central park five was superb for this issue on discrimination in courts, I watched the Netflix series and I too feel very passionate about the subject, that's why I thoroughly enjoyed this passage. The sentence structuring could be a little more formal but besides that amazing job!!
  • Gedeon's Oct 11, 17:40 comment on Vaping Epidemic
    I agree with your thoughts on this issue. The FDA attempted to set restrictions on flavors in the past, but has not been successful. Although they were not successful in doing so in the past , they are still pursuing their goal. https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-01/vaping-flavors-obama-white-house-fda
  • Sam's Oct 11, 17:39 comment on The Benefits and Drawbacks of Gun Control
    I thought this article was very well organized, and really liked how both sides of the issue were covered. In my personal opinion, I believe the negatives out-weight the positives when it comes to most gun control regulations, but the points in this article brought up highlighted some some aspects of the issue that I have never thought about before, especially when considering accidental deaths. I've also written articles about this topic and CDC and FBI statistics really helped me with it, and I think a couple of the statistics could really help with this article and your writing on this topic. But overall, very well written!
  • Michael Stokes's Oct 11, 17:38 comment on Pin Pointing the Problem
    I agree with almost all you said, Alex. I think gun violence is a major problem in our country, but gun control is not necessarily the solution. Like you said, I think tightening down on it is a good idea, as do most Americans, but I think total removal of firearms is not only unconstitutional but also illogical. Doing so will simply mean criminals still have guns while the amount of people who used them to help themselves and others do not. I think limitation and tightening down on it for now is a good solution, with an increase in background checks or something to that extent. As long as guns are in production somewhere in the world, people will have them, legally or no, control or not, which is a problem that lies with human nature. Thanks for the great entry, I enjoyed it and the perspective and data used.
  • Alexander's Oct 11, 17:37 comment on The Benefits and Drawbacks of Gun Control
    Maggie, I really feel as though your article seeks to provide valid information from both sides. Obviously the answer to the mass shooting epidemic is no easy solution, and people will continue to disagree on the matter far into the future. Your article provided views from both sides of the argument as well as statistics to support both sides. Personally, based upon what I can tell from the article, you and I have fairly similar views on gun control. You said, "I grew up around guns, so I am not afraid to hold one in my hand or shoot one because I know that its purpose isn’t to kill others but to protect people." I too have been around guns since I was a child. Therefore I have no fear of guns, as the gun itself is just a piece of metal. It only becomes dangerous when it is in the hands of the wrong person. I have been taught how to properly handle a firearm and because of this I feel it poses no risk to me. Personally I feel the biggest problem regarding gun control is the lack of proper education when it comes to guns. I am interested in what else you have to say regarding this topic. If you are interested I too wrote a similar article. I will link it below in case you would like to read it. https://www.youthvoices.live/2019/10/01/pin-pointing-the-problem/
  • Elliot's Oct 11, 17:36 comment on Healthcare and Surplus of Goods in the United States
    Well put. How you introduced new evidence flowed very well with the piece. It is very true that the US is putting too waste millions of pounds of food and healthcare supplies. But I think you need to take away the "other" part of your writing. When you say third world countries it makes it nonspecific and removed. To really create change I think you should create a feeling of urgency by naming the countries the US could support if it didn't waste so much. Overall great piece of writing.
  • Natalie Risse's Oct 11, 17:35 comment on Why Do Colleges Still Look At Standardized Testing Scores?
    This might be an interesting source to check out 🙂 https://purpletod.co.za/docs/Standardized%20Testing.pdf I liked learning more about the topic of standardized testing more just because I'm currently applying to college. I actually ranted about the cost of applying to college on social media the other day because I was so fed up. "Students that don’t have the financial ability to take the test 5 and 6 times are left with little to no wiggle room for improvement," It is definitely important to realize these factors of socioeconomics. Maybe add some more facts as this piece progress to support your argument better. Specificity is also important when providing this supporting evidence. It's a great job and essay 🙂
  • Alicia's Oct 11, 17:35 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    I agree, using your phone at an event like a concert is distracting and it does distance the person from the actual experience. Concerts are extremely fun and, while you want to capture the experience in a video to show others or to have it as a memory you can experience forever, it doesn't give the same effect. You can't capture the adrenaline rush you have while watching your favorite artist on stage in a video, you can't capture anything other than the surface appearance in a video. However, even though I say this I still video concerts that I go to because I want to be able to watch the performance over and over again. I think that this is a very complicated topic.
  • Isabella's Oct 11, 17:34 comment on Climate change: Those who want it to stay vs Those who want it GONE
    I agree wholeheartedly that climate change is a serious problem. It has been placed on the back burner for years, but seems to have come into fruition only recently. It goes without saying that climate change is something everyone should care about as this is a topic that affects the public health and the overall well-being of people on Earth. Not to mention, climate change affects the environment as well as many species have been endangered or extinct due to its effects. The United States should emulate the actions of the United Kingdom by reducing their gas emissions and spread awareness about climate change like Greta Thunberg to use your examples. Overall, this was a very informative article and you had a well-written transition at the end towards the positive aspects. Even though there is much distress in the world due to climate change, there is still hope for the future.
  • Tomas's Oct 11, 17:34 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Stella, I agree you you. I think the tests do not effectively show how "smart" a person is. I think the standardized testing system has become corrupt. Teenagers study how to take the test more than actually learning the information that will be on the test. The test is also very broad. It tests a range of material that seems impossible to understand before a test date. The Chinese proverb, "“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand,” really caught my attention. I think it was a great support to your claim. I see this proverb in my life everyday. I learn more efficiently with active participation and practice. With me just hearing information, it might as well go in one ear and out of the other. I think schools need to be more accepting of certain test scores. Certain people do have problems with taking tests. A great student may be the worst test taker but a college seems to not care. I would love to see colleges be more accepting of individual's scores and efforts, and focus more on what kind of student they are, and how they fit in that school's environment.
  • Emily Leary's Oct 11, 17:33 comment on God Bless America, Land of the Religiously Diverse
    I had no idea this was a thing. It's highly ironic, considering American ideals of religious freedom. This topic will make a very interesting essay; I'll be interested to read it.
  • Tiffany's Oct 11, 17:31 comment on Dinosaurs
    Hi Alejandro, I really enjoyed your thing about dinosaurs. I personally am I big fan and wish I could have one as a pet. The only thing I would recommend is making it a little longer and add some more facts. Other than that, it's perfect! I hope you write some more pieces about dinosaurs!
  • Tiffany's Oct 11, 17:27 comment on Medical Marijuana
    This article was very well written. I also agree that marijuana should be accessible to those who need it. Because it's not, people are suffering.
  • David's Oct 11, 17:22 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Hi Stella, I can't agree with you anymoe, this post really hit home, especially as a student preparing to take these standardized tests. I thought the Chinese proverb was interesting because I've never heard it before, but after reading it, it makes so much sense. I think this philosophy should be more widely practiced.
  • David's Oct 11, 17:14 comment on The Benefits and Drawbacks of Gun Control
    Hi Maggie, I like reading your post and i especially like how you talked about both sides of the argument. I think the gun control problem is very complicated and doesn't just have one simple answer. In my opinion more time should be spent on helping people's mental health. This would help lessen mass shootings and suicides.
  • Ishak's Oct 11, 17:11 comment on A Cricket Player in the Bronx
    I like how you show the posh factor to immigrate to the United States, but I feel you put the details at the end and the end of what are you doing in Unite States before.
  • David's Oct 11, 17:05 comment on Climate change: Those who want it to stay vs Those who want it GONE
    Hi Jamie, I agree with you fully, pollution is an enormous problem that can and has had detrimental effects on our environment. I feel like it is a problem that we should talk about more and figure out solutions for. The part about big oil companies giving contributions to political leaders and spending millions on lobbyists. I mean, I guess it makes sense but it goes to show how money can manipulate our countys future.
  • Luka's Oct 11, 17:00 comment on Climate Change
    I love your picture
  • Meghan's Oct 11, 16:58 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    I love this! It's adorable!
  • Luka's Oct 11, 16:58 comment on Fighting For You
    Its really good!
  • Meghan's Oct 11, 16:57 comment on Fighting For You
    In this assignment, we were supposed to make a version of the poem “Dear Matafele Peinem”. In my poem I decided to write about how the earth is being affected as a whole. But I also tried to keep forests, and more specifically rain forests in the back of my mind so I made sure to at least touch on them. I want this poem to convey the idea that even because we’re part of the problem, we have to be a big part of the solution.
  • Luka's Oct 11, 16:57 comment on Dear Baby Polar Bear
    In this assignment, we were asked to write a poem based on a poem called dear matafele peinem by Kathy Jetnil Kijiner. I wrote to a baby polar bear about all the things that could happen to them When other people read my poem, I hope that they realize all the damage that they are doing to the earth
  • Elisa's Oct 11, 16:52 comment on dear philippine eagle,
    I decided to create my poem based off of the poem “dear matafele peinam” by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner writing to her daughter. I wrote mine to the Philippine Eagles whos population and homes are shrinking because of climate change we have caused. When you read my poem I hope you gain a deeper knowledge of the struggles of just one species we have hurt through climate change and decide to make some sort of difference in the world.
  • David's Oct 11, 16:51 comment on Art Keeps It Interesting
    Hi Christopher, I liked reading your post and I'm also not really sure what I really like about school or what I want to go to college for, but if you like art you should pursue that. I think it would be an exciting field to get into, although I'm not the most creative person.
  • David's Oct 11, 16:42 comment on Learning English as a new language!
    Hi Heymi, I found your post very interesting, I always wondered what it would be like if I had to go to school somewhere where I wasn't completely fluent in the language spoken there. I can imagine how big of a challenge this would have been. I'm happy to see that you enjoy writing in English now.
  • Ceming's Oct 11, 15:43 comment on A story about learning English
    great!
  • Calaia Hoskins's Oct 11, 14:25 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    I appreciate you for sharing that with me, I will be posting one later on today!
  • Calaia Hoskins's Oct 11, 14:24 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Thank you so much, you are totally right. Their voices aren't being heard, they are being ignored. It's time we take a stand to save more lives.
  • Renee's Oct 11, 12:45 comment on My Beautiful Neighborhood: Castle Hill Park
    HI Joshua, I love your poem about the ferry and the river! Renée
  • Jack's Oct 11, 02:14 comment on Russell with the muscle
    Unreal headline! Sports doing it big!
  • Anna's Oct 11, 02:05 comment on Jack is Back
    I can't wait to help Olivia edit your videos. Beef Chief will reign supreme.
  • Anna's Oct 11, 01:59 comment on Sadler: King of Barfing
    I think it's really cool how you would interview your future self.
  • Tierney's Oct 11, 01:26 comment on The many details that make my Spread
    Dear Isabella: I am happy to see your post, “The many details that make my Spread,” because of how it brings a new perspective to news writing. You make the point that news writing is very direct, but can still convey emotion. It can also accurately portray both light- hearted and serious topics. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This year, I chose to write for News again because I like the precision and accuracy of every story.” I think this is true because of the language used in news. It does not allow for descriptors using opinion. This ensures that stories are accurate and precise, like you point out. Another sentence that I like was: “Sometimes during an interview, students will not say their entire thoughts just because they may be published and fear that people will judge them; however I have always wanted to write a controversial story.” This stood out for me because of how finding good interview subjects is often half the battle. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time, I was doing quick interviews for the From the Halls column and nobody want to be interviewed. Finally, the one person who agreed found out about the picture that would accompany the quote and promptly refused. Eventually, a few people agreed, I was surprised by how so many people were worried to have their opinion published. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of the perspective you bring to news writing. With your interest both in the arts and in covering controversial issues, you could cover a wide variety of topics.
  • Murphy's Oct 10, 21:48 comment on The Sweet Life of Sarah
    Dear Sarah, I am very impressed by your post, "The Sweet Life of Sarah" because it reveals a very intimate aspect of your growth as a writer. I was also interested by your passion for writing and journalism expressed in your post. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is "I feel that journalism has strengthened my ability to collaborate with other people." I think this is very relatable topic as journalism has helped me grow likewise. Journalism strengthened my communication skills by requiring me to work with others in my section and be open to peer feedback. Another sentence that I admired was "I believe every person can learn something from the people we come into contact with, no matter how different they may seem from us." This stood out to me because it demonstrated your desire to learn from others and grow in that. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. When I first came to journalism, I was very shy and wary to give feedback on others' articles. I was not a very strong writer but I was excited to learn. Through journalism, I was given examples and tools to improve my writing and because of it I am a stronger writer and leader at school. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing is very honest and provides a very interesting perspective to writing. Murphy Fisher
  • William's Oct 10, 20:11 comment on The many details that make my Spread
    Dear Isabella: I am very impressed by your post, “The many details that make my spread,” because of how clearly you state your ambitions. You're very direct in your writing and unafraid to talk about your ideas. You're also very clear in stating why you chose Journalism and what it means to you. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Many find some news stories to be kind of boring, like ballet, but I feel like with my creative outlook on things, I can put a different angle on it to make it more interesting. ” I think this is descriptive and helpful because it adds a comparison and visual for readers that helps them grasp your meaning. It makes your point very clear and tells readers that, while you enjoy news, you still can be creative with it. Another sentence that I noticed was: “With all of this being said, I would not want it to be detrimental to anyone on either side.” This stood out for me because it shows that you aren't afraid to write something controversial, but you still care for people's feelings and do not wish your writing to be harmful to anyone. I think this is a very important quality that every good writer must have. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time last year, when I was just learning about Journalism and joining, I was told that I could submit an audition article of sorts to see if I could become a writer for opinion or entertainment. I thought being a writer for news certainly showed promise, but I decided to apply for entertainment and opinion because of the creativity they offered. In talking about your creative outlook, I was reminded how my creative outlook encouraged me to apply for and eventually become a writer for opinion. I enjoy taking new angles on ideas, much like you have said about yourself. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your unique and descriptive way of how you express yourself. You are great at helping readers identify with you, something that many writers struggle to grasp. In the meantime, keep up the good work and don't stop making your ideas known to the world.
  • Isabella's Oct 10, 18:34 comment on Writing, Life, and Me: My Journalist Bio
    Dear William, I am very moved by your post, “Writing, Life, and Me: My Journalist Bio,” because getting into Entertainment and Opinion, as a freshmen, is so remarkable! It is really cool that you are interested in film! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Is there someone else out there who knows about us while we remain oblivious? ” I think this outstanding because it extremely insightful and something I don’t often think about. Another sentence that I saw was: “By the time I was born, they were both suffering from dementia, and I sadly never got to hear their stories.” This stood out for me because it is very thoughtful, and shows your charismatic personality. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I had to audition for a show. I know how nerve racking it must be when you’re waiting for your results. It’s just like it is when I am auditioning in front of professional ballerinas. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I know you are extremely passionate about your writing. Your opinion articles are always bomb and so are you.
  • Isabella Voos's Oct 10, 18:05 comment on Writing, Life, and Me: My Journalist Bio
    Dear William, I am very moved by your post, "Writing, Life, and Me: My Journalist Bio," because getting into Entertainment and Opinion, as a freshmen, is so remarkable! It is really cool that you are interested in film! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Is there someone else out there who knows about us while we remain oblivious? " I think this outstanding because it extremely insightful and something I don't often think about. Another sentence that I saw was: "By the time I was born, they were both suffering from dementia, and I sadly never got to hear their stories." This stood out for me because it is very thoughtful, and shows your charismatic personality. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I had to audition for a show. I know how nerve racking it must be when you're waiting for your results. It's just like it is when I am auditioning in front of professional ballerinas. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I know you are extremely passionate about your writing. Your opinion articles are always bomb and so are you.
