• Rosa's Jan 26, 02:03 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Dear Cynthia, I agree with your post on “Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?” Driverless vehicles will surely be great to have in our society, they would certainly boost in certain ways. But it may still be a terrible idea. We never know how machines would behave, or when they might break or crash. It’s to say I stick to the positive better than the bad. I assume that driverless cars will save lives and avoid less, in my view. -Rosa Zavala
  • Rosa's Jan 26, 02:01 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Dear Cynthia, I agree with your post on this topic. Driverless vehicles will surely be great to have, they would certainly boost in certain ways. But it may still be a terrible idea, on the other hand. We never know how machines would behave, or when they might break or crash. It’s to say I stick to the positive better than the bad. I assume that driverless cars will save lives and avoid less, in my view. -Rosa Zavala
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:10 comment on yeah i agree. it might of made him a better person. and it can give him a example to want not to do to his unborn child because he knows how it feels
    i choose this because i can relate to it. when i was a kid i was dumb and do dumb stuff and they would teach me stuff the hard way. and they dont do the stuff they did to me no more but i know not to do it to my future children because i know how it feels.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:08 comment on yeah i agree. especially when she says to not give up. you have to keep pushing even through the rough times
    this comment is meaningful to me because when i was upset and i had my sad moment’s, and i felt like i was enough, i kept pushing. and now im happy and when i get upset about anything i listen to music.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:06 comment on i agree. i wonder what fonny and the others think about this. how do they feel that white people get pleasure of black people suffering?
    i choose this comment because i wanted to know how fonny felt about this. i feel bad and its sucks. i wanted to know if fonny was gonna do anything about this.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:03 comment on makes me realize what they have for eachother. they really do care for eachother and it makes me smile
    i chose this comment because i am in a relationship with this girl (she doesn’t go to our school) and she really cares about me. it makes me happy that i was about to pull her.
  • Anderson's Jan 25, 18:01 comment on i agree. lairs never admit to their lying because they dont want to lose peoples trust. once people find out you lied, its hard to get someones trust back
    this is meaning full to me because when I was a kid, i used to lie a lot. and it affected me because now i am 14 about to be 15 and my parents don’t trust me because of my past. I regret it to this day
  • Dominique's Jan 25, 17:02 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    I’m really fascinated by this information! I have experienced lucid dreaming before but never understood what it truly was. I always thought that emotions and thoughts impacted dreams but didn’t know it’s what creates them!
  • Shirley Villalvaso's Jan 24, 21:49 comment on Hawaii’s Lava Waterfall
    Hey Rosa, I really found your post about the Hawaiiś Lava Waterfall important since it is something that can be spread quickly around the world. This was important since it did reach the Pacific Ocean and what if many animals died due to this fast rupturing Lava. I would like to know more about what occurs when the Lava hits the oceans and the effects it may cause the world. Is there any way this may be stopped before it damages more land?
  • Kiran's Jan 23, 22:44 comment on ask to marry
    “Mr. Hunt” meaning Fonny Hunt, right?
  • Kiran's Jan 23, 22:35 comment on I find it interesting that James Baldwin would include this poem into his book.
    I love that you share this research with us. It gives me a glimpse into what makes you tick, Heather — how your mind works and how capable you are. And it makes the book richer for all of us to know the historical background.
  • Kiran's Jan 23, 22:15 comment on I agree with you Juan because having a baby a baby and drinking is dangerous.
    The discovery of Fetal alcohol syndrome was made in the same year that Baldwin was writing his book – 1973. (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(73)91092-1/fulltext) The scientists who made the discovery published their findings in November of that year, after Baldwin sent his writing to the publishing company for editing and printing. In the early 1970’s, people were not aware that heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy can damage the fetus. My mom drank cocktails while she was pregnant with me in 1961. I think it takes more alcohol than she drank to hurt the fetus, though. I came out ok.
  • Maria's Jan 23, 20:57 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I liked how you said that music can influence how you feel. Expanding on that I think you could even say that music can influence how you feel about other people. For example if you listen to the same kind of music as someone else you might feel more inclined to be friends with them.
  • Anastasia's Jan 23, 18:22 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, I really loved this post. A lot of women struggle with insecurities and I think this is an amazing way to show them that they are not alone. I love how you said to balance your negative thoughts with positive ones. This takes practice and time. But if you really work on it, it does help a lot. I also love how you said to check and see if what you say about yourself is actually true. I think a lot of young women (including myself) go on social media and say “oh im not good enough” or “im not pretty” ect. I think that if you are happy with your body and image then that’s all that matters.
  • Molly Sullivan's Jan 23, 18:10 comment on A Deeper Look at the Education System
    I like how you pointed out that by keeping the workload not overbearing, it gives students a chance to have time to discover interests outside of school. I think this is very important so that we can all figure out what we’d like to do with our lives when we are done with school. It’s nice to have something to look forward to outside of schoolwork.
  • Camille's Jan 23, 12:40 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Lydia, I really liked how you posed a problem and then explained a variety of important reasons why this is such a major issue. I completely agree that any spread of misinformation especially from our country’s leaders is very damaging and can pose several risks. I also found it really interesting how you mentioned that Buchanan said to simply do nothing about fake news. This is a very good point that I may not have thought to do. Camille
  • Maddie's Jan 23, 06:56 comment on The Power of Song
    Meghan, I liked how you included how music also helps express social issues because it overall helps convey how musical is personal to you. It helps depict your style and how we feel comfort through music as a form of language.
  • Alex's Jan 23, 06:00 comment on Life, and liberty.
    I think you did an amazing job. Abortion has become such a huge issue to society. I believe that you provided a solid reason why abortions should not take place. I like how you added credible facts as well as personal experiences and ways to prevent pregnancy. Overall, great job!
  • Rachel's Jan 23, 05:53 comment on Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?
    Sarah, I found your post very interesting because I had not realized how unhealthy the American diet truly is, and how it can drastically effect our lives. It’s very concerning that our life expectancy is decreased by such a large amount from our daily diets. 11 years is a very long time, more than a decade, and losing so much time from life is scary. One thing you said that stands out for me is that when you were in Switzerland as a child, you and your brother were craving fast food. As children, you probably couldn’t understand why the healthy food around you wasn’t satiating and why you had such a strong inclination for fast food. Fast food is designed to leave you always wanting more, and so of course the natural options could not compete with the man-made food. Your post reminds me of the saying that you are what you eat. Eating healthy foods rewards you because your body can build itself to be healthy. Extra years of life and health is certainly worth missing out on enjoying a good McDonald’s Big Mac for a few minutes. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts are very thought provoking!
  • Lluvia's Jan 23, 05:41 comment on What is the Best Way to Reduce Abortion Rates?
    I really like your article and it’s so important to discuss about this topic. Yes some think that restricting people will help, in reality it does exactly the opposite. I liked your plan of action to help prevent more abortions it is very planned out and detailed.
  • Meghan's Jan 23, 04:51 comment on Why are we likely to empathize with anti-heroes?
    Megan – I really liked how you mentioned that the concept of heroes and villains isn’t always black and white. Generally speaking, I think it is really important to understand that there is a grey area when it comes to good versus evil. As you said in your blog post, “people cannot be defined as completely moral or completely corrupt”, hence the grey area. I also agree with your point that we empathize with the antagonist more in a hero vs. villain story because we tend to relate to them more. We often see ourselves in the anti-hero and aspire to be the hero in the story which is part of the reason why we are so drawn to the anti-hero character. You did a great job of thoroughly explaining this concept in your blog post.
  • kamila's Jan 23, 04:31 comment on Competition
    Peyton, your blog was very interesting. I think you did a very good job at displaying the amount of stress that us as high schools encounter. We experience competition in most aspects of our lives wether we realize it or not. We are put under a lot of pressure to always perform well and be the best at everything we do. This stress and competition puts our minds and bodies through a lot of pain because of it. But this does give us the opportunity to become stronger in the future. Overall I think that you did a very good job.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:29 comment on i agree you can't change what's ready been done
    anything that happens in your life is in the past you can’t change the past of just focus on the future and make the best out of it.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:23 comment on i agree with you his parents relationship was abusive and disgusting.
    yes and you can’t really that’s why their family is so messed up. this reminds me of so many movies I’ve watched of how the parents were bad at parenting and the kids was deeply affected by that.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:19 comment on Even though he shows it in a rude way he really cares about his son and he wants him back.
    This reminds me of how my mom wasn’t really proud of us until we exceeded higher than she expected grade-wise.
  • Alexis's Jan 23, 04:05 comment on observation
    It matters to me because every woman should/needs to have some type of confidence
  • Amarylis's Jan 23, 04:04 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Lydia, I love how you are bringing up this topic especially during this time. I think you made your argument very clear and your text was easy to understand and follow. Fake news can be tricky to handle but as a society we should try to stop it from spreading through different variations, including the one Buchanan suggests. It is easier to be influenced by fake news like this and it makes it easier to spread with social media. I love your writing and this topic is super important. You did such a great job! 🙂
  • Julia B.'s Jan 23, 04:00 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Hey Haley, I love how you chose this topic! At my middle school, part of our schedule was walking for 15 minutes every morning in between homeroom and first period, and we were told that walking, or exercising, can improve mental performance! I loved learning more about this topic. I especially found it interesting that exercise can improve sleep! This makes sense because we sleep better after we have used our body and our muscles throughout the day. I hope that this article has been informative for its readers, and I hope this article will motivate them to exercise more! Thank you so much for writing this article Haley! Nice work!
  • Madison's Jan 23, 03:40 comment on The Widespread Problem among teens today: How the Pandemic has increased social media usage
    Josie, your post about social media and its effects, specifically in regards to the recent isolation and quarantine, was very captivating and interesting to read about! I thought your argument was very convincing and relatable. Social media can be very addictive and even harming if you let it, though I also liked how you mentioned how social media was also useful, as it kept us in the loop and helped us escape the world for a bit. I agree though, that spending time away from your phone, or other devices, is a necessary thing to do today. Like you said, “there is so much more to life than an Instagram post, a celebrity birthday, or a Snapchat story.” Taking time away from social media is very important, as living life outside of the internet is an important thing to remember to do. For me, the adjustment to the sudden isolation was difficult, and I, too, turned to social media. Eventually, I remember taking a break from it all and taking a walk in the snow, as well as spending time with my family as often as I could. And, although I think social media is a great way to interact with others and to escape from reality for a bit, it’s important to remember to not spend every waking minute there and to take the time for yourself so that you can truly live your life to the fullest. I look forward to your next posts!
  • Ellie's Jan 23, 01:40 comment on An Explanation to Lucid Dreaming
    Julia, I really enjoyed this piece and I definitely learned a lot about lucid dreaming and the brain. Lucid dreaming has always been one of those things that I knew happened, but I never really understood how. That’s why I especially enjoyed your descriptions of parts of the brain involved in lucid dreaming and your clear explanations of how they work (especially the temporoparietal junction, it never gets the recognition it deserves). Good job! I look forward to more from you!
  • Megan's Jan 23, 01:29 comment on Why can’t you just be happy for once?
    Maddie, I really enjoyed this blog post! I definitely agree that there is a stigmatism around mental health in which people believe they can simply fix it. I think that it is important to realize that sometimes when you are trying to help, you may end up making things worse. This is why it is very important to be informed on mental health and why we should work toward eliminating the stigma surrounding it. I especially liked the part that said mental health is something “that you have to learn to cope with and live your life to the fullest.” If you never learn to cope with mental health issues, it will only end up becoming worse and hindering your ability to enjoy life. I also appreciate the fact that you have brought attention to the problem of trying to “fix people” because as humans we like to have control, and trying to fix people’s problems give us a sense of control. Thanks for sharing 🙂
  • Izzy's Jan 23, 01:21 comment on Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?
    Sarah, I really enjoyed your piece about blue zones and how the diet of Americans compares to that of one of the “healthiest” groups of people. Going into this post, I did not know that blue zones existed, nor were a recognized term for where people live the longest. It is interesting to directly compare the normalized American diet to Ikarians and their much more wholesome and nutrient dense meals. Your post makes me think about how the American diet which we have grown up with, is frankly disgusting to other cultures. Your personal story about searching for fast food in Switzerland was eye opening, and as someone who has never traveled out of the United States, it stresses that what we live in is normal to us, but is considered foreign to other nations. It is an interesting concept that places me outside of my comfort zone. Thank you for taking the time to write this post and I look forward to reading further posts from you!
  • Kaylee's Jan 22, 22:23 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Dear Lydia, I am very interested in your post because it discusses a topic that is concerning to most people right now, especially with all of the newsworthy events that are currently taking place. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Buchanan suggests that when we come across fake news we should do nothing about it.” I think this is fascinating because I have never heard that advice before. I agree that it is not good to draw attention to fake news, so ignoring it may be the best way to avoid the spread of it. Thanks for your writing and I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Isabella's Jan 22, 22:21 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I really enjoyed reading your article. I like how you said, “When exercising, the brain releases endorphins that are known as “feel good” chemicals improving the moods and decreasing symptoms for those struggling with a mental illness.” I liked this quote from the article because you explain what chemicals the brain releases and how they effect the body and mind. I like how you emphasized that exercise will help to increase your mood. In addition, I like how you explained other chemicals that are active when exercising like neurohormones.
  • Lauren's Jan 22, 20:45 comment on Bilingualism: The Key to Worldly Communication
    Emily, I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I agree that awareness of other cultures and languages is very important in the world today and that bilingualism is the key. I especially like when you said, “The knowledge of multiple languages gives individuals the opportunity to make deeper connections with others and have the freedom to communicate with those who speak another language.” Personal connections are very important in today’s world especially with the strong presence of technology. I also like how you mentioned the numerous benefits of bilingualism including the preservation of culture and personal development.
  • Julia G.'s Jan 22, 20:40 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Hey Maia, I really liked how you included that there were positives and negatives to social media and the different uses for social media. You did well explaining the extent to which social media can be used such as for school projects and also outside of school as a way to connect with friends and family. Though social media can have a large impact on mental heath, there are also plenty of resources and people on social media that can provide help for those individuals with depression or anxiety. I agree that social media can encourage students to learn and become more engaged because they are familiar with social media. Overall, very nice job:)
  • Josie's Jan 22, 20:35 comment on The Good That Exists Within Social Media
    Hi Katie, I really enjoyed reading your blog post that explores the good that exists in social media platforms. In contrast to my own post, it reveals all the positive aspects of this tool, like the ability to connect with others, and more importantly, the voice it gives people to speak out and raise awareness against issues of injustice. I really enjoyed when you said social media is “vital for people to use their ability to have a voice and express their thoughts in order to promote peace and justice to a vast amount of other people through the media.” I think that this really sums up the beauty that is social media, because it truly gives allows people to promote their beliefs through social media. I really enjoyed reading your post, and I look forward to your future posts. I also liked how you incorporated a real, relevant event to greater emphasize your idea. Great job!!
  • Ashley's Jan 22, 20:22 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I loved you ideas on this topic, I agree with your ideas about how exercise can be a very important component to good mental health. You blog post was also very well written and easy to follow, with this being an informative blog it made it easy to understand.
  • Amanda's Jan 22, 20:03 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Maia, I really liked how you showed both the positive as well as negative aspects of social media before stating your view on the topic. With the civilization becoming more and more technological and tech-dependent each day, its important that everyone know what resources they have at their fingertips and how they can be beneficial, especially within the classrooms. Great work!
  • Kiran's Jan 22, 19:45 comment on i agree with you his parents relationship was abusive and disgusting.
    Yeah. How can you be a good parent if you are wrapped up in a sado-masochistic relationship with each other? You are commenting on paragraph 17 in Part 1, right?
  • Kiran's Jan 22, 19:35 comment on Even though he shows it in a rude way he really cares about his son and he wants him back.
    This reminds me of my mom. She loved us no matter what. Where as my father loved us when we achieved good grades, test scores, jobs — like, we had to deliver the goods for him to love us sometimes. What about you?
  • Kiran's Jan 22, 19:31 comment on observation
    Why does it matter, for you, personally, that she gains confidence?
  • Grace's Jan 22, 19:14 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I liked your blog post. It was very informative and easy to understand. I like that you focused on mental health and how exercise helps. I feel that not many people know that exercising can help with mental health and help reduce the effects of it. Your blog post was thoroughly explained how exercise benefits ones. mental health by explaining the chemicals that are released and how it affects ones being.
  • Annie's Jan 22, 19:06 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I really enjoyed reading your blog post because it is about a topic that I am very passionate about as an athlete. I have always turned to exercise when I’m in a bad mood, or when I am just bit feeling great. Therefore, I really like that you write about the benefits of exercise and how it can improve mood, sleep, and even struggles with mental disorders. I also agree that your stresses can be helped greatly when you just go for a nice jog or walk to clear your mind.
  • Mary Kate's Jan 22, 18:58 comment on Fashion and Men
    KARLA, I really appreciate how you included when Harry Styles said that clothes are something to experiment with and if you feel amazing in it, it is like a superhero outfit. Because that is truly all it is. What one wears should have no affect on others, although it often does. If one feels amazing in what they wear, WHO CARES! Let them be happy with who they are and who cares if the “gender norms” are broken! I loved this blog post Karla, amazing job!
  • Rosa's Jan 22, 18:57 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Dear Diana: I am surprised with your post, “Are monkeys taking over Thailand?” because the monkeys were living fine then got adapted to tourists giving them food. Now that covid hit bad they are also having trouble finding food. The monkeys are now coming to the city and being aggressive with all people. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Because of the violent attacks, many were forced to close their own shops in fear of the future.” I think this situation of the monkies is getting worse because people that live in the city of Lopburi are moving away. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it caught my interest. -Rosa Zavala
  • Sarah's Jan 22, 18:22 comment on Native Cuisine: A Story of Oppression
    Great post, Liann! I appreciate your post because it is important to recognize that there are effects to colonization that ultimately lead indigenous peoples to feel stripped of their cultural identity, and cuisine can certainly champion the representation of one’s identity. As I read in your post, it is disheartening to hear that the government has done so little to help indigenous peoples with upholding their food needs to ensure that their cultural heritage is protected. Your comparison between the fast food chain’s failure to represent Native cuisine, but ability to represent Chinese American’s cuisine through Panda Express is interesting to me, as you demonstrate that Natives represent a larger percentage of the United States’ population. I, too wrote about the United States’ relationship with food, and unfortunately, I, too found poor trends in how we handle the important role that cuisine has on our life. I appreciate that you raised awareness about the cultural issues that our country has with cuisine, as I wrote about the health issues that our country has with cuisine. I look forward to what you will write next, as you shed light into fundamentally crucial cultural issues that our country has faced and will continue to face.
  • Jessica's Jan 22, 17:16 comment on Lack of Coverage in Sports for Women
    Karla, I really enjoyed reading your post! I liked how you described women’s presence in sports and their representation in broadcasted athletic events. I completely agree that women are constantly looked down upon or viewed in the wrong light when comes to coverage in sports. Women’s sports are clearly seen as less significant, despite putting in the same (if not more) work than their male counterparts. The thing you said that stood out to me the most was the statement “most stories that are relating to sports and women usually don’t include the highlight of their careers rather the issues going on with their bodies or anything else health related.” I believe that this statement is undeniably true; it seems no matter what, women are criticized for how they look, even if they are athletes, who are some of the fittest and strongest people (physically and mentally). I found your post to be absolutely intriguing, and I am looking forward to reading more of your works in the future!
  • Peyton's Jan 22, 16:56 comment on Insensitive Sports Names and Mascots
    I agree with this article because it shows the insensitivity of our society when it comes to certain aspects, especially offensive names within sports. I like how you mentioned that it is not just only a problem with the national football league but in other leagues as well.
  • Liann's Jan 22, 16:33 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Maia, Great work on this post! I love how you began with an evaluation of the pros and cons of social media; it really shows your ability to objectively analyze a topic. This post is especially interesting to me because it highlights the necessity to evolve with technology. As the world enters an increasingly hi-tech reality, it is essential that students and teachers utilize the resources available to them in order to enhance the learning experience. I definitely agree that social learning should be experimented with and applied to schools since it offers such a unique and individualized approach to education. Overall, amazing post, and I look forward to your future work.
  • Liann's Jan 22, 16:24 comment on Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?
    Great work, Sarah! I thoroughly enjoyed this post as I have never heard about Blue Zones. It’s so interesting to see how different cultures place such an emphasis on healthy eating since the US pushes so many unhealthy foods. I love how you incorporated statistics in order to demonstrate how significant diet is to health and life expectancy. Also, your personal anecdote of your time in Switzerland really sheds light on how careless most Americans are with what they put into your body. This post reminds me to eat healthy and to eat clean for the benefit of both myself and for the environment. Again, great post! I look forward to your future work!
  • Amra's Jan 22, 16:01 comment on I agree with you Juan because having a baby a baby and drinking is dangerous.
    I chose this comment because drinking while pregnant is dangerous and I couldn’t believe that Tish would take a sip. I thought Drew’s reply to me was Interesting because she starts saying whether Tish’s mom drank while pregnant This makes me wonder if they were aware of the dangers to the baby if they consume alcohol while pregnant.
  • Amra's Jan 22, 15:51 comment on agreed
    This stood out to me because it said ” Daddy poured and Mama gave us each a glass” indicating that Tish was given a class of alcohol while pregnant. I understand it’s ok for everyone else to celebrate but I don’t get why a pregnant women was given a glass of alcohol. Although we don’t know if she drank it ,I don’t think it was necessary to give it to her.
  • Amra's Jan 22, 15:36 comment on Question
    I chose this comment because I was thrilled and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. The author choice of words “his heart jumped” made it more enticing to hear what was the exciting news.
  • Amra's Jan 22, 15:25 comment on Why?
    I chose this comment because it’s not a good example for minors to learn from it especially for high school students Ernestine threatened to use violence to get her point across.The author could have shown a better example to express her emotions.
  • Alex's Jan 22, 15:02 comment on maybe she believes that church is better for him because of how schools sometimes having a kid who influences others
    I picked this comment because i’m trying to understand why Fonny’s mom prefers him to go to church instead of school.
  • Alex's Jan 22, 15:00 comment on its sad to see that if you aren't anybody's pet then that is a crime.
    I picked this comment because it shows how back then people got arrested for things that they didn’t do.
  • Alex's Jan 22, 14:59 comment on her mother could've been trying to sound calm and tough so that Tish wouldn't be as frightened.
    I picked this comment because It shows the good mother that Tish has. When being told by Tish that she was pregnant her mother was supportive and caring.
  • Alex's Jan 22, 14:56 comment on i'm no doctor but I don't think you should be drinking while you are having a kid
    I picked this comment because it seems bad to drink while you have a child but I am no doctor like I have said before so I do not know what alcohol does to you. Or it might just be a soft drink like apple juice.
  • Alex's Jan 22, 14:52 comment on she's taking some extreme measures to help Fonny.
    I picked this comment because it showed how desperate Tish got to get enough money to get Fonny out of jail. It really shows what Tish would do to help Fonny in any way shape or form.
  • Rory's Jan 22, 05:40 comment on Insensitive Sports Names and Mascots
    Lucas, I really enjoyed your article and calling out these large sports teams for having insensitive names. It is very unsettling knowing these names have been around for a while now and people are just now beginning to see the problem. I really liked how you pointed out the need to spread awareness about why these names are offensive and should be changed.
  • Maia's Jan 22, 04:39 comment on Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?
    Hi Sarah! I enjoyed reading your post because I have never learned about Blue Zones before and I found the topic really interesting! The inclusion of a variety of statistics was very helpful in comparing the diets of Blue Zones to the diet of Americans. It put into perspective how food is very influential on a culture and lifestyle of a population. I like how you included a personal anecdote to contribute to your discussion. I agree with your post as a whole in that by becoming aware of our own eating habits, we can apply that discipline to our habits outside of our diets. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Brooke's Jan 22, 03:39 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, Your post interested me because insecurity is something that young women our age are faced with daily, and it is something that is not addressed enough. I enjoyed that you addressed solutions to insecurity in your post. One thing you said that stood out to me was that “family and friends can give you the reassurance you need in your life that can help you get past the insecurity.” This stood out to me because people often don’t reach out for help because of their insecurities. This is so important because it is a necessary step of the healing process. This post reminds me of times when I scroll through social media and compare myself to others. While I wouldn’t consider myself insecure, these moments of insecurity are difficult to get past, and it is important to be there for those who experience insecurity more often. This post was very enlightening and should be shared with those that are in need of help. I thoroughly enjoyed your post, and I look forward to your next post, as it will likely be a necessary topic relevant to the times.
  • Katie's Jan 22, 03:19 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Hey Maiaaa!! I was intrigued by your post because I had written similar blogs about this topic of negative effects social media can have on teens and youth and the importance it holds in how people can remain aware of social issues in the world today through the media. Basically we think alike 🙂 I love your idea of teachers implementing a new way of educating students through platforms they can relate to and are familiar with because it would be very beneficial for kids to learn through social learning. I liked when you said “By using this method, it motivates students to interact with their peers as well as learn other perspectives from people around the world because all social media users are connected through one outlet.” I think your ideas are very relevant and well-explained. Overall, I enjoyed reading your post, and thanks for sharing!!
  • Keira's Jan 22, 03:02 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I really liked how you emphasized the importance of exercise on one’s mental health. When you mentioned the chemicals released in the body, such as endorphins and neurohorones, I gained a better understanding as to why we experience the benefits we do. I think it is important to bring awareness to the mental benefits to exercise along with the physical becuase it could really help people who need a place to let go of their stresses.
  • Haley's Jan 22, 01:22 comment on Current career pressure on high schoolers in today’s school system
    Evelyn, I could not agree more with your post. I love how you took information from a credible site to prove that schools truly are not preparing students well enough in the financial aspect of life. I agree that if more classes were offered to teach and inform students in more real life experiences, then students going to college would be able to make better financial decisions. I also like how you pointed out that life goes beyond the academic classes and that classes that teach through real world scenarios. This way students are more prepared for college life and living on their own. Good Job!!!
  • Maggie's Jan 22, 01:04 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Haley, I really enjoyed your article about the benefits of exercising in regards to mental health. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed and anxious about school or just life in general I will have to keep this article in mind. What especially stuck out to me was the 5 mental health benefits to exercising: depression and anxiety, stress, increased self – esteem, and self confidence, better sleep, and brain boost. I will always remember this whenever I am feeling down and need to boost my serotonin.
