Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Driving Age in Massachusetts Should be Raised

The Driving Age in Massachusetts Should be Raised 

The driving age of teens in Massachusetts should be increased. Currently, the driving age in Massachusetts is sixteen years old, but it must be raised to eighteen years old. You have to be eighteen or older to vote, buy powerball tickets, and so much more, so it is only fair that you should also have to be eighteen years of age to step your foot on the gas. Too many fatal deaths keep happening by teens causing car crashes. Not too long ago, a wealthy sixteen year old teenage boy was drunk driving and killed four people. One of the victim's father proclaimed, ¨Money always seems to [Couch] out of trouble.¨ When the police eventually caught the culprit, he said that he did not know any better, hence he was brought up as a wealthy child not knowing "right" from "wrong." ("Wealthy 16-year-old Who Killed 4 in Drunken Crash Spared Jail." NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.) This boy ran away with his family like cowards, until later on when the police got all of them. Although the police eventually found them, that does not bring back four lives, and the police do not always catch everyone who commits these crimes, so they go and do it again. With all these bad influences out in the world, it is safe to say that you need to be eighteen years of age to get your license.  

Not only are teens fatally injuring others, but they are hurting themselves too. People under the age of eighteen could hurt themselves with the many upon many distractions out in the world these days. In the article "Texting and Driving Statistics", ("Texting and Driving Statistics." Texting and Driving Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.) states that while teens text and drive, it causes eleven teen deaths every day and that texting and driving is the number one distraction in teen driving. The author also illustrates that by taking teenagers' eyes off the road, the percentage of them slowly stepping on the brake is eighteen percent. Teenagers may assume that they can handle their phones while behind the wheel, but ¨the numbers don't lie.¨ While teenagers use their phones while driving, it is likely for them to slow their brake reaction by eighteen percent.

Minors are getting into horrible car accidents, sometimes being fatal incidents, by actually listening to music way too loud. Listening to music too loud is considered a distraction. The article, “New Teen Drivers More Likely to be Distracted While Listening to Music”, ("New Teen Drivers More Likely To Be Distracted When Listening To Their Favorite Music." Medical Daily. N.p., 24 Aug. 2013. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.) mentioned that ninety eight percent of teens make multiple errors when they dive, while listening to their music too loud. The article, “Still Another Driving Distraction: Loud Music”, ("Still Another Driving Distraction: Loud Music." N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.) states evidence vividly saying that when teenagers are listening to their music too loud, reaction time slows by twenty percent because teens “... recalled getting so wrapped up in a loud song ‘that I blew through a stop sign.”

At the age of eighteen years old, not only are people legal adults, but they are mature. At the age of sixteen, teenagers are not yet fully mature. It is safer for citizens at the age of eighteen to be on the road because they take precautions more seriously. When people watch the news, or even witness through their own innocent ears, all they hear is bad news about a teenager causing car accidents due to bad decisions. More likely than not, depending on how bad these accidents are, all of the accidents caused by these teens end fatally. By them ending fatally, it absolutely heart wrenching to have a child die. Teenagers have their whole lives ahead of them and for that to come to an end all because of a childish mistake is not what this society needs. If the driving age is raised to eighteen years old, high school teenagers can spend more time learning and preparing to get ready to step on the gas. When you're eighteen you can vote, play powerball, and so much more, so why not throw driving into the list?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Album Review!

Everyone remembers Justin Bieber as the cute little boy who was very talented and had a career in front of him. Then, as he got older, people thought of him as the troubled Justin. Now, after all of the trouble he went through, Justin has owned up to all of his mistakes and has made a new, almost apologetic, album called Purpose. Purpose was released on November 13th, 2015. In one of his songs, "Life is Worth Living", (a piano ballad) Justin sings "My reputation is on the line, so I'm working on a better me." This is a perfect example of him "righting" all of his wrongs. Justin knows what people think of him, which are negative thoughts, and he wants make all of those thoughts positive. So, he is working on a better him. The album overall, is a huge success. Listeners really admire this album and consider it a true piece of art.

Purpose was truly one of the best albums ever made. All of the tunes throughout this album not only portrays who Justin really is, but inspires the listeners. Every track on this CD clearly shows that this artist put their everything into it. Out of all of the albums Justin has created, Purpose is most definitely the best. Throughout this CD, there are some melodies that are very personal to Justin's heart, then there are some that people can simply jam out to. With that being said, this album really has the best of both worlds: fans can learn more about the sentimental Justin, and also have a dance party with him.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Film Review!

