Archive for ‘Education’

June 28, 2019

Justice Remains Unserved for Standing Rock Sioux

Oil pipelines are one of the many examples of resources that are harming our environment, with that being said, the reason the Dakota Access Pipeline is such a substantial issue is because it not only damages our ecosystem, but it also passes through sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. These pipelines are a long standing controversy and a symbol of the bigger battle over the future of energy production and climate change policy over the past several years. The Standing Rock Sioux reservation is heavily impacted by this occurrence since they are the soul nuisance standing in the way of the creation of this oil pipeline.

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June 26, 2019

Briarwood Needs to Address Concerns Raised of Private Police Force

It is difficult to believe that your safety is always secure. It is even more difficult to have that confidence when you are in the presence of a large number of people in an easily accessible, confined space. For Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s measure that would allow the church to create a private police force was met much acclaim and relief. Although initial attempts to advance the state legislation were blocked for many years, the recent signing of HB309 proves that this church may have had their prayers finally answered.

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July 2, 2018

Mass Shootings and Their Effect On Us

On April 20th, 1999 the most shocking and horrific event in a modern high school took place. Twelve students, one teacher dead. Twenty-four injured. The Columbine High School Massacre was a school shooting that ten years ago we never would’ve forgotten.

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June 29, 2018

The Next Gold Rush Won’t Be For Gold

The year was 1848. It was the Monday of January 24th. Anyone familiar with that date? Anyone? Well, it is not an entirely well-known date in American history, or history at all for that matter, unless you are one of the lucky people with an incredible memory for dates. Everyone knows those people. It’s the people who never forget your birthday even though you haven’t talked with them since freshman year of high school, fourteen years ago. It’s the people who know exactly when Memorial Day is versus Labor Day, because let’s be honest, most of us tend to mix the two up. Back to the point however, unless you have an incredibly sharp memory with history, you probably do not recall January 24th, 1848, so allow me to clue you in. January 24th, 1848 was the day Foreman James W. Marshall was working for Pioneer John Sutter up in Coloma, a town about an hour away from California’s capital, Sacramento. While working at Sutter’s Mill, Marshall found a shiny metal in the tailrace of the mill that he was building for Sutter on the American River. Is the memory coming back to you now? No? Well, fear not, I will continue. That shiny metal piece that good ole’ James W. Marshall had found ended up being the beginning of a hunt, of a quest, of a pursuit. For that shiny piece of metal was a man’s ticket to a life full of riches. That shiny piece of metal was gold, and it began what was called the California Gold Rush. 

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June 26, 2018

Your Daily Coffee Is About To Get Roasted

Many are familiar with the name Al Gore. The 45th Vice President of the United States of America. Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election. Divorcee of his high school sweetheart. 1969 Army enlistee. Well now I’m getting off track. The point is, most have heard the name Al Gore at some point in their lives, whether they lived through his vice-presidential terms, or they have heard his name on the news when topics of climate change are brought up. Regardless, Al Gore was ahead of his time. He argued on the existence of climate change and the obligation we have to bring it under control, even winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. However, even now, eighteen years after he served as the Vice President and fought for the country to gain a control on climate change, many still do not believe that climate change is a problem that affects them.

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June 24, 2018

Amusement and Theme Parks Would Be Wise to Follow in SeaWorld’s Footsteps

Every month I look forward to receiving my monthly copy of National Geographic. The vibrant, striking photos on the cover with their intriguing captions and headlines never cease to capture my attention. This month, when I pulled my copy out of the mailbox, I was immediately struck by the beauty of the iceberg the cover image displayed. It was bright, white, and shimmering in the sunlight, reflecting itself onto the ocean surrounding it. However, upon closer glance, I came to the realization that it was no iceberg at all, but instead, it was a plastic bag partly submerged in the ocean with the headline “Planet or Plastic? 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”   

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August 13, 2017

Trump’s America: The Charlottesville Horror

TRUMP IS A DUMPOn August 11th, 2017, hundreds of white supremacists rallied together in the collegetown of Charlottesville, Virginia in order to spread fear, hatred, and bigotry amongst the people of the town. For the “alt-right” white supremacists, this was a rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. With lit torches in hand, the protesters also meant to strike a message to anyone not of their race and ideology, showing that they were rallying to take back America for themselves.

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August 9, 2017

Michelle Carter Conviction: Can Words Kill?

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On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy was found dead in a Kmart parking lot. Roy had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. However, after further investigation police found thousands of messages between Roy and his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, discussing suicide plans. In a text days before Roy’s suicide Carter wrote, “I still don’t think you want to do this so you’ll have to prove me wrong…Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself. I don’t know. There’s lots of ways.” Not only were they discussing suicide, but Carter was goading Roy into killing himself which prosecutors focused on.

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August 9, 2017

Suing the School and Parents of a Cyber Bulling Case: A Step Forward

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual rate of suicides from ten to fourteen year olds has doubled. One of the main reasons for this is Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying happens when, “someone hurts, harasses and threatens another over digital devices and related platforms, such as social media, blogs and text messages.” Children and adults alike have become more susceptible to bullying through the Internet. We often say the freedom of speech gives us the free will to say what we want, even if it means harming other people. How far can one go before harming another individual with words? Should they be punished for this?

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August 8, 2017

Trump doesn’t care about you (the minority)

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President Donald Trump has just recently decided to have his Department of Justice team identify and then, if need, sue universities that are deemed to have affirmative action policies that discriminate against white people. “The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.”  But what exactly is affirmative action? Affirmative action programs are normally required by federal law which strongly recommend universities to offer or hold positions in admission to those of minority. Minorities, when talking about affirmative action, include, women and those of chicano, black, asian, and American-Indian background. The big BUT is that not all universities have an affirmative action implemented, and the ones that do are not required to have the same program across the nation.

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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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