  • Karla's Jan 22, 00:35 comment on The Impact of Empathy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Molly, I liked how you connected this blog post to your previous one which allowed me to understand the context of both of your writings. I also liked how you involved empathy and the current pandemic because those two can be very well linked together and you used them appropriately. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say!
  • Mary's Jan 21, 23:53 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, I decided to read your post because I saw it was about insecurities and I feel like that is something we all struggle with daily, especially as teenagers. I love how you first described the effects of insecurities on our daily lives and then introduced many ways to counteract these effects. I feel like we have all projected our insecurities on others at some point in our lives, and this post is super helpful in being able to recognize when we do this and how to fix it. Thank you for addressing an issue we all face!
  • Maya's Jan 21, 23:52 comment on The Implementation of Social Media in Schools
    Hi Maia, I really like your ideas of how social media can be better used despite the cons it presents. You give the reader ideas that support your claim that social media can be shown in a positive light through the education system. I also like how you started off your post by recapturing what you said in your last post to connect these topics; you organized your thoughts in a clean and in a way that makes sense to the reader. Overall, I thought this was a great topic to touch on and could be a great strategy for teachers in the future. -Maya
  • Kaileigh's Jan 21, 19:56 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, I loved loved loved your post on insecurities in individuals’ daily lives. So many people in today’s world are filled with insecurities but believe they are alone in their feelings. Your acknowledgement of this idea, as well as your list of specific ways to overcome insecurities is very helpful for all individuals, but especially for the teens who will view your post. Thank you for making a relevant most for the youth in today’s world, and I cannot wait to see what else you write about!
  • Melody's Jan 21, 17:12 comment on Body positivity
    I appreciate the wonderful feedback thank you.
  • Melody's Jan 21, 17:10 comment on Body positivity
    thanks for enjoying my poem and I love your feedback .
  • Paige's Jan 20, 22:05 comment on The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2
    Lydia, I really like how your post discusses that we should not try to correct that fake news and give it more attention then it deserves. I also agree that if there is a lot of drama surrounding a topic, people will become confused and will not know what to believe about the subject. I also think that this will help people with more self-discipline and help others to think before they comment on social media posts. Great job with this post! Hope to see more from you in the future!
  • Lydia's Jan 20, 22:04 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, I really enjoyed the topic you choose to reflect on because I feel it is a current issue occurring in our generation today. I liked how you listed out the certain methods and resources on how to overcome your insecurities and how to be more confident as the person you are. I really enjoyed the part of how you mentioned that if individuals aren’t comfortable with talking to a mental health professional that they should consider joining a support group. Especially in our day today a lot of individuals around the certain age and similarities have insecurities, so I think them talking together would really help break the stigma.
  • Molly's Jan 20, 17:51 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, I agree with your analysis of the impact of insecurity of people’s daily lives. I like how you mentioned specific examples of ways to overcome insecurity and anxiety. I really like how you said, “there are ways to overcome the insecurities and become more secure with yourself.” This quote provided the reader with an insight as to what the paper is going to discuss. I also think that the evidence that you used is necessary and adds to your argument. I like that you stressed the importance of changing your attitude when faced with insecurity and turning the situation into a positive one.
  • Emily's Jan 20, 17:51 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    Claire, I like how you introduced your previous blog post and connected it to this one. I agree with your point that with the coronavirus pandemic there is a lack of empathy and understanding that people are looking for now more than ever. You used strong evidence from a variety of sources to support your claim. Additionally, your analysis of the quotes helps the reader understand your argument. I agree with your point that, “Being aware and empathetic with other people’s needs and emotions can help you understand why an individual might be acting a certain way.” This a different way a viewing the subject of empathy as a way to not only understand what someone is going through, but to also understand why they do things in a certain way.
  • Anna's Jan 20, 15:35 comment on Overcoming Insecurity
    Paige, Your post intrigued me because I believe most people our age struggle with insecurities and I think it is good to talk about our struggles as society usually wants us to keep them hidden. I really liked the line “reassurance in your life that can help you get past your insecurity” because to me this statement is true. Reassurance from others and having someone to tell about your feelings helps someone not bottle up their emotions and be overwhelmed by stress. This post reminds me of myself because sometimes I have a hard time talking about my emotions and this helped to remind me that I should. I really enjoyed your article and I hope to see more from you in the future.
  • Kayla's Jan 20, 08:22 comment on what is the American dream?
    Dear William I appreciate this post because it is very factual and acknowledges the truth about America. My favorite line from your article is “Also I think being an American doesn’t mean we all have to believe in the same thing or look the same. Everyone comes from different cultures and has different beliefs about different aspects of the world, which makes them unique and a good American.” I think that this is important to know because everyone comes from different cultures but should be treated the same. Thank you for writing this. Kayla Castillo
  • Alvaro's Jan 20, 06:12 comment on Why the Internet Should Censor Suicide Videos
    Hey Antonio. I strongly agree with you. I too have seen a few very gruesome videos. I don’t really know if videos like these should be completely banned because I don’t know the repercussions of having them around. Although, you can argue that these videos fuel the fire in twisted individuals. I have seen people on the internet talk about how they’ve been desensitized to gore and snuff films because they’ve watched so many. At the end of the day, these videos gain popularity because of human’s innate curiosity. I wouldn’t want my siblings or myself to watch more since every time I have it’s ended in me feeling gross for a day or two.
  • Alexis's Jan 20, 05:03 comment on i agree you can't change what's ready been done
    I don’t really know why i picked this comment
  • Alexis's Jan 20, 05:02 comment on agree
    I picked this comment because it shows not every black person enjoys hearing a person is mixed meaning their both black and white
  • Alexis's Jan 20, 05:01 comment on i agree with you his parents relationship was abusive and disgusting.
    I picked this comment because his parents wasn’t very good at parenting ig
  • Angie's Jan 20, 04:55 comment on Maybe Ernestine felt that their dad didn't love her as much as he loved Tish because he showed his love and care for both of them in different ways.
    I chose this because it is true that people love each other in different ways. I really liked how understanding and loving Tish’s family is. I also thought that the narrator made a good point. Love presents its self in different ways. So here when I wrote this comment I thought about how Ernestine must’ve felt during this time when in reality she was loved just as much as Tish was. It’s just Joseph showed his love differently.
  • Alexis's Jan 20, 04:49 comment on Even though he shows it in a rude way he really cares about his son and he wants him back.
    I picked this comment because i feel like it’s important to know that he loved his son no matter what happened.
  • Angie's Jan 20, 04:35 comment on I feel like when Joseph says “Look. We got to be nice,” he means that even though they may not like the Hunts that much they should still have some type of bond with them since they are related to the father of Tish's baby.
    I chose this comment because I liked how Tish’s father tried to keep the peace between both families since Fonny and Tish are having a baby together and it’s good to at least have some sort of bond between the two families. When I wrote this I also thought it was important for the two families to at least become somewhat familiar with each other.
  • Bethzy's Jan 20, 04:34 comment on Fonny seems so loyal, he seems to be really in love with her.
    This is meaningful because i would like to have someone that is loyal to me.
  • Bethzy's Jan 20, 04:34 comment on Fonny is being such a gentlemen by taking her to her house and making sure she gets there safely.
    This is meaningful because its cute and wholesome how someone would bring you all the way from a place to your house to make sure you are safe.
  • Bethzy's Jan 20, 04:33 comment on yeah that is true it does seem to be like a love and hate relationship with Tish's family and Fonny.
    It seems to be that Tish and Fonny have been in a on a love and hate relationship and it shows how even thought they have a hate relationship they are still together.
  • Bethzy's Jan 20, 04:31 comment on This shows how much he really adores and loves Tish and how he scared someone would take Tish away from him.
    I picked this comment because in this part of the story you can see and tell the love Fonny has for Tish which is really meaning to me because i would like someone to do that to me.
  • Angie's Jan 20, 04:16 comment on I feel like when Tish mentions
    I chose this comment because I agreed with what the protagonist of the novel had said. In this comment the protagonist Tish talks about how children are are the future and with the world being how it was back then it seemed like children were being programmed to just do what they were taught instead of following their own path and who knows maybe the path that they chose to take can help change the world, so just programing them to do what they are taught instead of what they are passionate about can be harmful.
  • Angie's Jan 20, 03:32 comment on “with these hands he at­tacked the keyboard like he was beating the brains out of someone he remembered.”
    I chose this comment because it was the first comment where I made an actual connection. Here I explained how the phrase “with these hands he at­tacked the keyboard like he was beating the brains out of someone he remembered.” This phrase made me think of a man aggressively playing a keyboard as each note he played sounded louder than the ones prior. When imagining this I thought of the sounds of the church as loud and maybe lively.
  • Angie's Jan 20, 03:14 comment on I'm guessing since he probably worked far away for a while he wasn't able to really spend time with Tish, so the news might be a bit of a shock to him.
    I chose this comment because I remember being proud of it when I wrote it. I also really liked how I included quotes from the text to support my reasoning.
  • Nico's Jan 19, 22:51 comment on its nice that they are celebrating that they are gonna have a new family member. They want to make Tish feel supported
    This is similar to the fourth comment I chose. Tish needs this support from her family so she doesn’t feel like she’s alone or only has Fonny to fall on. Since he is in jail she needs her family to support her.
  • Nico's Jan 19, 22:50 comment on they seem to get a lot of harassments from people but their family is still supportive and that's what matters
    This helped Tish’s character develop to not let herself be put down by people judging her. Some people in her family are supportive of her and her soon to be child.
  • Nico's Jan 19, 22:47 comment on He is saying that the white man likes hearing the black man suffer. He is fed up and trying to show how the white man is affecting black people
    I chose this comment because it relates to the book and to life now. It helps you understand the themes of the book and how it applies to life now.
  • Nico's Jan 19, 22:47 comment on This shows Fonny cares for her. He is truly in love.
    Fonny and Tish’s relationship is very important in the story, especially since Tish is pregnant. What I commented about shows that Fonny really does care for her.
  • Nico's Jan 19, 22:33 comment on her characters confidence develops in the end showing her character building over time
    I chose this comment because I think that Tish develops throughout the book. She cares less about what others think and is more confident.
  • Gerardo's Jan 19, 19:27 comment on Body positivity
    Dear Melody, I 100% agree with your poem ¨Body positivity¨ because it informs us that we are perfect just the way you are and nothing can change this. Also, people should realize what’s on the inside and not what’s visual to us. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨I want my audience and both genders to have self-confidence the more we are confident we are most likely to become stronger.¨ I think this is intriguing because you included both genders and I agree both genders do get treated the same way because of their figure. Don’t let anyone put you down and put them in their place. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was very thoughtful on your part and motivating everyone to accept themselves how they are. I look forward to your future poems/posts. Gerardo
  • Cristian's Jan 19, 18:58 comment on Why people are protesting and getting mad at the death of innocent Black people
    Hello Matthew A lot if it isn’t just because they are innocent, there are reasons why officers goes up to a person. We just simply have to comply and follow directions of what the officer says. We do have our rights but also we need to know how to use them. A lot of people are getting mad for no reason and that’s my opinion. I just think if we would simply comply everyone will be fine. The officer pleaded not guilty because there was a reason for everything! People get mad for no reason and it’s dumb. We need to fix the way people view things.
  • Drew's Jan 19, 16:17 comment on Fonny is being such a gentlemen by taking her to her house and making sure she gets there safely.
    Yea this moment between Tish and Fonny was cute. It honestly shows how deep his love is for her because he wants her safe.
  • Drew's Jan 19, 16:07 comment on Tish's mom is very supportive about fonny and tish's baby.
    I think it means a lot to both Tish and Fonny because a mothers support is beautiful. And instead of being downgraded for having a baby so “young” she is uplifting them.
  • Amra's Jan 19, 16:01 comment on agree shes a strong women.. that could be really stressfull
    I agree with you Nierra because not everyone could be strong and go through stress
  • Mario's Jan 19, 15:56 comment on Question
    I agree
  • Ocean's Jan 19, 15:37 comment on If there story is in NYC why is the book called If Beale street Could Talk?
    I picked this comment because if Beale Street Could Talk took place in NYC but why was the title named Beale street? Does it have something to do with Beale streets History?
  • Ocean's Jan 19, 15:36 comment on This sentence makes me think that Mrs Hunt want's Fonny to be in jail, what makes me think that is the sentence where she says” I think this is the Lord's way of making my boy think on his sins. What sins?
    I picked this comment because I was curious at the time Why was Fonny In Jail? Baldwin didn’t tell the readers until the final sections in the book.
  • Ocean's Jan 19, 15:23 comment on I think this shows that she has a lot of anxiety about something happening to Fonny. The dreams you have have some truth about your thoughts.
    after everything that happened I don’t think she wants to lose Fonny. That dream shows that Tish is scared and she has fear that some thing bad can happen between them.
  • Rojo's Jan 19, 15:19 comment on familys were bigger back then
    Maybe they will have another kid ?
  • Rojo's Jan 19, 15:18 comment on society has changed a lot since then
    This is important to keep in mind because things were different back then, so things dont seem so strange
  • Rojo's Jan 19, 15:17 comment on baby causing alot of stress
    This will effect tish and fonnys relationship
  • Isabell's Jan 19, 15:17 comment on Woah,by this tish should realize that she likes/loves fonny. Just by a touch on a forehead reminds her of fonny. She's in loveee.
    This is meaningful because this shows how just by a fingertip of someone touching her reminds her of Fonny. How much she loves him and wants him back as the “normal” life, just out of jail.
  • Rojo's Jan 19, 15:16 comment on They have a good lawyer
    This is important because it gives them a better chance of winning in court.
  • Rojo's Jan 19, 15:15 comment on there was a lot of antisemitism during this time
    I bookmarked this because it is very true there was a lot of hate on jewish people during this time. i think this is due to world war 2 ending and the jewish people migrating to America
  • Ian's Jan 19, 15:12 comment on The author is saying that he became an preacher and I think he chose this job because he wanted to excel at something and he was bored, But another reason is maybe James wanted to be distracted from all the gang related issues
    I agree. I think that he became a preacher not only because he was bored, also so he didn’t have to see the bad things happening around him.
  • Ocean's Jan 19, 15:12 comment on I don't think that Fonny believes in Mr. Hayward. I believe in this statement because of his reaction to Tish's question.
    yeah I agree, maybe Fonny doesn’t trust Hayward and he feels that he is not going to help him
  • Ian's Jan 19, 15:10 comment on This sentence makes me think that Mrs Hunt want's Fonny to be in jail, what makes me think that is the sentence where she says” I think this is the Lord's way of making my boy think on his sins. What sins?
    I agree. I think that Mrs. Hunt believed that being in jail would be better so can think about what he has done even though he hasn’t done anything wrong
  • Dehao's Jan 19, 15:08 comment on I think James meant that Daniel was running out of friends. The words familiar faces means friends.
    Absolutely agree that others may feel the same way after a very long time in quarantine
  • Kaimea's Jan 19, 15:07 comment on I also agree, they don't allow other people's doubt, to come between them. They just keep moving because they are confident in themselves.
    I agree. Knowing Tish and Fonny’s connection helps readers to understand them better, and makes the book more enjoyable to read.
  • Isabell's Jan 19, 15:06 comment on Tish's mom is very supportive about fonny and tish's baby.
    This means a lot because it lets you know who was one of the people who supported Fonny and Tish’s plan about the baby. She helped them, supported them.
  • Isabell's Jan 19, 15:05 comment on I find this actually quite funny how her name is Clementine but don't call her anywhere near related to the name, she goes by Tish.
    This one is bookmarked because it’s important. Tish’s actual name is nowhere similar to Tish, her real name (birth name) is Clementine.
  • Isabell's Jan 19, 15:03 comment on Tish was for sure having this baby. Fonny and her both wanted it. She knows it's good for them. Even though he is in jail she still is 100% sure.
    I bookmarked this comment because it’s talking about the baby. How Fonny’s and Tish’s baby that is on the way could save them, help them, as she said it’s good for them.
  • Kaimea's Jan 19, 15:03 comment on Opinion
    I agree, it is important for readers to understand how Tish feels. it helps us to know the characters more, and it also makes the book more enjoyable to read.
  • Isabell's Jan 19, 15:02 comment on Fonny was the type of boyfriend who cares a lot and wants to make sure that she's happy. He asked her a bunch of questions of what she would like.
    I chose this comment as one of the 5 meaningful comments to me because it’s really mature for Fonny to do that. Also, it’s a way, well to me, that it shows they love them.
  • Alexis's Jan 19, 15:00 comment on observation
    I picked this comment because i feel it’s important to know she gained more confidence at the end of the story.
  • Alondra's Jan 19, 05:37 comment on Lord of the Flies: The Realities of Having Power
    Dear Emmanuel, I enjoyed reading your analysis of Ralph’s character development. Yes indeed his leadership skills were not the best fit but as the young teens and children did not have any supervision they turned to Ralph because he carried himself and had the physique of a leader. Although his choices were sometimes not reasonable the children followed even Jack could not demolish Ralph’s leadership when he decided to make his own tribe.
  • Shirley Villalvaso's Jan 19, 04:54 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Hey Diana, I was excited and surprised about your post about monkeys. As reading the post I have come up with that they should make an organization here in America where they may bring monkeys and if you would like to adopt one that they should let us so that we may be responsible for it. I would like this because I love monkeys very much and they are just fun to be around. I found it surprising how they were eating any types of foods that they would find which is very bad for their bodies. Monkeys will find a way to be fed during this time of the pandemic since there is no one out there watching over them. I’m feeling disappointed since they aren’t being taken care of and as well as them they are struggling with Covid-19. -Shirley V
  • Lizbeth's Jan 19, 04:53 comment on Movie popcorn at home?
    Dear Rosa I am interested in your post ¨ movie popcorn at home because its a topic i wouldn’t have thought of it.I believe that doing popcorn at home is way better because like that you can save money and not waste money just for one bag of it. I also think that when people eat at home popcorn it’s way better than eating it in the theater because at home you can put as much popcorn as you want and you can has whatever you want. Thanks for posting this it really was a good topic hope to see more topics that are really good like this one which really caught my attention. sincerely,Lizbeth
  • Juan's Jan 19, 00:11 comment on Champions League
    Hey Morgan, I found this article pretty dope. The situation currently happening is insane and watching it would be pretty amazing. I would like to know who scored and how many fouls there were throughout the game. Was there any biased fouls throughout the game Morgan? One Sentence that stands out to me is when you said, ” An incident just happened a ref called a player ¨black¨ and he got very offended by it.” This can be very sensitive for the player because of 2020 and what has been going on. Racial inequality has been a major event throughout the year. I totally agree with you that racism should not exist in soccer or in any other sport. I believe and stand with what your saying. Thank you for this informative article and such a movement can be created so there won’t be racism throughout any sport. -Juan
  • Leo's Jan 18, 19:39 comment on I think that the parents are just disappointed in the oldest child for not getting married.
    That is very common in families. I think that that is important to the story.
  • Leo's Jan 18, 19:39 comment on I think it is interesting that he is so happy she is having a baby even though the father is in jail.
    This is an interesting idea. The baby might grow up without a father but they are still happy.
  • Leo's Jan 18, 19:38 comment on It sound like he was abused very badly. Nothing he could have done should give him that type of punishment.
    I think that this is really important to the story. That is why I think it is one of my better comments.
  • Leo's Jan 18, 19:38 comment on I think that she is trying to say that she cares more because she loves him. The same goes if you hate somebody you will pay more attention to what is happening to them.
    I think that this is an important idea. There is a lot of love and hate in this book.
  • Leo's Jan 18, 19:36 comment on I think this shows that she has a lot of anxiety about something happening to Fonny. The dreams you have have some truth about your thoughts.
    I picked this because I think that it shows how worried she is. I think that is also interesting how she is dreaming about their problems.
  • Ashley's Jan 18, 07:18 comment on Struggles of Indigenous Women
    Dear Halimah, when searching for an article to read, your’s was the only one that caught my attention. I have also seen people post about the way Indigenous women are treated on social media. It is a real concern that not a lot of people know what is happening to these women. It is true that there is never any news coverage on the murders of Indigenous women and there needs to be. people should be informed about all cultures and especially the ones most people just turn the other way and ignore. I am glad that you brought this up and wrote about this situation so that many can finally open their eyes to people’s lives that are also important.
  • Osiris's Jan 18, 07:14 comment on Body positivity
    Dear Melody: I am joyful about your poem, “Body Positivity,” because it sends a message about how all body are perfect no matter what. People should understand that people have different ideas of what a perfect body looks like. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I should be able to have self confidence, I should be able to reveal my skin if I want. ” I think this is wonderful because people should be able to express themself no matter what. People should not be or feel ashamed of how they look. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I agree with what you have to say. I like how you are spreading positivity. Osiris Meraz
  • Fatima Esparza's Jan 18, 07:12 comment on Why Can’t We Decide On Gun Laws?
    Dear Audrey : I am amazed by your post, “Why Can’t We Decide On Gun Laws?,” because as I read I was really interested in the topic seeing that many people have different perspectives and ways of thinking about gun control or possession of guns. The way you expressed the topic really made me think about even what do I think about it and what is my perspective about it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Some Americans gain a strong sense of security from having a gun, while others believe that guns can only do damage. There is so much fighting over whether or not people can have guns and where they can have them. ” I think this is important because it is expected for the topic to be both sided but also giving point and key material for both sides. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your text made me realize that having an opinion and thoughts is not bad and can be of much help. Also, I liked the way you were able to give from both sides the pros and cons and made me think about what will I agree with. Fatima Esparza
  • Litzy's Jan 18, 04:10 comment on Substance Abuse
    Dear Toby, I was very intrigued by your post, “Substance Abuse,” because it is impressive how much you know and care about this issue and understand the situations and reasons why Native Americans choose drugs and other substances over their well being. Substance abuse is a real problem that I knew about already, but did not realize how bad it was for this ethnic group. The reasons you stated in your post were stress and environment which seem to be the main reason for people to fall into substance abuse. However, since about 30% of Indian households live under the poverty line this might be an issue that can lead them to drug abuse due to the lack of income. This was a very interesting and great post thanks for writing and I’m looking forward to seeing what you write about next. -Litzy
  • Monse Alvarez's Jan 18, 04:05 comment on Should pro athletes be getting paid more than those who save lives?
    Dear Ashley: I am very interested in your writing “Should pro athletes be getting paid more than those who save lives?” because as one grows up surrounded by sports, many people go out of their way to pursue a high career in playing professional sports. Yes, some may get paid more than those who seek a higher education level but both careers are putting their lives on the line when they go to play or for work purposes. All the higher wages solely depend on the player and their achievements and the same goes for someone in say a medical field. One sentence that caught my attention was “…because he thinks pro athletes get paid too much to toss a ball around.” This really caught my attention because those players do not just throw a ball just to have fun but because it is their living and they are supporting the team and company they are intended for. Thank you for writing about this topic and will look forward to your next writing because I like seeing the comparisons that others make on worldwide careers.
  • Antonio's Jan 15, 21:28 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    Dear Claire Being empathic to others, especially at the time when our world is at its knees by covid-19. It’s better to see eye to eye to know how we are all feeling. I have become lonely during this event of history, but at least, I can still be connected to others online, no matter if I know them in real life or not. We need to speak and connect with each other, in order to know that we still have hope in life.
  • Shaliyah's Jan 15, 20:33 comment on i feel bad that he cant be in the baby's life and that hes not getting any justice in the courts
    its important for mothers and fathers to be in their child’s life , they need both mother and father figures
  • Shaliyah's Jan 15, 20:30 comment on i also think her dad just worried about her and her happiness,i dont think hes asking it to be funny or anything
    sometimes the way parents word things it may come off as harsh, but in reality they’re just looking out for you
  • Shaliyah's Jan 15, 19:01 comment on yes, sometimes you have to ignore negativity and focus on yourself bc not everyone isn't gonna like the decisions you make sometimes
    people are not always going to agree with decisions you make, there is going to be people that judge you, talk bad about you etc. But you cant let other peoples words bring you down or make you want to stop what you’re doing, you have to ignore the negative and focus on positive and do whatever you think will better your life.
  • Luisa's Jan 15, 18:57 comment on he was scared of his bodily changes
    I agree back then talking about your body was something you could not do and it was taboo and still today many people still have a problem with talking about subjects like puberty and many more.
  • Tasneem's Jan 15, 18:57 comment on The War in Yemen
    Dear Ebrahim, I’m also from Yemen and i am really happy that you spoke about this because the media nowadays ignores the important stuff and they decide to talk about things that aren’t going to impact and benefit our lives.
  • Shaliyah's Jan 15, 18:57 comment on i so agree with you on this!!,especially the part were u said anything can come off as bad because of her skin color
    i choose this because i feel like it should be known more that this world is unfair and not equal and people kinda brush it off because its not being spoken on as often as it should be
  • Shaliyah's Jan 15, 18:46 comment on that exactly what i said,your age shouldn't make you wanna or not wanna get married you should do it because you know your ready for commitment
    i choose this comment i made because society is so quick to judge people over the decisions they make in life, and i just feel as though you should follow your heart and mind. Don’t listen to what people think because their opinions are irrelevant.
  • Heather's Jan 15, 18:43 comment on Opinion
    This is a part of the book where we as readers get to know the characters a little bit more. It also helped me as a reader to understand how the characters felt. It is important to understand how Tish felt throughout this book.
  • AlexR's Jan 15, 18:40 comment on he was being very protective because they were walking past “whites” and cops
    The reason i chose this comment is because it shows that i’ve used context clues all over the passage. the reason i say this is because when i went back to where i commented this it only shows a little bit of evidence where fonny wanted to protect her. this shows i’ve used thinking from other sections of the book.
  • Luisa's Jan 15, 18:39 comment on I agree and I also think maybe she went to the police and said she was raped and the police and her lied and put the blame on Fonny.
    I picked this comment because she did lie that Fonny raped her but she didn’t lie that she wasn’t raped the police convinced her to say it was Fonny.
  • Heather's Jan 15, 18:38 comment on I can hear when he used the words “She wore high heels, too, which made a certain sound, something like a pistols.”
    This comment can explain how I felt about the way the story was told. In some parts of the book Baldwin did a great job explaining the feeling of the setting that the character was in. I feel like I can hear the things that he is describing.