There is a lot to say about FX's thrilling show American Horror Story. This show never fails to keep people on the very edge of their seats. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's 2012 season one's actors consists of many talented people: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge, and many more. As a marriage is on the verge of a divorce, the Harmon family decides to move to the city of angels to patch it up and start over. What the Harmon family did not know is that the exact house they moved into is the very house known as The Murder House. Everyone who had previously lived there was violently murdered. With many vengeful and depressed spirits lingering throughout this mansion, the Harmon family is in for a treat, and will soon have to find their way out of the house, if they make it out alive.

Every episode is jam-packed with suspense and horror. In the midst of all of the craziness, Mr. and Mrs. Harmon are trying to rekindle their feeling for each other. The Harmon's daughter, Violet, finds herself conflicted with her feelings towards one of the spirits that is aiming to go after her and her family. In comparison to the rest of the seasons, this season's casts was the best because they portrayed their emotions and chemistry, and viewers could really tell that they put their heart in soul into their roles. Between the romance, suspense, and violence, this show will keep viewers antsy and thirsty for more.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Problem Statement and Topic
Do you think big dogs are scary? Do you think big dogs are scarier than smaller dogs? A lot of people automatically assume that bigger dogs are scary/scarier than smaller dogs. That is not one hundred percent true. Why do people jump to these conclusions? A source that on the web, ("Managing the Stigma of Outlaw Breeds: A Case Study of Pit Bull Owners."   »  Brill Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.), surveyed twenty eight pit bull owners. The surveys results came back saying that the dog owners friends, family, respondents, and etc. were very hesitant when it came to these dogs because of their size. Every year, over 4.7 million people get bitten by a dog. Now, people assume that most of the "attacks" by these dogs are all from big dogs. That is not true. This article did no specify the size of these dogs who "attacked" people, ("Breed-Specific Legislation. Barking up the wrong tree." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.) Yes, some of these actions may have been done by bigger sized dogs, but little dogs are not so innocent themselves. People jump to conclusions that all dog attacks are caused by big dogs. When people think these things, they begin to think that big dogs are scarier than littler dogs. For example, the pit bull terrier is a specific dog breed that more people than not seem to be extremely afraid of. This article ("Breed-Specific Legislation and the pit bull terrier: Are the laws justified?" N.p., n.d. Web. Nov 20. 2015.), states that in Australia, over 19 human fatalities have considered pit bulls to be very dangerous and scary. Another source says why people think that these big dogs are scarier than smaller dogs is that bigger dogs, such as the pit bull, seem to be taken as vicious because they were not brought up the correct way. This source, ("Unfair Prejudice and Ineffective Policy." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.) claims that this does not completely make sense because smaller dogs could easily be brought up incorrectly too. In the article, Breed- Specific Legislation, ("Unfair Prejudice and Ineffective Policy." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.), the author illustrates that human beings may automatically assume that bigger sized dogs are more intimidating because they have been hurt by a dog/seen and or heard someone else get hurt by a dog. Still, the real question is, do most people favor smaller sized dogs?

Data Collection
Survey Link:

Data Analysis
For my data table and results, please click here!

As the survey results came in, I found that the majority of the responders enjoy bigger dogs. I also noticed that 40% of the responders do not have a dog. Not having a dog may influence them to, possibly, like dogs more because they do not have one. Since they do not have a dog, they may not necessarily have to clean up after one or have bad experiences with dogs, so that may enable people to like dogs more. That 40% was a big part of this survey, so maybe not owning a dog makes people like dogs more. However, yes, when someone gets/has a dog, they most likely already like dogs, but it is possible that people who do not own their own dog like dogs just a little more.  

When I checked my survey for the last time for the final numbers, I honestly thought that the majority of people may prefer smaller dogs than bigger dogs. From all of the research in the beginning of this project, many journalistic pieces state that people prefer smaller dogs rather than bigger dogs. However, the results turned out to be the complete opposite of my hypothesis. The majority of the responses showed that people actually like bigger dogs rather than small dogs. One of the survey questions that was asked was "What is your first thought/emotion when you see a big dog, such as a pit bull?" Almost every answer was the same: "I want to pet it." One responder said "AW cute." The answers came back almost one hundred percent positive toward big dogs. 

These responses came back positive, but I realized that maybe that happened for a reason. Although 60% of the responders said they have a dog, 40% said no. Now, that 40% is a pretty big percent of my results. Maybe that 40% love dogs so much because they do not have a dog. Dogs require a lot of work, and by them not having a dog(s) of their own, it is a possibility that they like dogs a little bit more. If they had a dog(s) they would have to clean up after the dog, feed the dog, bathe the dog, walk the dog, and so much more that if they had a dog of their own, maybe the numbers of this survey would be different.  