  • Olivia's Oct 10, 15:47 comment on Who am I?
    Dear Murphy Fisher : I am thrilled about your post , “Who Am I?,” because it allowed me to connect with you on certain points. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Journalism offers such a wide variety of skills that I believe it will be beneficial in any career I choose." I think this is a good statement because I completely agree with you. Another sentence that caught my attention was: "As a writer, I have always wanted to pursue topics more to my interest." This stood out for me because as a writer, I to enjoy pursuing topics of my interest. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. As a writer, I was able to grow in my interests and focus on what I wanted and enjoyed writing for. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…
  • Olivia's Oct 10, 15:47 comment on Writing, Life, and Me: My Journalist Bio
    Dear William: I am impressed with your bio, "Writing, Life, and Me: My Journalist Bio" because of all you have accomplished in high school already and you are only a sophomore. You are juggling so much on your plate already with Boy Scouts and swimming on top of all the school work that comes with high school. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is "I’m not necessarily the best at interviewing and interactions, so I’ve always been a bit more inclined toward these types of writing." I think this is relate because interviewing and interactions are also things I am not the greatest at. Another sentence I liked was "If I could interview anybody about anything, I would probably interview my grandmother and grandfather on my mom’s side of the family." This stood out for me because my grandparents are two of my very best friends and sometimes I forget how lucky I am to be able to have the time I've had with them. Your bio reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I also decided that I wanted to submit an audition article for Rampant Lines. I also have a lot of the same interests that include film but I am more intrigued by music and the food aspect of entertainment. Opinion is something that I am just learning to write about but following examples like yours will help me learn. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I want to see how much more you will grow as a person and academically throughout the rest of your high school experience. I can tell by your bio that you have a lot of aspirations and are far wiser than your age.
  • Heymi's Oct 10, 15:40 comment on A story about learning English
    Nice 🙂
  • Samuel's Oct 10, 13:37 comment on I, Too (Remix)
    Janasia, We just read your poem and would like to say, you selected a great picture to go along with your poem. We like that your remix poem focused on the speaker being strong. Your poem is inspiring us to do a remix of your remix because it is fire! It hits spots in our prefrontal cortex.
  • mua dieu hoa cu an phuc's Oct 10, 01:43 comment on Review on Two Badges The Lives Of Mona Ruiz
    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?
  • Nancy's Oct 9, 23:52 comment on My Truths
    Dear Joselyn I am impressed with your publication "My truths" because you are proud to have Mexican parents and do not care what others think of you because there are many people who are ashamed of having Mexican potatoes because all they want is to have friends. One phrase he wrote that catches my attention is "The reason I included the Mexican flag is because my parents were born there, which means I have Mexican blood." I think this is surprising because you, although you were not born in Mexico because your parents are Mexican, just with that, you are proud to have Mexican potatoes, which you also feel proud to have as parents. Thanks for write. I hope to see what you write next, because I would like to know more about your cultures or things like that. When you go to Mexico, what traditions do they have?
  • Deysi's Oct 9, 23:03 comment on EL BULLYING
    Dear Ms. Navarro, Estoy de acuerdo con su comentario y sus ideas son muy buenas, yo solo espero que las personas que son asi cambien y que se pongan en el lugar en que se encuentran las personas que son nuevas en un país distintos con tradiciones distintas, porque no es fácil adaptarse mucho menos si no tiene a alguien que ayude porque en algún momento pueden estar en esa misma situación y necesitar ayuda en eso mismo. Deysi
  • Janelle's Oct 9, 20:03 comment on How classism and racism effects Human Experimentation.
    Good article, especially for young readers who haven't heard of the Tuskegee or Nazi experiments before. But this is the tip of the iceberg. The Japanese also did experiments on POWs, mostly Chinese, during WWII. There is a long history of experimenting on poor and often black people in the U.S. Google "unethical human experimentation in the United States" if you really want to make your skin crawl. Hitler was actually inspired by what was happening here There have been laws passed in the U.S. and worldwide since then that are supposed to ensure nobody is tested without their consent. But like you said, human experimentation is always going to be tied to abuse of power. Why would anyone sign up if they didn't need the money or could afford the best health care? I would've liked to have seen some more recent examples of classist and racist experimentation.
  • Maggie's Oct 9, 16:24 comment on The United States and Political Corruption in the Congo (DRC)
    I didn't know the connection between the DRC's battle for a true democracy and the Cold War or the USA's role within the country. I wonder if more former colonized nations in Africa have struggled in similar ways and what the impact of developed nations on the developing nations has been, whether direct or indirect.
  • Jose De Jesus's Oct 9, 16:22 comment on Vaping Epidemic
    Yo lo que entendí fue que la FDA admite haber dicho que deberían haber actuado antes y haber regulado estos dispositivos porque está dañando a gran parte de los jóvenes. La pregunta de qué está causando exactamente todas estas enfermedades pulmonares relacionadas con el vaporizador aún se desconoce y todo lo que pueden decir al respecto es que, "nos pondremos al día". El artículo también menciona que notaron este aumento en el vapeo relacionado con la juventud todo el camino de regreso en 2013. Eso significa que lo han sabido durante seis años y que ahora están comenzando a intentar regularlo. Debido a que muchos de los productos de vape que se utilizan, muchos de ellos son de mercado negro y no se venden legalmente. Esto hace que sea mucho más difícil determinar qué es exactamente lo que está dañando a las personas y esperan descubrirlo pronto.
  • Natalia's Oct 9, 16:18 comment on EL BULLYING
    Dear Deysi, I think that some people are that way because they do not try to empathize with people's situations. In other words, they don't imagine themselves being somewhere where they don't speak the language, or they don't do something as well as others. I also think that people who are hurtful have often been victims of hurtful words and/or actions toward them. What do you think about my ideas? Ms. Navarro
  • Rolando's Oct 9, 16:08 comment on Don’t give up
    Dear Evelyn: I am surprised by your post, “Don’t give up,” because this is important for the society. This topic is the most important thing because a lot of people in the world have cancer. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “the girl has cancer and she never reads things that are related to that and continues forward with her illness. ” I think this is important because the people need to achieve their selfs by don't give up. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is a very important thing for to know what will happen in your book.
  • Natalia's Oct 9, 16:00 comment on People are worth what they are, not what they seem
    Nancy, I would choose to be a good-hearted person! I like to be accepted and appreciated by people who value my kindness, hard-work, and compassion. If someone doesn't accept or appreciate me, but they don't know how I truly am, I don't really care. So really, I try to be a good person; I don't try to get people to accept me. I think acceptance will naturally happen. I really enjoyed your post because I need to be reminded of what a lot of young people go through. I forget about the pressure youth feel to be accepted by their peers. Do the characters in your book understand what you and I think?
  • Alejandro's Oct 9, 16:00 comment on KOREAN TACOS :’O
    I am impressed by your post Korean Tacos :’O,’’because...korean people make tacos I was surprised because I thought that the korean only cooked korean food is interesting one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:’’ America is the only continent that made tacos “ I think this is interesting because… now we know that in other parts from the world make taquitos con su cebollita y cilantrito y su salsita Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… because always you tell about food and the food is my favorite thing in this world but you can increase your stomak.
  • Samantha's Oct 9, 15:59 comment on Explores the world
    Dear Jocelyn: I'm surprised by his post, "Explore the world," because this title is very important to me. This is something that everyone should be informed about what happens with the Amazon. It is very sad that the animals that live there are dying. One sentence he wrote that stands out to me is: "if the trees of the Amazon are over, many people could suffer from lack of oxygen." I think this is horrible because everyone will die and nobody does anything. It is very sad that other people are not interested. Thanks for writing I hope to see what you write next, because for me this title is very important. This is what I want to hear to be more informed. I want to do more about this so people want to hear. Samantha.
  • David's Oct 9, 15:58 comment on Medical Marijuana
    Estimada Olivia; Estoy asombrado por su publicación (Marihuana medical) porqué la marihuana es algo importante en la vida cotidiana, y que si se usa como medicamento es más importante. Por que según los expertos la marihuana se puede usar como medical. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es “Otro tratamiento de medicina alternativa es la marihuana medicinal. Según el Instituto Nacional sobre el Abuso de Drogas, se ha demostrado que la marihuana medicinal trata afecciones médicas tales como epilepsia, dolor por cáncer, anorexia, ansiedad, depresión, VIH / SIDA, abuso de sustancias y esclerosis múltiple.” creo que esto es algo más importante relacionado con la marihuana por que la marihuana puede curar algunas heridas que las medicinas no pueden. Gracias por su escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación , porque quiero aprender más sobre la marihuana y su uso en las enfermedades. David
  • Lezly's Oct 9, 15:53 comment on Medical Marijuana
    Estimada Olivia: Estoy muy interesada con su publicación “Medical Marijuana”, porque tiene mucha razón que muchas personas tienen problemas mentales por causa de esa droga. Es muy importante que las personas tengan conocimiento de los daños que puede causar esta droga. Muchas personas la usan como medicina pero es malo usarla diariamente puede causar problemas. Una frase que usted escribió que se destaca para mi es: “Esta enfermedad y crisis ha cobrado la vida de al menos 400,000 personas desde 1999”. Creo que esto es muy importante saberlo que consumir esta dosis puede perjudicarte. No solo a ti si no que también perjudica a las personas que están a tu alrededor. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, por que me gusta mucho la forma en que escribes tus publicaciones. Das a conocer muchas cosas sobre las drogas.
  • Heriberto's Oct 9, 15:51 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Dear Calai: I am amazed by your comment “You can't build peace with a piece” because I learned that people don't listen to you. I am from Mexico but I live in California. A phrase that I liked was “How many times do you have to scream to be heard” because it talks about people not listening to you and that you have to do something wrong to be put under stress. Thank you for your comment I hope you write more for me to be able to listen to you and be able to comment. Heriberto
  • Deysi's Oct 9, 15:45 comment on HISTORIA DE TU MEXICO
    Dear Rodolfo, Estoy muy contenta con tu publicasion "HISTORIA DE TU MÉXICO" porque tambien se sobre Oscar Romero y me encanta esa historia. Soy del Salvador también. una frase que escribistes que se destaca para mi es " Esto me recuerda a un hombre llamado Oscar Romero. Este fue un hombre que también luchó por mi pais El Salvador por muchos años" porque mi mamá me cuenta mucho sobre eso y no sabes lo orgullosa que me siento ser de El Salvador al igual que tu. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque me gustaria saber mas sobre eso. Te gusta tu país? Deysi.
  • Joselyn's Oct 9, 15:44 comment on Winter season is my season
    Dear Liz vazquez: I am happy with your post “La Temporada de invierno es mi temporada” because a mi tambien me gusta el invierno porque tomo chocolate caliente.También me gusta por que puedo estar en mi cama con mis cobijas viendo youtube. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “me alegra esta temporada”creo que esto es emocionante porque viene el tiempo de navidad de pasar tiempo con tus seres queridos.También porque después del frio podemos ir a las montañas a la nieve. Gracias por tu escritura espero ver lo que escribes a continuación por qué me gustó mucho tu escritura. Habla sobre el tiempo que te gusta a ti y es unos de tus tiempos favoritos.
  • Rosa's Oct 9, 15:29 comment on El Juicio
    Estimo eduardo; Estoy asombrada con lo que escribistes,El juicio que han pasado muchas cosas perturbadoras como homicidios .Yo he visto esa película y la verdad es muy aterradora yo la vide y no pude dormir toda la noche pensando en lo que había visto . Me gusto mucho. Gracias por tu escritura.
  • Evelyn's Oct 9, 15:28 comment on Always friends
    Dear Samantha, I am impressed with your post, Always friends, because you talk about the boy and his dad and the boy did not know that his father was kidnapped by his two friends of the boy. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “They have friends and their father kidnapped two of their friends because he wanted the blood of a young werewolf and a young vampire so his dad took them away and they cried and told him why they took them if they were his friends. In the world there are people who kidnap young people and they have friends”. I think this is important because Almost all friends have a lot of trust from each other and that's why I think it's impotence. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because What you write is always very interesting. Evelyn
  • David's Oct 9, 15:24 comment on Mass Shootings: A Contemporary Epidemic
    Dear Isabella: I am surprised by his publication "Mass shooting: a contemporary epidemic" Because gun control is a daily issue in the United States, mass shootings in the US have become an epidemic. One phrase you wrote that stands out to me is “there must be some progress in the reform of weapons in the United States. I think this is something of concern because while the US is the country where the shootings happen the most, I think they should not allow young people or the general public not to carry weapons. Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next because I want to learn more about the society that exists in the US ...
  • Nancy's Oct 9, 15:21 comment on A Place I’ll never forget
    Dear Charissa: I am excited about your post, "A place I will never forget" because you are describing how you felt when you were doing that kind of thing and even if you change the program, those memories will remain in your heart. One phrase he wrote that caught my attention is "As a group, we will always be at Booker T Washington Park, watching people play basketball or like the children we were good morning" I think this is exciting because before coming to the States United, I played soccer with my friends, we challenged other grades, that was when I was in sixth grade and you said that it is something you will remember, I remember it a lot because until now they were very beautiful moments when I was going to Mexico for my house there is a court and with all my neighbors and my friends, we play and have a great time. Thank you for writing. I hope to see what you write next, because I would like to know if you have more beautiful memories, oh, if you got into new programs and could tell how your life is going at this age. Nancy
  • Patricia's Oct 9, 15:18 comment on GLOBAL KITCHEN BY ROLANDO M.M.
    Estimado Rolando, estoy muy emocionada de tu post es bueno saber hacer diferentes tipos de comida. Es bueno cuando alguien como tu quiere enseñar a las personas a cocinar por medio de recetas. Una frase que escribiste que se destaca para mi “enseñar a las personas por medio de recetas es que me gusta muchos tipos de comida. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, por que quiero aprender mas sobre tu cultura.
  • Maggie's Oct 9, 13:41 comment on Global Warming Has Been Proven. Why Has So Little Been Done, and What is Being Done to Correct it Now?
    I absolutely agree with your opinion that climate change cannot be ignored and leaders of nations, developing or developed, must be concerned with the consequences of a warming earth. Sadly, I don't think many people will start to care or devote resources to reversing climate change until it impacts them in "their own backyard."
  • Maggie's Oct 9, 13:39 comment on Explaining College Prices
    Wow, fascinating that the cost of college is rising as fewer people are attending thus preventing even more people from attending due to costs--this is a cycle our nation should be trying to avoid because a less educated society would be disastrous in the long term. I fail to understand why our government over the decades has not allowed more money for public education, be it at the elementary or university level. Like protecting our natural resources, education is a worthwhile investment.
  • Maggie's Oct 9, 13:36 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    My husband and I talk about this every time we go to a concert! I find it sad that people pay money to actually see the performer live and spend most of their time viewing the performer through their phone. I do understand our tendency to want to capture moments, but I think as a society, we must do a better job being present and appreciative of the present.
  • Maggie's Oct 9, 13:34 comment on Sustainability as a Trend
    Such an interesting connection between social media and social movements, whether for sustainability or other movements like Black Lives Matter and Me Too. I totally agree with you--while limiting plastic straw use is a step, we consume SO much more plastic that doesn't always make it into a recycling bin. I, personally, am shocked that SLC hasn't banned plastic grocery bags like other major cities (Chicago, LA) have as we are literally in the center of such natural beauty. Like plastic straws, banning plastic bags seems like a given. Also, having recycling bins alongside garbage bags on public streets.