  • AlexR's Jan 15, 18:32 comment on i think this shows that he is being nice because he wants her to be distracted
    The reason i chose this comment is because it shows that i read and analyzed this section of the reading. By this i mean that i not only read the scene but read the sections around it to make this comment.
  • Heather's Jan 15, 18:30 comment on I find it interesting that James Baldwin would include this poem into his book.
    I chose this comment as a meaningful one since I really liked how the book included a poem which was talking about history. It was nice to search about the poem and the history about it. It also made me wonder about the reason on why Baldwin would include a poem like this.
  • AlexR's Jan 15, 18:23 comment on how are they going to provide for each other financially at a young age?
    The reason i chose this comment is because it relates to real life situations. By this i mean that in real life people marry or have children at young ages but don’t have a steady job or income. this shows that i really thought about this section of the passage.
  • AlexR's Jan 15, 18:19 comment on I think the truth should matter due to the fact that people who are innocent can get into jail due to bribery and other things, this also goes for people who are guilty.
    The reason why i chose this comment is because it showed my thinking about the passage. I disagreed with what one of the characters said and it showed that i was really interested in this reading.
  • Steven's Jan 15, 18:14 comment on fonny is a good person
    i picked this one as well because fonny is a caring and helpful person, he never makes tish feel sad or worried, not even mad. fonny is starting to become a father little by little.
  • Steven's Jan 15, 18:12 comment on ask to marry
    i picked this one because it shows people that mr.Hunt cares for her, would do anything for her, it shows careness.
  • AlexR's Jan 15, 18:08 comment on she seems kind of mad in this line. She also seems worried for Tish
    The reason why i picked this comment is because it really connected to the reading. By this i mean that when i went to look back at where i commented this it showed that i was really reading and analyzing what was going on in the scene.
  • Luisa's Jan 15, 18:07 comment on I agree with you because parents want their kids to marry somebody with a stable job because they don't their kids to have to suffer.
    I picked this comment because parents don’t want their kids to suffer and parents are protective of who their kids date or marry because they want them to have a good life.
  • Steven's Jan 15, 18:05 comment on the mother was furious
    i picked this statement because it shows the poor connection with tish and her mother.
  • Hai-Cheng's Jan 15, 16:12 comment on why does ms.hunt hate tish?
    i still don’t know why ms. hunt hates tish and i’m just curious
  • Hai-Cheng's Jan 15, 16:09 comment on I don't think that Fonny believes in Mr. Hayward. I believe in this statement because of his reaction to Tish's question.
    i chose this comment because i thought that fonny should have believed in hayward
  • Hai-Cheng's Jan 15, 16:08 comment on I think the hunt family has bad experiences with white people. This is because of their trust issues with white people.
    i chose this comment because this comment shows the mood of the book or movie
  • Hai-Cheng's Jan 15, 16:07 comment on I think James meant that Daniel was running out of friends. The words familiar faces means friends.
    i chose this comment because this comment related to how quarantine is going and i think everybody is getting a little lonely
  • Hai-Cheng's Jan 15, 16:06 comment on I don't think that they will find her because of the amount of power the D.A has. Also because of the color of Fonny's skin.
    I chose this comment because i think there is still racism in the justice system today
  • Kaimea's Jan 15, 15:57 comment on I agree
    I chose this comment because I though that this was a very good point. I wanted to give Tish’s sister props for being such a good sister.
  • Bethzy's Jan 15, 15:56 comment on yeah I agree, I don't think she should wait until the oldest sister gets married for she can married. I think the oldest sister should get married when she feels ready and found the one.
    The reason i picked this comment was because it is true, i don’t think people should have the mindset of not letting their youngest daughter married first before her older sister does. I also don’t think they have to force the oldest to get married for her other sister can.
  • Kaimea's Jan 15, 15:55 comment on I think her dad loved both of them the same, but he shows it using different ways.
    I chose this comment because I wanted to share my opinion that may have changed how people looked at Tish’s father, and judged him. I don’t think he plays favorites.
  • Drew's Jan 15, 15:53 comment on It must be hard for the woman to go about, knowing what the men do.
    The concept of Men going out to mess around with other woman as there wife stays inside, cooks, cleans and takes care of the children. Was disgusting to me, So whenever I see it I like to share something about it. Especially since it is not something that only happens in books. It was real life issues as well.
  • Kaimea's Jan 15, 15:51 comment on Tish and her family are willing to spend money to get Fonny our of jail
    I wanted to emphasize how caring and helpful Tish and her family has been. they didn’t need to help Fonny at all, he wasn’t their responsibility, but they did anyways.
  • Drew's Jan 15, 15:50 comment on I'm glad that Fonny makes her feel good about herself, instead of pushing her down about her features.
    Again just like the comments I choose above, Their relationship. It was very strong and gave them the ability to get through the rough times. Aka Fonny being in jail.
  • Kaimea's Jan 15, 15:49 comment on Tish's mother is a very good mother
    I chose this comment because I thought this was a good point, and Tish’s mother needed recognition for being so understanding and respectful. not all moms are able to handle situations, like hers, well.
  • Drew's Jan 15, 15:49 comment on (Question) What did the Dad (When they were younger) do to make them feel like he loved one sister more than he loved the other?
    I choose this one because it’s something most people can connect with. Kids may think a parent loves one more than the other, because they give them more attention. And To me it’s very common between siblings.
  • Dehao's Jan 15, 15:48 comment on Being a great friend towards someone when their feeling down
    Personally connect with this as well , since I’ve helped friends in the past when they are feeling troubled and it’s nice to see them happy after you help them .
  • Dehao's Jan 15, 15:47 comment on Yea even if you were after someone it would be better for you to also focus on yourself as well
    Always work on yourself as well, I believe that even if you love someone else it’s better for you to work on yourself first so that you would be perfectly ready to pursue the person you love after because by then she/he will the only thing left
  • Kaimea's Jan 15, 15:47 comment on I think Tish is saying that her mother is a beautiful person not based on the society's standards
    I chose this comment because I think I was able to interpret my thoughts pretty well. I felt more comfortable about this summary compared to other ones I’ve written.
  • Dehao's Jan 15, 15:47 comment on I agree she shouldn't be since when your pregnant it'll be very dangerous if you get hurt in some sort of way
    Picked this comment because I feel like pregnancy should be taken cared of carefully and not so casually
  • Drew's Jan 15, 15:46 comment on I agree, Especially since they were walking past “whites” and cops. Racism was a big issue at the time, and still lives on today.
    Racism is a big issue and I will always stand by the change and improvement to come, for black people. Life should have never been like this.
  • Dehao's Jan 15, 15:46 comment on Yea i agree but i think it wouldn't be right for her to sell herself even if it meant helping fonny because i believe fonny wouldn't want that as well
    Personally , I picked this one because I really don’t think that selling yourself or someone else is good espically when they find out it would hurt them a lot . I personally connect with this because I would never want someone I love to sell themselves for me
  • Ian's Jan 15, 15:46 comment on Question
    I picked this comment because when I was reading the text, I really didn’t know what he was talking about.
  • Drew's Jan 15, 15:45 comment on I also agree, they don't allow other people's doubt, to come between them. They just keep moving because they are confident in themselves.
    I picked this one because it was great to see the connection Tish and Fonny had with one another. How much they loved each other.
  • Dehao's Jan 15, 15:45 comment on That there isn't a call to loud for freedom which makes sense because freedom should be something everyone should have expressed with people being loud or quiet
    I bookmarked this comment because this is something I believe in and that’s freedom should be something everyone has either being loud or quiet for it.
  • Ian's Jan 15, 15:45 comment on Opinion
    I picked this comment because this is something I also think is very true.
  • Drew's Jan 15, 15:44 comment on I agree, there mindsets are so much alike. Probably one of the many reasons they click.
    I picked this now comment because I like the concept of two minds that think alike/”mind connection”. It’s always such a cute thing to hear and read about in books.
  • Ian's Jan 15, 15:44 comment on What does he mean when he says they are taught to despise themselves from the moment their eyes open on the world?
    I picked this comment because I think that this is a very good question.
  • Ian's Jan 15, 15:42 comment on They always thought that they were better than the black people.
    I picked this comment because i thought that it was very good and that my response was better than the others.
  • Aaliyah's Jan 15, 07:47 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    Dear Clarie, I very much appreciate your post, “Empathy with Covid-19”, as it discusses how people’s mental health has been greatly affected. With these troubling times, people don’t realize that people’s mental health has taken a toll on them and people need to be more considerate of that. It is saddening that people aren’t as empathetic as they should be. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Not only does using empathy toward others help benefit them, but it also may benefit the person using it.” This shows a positive rippling effect and that actions really do make a difference. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about the pandemic and how it affects mental health as well as stating how empathy could help benefit people’s mental health. Aaliyah
  • Raniyah's Jan 15, 01:32 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    I genuinely appreciate you for taking time out of your day to read my post! I also am so glad you love my poem! I also agree that if you hope for something it is bound to happen. Life is not easy but hoping will make it feel much better! Having hope is not easy, definitely because we are so quick to doubt. So it definitely comes along the path, it also is about building and having self-talks to yourself!
  • Raniyah's Jan 15, 01:17 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    I am so glad you enjoyed my post! I am glad you got to read my post! Following my heart got me to many places in life. I know the feeling of what I think is right and what my heart is telling. We all make bad decisions in life, we all make decisions that we wish we can take back but that is why life is about learning from your lessons. Life teaches people lessons all the time but always remember to have faith and follow your heart! Once again thank you so much for your comment and brings a lot of positivity to my life!
  • Raniyah's Jan 15, 01:08 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on my post! I agree with you it is very good to have hope in a challenge! No matter what you think is going to happen try to have hope and talk to yourself. Having hope will get you far in life. It is definitely hard but having hope makes situations/challenges much better! Once again thank you so much for sharing your wise thoughts on my post!
  • Janet's Jan 14, 23:12 comment on Wild tongues…
    Ella, What an interesting quote! I would love to know the title of the book and the author as you talk about this piece. I think your letter selection is powerful. I wonder what type of background would highlight the idea of cutting out a tongue without being too graphic? I hope you post your final project! Dr. Ilko
  • Janet's Jan 14, 23:10 comment on Assembled Idea
    Dear Madison, First of all, I love the quote. What text is that from? I think it would be cool to somehow incorporate a tongue somehow in your final presentation, maybe the words coming off a tongue? I can’t wait to see your final result! Dr. Ilko
  • Janet's Jan 14, 22:57 comment on BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem
    Dear Liliana, I appreciate your coverage of the history of the reason people kneel during the National Anthem. I wonder what you are thinking now with all the political unrest here in the United States at the capital this last week? It seems strange that as a country we threw a fit about kneeling, and we had over 1000 people storm the capital this past week. I wonder if people will look to kneeling differently now? I would love to hear your thoughts! Sincerely, Dr. Ilko
  • Andres's Jan 14, 21:06 comment on Insensitive Sports Names and Mascots
    great job lucas you did a great job addressing the problem of these offensive term names. I like how you mentioned that it is not just only a problem with the national football league but in other leagues as well. One sentence that stood out to me was” A history of racially insensitive team names and mascots in professional sports has persisted far beyond the time when it was acceptable.” I like how you recognize how this fix is long over due. thankyou for writing this interesting article. i look forward to reading others as you have the same interest as I do.
  • Victor's Jan 14, 04:57 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    Dear Claire : I am saddened by your post, “Empathy With Covid 19” because the mental health of a person is very important. Also their stress levels combined with the mental health of a teen can affect the way they do in school. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Not only does using empathy toward others help benefit them, but it also may benefit the person using it.” I think this is great because even if we say hello so each other through text can make their day. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because Covid-19 and people mental health is really important. Also I like how you included a short video. Victor Vasquez
  • Thano Prokos's Jan 13, 23:07 comment on A bulldozer to his plaything
    I’m really interested in this part: “Love is a selfless act of giving, yet here the speaker violates the purity of love by aggressively pushing his lover towards sex. In addition, relationships depend on mutual consent, an aspect that is clearly missing in “To His Coy Mistress.”” For many audiences across many generations, this poem was thought to be cute or funny. What does the fact that you’re walking away with a very different and valid interpretation tell you?
  • Diana's Jan 13, 21:21 comment on The Brave: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
    Hi Emmanuel, I really enjoyed reading this, as a Harry Potter fan myself. I love how you were able to recognize Harry’s character and how he is forced to change as he is put in dangerous situations. I really like how you picked your quotes and how you explained them. As I read them, I was able to imagine the scenes from the movie when Sirius and Lupin find Peter and take him from Ron. I enjoyed this, and I hope to read what you have to write next. Sincerely, Diana.
  • Daniela's Jan 13, 19:42 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    I agree that faith can get you through any challenge. Despite the outcome of the challenge, it is important to believe. By believing you are giving hope. By believing you are making hard times feel better. Like the article says it will be hard at first, but as time passes it will all be worth the pain. There is no way to prevent every bad in the world, but we can prevent those hard times from affecting us. Choose to be happy, choose to be hopeful.
  • Monse Alvarez's Jan 13, 19:12 comment on Does smartphone technology affect us?
    Dear Ashley: I am deeply interested in your topic because our generation is growing up with a more advanced technology than other generations which is making us more dependent on it than ever before. Many of us are using more technology than being connected to materials like books or hand written letters, we are becoming more and more dependent on technology. Yes technology can be very useful, but as a generation and future role models we should not be overly obsessed with this growing technology and show that technology is not the reason why we are “smart”. One sentence that caught my attention was: “..smartphones are making us more wrapped up in ourselves and we have less knowledge of the world around us”. This really explains our generation because even on days that we just want to rest with our families or eat together as a family, phones are present as a distraction and becomes a barrier between our surroundings and ourselves. I think this is a strong topic and a hurtful topic to talk about and look forward to your future topics. Reading about this topic makes me realize that is it because we invest so much time with phones that our thoughts and actions are being influenced by those who are popular? Monse Alvarez
  • Madram ahmed's Jan 13, 19:10 comment on Why people are protesting and getting mad at the death of innocent Black people
    I think this was a great story and you explained everything it’s clear that black people are not being treated the same and as you can see an innocent black man was shot by the police man and nothing was done about it. The story was told to the whole community and yet there was nothing done to bring justice to the people and the innocent black man. They police officer was let free to go and they didn’t press no charges on him and they didn’t punish him for the crime he commited. This shows how the blacks are not taking serious as they should be and there was no justice brought to those innocent lives. I agree with you that this will lead the audiences feeling really mad because there was nothing done to the police officer and there was no justice brought for the innocent man. This could lead to man more violence and cops will be committed similar crimes because they were not punished for the evil crimes they committed. After all I enjoyed reading this and looking forward to read more 🙂 — Madram A
  • Heidi's Jan 13, 19:09 comment on Fitting In: Wonder
    I enjoyed reading your article because I have read the book and have seen the movie. I also agree that it was touching and sad at times throughout the book. One sentence that stood out for me was, “The tension rises on Halloween when Auggie is wearing the scream mask and he overhears Jack talking to a lot of popular kids saying that he would kill himself if he had to look like Auggie.” I think that once Auggie heard that from his friend Jack he felt betrayed because he was feeling like he had at least someone to hang out with. I also think that sentence can imply to everyone because when you find out your ‘friend’ has been talking about you behind your back it can feel like you have been lied to and can maybe develop trust issues. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to see what you write next.
  • Raniyah's Jan 13, 16:45 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    Thank you so much for reading my post! I appreciate your time, it really means a lot that you comment on this! I look forward to looking on your page! Patience is definitely key, sometimes you have to go through the worst things to have the best outcome!
  • Matthew's Jan 13, 06:19 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    I’m glad to have read your post. It’s nice to hear that you and your family are doing well as you guys have gone through your own obstacles. With how you guys seem to keep your heads up even through difficult times, things are surely to shape out better than before, especially with family. Something that stands out to me is: “I always knew it would take time and I would need to have patience during the process of seeing her in that horrible condition. So I waited and still had hope and courage.” I think the fact you knew you had to be patient to see what results would come is great. Patience requires hope, fact of the matter is, hope is practiced with patience. Hope exist because we need to know what will happen in the end, what result is to come, so we stay and keep going through the painful parts. That being said, I hope for the well-being of you and your family as time goes on. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what else you write.
  • Manuel's Jan 13, 06:02 comment on Miss working out? Follow these “ten” steps.
    Dear Seth I am glad to find your post, “Miss working out? Follow these “ten” steps.” because of the examples, you used about mental and physical health. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “It will pull your attention away from whatever you were stressed about which will give your mind a break and prevent you from being overwhelmed and add to your productivity.” I think this is very accurate and true because this is the main reason why I workout. School and the world could be very brutal and when I work out it helps me release my stress and I use that as fuel, it also helps me get my mind right and helps me set goals for the next day. Working out relieves stress and makes you feel mentally and physically great about yourself and keeps you on the right track. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you might give us other activities or tips on what we could do during a pandemic -Manuel Cruz
  • Yamile's Jan 12, 19:09 comment on What happens to children separated from their parents?
    Dear Amani: I am unhappy with the treatment and separation of the children in your writing, “What happens to children separated from their parents?.” It’s an everyday thing that happens at the borders and immigration facilities and it’s unjust. The treatment is horrible and no one does anything about it. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “Most of these kids aren’t being fed and most of these kids don’t even have a bed to sleep on and it’s hard enough for these kids because they don’t even have their family around them.” I think this is saddening and no one should have to go through these circumstances. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the topics should be brought up more often. – Yamile Beltran
  • Zhelanea's Jan 12, 18:26 comment on Lord of the Flies: The Realities of Having Power
    Dear Emmanuel, I too have read the book Lord of the Flies. I agree that Ralph lacked some serious leadership skills. It showed how he couldn’t bring everyone together to work. He was often demeaning to other characters such as Piggy. The line you wrote, “Jack’s response here deepens a reader’s sense of Ralph’s terrible leadership skills, and sparks a feeling of hatred and for a new change in who’s in order/ charge.” It shows how he actually ended much dividing the group. I also agreed with the traits of demanding, bossy, and stubborn that you described him as.
  • Selena's Jan 12, 18:24 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    I enjoyed your post so much! I can personally relate to this post and the many challenges you faced but always followed your heart. In my opinion, you can either follow what you think is best or follow the feeling in your heart that you think is right. You might think, why is this happening to me? what did I do to deserve this? but life teaches you life lessons/challenges that no matter how hard it gets, it will work, it will get better. My faith is a big part of my life to so I do agree that it makes you believe that the impossible CAN be possible.
  • Jennifer's Jan 12, 07:42 comment on Fighting Body Standards
    Dear Kelly and Ivy, I am so happy about your post, “Fighting Body Standards,” because body image is something everyone secretly looks into. This is so important to remind ourselves how we are amazing the way we are. Two sentences that really stood out to me is, “We are writing to you because you can change the set beauty standards and stop excluding different body types. By including different bodies, youth won’t feel like their bodies are not accepted.” I think this is so important to uplift because so many people who desire the beauty that society has set for us just doesn’t always come out the way they hope can lead to mental illnesses or physical illness. Thank you for writing this. I look forward to seeing what you write next because focusing on the problems that need to be fixed has to be uplifted as much as possible. I totally agree with what you uphold for more positivity in the world. -Jennifer Mendoza
  • Dominique's Jan 12, 05:33 comment on Why I always go with my heart
    I love this! I agree that if you are hopeful about something the outcome will be great! I believe this has a part to do with manifestation, if you hope for something so much it is bound to happen. Hope and courage come a long way in bad situations so it is always good to carry them in your heart.
  • Jennifer's Jan 12, 04:11 comment on Open Your Eyes
    Dear Flynn, I am so intrigued by your poem, “Open Your Eyes” because of your point of view to talk about these serious topics. I like how you help people think about what going on in this world. One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me is, “Open your eyes and see the eight countries where children are forced to serve as child soldiers.” I think this sentence is so powerful because many people don’t know how there are still so many children struggling in the world. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because helping people understand that not everything in the world is okay is important for them to analyze it in a different perspective.
  • Yaslin's Jan 12, 03:58 comment on What would you choose?- Wealth VS. Happiness
    Dear Hanna, I really am amazed by the topic you chose to discuss about, it’s such a great question that truly makes you think twice. I especially liked how to gave information on both sides of the argument along with listing major points to it. A couple sentences that caught my eye was “A lot of people want to choose happiness when it comes to the point where they need to find a job or future career. If your interest is in a field of study that can lead you to wealth then perfect, but if not you might struggle with financial problems with the job that you chose because you like it.” This came to my attention because I have thought about that before, either choosing a career I would truly enjoy or being unhappy with a career I dislike but yet get good pay. I appreciate your writing, and hope to read more of it! It’s a topic everybody thinks about at some point in their life and is important. Yaslin Loera
  • Ashley Renteria's Jan 11, 17:30 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Dear Alvaro I completely agree with your post ” The Mental Health Epidemic,” because social media has had an effect on my mental health too. I agree that social media creates a distorted reality. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ” Our society needs to change its perspective on mental health.” I think this is true because social media creates a fake reality that makes people think that’s how they should be. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this isn’t often talked about when it should be. I could relate to these types of important topics that will gladly have me back on your posts.
  • Wendy's Jan 11, 17:11 comment on Why people are protesting and getting mad at the death of innocent Black people
    I liked your summary of Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give”. I have also read this book and it really gave insight into the emotions and oppression that black people face. One sentence that stood out to me was “The tension rises when there’s a trial for the officer that killed him and he pleaded not guilty and that people were so mad.” This sentence stood out to me because I agree with you that because he is an officer he would get away with killing an innocent black man if he pleads guilty. It goes to show that black people have endured oppression through the legal system and in many other ways to the point where they do not get the justice they deserve. Thank you for writing about this and I look forward to reading more of your writing. – Wendy
  • Alexis's Jan 11, 17:08 comment on Should High School Sports Be Canceled Because of COVID-19?
    Dear cristian, I agree with you 100 percent on either they should cancel sports or not for 20-21. And they shouldnt because for us seniors we always talked about playing our last football game or soccer game and being able to ball out and make the best out of it. one thing that i very liked was when you said that sports makes you the person who you are, and also when you talked about how sports makes you be very actived and keeps you healthy and thats a reason why us students are still in school honestly because of the sports and keeps us away from bad behavior. For some studetns is was there last year to make it to go pro and make there dreams come true. like he said high school sports only last 4 years and us seniors this is it. thank you cristian for writing this.
  • Morgan's Jan 11, 17:05 comment on BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem
    Dear Liliana I like this topic a lot and how you explained things were great. Yes this BLM movement was here back in 2016 and shut down not until 2020 with Gorge Floyd. In this situation, with Gorge Floyd, I liked about because you said that he was killed on the street by police and that’s when America opened their eyes and started to spread awareness around the whole world. I also like how you mention that sports were in this movement such as the NBA. The NBA started by kneeling before a game to show that this is very important and also by putting words love, equality, etc on the back of their jerseys. I like how you mentioned that this was a global thing not just America like Europe was also participating in the BLM movement. I really enjoyed reading this topic great job.
  • Cindy's Jan 11, 17:00 comment on The Fault in Our Stars: Living Life
    I have read this book and also seen the movie so I completely understand what you are trying to say and I agree, Hazel is a very cautious person and she does not want anyone to feel sorry for her in any way. I agree with the three characteristics you identified her as because throughout the whole movie and book she identifies herself as scared, cautious and courageous. Thank You … Cindy Reynosa
  • Gabriel g's Jan 11, 16:53 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    This is a great amount of girls and we must find a way to stop this. Empathy is a great way to connect to others and I will try to myself as well. I hope that soon this situation will be over and that people are more understanding of each other even after COVID-19 ends. This has given me something of great significance to think about. In these times everyone is looking to make sure they and their families are going to be ok but this element of making sure those around you in your community are ok seems just as important now.
  • Mayra Nava's Jan 11, 16:53 comment on Child Separation
    I agree that child seperation is a serious issue that can affect children in the future and especially being how young they are they need a supportive environment so that they know they have someone to rely on. Family plays a great factors in a child’s life and that is something that every child needs .
  • Tasneem's Jan 8, 18:46 comment on I can tell that Baldwin likes to describe his words very clear so that they wouldn’t ask for elaboration
    Baldwin is very good at explains what he is writing, it’s almost like hes giving you a vision of seeing this by only hearing or reading the words . For instance he wrote , .His tongue, his teeth on my breasts, hurt. I wanted to throw him off, I held him tighter and still he moved and moved and moved.” As you can see/read he doesnt have to elaborate any more.
  • Mbathio's Jan 8, 18:45 comment on Summary
    This is meaningful because what wold James Baldwin say today? So much had happened especially with the terrorist attack that happened at the capital building.
  • Steven's Jan 8, 18:44 comment on People see things in different perspective
    i picked this comment because it tells you that every one has a different perspective. it talks about how people see things.
  • Tasneem's Jan 8, 18:43 comment on I kinda disagree because I feel like it’s doesn’t matter if you are the youngest or the oldest because if your are ready to get married and you want to then you should
    This comment is meaningful because some students were saying that Tish is too young but if you realize Tish is 19 and almost an adult. Additionally EMMANUEL also agreed and comment “you shouldn’t depend on the older sibling to get married first for you to get married because at that point your just wasting your time”.
  • Nicolle's Jan 8, 18:42 comment on I really love how supportive her mother is with telling her to focus on her child and how they will do everything about all the things going on, because that child has to be her first priority now.
    Tish was worried about what to say to her mother and now she didn’t have to be knowing that her mother is going to support her all the way. And its very heart warming knowing this because she needs it at a time like that with the whole Fonny being arrested situation.
  • Mbathio's Jan 8, 18:40 comment on *People of color* not colored people that’s outdated
    I wish people would stop saying “colored” in reference to black people because it’s really outdated now.
  • Mbathio's Jan 8, 18:39 comment on Summary
    This is a deep reflection on their character and can be related to how the Louisville officer sued Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend for “emotional distress”. On top of his white privilege coming into play in the courthouse, he chooses to sue the person that he hurt the most in his actions that day because of his apparent “emotional distress”. They’re grounded by money and can’t look past the privilege they have been so blessed to be born with.