The 60% of the people who said yes do like dogs. These people have dogs and still love them. That means that by them taking care of their dogs, they still love them either way. So, maybe if the people who do not have a dog(s) get a dog in the future, will still have the same feelings towards dogs. Some people's thoughts would change, but who knows, maybe their thoughts would stay consistent because despite all the work dogs require, at the end of the day, we all love them no matter their size. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Problem Statement
What does literature show us about domestication of animals?

Research Question
How did the history of animal domestication actually happen?

Data Collection
Laudan did research on the web on domestication of animals, and found that the first animal to be domesticated was the dog. Laudan read/ researched this topic on many reliable sources on the internet.

Data Analysis
The first official domesticated animal was the dog, but many came shortly after. Animals such as goats and sheep.

Laudan came to the conclusion that dogs, especially, not only helped humans now, but millions of years ago. In history, there is a huge educational unit on how domestication of animals helped humans with learning, hunting, surviving, receiving food, etc. "Domestication is a very complicated process." It is used in history and in current day.

There is so much information on animal domestication. People really care for this topic and have many theories that have yet to be solved, if they are not already figured out/answered.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

                After reading seeing/reading two articles, “Freakonomics” and “Drive”, it is clear that there are some differences between these two articles. To begin with, in the film, Freakonomics, the economists did an experiment on ninth grade students, Kevin and Urael. The experiment was to see if freshmen grades would improve if the students were given money at the end of each term. If the student’s grades were at a C or above, then they would receive fifty dollars. If they kept their grades up for the entire school year, 10 months, they would get a total of five hundred dollars! Second, in the film, when the students were bribed with money to increase their academic performance, Kevin did not meet the standards. Eventually, Kevin’s grades in each class he took actually decreased to the lowest grade letter, an E. Urael, on the other hand, met the standards and he was eligible for his pay. Urael worked as hard as he could because he really wanted this money and he was striving to be called the king, hence his last name is King. After running this experiment on more ninth graders, more grades increased than decreased in ninth grade students. His hard work payed off and Urael finally became “the king.”

                First off, in the book “Drive”, the economists tested monkeys, not children. They gave the monkeys puzzles to solve. Automatically, the monkeys excelled at solving these puzzles! They actually took enjoyment into solving these puzzles and they could solve them in less than 60 seconds. These monkeys were intelligent and could solve these puzzles without any trouble at all. Additionally, in the book, the economists eventually thought that the monkeys would get even more efficient at solving puzzles if they gave the monkeys raisins. Once they tested out the raisin idea, the monkeys actually did worse and solved the puzzles less frequently. The monkeys seemed to have lost their drive/spark for solving these puzzles. In the book “Drive” and the film “Freakonomic’s, there are a lot of differences that the economists do to both of their “test subjects”, children and monkeys, and the results of each bribe is different between the two experiments. 

                  In the film and the article, I personally, think that the two different experiments that the economists tested were very interesting. These experiments were so particular that it was clear that these economists took the time and planned out their ideas for their experiment(s). Both of their experiments resulted differently. For the book ¨Drive¨, the economist came to a conclusion: if someone/something is given too much of a reward, then that someone/something will most likely lose their motivation. In the book, the monkeys were excelling at solving puzzles and they had no problem at all solving them, then the economists rewarded them with raisins and the monkeys made more errors solving the puzzles. They monkeys lost their motivation to solve the puzzles. In the film, Freakonomcis, Urael fully gained his motivation after he was offered with a cash reward. He was not doing well, academically, but after he was offered money, his grades increased and not only was he happy, but his mom was too. The monkeys lost their motivation after the raisins were awarded to them, and Urael, along with other ninth grade students, gained motivation from the money awarded to him.    

Friday, October 30, 2015

"The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2015. In the article, "The Still Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe", one of the many theories, was that he may have died from heavy metal poisoning. A few months before Poe died, he had tests taken, and the tests did say that he had elevated amounts of mercury in his system. Poe had been exposed to cholera epidemic in July, which explains why his mercury levels were so elevated. Being exposed to cholera epidemic was a result of his high levels of mercury. These mercury levels explain some of Poe's hallucinations and his delirium before his tragic death. The author is a believer on how Poe could have died from heavy metal poisoning. The author did not include much detail on this theory, which pushed me toward thinking that this did not actually happened to Poe. This article has a lot of "results" and "maybes." I do not think Edgar Allan Poe's death was caused by heavy metal poisoning.