  • Maggie's Oct 9, 13:31 comment on Climate change: Those who want it to stay vs Those who want it GONE
    I completely agree that climate change is an issue we must pay attention to. While we as individuals and communities can do important things like recycle or ride a bike, I believe massive change has to come from industries changing and being willing to create incentives that punish or help large corporations to evening out their carbon footprint. Unfortunately, I don't know if large industries would buy into this because it could cut profits for them.
  • Jaime's Oct 9, 02:43 comment on HISTORIA DE TU MEXICO
    Wow!! La comparación que haces entre los Yanquis y el F.M.L.N. La comparación que haces de la lucha que los Mexicanos hicieiron y el obispo Oscar Romero pasaron para obtener su libertad es fascinante. La historia de estos dos eventos son eventos que no sé mucho de pero me interesan. También lo que me gusto de esta publicación es el buen trabajo que haces en explicar todo la historia en una manera breve y directa.
  • Jaime's Oct 9, 02:20 comment on Healthcare and Surplus of Goods in the United States
    This is a very interesting topic and the solution that you pointed out is an excellent one. The way you introduced how the UN passed Article 12 is a good point. The way that the US waste these resources in unacceptable and should without a doubt be sent to third world countries to help them progress and got out of a state of poverty. The US should defiantly be there brothers keeper as it was before when this country was less of an individualistic one
  • Joshua's Oct 8, 16:31 comment on God Bless America, Land of the Religiously Diverse
    I never knew that "under God" wasn't in the original pledge. I wonder why "under God" was added in the 50's. Could be something to look up for later.
  • Joshua's Oct 8, 16:27 comment on Social Media’s Effect on Mental Health.
    Very eye-opening. It's interesting to think how an activity we use for leisure and down-time could potentially cause us more stress and sadness in the long-run.
  • Maggie's Oct 8, 16:27 comment on Healthcare and Surplus of Goods in the United States
    Fascinating topic and solution. I wonder how we could share our surplus food and even medical supplies when considering the costs and limitations on what could be shipped, other country's diets, and even the willingness of people/companies to participate. Some would likely argue that these additional resources should be distributed within the US versus abroad, but I do think the US has more responsibility to help our neighbors as such as developed country.
  • Maggie's Oct 8, 16:23 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Stella, I completely agree with your point of view. As an educator, I strive to follow the philosophy stated by the Chinese proverb because that makes learning authentic and useful. Test-taking strategies have become something we "teach" because that is how schools, teachers, and ultimately, students are measured. I wish it wasn't part of the curriculum, hidden or otherwise. I wonder what non-test schools are doing for admissions and what prospective students' and parents' responses have been. Do these schools conduct interviews or require a portfolio of work? Are they viewed as not being as competitive? This is an interesting topic and one that I believe more people will be interested in as the pressures surrounding testing (not learning) and college admissions increase.
  • Joshua's Oct 8, 16:20 comment on Guns In America: Life in My City
    Thanks Frederick for being so open. I know it must have been hard for you to share all of that. Thanks for speaking your truth. Unnecessary gun violence truly is a nightmare that needs to end with our generation. No one should have to go through what you, JJ, or Malik had to go through. Keep your head up Frederick.
  • Kaitlyn's Oct 8, 16:19 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    I found your topic very interesting with lots of great evidence to support your claim that prisoners should have their rights back and vote. here is a link to help support your claim and show the debate around the issue. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/5/13/18535423/prisoner-felon-voting-rights-bernie-sanders-2020
  • Maggie's Oct 8, 16:18 comment on How is social media affecting teenagers?
    I agree with you. I believe that social media truly does bring down a person's confidence, and it makes them doubt their values and talents.
  • Kaila's Oct 8, 16:17 comment on Why, How, and When Is There Going To Be a Change?
    Love this poem and its message! It connects so deeply to pressing issues that many teenagers encounter today. It is disheartening knowing that youth voices aren't being heard despite our interest in issues and how drastically they effect us.
  • Addison's Oct 8, 16:16 comment on How many, How much, It all depends on Us
    This reminds me of media diversions of the publics' attention. I think the reason so many of these issues get looked over by everyday people is that modern-day media is always bringing up something else such as memes, or something some political leader said that may make you upset depending on which political side you lean towards. Although these issues are near and dear to many people, diversions can happen at any moment which may distract them from the true issues we are facing today, which gives political leaders an excuse to ignore them.
  • Maddie's Oct 8, 16:15 comment on Why does everybody go crazy when they see the Lamborghini Aventador?
    I personally love Lamborghinis; they are fast, sleek, and stylish. I like how you chose to discuss the Murcielago because it gave context to the readers about what is "in" when talking about today's society. Why do you think the resale value of the Murcielago hasn't decreased even though the Aventador is the newest hottest Lambo to buy? Overall, I am impressed with this article; good job.
  • Kaitlyn's Oct 8, 16:14 comment on The Benefits and Drawbacks of Gun Control
    I like your argument that is shows that the gun debate is not a black and white debate. I agree that an increase in gun control can lead to a decrease in violence. Here is an article to help prove that point and how deep the gun debate goes. https://www.wsj.com/articles/where-should-the-gun-debate-go-11566341691
  • Christina's Oct 8, 16:13 comment on Missing and Murdered Native American Women
    Thank you for covering this topic as it is underreported. I knew about this issue, but after reading your article, I understand more about what is going on and why.
  • Stella's Oct 8, 16:13 comment on Equal Pay
    It feels insane that two people doing the exact same thing can get paid different amounts. Why is equal pay even a question? And its the same for soccer players, and so many other professions.
  • Eric's Oct 8, 16:12 comment on Hurricane Michael
    It is very important that information about these hurricanes is spread. With climate change, there has been an increase in frequency and intensity of hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and the US, meaning action needs to be taken to help decrease the impact of these natural disasters. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/climate/hurricane-dorian-climate-change.html
  • Kaila's Oct 8, 16:12 comment on God Bless America, Land of the Religiously Diverse
    Wow, great post. It's interesting, I have never thought about the pledge in that sense. It's odd that a country that portrays itself as religiously diverse has such strong connections to Christians the ideals of them. Its a contradiction in all senses.
  • Wesley's Oct 8, 16:11 comment on Sustainability as a Trend
    Maybe people are just being sustainable because it is trendy, but does it matter? The impact of actions toward sustainability is more important than the reasoning behind it. Although I agree that people should be sustainable for reasons that have to do with saving our planet I think that it is a good thing that people are following trends that urge sustainability. For example Teslas, these are cars that are electric and hence better for the environment, does it really matter if people get a Tesla to show off how much money they have or to reduce their carbon footprint?
  • Addison's Oct 8, 16:10 comment on Sustainability as a Trend
    Even with the "skip a straw, save a turtle" trend going around, many followers of this don't recognize or care about the other plastic the comes from cups or lids. Like you said many people just hop on this bandwagon without realizing what they're actually doing. Much like how joining the trend of juuling or vaping can be harmful to our bodies, these environmental trends might be harming the Earth more than the trend followers think.
  • Stella's Oct 8, 16:09 comment on Why We Should Use Our Phones At Concerts
    I agree, I think phones are distracting and can ruin the moment at concerts - especially when someone is not only filming, but doing other things like texting and perusing Snapchat. Why go to a concert if you're not going to enjoy the moment? But at the same time, I often feel the need to take a video to keep the moment forever.
  • Maggie's Oct 8, 16:09 comment on American Values
    Hi Jake, I completely agree with you. I am from Texas and grew up around guns and my family and I have the same opinion as you. It is our right to have firearms and nobody should be allowed to take that right away.
  • Eric's Oct 8, 16:08 comment on Vaping Epidemic
    I find this to be very informative! It is significant that there has been no restrictions on the selling of cigarettes even though they kill far more people per year while vapes are most likely to be completely banned, except for one flavor (while cigarettes can still sell in multiple flavors). https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/health/trump-vaping.html
  • Maddie's Oct 8, 16:07 comment on Medical Marijuana
    I am impressed at this article. I believe that medical marijuana should be accessible to those who are seeking pain relief. I like how you incorporated data and studies showing that the medical marijuana does in fact, decrease pain significantly without many side affects. Overall, good job.
  • Christina's Oct 8, 16:07 comment on The Benefits and Drawbacks of Gun Control
    I like how this article has a view from both sides of the story. I agree that more gun control would lead to less accidental deaths, as well as suicide. I wrote about a similar topic: Does Having a Gun in the Home Make You Safer?
  • Mariely's Oct 7, 13:08 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    One of the phrases that stood out for me is ” when I was 10 years old , I had my innocence taken away ” i relate to this and I stand with you , same thing happen to me when I was 7 years old I am still coming to the realization to it it is something that never really goes away you just learn how to cope with it as time goes by and in the process realize that you have developed some disorders and then you also have to learn how to cope with that too . I was researching and I found this article that gave me a little bit more of information if you’d like to read it here's the link ”https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/trauma-and-hope/201704/overcoming-sexual-assault-symptoms-recovery ”. I'm sorry you're going through this , you are brave and strong for wanting to inform people and sharing your story and for the fact that you're still here thank you for still being here . thank you for allowing people to know you a bit more . I look forward to seeing what you write next , because I felt connected with your story and i admire your bravery and the way you express yourself . I hope to see more of your writing and hear more about you and what you have to share . thank you for sharing
  • Joey's Oct 4, 14:27 comment on You
    My Dad left his second wife because of cheating, it's good to talk about hurts like that, they are the type of thing an unfortunate number of us will experience in our lives, and I hope thinking about things like this will make would be cheaters think twice before they stab their partner in the back.
  • Dorothy's Oct 4, 04:49 comment on KOREAN TACOS :’O
    Hi Rolando, this is very interesting. I have never heard of Korean tacos before either. Is the fact that Koreans make their tacos in a grill the only difference between their tacos and American tacos? Also like you said, I was expecting them to taste different. Have you tried them before?
  • Natalia's Oct 3, 16:32 comment on KOREAN TACOS :’O
    Hi Rolando, Do the Korean tacos use corn tortillas? What goes inside a Korean taco? I know Korean food is very good so I would be interested in trying it. Ms. Navarro
  • Evelyn's Oct 3, 16:31 comment on Children with cancer
    My favorite thing about Hazel that is she is sincere and she don't give up.
  • Rolando's Oct 3, 16:20 comment on Frankenstein’s story
    Dear Heriberto: I am surprised by your post, ”Frankenstein’s story”because this character is very famous in the world of tirer. He is a character that I like because he scare the people easily. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Otra cosa que me recuerda es que en las películas actúan tan bien como él.” I think this is awesome because they highlight the character of Frankenstein in a lot of films. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like you to tell me more about the book from this famous character . I would also like you to talk more about him so you can tell me how his name came about, how this character came to light.
  • Jenifer's Oct 3, 16:17 comment on Fears overcome
    Dear Samantha: I am a little scared by your post, “Shadowhunters”, because it scares me to think that what happened to Jace happens to me. Well, since I'm very scared. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I relate it to the world because there are many who have many fears of something, but they overcome it and move on.” I think this is cute but scary at the same time because it is nice to know that his brother cares about his sister but at the same time it is scary because it is scary to think that if he had not overcome it, he would be dead. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your book is very interesting. But at the same time a little scary for the devil.
  • Samantha's Oct 3, 16:10 comment on Spectrum
    Dear Jenifer: I am sad by your post, "Spectrum," because it is very sad that you have separated from your mother. It is sad to hear what you went through as it happened to me too, I separated from my mother because she was busy going to work outside. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We had to get away because she went to work outside the town where we lived to give us a better life.” I think this is sad but at the same time happy, because it is doing for you. It is good that a mother wants her children to have a better life. This is what my mother did. She wanted a better life for us and she had to work outside in order to give us a good life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i like your topic. Also because I reflect on what you write as I go through the same. I hope and keep writing more to be able to connect the same. Samantha.
  • Deysi's Oct 3, 16:10 comment on GLOBAL KITCHEN BY ROLANDO M.M.
    Dear Rolando, estoy emocionada con su publicación, " GLOBAL KITCHEN" porque es bueno cocinar algo diferente de vez en cuando. Una frase que escribistes que se destaca para mi es " mi libro es enseñar a las personas a cocinar por medio de recetas" porque me gusta cocinar y esto me parece muy interesante. Veo que somos algo parecidos en ese aspecto. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque quiero aprender más sobre la cocina. Cual es tu platillo favorito? Deysi
  • Natalia's Oct 3, 16:08 comment on Children with cancer
    Hi Evelyn, My daughter read this book and she really liked it. I know that Hazel is a very special character. What is your favorite thing about Hazel? Ms. Navarro
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    Dear Samantha: I am impressed with your post, Fears overcome, because you say that they were a demon that could impersonate his sister and the child if he thought he was his sister but that it seemed he was dying. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “when he entered I look at his sister in a white dress and bleeding as if she were dying and the boy thought it really was her but what happened is that his sister was not his sister but a demon that becomes what scares you the most and if you win the fear he kills you”. I think this is impressed because the sister looked like she was and didn't look like she was a demon. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because It's very interesting about what you write. Evelyn
  • Keily's Oct 2, 12:50 comment on Education for Me & My Child
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  • Aidan's Oct 1, 21:06 comment on “Kids These Days”
    As a member of Gen Z myself I too wonder about how our solely unique upbringing will affect us as a generation in the future. Since smartphones have really only been around for fifteen years we really can't have any idea about the long term effects of them on developing brains. One thing I know for sure though is that it doesn't make me personally more lonely it's more a tool of connecting with other people, albeit not a way that other generations are used to.
  • Abhi's Oct 1, 13:27 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    Dear Allison, I really liked your post "Climate Change and the Ocean" because it outlined some key facts that are important. I believe that we need to do something about this because if we wait, it will be too late. I think that we shouldn't ignore what the science is saying and take action. How do you think we can help stop global warming?
  • Rohan's Oct 1, 13:26 comment on Born American: Stories of Immigrant Family Members
    Dear, Charmaine Your article was very unique and it had many aspects that I haven't thought about before. Born in the United Stats, we take things for granted. For example; Freedom, Equality and the American dream. Americans as a whole can learn a lot from other countries, even though half of the country are past immigrants. I think people need to be more aware of the things immigrants are going through. Thank you for sharing your story, Rohan
  • Ashleigh's Oct 1, 13:26 comment on Injustice of the Rape Culture
    Cristina, When talking about rape culture I like how you are very blunt about what is actually happening. To many people these days are turning their heads on the subject because "It will never happen to them", but your statistics show that rape and assault happen more often than we choose to believe. Like you said, few people choose to speak out and when they do they are the ones being questioned about their motives and if they did anything to possibly have enticed their attacker! Thank you for putting your work out into the public. -Ashleigh W.
  • Ethan's Oct 1, 13:26 comment on Milo’s Bio
    The fact that we both take drum lessons from guitar center was kinda weird but cool to see, not in the same state but still a cool coincidence. I've been doing music as well for years now. I started drums in 8th grade but never wanted to do it with the school, just as a hobby, and I've done music on my computer since about 7th grade. Not gonna lie the picture on your post is what caught my eye. After seeing a ton of generic stuff on here this is one that I actually was surprised to see.You are definitely more brave than I am for posting your life story or at least part of it. I think it's a cool idea to put yourself out there, good job.
  • Mitchell's Oct 1, 13:26 comment on How soon should kids focus on only one sport?
    I have a little bit of insight on this topic. I am a top ranked lacrosse player in the country and the lacrosse recruiting process is brutal. The topic of playing more than one sport is very prevalent in the process. When I have been on the phone with multiple division one schools one question that is always asked is whether or not you play more than one sport. This is because playing more than one sport develops you greatly overall as an athlete and if your trying to play at a collegiate level then stick with multiple sports as long as you can. Just my thoughts. Nice article by the way.