  • Tasneem's Jan 8, 18:37 comment on I’m trying to figure out if he was sarcastic or was he serious or was he being rude
    This stood out to me because the way fonny said “ “Want to get married,” confused me and I’m pretty sure others might think the same way as i did. I was also wondering if Tish understood what he was trying to say. However both Tish’s mother and father agreed to let Tish marry Fonny so maybe he wasn’t scaractic and rude the whole time, because we all know that he truly loves her
  • Nicolle's Jan 8, 18:37 comment on For being a religious women Mrs. Hunt isn't wat you call holy or a saint because she isn't as good as a mother she may think she is. its disgusting how she thinks that she is raising them the right way.
    The amount of hypocrisy shown by Mrs. Hunt is unbelievable for someone who is really religious the actions shown by her says otherwise.
  • Steven's Jan 8, 18:36 comment on fonny is a good person
    Fonny is a character who is caring. he helps over and over again every time. he is becoming an even much better person.
  • Heather's Jan 8, 18:35 comment on Yes it is, They also have a website
    This comment is also meaningful to me since it was one of the times where I went outside of the website to find more research. I got to get more knowledge that wasn’t part of the book. It was also nice how the article had comments enabled so I could be able to see others thoughts and ideas on the letter.
  • Luisa's Jan 8, 18:35 comment on opinion/feeling/reaction (purple)
    I picked this comment because it kinda sad how people don’t treat people with respect and how it can affect somebody.
  • Steven's Jan 8, 18:35 comment on ask to marry
    Mr.Hunt really wanted to marry her. It shows true love for him and the girl. he would do anything for her.
  • Douglas's Jan 8, 18:34 comment on they are all supporting tish and it is really nice. This could show a theme that is love
    Love is something that everyone should get and this moment is pretty nice.
  • Douglas's Jan 8, 18:33 comment on I think that the father could of done something like get toys or be with the other sister more and that probably made tish think the father loved the other sister more
    I feel like this is like something that happens in real life like some people would feel their parents like their siblings more but the fact is every parents likes their child
  • Nicolle's Jan 8, 18:32 comment on Seeing things, sad, or happy can affect where you are later on in the future. the littlest things can impact how things look like in the future.
    In life your going to go through times where you see something that affects you or go through sad moments as well as happy ones. And no matter what you go through it affects you as a person mentally whether in a positive or negative way. But its your choice to let it scar you forever and just give up or use that experience as a learning one.
  • Steven's Jan 8, 18:32 comment on the mother was furious
    Tish’s mother was a big part in her life for some reason she didn’t care for her, she didn’t really focus on her too much.
  • Heather's Jan 8, 18:31 comment on James Baldwin is trying to write this letter in a way that his nephew could understand. Which could be why he had to rewrite this letter 5 times
    This comment is meaningful to me since it was the first Now Comment that I made. It was also gonna be the start of a new experience n the website. I feel that could still agree with myself then since it was how I felt.
  • Steven's Jan 8, 18:29 comment on not afraid
    I picked this statement because it shows more about Tish. it describes her as a character who isn’t afraid.
  • Luisa's Jan 8, 18:29 comment on Why do people always have to criticize other people religion or be mad for someone believing in another belief.
    I picked this comment to be bookmarked because I want to know why people care so much about people believing different things.
  • Mbathio's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on This means when kids would drop out and start working overtime he started to notice what it did. They were lowlifes and a valid reason was the white man that would oppress them.
    I feel like this connects with the “eat the rich” movement. There are billionaires but then there are people starving or living check by check? There are kids who should be in school but have to drop out and work because they need to help sustain their family.
  • Nicolle's Jan 8, 18:28 comment on the justice system was very messed up and it still is messed up and it should change, innocent lives being locked up, dying, while the guilty lives are living freely. I don't see anything right about that.
    This is meaningful to me as well as others because even today you see how wrong the justice system is and how much it has to change. We see all these injustices happen when on social media and it isn’t right how the ones at fault are walking around free. They aren’t giving justice to the victim or the one accused for the crime.
  • Douglas's Jan 8, 18:27 comment on honestly i think that they deserve this type of treatment becasue they are being so rude to their own family and rude towards tishs baby.
    I just think that the mother of fonny deserves it becasue she was being so annoying
  • Tasneem's Jan 8, 18:26 comment on Yeah, but if his daughter is pregnant already then there shouldn’t be a problem getting married
    This comment was important to me because some people think that they shouldn’t get married because they are to young , yet Tish is about to have a baby , so it doesnt make it much of a differenc.
  • Mbathio's Jan 8, 18:26 comment on If you’re just negative toward the only people that will be there for you at the end of the day all that you’re doing is costing yourself ways out of an unfortunate situation so it’s good that Baldwin is letting his nephew know that
    Another way to say this is that if you dismiss or ghost the people who care about you it’ll affect you in the long run or whenever you’d need them later.
  • Douglas's Jan 8, 18:18 comment on the author is saying that theres really no reason to have to change how he is
    i chose this comment because i think this is a very important message becuase it means to be true to yourself
  • Mbathio's Jan 8, 18:15 comment on The relationship between Frank and his wife seems really unhealthy. There’s bound to be a separation between them though because Mrs. Hunt has a strong belief in Jesus and Frank doesn’t. That’s a major reason why they seem so divided.
    Even though there’s an emotional and faith separation between Fonnys parents, they vowed (i’m assuming) to be with each other through the good and bad. Vows were very important and was like an oath when you got married so because of this, that’s why I feel like they haven’t gotten a divorce yet and it has taken an effect on both of them.
  • Sawyer's Jan 8, 04:59 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    Societal norms that are pushed upon people are always going to be unrealistic and unobtainable. I really do not know why, despite being so seemingly widely understood, it still persists to be the case. Young women are constantly battling against the pressure of their surroundings. All of this and I haven’t even touched on the fact that they have to battle for their reproductive rights as if it is ok for some law to control what they can or can’t do with their own body. I truly loved your take on all of these issues.
  • Lilly's Jan 7, 17:42 comment on A Young Black Man Was Choked By Police at a Waffle House After Prom — A Cell Phone Video Captured What Happened.
    I think your ending comments about the ways in which hatred is so ingrained into American institutions, especially governmental ones like the police, are incredibly powerful. I think recently, with the incidents occurring at our nation’s Capitol this notion of “ingrained hatred” has been solidified, and brought to the public eye in an undeniable way. Conversations about this topic are particularly important in America as our government was founded on the basis of equality, but it is obvious this priority has not been upheld.
  • Jenna's Jan 6, 21:31 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    Hi Katie! Your writing perfectly describes the effect of social media. I think that so many young kids don’t realize the things social media subconsciously affects. I think that what’s worse than teens being on social media is children being on social media. Social media has so many different things on it that are in no way good for children to be seeing. When kids go on social media they are going to see influences like Kylie Jenner and others that are going to affect what they think of themselves. If we let kids go on social media earlier than we did they are going to because unhappy with their appearance at a much younger age that most kids. I think that there are so many people addicted to social media that don’t realize they are addicted which is extremely dangerous.
  • Jenna's Jan 6, 21:16 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Hi Ariana! I really liked your writing and way of stating we should have stricter gun laws. I also agree that we need to have stricter gun laws. I think that if they made the age higher it would help. I also think that if we had people take a psychological evaluation or test to see if there mental health is in the right place would also help in order to stop having guns get into the hands of mentally ill people. I think if we lived in a perfect world were there were no bad people there would simply not be a need for people to feel like they need a gun, but since we don’t live in a perfect world I can understand why people would want to protect themselves.
  • Raj's Jan 6, 19:35 comment on Response to “Which is a better alternative: Online School vs. Traditional School?”
    Hi April, I totally agree with your argument, as many others have, of online school not being for everyone. I believe that online schooling most negatively impacts students with special needs. Additionally, many regular students and staff were initially very disorganized. By the next academic year, most schools made an effective online plan for their students, which was good. Personally, I like in-person school sheerly because of social interactions with other students and teachers. Doing science classes that require lab understanding online is a massive pain. Online school is also very secluded, making it very compromising for those who need social interaction to maintain their mental wellbeing. Overall, most everyone will have to do online school to stay safe from the coronavirus. After the vaccine is effectively rolled out, many of us students get go back to in-person schooling!
  • Annie's Jan 6, 16:06 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Ariana, I really enjoyed your writing and think this is a great topic to bring more light to. I agree that background checks should be something that is required when buying a gun. Raising prices and taxes don’t seem to be protecting anyone just making guns harder for some people to purchase. You were right in saying that this is a very touchy subject because people views on this issue can be so different. I believe that no matter what if someone wants to own a gun they will find a way. Stricter gun laws are ideal in keeping people safe but I don’t believe that will fix the problem.
  • Annie's Jan 6, 15:56 comment on Teen Vaping
    Maggie, I enjoyed your post and thought you brought up some great points. There is no denying that vaping has worsened the health of many teens. By the company Juul advertising themself with a slogan like “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes.” I feel as if they aren’t directly targeting teens. There are many adults who struggle with cigarette use and vaping has helped them. As for flavors, I believe anyone regardless of age could enjoy different flavors. I think the main problem is how easily accessible it is for minors to get these e-cigs and how it has become a social norm.
  • Conner's Jan 6, 15:09 comment on Fitting In: Wonder
    I really enjoyed reading your piece as much as I did reading the book. This has got to be on my top 3 books I have ready while in school. What I felt was unique about it was how they took almost a mediocre message and took it to the moon. You should never judge someone based on what they look like cause we as humans can only control what we look like so much. Every human is human no matter what they are we all are the same, we are one.
  • Conner Richardson's Jan 6, 14:46 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    I am really happy to see someone else besides myself talk about how much empathy could help a single person. No one checks up on me and when someone does it feels amazing knowing someone is actually worried about me instead of just living in sadness.
  • Gallagher's Jan 6, 14:28 comment on Teen Vaping
    This is interesting although I know that inhaling anything in your lungs is bad for you when you consider the alternative this is the better option. The best would be no nicotine at all. The most common thing you’ll hear is that cigarette use almost all but wiped out and then vaping came and got a new generation addicted. However I argue that the reason cigarette use is down is because of vaping. People are always going gravitate to things that make them feel good. I think the best solution is not to ban a product but work with companies to make it safer. Harm reduction over oppression.
  • Gallagher's Jan 6, 14:18 comment on The Titan’s Curse
    Interesting I remember reading these books when I was younger. Personally I liked the red pyramid series better (also by Riordan). What was your favorite book by Riordan?
  • Arsalan's Jan 6, 13:46 comment on Teen Vaping
    Teens vaping is a big problem and is becoming more and more popular. This is an issue that needs awareness so that it can be handled and this article helps bring awareness to the situation and how bad it really is.
  • Arsalan's Jan 6, 13:43 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    Opioid addiction is a very important topic that needs to be talked about. This is a very big problem in our country and needs to be solved.
  • Victor's Jan 6, 13:29 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    I’m glad someone can say something about gun law. People are quick to say no to it. Its very informative so thank you for sharing.
  • George's Jan 6, 13:28 comment on Child Separation
    One thing that has come to my attention lately is the growing numbers of child kidnaping during 2020. The black market that sells children is increasingly becoming more and more wealthy, and I find that really disturbing. I also find it cruel that the kidnapped child can’t even speak in their native language anymore.
  • George's Jan 6, 13:25 comment on Struggles of Indigenous Women
    This is quite the shocking article. I had no clue so many indigenous women were being brutalized. It is disgusting to see people being beaten and killed for no reason. I agree with you in the fact that this isn’t really getting any main stream attention. No one knows about this issue, and I think we should do a better job of this.
  • Tanish's Jan 6, 13:25 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    This article was a great piece at explaining how to help with global warming and the Australian bush fires. Isa did a really good job at explaining in detail what happened and solutions that can help us change. Overall this piece was great.
  • Victor's Jan 6, 13:22 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    I am actually super happy to see that someone has touched base on a topic like this. Id say many people don’t realize that being empathetic can help people. Many people aren;’t as empathetic as they could be. Love the post and great job thank you for sharing.
  • Tanish's Jan 6, 13:20 comment on Coronavirus will change the World
    The Corona virus did permanently change the world, but I do not think that it will last much longer. People’s reactions to the regulations and virus were originally in fear, but it turned from a fear into more of a nuisance, which could potentially be dangerous for people. I think Matthew is right when describing the corona virus and how it made people feel in the beginning, but after almost a year of it I do not think the mentality he speaks of exists.
  • Owen Zimmerman's Jan 6, 13:09 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    I found this article interesting because of the comparisons of diseases and also the science behind stopping at least one major one, being the flu. I think it would hugely improve life and the health and science field to be able to make vaccines that protect against changing diseases. Technology and our knowledge continue to improve and it will be very interesting to see how fast and how far we can get.
  • Owen Zimmerman's Jan 6, 13:05 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    This article did a great job at explaining details of the bush fires and how to focus on climate change in general. I think the most important part of improving climate change is convincing the people that it is a necessary problem with an obvious solution. This requires that we actually know in detail what climate change is doing exactly to us, and what is the best possible plan to stop it.
  • Fiona's Jan 6, 06:15 comment on Words in Sound and Shape
    Hi Hannah, nice analysis of language and communication. I also think I commented on one of your other posts (cool). In reference to how you said that language helps us understand the people before us, I read a Stephen King thing that called writing telepathy. Here I am, writing this comment at like 1 AM, and you might be reading it days later. He said to imagine a table with a red tablecloth and a cage with a rabbit on it, and there you go, now I sent you a table and rabbit from the past. I thought that was cool. I also thought it was interesting how writing provides an outlet for thoughts where criticisms from other people aren’t a pressing concern. Referencing Rohit’s comment over there, I speak a little Mandarin, and if I were ever to write a note that expressed something important, it would be much less nerve wracking to do it in Mandarin, even if the recipient was fluent. Something about kind of knowing another language makes me feel like it’s less real, which is interesting.
  • Fiona's Jan 6, 06:00 comment on You, Yourself, and Your Being
    Hi Hannah, interesting explanation of Freud’s personality theory! This reminds me of the old “nature vs. nurture” debate and which one affects personality the most. The “id” seems like the nature side, and the super ego and ego fall more on the nurture side. I suppose desire to fit in and meet social standards could be nature as well. Basically, it seems like all these labels for parts of our being are intertwined and hard to identify in reality. It’s also interesting that personality is a mix of the id and superego, moderated by the ego, suggesting that it’s different parts nature and nurture.
  • Jackson's Jan 6, 05:57 comment on A Young Black Man Was Choked By Police at a Waffle House After Prom — A Cell Phone Video Captured What Happened.
    I feel disgusted that even in 2020 the American people have to fear for their lives when encountering those who are sworn to protect them.
  • Jackson's Jan 6, 05:54 comment on Is the Green New Deal a reasonable solution to large scale problems?
    I think that the green new deal will create an enormous amount of jobs while also improving our infrastructure and reduce the human effects of climate change.
  • Elizabeth's Jan 6, 05:49 comment on Social Distancing Now
    At the beginning I believed that we could all social distance, and wear masks if we needed to go anywhere, if it meant we could all be back to pretty much normal in a couple weeks. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Who could have guessed social distancing would be so hard. It hasn’t gotten any easier, despite it being nine months since it all started. Social distancing is still so important, even though we are back to sports and school (at least in Utah) corona is still spreading. We just got back from break and already there are so many cases around me. I wonder if they wished they would have social distanced a little more…
  • Griffin's Jan 6, 05:14 comment on Coronavirus will change the World
    This is an interesting article to reflect on now that we are over one year into covid-19 globally. It is crazy to reminisce on how we thought it would be over so quickly and how it wouldn’t affect our lives too much. Mathew says that fear will stay with us constantly but see, this is already not the case and we are still amidst the pandemic. As the number of deaths and cases increased the fear decreased. This is dangerous. People became bored and did not believe it to be as terrifying since they had already lost so much. It is important to wear masks and keep apart but this has also been fading for some time as well. People are tired and they miss interaction too.
  • Griffin's Jan 6, 05:04 comment on Should we wear face masks?
    People have yet to realize the severity of the virus; until recently it was untreatable and deadly at high rates to the elderly population. No one is on the same page in the United States, unlike places such as Japan where the majority of people never left work and the infected rates stayed low. This is due to people wearing masks and distancing. I believe a large issue is a founding principle of America, which is to stand up for what you believe and this is usually a good thing until you are going against science and the rest of the world. People need to take this more seriously and wear a mask for themselves and others.
  • James's Jan 6, 05:03 comment on China Goes Back To School
    Hello Alondra, I do find it quite absurd that China is returning to normalcy, despite being the origin of a virus that has ravaged the rest of the world. While I do think China isn’t telling the full story, it’s important to understand that many Chinese people wear masks and were able o go into lockdowns due to the fact that the people have very little rights, liberties, and freedoms. Research conducted by Michigan State University(My home state) actually found out that in-person classes don’t hurt the community. https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/12/in-person-classes-dont-contribute-to-community-spread-of-covid-19-report-shows.html
  • Kenia's Jan 6, 04:56 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    This is an issue in America where opioid usage has came to a point of it being crisis is ridiculous. This brings me to the point of what is so wrong with cannabis? Compared to the number of overdoses and deaths that PRESCRIBED pills are doing and the number of deaths cannabis has come up with, its 0-millions. These drugs are not only legal, they are given to us by doctors. They are given to us for pain, that is all to most surgeries, most er visits, and if you look up what opioids prescribed for it tells us coughing and diarrhea. After reading how many prescriptions are given it has come to a sketchy number, the only thing that is good is the awareness of what is going on and how wrong it is
  • Anvita's Jan 6, 04:45 comment on Social Media and Social Change
    Hey Maia, I agree with your writing as it is true that social media may not necessarily be bad. It helps us be more aware of the issues happening in our society and we can contribute our thoughts and opinions through social media. In fact, this article was written through social media which shows that it can also help educate others and provide beneficial knowledge. Everyone currently uses social media in one form or the other and I think it is important to know the benefits of it as explained in the article. Thank you for your writing!
  • Seoah's Jan 6, 04:37 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    Hey Sophia! Reading your article made me realize just how far things have come between now and the time of the first corona outbreak. We never thought that the situation would become such a world emergency. Like the “seasonal illness” you mentioned, I distinctly remember the phrase “It’s just like the flu,” being passed around during the initial phases of the pandemic. It’s really interesting to see how our view of the virus has changed since the beginning of 2020.
  • Anvita's Jan 6, 04:35 comment on Tech Companies And Americans Distrust of Them
    I agree with you. Apart from tech companies spying on us, I have also heard about these companies also sell our information. And yes, it is those companies that we trust the most that invade our privacy and trust by spying on us. It is crazy that we see information about ourselves when we search our names up. I think that the internet is becoming less private day by day. Thank you for your writing, I enjoyed reading it.
  • James's Jan 6, 04:24 comment on Could the Electoral College Be Reformed?
    Hello Oliver, If you’re interested in learning some Electoral college reforms, check out the Election of 1876. I strongly believe that the electoral college can be reformed. I mean, how the Union went about Emancipating the slaves was highly illegal but was morally right in the end, as well as the restricting of certain rights in liberties during this pandemic such as gatherings. So in the end, the hard truth is not there is nothing truly stopping something from being changed in the American system of government. However, the bigger question isn’t could the Electoral College be reformed/ abolished, rather SHOULD it? In order to fully understand the problem, which is that the electoral college mostly stayed around in order to advance the political power of slave states. Legislation, such as the 3/5 Compromise aimed to give southern states more electoral votes. The biggest problem, well at least for me, is that it inadvertently disenfranchises voters. Take for instance California, which is overwhelmingly democrat and a blue state. If you were to vote any other way, your vote would be rendered useless under the Electoral College, as that states’ electoral votes would simply go to a democrat candidate. However, with a popular vote, your vote in a one-party state would have some value.
  • Holly's Jan 6, 04:20 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Madison, I think you’ve made a really good point because school isn’t about learning anymore it revolves around passing. I feel that now my entire life revolves around my grades on whether I’m passing or not like I cant do extracurriculars unless you have at least this grade, you can’t go to college if you don’t have good grades, or even I can’t have my phone unless my grades are good. I just want this revolving door of passing and the stress that comes with it to stop so I can take a breather and actually learn something without wondering how bad my grade would be if I didn’t understand it. I hope that soon they figure a way to stop the revolving door and figure out a new way to let you learn without worrying if you are passing or not.
  • Seoah's Jan 6, 04:08 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Hey Madison, the points you made about the problems with our education system today are great! The comment you made about grades being the “end all be all” especially caught my attention. I find that many teenagers today are made to believe that getting good grades is the only way to achieving a successful life. Being a student myself, I can relate personally to the situation. The situation feels even more depressing now, with many schools going virtual as a result of quarantine. Motivation is at an all time low but the due dates and assignments never stop coming, and the pressure to maintain a good grade seems heavier than ever.
  • Holly's Jan 6, 04:06 comment on Desperate for Change
    I think there are some major issues regarding racial injustice like you were saying and they most definitely do need to change no matter how hard it is or how long it takes. Our country needs to change because innocent people shouldn’t be losing their lives because they are a different race and people of color should be treated as equals not lesser individuals because they are people to just because they had a different color of skin doesn’t mean they are any different than a white person.
  • Anna Slater's Jan 6, 03:59 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    I completely agree with your point that school is no longer about learning it is about passing. The tests we are given are supposed to test us on what we do and do not know. But now it is about what did and what I didn’t memorize. Think you make your argument stronger by including how the education system treats you and what you have experienced from it. One thing I would’ve liked to see in your article was, that not only is the education system just about memorizing. It is also about cheating, especially in this new virtual learning environment. You could have explored how the schools should deal with passing classes, memorizing for tests, and cheating on more things, all while learning virtually. But overall, I thought your points and reasonings were strong.
  • Grady's Jan 6, 03:51 comment on My American Values
    I agree that these three ideals are the best example of American values.
  • Grady's Jan 6, 03:48 comment on Individualism as an American Value
    I agree that America’s obsession with individualism is a large part of why the American experiment is failing. There is too much focus on being different that people can not be content with themself socially, economically, or mentally.
  • Anna Slater's Jan 6, 03:36 comment on Social Distancing Now
    You know social distancing became a new phrase to me in 2020. I believe that you perfectly explained what it is and how to accomplish it. In the second paragraph, you quoted someone who said that social distancing would be a key factor over the next few days and weeks. I think that that is crazy because here we are 9 months later in a different year and we are still socially distancing. I believe that most of the world believed that it would just pass and COVID-19 would go away in two weeks. I think you did an amazing job of explaining what social distancing is, even back in March. The beginning of one of the worst years for a lot of people.
  • Eric's Jan 6, 03:16 comment on America’s problem with wealth
    Hi Max, great post. I agree that these are some great ideas by the Senator, but I think the issue will become that that money will come from increased taxes. This should work, in theory, as the wealthy could take the brunt of the tax hit leaving the less well-off with more federal subsidies than they paid in taxes. The problem is, as we have seen time and time again with the rich, is that they are able to pay for these successful lobbying efforts, crafty accountants, and corrupt politicians than others, so they are left with startlingly low taxes. Just look at Trump’s recent Federal tax filing scandal as leaked by the New York Times, he paid less than many middle-class families in Taxes, even though he lives a much more lavish lifestyle.
  • Eric's Jan 6, 03:09 comment on Why Education Fails
    Hi Nico, I completely agree that our current education system leaves us grossly ill-prepared for life outside of high school and college. I still have no clue how to do taxes, and I am about to graduate.
  • Annabella Joy's Jan 6, 03:02 comment on Teen Vaping
    We can all agree that vaping is worsening teens health across the country. The problem isn’t the flavors, supposedly targeted towards teens, the issue is with how easily accessible they have become and how new they are. In the past decade vaping has become more and more common for young people and it seems to only be growing. As of now, there aren’t enough studies to show the long term affects of vaping, especially in developing bodies. Until we can have a deeper understanding of what we are really doing to our bodies, we’ll have a rough time trying to curb illegal sales of e cigs.
  • Annabella Joy's Jan 6, 02:55 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    I really enjoyed this piece. I agree that it is very important to bring awareness to the climate crisis and stay updated on environmental issues. I really appreciated how you made this a personal story, stating that you will be dealing with these issues for the rest of your life. More people need to be considering this and making it a priority to do as much as they can to help the planet heal.
  • Graham's Jan 6, 02:44 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Victor, I agree with your post on “High School Stress” because it is occurs to practically every student. Learning new ways to cope with stress during finals, tests, or whatever else it might be is very important. Having stress affect our performance is the last thing a student needs during a big week of finals, so using these ways to help manage your stress is extremely important.
  • Graham's Jan 6, 02:39 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro, I completely agree with what you had to say. Social media is extremely detrimental to the health of teens and you can see it everywhere. Even on sites like TikTok you will see teens posting about how sad they are or how they wished they looked like someone. Im glad someone else notices how social media negatively influences not only our generation, but the generations below us who are growing up with this at such a young age.
  • Grace's Jan 6, 02:10 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Cynthia, I agree with your view on this topic. Driverless cars would definitely be nice to have, they can for sure help people in many ways. But on the other end it could also be a bad idea. We never know how machines are gonna act or when they could break or malfunction. It’s to say with side I like more the good or the bad. In my opinion I think driverless cars could save lives and prevent less crashes, but at any moment something could go wrong.
  • Owen's Jan 6, 02:05 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    I feel the exact same way. I really appreciate you giving ways that I can be empathetic and help others in such trying times.
  • Owen's Jan 6, 02:02 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    I completely agree that scores are valued higher than actual learning. Students feel a lot of pressure to score well in classes and on exams. Many students study as a way to memorize material for an assessment, and not for actually learning it. Grades initially were about incentive for students to learn material, but it has gone to far greater lengths than that. I’d like to see what kind of alternatives could be put into place, instead of the current grading system
  • Grace's Jan 6, 01:58 comment on The Fault in Our Stars: Living Life
    I really enjoyed reading this piece. I myself have seen this movie and read the book may time. I agree with everything you have written. I really liked how you included the quotes and how you said she was cautious, scared, and courageous.
  • Shikha's Jan 6, 01:54 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    Hi Sephora! I agree that at sixteen, many, especially in this time and age, are introduced to many political, social, and economic issues throughout the world, whether it be through social media, people in the community, or school. In addition, there are only two years between sixteen and eighteen, and they are all school years. Some may enter college, but it would still be too early to make a difference. Whether sixteen or eighteen, kids are still in school or in the same environment for the most time and there doesn’t seem to be a major change for many people during that time period in their lives to make a difference in judgement.