"The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2015. In the article "The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe", the theory on how Poe may have died is, sadly, from a beating. It is believed that Poe may have died from getting brutally beaten up by the brothers of Elmira Shelton, Poe's soon to be wife! The three brothers were not very fond of Poe, so they "talked" to him to try to get him to brake it off with Elmira. Edgar was so afraid of them that he disguised himself in different clothes than what he was last seen in. After he changed his clothing, he went off to Baltimore to marry his wife, but was caught by the three brothers. Sadly, this theory thinks that Poe was forced to drink whiskey and the brothers beat him so awfully. The writer of this article makes their points with facts that actually happened. One of them being Poe's change in clothing. They got their theory across to the readers and the author is expressing what they truly believe may have happened to Edgar Allan Poe. I personally do not think this actually happened. Yes, I do believe that the Shelton brothers were not too happy about their sister marring Poe, but I do not think they beat him to death.

"The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. In the article, "The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe", the author has nine theories based on how Poe could have potentially died. The one that stuck out was the theory that Edgar Allan Poe may have had rabies. The article shares that Poe was found, on a street in Baltimore, with foam coming out of his mouth. When Poe eventually was in his hospital bed, he was suffering from major hallucinations, confusion, delirium, and shallow breathing. At the hospital, Poe was given water to drink from and he had a very tough time swallowing it. This is known as hydrophobia, the fear of water, which is a symptom of rabies. Dr. J.J. Moran, supervising physician, said that Poe was suffering from rabies. A few days later, Dr. Moran declared Poe as dead. During that time period, rabies was actually pretty common to get. This theory states that Poe was one of the unlucky souls who ended up getting it. The author is trying to make their own theory known, they want readers to agree and understand their points. The author of this article believes that one of the many theories that Poe could have died from, is rabies. I personally do not agree with this theory. There was no explanation on how his clothes ended up differently. There was also no animal bite on Poe, or at least it has not been recorded.

"The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. In this article, there was a theory that stated that Poe may have died from alcoholism. Edgar Allan Poe was, indeed, a heavy drinker at times in his life. It is believed that he kept drinking until the point of sclerosis to his liver. While he was drinking heavily, he had poor nutrition and a not so strong condition that brought him onto another illness, which could have caused him delirium tremens. A woman, Mrs. Susan A. T. Weiss, recalled a memory of Poe. She claimed that she saw him, and he was so pale and so tremulous. Poe was subdued and had told Susan that he had been seriously ill. Earlier that same day before Poe saw Mrs. Susan A. T. Weiss, he has been at a Tavern and carefully tended by another woman named Mrs. Mackenzie, who then told him that if he got drunk like this again, it could be fatal. Poe responded saying that if no one tempted him, he would not fall. It is believed that before Edgar Allan Poe had seen Susan, someone had actually tempted him to drink and he "fell." The author who wrote this article is saying what they think is the cause of Poe's death, and the author even added in actual recorded facts. I believe that this theory could potentially be accurate. It makes sense that Poe could have actually got drunk and became seriously ill. If the people/ person who actually tricked him into drinking, changed his clothing, then this theory may be true because he was found in different clothing than he was wearing when he was last seen.  

"The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. In the article "The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe", there are many theories about how Edgar Allan Poe actually died. The theory that contained the most information and was the most intriguing was the Cooping Theory. The Cooping Theory states that Poe was found on a street in Baltimore on election day. Near where he was spotted, there was a bar and a place for voting. During election time, Baltimore was known for violence. Some innocent citizens would be kidnapped and forced into a room called the "coop." These citizens would have to change clothing and keep on voting. To make sure that these people would oblige, they were beaten and piled with liquor by their kidnapper(s). This relates back to Poe because he was found on a street in Baltimore near one of these voting polls, he was supposedly found in strange clothes that he was not wearing when he was last seen, and he was so drunk that he was non-responsive. It is clear that the author really went into depth and explained their theory in a way that it makes sense that this tragedy could have happened to Poe. The author is expressing their point/ theory, and trying to come up with ways Poe's death could have happened from the facts they already know. I believe that this theory may have actually happened to Edgar Allan Poe. It is filled with facts, details, and believable events.       

After reading the very intriguing and very factual articles about the death theories of Edgar Allan Poe, I have come to a conclusion. I personally agree with the "cooping theory." I believe that Poe was on the streets of Baltimore on election day, and that he was one of the poor souls that got forced to drink alcohol until they were so drunk, they were barley responsive, and that they had to keep changing clothing and keep voting. The theory, along with the actual facts, make sense: Poe was found in Baltimore in different clothing that he did not even own, he was drunk, unresponsive, and he had some bruises on his body. The people that made the poor human beings do this beat them until they did it. I think, personally, that Edgar Allan Poe was one of these citizens who had to do this. The theory makes sense and the facts match up. It is very sad that Edgar Allan Poe had to die this way, let alone have his death be a mystery. He was an amazing writer and will always be remembered.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

My dad on the day of the Super Bowl XLIX

My dad started off the big day, Super Bowl XLIX, by showing his pride with wearing his jersey and  his favorite Patriots hat.