  • William's Oct 1, 13:26 comment on Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Violent
    I agree that video games do not cause violence. If we look throughout history, Rock and Roll was blamed on causing violence, and that Elvis was evil. We know that is not true. While it is true that Dylan Klebold played Doom, this is not what drove him to do what he did. Blaming video games on violence is like blaming cars on getting into crashes. The car doesn't get into a crash itself, the person who drives it does. I believe this is true with video games. It doesn't matter if they play video games or not, it depends on their mental state.
  • Aliko's Oct 1, 13:25 comment on Is Immigration really bad?
    My parents are immigrants from Africa, and it took them a hard time to find really good jobs even though they had degrees, my dad has a masters degree but he could not find a good job for a long time but he has a good job now so i understand what you are saying and even the job that he has he has a hard time with being given respect.
  • Peyton's Oct 1, 13:24 comment on GLOBAL DIGNITIY DAY
    Hello Shahbaz, thank you for your discussion about Global Dignity Day. I know that in your post you talked about how it wants to promote a global discussion about dignity of all people, but I was curious about whether or not this holiday is actually celebrated internationally? I only ask this because I feel like for a holiday dubbed Global Dignity Day should have quite a bit of global representation. Thank you for your post.
  • Mikeala's Oct 1, 13:21 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Yeira, I completely agree with you! We should be cutting plastic out of our lives because it is causing more harm than good. We have so many more things we can use instead of plastic, like paper or metal straws and reusable water bottles. Reusable water bottles are a great investment, actually not much of an investment. I think one of the problems is that there are not enough recycle bins. We cannot get rid of plastic completely right away so, I think we should add more recycle bins. Also, we should not be placing them right next to trash cans because, when people see a trash bin next to a recycle bin, I think people are more likely to throw their recyclables in there than a recycle bin. Lastly, I think that maybe people are not sure of what exactly can be recycled. We should have recycle bins labeled with what specifically can be put in these bins. Hopefully this plastic problem will soon be solved or at least died down a bit so that we can continue to save our Earth!
  • Jessica's Oct 1, 13:21 comment on 5 Things To Consider Before Choosing Antivirus Software
    Hi Marko, this was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time to research antivirus software. I learned from your post is that I should try antivirus software first with a free-trial before I buy anything. Nowadays, I feel like everyone needs good protection for their computers because of all of the hackers and scammers online. People can hack your personal information easier today than they could in the past. Do you have any suggestions on how to stay safe online?
  • jack's Oct 1, 13:21 comment on Is The Idea of Freedom Still An American Value?
    I like how you talked about American values different for different people. I thought that was interesting. I also like how you compared America freedom to countries that don't have as much freedom. I really enjoyed reading your article.
  • Catherine's Oct 1, 13:20 comment on Kat’s Bio
    Hi Katarina, My name is Catherine and I was very impressed by your bio. You have very mature interests for your age; we're actually around the same age. I also enjoy reading recreationally, and travelling to different places. I've been to a few countries including: France, Jamaica, and England. I'm really excited to be travelling to Germany with my orchestra for spring break! I'm really excited to see what you write about next.
  • Olivia's Oct 1, 13:19 comment on Don’t give up
    Dear Evelyn, Cancer has always been an important topic for me due to my cousin passing from cancer about two years ago. I have never heard of this book before but I think I might have to look into it. I really love how you talk about staying strong and not giving up. This was always really important to my cousin during his treatment. He always kept his head up and looked for the best in life even when hard times were taking over. Up until his last day he was a huge joker and enjoyed making us all laugh and encouraged us to not be sad about his death but keep our heads up and move forward.
  • Mitchell's Oct 1, 13:18 comment on Does Size Really Matter
    I agree size really shouldn't restrict what you can do but unfortunately that's not the case. You gave the example of guys in football being praised for being 250 pounds and when women are that big it is the opposite. This is not because people are prejudice towards women, it's because in the sport of football if you are that big it will help the team win which is the goal of sports. It is all about ability restrictment. In other words, if you are a bigger girl and you can do all the same things as a smaller girl and contribute just as much then there is no issue, but if your size is making you not as good as another competitor then it makes sense you should be cut from the team. You are contradicting what you are saying about being fair and giving equal opportunities if you think plus sized athletes should get a sort of special treatment. In the example about Mississippi cheerleaders and their weight limit, they have a point for that limit. That organization probably has hard conditioning routines and also things they do will be much more difficult for someone above that weight. It makes sense. Although I agree with what you were saying about if the size doesn't restrict what you can do then it shouldn't be an issue, but when it does restrict your ability or if it makes you not as athletic or as skilled as someone else then it becomes an issue because you have to remember, nothing is personal, it's not about feelings for these organizations it's about being the best they can be.
  • Jihan's Oct 1, 13:17 comment on The Death Epidemic
    This book seems like it's definitely targeted for teens. Many teens in our current day and age are struggling much more with their mental health. It's heartbreaking to see what kids in our society are doing to themselves and other. Death truly does affect other people and lead into a chain of grief and depression.
  • Baoyang's Oct 1, 13:16 comment on Education for Me & My Child
    Thank you to sharing your amazing story and I strongly agree that education is a responsibility to our life. When we have kids it is important to set an example for them because parents are their first teacher in the world. You are such a brave girl who can decide leave your country for a better future. You said "I’m not scared of being a failure because I would not allow." I know you are an motivated girl and you are positive and you don't fear to face the problems. I can see you will do a good job in college. Best wishes for you!
  • Taylor's Oct 1, 13:16 comment on Lack of Gun Control in America
    I agree with you on how they aren't needed to protect everyone, but also for some people thats all they think they can do to protect themselves. It is everyone's second amendment right and they have the right for self defense. In my opinion, I think they need to regulate the gun purchasing and specific types of guns and big background checks. I can see why you don't want guns and i appreciate that, sometimes I think we should just ban them. But if we ban them, people are still going to find a way to kill people and our second amendment goes away. This is a huge topic with many aspects and needs to get solved right away!
  • Sloane's Oct 1, 13:15 comment on The Media and its Effects on the Societal Glorification of Serial Killers
    I thought this post was really interesting. It made me think of Ted Bundy, who was often praised for his looks and sex appeal, when this should be the last thing that people are thinking about. It also reminds me of the show "You" on Netflix. The show is about a man who stalks and manipulates a girl into loving him, and later kills her friends, family, and even herself. A lot of the feedback I saw about this show was about how good looking the main actor was, instead of how sick he was.
  • Lily's Oct 1, 13:15 comment on My Life
    Hi Eliza, I really enjoyed reading your introduction to your life. You shared some very interesting points about your life that were so intriguing to read about. When you introduced your family to us and told us a little bit about your parents background and your siblings, it made me connect to you by learning a little bit more about you. I also found it interesting how you told us about your interests and hobbies at the end. One thing I would suggest is maybe not jumping around so much in the last paragraph. I feel like a lot of information was put into that one paragraph that could've been spaced out a little more, so the reader can learn a lot about you but not feel like they're just reading facts. Very well written, great job!
  • Beverly's Oct 1, 13:15 comment on Happiness is a Choice
    Kait, I truly admire what you said about happiness. I remember saying a poster in middle school that said, "Life is 10 percent of what you do, and 90 percent of how you react to it. Sometimes I feel myself being caught up in trying to fix things but I realiaze that there's no point trying to fix something I can't control. In your passage, you showed that 🙂
  • Angela's Oct 1, 13:14 comment on Why am I here?
    Hi Zachary, I really enjoyed your poem "Why am I here?". I can relate to the feelings you conveyed in the poem. When you said "I just want to sleep... These people have too much energy," it reminds me of the days when I couldn't even get out of bed, and it took so much energy for me to just be at school. Like Jovana said, I also had the same feelings when I moved to Michigan from New York. Thank you for the great poem.
  • madison's Oct 1, 13:06 comment on GLOBAL DIGNITIY DAY
    Shahbaz, thank you for teaching me about Global Dignity Day. I didn't previously know that it existed. I agree with you that having a dignified life should be a basic human right. I wonder if in my classes, we will discuss the meaning of dignity as well. It would be interesting to see how others define dignity because everyone has their own interpretations of the word.
  • Nico's Oct 1, 11:58 comment on A reflection on our project
    Also, what made you want to create this project? Was there a reason that you are passionate about this?
  • Naomi's Oct 1, 11:53 comment on D.A.C.A- Families don’t have borders
    Hi Evelyn, I really enjoyed your article that you published. I know you wrote this awhile ago, but I thought I would comment on it since I enjoyed it so much. My family and I are strong believers in the D.A.C.A program and finding refuge for immigrants. Yet, sometimes I feel like I only know the general idea of what I am supporting and not all the details, which are very important. Reading your article I felt much more educated in D.A.C.A and what I have been standing up for. I know in your writing you talked about the fear of deportation of you and your family which makes me assume that you are here on the D.A.C.A program. I can’t imagine the fear that came with the election of Donald Trump. I hope that all is well and you are still writing.
  • Jeffrey Quirante's Oct 1, 11:50 comment on A reflection on our project
    Hi Santiago, Thanks for sharing your experience with your project. I know it can be very frustrating when people don’t take your idea seriously. The internet can be a tough place to create ideas and gain approval from the community because it is such a vast space. I like how you tried using different social media spaces to try and widen your audience, but it didn’t work as well as you hoped. But with time and more hard work, people might start to notice and support your idea about your way of halting bird collisions. It can be very tedious and sometimes not very rewarding; Because the internet is so big, your project could blow up at anytime. Good luck with your project and I hope that it will work later in the future!
  • Sevanea's Sep 30, 12:40 comment on Hope After the Chaos
    Dear America, I really love how you were able to write about your life and your family while making such a profound poem. I especially like the end where you are writing about, who I assume is your mother. You made it so much more emotional by speaking about how she did and sacrificed everything to make her children's life better. I hope you continue to write poetry, you have an amazing gift!
  • David's Sep 30, 12:34 comment on GLOBAL DIGNITIY DAY
    Hi Shahbaz, I enjoyed reading your post about dignity.I agree with you 100%, dignity is one of the most import things people can have, people should be proud of who they are and not be afraid to be themselves.
  • Caroline's Sep 30, 12:31 comment on Happiness is a Choice
    Dear Kait, I really liked your post about happiness and only focusing on what you can control. I can relate to this in my own life because I constantly try to control more than is possible in my gymnastics and school, and it is very stressful. I find that when I focus on the things that I can’t control, I get more frustrated and want to give up. I believe it’s all about your perspective on life to decide how happy your life is. There will be hard moments, but it’s how we handle them that decides are happiness. Thank you for sharing.
  • Cooper's Sep 30, 12:30 comment on Football, Basketball, Video Games
    Hey Christian, I liked that you feel safe in your community and love how close knit it seems. Also, it might be sensitive for you to talk about, but I would like to know what happened in 2014 that almost caused you to die.
  • Navid's Sep 30, 12:30 comment on Does Size Really Matter
    The world is carved with people of different backgrounds; different social cultures, and different experiences has led some to believe what others have praised upon them. Therefore, it’s good to have the confidence of sharing our own opinion and the fact that there are many others with the same thought process about a common interest. I found this article interesting and I liked the way it’s very organized and complete. I found it interesting and confident the way you ended with saying, “Who cares”. To be able to pursue your goal, you need to live for yourself besides other people’s opinion; no one can stop you with their opinion.
  • Owen's Sep 30, 12:29 comment on Global Dignity Day
    Hey Hamza, thank you for your article! I learned what Global Dignity Day is and what people do for it. This information will help me in preparation for the day.
  • Jonah's Sep 30, 12:29 comment on The Death Epidemic
    This book sounds very interesting. The way that one kids death caused another months later is a sad truth. The way you connecting the book to a real story shows that this is true and the domino effect is a sad reality. I've always thought about how suicide would affect the family, but I never really thought how it would affect other things like friends and teachers from school. I would like to read this book it sounds good and intriguing.
  • Brendon's Sep 30, 12:28 comment on Football, Basketball, Video Games
    Hey Christian, I’m from Michigan and have a lot in common with you. I love videogames and sports too. I don’t have as much time to play video games anymore because of school and other commitments. I still love sports however and play them often. My favorite is basketball and I love the NBA like you do. I’ve only ever been to two NBA games, so I think it’s cool that you said you see many. What’s your favorite NBA team?
  • Drew's Sep 30, 12:28 comment on Everything about TOR – Should you use it?
    Hi Phill, I found this article very interesting. I already knew about TOR and other similar browsers, but wasn’t sure about how they worked or their intricacies. I thought it was cool how the TOR browser is built onto Firefox-- I didn’t know that. I also found it interesting how you said not to use browser plugins or open downloads while TOR is open. What’s the reasoning behind this and why does it sacrifice my security? In the future I don’t think I’ll use TOR, and instead use a VPN, as it seems a VPN would be much more convenient for my needs. Thanks!
  • Sofie's Sep 30, 12:28 comment on Hard Work and Me
    I agree that hard works pays off. My parents are both very hard workers. My Dad has two jobs and my Mom takes care of my three siblings and I as well as her elderly parents. They have set good examples for me to follow. Whenever I worry that all my work is for nothing I think about what my parents have told me; that no matter how long it takes your work will always eventually pay off. I really admire that you came to the United States and learned a new language that must have taken a lot of determination. Also hard works reminds you that if you want to do something right you have to do it through work there is no short cut, and so when you have achieved your goal, no matter how tough it was to get there, you can feel good about the work you put in and you can have pride in your achievement. Not only does working hard pay off with success, but it makes you feel good about yourself too.
  • Oscar's Sep 30, 12:27 comment on Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech?
    Dear Nathaniel, There are many consequences and benefits of monitoring students online presences. If you monitor everything, than most websites become blocked and it is hard for students to maneuver around their computers and the constant blocking of websites. The positives are that the school can monitor and know if a student is looking up something alarming. Many schools go back and forth on this topics and to different effects. Personally my school blocks many websites in order to "protect" us and I understand some of the blocked websites, but others are just blocking creative freedoms.
  • Benjamin's Sep 30, 12:23 comment on Hip Hop
    Vané, I do love hip hop too and I do believe there is more to it than just people trying to flex. Some songs and lyrics are really moving and keep people heads up.
  • Eric's Sep 30, 12:23 comment on Where would I be without music?
    This is really interesting! I'm also in Okemos and the music program is pretty intense, so I can understand the frustration that comes with playing an instrument. But after many years, I can see how playing an instrument can be rewarding.
  • Prerna's Sep 30, 12:21 comment on Print Is Dying, And No One Can Heal It.
    I have also noticed a decrease in print throughout my life. Like you said, print is a dying industry because we are in the digital age. Kids would rather have thousands of free, personalized, articles at their fingertips than big pages of text that only come once a week. We can hope that eventually people will begin to realize that print is a useful tool, yet until then, this is the reality we live in. Overall, however, your essay was very interesting and a good reminder of the negative effects of technology.
  • Rachel's Sep 30, 12:16 comment on To Be Or Not To Be (Nice)
    This post was very inspiring and it basically changed the way I think about other people and why they choose to be mean to others, thanks 😉
  • Jasmine's Sep 30, 12:15 comment on Education for Me & My Child
    This is a very inspiring story! I like how you said you will not allow yourself to give up and how you are setting an example for your son. Good luck and I know you will make it to college!
  • Annie's Sep 30, 12:15 comment on The Death Epidemic
    This book sounds like a great read and definitely a very interesting story. The mention of the domino effect is very true it is a very real and heartbreaking problem. I liked how you related the book to another story and also to a real life problem.