  • Shikha's Jan 6, 01:43 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Hi Madison! This post raises the fundamental issue that many students in the education system can relate to but are compelled to ignore because of pressure and the standards of the people around them who want them to succeed, the irony. Some students may enjoy learning about the sciences or literature, but many others go into programming, the arts, physics, and more that are not focused subjects in school. It is important to have the opportunities to learn, but how many people do you know from high school who ended up having fun in a profession that they were pressured to go into? Society has changed from what it was before. More people believe there is less to discover and more to build, so now society forces children from the youngest age to accept the concepts of competition and being the best because that is what people believe will equal success. A quote from a very unique movie: “Reach for excellence, and success will come running after you.” Here’s the problem: this concept of competition and needing other people to accept what you want to do with your future creates people who live with regrets. Success through competition has become the main teaching of this century. If someone had a passion to go into art and were told they wouldn’t make enough money and wouldn’t be successful, they went into a statistically “successful” job and made enough money, but they always lived with their regret. In other cases, they never even found out what their passion was because they were too busy trying to live up to the standards of success around them and never found out what they really wanted to do. This concept has created the dilemma many students have today: What am I going to do with my future in college and will it be enough to succeed? Having good grades isn’t a crime or a bad thing, but doing it with a lot of stress and genuinely no interest for someone else to accept it is something that society should cease to promote.
  • Sienna's Jan 6, 01:33 comment on Movie popcorn at home?
    It is crazy how many things are impacted. I mean who would have thought, popcorn! I think that even after everything ends with the virus, people are seeing that they don’t need to go to the movie theater and they can get all the snacks they would get there else were for much cheaper and enjoy them in the comfort of their own home. With the rising numbers of Americans with very large flatscreen TV’s and surround sound, it seems like movie theaters aren’t going to be as popular as they were before.
  • Rohit's Jan 6, 01:28 comment on Words in Sound and Shape
    As a bilingual teen, I have started to notice that at home, I speak both languages in a different manners. In english, I notice that I sound high-pitched and more mono-tone. However, in marathi, the language I speak at home, I notice the tone of my voice is very varied, and that I tend to speak sort of happier.
  • Sasha's Jan 6, 01:26 comment on Plant Based Diets and Saving Our Planet
    It’s really interesting (and slightly depressing) how much the manufacturing of animal products contributes to global warming. When most people think about carbon emissions, their mind goes straight to fossil fuels and fracking, for example, when in reality food production is as much a contributor. The idea of a state wide mandated ‘meatless’ day is a really good idea and I’m sure it would make people think more about what they’re consuming and how it impacts not only their personal health, but our planet and the environment.
  • Levi's Jan 6, 01:20 comment on Could there be a cure soon?
    Hey Diana, I like how you included how this whole situation is worse than just staying inside though you did include the fact that we haven’t had any human interaction, but also how small businesses have to close down, Hopefully we get a vaccine and distributed properly in 2021.
  • Sasha's Jan 6, 01:16 comment on Struggles of Indigenous Women
    This is such an alarming issue, and it’s almost made worse by the fact that this is the first time I’ve heard about it and it’s been going on for some time. I wonder why indigenous women are more likely to be targeted? Also if some of theses women are living on reservations, how does the local government play a part? Is this just happening in North America (Canada), or is it wide spread throughout the whole world? I think Jade brung up a good point about how much more attention this would be getting if the main targeted victims were white males, for example.
  • Sienna's Jan 6, 01:15 comment on Is Christmas Too Commercialized?
    The meaning of Christmas has changed over the years. Aside from the religious aspect, this Holiday has moved away from the joys of bringing families together to how many presents are under the tree. Now I’m not saying I don’t love getting gifts, but I feel like we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas has turned into a way for companies to make a bunch of money selling gifts and Christmas themed goodies. And it is sad to see people worrying if their gift was expensive enough or cool enough for the person they bought it for. I really liked that you addressed this topic because even though it is not spoken about often I believe it is a common thought that has most likely crossed many of our minds especially in the “older generations”.
  • Nathaniel's Jan 6, 01:08 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    Although this seems like an issue that has been going on for some time, is it possible that the higher rates of substance abuse could also be due in part not only in other conditions, but also these somewhat depressing times. Nonetheless I hope more can be done to help minimize the negative effects that come from substance abuse in these communities.
  • Nathaniel's Jan 6, 01:02 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    This has given me something of great significance to think about. In these times everyone is looking to make sure they and their families are going to be ok but this element of making sure those around you in your community are ok seems just as important now. It’s sad to see so many people going to darker places during these times.
  • Rohit's Jan 6, 00:56 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    I agree with this post. As a teenager, I can confirm that I was definitely feeling lower than previous years. I thought I was alone through all of this, but talking with family and friends helped a lot towards hopefulness and optimism for the near future.
  • Ariana Straus's Jan 6, 00:55 comment on Individualism as an American Value
    I would not say the big business is based on individualism, more based on how we don’t have any regulation on the Monopolies and sizes of the companies that the Billionaires own.
  • Levi's Jan 6, 00:23 comment on Stop the Violence
    Hey Cindy, I thought this poem was really good, it was a very good way to express your feelings about modern day news. Even though it was posted 11 months ago these choice of wording still aged well after George Floyd. I really liked the choice of words and the flow of them, to really get your point across.
  • Carter's Jan 6, 00:02 comment on A Young Black Man Was Choked By Police at a Waffle House After Prom — A Cell Phone Video Captured What Happened.
    It’s so sad and unfortunate to know that almost 160 years later, there are still people who grow up being taught these values. That they are somehow more than someone else, and that other are less than them. People will defend them and say it has nothing to do with race, but you can see and feel there’s something wrong with the way they’re acting. If the tables were turned, I feel there would be a totally different outcome. It’s disgusting.
  • Carter's Jan 5, 23:52 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    What a lot of people have trouble understanding is that drugs like this are not hard to come by. You can get them in nearly any city. Doesn’t matter if it’s a small farm town, or a big urban city. You can get them almost anywhere. A lot of sellers target young kids, because as we all know kids love to try anything that is new to them. Or they can get peer pressured into it. It’s a harsh reality that I don’t think we’re doing enough about. Out of any country, the United States prescribes the largest amount of opiates. We prescribe them sometimes just because people want them, not because they need them. It’s insane.
  • Madelyn's Jan 5, 23:21 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    Hey Blen! Thank you for sharing what you found in those articles. I think it’s very important to discuss this issue without shaming those who are addicted to substances. The best thing to focus on is how we can prevent addiction, and ways to help people recover. It wasn’t until recently when I learned that the Native American population has the highest rate of substance abuse than any other minority group. Thank you again for discussing a topic that needs to be brought up more .
  • Madelyn's Jan 5, 23:04 comment on Why do people protest with looting & violence?
    Hey Keily! I enjoyed reading the dialogue between the characters. As someone who hasn’t gone through the trauma of historical and current day racial injustices, I try my hardest to understand the arguments for both violent and non-violent ways of protesting. Non-violent protesting sounds the most practical, however, I have not felt the pain of losing a loved one due to police brutality. When someone has endured that type of pain, they might protest using violence. Everyone reacts in a different way, and when they are protesting against something that causes them to live in fear, I think it’s best to respect the approach they take.
  • Caden's Jan 5, 22:53 comment on Should We Ban Cashless Businesses?
    This is actually an interesting topic and something I had never really put much thought into. Personally, I think every business has to be able to accept cash. There must be a currency that is valid everywhere in a nation for the economy to thrive as it should. I think places should encourage the use of credit and other payment methods but cash should still be usable everywhere, even with a pandemic going on. However, that’s just my opinion. Great Job!
  • Jeremiah's Jan 5, 22:52 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    I really enjoyed this article but the first claim really set it up for me. Global warming truly is going to affect everyone as long as we live and it will only benefit us to learn more about it. It is also so crazy to see how these wildfires spiral out of control and can really affect other things. Like how the heat that is created can affect the weather in the direction to Africa. Solving and containing these fires is so vital to humanity and I think the more we grow and get older we will know more to stop these tragic fires.
  • Caden's Jan 5, 22:47 comment on Substance Abuse
    Substance Abuse is a serious problem, we all know that. However, I had no idea how it affected certain groups more than others, especially Native Americans. This was very eye-opening and the stats that the author used were very effective. I don’t think that many people are aware of this issue and it definitely is something that needs attention. Great Job!
  • Jenna's Jan 5, 22:41 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Hi Ariana! I really liked your writing and way of stating we should have stricter gun laws. I also agree that we need to have stricter gun laws. I think that if they made the age higher it would help. I also think that if we had people take a psychological evaluation or test to see if there mental health is in the right place would also help in order to stop having guns get into the hands of mentally ill people. I think if we lived in a perfect world were there were no bad people there would simply not be a need for people to feel like they need a gun, but since we don’t live in a perfect world I can understand why people would want to protect themselves.
  • Jeremiah's Jan 5, 22:28 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    I really think you did a great job on this piece. I love reading things about student athletes because I am one. I think the problem is people just see the product of what they do on the field or court but don’t realize they might be having problems off the field. I also thought it was pretty interesting how you said 10 to 15 percent of student athletes suffer from various mental illnesses. I think the solution to this is being more open to their problems as coaches.
  • Zhi's Jan 5, 22:25 comment on Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?
    Hi ArooJ, I have a question for you, would you rather save another species life, or save your own species. Let’s just say that there is a humanity wiping virus that can end someone’s life within two hours, and it can spread by the air and water while able to infect a cell indefinitely, other words, it can’t expire. And you with a team of virologists found this new vaccine. Would you risk killing a human or an animal?
  • Andrew's Jan 5, 22:11 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    I am impressed that you wrote this in January when not many people knew about the virus. People traveling has been a huge reason for the spread like you predicted. Luckily a vaccine has been created that will slow the pandemic.
  • Zhi's Jan 5, 22:09 comment on Why should the younger generations vote?
    Hi Bryan, I personally don’t think lowering the voting age would be great for the United States. Young people haven’t experienced the world as much as older citizens. Back In the 19th century, life is tougher, young people saw harsher environments than today. Today young people are more towards socialist ideology since they don’t want to see people suffer. When we were young, we don’t think of things with money, most of the time, we can just have it by asking our parents. But the reality is that nothing is free, there is always someone that has to produce that stuff in order to give it to you, the consumer, which you vote with your money to the producers that make higher quality stuff while lower prices.
  • Karthick prem Satheesh's Jan 5, 22:06 comment on Empathy with Covid-19
    I really never thought about empathy in relation to COVID-19 before. I like your thoughts and ideas about a way to help people in need, especially teenagers during this difficult situation. I can’t believe that 80% of 80% of adolescent girls feel “more lonely and isolated than before” (TCOR Marketing). This is a great amount of girls and we must find a way to stop this. Empathy is a great way to connect to others and I will try to myself as well. I hope that soon this situation will be over and that people are more understanding of each other even after COVID-19 ends.
  • Andrew's Jan 5, 22:06 comment on Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
    I think you make good points about how because 16-year-olds can drive and work they should be able to vote. Although many 16-year-olds are mature enough to vote I think that most don’t know much about politics and need more time to learn. I think too many would just vote for who their parents are or vote for someone they know nothing about.
  • Karthick prem Satheesh's Jan 5, 21:57 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    I appreciate your post over this issue. The Australian bush fires is only one of many fires around the world. This is a serious matter and I am glad that you mentioned how people can come together to find a solution to not only fires, but climate in general. You are right to say that although other countries did help Australia with the fires such as sending firemen, we need to take this more seriously. I agree that each and every person must contribute to climate change especially those in higher powers. We need the entire world’s leaders to come together and formulate a plan that everyone will follow to help ourselves and species and out planet.
  • elena's Jan 5, 21:34 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    I completely agree with your points made in this writing piece! I think this is an issue that needs to be brought to light more often. I think as students we have so much unnecessary pressure put on us to achieve in everything at school. Schools and the adults in our life say that they value mental health and then give us so much pressure. Between the amount of homework given, tests and the pressure of our future closing in on us, it is all just impossible. I think that young people today just need to know that it is okay to fail, and that others should support that as well.
  • Yoonho's Jan 5, 21:19 comment on It’s All Connected
    This sounds alot like butterfly effect. I agree we are somehow in someway all connected and that if one thing isn’t how it should be, everything falls apart.
  • Yoonho's Jan 5, 21:18 comment on Their eyes were watching god
    I read this book junior year. I actually really like this book for all the realism. That is something that can totally happen to someone unlike some books are way to fantastical on how they approach that concept.
  • Mark's Jan 5, 20:57 comment on Importance of Individuality
    Brooke, Your article was very well quoted and was a good read! Overall, I partially agree with you. I certainly agree that everyone has a right to self-expression; no person should be pressured to imitate others. Authenticity is certainly a value I hold dear. However, I worry that it is in part an over-emphasis and misinterpretation of individuality that leads to many of the problems you mention in your article, such as the Covid pandemic and issues of social media. After all, many people who reject masks claim to do so as a matter of self-expression, but the consequences upon others are clear. It would seem to me that many people who imitate others on social media ironically do so out of a desire to be unique. The transcendentalist view of nature is one that makes much sense in a world entering the industrial age, but which seems to have negative consequences now. Ultimately, nature is not some incorruptable thing that humans can escape into as it would seem the transcendentalists presented it as, but rather something that humans have always and will always be part of. I have several questions: is it possible to participate in modern society and be truly self-reliant? Is choosing to follow traditions and societal expectations (as long as they are not harmful, of course) not a form of self-expression? It seems to me that many folks ironically conform to the idea that they must be different and noncomformist. I’m not certain if you’ll ever read this, but if you do I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on transcendentalism! It’s a great article you wrote.
  • elena's Jan 5, 20:53 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    I think all of your points are completely valid. Society has set so many expectations for women that are impossible to meet. These include the impossible expectations that we set for ourselves due to society’s influence. Although more people are starting to become more aware there is still so much to do. I think another “expectation” that needs to be changed is the idea that a woman cannot be considered happy, content or successful if they are unmarried and have no children. I cannot remember a time in my life where there was no expectation pushed on me to get married and have kids. I can’t understand why society will not recognize that single women can be equally happy, successful and content as women who are married and have a family. We need to be supportive of all women and their choices because they are just that; THEIR choices, not society’s.
  • Sarah's Jan 5, 20:39 comment on A Young Black Man Was Choked By Police at a Waffle House After Prom — A Cell Phone Video Captured What Happened.
    Ronata, I found this piece extremely compelling. The effects of police brutality and racial injustice continue to affect many black Americans today. Clearly, throughout 2020 we were able to witness the gravity of a racial and social divide that remains present in the United States. And unfortunately, as a black woman, I fall victim to the traumatic effects of racial injustice in our nation. However, my experiences with racial injustice have been limited to remarks made in the school and in the work environment, while other black women have faced far worse examples of injustice, in particular Breonna Taylor. The murder of Breonna Taylor in March 2020 proved the United State’s limited effort in upholding its foundational duties of liberty, justice, and equality. Although many voices have spoken about the injustice our nation exhibits, the extinction of the racial divide may never occur in the United States. I prefer to hope that we can see equality, as you mention, however, I don’t expect to see all Americans, disregarding race, being treated equally within my lifetime.
  • Patrick's Jan 5, 20:23 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    I agree, the opioid epidemic is a problem that needs solving. Opioids take a lot of lives, at the cost of a larger profit margin for a big pharma corporation. The impact of opioids is perpetuated by the glorification of addiction in American society referencing substances like nicotine, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, etc. A big change needs to occur in what we put in our bodies and what we view is acceptable to be reliant on.
  • Gus's Jan 5, 20:12 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    Opioid addiction is an extremely important topic that must be addressed. The article states that in 2018 alone, more than 10 million cases of opioid misuse were recorded. This is an important topic for me because currently Utah has an extremely bad opioid problem. Just in 2018 alone, over 500 people overdosed from this drug. Doctors need to use opioids only as a last resort in order to stop the spread of addiction.
  • ali's Jan 5, 20:10 comment on What happens to children separated from their parents?
    It’s so important to shed the light on every aspect of children being separated from their parents. When reading these articles, majority of people think about how disgusting it is for detention centers to get away with this, but you dove deeper into the mental consequences this can have on a child. Thank you for writing this.
  • Adam's Jan 5, 19:46 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    This article made me think how little we knew about covid back then. It is insane how much it has spread in one year and this article captured the prelude perfectly
  • Adam's Jan 5, 19:43 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    What is crazy to me is that everyone thought that this would be one of the most important events of the year but boy were we wrong.
  • Dylan's Jan 5, 19:01 comment on Substance Abuse
    i agree that the crisis over substance abuse has become very huge in recent years. The stats that show Native Americans are more adversely affected highlights how urgent we need to deal with this issue. I believe organizations as well as the government itself need to do a lot more to break this self-destructing cycle of addiction and to make sure Natives won’t fall into the same trap.
  • Emily's Jan 5, 18:25 comment on Breaking the Stigma surrounding ADHD
    Lydia, I’m glad you wrote about this topic because it needs to be talked about. Things like ADHD do not need to be hidden. I think schools should try to be accommodating to the student instead of vise versa. Not to say that I am against medication if it is necessary or wanted, but it shouldn’t be expected. If schools and society were more accepting and accommodating I think people could embrace their differences. Thank you for sharing your writing.
  • Emily's Jan 5, 18:18 comment on Youth Mental Health and COVID-19
    Sage, I agree with you that youth mental health is a problem that is just now being addressed. Students across the country are all going through something different mentally. Especially through loss of motivation because everyone is burned out. Now that it Is 2021, have you found any change for the better in youth mental health? Thank you for sharing your writing!
  • Dylan's Jan 5, 18:11 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Hey Ariana, I should applaud you for taking a strong stance on an extremely controversial topic. These are the things that get anyone a ton of vile hate from netizens that disagree with the persons’ viewpoints. I agree that more should be done to restrict gun use among certain people such as the mentally troubled and others that pose a great danger to others as well as themselves. I agree that we can have stricter gun laws while protecting owners’ rights to self defense. One question I have is how can people like you effectively lobby our politicians for this cause?
  • Jyothika Kalatturu's Jan 5, 17:53 comment on Why should the younger generations vote?
    I agree that that the younger generations are getting into politics more. For the people that aren’t, they need to ask themselves what world they want to leave their kids or grandkids. Having the ability to vote and not voting because it has little effect is absurd. I believe people should do what feels right to them. The polls aren’t really accurate and it shouldn’t change your decision on whether to vote or not. Younger people have influence that can change the election.
  • Jyothika Kalatturu's Jan 5, 17:46 comment on Should we wear face masks?
    The idea of wearing a face mask shouldn’t even be a big topic of discussion, in my opinion. After China required people to wear masks, the infection rates went down. To keep yourself and others safe, everyone should wear a mask when going out and social distance. It’s not a difficult task and it’s definitely not political. We should respect the doctors and nurses that are putting their lives at risk by wearing a mask and socially distancing. Everyone wants this pandemic to be over and wearing masks would help.
  • Maxwell's Jan 5, 17:39 comment on Insensitive Sports Names and Mascots
    Great article, Lucas. You did a good job on pointing out how sports teams are not really doing much about sensitive sports names. However I feel as if currently teams are beginning to recognize this and change their team names, like Washington Football Team. Overall great post.
  • Aidan's Jan 5, 17:34 comment on An Inherited Immune System
    This is such a cool topic. I had no idea that your genetic makeup could possibly affect your immune system. And that having neanderthal DNA could impact how COVID-19 affects you.
  • Claire's Jan 5, 17:29 comment on Empathy on Corona
    Grace, I really liked your blog post. I actually did my topic of empathy on Covid as well. I like how you discussed that empathy can play a big role on an individual’s behavior. I find it interesting that by showing empathy towards other individuals allows us to become more mindful and build a closer relationship with them. I feel that you covered this topic thoroughly and discussed all of the necessary topics that should have been covered.
  • Aidan's Jan 5, 17:25 comment on Looking for Solutions to Native American Substance Abuse
    I thought this was a great post, shining a light on something that needs to be discussed. I learned a lot about native americans abusing substances. I hope something will get done about this!
  • Maxwell's Jan 5, 16:54 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    This is a great article! You bought the perspective of both ideologies in one writing and elaborated on it. I agree with you on we should make it harder for people to get a gun and conceal it. But they need to focus on harsher background checks.
  • Carter's Jan 5, 16:39 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    I agree that school is no longer about learning and is about passing. There are many ways in which I think the modern education system can do more damage than benefits. However, this can be fixed with a change in the culture around learning. From K-8 I went to a montessori school which moved away from letter grades and cared more about if students were proficient in certain criteria. In middle school to prepare for high school they graded on a 4 point scale. 1 meaning you need a lot of work. 2 being you are getting to where you need to be. # was proficient meaning you are where you need to be. 3.5 and 4 were if you show complete understanding or mastery of a skill. This way of thinking made us try to learn the material and not just memorize and forget.
  • Miles's Jan 5, 16:28 comment on Breaking the Stigma surrounding ADHD
    This post was relatable and interesting to read. During the quarantine of this pandemic, I was felt it more difficult to stay focused or care about my schoolwork when stuck at home every day. ADHD is an important issue because it is often perceived as a fake disorder because teenagers can make it as an excuse for being lazy or unmotivated, however, it’s much more serious than that.
  • Carter's Jan 5, 16:26 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    I agree that gun control laws are needed to keep people safe. It is easier to buy a gun than to get a loan in many places in the United States. Personally I struggle with the idea if having gun should be a right. Other first world countries have all but banned guns all together and had less gun violence because of this. Some argue that having a gun is right for their own protection, but often people with guns often end up hurting themselves or someone innocent more than preventing any violence.
  • Kaeli's Jan 5, 16:24 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    Thank you for bringing attention to climate change and its effects on the Indian ocean dipole and its detrimental impact. It is as you said going to take every single person’s acknowledgment and direct action to combat the climate crisis. It is imperative that we do something about it now as it will only get worse and more of the environment will be destroyed. This will cause more and more species to become endangered as they are impacted the most by habitat destruction. 2020 has definitely been eye-opening which for better or worse will make people start to pay attention to how we are affecting our world. I’m glad to see that you are planning on keeping up with the continued change.
  • Nicolette Miller's Jan 5, 16:23 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    Sophia, It’s both interesting and heartbreaking to read an article you wrote at a time when the Coronavirus had only killed 56 people, when it has now turned into a global pandemic and crisis that has killed over a million. At the time of your post, the flu was the most pressing seasonal illness that we faced, and your evidence that conveyed it’s impact was compelling. To think that an epidemic in 1918, at a time when there were no planes and only 1.8 billion people on earth, was able to have affect so many brings that much more concern to the pandemic we face now, with widespread international travel, and seven times the population. Your discussion of the flu vaccine reminds me of the race to a coronavirus vaccine that we have all witnessed over the past months. The feat of now having multiple that first line responders, the elderly, and those at high risk are now receiving al over the world is an accomplishment to celebrate, but there’s still no promise of when life will return to normal. Reading your thoughts on the “pandemic type disease” that began to circulate just over a year ago is like reading a prediction of the future, as you explained the gravity of a virus that so many neglected to take seriously. The coronavirus is, in fact, the “pandemic we’ve all been anticipating,” but unfortunately, I don’t think many really were anticipating it. If we had all taken the new, foreign virus as seriously as your post conveys, I wonder if we would be in the situation we are now.
  • Olivia's Jan 5, 16:23 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    This caught my eye right when I saw it. I checked the publishing date and was pulled in even more when I saw it was in January of 2020. This article talks about how there are only 3 cases currently in the United States, and about 2k globally. There were also only 56 deaths total. Now, we see close to that amount of deaths every day in our own state of Utah. This is extremely important, since if the US government had thought this illness through in the way you did, then we would be in the same position as New Zealand or Australia. The way we reacted to this pandemic was completely the wrong way. People are dying at a faster rate every day, and most people with a solid education can understand that this could have been prevented. Even I can see how officials could have acted better in order to stop the spread of the virus. The problem is that a large majority of individuals believed and still think that the Corona Virus is not real or is just like the flu.
  • Henry's Jan 5, 16:17 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Hi Madison, I agree with your take on the education system. Our obsession with grades causes students to focus on quickly stuffing our brains with information so that we can regurgitate it for good on the next test. In my math classes, in which I’ve earned good grades, I didn’t learn much at all because I abandoned much of my supposed knowledge on the pages of the multiple choice tests.. I’d much rather be a student in a school where, as you said, the process of learning is rewarded instead of the product.
  • Milo's Jan 5, 16:15 comment on Could the Electoral College Be Reformed?
    Hi Oliver. Seeing how our nation has become more politicized with this election and its surrounding events, knowing about how the electoral college works, and how to deal with it, is critical knowledge. In my government class, my peers have debated on the issue, mainly favoring abolition or reform, while some see it as an okay institution. Personally, and as you pointed out, reform is near impossible, so it is better to have the states themselves change, rather than the nation as a whole.
  • Owen's Jan 5, 16:15 comment on Coronavirus Outbreak
    Of all the catastrophic events this year, the COVID-19 outbreak has been the worst. This outbreak has caused just over 1.8 million deaths this year alone. Whether you are staying home and laying low or out for work, you are at risk of contracting the coronavirus. As someone with several “at risk” family members, I know the struggle of constant quarantine. It is not easy but necessary, and I like how you emphasize the necessity to stay clean. In your final paragraph, you say, “Coronaviruses are usually transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing, in close contact with infected persons, or on infected surfaces, followed by mouth, nose, or eyes.” This is a significant statement because it shows that you can contract it from nearly anyone, and it is imperative to stay healthy and safe. Your statement emphasizes the need to live a healthy lifestyle and to stay as clean as possible.