When the game started getting intense, my dad made the hard decision to take off his hat and keep cheering his heart out for his favorite football team.

This memory is clear as day. Once half- time came around, my dad was not too thrilled about how the game was going. The Patriots were losing and that made him pretty upset. So, he decided to step outside, put his hat back on his head, and breathe in that crisp winter air.

As the game escalated quickly, the Patriots were not looking too good for a win, but soon enough, the Patriots came back and won the Super Bowl! My dad put on another of his many hats and was so happy. He still to this day talks about the Patriots winning the Super Bowl XLIX. Go Pats!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pessimism Bias:  "The Pessimistic Bias." Cafe Hayek RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

This article is bias toward pessimism. The author is speaking about himself, that he is happier now than he was, or ever thought he would be, ten to twenty years ago. The author is only speaking of the down sides to this. He knows the down sides because he lived it. There may not be a ton of good things from pessimism but he did not mention the good.

Time-Saving Bias:  "The Time-Saving Bias: Judgements, cognition, and perception." N.p., n.d. Web.

This article is bias toward what the author thinks about people who are time-saving. This author thought that according to their "research" everyone is a time-saver. In this article, the author based their "research" all hypothetically. Since this is all based hypothetically, the author used what they though about time-saving. The author came to the conclusion that everyone must be a time-saver.

Self-Serving Bias:  "The Self-Serving Bias - Definition, Research, and Antidotes." Psychology Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

The authors who wrote the bias article about self-serving used the words probably and may happen. The authors did not know for sure what happened during this bias. They were against self-serving and did not care about the pros of it or the people who have it.

Trait Ascription Bias:  "The Actor and The Observer." N.p., n.d. Web.

This article mentions two bias observers, Jones and Nisbett, who make it seem people who suffer with trait ascription are self-centered. People who have this do not really have a choice, meaning, they did not chose to be like that, it just happened. Jones and Nisbett were bias toward people who do not suffer from trait ascription, rather than people who do.

Change Bias:    "ImplicitSolution." ImplicitSolution. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

This article was found on a website to help people with change bias. The author was positive toward this. The author wanted to help people who had this, and they had a positive attitude. The author did not say many bad things about this bias, mostly kind things. This author is being bias toward people who have this, rather than people who do not. They are being positive toward this because they want to help people and have nothing but pleasant thoughts, especially for help, towards it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This picture is of a male deer minding his own business and living his everyday life. This picture really captures where this deer lives and in what conditions. This is setting the scene of where the deer population live. They do not typically live in hot areas, they live in a forest area where there is a lot of space and shade.
This is a photograph of a very close competition in the sport track and field. Four women are all very close to place first, but this picture shows that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (number 5) has, by a sliver, won this tough competition. She is clearly very proud because she has just won this tough race, and because she is now a track champion! She is showing her pride and that her hard work has paid off by throwing her hand in the air.    

This photo was taken during the tragic flooding South Carolina faced. A citizen of South Carolina had to paddleboard to get her own mail. This caused seventeen deaths and many people are still recovering their injuries. People did not have a choice on a way to travel these extreme lengths to do the smallest things such as getting their own mail.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

           "Early School Start Times Could Negatively Affect Sleep- Deprived Students' Health and   Academic Performance." (n.d.): n. pag. Web. In the article "CDC Warns: Early School Start Times Could Negatively Affect Sleep- Deprived Students' Health and Academic Performance" (2015), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are explaining how and why school should start earlier. They state that school hours for some middle schools and high schools start way too early in the morning. Not getting enough sleep can cause higher rates of obesity, depression, teen car crashes, lower quality of life, and of course, sleep deprivation. CDC claims that kids should be getting around 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Anne Wheaton, the lead author and epidemiologist, has scientific facts that getting enough sleep pays off with good academic grades and it keeps you healthy. This article is very factual. The authors want this article to "speak" to people. They want people to know and agree with not only their opinions, but with their facts. It has many scientific facts that have been tested and proved to be correct, that school times should start later in the morning. Kids do better not only academically, but athletically too. If athletes get the right amount of sleep each night, they will start to see their performances improving. A medical writer and a mother herself, Terra Ziporyn Snider, as well as the CDC and others, is pushing to get these school times to start a little later in the morning, but everyone just jumped right to conclusions. Parents decline the option because they do not want their little kids coming home when it is dark outside and taking the risk of getting hit by a car. Students parents do not like this idea because they want their child to be able to participate in after school activities, without it being too late. Snider thinks that people do not take this matter seriously, and that has to change. This article is a little bias. This is bias because this is what the authors think and want, but not everyone wants this. Yes, the authors do have scientific facts, but these are only the good facts. Of course, if someone wants something, they will say the goods things about them, and that is what the authors did in this article. There is a clear objective as to why this article was written, the authors want to get school start times pushed back just by an hour or two. I personally, agree with Snider and the others. I believe that school times should start later in the morning, around 9:30 A.M. Sometimes, I am tired when school is in session because I do not get the proper amount of sleep that I should be receiving.