  • Ahmed Raza Khan's Sep 30, 05:10 comment on Global Dignity Day By Mayur, Zayyan
    Excellent Work!! Such good thoughts..
  • Saad's Sep 30, 05:09 comment on Global Dignity Day By Mayur, Zayyan
    Very good
  • Maevon's Sep 26, 00:26 comment on Kat’s Bio
    Dear Katarina I am intrigued by your bio, “Kat’s Bio,” because of some of your accomplishments. First off, you can speak 4 nearly 5 languages with very impressive. Most people can’t even speak two. I can only speak English and Spanish, so that is very impressive to me and probably most people. Additionally, something else I read in your bio that intrigues me is that you play archery. I have tried archery many times when I was at summer camp and I always found it very difficult, so that fact that you play in tournaments is very impressive. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “’I’m also quite fond of writing essays” I think this is surprising because most people despise writing essays. Since most people hate essay writing that fact that you don’t show that you are probably a good writer because it is something you enjoy. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “ I actually transferred to Harvest as a sophomore after spending one year (9th grade) at a high school called Quest to Learn High School. I really love all of the schools I went to, since I was able to meet so many amazing people!.” This stood out for me because you say you really enjoyed all you past schools, but you switched schools. This makes me wonder why but you obviously don't need to say why. Your post reminds me of my memories from my old schools. Like you I have amazing memories from my middle school and elementary school. Whether the memories are from school, or out of school reading the section in you bio that’s about your old school reminds me of my old schools. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are clearly a great writer. Your bio was very clear and felt somewhat like a formal piece but also felt like you were talking to me about your life. This makes me look forward to seeing what you write next. Sincerely, Maevon Cohen
  • Cash's Sep 25, 18:24 comment on Kinda My Thing
    Dear Holley: Your post is astounding. Is your guardian on board with having that many animals? How do you find time to take care of all those animals? How much does food cost? Where do you keep them? The sentence that stands out for me is: “I currently own a python, a boa, 4 furry rats, 2 naked rats, 4 mice, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 1 hedgehog, 2 Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a gerbil and a beta fish named Dude.” This is unbelievable to me. I can’t imagine having so much responsibility for so many animals.
  • Deysi's Sep 25, 16:08 comment on Frankenstein’s story
    Dear Heriberto, Estoy admirada con tu publicación " Frankenstein" porque me gustan cosas asi como de terror y como más parecido a los zombis y eso a mi me encanta . Una frase que escribistes que se destaca para mi es donde dice " en Halloween la gente se vestía de frankenstein" porque me gusta mucho las personas que se visten de diferentes personajes incluso a mi me gusta vestirme de personajes así. Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque quisiera saber mas sobre ese personaje. En verdad te gusta Frankenstein? Deysi
  • Rolando's Sep 25, 15:45 comment on Fears overcome
    Dear Samantha: I am surprise with your post, "Fears overcome" because your post show that the people make very scare to see that one member of their family is near to dead. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "I look at his sister in a white dress and bleeding " I think this is sad because if I see my sister, ok I don't have a sister but if I haved i was very sad to see her bleeding. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this histori make in my mind that I need to learn more about it.
  • Heriberto's Sep 25, 15:44 comment on A Place I’ll never forget
    Dear Manuela: I am amazed at your comment on “Washington Middle School” because they talk about school and a basketball game. I am from Mexico but I live in California. One phrase you wrote that makes me interesting is “When I was young, I used to be apart of the dancing crew and also ran track for a couple of years.” Because he speaks like he was a person who went and liked to walk partying.Thanks for your comment I hope to see what you write next because I was interesting.
  • Samantha's Sep 25, 15:40 comment on Don’t give up
    Dear Evelyn: I am excited by your post, “Don’t give up,” because this topic is so important. This topic is the most important because the people with cancer they don't give up. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Many people who have cancer and do not get down.” I think this is important because the people they don't give up. The people need to lose the fear of cancer. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because these topics are so important for me. I hope and keep writing about important topics. Samantha M.
  • Jenifer's Sep 25, 15:37 comment on Frankenstein’s story
    Dear Heriberto: I am happy by your post, ”Frankenstein’s story”, because I like that you talk about him since he is a very recognized character. He is a character that I like very much besides that when there are movies of him his character is very good. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Otra cosa que me recuerda es que en las películas actúan tan bien como él.” I think this is fabulous because they highlight the character of Frankenstein in many films. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like you to tell me what movies there are of him so that I can see them because I have seen but not all. I would also like you to talk more about him so you can tell me how his name came about, how this character came to light.
  • Evelyn's Sep 25, 15:22 comment on About the world today
    Dear Samantha: I am surprised with your post, About the world today, because You are saying about the people who are brothers and I think they cannot have a relationship because I do not believe that this is good for parents and also means that they have no respect in the family. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “in the world there are people who are family members and also have a family relationship if not boyfriends”. I think this is disrespectful because If between brothers they don't have respect, I don't think that's right and it's disrespectful for them and for the parents. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because is interesting what you are talking about. Evelyn
  • Katarina's Sep 25, 14:39 comment on Heyo!
    Dear Anaee, I am really interested in your bio-essay, “Heyo!” because of how descriptive you wrote it to be! I also really like how you were able to share your experiences and ideas in such a creative way! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I do know I like music a lot and I’m very open to listen to all types of music.” I think this is a really cool thing to write about because you can share all of your experiences with it, and I also find it super-interesting! Another sentence that I found really interesting was: “I dislike the rush of the city.” This stood out for me because I am also a New Yorker,, and also really hate the rush and loud-ness of the city ;-; Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. I also have similar experiences concerning how I like to spend time alone most of the time I’m also pretty quiet at times. I can relate to your story and I really enjoy how it was written! Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how interesting your writing is! Thank you :>
  • Katarina's Sep 25, 14:33 comment on Growing up in New York
    Dear Elena, I am really interested in your bio-essay, “Growing Up in New York,” because of how descriptive you wrote it to be! I also really like how you were able to share your experiences and ideas in such a creative way! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I like to dance, sing, and act. I’ve been in many musicals over the years and always enjoy them” I think this is a really cool thing to write about because you can share all of your experiences with it! Another sentence that I found really interesting was: “ I was born in New York City and have lived there ever since” This stood out for me because I am also a New Yorker! :> Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. In the past I’ve also been a part of a dancing group that I have extremely fond memories of. Although I don’t dance anymore I still remembered because of your writing! I can relate to your story and I really enjoy how it was written! Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how interesting your writing is! Thank you :>
  • Mariely's Sep 25, 13:45 comment on Parental Alcoholism
    Thank you for sharing your story , i hope the pain eases one day
  • Mariely's Sep 24, 13:00 comment on Life of a Teen
    Dear isaiah , i am interested with your post ” a life of a teen ” because you capture what is like living as a teen and the unexpected moments that may take a toll on us . one sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is ” two days later i came home and saw her in the couch and when i asked her whats wrong she said ” your grandfather passed away” after that day i wasn’t the same ” i think this is sensitive because many go through these situations and wouldn’t know how to handle them or how to react and and its a situation that leaves a void in our hearts for a while . i relate to this in a sense because i always come home to my mom crying and so i always have to step up and put her at ease and comfort her and its not a easy thing to do being there and also dealing with your own pain, but you are very brave . Another sentence that intrigued me "I like to make and create music even if i'm not good at the instrument, i like to hum a melodic beat and then try to figure out what instrument it would sound best on, and try to find the notes on that said instrument" this stood out for me because i also like to make music and explore how sounds mold together music is like therapy whenever you need it to ground you and to just feel the moment , id like to learn how to play the guitar too one day . Your post reminds me of something that happened to me . one time i was home i was like 11 years old i was watching cartoons then all of a sudden my mom comes in and throws the news that one of our dearest aunts died that morning , you would imagine what it would feel like for a kid to handle that but all we feel is lost and then sorrow barges in , all i could've done in that moment was comfort my mom and then keep watching the cartoons to distract myself from what was happening but i really couldn't focus at the time , that moment was very heavy and i still have the vivid memory on it . Thank you for sharing your story . i look forward to seeing what you write next because i was fascinated on how you capture in such a short way how the life of a teen has many unexpected turns and how our life shapes us in the long way . keep going
  • Lauren's Sep 24, 12:43 comment on Everything Happens For a Reason
    Matthew, I enjoyed reading your article! I agree that everything that happens for a reason and that you don't realize the full impact until it happens to you. I believe you come out of it way stronger than you went in. I believe things we go through are just bumps in the road that you will get through and you will come away with something you didn't know before. I also have a story for you. I have scoliosis and I wore a brace for three years starting in 5th grade. I hated it at first. I thought it was the worst thing in the world. But then I realized with the support of my family that it is just a bump in the road and that I was faced with this challenge and can overcome it. I wore the brace over clothes, out in public and didn't care who knew or who saw it. It is apart of me and and I am not afraid to admit it! I am glad your mom is a fighter and you can get through anything with the support of family and friends!
  • Jasmine's Sep 24, 12:23 comment on Parental Alcoholism
    This story was so intriguing, I couldn't stop reading it! I am so sorry that you and your family had to experience this tragic death of a family member. My grandma was a smoker as well and died in hospice, so I know a little bit about what it is like. However, I can't imagine what you went through growing up in a home with a parent addicted to alcohol and smoking, and then watching them die in front of you. I hope that you are healing from this emotional journey, and thank you for sharing this personal story.
  • Maximiliana's Sep 24, 09:40 comment on Heyo!
    Dear Anaee, Your bio is very well detailed, and heart felt. I think that your statement about not truly knowing one’s self fully was very clever and thoughtful. I also sympathize with your dislike of school subjects as they can be very boring at certain times depending on the content of the class, and the teacher. Your entire bio is very thoughtful and in my opinion all the descriptions are crystal clear. Thanks for sharing.
  • Maximiliana's Sep 23, 16:44 comment on Hard worker, when focused
    Dear Sapphire, Your bio is very relatable as I too laugh at the most ridiculous things, and I also have a bit of a short temper. I really felt that your description of visiting your nana was similar to how I enjoy my time with my grandfather when I can. Another point that I sympathize with would be your determination as it is a key factor in accomplishing hard tasks. Thank you for your participation in this rather personal sharing of information.
  • Ruth's Sep 23, 16:29 comment on Three Paragraphs About Me
    Dear Alexandria, I am content with your post, “Three Paragraphs About Me” because you described your everyday life, hobbies and joys in life. I appreciate the fact that you opened up to the people reading this about your family. I like that you implemented humor into your post as well. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “In school I love to go to photography class.I like taking pictures,so it’s good for me to learn how an actual camera works” because me and my friend were considering going to photography classes together. I’ve also been interested in photography in the past but I haven't really engaged in it recently. Another sentence that interested me in your bio was “I absolutely love babysitting this baby’s name is Cameron he is one years old and he’s my favorite one year old in the world” I was considering babysitting too because i’m in 9th grade and literally have no other opportunity for income. One part of your bio that reminds me of myself is “I love lunch even though i don’t eat but it’s a great little break to have” because I’ve never really ate at lunch, and a lot of people I’ve told that to have found it weird so im suprised that you also do that. Thanks for writing “three paragraphs about me” I look forward to what you write next because your bio was posted 2 years ago and I'm wondering if you still pursue photography and volleyball.
  • Elena's Sep 23, 16:27 comment on Making Decisions
    Dear Kevin, I am happy about your letter Making Decisions because I thinks it interesting how you have a hard time focusing in school. But it’s important that you treasure school so much so it can help you focus more. One sentence that i liked was “ treasure school but I’m not really good at staying focused.” I thought it was really interesting that you really enjoyed school but had so much trouble staying focused if it was something you were so interested in. Another sentence that I enjoyed was “ and i would only hang out with my friends if i had little homework, if i had a lot of homework or a project due, i wouldn’t hang out with my friends or do anything.” This stood out to me because I thought it was interesting how he would hold off on hanging out with his friends just to make sure his grades were good. Your letter reminds me of something that happened to me. I also enjoy learning and thinks it’s very interesting to learn new things. But sometimes I have comprehending things easily and sometimes need to ask the teacher for help. Thanks for your writing I look forward to seeing what you will write next. It’s very interesting to learn about all the problems you’ve had with school. It’s also interesting to learn that for you schoolwork always comes first and I look forward to seeing what you will write next.
  • Ruth's Sep 23, 16:23 comment on Three Paragraphs About Me
    Dear Alexandria, I am content with your post, “Three Paragraphs About Me” because you described your everyday life, hobbies and joys in life. I appreciate the fact that you opened up to the people reading this about your family. I like that you implemented humor into your post as well. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “In school I love to go to photography class.I like taking pictures,so it’s good for me to learn how an actual camera works” because me and my friend were considering going to photography classes together. I’ve also been interested in photography in the past but I haven't really engaged in it recently. Another sentence that interested me in your bio was “I absolutely love babysitting this baby’s name is Cameron he is one years old and he’s my favorite one year old in the world” I was considering babysitting too because i’m in 9th grade and literally have no other opportunity for income. One part of your bio that reminds me of myself is “I love lunch even though i don’t eat but it’s a great little break to have” because I’ve never really ate at lunch, and a lot of people I’ve told that to have found it weird so i'm surprised that you also do that. Thanks for writing “three paragraphs about me” I look forward to what you write next because your bio was posted 2 years ago and I'm wondering if you still pursue photography and volleyball.
  • Darlenny Valet's Sep 23, 14:24 comment on Karla’s Journey
    Dear : I am your , “,” because… One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “” I think this is because… Another sentence that I was: “.” This stood out for me because… Your reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…
  • Emanuel's Sep 23, 13:26 comment on Single-use Plastic
    Dear Yeira: I am interested in your post Because I feel like the amount of Trash and waste that you see in the streets and Oceans is overwhelming. Just a couple of days ago I wrote about how some parts of Manhattan, NY is built on trash. One thing you said that stood out to me is "It is basically a cycle on how it becomes a daily thing with people littering stuff and not cleaning after themselves." I think this is interesting because when you live in a large city you can see the whole sidewalk being filled with trash, but you'll also see people just walking by it like it's not important. Your post reminds me of all the times that I used to thrown trash and plastic items on the floor and didn't think about how it would affect the planet. Now that I've done research and read many articles on this topic I finally found out the affect that trash has on our planet. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write about next Because if you can provide many information on this topic, I want to see what more information you can provide for a different topic.
  • We Love Horoscope's Sep 23, 06:05 comment on Making music
    What a great experience is that. Thanks for sharing.
  • Evelyn's Sep 21, 20:45 comment on Fuera las Malas Personas
    Dear veronica: I am impressed by your post “ Fuera la mala persona” because you see about the people come be are toxic and how people don’t value friendship. you describe the people that nothing think about them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Raina me recuerda esto porque en algún punto de la vida llegan personas que no te merecen porque no valoran todo el cariño que les das y terminan hasta lastimandote”. I think this is important because there are people that do not value the love of others. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next,because maybe we have something in common. Evelyn
  • Bill's Sep 19, 21:11 comment on Is Technology limiting Creativity Pt.1
    that is not how you spell insight
  • Emanuel's Sep 19, 13:05 comment on Making Decisions
    Dear Kevin: I am Intrigued by your post "Making Decisions" because of your passion for school. Most students these days don't want anything to do with school, just the fact that you like school gets me amazed. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is "in the fall semester. This Spring, though, I haven’t been staying after school much. I guess because of the decisions I’ve made or make." I think this is interesting because I want to know what decisions you made that changed your mind on school. Another sentence that Caught my eye was " but they are gang-involved. It’s their decision, not mine, I’m not going tell them what to do with THEIR life." This stood out to me because I can Respect that you're not following the decisions that these other people made. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. In my freshman year I was doing excellent in all my classes and then suddenly I stopped. Fast forward 3 years, now i'm stuck doing work in a different school so that i can graduate on time, but that's not the point. The point is that you need to pick yourself back up whenever you fall, now I don't remember what I wrote exactly when I first commented; but I just want you to know that you can do whatever you want as long as you have the right mindset. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to see if you picked yourself back up. Also I want to see how your decisions impact your future.