  • Sam Butcher's Jan 5, 16:15 comment on Life in the Time of Corona
    Sam, I can relate to this post even 4 months later. So here we are still in a pandemic. It has been a really strange year and no one thought it would end up like this. Life is so different now and I never thought I’d be doing online school for my senior year of high school. These are unfortunate times, but just like you said, we’ve got to look at the bright side and stay positive. During quarantine and the pandemic, I have grown a lot closer with my family. I have also learned to not take my life for granted and to be grateful for everything and everyone I have. I never thought I wouldn’t be able to see my friends or even being able to hug my grandma. I will never take any of those things for granted again. With the vaccine coming in, and hopefully this pandemic coming to an end, I hope that we all have this mindset for the rest of our lives. We are so close to the end. We can do this! Hang in there everyone! Here is an article about to positive things in 2020 I think you might enjoy. I really liked how you looked at the bright side. https://www.dispatch.com/story/lifestyle/2020/08/03/50-positive-things-that-happened-in-2020-so-far/112792264/
  • Miles Brooke's Jan 5, 16:15 comment on Breathe
    I like the diction and framework of your writing. Your mentions of Tupac and Sandra Bland empower your writing and the message of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • Sam's Jan 5, 16:14 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Nothing like a global pandemic to expose the cracks int he American education system. Although we, the students, have recognized many of the issues you mention for decades, there is little we can do despite how we experience them everyday. But 2020 may have been he catalyst needed to finally get the educational powers that be to seriously consider wide-scale education reform. Despite our best efforts, education during the pandemic has been all but useless from an educational standpoint for the majority of students. Hybrid (online/in person alternation) is the worst of both worlds, in person is dangerous, students don’t attend online only, on and on and on. But the pandemic has also shed light on a major flaw of education; for many, its most important function is as childcare. Schools should not be glorified daycares; and maybe once we’ve overcome the pandemic we can use what we’ve learned to improve our greatly flawed system.
  • Micah Wedemeyer's Jan 5, 16:14 comment on Is a flu pandemic coming… or here?
    What is so crazy about this article, is that you somehow knew before all of us that this was going to be the pandemic that we all would be affected by in the year 2020. Most of the people in America, and most of the world, to be honest, did not think that coronavirus would be a big deal at this point in time. How wrong and naive we all were to really think that we wouldn’t be affected by this virus. Now America leads the world in cases and deaths and it continues to get worse. Hopefully, with a change of administration, we might actually be able to tame this beast and beat it out like some of the other countries in the world have. It is completely insane that we actually thought we would be safe because of our innate feelings of pride for our countries ability to deal with diseases. But we were so wrong.
  • Cecilia's Jan 5, 16:13 comment on Coronavirus will change the World
    It was strange how quickly our world change in a matter of a few months. I think this article is important, because it predicts that we will always hesitancy about shaking hands or unnecessary contact with objects and people. We would change forever because of this pandemic. In some ways Matthew was right, and in others he was wrong. All of the warning signs about not touching your face and staying 6 feet apart have been worn down and not bothered to be put back up. At the local Wal-Mart, workers are counting are making sure you have a mask at the front, but then there is a whole variety of ways the mask are worn improperly by the time you reach the milk. I think the overall fear that Matthew suggested would linger for years has already begun to fade. As schools are at there half-way point and hopes for a vaccine is coming, our awareness is receding quickly. I think the start of the new year has made people even more desperate to leave 2020 and Covid-19 in the past, even if we are not finished yet.
  • Nyayeek's Jan 5, 16:12 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    Hi Giselle, Women’s rights is a really prevalent issue in society today, and I feel like it gets pushed to the side many times, and I am glad that you have brought it up. Women are an essential part of society who deserve the respect, and we have not received that in a while. This topic is important to me because it affects my day to day life and my mom, friends, and sisters as well. You talked about how women have a lot of pressure on them, especially when it comes to dressing codes, and I agree. I see how many dress codes in school specifically point out things that girls can not wear, but fail to mention anything about boys. Dress codes hold many girls back from being themselves but also instills a false narrative in their minds that they need to tend to the needs of men.
  • Charlie's Jan 5, 16:12 comment on Domestic Violence
    I’ve known a lot of people who’ve been in abusive relationships and this post really explains how excruciating it can be. I like how you devolve on how mental health can be affected when being in a abusive relationship, and explaining how the victim takes the abuse (whether it’s verbal or physical) through the rest of their life, giving them hardships everyday. The data that you bring to your post really sets your argument in stone, giving it a great foundation. This was a great topic to bring awareness to and was executed very well.
  • Grace's Jan 5, 16:11 comment on Social Distancing Now
    Social distancing is a phrase I have come come to absolutely despise, and I am assuming so have many other people. Nevertheless, it has become the new normal. We have been forced to connect with each other through alternative methods, and also come to appreciate the regularities of normal life. In a profound way though, I believe that the pandemic has brought us together because it has affected every human being. It is now an experience that these generations will share and reflect on for years to come. It has highlighted that despite being physically apart, we stand together as a human race amidst the inevitable pains, joys and sufferings. see picture 35 on Now Comment.
  • William's Jan 5, 16:11 comment on The Impact of George Floyd
    I really like this post about George Floyd. I think everyone should have the same rights s everybody else no matter their skin color. Next, when people protest I think that is helping our society out and will eventually help us gain the same equality for everyone. Next, these violent killings make people think more about how blacks are being treated in today’s society. Lastly, these killings and violent acts need to stop so we can make our world a better place for everyone.
  • Henry Poppe's Jan 5, 16:10 comment on Effects of Home Schooling During a Pandemic
    I never really though about how this affected younger kids until reading your take on the matter. Everything you’re said makes so much sense; younger kids have a much harder time focusing or learning on their own. This will lead to major issues later on because they will be much less prepared going into their next few years of school all due to an unforeseen event.
  • Audrey's Jan 5, 16:09 comment on Social Distancing Now
    We’ve all heard the term “social distancing”, but I don’t think enough people know what it means or what its purpose is. It is far more than some suggestion that people stay apart, and it is’nt some half-baked plan to try and keep the virus at bay. It is a tried and true process that, if properly enforced, will drastically decrease case numbers. I’ve attached an article that talks about what is proven from social distancing and quarantining. It talks about past outbreaks and pandemics and the roles of these measures in keeping numbers low. https://asm.org/Articles/2020/April/The-Science-of-Social-Distancing
  • Lindsey's Jan 5, 16:09 comment on Should we wear face masks?
    This topic is still relevant doing since we, in the United States, are still going through the Covid-19 pandemic, while places like China and Australia were able to clear it up by following precautions. Even almost a year after Covid hit the U.S. people still refuse to believe its severity or even its existence. There was no way the whole country could spend a year in our homes, which is why we need to wear masks. The entire country can’t seem to get on board, especially those who don’t take the virus seriously, being the most probable people to have it and spread it. Places like California have a zero percent ICU capacity, making everyone, including those sustaining injuries outside of Covid, unable to get treatment. If people could wear their masks around other people, including parking lots and in the streets, they could save lives. Then, after some time and a limited number of vaccines, the need for masks on a daily basis will be gone. Many people weren’t thinking ahead back in April and many are still not thinking ahead now.
  • Alyssa's Jan 5, 16:06 comment on Open Letter for Women’s Rights
    Right as I started to read your letter, I deeply related with the sentence “Why do people have to have so many expectations for women?” And it’s true. Women are scrutinized in every single aspect of their life, and there seems to be only one mold of a woman that society finds acceptable. Although we are growing our perception of what women can do, I still feel like there is a stigma around independent women. For example, if a man doesn’t want to have a child it is fine to say, but when a woman says the same thing she is met with “Oh, you will change your mind in a few years” or “You will regret that decision for the rest of your life.” Not all women want to pursue things like raising a child, and this should be accepted in society not looked down upon.
  • William's Jan 5, 16:03 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    I totally agree with this post about mental health. I agree with this post because I can relate to it. I play basketball for my high school team and all the workouts and practices and games can cause stress for me when it comes to managing my time with school work. Also, it can sometimes cause me to not perform at my best during the school day. I really like how you mentioned how young kids are being pressured as they are developing. Lastly, I think we need to come up with new sources to help these young student-athletes with mental health and managing their time better while playing sports.
  • Sage A Walker's Jan 5, 15:54 comment on Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
    I think this is an important topic because many people have had examples of this in their lives. For me, I saw the use of prescription painkillers help my mother through chemotherapy, to fight cancer that was taking over her body. While I have not seen abuse, I can see the importance of education and proper awareness to be raised over the issue.
  • Jack's Jan 5, 15:46 comment on Social Distancing Now
    COVID-19 obviously is the story that dominated 2020, and likely will continue to be the pivotal event of 2021 too. This virus has fundamentally impacted everything in society, whether that be school, concerts, and events, or the entire global economy. The virus’s impact will likely be felt for generations to come.
  • Julia's Jan 5, 14:58 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    Thank you for bringing up many great points! I really like how you emphasized the pressures placed on young kids when they are still developing. I think another thing to think about would be the ides of body ideals and body image of student athletes. There is often a very specific body “standard” that is placed on young athletes. I think this can be very damaging to young athletes because it prioritizes looks over performance, and can often lead to eating disorders. Overall, we need much better resources and outreach opportunities for young people struggling with mental health.
  • Julia's Jan 5, 14:48 comment on Is Christmas Too Commercialized?
    This post brings up many points that I think many people overlook. Specifically, the idea of Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving. I think we often forget that there is almost an entire month in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, because we rush into decorating so soon. No other Holiday gets nearly that much celebration before the actual holiday. I also really like the point about materialism taking over. The holidays are supposed to be about celebration and family, and I think we often forget that. I really like the many points you brought up in this post and it is very well-written!
  • will swihart's Jan 5, 14:42 comment on Teen Vaping
    This is a huge trend sweeping the nation, for teens to vape. Articles like these likely will not help solve the problem, only raise more awareness. The only way that it can be solved is if the teens themselves realize what they are doing is very bad for their lungs and overall health and they decide to stop on their own. Posts on the internet that teens do not like tend to not faze them too much, so we either put a ban on them or directly show them how bad it is for their bodies by looking at their lungs or others who have vaped.
  • will swihart's Jan 5, 14:37 comment on Australian Bush Fires
    This post was very much needed if you are looking back on 2020 and seeing all of the concerns or problems that we had in this year. The wild fires were a huge issue and were taking a big toll on Australia and even affecting other countries with the smoke. Thankfully, like you said, our nation and others sent many firefighters and supplies and money to Australia to help them fend off the fire. I also agree that global warming is a huge problem and that everyone needs to do their part in helping to environment become a better place. Our world will continue to degrade every year past 2020 if we do not realize that we need to make a change.
  • Eric's Jan 5, 03:03 comment on Could the Electoral College Be Reformed?
    Hi Oliver. I completely agree that the electoral college should be reformed, if not eliminated. However, it is pretty unlikely that will actually happen. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that you mentioned is definitely interesting to hear about. It wouldn’t even need to go through Congress. However, that brings up the issue of faithless electors. Some states have laws that punish faithless electors. Do you think that this could turn away states that have these laws from the compact?
  • Eric's Jan 5, 02:03 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Hi Ariana. I think that your essay covered a topic that is considered controversial well. I agree with you that serious gun control laws should be considered, especially in such a turbulent time as now. While I understand that the right to own a firearm is protected by the second amendment, it makes sense to have some regulations regarding the purchase of a gun. One thing that I’ve thought about, however, is how such regulations may affect violent crimes committed in the US. I think about how prohibition was never really effective and how that situation has some parallels to this issue. Do you think that gun control could face the same fate?
  • Uma's Jan 5, 00:31 comment on What does it mean to be American?
    Aditi, I enjoyed reading this! I agree that being American means being accepting of other cultures. I think our country is very unique in that we were formed by people from many different cultures. Some people think, as you mentioned, that to be American means to conform to certain western cultural beliefs. But in reality, there is no “American” culture, because it is constantly changing and different for every person.
  • Allison's Jan 4, 21:30 comment on Finals and Why They Should Be Finally Done With
    Hi Anna, I found your article very relatable. Along with many others, finals have always been a huge stressor for me. When winter break rolls around it is nice to have a break but I always feel like I should be studying. This year due to COVID, my school has canceled finals. It has been such a relief to not have to worry about them. I agree that unfortunately, finals have become more of a test of memorization. When studying for finals it is most efficient to remember the fact and not the reason behind it. Personally, I prefer projects over tests. I think it gives students more of an opportunity to dive deeper into their learning. I liked how you said, ” the high stakes and high pressure can alter the true reflection of a student’s abilities”. I agree that finals put a lot of pressure on students. Students work so hard all semester and they don’t want the final to “ruin” their grade. Stress can cause students to not perform their best on the test.
  • Jack's Jan 4, 21:28 comment on Teen Vaping
    Hi Maggie, I saw this and it intrigued me because I know a lot of people who vape and now I may be able to share this to people and have them change there minds or think twice before doing it again. When you said “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes” this is just saying that juul and vaping is the next thing and that they are targeting teens and young adults.
  • Jack's Jan 4, 21:25 comment on A Sports Dilemma: Controversial Team-names and the Indigenous Community
    Hi Matthew, this article really intrigued me. Especially of recently with the NFL making the Washington Redskins change their name but also because recently within the last couple years my high school had to change somethings with our logo because it had to do with Native Americans. I didn’t understand why it would be such a big and why it is but now I do kind of realize like these things are important to these people and they don’t want anything changing the it or the meaning of it.
  • Jack's Jan 4, 21:18 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro, I really enjoyed what you said and agree with it. How social media is a place to spend time either bored or doing something and it can be for the good or bad for our mental health. As a teen mental health is a huge aspect of our lives especially during this pandemic and this can bring a lot of insights and or ideas to people to focus on yourself.
  • Allison's Jan 4, 21:08 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro, I thought your article was very interesting. I agree that teenagers are on social media way too often. My dad has always said that people spend too much time looking at other people’s lives, and not living their own. I think social media can be good in moderation since it can provide inspiration or connection. However, it is hard to have self-control with social media. It is so easy to continue scrolling and lose track of time. I often find myself using it as an escape to distract my mind from stress. This leads to procrastination. On social media, it’s natural that people only show the highlights. It paints a picture of a perfect life. I think this can have a negative impact on mental health when people start to compare themselves. I think you brought up a great conversation since this is something that is not really talked about. Teenagers, myself included, don’t like to admit that they are on their phones too much. I liked how you said, “we need to be taught to notice and healthily act on our feelings and thoughts”.
  • Amulya's Jan 4, 21:03 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Ariana, I agree that gun laws are laws that should be taken into serious consideration. I agree that people who would misuse the gun should not be given a gun in the first place, but how would you be able to stop a bad person from illegally getting a gun? I think that this may be very hard to do. Therefore, I think that gun restrictions should not be too strict because people need access to them for self-defense. What do others think about this topic?
  • Pranav's Jan 4, 20:28 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    I think this is an interesting post and topic, as technological advancement continues to change the world and offer numerous possibilities. I think that both Bin-Nun and Nunes make good points, and that there are many pros and cons of driverless cars. Driverless cars would make driving safer by reducing the amount of accidents, since human error causes a very large percentage of accidents. The downsides, as you said, are that machines such as driverless cars can still make mistakes, and people would be trusting cars with their lives and have no control nor the ability to override. In general, I think that driverless cars are a good idea, as long as they’re very safe and always function properly.
  • Amulya's Jan 4, 20:27 comment on Substance Abuse
    Substance abuse is a problem for many people around the world. I was really surprised to find out that the Native American population is one of the groups that is greatly affected by it. Some reasons that you said were stress and environment. I have read that genetics could be a possible factor that contributes to substance abuse like alcoholism. Do you think that could be a possibility regarding this situation?
  • Ismael's Jan 4, 20:22 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    This is such a great piece. Great job! Social media has always had a large impact on the user’s life. There’s a lot of components that can make someone feel down and not feel normal. Social media contains a lot of those components.
  • Ismael's Jan 4, 19:58 comment on Child Separation
    Great piece, I strongly agree with your argument. Kids shouldn’t be taken away from their families. Especially at a very young age. They’re losing their childhood. Also, parents are losing the time to make memories with their children.
  • Derek's Jan 4, 19:11 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    I agree with most that you have said like how we should try to keep guns from people that are going to be dangerous but my question to you is how are we going to keep unregistered guns out of the hands of bad people? Since these guns are unregistered I feel that any restrictions we put on guns aren’t going to do anything since there is no way to track down these unregistered guns. I am interested in hearing what solutions others may have as well.
  • Derek's Jan 4, 18:59 comment on The Sea of Monsters
    I saw your article and was immediately interested because I have watched the movie multiple times before. While reading through your article I have become more inclined to read the book, which is something I don’t do all the time, I usually just watch the movies. Thank you for sharing this post, I hope you have inspired others to read this book as well.
  • Alexander's Jan 4, 18:51 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    This is an article the most people in this day and age need to read. I personally don’t use social media and could not care less about it, but I know that there are people that are attached to it completely. This article is a good wake up for people like that, because they may not realize just how bad they are hurting themselves.
  • Alexander's Jan 4, 18:39 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Hi Ariana, I like your essay and applaud you for taking a strong stance on such a controversial topic. I would like to hear more of what you have to say. Do you think these restrictions are enough? What else do you think should be done to make guns safer?
  • Ryan's Jan 4, 17:59 comment on Equality in America
    i agree with what your said in your argument. I like how you talk about how being American can mean many different things to many different people.
  • Ryan's Jan 4, 17:55 comment on Importance of Equality in America
    i agree with what you said in your argument. A common phrase used is all men are created equal but that’s not normally the case. Many groups get Ignored so we have work to do to make that statement true.
  • Ella's Jan 4, 17:01 comment on Miss working out? Follow these “ten” steps.
    This post was cool to read because I enjoy working out but it has definitely become harder to do during the pandemic. I like how it gave suggestions on things you can do to improve. It also highlights the benefits of working out which are very important.
  • Ella's Jan 4, 16:56 comment on A Sports Dilemma: Controversial Team-names and the Indigenous Community
    This was very interesting to read about because my school had to change our mascot for the same reason. I always supported the idea of changing it but I never really understood the more specific reasons behind why having a Native American inspired mascot can be harmful. This helped me understand it more and I think that more people should be aware of this.
  • Aditi's Jan 4, 16:43 comment on Social Distancing Now
    This article discusses the guidelines put into place by the United States government as a result of the coronavirus. When this was written, March 30th, people took social distancing, staying home, and wearing masks quite seriously as compared to right now. I find this ironic because there were much fewer cases and reported deaths at the time compared to today. The holiday’s helped to create a surge in cases because people were traveling and holding large gatherings in closed quarters without masks. These things go against the idea of social distancing, which is discussed at the beginning of the third paragraph. The fact that some people don’t believe in this virus or continuously break social distancing rules sickens me, especially after seeing on the news how hard healthcare workers are working right now. The range of infection rates mentioned in the second paragraph also surprised me.
  • Aditi's Jan 4, 16:34 comment on Substance Abuse In Native American Communities
    This is a topic prior to reading this post I did not know much about. The only main point I knew about was the lack of job availability, but I had never thought of the toll that takes on one’s mentality or perception of themselves. That makes Native Americans more susceptible to mental illnesses such as depression which causes many of them to turn to substance abuse, as the post said. I was surprised by the fact that there are so many prevention programs and media coverage of this yet I was not even remotely aware of this until coming across this post. In addition, the statistics mentioned in the middle of the third paragraph shocked me, in terms of the likelihood of a Native American school-aged child having used a substance versus a non-Native. It is imperative that action is taken in these matters, especially because this issue, along with several others they face, stems from the lack of socioeconomic equality.
  • Gerardo's Jan 4, 15:42 comment on Why Can’t We Decide On Gun Laws?
    Hi Audrey I like your points and I agree with the things you are saying but it feels like people who want to have guns or people who want to bands guns are always going to be going on. But I mean it feels like it’s not the gun falt who kills people I think it’s the people who are behind the gun and I think that’s what some people don’t get with guns.
  • Pranav's Jan 4, 15:24 comment on How much Trash Is In the Ocean?
    I think that your post is well written and focuses on a major issue in today’s world that the global community overlooks. As you said, it is our responsibility to reduce waste in our oceans and turn around the marine pollution that human activities have caused. I agree that humans should use more biodegradable materials and use less disposable plastic in order to reduce the amount of trash in our oceans while also taking other steps. I think that it is important to inform more people about the significant environmental damage and harm to marine life that marine pollution causes in order to increase awareness, since this will enable the global community to have the most effective response and make the most progress in reducing marine pollution.
  • mathew's Jan 4, 02:20 comment on The talk on private schools uniforms
    Dear Diego, This was a very intresting and informative piece about an issue that is not talked about enough. Many private school kids wish they could wear what ever they wanted too without thinking about the advantages of wearing a uniform. My favorite point that you mentioned was the fact that many public school kids are bullied and made fun of for what they choose to wear to school. This is a real concern and is probably the best argument for why schools should have uniforms. I also liked how you mentioned that students focus less when they are distracted by what they or others are wearing to school. This piece that you wrote has made me realize that uniforms do more good than harm.
  • Isabell's Jan 2, 21:58 comment on The Elite: An Absorbing Book about Standing up for Those Mistreated and Overlooked
    Dear Jaylene: I was intrigued by, your post, “The Elite: An Absorbing Book about Standing up for Those Mistreated and Overlooked,” because just by reading what you wrote, this book seems very interesting. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Her story is set in the future in a new country called Illea, specifically formerly the United States of America. The significance of the country setting is that it is important to America’s exposition and the country’s origin.” I think this is so cool and informative because reading that it made it feel like in a sort of way a movie. Another sentence that I found interesting was “America faces certain forces and pressures. America is amongst a group of five other girls fighting for the crown and Maxon’s heart.” This stood out for me because I like feel like this, if it isn’t already a movie or show it should be because i would definitely watch it. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Isabell's Jan 2, 18:13 comment on Fitting In: Wonder
    Dear Emmanuel, I was interested in your post because Wonder by R.J. Palacio is one of my favorite books. I agree with you about how this book was enjoyable. I think its how all the different feelings you feel throughout the whole book that makes it enjoyable and wants to keep on reading it. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “You just don’t want your brand-new fancy high school friends to know your brother’s a freak!’.” I think this is sad, to be honest, because well it’s just sad that Auggie thinks of that. Also, that sentence that you included in your post, reminds me of something that happened to my sibling (my sister). Sometimes when like something that doesn’t “go her way” she uses the “it’s because I’m deaf” card on us all the time. We know it’s a joke as she doesn’t really mean by her using her disability in a bad way. She loves it, we love it, it’s amazing in its own way! But besides that, thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Amy Goldstein's Dec 30, 15:20 comment on Not giving up!
    Girls- keep trying to do things you enjoy. There is always a way to have it grow into a business so you can have a good future. Keep that in mind while enjoying yourselves. Fun-talent-happiness-then sell it…$$$ Think of all possibilities. Having all this free time can let your minds come up with new ideas. The future is yours! Hang in and plow on… rewards await you if you pursue and don’t give up.
  • Jade's Dec 29, 22:53 comment on Struggles of Indigenous Women
    Dear Halimah, I am happy to see that you worked on the situation with Indigenous Women. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started my research. I wanted to suggest a show that I found very impactful. It is on Youtube. It is called Fault Lines and there is an episode on this topic. Here is the information: “The Search: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.” Fault Lines, Al Jazeera English, May 8, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdPv0NDfMbA I agree that this issue should be out there more. One of the things they said is that if thousands of white males were disappearing, it would be considered a national emergency, but since it is happening to Indigenous Women, it isn’t showing up on the media at all. I look forward to seeing what you and others write about this topic.
  • Hannah Pecharich's Dec 28, 09:25 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro, I’m interested in your post about mental health and its tie to social media. Your points are valid and highly important, as social media use continues to expand and mental illness with it. I resonate especially with your weighing of social media’s pros and cons, for it both “battles loneliness and boredom through easy communication” and “ allows people to set up creates a distorted reality.” When social media sets up a simple, but temporary, solution to feelings of loneliness, boredom, etc., it cultivates non-interactive tendencies and avoidance of said feelings. The twisted reality sets in as customized images and messages become more impactful than physical connections. Less reliance on social media needs to be promoted, and the emotions that are often soothed by it acknowledged as human and better remedied by human interaction. Thank you for prompting a conversation about social media and mental health, and I’d love to read your future posts. Sincerely, Hannah
  • Hannah Pecharich's Dec 28, 08:56 comment on Domestic Abuse: Pandemic within a Pandemic
    Hello, Lluvia, I appreciate the angle you took in your post in respect to domestic violence in the midst of the pandemic chaos that’s been plaguing the world. Deserving much more attention than it’s given, the issue is of even more urgent concern as our country seeks healing in isolation. I agree with you when you say, “ this pandemic has shown how much work needs to be done to ensure that domestic abuse victims have access to support, refuge, and medical care,” for in looking to remedy one disease, we’ve fed another, and contributed to its damage in failing to properly acknowledge its direct connection to Covid-19. Thank you for the message you’ve shared here, and I look forward to your future posts. Sincerely, Hannah
  • Isabell's Dec 27, 23:09 comment on Where is Margo
    Dear Nicolle, I was engrossed by your post, “Where is Margo,” because well, just by the title made me want to know more. Then reading it, oh my gosh I’m so interested now. I do agree with you when you said “After this part of the book, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading the rest of this book because I don’t know about you but I really want to know where Margo went and what’s going to happen.” One reason I say this is because without even reading the book, I now want to read it and also find out, what did happen with Margo. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Paul's Dec 23, 19:35 comment on This reminds me of the Kalief Browder case were a black man was accused of stealing a back pack and was sent to Rikers Island for 3 years. He never stood trial or was found guilty of any crime, he spent three years in prison.
    Your connection between the Kalief Browder case and what is happening to Fonny in If Beal Street Could Talk is profoundly moving. https://nowcomment.com/documents/239919?scroll_to=2251431
  • Isabell's Dec 23, 17:14 comment on Harry Potter
    Dear Alex R. I am intrigued by your post, “Harry Potter,” because I have seen all 8 movies of the Harry Potter series. So it was interesting reading this post because its based on the book! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is“ The reason why I think he is turning into a hero is that he now has the responsibility to protect his friends and stuff.” I think this is so true. I completely agree, Harry use to be “lost” or “confused” but since of his friends he has the responsibility to be able to protect them so he’s building up more confidence without even knowing. Another sentence that I was noticing was: “ Harry is no longer the person who shakes and quivers away from bullies and danger.” This stood out for me because he starts building up the courage to protect not just himself but others as well. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next!