          "Kohn Rethinking Homework." (n.d.): n. pag. Web. In the very true article, "Kohn Rethinking Homework" (2007), Alfie Kohn is enforcing how homework is just too much. He believes that students in middle school and high school get flooded with homework, when in reality, that is not necessary. Kohn supports his opinions with stating the facts that too much homework gets students uninterested in their education, parents always bug their children that they must complete their homework, and if students are involved in after school activities, they may not have as much time to complete the loads of homework they receive. Kohn also mentions how homework being a positive thing, is a myth. The author's purpose of this article is to explain to readers that homework should not be given in such large amounts. Kohn stresses how it would be helpful if teachers talked to their students and asked what they wanted and how they will learn and succeed, rather than just throwing piles of homework at them and them not learning. This article is not bias because Kohn is not gaining anything from this article. He is speaking his mind of what he thinks is right, he is not receiving anything from this piece of writing. There are ten sources incorporated in this article. Harvey Daniels, an educational professor, agrees with Kohn's beliefs. Daniels claims that homework is driving kids away from learning. Kohn is such a strong believer for the idea of abolishing homework. When I do homework every night, sometimes I wish I did not have as much of it. If I could choose how much homework to receive, I would cut it down just a little bit.

       "End of Grades." (n.d.): n. pag. Web. In the article "End of Grades" (2011), Alfie Kohn has a strong opinion that someone needs to put an end to grades. Grades cause problems and it effects many people in many different ways. Kohn says that he looks at the second practice, the use of letters or numbers as evacuative summaries of how well students are doing, regardless on the method(s) the students used. Grading can lead to forceful criticism by teachers, parents, guardians, siblings, friends, enemies, and etc. Kohn believes that people try their best on assessments and being judged and forcefully criticized on the grade they receive on their knowledge is unacceptable. People who rudely criticize make sure that the student knows they did poorly on the assessment and make sure that the student knows that they did something wrong. Kohn is making this clear that grades should be put to an end. Grades make students frustrated and when people make unwanted comments about the students' grades, that makes them upset, which nobody wants. Alfie Kohn is not wanting a pat on the back for writing this article, he is saying what he truly thinks is right. He does not want students to be stressed out because of a letter or a number that they got tested on to see if they had the right knowledge for that certain topic. Alfie Kohn has 31 references in this article, most of them are journals, books, or articles. This is a very high number of sources, so that means that not having grades is a popular wish for many authors. All of these authors wrote about the same thing as this article, believing that grades should be abolished. All of these authors agree with each other, so the word must be getting around and many people are agreeing with this idea. The tone of this article is agreeable because people can easily agree with this idea. This article makes the readers nod their heads and think yes, along with the authors. I actually do not agree with this article, I think that everyone should have grades because if we did not have them, then how would we know what we actually got on a assessment? I am always pretty anxious to know what I get on a test, but if we did not have grades, we would never be able to find out that grade. I feel that grades should stay.

          "The Cognitive Benifts of Doodling." (n.d.): n. pag. Web. In the article "The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling" (2015), Sunni Brown tells the readers that doodling is a great thing for students to do. Some people may think that doodling is a distraction, or that if you doodle, you are not paying attention, but that is not true. It is a stated fact that doodlers recall more information than non- doodlers. About 29 percent more doodlers recall more than non-doodlers because the people who do not doodle are more likely to daydream and lose focus, rather than people who do doodle. In this article, the author is trying enforce students to doodle by getting the word out. The author has all of these facts about how doodling can affect student's academic performance, and that doodling is not a bad thing to do. There are many sources in this article. The type sources in this article are all books and or journals that authors such as John Hendrix, Sunni Brown, and Milton Glaser wrote. Personally, I have never been a big doodler, but now that may change because I read this article and now know all of the facts about how doodling can boost your academic performance.    