  • MIKE OXLONG III's Sep 19, 02:16 comment on A Female
    alright so 1 thing. fuck you. WOMEN are kinda trash on the real. You used 'there' instead of 'their' and tbh that kinda fucked me up. So yeah. Also did you know that some underwear have pockets? NIGGA
  • alissa's Aug 29, 15:14 comment on My Opinion on Racism
    It is really good to know that some people on this earth really understand what rasism means and accept people as they are. Thanks for that.
  • Heriberto's Aug 28, 16:15 comment on Fresh Earth
    I am pressed by your post, "Fresh Earth," because you identified many spacial, and specific moments you had at prospect park. you describe what you do at the park and why it is important to you. I feel like I can see you at that park!
  • Rolando's Aug 28, 15:36 comment on LOOOOOVEEE
    no pues ta bien que te guste
  • Carter A Rathe's Aug 23, 16:20 comment on Is Technology limiting Creativity Pt.1
    This site was extremely helpfull to me with my school essay. It gave lots of insite and good ideas.
  • Mrs Miriam G Goss's Aug 20, 14:12 comment on Child Development and Behavior: Broken Homes, Hopes, and Dreams
    This a very informative document to those parents who wish to not use their children as a weapon to discredit the other or to get at the other parent for purely selfish reasons. how can the children be protected from that so that their lives are not as disturbed as possible ? It is believed that only mothers can look after young children ,yet in many instances some mothers don't even breast feed their child to enhance natural bonding and even get supplies of artificial milk powders from the government, which an equally loving father is capable of doing. The father, just like the mother could also live on benefits with the children just like the protected mother does given the chance to . So what should be done because not all mothers are innocent of poor charge over the children and may even be abusive language wise to the children resulting in negative results. Some women's behaviour may even be quite distressing to the children as they grow.
  • Olivia wright's Aug 16, 19:48 comment on Crafting Abstract Art
    This is a very unique picture. love it.
  • Janet's Aug 13, 20:28 comment on Where I’m From
    I appreciate the colors and illustrations you used to highlight your poetry. Your voice was clear and well paced so you were easy to listen to. I noticed you had background music but your voice carried the message well. Nice job!
  • Janet's Aug 13, 20:10 comment on Hard worker, when focused
    Sapphire, We both are December birthdays, but born many years apart. I too am stubborn and determined. I can tell you as a grown person, that trait can serve you well. I am here getting ready to go back to school, and I am having a hard time getting movtivated, well until I started working on this Youth Voices Project. I think my students are going to like this, and I hope that in a few weeks when we post here you will check us out and respond.
  • Vijay Barner's Aug 8, 13:53 comment on Activism Project Reflection
    To get your word out there you should make flyers so this can be more known and more can be accomplished.
  • Ethel McKinney's Aug 6, 03:24 comment on Print Is Dying, And No One Can Heal It.
    Wonderful article. Kinda sad because it’s true.
  • Terry Vaughn's Aug 6, 03:22 comment on Print Is Dying, And No One Can Heal It.
    Your article is so true and well written. The Oxford Eagle has also been hit. It does not print on Monday and prints a weekend edition on Saturday. That means that if you want to know football scores , you have to go to the internet or wait until they print on Tuesday. They mostly just print Ole Miss sports. I used to work at the Oxford Eagle inserting ads. We were doing up to 40-50 ads at Thanksgiving, but now they do only about 5. I was a long time subscriber, but dropped it a few months ago. Not much news on four pages.
  • Tammie Sledge's Aug 6, 03:18 comment on Print Is Dying, And No One Can Heal It.
    Awesome article!!
  • Gerry's Aug 5, 16:25 comment on Isadora “Missy” Randall
    Vivid picture...I can so relate
  • Tasha Crittle's Aug 5, 14:40 comment on 41st
    Dear khierya : I was very interested on how you describe the the poem and how you connected yourself the street you lived on One stanza that stood out to me was "The street where I almost died on" i think this line was very important to me because it showed that something traumatic had happened to you Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once it was very interesting to me Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • nat's Aug 1, 16:37 comment on This Is The Place I Love
    i agree
  • Valeria's Jul 30, 20:05 comment on The calm
    Dear Dasmin I am delighted by your photograph “The Calm” because it really does seem calm. I would love to go there some day. Where is this located? Your photograph reminds me of some place that I went to once. One day my dad took me and my sister to a place that looked like this. Thanks for your photo. I look forward to seeing more pictures of yours.
  • Theresa Aguilar's Jul 27, 15:30 comment on Foster Care System (Can I get feedback on my thesis statement)
    Hi Cristy How did your essay turn out?
  • Nashon's Jul 26, 17:01 comment on Digital Citizenship- Mathematics
    ??
  • Antwan's Jul 24, 14:33 comment on The calm
    Beautiful
  • Audrey's Jul 23, 20:04 comment on GIRL GAMERS
    This is great, Leah! Your appreciation for GameLab shines through clearly, and your request comes across as completely reasonable and fair. Good for you for standing up for all of our children - because it's important for boys to not think that "lords" means everyone, either.
  • Richard's Jul 23, 19:09 comment on Deforestation in NY Reflection
    Dear Karen, I am Richard, an elementary school teacher from the Bronx, NY. I am grateful for your creation of a blog about the deforestation of trees within our state. Please don't feel that there wa something unadequate about your blog. I believe that we humans take trees for granted. They can be so huge, they may require so little care, and we may assume that if we chop down a thousand here, well we plant 2,000 more somewhare else. I always loved trees, but more so now that I realize what a simple climate change machine they are. I taught that to my 5th grade students, then taught them to "service" the trees so they'd last longer in the tough city environment. I learned about the tiny nation of Bhuttan, where every citizen is razor-focused on planting trees to combat climate change. Last year I read "The Hidden Life of Trees", whereby the scientist shares his discoveries regarding the intelligence of trees and how trees communicate with each other. I applaud your activism Karen. You're getting the job down. Even if only I person responded to your blog, you made an impact. Because of people like you, we'll save the climate crisis. In Soliidarity, Richard Geldmacher White Plains, NY
  • Pamela's Jul 23, 19:06 comment on The Great American Artist Edward Hopper
    Hi Jacob. My name is Pamela and I am an English teacher in the Bronx. I enjoyed reading your post "The Great American Artist Edward Hopper" because I have always loved Hopper's paintings and I completely see his influence on movies and how movies influenced him. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "As a result film became a stylistic inspiration for him, especially in Film Noir, which helped create the world of loneliness, isolation, and quiet anguish found in his work." I think this is insightful because all three qualities not only describe Hopper's work and much noir film, the qualities describe the emotions that draws so many of us to the work. Personally, not only do I identify with the loneliness, isolation, and anguish in the paintings but I want so much to know the stories behind the places depicted. Hopper rarely includes people in his paintings and when he does they are rarely connecting to each other (like the way people in the diner in Nighthawks do not connect) and/or their features are vague. Despite this, the paintings are filled with human feeling and these imply many possibly imagined back stories. Another sentence that I liked was "During production of Force of Evil (1948), director Abraham Polonsky brought his cinematographer George Barnes, one of the greatest at the time, to an exhibition of Hopper’s and told him “That’s what I want this picture to look like”. This stood out for me for two reasons. The first is that I find it exciting when a work of art influences another work of art wether they are the same medium -- say, painting -- or different mediums -- say novels and symphonies. The second reason this stood out for me is that I've never seen Force of Evil and now I want to watch it. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was in Gloucester, Massachusetts and I saw a big house up on a hill and it reminded me of a Hopper painting. Afterwards I found out that Hopper had spent time in Gloucester and maybe he was inspired by the very house. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am always interested in the intersection of art forms.
  • Radha's Jul 23, 19:02 comment on Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood
    Hi Doraneli & Valerie, I'm a teacher at the New York City Writing Project's Invitational Leadership Institute, and had a chance to read your post this afternoon. Thank you so much for helping me learn about ways I can expand the ways I'm teaching and learning in my own classroom with students in in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As many comments already noted, I think you both do a great job of bringing up the problematic ethical issues that arise when governments and individuals attempt to control woman's bodies. You include some complicated, personal, important examples of circumstances when abortion is necessary, when consent from women is never considered. One question I have is what the purpose of this letter is. Is it to inform Planned Parenthood of your campaign to support the organization? Is it to help a wider audience learn more about your project? I think the format you used is really engaging, and overall wanted to hear more about your experiences with your organizing and project overall. Warmly, Radha Radkar NYCWP ILI '19
  • Darcy's Jul 23, 19:02 comment on Why do we cast out those different than us?
    Hi Julissa, I am a teacher and I thank you so much for writing about this important issue. I have often thought about why we, as humans, are so afraid of "the other." I have not done any research about this, but as you pointed out, I wonder if we humans are hardwired to be afraid of "the other" for protection? The other does not look like me. The other is not part of my community. The twist is that, with some education and experience, we humans can use our brains to reason our way out of this conundrum. We can use our brains to realize that the other looks or talks differently but our experience can inform us that there is no danger. We can also tell ourselves that the difference in skin or language does not reflect what is in someone's heart. Thanks for starting this conversation.
  • Audrey's Jul 23, 19:02 comment on My Worry Is A Mental Illness?
    Dear Tori, I am impressed with your courage in writing about this important topic. I'm an elementary school teacher, and I've had a number of students who suffer from intense anxiety. What makes it worse is the stigma associated with 'mental health issues.' By writing about your experience so openly, you help others understand what it feels like, and you help normalize anxiety. When you say, "You know that feeling you get standing on stage about to read your speech in front of 100 people? The sweaty hands you get," you help everyone understand that this is something that all of us experience, and that puts anxiety on a continuum, rather than a "us vs. them" or "normal vs not normal" dichotomy. Thank you for your writing!
  • Michelle's Jul 23, 19:01 comment on 1984: Censored Existence
    I am delighted with your solution to the surveillance society in your piece, "1984: Censored Existence." You thought about who the biggest stakeholders really were in the society, and you showed that it was important to shift power to them. I especially appreciated your slide show, as it illustrated the thinking behind your writing. Your illustrations drove home how much more numerous the proles are compared to the members of the inner party. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: "We do this by shutting down the electricity by hacking it so their telescreens won’t be operational, causing a panic in the Party who will be desperately trying to regain control." I appreciated this sentence because it showed how you would go about effecting change. I loved the idea of hacking the electricity to knock out the means of control used by the Inner Party. Your post reminds me of a reflection I once had about this book, an how we all carry smartphones these days. I thought about how, in a way, we are all carrying telescreens in our pockets. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because we live in a society that has more and more surveillance. I'm curious to see what other solutions you might come up with if 1984 stops being fiction.
  • Ryan's Jul 23, 19:00 comment on Identity vs. Identity Performance
    Dear Andrea, I am moved by your story "Identity vs. Identity Performance" because it shows your transition from fearing failure to embracing it. I think this shows how people and their perspectives on life are always changing. You changed because of a failure. You had a realization from your failure. You put others before yourself because of your failure. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is "I am proud of the person I am becoming." I think this is easy to admit when things are going right but I believe it's even harder to live by when we are met by failure. Thanks for sharing your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next about who you are becoming.
  • Leah's Jul 23, 19:00 comment on There’s a Problem With Dress Codes – Poem
    Dear Celia: I am so impressed by your poem because it is so clearly communicated and honest. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "Is it really up to teenage girls/To stick out their necks/To ask that teachers teach their students/That girls deserve respect?" This stood out for me because I am a teacher, so I am the intended audience for this comment, and it is so well-stated. Your poem reminds me of the conversations about dress code that teachers and administration have had at my school. A number of us spoke out against the dress code because, just as you so eloquently explain, it primarily targets girls. The issue is largely resolved at our school now, but honestly, I can imagine using your poem as evidence if I ever needed to argue against dress codes again. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write because you are such a clear, well-spoken advocate for any community to which you belong. You use language powerfully for an important cause here.
  • Lucas's Jul 23, 18:53 comment on Is Technology Advancing Us Towards Mental Inertia?
    Dear Maxwell: One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is " The heavy reliance on technology exhibited by people suggests that smartphones are becoming our 'second brains', replacing our original thought process with white noise." I think this is unsettling, because it dissolves our sense of autonomy from technology. I wonder what that "white noise" is made of. Perhaps having room not to think about some things can make room to think critically about different things.
  • Vanessa's Jul 22, 18:28 comment on The Carnival
    Dear jada, I am happy about your poem because carnivals were a big part of my childhood. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you describe the smell of the funnel cake. I think this is awesome because that’s how I remember the carnival. The smell of funnel cake and me always wanting to eat it . Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because you did a good job explaining how you view the carnival.
  • larmeshah hinton's Jul 18, 22:03 comment on This Is The Place I Love
    this is am amazing place downtown
  • David's Jul 15, 16:51 comment on Bonfires of Memory
    Dear Sonia, I am happy to hear that the Belmont beach is somewhere were you can go and feel calm but also happy yo spend time with your friends. I love the photo as well as your poem because I was thinking about how does the beach can relax a person state of mind especially their emotions. Thank you for sharing your poem to the youth voices. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because by looking at that photo and then reading the poem that really made my day.
  • Josiah's Jul 15, 01:59 comment on Second Chance
    I like the way you took the pictures. I feel like I was in with you looking at the view and in the classroom too.
  • Genesis's Jul 13, 18:09 comment on The Mind Dump
    This is very strong
  • Roman's Jul 9, 21:19 comment on Oakland is becoming unrecognizable
    Yes, very interesting to read, but at the same time feels very narrow and one sided. Like for example the meaning of the words itself and how you used them in that article. You talking about that in a past people of color was a predominant population at Oakland and because of "new people of different classes and races moving in. it's killed diversity - "What is diversity in simple words? It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along. the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies." So that is make no sense. "they have no idea of what the struggle is like…it’s comforting the middle class taste" - So "they" , gentrifies (gen·tri·fi·ca·tion/ˌjentrəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ Learn to pronounce noun the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.) Probably in the same boat with all as who lives in bay area and get pushed out from other area, by exactly the same reason. But no, you assuming and describing them as a bad individuals who come in with only one specific reason, to push someone out mostly because they dont know how is that to be in struggle, which is wrong statement, plus you could not know it. Most of that people works 3 jobs... So from my view it's absolutely nothing bad about renovating and improving the place in order to make it better. You may not know what kind of trouble they was before became a middle class, everybody from thouse who less furniture willing to change the live, but when it's happened someone started to call them names, like gentrifyers and so on. Which in real life is just normal people who bought the house from your naighboor/landlord which was living there forever and decided to sell his house not for 50k like he bought it, but for 1 mil, as he want. So he is a reason, that someone who would buy it will rase a rent in order to survive somehow. About unreasonable prices - Well If previous owner was paying property tax as 2 percent from 50 thousand and sold it to new person today for 1 mil and new one paying 3% from 1 mil, not because he want it, because government forcing it and greedy seller made it so... Isn't it a reason? and it's only one from hundreds...... If would say government will have some sort of program like if new home owner will keep same renters, government will not tax the hell out of them or something like that.. that might work, but no, usually government is the one who wants it more. ............. to many of that discrepancies here.