  • Kenny's Dec 23, 05:36 comment on BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem
    Dear Liliana : I am proud of your post, “BLM and the Representation of Kneeling During the National Anthem,” because it shows unity to stop all the racial injustice in America. Now athletes and other big names are helping with the cause and showing that enough is enough. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “
  • Ronaysi's Dec 23, 02:32 comment on I’d rather listen
    Thank you so much for the comments
  • Kenny's Dec 23, 02:21 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    Dear Jessica, I am in agreement with your post because student athletes have a lot of pressure put on them.We are force to keep up with our work and perform at our best which is unfair to our mental health. We have to keep up with 2 things at once. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ Those who play a sport have the same everyday stressors as the general non-athlete population but with added pressures and expectations of practices, competitions, and their education.” I think this is sad because we are forced to keep up with 2 things at once and be perfect at both. It’s harder for students athletes then it os for normal students. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was going to play a basket ball game at another school. Then my teacher didn’t let me go because of my grades.It was because of math that was really difficult for me and i always asked for help. They have no empathy for student athletes. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is very informative for non-athletes on our struggles as athletes.Also teachers need to understand and read this.
  • Mathew's Dec 23, 02:08 comment on Why is the United States responding so poorly to wearing masks in comparison to the rest of the world?
    I agree with you, Alexandra! In such a time like this, wearing a mask can protect life. Whether you know them personally or not we as a nation should take one for the team and wear a mask when in public spaces or gatherings for the safety of our fellow Americans at high risk. When discussing the topic of nationalism or trust in our national government I think it absolutely starts with the presentation of our president. Mr. Trump is the leader of this nation and if he isn’t taking this seriously and promoting wearing a mask then why would millions of our public disagree? With knowing the effects and number of fatalities in the world today, we should be aware of how our actions affect others around us. Believe it or not, we are all tied together from some kind of connection whether it be friends, family, co-workers, deliveries, manufacturing…etc. We all depend on each other for one reason or another and it’s safe to say we have poorly responded to the global pandemic when it comes to initial prevention. Thank you Alexandra for your informative post! I look forward to your future writings and comments
  • Mathew Skorut's Dec 23, 01:48 comment on Big Data
    Cecilia, I loved your response! I liked how you shared a time when you read about the impacts of Big Data and how you ended your response with valuable pressing questions. This shows you were engaged as a reader and truly care about the subject Gus has presented. Big Data is a pressing worldwide issue that many people are aware of but don’t understand the full effects/ consequences. I would highly recommend watching the movie “the social dilemma” in which covers the process of how data is being stored/ stolen to better promote big companies and their products. It shows how the world has changed and how millions across the globe are so focused on their phones they are throwing away their valuable lives to social media. It is a huge problem and needs to be addressed. I like your question “Is there anything we can do to stop big data collection?” and if Gus “had any potential solutions to the big data collection” because those are important questions to ask in order to help dig at the core of the problem. Thank you Cecilia for having such an engaged response! I look forward to your and Gus’s future responses!
  • Jacob's Dec 22, 04:41 comment on Substance Abuse
    Those stats are crazy
  • Brendaly's Dec 21, 23:35 comment on The Stigma of Mental Illness and Race in America
    Dear Olivia I am pleased by your post , “ The Stigma of Mental Illness and Race in America” because you explain how America isn’t as accepting as people would believe it to be , especially when it comes to subjects like race and mental illness. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “people with mental illness are treated as less because others dont understand their mental illness and so they are scared of them and do not give them jobs or even a chance to prove themselves.” I agree with this because when people see others with mental illness have an episode they express how that person should get help in order to live a normal life but the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness doesn’t give them a shot at a normal life . Another sentence that I agree with was: “people of a different race can be looked at as violent and scary just because they look different..” This stood out to me because the way they look and the way they are portrayed make others treat them as less then , because of the way they looked they always made them feel as though they weren’t ever truly American. You seem to advocate against race issues Have you read the book “born a crime” I thought you might be interested in this because it’s similar to this post . Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you made outside connections to the movie the joker .
  • Jaylene's Dec 21, 22:35 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Dear Ariana, I am intrigued by your Essay, “The benefits of strict gun laws,” because it was a very well written and informative essay that enjoyed reading. I believe gun laws should be more strict and it’s a major issue, this essay really showed the controversy with gun laws. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ People who are not mentally stable or that do not know how to use guns, should not be able to own one because it puts themselves and others in serious danger.” I think this is important to say because too many people are hurt by guns because of how accessible they are and who can get them. Another sentence that I agree with was: “ Gun violence will decrease with more restrictions and with more restrictions, guns become less dangerous to humans but better for self defense or other things guns will be used for. ” This stood out for me because I agree with your statements and how gun violence will decrease and how it could be put to different use. I do agree with you that gun control is a controversial topic. One reason I say this is because many people argue and bicker over this subject. Another reason I agree with you is that gun control causes rage to some people when disagreed about. Have you seen this article? “https://www.britannica.com/story/gun-control-in-the-us” I thought you might be interested in this because of it’s information. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I enjoyed your essay and being able to share my input.
  • Jaylene's Dec 21, 21:57 comment on “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods” kept me hooked through the whole story
    Dear Matthew, I am intrigued by your essay because the book sounds interesting and captivating. I have also watched one of the movies but never checked out the book so it seems fun to read. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ if he tells everything about the gods he will get in big trouble.” I think this is interesting because… Greek god are very fascinating and it’s interesting how there may be more out there than we currently know. Your essay reminds me of something that happened to One of my friends. One time in sixth grade one of my friends and a lot of others enjoyed reading Rick Riordan books and mentioned it a lot. You interesting in this book reminds me of my classmates in sixth grade and how much they enjoyed it and would talk about it during class. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… it was very interesting to read and I look forward to reading the book sometime soon.
  • Jude's Dec 19, 21:46 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro, I am intrigued by your article because of your opinions on the effect social media has on people. I also liked how you brought up that social media has benefits as well. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “People, teens especially, who are most vulnerable to being overwhelmed by their emotions: depression, anxiety, stress, need to understand why they feel the way they do. Why they do the things they do before they start using social media. ” I think this is a good point, but I also think that although suicide rates are high amongst teens the blame should not go to social media. Kids create a lot of their own issues by not taking care of stuff that hurts them. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I had to write an essay on whether I though social media was good or bad for teens mental health. I think that kids mental has always been an issue and while the creation of social media doesn’t help it I don’t think it hurts it either. All kids when they are having a hard time struggle to tell people and that’s their own fault. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you offer a great opinion on social media. The mental health issues of teens is a big issue and needs to be more heavily discussed.
  • Ethan's Dec 19, 06:28 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Hi Madison, I really like your take on the education system and what it really is about now adays. I can say I have been up late doing work because it is so much. Sometimes I don’t even learn anything from the work because I cannot have the mind set to learn, I have to have the mindset to finish by my deadline. I think schools could really improve the quality of student’s education by not making deadlines so imperative so students do not stress about the work and they actually learn something. I never thought about this that deeply before and I hope this post you made really makes a change. https://www.thegraidenetwork.com/blog-all/2018/8/1/retiring-the-red-pen-shifting-attention-from-grades-to-learning
  • Ethan's Dec 19, 06:22 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro. I really agree with what you had to say. I think that social media is a great thing it can entertain someone for hours where they would just be bored and losing their mind but at the same time it can destroy a person. The reasons for that is I believe it can be very toxic if you are in the bad place of mind. I think that its deeper than just social media bad I think if people are going through something and do not really love themselves then social media will just amplify that feeling when they see others having a great time. I really think your take is interesting and it made me look at it differently and it is important to look at mental health. https://www.psycom.net/social-media-teen-mental-health
  • Emmanuel's Dec 18, 23:25 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Victor, I am happy with your post, “High School Stress,” because I know that a lot of students feel the same way. There are some students that believe that they work better under stress but too much stress is bad.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This is true because stress can result in you not working as efficiently as you would and could affect the way you handle other things. ” I think this is true because when anyone is working under stress people want to get done with it as fast as possible to end the stress. Another sentence that I intrigued by was: “ Some examples to reduce stress that they explained is eating less caffeine, and sleeping more to wake up ready for the finals.” This stood out for me because I know that there are many students are a hooked to caffeine. They lose a lot of sleep because of the amount of caffeine that they intake during finals week. I do completely agree with you that taking time to yourself is better than too much stress. One reason I say this is because when students are so focused on school work they forget to think about themselves. Another reason I agree with you is because students and kids are losing a lot of sleep and that is also really bad of a students mental health and sleep schedule. Have you seen this https://www.activeminds.org/blog/6-healthy-ways-to-reduce-stress-during-final-exams/ ? I thought you might be interested in this because the link can help under ways to reduce stress especially during finals week. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I am glad that more people are talking about this. A lot of kids and students chose to ignore their stress because they want to get there work done without thinking of their health.
  • Emmanuel's Dec 18, 23:11 comment on Growing up in New York
    Dear Elena, I am interested with your post because you talked about how you love baking and i just started baking. I would love to know some of your favorite dishes you like making. I am also mesmerized by your lifestyles in New York because of the dancing that you do. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ It’s nice to take walks there because and I can smell the fresh air and look around at the beautiful trees around me.” I think this is interesting because we do not get this enough in New York City. The city is so fast that we never stop to look at the trees that are around when we walk or even the ones in the park. When we leave the city people tend to stop and look around more to analyze the nature side that we don’t get in New York. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was craving pie but also curious to know how to bake it, so i ask my mother for help. At first I was struggling because it was my first time baking anything but my mother was there to help me. At the end it turned out great and this experience has inspired me to bake more. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would love to hear more stories about your life in New York City. I would also love to hear more stories about the activities/ hobbies of yours.
  • Halimah's Dec 18, 20:49 comment on Native Americans and Mental Health
    Hi Mazda, I am really interested with your post because it’s something that more people need to talk about. I feel like not everyone pays attention to what Native Americans feel and they’re hardly ever talked about. one thing that stands out is how you mentioned the side effects and what mental health leads to. It kind of reminds me of how I felt when I was in middle school. Of course it was nothing close to what Native Americans go through but I still always felt very alone. Thank you for raising awareness about this topic,
  • Ammaar's Dec 18, 20:24 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Hey Diana, I found this post to be very interesting because seeing monkey in a city is not an everyday thing. I myself am interested in monkeys and wonder what it would be like living in a city populated with them
  • Owen's Dec 18, 20:20 comment on Not Your Mascot
    Dear Jennifer, I think that your argument, along with these images makes for a really compelling argument. For me, the top image is the most powerful because of the message that the woman on it is trying to convey. She’s saying that her ancestors were fighters and survivors, and they didn’t fight so hard just to be the mascot for a team that has nothing to do with their people. One of the sentences that you wrote that really stood out to me was when you said “When you see hundreds if not thousands of other sports teams with animals and objects as their mascots, it makes it seem as if they are saying that Native people aren’t human”. I thought that this was really well put because by using the Indian as a mascot, it sort of reduced their people to something used for entertainment. Another sentence that I liked was: “This is eye opening because you can really see how wrong and uncomfortable it is” when you were talking about the image of a Native American woman walking by a woman with a handbag and shirt with a Native American on it. I thought that you brought up a good point, that it’s really weird that people use the face of the Native Americans as a symbol for something that they don’t stand for, like a sport. You should take a look at this article. https://www.creativebloq.com/news/mock-cleveland-indians-logos-highlight-racial-double-standards . It takes a look at the racist depiction of Native Americans as mascots by making other races into a similar-looking mascot. By seeing all of these races stereotyped in the same way that the Native Americans are, it just re-opens your eyes to how messed up the original one is. Thanks for your writing. I thought that the images themselves were very moving, and your analysis of each one really added to the message of the project. I look forward to seeing what you post next.
  • Kayla's Dec 18, 17:54 comment on Struggles and Injustices
    Hey Owen, I really enjoyed the facts you stated in this text. The pictures you use establish ethos to make the audience feel a connection because of the fact that it is a child in the picture. It might make the audience feel more drawn or empathetic because of how young this child is. I look forward to your next writing because of the evidence you use.
  • Kayla's Dec 18, 17:54 comment on Struggles and Injustices
    Hey Owen, I really enjoyed the facts you stated in this text. The pictures you use establish ethos to make the audience feel a connection because of the fact that it is a child in the picture. It might make the audience feel more drawn or empathetic because of how young this child is. I look forward to your next writing because of the evidence you use. Kayla Castillo
  • Mazda's Dec 18, 15:45 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Hey Diana, I am surprised about your post because I have never really heard of city that’s getting over taken by monkeys. One thing that stood out to me in this post was the fact that the monkeys were attacking the civilians for food. I think that the city should learn from this and they should tell the tourists that they are banned from feeding the monkeys. They can also put up signs that says “DO NOT FEED MONKEYS.” I feel like that would be pretty helpful.
  • Ginger's Dec 18, 04:05 comment on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Native American Communities
    Dear Zephyr, I am intrigued by the great deal of information in your post. The image you chose is very powerful. I hope to see more posts by you again.
  • Zephyr's Dec 18, 03:26 comment on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Native American Communities
    wow great
  • Halimah's Dec 18, 02:55 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    Dear Katie I am really interested in your post because it shows the reality of today’s society. It tells how a teen can suffer. You mentioned that teens usually use social media for validation. I 100% agree with you and think that social media can be used to always look down on yourself and compare yourself to other people and always think that you need to be like them. Your post reminded me of how i used to use social media. I also fished for compliments because of how lonely and bad I felt for myself. I really look forward to reading another one of your posts in the future.
  • Zephyr's Dec 18, 02:31 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Hey Diana, I am excited about your post because I like monkeys. I think it would be pretty cool if monkeys took over America. There probably wouldn’t be any more war then. One thing that stands out to me is that they would feed the monkeys candy and soda. This makes me sad because the monkeys probably got sick from eating it. They should stick to a healthy diet and probably don’t know any better. Looking forward to your next monkey post!
  • Matthew's Dec 18, 01:50 comment on Not Your Mascot
    Dear Jennifer, I am glad about your post, “Decolonizing Research Project” because I feel like this topic isn’t receiving much attention to the public about Native American History and the history with the Indigenous. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “This is implying that Native people are not on the side of the teams with these names, and are actually very against it”. I think this is a message on the Native Americans because you showed us that these people are being affected by team names like “Redskins”. Have you seen this article? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/sports/football/washington-redskins-new-name.html I thought you might be interested in this because recently the Washington Football Team decided to drop it’s name around this year in June. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your good at analyzing the images that represent this topic on decolonizing Native Americans in today’s society. Hopefully we see another topic addressing these types of issues today.
  • Zachary's Dec 18, 01:22 comment on The talk on private schools uniforms
    Dear Diego, I am intrigued by your post because I never thought much of school uniforms and the meaning behind them. It never occurred to me that people are less likely to be bullied for their clothes when they all wear the same uniform.One thing you said that stands out for me is: “it’s the fact of someone getting bullied for what they are wearing” I think this is interesting because I believe that no matter what students are going to make fun of and bully one another but to me it is just the matter of what they say or do and how they do it. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. When I was in elementary school I got into lots of trouble for fighting and got suspended many times. I never felt insulted by the bullies when they would make fun of me because I always knew I could beat them half dead if I chose to so it never fazed me.Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am interested to see more on what you write about and providing an interesting perspective that I never would have thought of.
  • Eric's Dec 17, 19:32 comment on Champions League
    Dear Morgan: I am interested in your post because I watch the Champions League and I’m a big soccer fan. I also heard about this when it happened, and I was surprised by it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The teams and players want people to know that racial discrimination should not be allowed in FIFA or in around the world.” I think this is great because it’s setting a good example for racial issues in the future. I am glad that you are writing about this and I’m also glad that the players took a stand to this. I agree with you that racism has no place in soccer. One reason I say this is because soccer should not be a game of racial bias. Another reason I agree with you is that I’m pleased that you took an interest in this, like I have. https://www.givemesport.com/1628523-demba-ba-has-called-out-thomas-tuchel-for-actions-during-psg-vs-istanbul-racism-incident I thought you might be interested in this because it gives more information about the incident. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked this post, and I hope you write something like this in the future. I also want to know if there are any other incidents like this happening elsewhere.
  • Bridget's Dec 17, 16:30 comment on The Widespread Problem Among Teens Today
    Great post, Josie! This topic definitely merits our attention and I agree 100% with the possible solutions/remedies for which you advocate. Attention to overall health should be our focus!
  • Joey's Dec 17, 15:33 comment on The Power of Language
    I agree with your post. Language is much more than just words. It is a connection to all who know it. One sentence I liked was “Being able to communicate is one the most crucial life skills to learn.” I liked this sentence because language and connection is a requirement in the world today. Thank you for writing, Joey.
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 10:46 comment on Teen Suicide in Utah
    I really appreciate your article “Teen Suicide in Utah” because it is very informative and raises awareness. Something that stood out to me was where you stated that Utah lacks in suicide prevention programs. This is something that should be more talked about as it is a rapidly increasing situation. People who are thinking about committing suicide should have somewhere to go and someone to talk to in order to prevent them from going through with it. Overall, this article was informative, and thank you for spreading awareness. – Wendy
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 10:32 comment on A Unique Practice in Sweden
    I found your article “A Unique Practice in Sweden” very interesting because I wasn’t aware that they do this. Something that stood out to me was “A different hypothesis about how this practice came to be is how Sweden has a relatively low number of citizens for how large the country is (Nilsson). ” I didn’t know that they had a low population, but I see the connection as to how it would cause there to be less small talk. I also like how you added the part about them being very nice people just not wanting to engage in a conversation unless it will be a meaningful one. Thank you for sharing this, I look forward to reading more of your work. – Wendy
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 10:19 comment on The Impact of Physical Activity During the Development Stage
    I really enjoyed your article “The Impact Of Physical Activity During The Developmental Stage” because I completely agree that it can be very beneficial. When a child is growing up often times they will struggle with self-esteem, confidence, stress, etc. Being involved in a sport can really aid in those areas as it gives a sense of involvement and creates an area where one can go to relieve stress. I also agree with you that too many sports at a young age can cause a child to burn out and not want to be involved in anything afterward. Overall, I think a good balance can be established to where sports can be beneficial during the developmental stages of a child. – Wendy
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 10:10 comment on Why Sleep Is Important
    I found your article “Why Sleep Is Important” very informative. I had some previous knowledge of how sleep deprivation causes drowsiness and lack of performance throughout the day, however, I was unaware of the long term effects. Something that stood out to me was “Long term effects are more serious as deprivation of sleep long term can cause decline in cognitive function, anxiety, depression, and paranoia that become more serious over time.” This isn’t very surprising to me, but I now properly understand that getting rest is extremely important. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more of your work. – Wendy
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 09:54 comment on Domestic Abuse: Pandemic within a Pandemic
    Hello Lluvia, I really like your post and how it spreads awareness on this issue. Some people are not aware of what it is like to have to endure this kind of abuse and we should be doing more to spread awareness and help those who need it. I agree with your statement, “If we as a society normalized the idea of getting help as a positive thing instead of a negative there would be more people reaching out.” Normalizing the idea of getting help can possibly create an impact and encourage others to seek help. Thank you for sharing and spreading awareness. – Wendy
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 09:48 comment on Where do we go when we die?
    I found your article “Where do we go when we die” very interesting because it is a very meaningful topic as no one really knows what happens in the afterlife. There are many different theories about what happens after we die and I think you did a great job of including different ideologies. Something that stood out to me was “So we no longer belong to this world. But if someone remembers us, we are “born again” in the world.” This brought things into perspective for me as thinking of someone who has passed on into the afterlife is referred to as a way to “keep their memory alive”. I have many questions about the afterlife, but I appreciate the knowledge that you have shared and look forward to reading more. – Wendy Luquin
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 09:30 comment on Importance of Individuality
    I found your article “Importance of Individuality” very informative. A sentence that stood out to me was “Over one hundred years before John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Thoreau urges the same idea that it is not about what the government can do for you, but what you can do for the government.” This stood out to me because Thoreau’s philosophy is coherent, however like you stated many people drift away from this type of ideology. I really look forward to learning more about this topic, thank you for sharing.
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 09:13 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    I really appreciate your article “School is No Longer Aout Learning, It’s About Passing” because I completely agree with you. Students are caught up with trying to get an A, as you stated “We ask for extra credit points not to learn, but to enhance our grades even just a little bit. ” This statement is true because extra credit is really only asked for to help improve our grades. Just like you also stated, studying for tests isn’t about gaining knowledge, instead, it’s about memorizing the material in order to get a passing grade. School has really become more about receiving grades that define you rather than actually obtaining knowledge. Thank you for your article that truly expresses how many students feel. I look forward to reading more.
  • Wendy's Dec 17, 08:59 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    I really enjoyed reading your writing “The Mental Health of Student-Athletes” because it was very informative. I agree that student-athletes do have to handle a lot of stress due to having to balance academics and their sport at the same time. A sentence that stood out to me was “Although student-athletes have the constant advantage of physical activity, they are among those who struggle the most with mental health issues.” This is because you previously stated that common ways to manage stress and mental illnesses are exercise and movement. So, student-athletes being amongst the most stressed is not very surprising to me because they undergo a lot of pressure to keep up with their sport and school. Thank you for sharing this information and I look forward to reading more of your writing.
  • Liliana's Dec 17, 04:49 comment on The Mental Health Epidemic
    Hi Alvaro, I was very intrigued with your article and the coverage you put on social media today. I agree a lot with what you are saying. I thought it was interesting to put the aspect of not using social media as much until a teen has a grasp on themselves and their mental health. I feel as if that reflects the notion of learning to love yourself in a way. Personally, as a teen, mental health is a huge thing going on in my life and many others. I looked through the article below and I thought the information in there connected well with what you are saying in your article. Thanks for your writing and I appreciate the additional information about mental health connected with social media. https://www.mcleanhospital.org/essential/it-or-not-social-medias-affecting-your-mental-health
  • Liliana's Dec 17, 04:28 comment on Virtual classes, advantage or disadvantage?
    I think choosing this topic was very smart and interesting. As a student who does online school for half the time I do agree with the disadvantages of online learning because I experience them myself. I thought the part where you specifically talked about Gen Z was interesting Emily. I think another factor that adds into your side of disadvantages would be the lack of motivation kids have now. Personally, I find it a lot harder to get things done now being at home. In the article below it takes a look at the mental health toll online school takes on kids. Thanks for your writing and the information this article gave me about my everyday life. https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/10/online-learning-mental-health
  • Aidan G.'s Dec 17, 02:51 comment on Reasons Why We Need to Delineate American Values
    I thought that your point about how older generations are critical of younger people for criticizing their country is significant. There is a problem in America with blindly bowing to authority just because they tell us we have to. But I’d like to point out that when the founding fathers stood up to the authority of the overbearing British many were under 30 years old and some even under 20. So I argue it’s not just a right to question authority from a young age, but it is our duty as Americans to do so.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 17, 00:42 comment on Is Christmas Too Commercialized?
    I remember a time where the Christmas season encroaching its way into pre-Thanksgiving November was a SHOCK. Now, it’s pretty much expected that the Christmas season starts on November 1. There was a period of my life where I was pretty Grinchy on Christmas, mostly because I thought it was too much. In recent years, I’ve fallen away from this attitude and re-embraced some of the materialistic fun, but it doesn’t hit quite the same note as it did for me as a child. Some potential for a follow-up: can you think of rites or traditions that often mean something different to children, young adults, and older adults? How are these rites perceived and what about changes in the life cycle causes those perceptions to change over time? Is the child’s perception of Christmas (or any rite) really the purest, or can these perceptions, perhaps, get richer over time? Interestingly enough, I come from a religious tradition that calls for a more austere Advent period. Like Great Lent– before Easter– in the Orthodox Church, calls for more alms-giving and near-vegan fasting for the 40 days leading up to Christmas. Traditionally, in Orthodox countries, the celebration begins on December 25 and goes through January 6th and 7th (The feasts of Epiphany and St. John the Baptist). Big contrast, now— December 26th is frequently a downer for me, and New Year’s Eve just seems……. lame. Another question to prompt a potential follow-up piece: Do we miss out from a lack of simplicity? Could our revelatory highs be a whole lot richer and more enjoyable if there were time– not just individual time, communal time, to slow down a bit? How much of this slowing down time do we need? For instance, in the Orthodox calendar, there are more days prescribed for fasting than there are non-fasting days. This model isn’t necessarily the answer, in fact, very few people follow these guidelines to the tee, but it certainly makes you wonder. Outside of fasting, what does “slowing down” and simplifying potentially even look like in a 21st century American society? Questions to think…. and write!…. about!
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 17, 00:25 comment on An Inherited Immune System
    As I mentioned in class, this piece took a turn, and such a cool one, Izzy! There’s obviously a wide breadth of further research you could do on how studying pre-historic DNA can prove insightful for combatting modern medical issues. More interesting to me, however, is the bigger picture concerning this piece and the nature of scientific research as a whole. This insight into neanderthal DNA really shows that we don’t know what we don’t know, and critical problem solving often has to include thinking outside the box and learning as much as we can about seemingly trivial subjects because we don’t know what insights this type of research could yield. And yet, all of this context exists in a world where people often view this type of research as frivolous or wasteful, and as a result, research departments often see their budgets drastically cut. This article on 2017 congressional budget cuts proposed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul speaks to this issue: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/rand-paul-takes-poke-us-peer-review-panels Lots of potential for a follow-up, here, Izzy. What other scientific discoveries could you give us insight into? What are the implications on these discoveries? What about the context surrounding research? Any one of these questions would make a great follow-up piece!
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 17, 00:11 comment on The Popularization of Rubber Ducks
    Ha….. floated!! I think you might have a flair for these types of pieces– blogposts which dig deep into the origins of iconic yet taken-for-granted products and toys. Your research on the rubber duck’s patent is really interesting, and I’m wondering what other products saw a change in popularity because of expired patents. Also, this is a more big-picture question? What were the “rubber ducks” which came after the rubber duck? I.e.: What other simple, popular toys/products appeared everywhere and didn’t just disappear as fads. Also also, now that so much more of childhood entertainment is digital, what will be the rubber duck of the future? Will there even be one? Answering one of these questions would make for a very cool follow-up to this piece.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 23:52 comment on The Correlation Between Alzheimer’s Dementia and Physical Exercise
    There’s lots of cool potential for spinoff from this post, Sarah, particularly because the difficulties concerning elder-care and care for patients with Alzheimer’s. Whether these patients are in the care of a nursing home, at home with hired help, or at home with just family, providing this kind of care is often difficult, strenuous, and costly. Prevention through physical activity is a key piece in easing some of the burden off of elderly care. Have you done any reading on the gut micro-biome? Particularly correlations between diet, bacteria in the intestines, and myriad health conditions ranging from mental health, diseases like Crohn’s and colitis, and even certain cancers. A blog on this topic could be a really cool follow-up to this piece!
