Archive for ‘Education’

August 15, 2015

TechNOlogy

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By: Maria Goodwin

Compare a personal public bus ride experience with an bus experience your grandparents have had. It’s likely they will tell of fresh conversation and meeting new people. These days, we put plugs in and tune out. Screens surround us – iPods, TVs, cellphones, computers – our lives are enveloped in technology and if often seems there is no escaping it. Millennials  are very attached to technology, but the most in ‘danger’ of a full real-world detachment are the future generations who will grow up completely surrounded by technology. I have watched my little cousins all sit together and not say one word to each while they stare blankly into their bring screens. A moment meant to be spent in community is squandered while emojis are jammed into a text box. As a nanny of six years, what I found most terrifying was the youngest boy being able to work his way around Youtube and iPhone apps, but he could barely form full sentences. Though we’ve made countless important discoveries and have accomplished a great deal thanks to the ever-evolving technological world, the lasting effect it has on our upcoming generations is one I feel could be devastating, especially in a social context.

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August 12, 2015

To Teach or to Eat, That is the Question

18583132“Why don’t you pursue a Master’s in Education?”

Sitting in the office of my advisor, she hands me a file containing all the information I would need. “You’re an English major; you can finish your BA and then apply for it, if Education is a path you think you would like to take. I would highly recommend it.”

“Would you?” I ask. It is a tempting proposal. But it would be incredibly daunting. I go through the requirements as my advisor points them and elaborates on its details. It would mean two full years for a Masters, with compulsory in-class training, intensive seminar lessons and examinations to ensure your qualifications. I sigh. But nothing good ever came easy, right?

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August 11, 2015

Corporal Discipline for Children: Are We Taking It Too Far with a Full Ban?

disciplineI am crying my eyes out, my face creased in an ugly sob as I refuse to walk with my parents. In the crowded airport, I bawl out loud despite my father’s constant hushing and my mother’s attempts to find out why I would not quiet down. The reason was simple: I was not getting what I wanted, which was ice cream. I stamp my foot and cry even harder. Exasperated, my dad leans down and gives me light smack on my bottom for being a little brat.

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August 11, 2015

Planned Parenthood: Pardoned or Purged?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re male, female, or somewhere in between. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is or how old you are. It doesn’t matter what political party you represent or which religion you follow.

We are all human and we all wish to be healthy. That’s all that matters, right? To be able to live day after day, to laugh, to cry, to sing, to dance, to make relationships, and to have experiences. Living is one thing we all have in common, and the key to living is to be healthy.

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August 10, 2015

A’ole TMT, A’ole

11182223_1564415233822521_2941821986066975327_n-615x410They call it Hawaii’s Civil Rights Movement. The controversy of the thirty-meter telescope (TMT) constructing on Mauna Kea arises many issues of native Hawaiian beliefs, practices and astronomers legal claims. Mauna Kea’s “summit is 9 kilometers above the adjacent ocean floor, making Mauna Kea the tallest mountain in the world.” Hawaiians declare Mauna Kea sacred because they believe their ali’i, Haloa was birthed there; it is their connection to their ancestors. Kanaka (native Hawaiians) connect deeply with the ‘aina (land). The air is clean, thin, away from any urban structures and light pollution, making Mauna Kea the perfect spot for observation. Although the TMT gives promises to new scientific discoveries, human rights and beliefs of native Hawaiians should not have to be sacrificed.

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August 16, 2014

Abolishing Teacher Tenure Will Not Solve Our Education Problem

            job in collegeA child’s academic success is highly dependent on the quality of their teachers. Most people surely agree with this statement; however, due to the complexity of learning, is this really true? Many believe so, suggesting that a simple fix to our educational system may come by the means of disallowing teachers from becoming tenured.

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August 14, 2014

Tenure Reformation

classEveryone has had a bad teacher. There are many types of bad teachers. There are the bullies, the unorganized, the ineffective, and those who just don’t care. So why don’t we just get rid of all the bad teachers? The answer is tenure. Teacher tenure is a form of job security, a policy that awards teachers with a permanent contract after a probationary period. Tenure essentially guarantees employment for life and is the Holy Grail for primary and secondary educators. Once tenure is granted it is nearly impossible to dismiss a teacher.

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August 14, 2014

Scientific Fraud in Stem Cell Research: Crime or No Crime?

scientific-fraudStem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells, which have the ability to repair themselves and can even form tissue or organ-specific cells with special function. They have been an area of research for many years due to their ability to develop into specialized cells under certain physiological or experimental conditions. Scientists work on these cells for issues such as developing a cure for cancer, and some have had some success when using them. However, what happens when the data

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May 8, 2014

Minorities, Children, and Minimum Wage

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The recent racist remarks from, now banned, Clippers owner Donald Sterling has surely sparked a controversy that highlights the issue of racism in our country. Once thought to have been dwindling, considering America has been making attempts at becoming a more accepting and tolerant nation, this reminded us all of how there are still those with unfair and morally debased judgments. The mindset says that black people, as well as other minorities, are inferior to white people.

These thoughts and beliefs aren’t only unique to Donald Sterling, however.

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May 8, 2014

Aloft with Project Loon

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By Michael Richey

I’m prone to daydreaming, flights of fancy which can strike me at any moment. I believe in the notion that these momentary lapses in attention spur genuine innovation, or at least help us reconsider conundrums. Visualizing the concept behind Project Loon, an effort to provide internet to the multitudes without it, might strike one as a daydream. But that’s if the problem their addressing doesn’t floor you first.

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