  • Chelsea Thibodeaux's Jul 1, 20:25 comment on The Inevitable Consequences of Adoption on the Adoptee’s Unconscious Psyche
    I'm adopted, my sister would never know what I go through mentally because I wouldn't want to seem ungrateful. I'm not saying your sister has these problems.. my adoptive parents weren't great either, actually awful, but I tell my sister everything, but would never tell her how I feel about being adopted, I would be scared she would think I wished to replace her with a blood siblings. Idk just from an adopted little sisters point of view
  • Isaias's Jul 1, 20:07 comment on 41st
    Dear Khierya: I am interested on your poem, “41st,” because on how deeply connected you were with the street you lived on. I know it special where allot of your first happened and where you went home. One stanza that stands out for me is, “The street I came home to every day” I think this line is special because even though you fought and scraped yourself it was a place you always returned too. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once . It was very satisfying to read this poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I hope you deeply enjoyed writing this and that you can continue your work it gave me peace knowing that a place that can sometimes be painful wether it be emotional or pysical can be a place that you can return to sleep and continue living.
  • damaris's Jun 26, 15:36 comment on Second Chance
    I like the way you describe your classroom and your class mates. Its very nice how ISP helped you raise your grades.
  • Sanchetna Kaur's Jun 19, 11:25 comment on Do I even Remember?
    I really appreciate the work you have done, you explained everything in such an amazing and simple way.
  • Francisco's Jun 17, 16:10 comment on Weed Legalization
    I agree with this because th drug is already used for medical purposes and no one person has ever overdosed.
  • Francisco's Jun 17, 16:06 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree because it does teach the kids some simple things that will make it easier to teach them for kindergarden. Having children that have not learned it will make it harder to teach the whole class.
  • Stephen's Jun 17, 14:48 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    Dear Angelina, its awesome that you have a place that holds so many memories for you and is so nostalgic. Its also cool to know that i've been to that park your talking about, its a couple of stops from my neighborhood. I really loved the photo of the sun, being partially blocked the dying branches of the winter tree. It was an extremely interesting photograph. Thanks for sharing with us a place that is important to you, because now it's more important to me. -steve
  • Renee's Jun 17, 13:09 comment on Filming at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
    I'm proud of the work you did to document this event! I'm interested in what other students on Youth Voices might have to say about the challenges of live videos.
  • Andrea's Jun 15, 13:07 comment on What do we feel?
    Dear anonymous, Ok yes Tati did put him under the bus with what she has done. But Tati isn’t like that, she just wanted to show to the world what she through that moment was bad about him, kind of like what you’re doing right now. Yes she does have money and so on, but majority of the people who saw that video were people from other places, some never heard of Tati before so she wasn’t using her fame in that sense. Kind of like Pewdiepie, he didn’t know any of them just watched the video because drama. At this moment, everything pretty much diffused though.
  • Jessica's Jun 14, 19:52 comment on Pro Choice
    I agree with this perspective on abortion. This article is very well written and explains how abortion isn't always about "killing an innocent life". Many women are living different lives, and have their own reasons to have an abortion and everyone must respect that. Health issues, money issues, are things that we must take into consideration when understanding why a woman might have an abortion. Supporting and helping women is something that we must all do.
  • Ricky Herrera's Jun 14, 19:06 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    My name is Ricky Herrera and I attend BOYCP. I was reading your article and found most of the points you made very interesting. Also, children are the future of our country and society so having them do something that isn't beneficial doesn't seem like time well spent.
  • Sheyla G Aguirre's Jun 14, 17:22 comment on How to cope when life falls apart
    I like how they shared personal things about their problems.
  • Sheyla G Aguirre's Jun 14, 17:21 comment on Weed Legalization
    I think weed should be legal under certain circumstances. Depending on the person.
  • Sheyla G Aguirre's Jun 14, 17:20 comment on Woman’s Rights Being Taking Away In front Of Our Own Eyes.
    I think women should do what they want to their bodies and it should be their choice. At the end of the day women will end up taking care of the baby if they decide to keep it, no one else will do that job for them and if they take away abortion women will find unsafe and harmful ways to do it.
  • Ashley's Jun 14, 14:06 comment on What makes a good parent?
    Dear Coleman: I am saddened by your essay, “Gateway - Daddy” because it's crazy that the author hates her father for dying. I feel bad for her because he died. One line that stands out for me is, “When her father died, it was also the year that World war 2 was going on and as a young eight year old it must’ve been very traumatic to have her father die and then witness all these atrocities coming from her home country, she probably is using this poem that she created years later to finally be able to share how it felt which is how she came to creating “Daddy”.” I think this line is sad because I don't want to lose my father an I know I would be heartbroken like her if I did. Another line that stands out for me is, “And sadly battles fought against themselves are the most agonizing and brutal, with Plath’s being no exception since we already know that she commited suicide a year after creating “Daddy” it shows that sometimes life becomes too much and you just have to say “I’m through”." I think this line is sad because her depression took over her life. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. It was a good essay. Hopefully the next one is just as good or better.
  • Erald's Jun 14, 14:03 comment on The Obsession of Her
    wow reading this shows that u put your time into it and really thought about the little things and thinking out the box and not thinking literal you say its about a girls virginity and i totally agree with that statement it just makes sense when u say what does cherry ripe mean and you say something about girls virginity good job i love your essay.
  • Fatjon's Jun 14, 13:51 comment on The Hustle
    Dear Erald , I liked how you explained about the oppression of black people and police brutality. One sentence that suprsed me was "The big question is why is there police brutality? The poem answers this question with the line “pull a trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero.” The hero in that stanza means the police" I liked how you explained the police brutality and your interpretation about the Tupac's theory. Thank you for writing!!
  • Malcolm's Jun 14, 13:51 comment on What makes a good parent?
    Coleman I really like this essay. It is a very good example of how to analyze a poem. My favorite parts of the essay are when you go back and forth between lines in the poem and relating them back to the author's real life problems or situations that you think the poem is highlighting. I also like your good use of transitions and I feel good vocabulary words were used throughout your paper. I think that overall I don't have any low lights to mention about your essay so great job , and I look forward to reading your next papers.
  • Jovana's Jun 14, 13:50 comment on The Hustle
    I like the reason you chose this poem, because you are discussing about the racism and bad threatening black people. I've read your poem and you pointed out everything important. One of your quotes that stands out for me is "...The poem springs from a particular historical moment/culture specifically, the LA riots in the 1990s. The poem revolves around several themes, including resistance and hate. If this poem were a question, the answer would be “police brutality is unfair."
  • Danny's Jun 14, 12:41 comment on Gun violence in Philadelphia
    Dear Tyler I am Danny,I really like your video and I find it surprising when watching your video because I didn’t know that many people died in Philadelphia. One sentence you say that stands out for me is: “The city doesn't have much opportunity and young killing each other” Your right, city need to take actions and I will be impossible for a person to live in peace. I also agree with your idea to prevent death around schools or outside the street kids should be taught about gun violence. Your post touching and inspiring and your post also help people spread awareness about gun violence.One time Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your video opened my eyes and to others
  • ximena's Jun 13, 18:31 comment on Anxiety
    hello there, i know what this feels like because i'm going severe anxiety as well, and isn't fun when your family doesn't support you. and yeah it is hard having to think if your going to scream insanely or drop to the floor talking to yourself. but the important thing is to get help. even thinking that they wont help you, its still goo to communicate. because they know what their talking about. having anxiety is tough and i'm proud you overcame it. and i love the positive thinking after being discharged.
  • ximena's Jun 13, 18:23 comment on Motherhood and School
    hello there, i'm glad that you got the courage to get up and speak up for yourself. i know the pain of feeling like you've lost your place in this world. getting attention isn't that selfish if you never felt it. getting help isn't crazy, your getting help on not to lose a precious life that everyone has. its good that you didn't go father into your thoughts, but just know that your not alone. you gotta step up for yourself because others wont do it.
  • Anonymous's Jun 13, 18:23 comment on Motherhood and School
    I'm sorry you had to go through such a tough time all by yourself. I'm glad you're talking about your emotions and feelings to other people. I know it's hard, but things will get better. Keep your head up, and live life to the fullest!
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 15:01 comment on Untitled
    Oof. I liked this
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 14:57 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with everything that you said. And this story was long awaited and I am so proud of you for telling it because it could help someone else. I will you the best of luck
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 14:56 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with everything that you said. And this story was long awaited and I am so proud of you for telling it because it could help someone else.
  • Safiyat's Jun 13, 14:49 comment on Anxiety
    This is great and thanks for telling your story. The beginning of this story made me cry and I was shocked because i barely ever cry because of stories. I relate to this so much because I went through something similar and still am. I don’t mean to diagonosed what you went through but I think this is more of Depression than anxiety or even both because they are like twins they come in pair
  • Litzy's Jun 13, 13:47 comment on Shyness
    My name is Litzy and I am from Curie High School as well. I can relate to this because I use to be very shy and never wanted to get called on by any students or teachers. I would try my best to avoid any eye contact by looking down at my paper or just a plain desk in front of me. But, now I am not as shy as before. Only the first day of school since some people I’ve never talked to in my life become classmates and it is just awkward and weird. Especially because I know of them just don’t talk to them one on one.
  • Adrian's Jun 13, 13:01 comment on Pro Choice
    I agree with the stance on being pro choice because a woman should be able to choose whether or not to follow through with a pregnancy, but I feel as if there should be a cut off limit to how long she could take to make this choice. This time limit being until the fetus can feel pain because that is around 27 weeks into the pregnancy, which would give a woman enough time to make a choice on whether or not she wishes to continue the pregnancy or not.
  • Gabriela's Jun 13, 05:31 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    My name is Gabriela and I am a BOYCP student, I found this article very interesting because I did not know that Curie took in consideration a child's learning skills which for me personally is very important. Many children are not allowed to enroll into school because of their age, behavior, or abilities to do personal things by themselves. I think that more high schools should also keep in mind that these children are the future generations and we should focus on strengthening their skills to avoid struggling with simple tasks. I am wondering why the title of the post is named like it is but nice article !
  • Janely's Jun 13, 02:12 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Dear Natasha, I completely agree. Brain development begins sooner than we think. I have a 10-month-old nephew who has learned to mimic many things we do. I believe by having children attend sooner have a higher chance of being more advanced by the time they are in kindergarten. I know many of my friends didn’t go to pre-k or if they did they took it twice. I personally don’t know if this is a good or bad thing but I’m sure there are some studies that can back this up.
  • Janely Sanchez's Jun 13, 02:09 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Dear Natasha, I completely agree. Brain development begins sooner than we think. I have a 10-month-old nephew who has learned to mimic many things we do. I believe by having children attend sooner have a higher chance of being more advanced by the time they are in kindergarten. I know many of my friends didn't go to pre-k or if they did they took it twice. I personally don't know if this is a good or bad thing but I'm sure there are some studies that can back this up.
  • Janely Sanchez's Jun 13, 01:58 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    Hello Wiliam. My group actually met up with the "Active Transportation Alliance" yesterday. Lynda, who is the organizer of this group had the idea of allowing 18-year-olds and above to have 50% off the already reduced fare. while students below 18 travel for free- since most don't have jobs yet.
  • Octavio's Jun 12, 13:45 comment on A Place of Happiness
    Dear Oliver, I am interested in your poem because of the way you talk about how cars made you happy. I like the lines when you say "London Our place of happiness" I like this line because of how peaceful it sounds. A place of happiness. I look forward to seeing more of you work.
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 19:30 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Thank you very much. We as a team wanted the youth to understand we have a lot of power together tbh.
  • Lanitra's Jun 11, 19:28 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    I fully agree with the idea of Trump getting impeached! You're very convincing on getting the youth to come together and use their voices to make sure that Trump is impeached and can't be re-elected.
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 19:23 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Thank you so much for the support and open-mindedness. We really appreciate it.
  • Dekyra's Jun 11, 19:22 comment on Should people in prison have the right to vote?
    Dear Melanie, I thought that your post about getting the right to vote in prison was interesting. I agree when you say that if prisoners can vote it will help out immigrants because, everybody know this year has a been a rough year for immigrants, so maybe if prisoners can vote it will change laws for immigrants. Your post has me thinking if the president and congress consider letting prisoners vote.
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 19:22 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Exactly our point. We are so glad that so many youth minds think alike.
  • Alex's Jun 11, 19:20 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree with this post this is great for the upcoming generation because they have to start off early to prepare for grammar school.
  • David's Jun 11, 19:19 comment on Will changing the age of concealed to carry to 18 make more gun violence in Chicago?
    dear taedo i thought that this a very interesting in your post i agree with almost everything because people outside looking in don't understand how chicago kids live
  • Dekyra's Jun 11, 19:15 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    Dear Natasha, I thought that your post about preschool was very interesting. I agree when you say when children goes to preschool at young age they get to learn and grown because, they are interacting with other children. Your post has me thinking why do others feel like preschool isn't good for children?
  • Taedo's Jun 11, 19:13 comment on Hip Hop
    this was nice i love to learn more about hip hop and artists that made hip hop so popular.
  • Michael's Jun 11, 19:12 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Dear Heaven and Sadiyah i agree to wait it out till the next election because there's a lot of people who said Pence is worse than Trump. Even if Trump is bad, I think having Pence as president would be worse.
  • Dekyra's Jun 11, 19:08 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    Dear Janely, I thought that free CTA pass for high schools students was interesting in your post. I agree when you say that most students come late because, they don't have transportation to school, I feel like if they gave students free CTA passes kids would be on time everyday for school. Your post has me thinking if the admin at the school understand what we are saying and if they're on the same page as us.
  • wyonae's Jun 11, 19:06 comment on Are Animals dying for our Needs?
    Dear luis The thought of animals dying for our needs was interesting in you post. I agree with you about us needing to harm animals for protein and to test on them to fix diseases. And I like the idea that you talked about the zoo and how we need animals for protein.
  • Ivyanna's Jun 11, 19:05 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Dear Heaven and Sadiyah, I see exactly where you are coming from. When people say we should just impeach Trump they don't think about the bigger picture. The bigger picture being that the runner up president is a lot worse than who we have now. If we work together when re-elections come around we can take majority of the vote and get someone who isn't openly racist and homophobic. Good Job!
  • Dezmon's Jun 11, 16:48 comment on U pass For Students in Chicago
    Dear Jennifer, I thought that you understand that the student reduced fair isn't enough. I agree when you say we should incorporate high school students in the u pass. Your post has me thinking who in the CTA organization should we press about this issue. Lastly, I wonder if you thought about telling your alderman about this pressing issue.
  • William's Jun 11, 16:44 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    Dear Janely, I thought that your idea of the upass was interesting in this post. I agree when you say people may not have enough money to pay for bus rides all school years because when I was a freshman I relied on my parents to give me bus fare to get to school but, I felt this was a burden to put 15 dollars on my bus card every week. Your post has me thinking of some questions. I wonder, did you think about who we might have to contact to make this happen, if so who?
  • Sadiyah's Jun 11, 16:37 comment on How to cope when life falls apart
    Dear Anonymous, I thought that your braveness was interesting in your post. I agree when you talk about your own personal life and thoughts into a post to be shared with us.
  • Shameeka's Jun 11, 16:36 comment on Motherhood and School
    Dear Anonymous, I thought that you said when you referred to " it will always be there but just know how to control it" that depression and anxiety will always be a factor is something that i thought was interesting. I disagree when you stated that because those defense mechanisms would only take over if you allow it to. Do you think that working on self discipline will help a ton in this situation?
  • William's Jun 11, 16:35 comment on What do we feel?