        "'The Gift of Failure'" (n.d.): n. pag. Web. In the article '"The Gift of Failure'" (2015), Jessica Lahey, a middle school teacher and author of this article, has noticed that one of her students, Marianna, was not as excited about learning as she used to be. Marianna's mother was curious as to why this was happening, and Lahey explained that Marianna is so afraid of failure that she has become less excited about her academics. Lahey states that because Marianna is so scared of failing, she has started to take less intellectual risks. Marianna's parents have enforced in her that she can never fail, so she was afraid. Whenever she tested something out and it did not work, she would get upset because that is what she considers failure. Now that she is afraid of taking intellectual risks, she cannot move forward, which results in unhappiness toward learning. Lahey is a teacher, so she has seen a lot of curious parents, but this one particular family was so concerned, that it finally hit her that Marianna, and other students, were so set on success and afraid of failure that she lost interest in learning. This article has a clear meaning to it, Lahey is telling parents, guardians, and students that it okay to not always get a perfect score on everything. She wants people to take intellectual risks because no matter if they do it correct or incorrect, they are still learning no matter what. Jessica Lahey is simply just being a kind citizen and telling people that they should take risks and go outside of their comfort zones. Lahey is not gaining anything from this experience, she is getting the word around to people that they should not afraid and that no matter what they do, they are learning. Jessica Lahey's article is excerpted from her book "The Gift of Failure." This is a very selfless article. Lahey wants to help students take risks and keep them excited about school, learning, education, and etc. I think this is a very motivational article because it is reminding me to take intellectual risks.

     After reading five articles about our education, I have realized some important things. First, not too many people are happy with our state of education. A lot of people are such strong believers on getting rid of grades completely and getting rid of homework completely! Going off of that, because our education system has homework included in it, we have to complete our homework, but if students participate in after school activities, they have a lot of work to do. For example, if a student plays a sport, they have practice everyday and a game/ meet once a week, then after practice the students have to go home and shower, and then settle down to do homework. You also have to eat dinner, so that is putting off homework even more, and finally after you eat dinner, the student can now do their homework. People are not happy with having homework because if a student plays a sport or participates in any after school activity, they are up pretty late doing their homework and parents do not like that. So, some of the articles I read wanted homework gone for good. Additionally, citizens are not happy with our state of education because, going off of having too much homework, most students are not getting the proper amount of sleep every night. Students come into school everyday and they are sleepy because they were up all night doing their homework. Researches were not too pleased about that. In conclusion, people are not thrilled about our state of education because we have grades. In one of the articles I read, one author did not like the idea of grades at all. The author believes that students try their best on tests and assessments, and yet, students get harshly criticized and that is not okay, so this author wants to get rid of grades once and for all. The author thinks that grades cause so much unwanted stress over a number or a letter and that it does not make any sense to keep grades, so this author is ready to discontinue grades for good. After reading five educational articles, I have learned that citizens are not that happy with our state of education.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Eminem, Eminem, Eminem! This man is the best rapper in the entire universe. He has been around for a while, and recently he played a big part in the soundtrack for the movie "Southpaw." In this newly-released soundtrack, he did a song "Kings Never Die" with Gwen Stefani, "Raw" and "All I think about" with Bad Meets Evil (himself and Royce da 5'9), "RNS" with Slaughterhouse, and "Phenomenal" by himself. He spent many countless hours working and collaborating with other artists, and on his own, on these songs. Also, not too long ago, Eminem released his newest solo album, ShadyXV. It came as a pleasant surprise to everyone because no one was really expecting for this album to be released so soon. Once the word was out that he was dropping a new album, everyone, myself included, was pumped! He works so hard on his music. For example, Eminem has been asked many times from different directors to be a part of their movies, but Eminem rejected these opportunities because his music comes first. It makes sense that Eminem did not have time to act in the motion picture “Southpaw” because he is “constantly thinking about music.” So, when he is thinking about his music, if something comes to his mind, he writes it down, and then he begins creating music. That is a clear sign that Eminem loves music, and is one hundred percent committed to it. When Eminem was asked to play a role in movies such as "Sons of Anarchy and "Training Day", Eminem wanted to "finish and promote his album instead”. Now that is dedication to his music!