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 23:35 comment on The Intersection of Culture and Cuisine
    Liann, this post is so fun! I didn’t know about the American origins of spaghetti and meatballs, and it’s cool how food is a signifier of the new Old world-American cultures which emerge from emigration to the United States. It wasn’t until I got a chance to travel that I leaned those hyphenated cultures, Greek-American, Italian-American, Japanese-American, etc. really are their own things separate and distinct from Greek, Italian, and Japanese, and separate and they certainly feel separate distinct from American. Delving into what it means to be part of a hyphenated culture could be a really cool follow-up piece to this one. Like spaghetti and meatballs, foods like saganaki and fortune cookies are other examples of food with American origins and ethnic flair. Other follow-up pieces could also profile some of these hyphen culture foods. Very cool, Liann!
  • TERRY ELLIOTT's Dec 16, 22:33 comment on I just read James Baldwin’s “Letter to My Nephew.”
    Try this on for size: https://progressive.org/dispatches/du-bois-as-relevant-as-ever-stockwell-201215/ And read some Dubois, by god. And watch anything by Baldwin, too.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 22:17 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    Nice piece, Katie! A comment I made on one of your classmates’ blogs applies to you, as well, so I’m going to copy and paste it, here. Before I do that, though, I want to comment on your observation that teens, today, typically use social media for validation. One question that could be the inspiration for a follow-up piece to this one is the question of what the primary purpose of social media SHOULD be. Should it be validation or should it really be for something else. If you can’t get around the fact that social media will be used for validation, then what does health validation through social media look like, and how is that different than the status quo? From another poster’s blog: Your commentary on the smartphone particularly raises tough questions because even though a sizable voice of experts has expressed concern about the way technology has re-wired our brains — Nicholas Carr is one of them; you may remember reading one of his pieces in our sophomore class– this doesn’t seem like a genie that’s going back in the bottle. For instance, I recognize the distraction and anxiety that my phone and computer give me, but I’m not giving them up. They’re too convenient, and at this point, they seem integral to the way I live my life. What to do, then? how do you come up with a creative solution for a problem that demands radical change, that simultaneously makes that level of necessary change seem impossible?
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 21:59 comment on Social Media and Social Change
    Maia, I love your points about social media, above all, being an accessible mode of education. If you check out some of your classmates’ posts, you’ll see some really good writing about the drawbacks to social media, mainly mental health-related. I think you hit the nail on the head in highlighting access as social media’s greatest asset. How could educators, schools, and students take greater advantage of that access? Blogging is one good way, but I feel as though we’re only scratching the surface. For example, #LearnOnTikTok, sounds like a great way to get concise information to a group of people, thus boiling a concept down to its essentials. Social movements, of course, are another impactful way to plug people into conversations happening across huge swaths of people. I’d love to read a follow-up piece to this blog that hypothesized what some of these integrations of social media could look like. What are some individual activities or types of lessons? How could integration of social-media re-vamp an entire course, or even an entire school??? I’d love to see where your brain could with some of these questions.
  • Cindy's Dec 16, 20:20 comment on What is the Quality of life in the U.S
    Hey ZQ, I found your post very interesting. I can see where this article is coming from, our country is on top but I believe it is because our country has a ton of factories and it pollutes the air a lot. I will be very interested if you do a follow up post! Thank you.. Cindy Reynosa
  • Cindy's Dec 16, 20:02 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Hey Diana, this post is very interesting! Maybe because this is very unusual to us, but I find it crazy how the monkeys became to adapt to the pandemic and then eventually started attacking people. I will be looking into this article and see what has happened ever since. Thank You for the interesting post !
  • Cindy's Dec 16, 19:56 comment on Champions League
    Hey Morgan, I find your article very interesting! This situation is crazy, watching the game would be crazy. I would like to know what happened after that game, Did they ever talk about the situation, Did the ref get fired? i will be looking forward to your update, Thank you! -Cindy Reynosa
  • Anna's Dec 16, 19:12 comment on Assemblage of Ideas: Tuesdays With Morrie Quote
    Ben, I really liked your quote and the lettering spacing. For your final organization of your letters I would put it against a better background so your colors can pop. Altogether, I thought it looked really good!
  • Anna's Dec 16, 19:11 comment on Assemblage of Ideas: Tuesdays With Morrie Quote
    Ben, I really liked your quote and the lettering spacing. For your final organization of your letters I would put it against a better background like white so your colors can pop. Altogether, I thought it looked really good!
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 16:34 comment on The Widespread Problem Among Teens Today
    Very important piece Josie. Your commentary on the smartphone particularly raises tough questions because even though a sizable voice of experts has expressed concern about the way technology has re-wired our brains — Nicholas Carr is one of them; you may remember reading one of his pieces in our sophomore class– this doesn’t seem like a genie that’s going back in the bottle. For instance, I recognize the distraction and anxiety that my phone and computer give me, but I’m not giving them up. They’re too convenient, and at this point, they seem integral to the way I live my life. What to do, then? how do you come up with a creative solution for a problem that demands radical change, that simultaneously makes that level of necessary change seem impossible? Lots of food for thought, and I didn’t even get to my point on this sentence: “Why, in a country with the most developed technology and medicine, are depression and anxiety rates among teens and college students at the highest it has ever been?” I won’t say anything else about this point other than linking you to this NPR article about Farreed Zakaria’s book “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World.” I wonder what parallels you see– might be another opportunity for a follow-up. https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923218525/this-is-an-opportunity-fareed-zakaria-on-lessons-for-a-post-pandemic-world
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 16:15 comment on Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?
    Nice, comprehensive history, Kaylee! What I find most interesting is the Christmas tree’s arc from pagan symbol, to its appropriation as a Christian symbol in Germany, to its popularization from British royalty. This history of the Christmas tree reminds me a bit of the history of Halloween. I wonder how many other traditions we carry on today follow this same trend of being passed from one culture to another. I think these cool historical tracings are right up your alley as a writer, and I also think that they’re insightful because we almost always take the complexity behind some of our most beloved traditions for granted. I’d love to read a similarly formatted follow up to this piece on a new subject.
  • 2021 Diego Avila's Dec 16, 15:50 comment on Miss working out? Follow these “ten” steps.
    It was fun reading this because it gave pointers and gave us your about how you missed working out and figured out ways to work out even in the global situations we are in. No big issues besides just talk more about the why not the how.
  • Alvaro's Dec 16, 10:09 comment on Effects of Covid-19 on Kids and Adolescents
    Hey Matthew, very interesting post. I too have felt the mental symptoms of the lockdown. I’m just grateful that my family is tolerable to be around. At the beginning of the lockdown, as an introvert, I felt at ease. But a couple of months later having no physical, close-up interactions with people have started to get to me. I started begging my parents to let me hang out with friends, which is very unusual. I’ve never had such a strong feeling of loneliness as I do now under lockdown. I really appreciate the advice about changing my mindset. I feel like everyone, including me, has put their heads in small boxes blinding themselves to the opportunities they have while being at home all day.
  • Alvaro's Dec 16, 10:01 comment on The Widespread Problem Among Teens Today
    I completely agree with your post. I’ve also come to understand that mental health issues are extremely common among teens and college students. It is an epidemic that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Although these issues can be attributed to many different things in a person’s life, I firmly believe that school has an enormous part to play in it. Students, especially high school and college students, need constant brain stimulation in order to keep focus. I believe that is the problem. With the introduction of phones and social media, students have lost the ability to focus for long periods of time. Although I believe the school system is flawed, I also think students should work on themselves in order to achieve a higher level of discipline.
  • Alvaro's Dec 16, 09:45 comment on The Intersection of Culture and Cuisine
    Great post Liann! I believe the generally accepted American cuisine would probably be burgers or hotdogs, and I think it’s really cool that the imitation of cultural cuisine from different parts of the world can also be considered as “American cuisine”. I am grateful to the immigrants that brought their cultural food with them to America. Although some people see it as dishonorable, there are people who make and sell true cultural food. The fact that I’m able to eat authentic Chinese food or Indian food without having to travel to those places is a huge part of why America is so great. -Alvaro C
  • Alvaro's Dec 16, 09:22 comment on Miss working out? Follow these “ten” steps.
    Great post Seth! I too have faced the challenge of staying fit during the pandemic. It’s so easy to jump on my bed, but so difficult walking outside to do pushups. I didn’t know exercise had so many benefits, definitely gives me a good reason to start again since I’ve been feeling kind of stressed with school. I’ll take your advice and start small, just a walk outside. -Alvaro C.
  • Alvaro's Dec 16, 09:14 comment on Are monkeys taking over Thailand?
    Hey Diana, really funny post. I’m surprised to see that animals are also having problems with covid. Although I feel bad that the monkeys’ food supply has been cut off; I can’t help but chuckle at the thought of seeing a stray monkey walking down the street. -Alvaro C.
  • Oliver's Dec 16, 06:40 comment on Climate Change is Not Controversial… It’s Really Happening
    Informative post Miles! I absolutely agree with this post. It is disheartening to see people treat climate change as a political or partisan issue. I haven’t heard a lot of people saying that climate change should not be controversial so I am glad to see it here. I liked what you said about why people don’t believe that climate change is real “With false information so easily accessible on the internet and politicians who still do not openly admit to climate change, you could see why there is still a large number of people who aren’t convinced.” I think this it is important to identify what is going wrong that people do not believe in climate change. Understanding the viewpoints of those who are ill informed is important to causing societal change. According to a 2016 Pew Research study “About two-thirds of U.S. adults (67%) say the federal government is doing too little to reduce the effects of climate change”. While this might seems like a healthy majority it is very discouraging to think about the remaining % that think we are doing ok. It is frustrated to see Americans not concerned about the United States’ response to this crisis. I think you might find this research helpful: https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2019/11/25/u-s-public-views-on-climate-and-energy/
  • Emmanuel's Dec 16, 05:04 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Dear Madison, I am happy with your post, “School Is No Longer About Learning, It’s About Passing” because I can see that within. Myself and other of my classmates. I can see us come into this cycle of just completing the work to the get it done and not actually learn. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “While grades can be beneficial, they have developed into a sole source of students’ motivation, taking the place of learning as the end goal in school, which is to pass.” I think this is smart because the only reason we want to do our work is to just finish it. If we didn’t have grades or deadlines our work would never get done. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “Studying for tests is not to comprehend and retain the information, it is to memorize, but then later forget, that information to get a multiple choice question correct.” This stood out for me because studying test for me is juts memorizing rules. I never truly know what I am doing during an exam of quiz. Right after the quiz I immediately forget everything about that quiz/ exam. I do truly agree with you that Schoo is no longer what it used to be. One reason I say this is because after every year we all just forget what we learned that year. Another reason I agree with you is because us students find ways to get our done work as easy and simple which also just doesn’t help us to learn. Have you seen this https://medium.com/energy-convertors/this-is-a-message-to-all-teachers-stop-relying-on-memorization-to-determine-your-students-34cca2c2e328 ? I thought you might be interested in this because of how they respond to knowing kids get by school with just memorizing. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I don’t feel Luke this get talked about. Many students go through and it’s sad to see how school has changed us all.
  • Emmanuel's Dec 16, 04:29 comment on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Dear Issy, I am shocked by your post “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” because I feel like this is an unpopular opinion. Most people have chosen to ignore the rude remarks that Harry makes throughout the books and even the films. This post allows me to feel supported that other can see Harry’s rudeness but still enjoy his character because he is kind to his loved ones. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “One, he is rude. Two, he thinks the world revolves around him” I think this is completely true because although the whole series is about hi going against Lord Voldemort he always wants to be the hero. Throughout the movies and the first book we see that he could have avoided many things but he got himself involved. He got his house and friends in trouble because he gets himself involved. Another sentence that I compelling was: “Three, he always thinks he is right, but he is kind and always cares for his friends.” This stood out for me because that’s the main reason why I don’t hate Harry Potter as a character. He can be rude at times but the love he has for other people especially growing up without any love just shows the person he truly is. I do truly agree with you that this does affect his relationship with people. One reason I say this is because of how he treats his friends. Another reason I agree with you is because he never experienced love because of his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Have you seen this https://www.buzzfeed.com/jemimaskelley/the-douchebag-who-lived ? I thought you might be interested in this because it explains more ways Harry was rude or not the greatest character as people think. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I’m glad I found other who felt the same way about Harry Potter.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 16, 02:29 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    Well-researched, Jess! You’re doing important work by giving voice to mental health issues within the athletic community because of societal stigmas which tend to divorce the athlete from matters of the brain. I’m particularly interested in some of the measures the NCAA is taking to address mental health. What kinds of practices are being used? Do any techniques seem particularly effective, and what can we take from the answers to those questions when examining high school, junior high, and elementary athletic programs so that a solid support system is in place to serve student-athletes across the board. This might be a cool topic for a follow-up blog! Nice job!
  • Zhelanea's Dec 15, 20:00 comment on Domestic Abuse: Pandemic within a Pandemic
    Hi, Lluvia, I agree with your post of how we much spread awareness of this issue and work towards helping each other out. Either that being changing the negative culture revolving around seeking help, or just wearing a mask in public to be able to stop the virus. “Sadly many of these crises are set to become much more frequent”, this phrase made me think of the more people that are getting abused daily that we still don’t know about. The stats show increase in domestic abuse, and we still don’t have a concrete plan for the future.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 15, 18:06 comment on Finals and Why They Should Be Finally Done With
    I really like how authoritative this piece is, and its ability to take schools/the concept of final exams to task. A paragraph which really stood out to me: “A school must ask itself when the test does not evaluate a student’s learning capabilities but instead, their memorization, is the test really necessary to have? Finals should be ended as they only examine a student’s ability to retain information for a short period rather than evaluate what the students have learned in the semester. Also, finals place students in a high-pressure environment, affecting their ability to perform well.” I think if we’re going to entertain the possibility of walking away from final exams, then we have to ask ourselves what we do with that time, instead. “Nothing,” could be an answer– but it has to be backed up with good reasons. Simultaneously, it’s worth our while to consider the purpose finals serve, are supposed to serve, and any additional purposes that could be serving but aren’t. For instance: You mention the “high-pressure” environment? To what extent, if at all, is there value to the high-pressure environment? Do students have anything to gain from experiencing it, and is that gain worth the cost? Most schools have standards or objectives– academic goals that they want students to accomplish at the end of each year. How do schools know how many students have achieved these goals? How do students know they’ve achieved those goals? When’s the cut off point? I.e.: By WHEN should students demonstrate that they’ve met these goals? What about curiosity? If there’s one thing my high school did well, it was building up my passion for my interests and teaching me how to be curious enough to explore them? The bulk of that curiosity-building was a year-long project for my AP Lit class in lieu of a final. Do finals adequately stimulate that curiousity? Should they? If not finals, then what else? Some questions to chew on, anyway. I would love to see a follow-up piece that tackles one of these ideas.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 15, 17:45 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    What I love about this post, Madison, is that the exigence of this problem is set up right in that first paragraph, and I think your tone and sense of urgency are as severe as they need to be: this is a problem. A couple of key points that stood out to me, and questions that spring from them: “Over time, education has slowly transitioned into a more damaging, expectant system, in which learning is no longer at the threshold of importance for students.” and “Grades have diminished the value of learning and created an environment where students are afraid of failure, as the pressure to perform perfectly from teachers, parents, and even students themselves is overwhelming and damaging.” So, as this is my line of work, where do I even begin with my questions? You used phrases like “over time” and “slowly transitioned into a more damaging, expectant system,” implying that there WAS a better age of education when learning was the priority, and if that’s the case, when was this better age and what was the context which surrounded the classroom, at that point, when allowed us to prioritize learning? The next point that I want to bring up is that you nicely identify a series of stakeholders or responsible parties for our current state of education, So, I guess, my next questions are: can we expand this list, and if so, what do we do about it? Why do teachers assign and grade the way they do and how can that be changed for the better? Who selects what gets taught, and is it stimulating/useful enough? What kinds of expectations are parents putting on students and are those expectations fair? Has our integration of technology in our classrooms led to better, more meaningful learning, or are we missing something? Why do we get upset when we get Bs? Nothing about a B is bad, after all. What options exist outside of traditional 4 year universities? What about the cost of university? What about companies that profit from selling standardized tests, curricula, and textbooks to schools? Phew!…… I’m exhausted! So, my challenge to you, if you wanted to do a follow-up to this piece. Where do you start? Let’s say that Joe Biden taps you for secretary of education, tomorrow. So many factors affect learning for the sake of learning vs. learning for the sake of the grade; you have to pick one and start somewhere to address this mess. Where do you begin?
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 15, 16:57 comment on Importance of Individuality
    Nothing gets be going like a good Thoreau essay! I think there’s a lot of potential here for a possible follow up– your post addresses social media, laws, authenticity, and even the Pandemic. Interestingly enough, the COVID portion stuck out to me the most, particularly this part: In lockdown, people found themselves having exceptionally lax schedules, not focusing on the important things they once centered their lives upon. In times like these, it is most important to reflect on one’s inner self and voice one’s opinions on certain matters to continue to flourish.” What I found interesting about this take, is that, it seems to me, that Thoreau– Mr. Go-Off-and-Live-In-Walden-Pond, Mr. Simplicity! Simplicity! Simplicity!– would take a liking to quarantine and see it as a time to strip life away of its excess frill, potentially living to a more authentic living. As the pandemic hit during the beginning of Great Lent for those on the Orthodox calendar, my priest put out an optimistic video PSA at the beginning of the pandemic– at this point, church was CANCELLED for a Sunday, including for clergy; that DOESNT happen– and in the midst of all of that, this priest told us all that he really thought that he was in store for probably the most authentic Lenten experience of his life, and to be honest, my Lent ended up turning out that way. I fasted more and went to many fewer parties. I attended more church services, albeit virtually, and had more time to read the scriptures. Not to mention, that once Lent was over, I was able to dedicate more time to exercise, read for fun, virtual socializing with friends, and cultivating other hobbies which had fallen by the wayside. This, off course, is just one person’s experience, and yet, there are plenty of days where I miss Spring 2020 quarantine. To me, it felt like more authentic living. How this applies to YOU, though: I’d love to see a sequel to this post which wrestles with the question of what enables a more authentic life. Is there authenticity in the stripped-down life (as I’ve contended), or does authenticity come from more activity, hustle, and bustle? Or… of course… is the truth somewhere in between. Out of all of my students, I’d want to hear your perspective on this idea the most, Brooke.
  • Thano Prokos's Dec 15, 15:28 comment on Astroturfing and The Importance of Corporate and Political Transparency
    Nice topic selection, Ellie! I think you hit the nail on the head on what people find so infuriating about astroturfing in this section toward your conclusion, that astroturfing ” tricks good-intending citizens into getting behind a cause that they believe is highly supported due to the number of people in the pocket of corporations and powerful politicians.” Here’s the question that gives me pause, though. At some point, organizations need major funding, structure, and bureaucracy to accomplish their agendas, and yet, in reaching that point, organizations often become detached from the needs of their constituents– or at least, it feels that way. So you have a Catch 22– you’re either too grass roots to have the means to accomplish long-term goals, or you reach a point of legitimacy that fundamentally changes the identity that made your cause resonate in the first place. This EXACT debate was in the news this week concerning Black Lives Matter and new “umbrella organizing.” I recommend giving it a Google!
  • Natalia's Dec 15, 14:30 comment on What is the Quality of life in the U.S
    Zhelanea, Thank you for posting this. I think it will get people to think about what it really means to be a successful country and I think that everyone has their own definition. For example, I think mental health and wellness in general are very important. If a country is financially rich, but its people are not well, how important is that money? Did the article include information on mental health or wellness in general?
  • Ariana's Dec 15, 06:35 comment on Ways of Coping with a Lack of Positivity and being Overwhelmed in School
    Ishmael, When looking through the posts, your title very well caught my attention because I think it is very relatable to high school students everywhere in the world. The first paragraph of your post is what I like best. For me, I have always wanted to participate in things so that I can have the best high school experience possible, but with online schooling and not being able to participate in many school activities, I feel like this year has been wasted. As a fellow senior I am sure you can agree that it has been sad not being able to participate in many senior activities but as you stated, “there are many ways to stay positive when feeling frustrated with your performance or general attitude in school”.
  • Melissa's Dec 15, 05:45 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Victor, I also believe that stress is not good for you nor your mental health. I personally tend to stress a lot especially when it comes finals. One sentence that stood out to me is: “This is true because stress can result in you not working as efficiently as you would and could affect the way you handle other things.” This statement is absolutely true because when I am stressed I tend to turn in assignments without actually learning the material. Thanks for your writing. -Melissa
  • Kenny's Dec 15, 05:43 comment on Social Media and Social Change
    Dear Maia, I am satisfied with your post because social media is really beneficial for a lot of information nowadays.Im glad you are helping people understand that social media is a good thing. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “In light of recent events, the interconnectivity of social media has proven to be a major source of awareness on various topics geared toward social change, like racial injustice and gender equity.” I think this is amazing because it raises awareness if anything happens. Its used as a portable news source. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I checked instagram on December 8, 2019. I saw a lot of photos of one of my favorite rappers “juice wrld” aka Jarad Higgins.When I read more into it I was seeing a lot of “rip” captions. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was very informative. It can change the views of people who think social media is bad.
  • Morgan's Dec 15, 00:58 comment on High School Stress
    I agree with your statement stress is not good for your body. For mental stress can really be hurtful and can make your days longer. I like how you mention that stress can make your body hurt as well. Yes to help you from stressing you should sleep more and get good rest. Stress can intervene with the school which results in failing classes. I also like how you help us on how not to stress ourselves out.
  • Kenny's Dec 15, 00:39 comment on Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Teenagers — The Who’s What’s Where’s When’s and How’s
    Dear Miles I am satisfied with your post because it raises awareness about the bad addictions that students are having now. Smoking e-cigarettes is becoming an even bigger problem and is damaging the youth.This post is very helpful to help children try to avoid these. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “E cigarettes are not healthy for anyone, but are especially unhealthy among adolescents whose brains aren’t fully developed.” I think this is sad, because these unhealthy e-cigarettes are in children’s hands very often. Your post reminds me of some of my old classmates. One time…I saw them smoking for the first time.They were really smart at everything and an honor roll student.Then after smoking for a while he started to struggle in school, fail and rarely showed up. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this was really informative.It spreads more awareness and can make children quit these e-cigarettes.
  • Seth's Dec 14, 21:59 comment on Are Driverless Cars A Good Idea?
    Hey Cynthia you have a really interesting post here. I understand the fear to not trust robots because they make mistakes, but humans make more mistakes, and take longer to respond situations. Also with time and development robots will get better. I feel it’s also important to point out that airplanes are almost always controlled by auto pilot. Also when you mentioned the self driving car crashing into a truck, that more commonly happens with humans behind the wheel, usually because they are distracted. I really liked your post and I’m excited to see the next post you make.
  • Seth's Dec 14, 21:11 comment on The amazingly undervalued renewable energy sector.
    Hey Matthew, this was a great topic to post about. It’s hard to deal with the world refusing to change even though it’s so desperately needed. We keep using fossil fuels even though it is creating more harm than benefits. The part where you mention that SUNRUN has 277% returns so shows how much the alternative energy industry is growing and working. It amazes me that people are still resisting it. I understand that it will cost people jobs, but it will also create a lot of jobs that can easily make up for the ones lost. I really liked seeing your perspective on this Matthew and I can’t wait to see your next post.
  • Morgan's Dec 14, 17:24 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    I really enjoyed reading this I like how you describe mental health and what it does and how important it is to someone. The stat 10 to 15 percent of athletes at the college level suffer through this mental health issue surprises me. The number of college athletes is big across the nation so that percentage is pretty high. I like how you give advice about this and it really helped me and change the way I think also. I also like how you mention that stress in an athlete is a big thing and should be calling for help if you need it.
  • Lluvia's Dec 14, 16:44 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    I really liked the information you had and how clear you were. Social media has lessened teens view about themselves and led many to believe they are not pretty just because they don’t look like a celebrity. Online platforms are responsible for what is being fed to many teens. I liked your points.
  • Brendaly's Dec 14, 16:11 comment on Everything About a Hallmark Christmas Movie Is Predictable Except It’s Success
    Dear Lauren I am pleased with your post “ Everything About a Hallmark Christmas Movie Is Predictable Except It’s Success,” because I agree that these hallmark movies have a Repetitive storyline but like you said it does really help with the stress and worry the holidays may bring people One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The reliable Hallmark holiday movie plot formula takes us on an emotional journey that can be especially beneficial during the stress of the season — which keeps us coming back for more ” This stood out to me because I didn’t know that it was providing help to a lot of people experiencing stress during these seasons. Another sentence that I liked was“ Depression and anxiety can be high during the season, and the merry moods of the characters help people form a more optimistic view on the holidays.” This stood out to me because it’s nice to have something that can help you ease your depression or anxiety and get you in a better mood . Have you watched or seen any of these hallmark movies? And do you find that it might have helped you with stress or anxiety? Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I love the way you explained the benefits these movies have had on alot of people.
  • Tawan's Dec 14, 06:55 comment on Be More Serious About Social Distancing
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  • Aaliyah's Dec 14, 06:11 comment on Be More Serious About Social Distancing
    Dear Tawan, I very much appreciate your podcast, “Be More Serious About Social Distancing”, as it really exemplifies the effects of COVID-19. Precautions have been made ever since the beginning of this pandemic and it is infuriating when others don’t take it into consideration. It is great that you inform them that these precautions are made for the safety of others. It is saddening that some may not take this pandemic seriously when in fact it is taking others lives. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “I think that if they are not going to care about what is going on, then they shouldn’t have even posted the poster because people are not following them.” This is extremely important as if others don’t follow precautions they say they will follow but genuinely don’t, others won’t take the pandemic seriously. Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about the pandemic and how important it is to be safe. Aaliyah