    Dear Anonymous, I thought that your perspective on the matter was quite interesting. I agree that James Charles has an internet persona and an IRL persona because that is the way most youtubers are and I can see where your getting your assumptions. Your post has me thinking of some questions though, I wonder, did you think about how he became a popular youtuber displaying the persona he has now? I'm pretty sure he has other influences on the way he acts toward others IRl. I believe people or youtuber above him may have downed him or that as he gained a bigger influence on social media other fans may come at him with disrespect because of what's going on in their life.
  • kash's Jun 11, 16:16 comment on Females can play video games too
    Dear Lisa, I Like Your Argument About how Females like to play games also but What about the females who doesn't like to play the game.
  • kash's Jun 11, 16:16 comment on Females can play video games too
    Dear Lisa, I Like Your Argument About how Females like to play games also but What about the females who doesn't like to play the game
  • Heaven's Jun 11, 16:08 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Neither, they are both too unstable to be able to run an entire nation
  • Citlalli's Jun 11, 14:41 comment on Pro Choice
    There is a lot of issues with the way that politicians deal with abortion. For me by far the most annoying argument, as you mentioned, is that it is like"killing life". The reason this makes me mad is because there are so many kids in the US dying from issues like hunger, and suffering from homelessness, but they want to focus on what is happening inside of a women's body instead. They only care about the "child" when it's in the woman's body, but once it comes out they could care less. How could they possibly say that they are pro life when they are letting real humans die in this country? These politicians need to stop caring about a fetus that isn't even born yet, and serve the people who they pledges to serve and care for.
  • Oscar's Jun 11, 13:54 comment on A Poem of Mexico
    Dear Wendy, I am touched with your poem, “A Poem of Mexico,” because I am also Mexican and i could relate with the struggles of not being able to see our families everyday. One stanza that stands out for me is, “She waits for the day when she’ll go back She waits for the day where she’ll see her family again She waits for the day and is getting tired She waits for the day and isn’t getting inspired ” I think these lines are fascinating because i’ve never been to Mexico and reading this made me wanna go even more and i can’t wait to go now. Another line that stands out for me is, “She finds herself getting closer to her family” I think this line is interesting because it’s always a good feeling when your whole family can go out all together and have fun without all the yelling and arguing. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once wrote about a soccer field. This reminds me of my poem because one you mentioned a soccer field and two it was because me and my family are always there and when I can’t go I feel upset and I miss it because I always have fun with my family and i sometimes even get to know more family that i didn’t know I had(we mexican's have a lot of cousins we don’t even know about) Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.
  • youthvoices.live's Jun 11, 10:59 comment on Questions about “Sex Without Love” by Sharon Olds
    There is a fine prize for victory. youthvoices.live http://bit.ly/2KAqsiS
  • Nereida's Jun 11, 02:53 comment on What is Chicago doing to protect people from sex trafficking?
    I agree today all we hear and see is how teenage girls are going missing and police authorities aren’t doing anything. I’m pretty sure that all of these missing girl cases are connected to sex trafficking. Why only girls? How come we still don’t have answers ?
  • Nereida's Jun 11, 02:49 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree with this post I feel like preschool is necessary because the best age to learn new things is as kids. I feel like as kids need preschool in order to be successful further down the school timeline. In preschool you get a jump start in which you learn how to speak properly and learn your shapes so when you hit kindergarten year you are already prepared.
  • Genesis's Jun 10, 19:14 comment on Berry Street Park
    It seem like your place is nice and quit and a good place to hang out out.
  • Genesis's Jun 10, 18:28 comment on Life is circular, a heavy rotation
    I like this because it has truth to it
  • Leslie's Jun 10, 17:01 comment on Is preschool beneficial for kids?
    I agree with this post, ever since the former Mayor removed preschool it's been an issue. Kids should be able to learn at the age where they become more active in the process. There's a certain age in which kids learn the most, allowing them to learn early helps them strive and be prepared for the future.
  • Sapphire's Jun 10, 15:40 comment on Prospect Park in the Rain
    Dear, Jillian: I feel involved with your photographs “Prospect Park in the Rain,” because i love the rain and I used to live around Prospect Park. One part of your photograph that stands out for me is the third picture shows a public bench but the details of the rain dripping from the bench makes the picture look good. I Really love that picture. Another part where I interesting is the first picture because it showed the outlines of the tree and tree branches. This stood out to me because it looked very unique and the sky blended in with the tree, it could tell a story. Your photograph reminds me of paintings or when scary movies show the outside when it rains. Thanks for your lovely photographs I really like how you captured the rain drops. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because your photographs tell a story.
  • Tyler's Jun 10, 15:24 comment on Photos Of Central Park at West 94th
    Dear Ethan : I am amazed by your photo of central park because you chose very relaxing and calm spots in central park. I also like the camera angles that you took them from. One photo that really stands out for me is the photo of the water. I think this is interesting because it’s the only photo that’s different from all the other photos. Another part that I like is the first and the last photo, and the reason why I like these two photos is because it shows. Your photos reminds me of when I was younger and I used to just relax and just hang out at the park. Not having a care in the world. Thanks for your photos. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because it reminds me of easier times.
  • Keeba's Jun 10, 13:49 comment on Initial Analysis of “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
    Dear Chloe, I liked your analysis because it a different interpretation i had of the poem. i Got a sense that the poet was visiting or recalling all the memories he had before he dies. The poet probably has an idea that he will die soon. However your analysis is interesting as well as different because you are implying that the poet has already passed away and is "on their way to eternity.
  • Anaee's Jun 9, 22:25 comment on Berry Street Park
    This place seems pretty calm and serene and I can see why you like it! Places like these are nice to hang around in.
  • Brychonda's Jun 7, 18:33 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Dear Heaven & Sadiyah , Your essay on to impeach Trump or not was very explained and i also agree to wait it out till the next election because who wants Mike Pence as a president . In conclusion , the solution to ban Donald Trump is perfect because taking his power will stop him from destroying us once again .
  • Ariel's Jun 7, 18:27 comment on Do peoples relationships to family separate with time?
    Dear Ariel, One thing I loved about your essay is how you elaborate on even the small things to help us have a bigger understanding of it.
  • Wendy's Jun 7, 18:27 comment on Can you abandon everything for a better life?
    Dear Ariel, One thing that I liked about your analysis is that your question was a question that some people like me wonder as well. You chose this question for the right poem. This poem is talking about how someone left their family for a better life which answers this question.
  • rukiya's Jun 7, 18:26 comment on What is Chicago doing to protect people from sex trafficking?
    i totally agree.
  • Ethan's Jun 7, 18:20 comment on Should people care about their own lives?
    I feel that, besides your questionable grammar you ask too many questions that you don't answer, the few ones you do answer are barely supported with anything that can help the readers understand the question or poem in general.
  • Brychonda's Jun 7, 18:17 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    This .. was .. AMAZING !!!
  • Dekyra's Jun 7, 18:11 comment on Trump: To Impeach or Not Impeach?
    Would you rather keep Trump as a president or have the vice president be the new president?
  • Sheyla's Jun 7, 17:23 comment on Defend DACA!
    There are many people that rely on DACA, so i believe it should be defended as much as possible!
  • Sheyla's Jun 7, 17:15 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I think this is a good idea because many students struggle to find a way to get to school and don't have the money to pay for a ride. By getting this students won't have to worry about any of that and will be very helpful.
  • Dennis's Jun 7, 17:14 comment on Improving our communities
    This is a very important topic because pollution can be very harmful and by taking care of this issue, we will improve living conditions for all. If we don't do something now, we will then face tremendous consequences.
  • Dennis's Jun 7, 17:12 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I think this idea is beneficial for a lot of students who struggle to get to school. This could help increase attendance rates therefore improving the education of students.
  • Kheriya's Jun 7, 16:47 comment on Anne Loftus Playground
    Dear Angelina, your photos are beautiful. I find it real amazing how you took a picture from every single angle. I am in love with the last photo and how the sun looked in it. I really enjoyed looking at your photos, i hope you post more like these.
  • Kheriya's Jun 7, 16:43 comment on Places I Love-Pomander Walk
    Dear Nathan, i am fascinated by your pictures because i love the angles you took them in. One of the photos that stands out to me is the third one i was so amazed with how the lights looked, its so beautiful. Thanks for your photos i look forward to seeing you post more photos like these.
  • Mariam's Jun 7, 14:19 comment on Literary Analysis of “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
    glow: good use of evidence grow: finish essay
  • Derek's Jun 7, 14:18 comment on My Questions about “Changes” by Tupac Shakur
    Sounds very interesting, i would also like to keep other teens from joining gangs because i personally would never want my little brother to join a gang
  • Vanessa's Jun 7, 14:17 comment on Can people change from violence? Can violence change anything?
    Dear Ivan: I am surprised by how you written your post, “can people change from violence? Can violence change anything?,” because it is so well written and i don’t think i could “press” you Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next
  • Chloe's Jun 7, 14:16 comment on A call to do better !
    Dear Keeba, I liked your analysis but I think you should write when the poem was written where you first introduce the poem instead of where it is now because it seems like a run on sentence instead of a sentence with an appositive.
  • Anaee's Jun 7, 14:15 comment on A call to do better !
    - use single quotation marks when there's a quote within a quote. - there should be their
  • Octavio's Jun 7, 14:13 comment on Can people change from violence? Can violence change anything?
    Ivan your writing was good. I liked how you explained this poem and how laid everything out. If there was one thing you can say more of is how we the people can make a change in everything thats going on. Thank you for your writing. I hope to read more of your work
  • Nathan's Jun 7, 14:13 comment on Looking for the real meaning of “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti
    I think your essay is good and you do a great job of getting your point across. The only thing is that it sounds like you are just answering questions and would be better if you made the essay flow better. But overall a great essay.
  • Kiran Chaudhuri's Jun 6, 20:24 comment on Voices in Prospect Park
    Hi, Jillian! I notice that you replace "dirt" in the first draft with "heart" in the second draft: "In the heart of Prospect Park". So interesting!. I like both options. For me, the image of "dirt" brought to mind ground that was unadorned with grass. That visualization made me wonder if dirt symbolized the feelings you had from being unheard and unseen in that conversation: being voiceless or being left out can make one feel unlovely or unimportant or like you don't matter - like dirt. Then I saw another possible connotation: maybe the "convo" was gossip -- like maybe the friends were sharing the "dirt" (intel) on people outside the friend group. Or maybe the topic of conversation was repulsive to you - dirty. Or maybe none of this! Maybe it was just wet out, and the grass was too wet to sit on, so you sat where it was drier. When you replaced "dirt" with "heart", as in "the heart of Prospect Park", it seemed like a stroke of genius irony: the friends were heartless. I enjoyed reading your poem! Your teacher, Kiran.
  • Davonta's Jun 6, 19:16 comment on Do you believe that it’s possible to change poverty and racism?
    this deep & true facts the title really caught my eye good work.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:31 comment on Skin Color
    I really like and agree with this because i believe you should not change who you are. You should always be true to yourself and stand up for your rights. No matter what your skin color is.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:29 comment on The Mind Dump
    I like how your mind dump has a lot of relatable words in it. These problems have had such a bad impact in our world and we should all be trying to fix it asap.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:24 comment on I walk slowly to go further.
    I like how this has a deep meaning to it. It makes it relatable and I like how you used it to connect it to your personal life.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:21 comment on Life is circular, a heavy rotation
    I like this six word memoir because it kind of reminds me of karma. I truly believe that whatever you put out into the world will come back to you.
  • America's Jun 6, 18:18 comment on This is how my curious life is based in few words!
    I love that this is very eye opening. Everyone faces challenges in life but it only teaches you more about life and yourself.
  • Stephanie's Jun 6, 17:38 comment on Love
    I so agree with how do we know we love someone we may think we do but really don't know exactly but yes everyone will love something or someone I do believe love is a strong and meaningful word
  • Stephanie's Jun 6, 17:30 comment on my mind dump
    This is really good I like how you added these strong words into your mind dump
  • Marbella M Gil's Jun 5, 17:29 comment on Improving our communities
    I agree with what you are trying to do because we should be able to live in a clean environment and take care of it as well, at the end of the day we are the ones that are going to pay the consequences once we dont have any green resources
  • David's Jun 5, 17:29 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I personally think this is a great idea since many students not only do not have everyday transportation but lack the funds to be able to pay for a bus ride or two on weekdays . This would make students education a lot easier as they would not have to worry about getting to school everyday.
  • Andrea's Jun 5, 17:29 comment on School Funding For Low Income Schools
    I mean what do you mean by fairly?
  • Andrea's Jun 5, 17:28 comment on School Funding For Low Income Schools
    Do you have a plan for this to be changed in some way?
  • Leslie's Jun 5, 17:27 comment on Students at Back of the Yards College Prep High School Have no Access to Their Library
    This is a great idea, since Dr.Breke already has been wanting to take care of this issue. You guys can work with the people who already been involved. Hopefully this happens soon, it's a great and amazing idea that can change BOYCP for the better.
  • Jesus Manriquez's Jun 5, 17:27 comment on An additional social worker in CPS Schools
    This is a really good idea considering that I have noticed there is kids in school who look like they can use an adult to talk to and figure things out.
  • Nereida's Jun 5, 17:24 comment on Improving our communities
    Improving the communities is important because that where we live and should be able to feel safe at least in our own community because that's our home. A lot of these factories are polluting the air and it affects us in the long run.
  • Marbella M Gil's Jun 5, 17:24 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I agree with your statement because many students struggle with transportation when it comes to coming to school and going back. Students shouldn't have to struggle with transportation when it comes to school since school is mandatory and since we have a time when they want us to come in.
  • Leslie's Jun 5, 17:21 comment on Free CTA Pass for Chicago Students
    I agree with this idea, I honestly think that this will be good for students. Yet, is it for all Cps or high school students? Anyways this can work and have a positive impact on the students as a whole.
  • Nereida's Jun 5, 17:21 comment on An additional social worker in CPS Schools
    i agree with this i feel like schools are lacking social workers and this is affecting students. Sometimes students need someone to talk to and help them with situations and teachers are busy with their lesson plans and don't have the time to talk to students one on one.
  • Sonia's Jun 5, 17:20 comment on The Mind Dump
    I like your mind dump because most of the words are big problems in today's society .I think about these problems a lot.
  • Emily's Jun 5, 16:33 comment on Educating People on Mental Illnesses
    I'm sorry about what you went through when you were younger. No one deserves to go through something like that. You're very strong for opening up about this, it's courageous of you.
  • Emily's Jun 5, 16:27 comment on Makeup is for everyone…
    I love your opinion on makeup. There's several people, including boys and girls, that still seem pretty ignorant on this topic. I personally think that we should be able to do whatever we want on our bodies because we're not here to please anyone else but ourselves.
  • Mariana's Jun 5, 13:57 comment on Motherhood and School
    I thought it was great that you opened up and talked a bit about your problems with depression. Being a mother and being depressed isn't a great combination but you're working hard to get through it and be there for your daughter. I didn't really know that a large number of students are dealing with depression and anxiety go untreated. Do you whether this is in the country or worldwide?
  • Mariana's Jun 5, 13:51 comment on Makeup is for everyone…
    I found it interesting that a school in Texas gave an in school suspension to a student for wearing makeup. I'm glad that many people found it ridiculous and decided to do something about it. I thought this was really great and i really liked how you talked about your own experiences with your school and their makeup rules.
  • Mariana's Jun 5, 13:43 comment on Undocumented
    This was great and informative! I thought it was really great and i learned some information. It was good that you brought up the part about how most of them are careful with the law. People think of them as just criminals but it's good you talked about how they did things for the economy. Do you think you could find information about how much in taxes they actually pay?

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