Recently, this amazing artist had an interview with Zane Lowe. Interviewer Zane complimented Eminem on his fantastic, record- breaking, song "Rap God": "When you wrote that, you got that one down when you recorded it." "I didn't write it, I freestyled it," says Eminem. Not only did this top-selling artist freestyle one of his record-breaking songs, but he freestyled it "off the dome." That is incredible! Additionally, in another interview that Eminem was in, 60 minutes, Eminem showed everyone where he keeps his rhymes. Believe it or not, but he keeps them in boxes. He writes down phrases, words, rhymes, beats, anything you can think of, and he writes them down on anything he can put his hands on. For example, Eminem wrote down four words on the back of a pad he received from a hotel in Paris. He has hundreds of scrap papers with his art all over it. When he writes down these ideas, he calls it "stacking ammo." Very clever! Eminem is an amazing artist, one of a kind, and the best rapper ever! One of the first words that pops into my head when I think of Eminem is talent.  

            Coscarelli, Joe. "Eminem Collaborates on the Album for the Film ‘Southpaw’." The New York Times. The New York Times, 18 July 2015. Web. 24 Sept. 2015.

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pitbull.jpg (500×501)1. Pitbull: Pitbull is a rapper/ singer. He is Hispanic and claims he is fluent in Spanish, but he never raps in just Spanish. Pitbull is a Spanglish rapper. That really annoys me because he needs to just pick one language, either Spanish or English. Also, he never has a song just by himself. He always has someone else featured in his songs. It makes me frustrated because I think it's great to have different people in songs, but as an artist, you should have a few songs by yourself.

2. "Supper":  "The word "supper" should not be a part of the English language. The word that people should use is "dinner". The word "supper" sounds too formal for a meal course. It sounds like a word that people used in the 1800s to call a dog.

3. When people do not use coasters: It drives me crazy when human beings have a nice cold drink and they do not use a coaster. Do people admire looking at the ring they make on the table? I do not think people understand that for one: USE COASTERS and two: if you don't, it makes a mess and no one wants to clean it up.

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5. People who leave markers and pen caps open: I do not like when money is wasted. I spend my own money on markers and pens, and people just leave the caps off these utensils for them to dry up. I did not spend my money on markers and pens for them to be barely used and dried up. It is not that hard to put a cap back on a marker or pen. Please always put caps back on makers and pens.

6. Long yearbook comments: I get pretty frustrated when people who I barley know write paragraphs in my yearbook. I wonder why they take up half of my yearbook because we do not know each other that well, so what do you possibly have to say that takes up a lot of space in my yearbook? Don't get me wrong, I love when people write in my yearbook, but if I don't know you that well, please don't write a Harry Potter seven book novel in my yearbook.

7. People taking my food without asking: If someone asks me for some of my food I will say yes, but if someone just automatically just takes my food without asking, I get pretty salted. For example, when I want to borrow clothes, I ask, it's what everyone does, but when it comes to food people just take it without asking. If people can ask to borrow clothes, they should be able to ask for food instead of just taking it without asking.

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8. "Idear" vs. "Idea": The word "idea" is spelt I-D-E-A not I-D-E-A-R. There is no "r" in the word "idea". It is pronounced exactly how it looks. The word is "idea" so please do not pronounce it an "r".   

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I have interviewed one of my peers, Sam. From this interview, I have made a new great friend, but I have also learned a lot about Sam. Sam attends Norton High School as a Junior. Coincidentally, Sam and I are on the same cross country team together! One of the many interesting facts that I have learned about Sam, is that he loves Canada! While the interview was happening, one of the questions I asked him was "If you could live anywhere  in the whole entire world, where would you live and why?" Sam responded right back, without a question, that he would love to live in Canada.  When I asked Sam why he wanted to live in Canada, he said it was, without a doubt, because Canada has "free healthcare."  
After a couple minutes into this interview, I asked Sam "What language would you rather speak other than English?" Right away, Sam brought this question right back to Canada: "French, it sounds cool. Also, they speak it in Canada." Sam just really wants to be right there with Canada. He wants to speak their language and live there.  Now that is a true citizen!  Moving on, Sam's scariest moment that has ever happened to him is, believe it or not, academic. "I forgot my math project on the bus," Sam says, "but luckily it was on the bus the next time I went on it." He also has a very nice talent. Sam enjoys taking "artsy Instagram photos." Now that is quite the talent!
Out of all the places on planet Earth and fictional places, Sam's favorite place to go is Canada! This question was kind of going off of one of the questions I asked him earlier, but it was a little different because this time he had the option to live anywhere (fictional or not) in the entire universe. Also, Sam does not really enjoy living in the town of Norton. I asked Sam "Do you enjoy living in Norton?" Sam responded back by saying "Kind of. It's okay." Norton is a good town, there just is not much to do, so sometimes it gets a little boring.  In this interview, I have learned, not only a lot of great things about my new friend Sam, but a lot about Canada too!