SHORTER SCHOOL DAYS
All students have ever complained about in school is the hours. School starts way too early, ends way too late, and happens way too often. Some kids have to wake up before the sun even shines just so they can travel to a place they don’t want to be. All of this makes kids unmotivated. People over the years have researched school hours and how it affects kids minds and work ethic. If starting school later or having shorter hours has already been proven to help, why hasn't anything been done?
Teachers tend to assign hours of homework every night. Many would agree that they usually don’t take in consideration how long this assignment might actually take, and because of this there is now what seems like almost an entire mini project for homework. This is just one class. All teachers do it and expect the assignment the next day. While assigning these they also say you should still get 8 hours of sleep. When you don’t get 8 hours of sleep you are told to go to bed earlier, all while trying to complete the homework. With these two factors, getting homework done and still getting a good amount of sleep where you can still function just becomes a cycle of endless impossibilities.
Most of the adolescents of today suffer from sleep deprivation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens are the least likely to get their required amount of sleep to function at a satisfactory level. By the end of high school teens have averaged less than hours of sleep a night. This sleep schedule that had been interrupted by school, work , and other activities affects brain development, and the ability to take in important information. Most people think that kids just need to stop complaining, but don’t realize that sleep is the most important in your teen years. A lack of sleep can cause a number of things. Such as emotional and behavioral problems, violence, depression, alcohol use, impaired cognitive function, etc. The list just gets longer. All of these consequences just because nobody wants to shorten the school day.
Although sleep is a huge and major part, it is not the only part. Just cutting off one day from school would save millions for school districts. To keep schools running 5 days a week is such a high cost that really isn’t affordable. This causes budget cuts and that makes for a lower quality learning experience. Shortening the week would also help with activity involvement. Students are encouraged to go out and try new things that will benefit them, but never have the time because school take up most of their time. If hours or days were shorter, kids would put more effort into doing things help them in the long run. Another benefit of a shorter school week is attendance. Since students won’t have to go as often, they will actually come on the days that are required just to get it over with. All of these reasons are just a few of the positives to shorter school weeks. Of course there is a bunch of cons to go along with these pro’s, but you can’t knock it till you try it.
This is my best 2fer because I really wrote about something that I often think about. This is a decision that I truly stand by. Especially given the fact that I experience some of the negatives of overwhelming homework assignments and not enough time to complete them all.
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YOU LITERALLY CAN’T BUY LOVE
Taming of the Shrew vs. Can’t Buy Me Love
The romantic relationship between a man and a woman, otherwise known as love has changed over the years. Although there are still various similarities in the expectations of men and women. We tend to look at people from more of a possession point of view and do whatever is possible to up your status. These actions may not be as extreme in present time, but they still exist.
In “The Taming of the Shrew”, Baptista’s only goal is to marry his daughter off to the richest guy he can find. The plot is almost the same for Can’t Buy Me Love. The main character Ronald just wants to date Cindy because she is the most popular girl in school and he knows that it will help him climb the social status of high school. He even gives her one thousand dollars as if he is really buying a material item. Baptista and Ronald have a lot in common in this aspect. They both look at women as items instead of seeing them as real people and remembering that they have feelings and are worth more than just an image.
“Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both that can assure my daughter greatest dower shall have my Bianca’s love.” - Baptista pg.101
Act 2, Scene 1, line numbers 362-364
In this scene of the play Baptista is trying to marry off his youngest daughter Bianca. There are two men who are fighting for her hand in marriage, but only one can win. That is whoever has the most to offer. Baptista is not concerned about who the men really are or who Bianca has genuine feelings. He just wants her to marry whoever has the most amount of money in dowry to offer her because he is worried about her status. Throughout the whole play he treats both of his daughter like they are his possessions rather than people. Baptista also marries his eldest daughter off to a man of his choice because he thinks he has the right to. There is an almost identical scene to this play in Can’t Buy Me Love.
In Can’t Buy Me Love the main character also treats his “girlfriend” as if she a material that you can put a price on. Which is exactly what he does.
Cindy is the girl of Ronald’s dreams. She has everything a guy could want except there is only one issue. She’s popular and he’s not. She never notices him because she is at the top of the high school social tower and would never notice a guy like ron. Ron’s dream is to just fit in with the popular girls and jocks so he does anything possible to achieve that goal. He realizes that Cindy is in a sticky situation where she needs $1,000 so he offers to give her the money in exchange for one thing. Her love. He asks Cindy if he can rent her knowing how crazy he sounds. In this moment he is basically purchasing Cindy. He does not take a moment to think about her or his feelings. His sole purpose from the start is to make himself look good. Ronald uses her as a possession rather than a partner. This supports the fact that people don’t truly fall in love, but just use each other of image purposes.
“I must confess your offer is the best,... If you should die before him, where’s her dower?” - Baptista pg.103
Act 2, Scene 1, line numbers 40-411
Once again in the book, the only thing that Baptista is worried about is the money and status. He is given two offers from two men that want to marry his daughter. They are both offers that involve tons of money and items, but not the interest in his daughter. In these lines, he wants to know how soon his daughter will have access to the estates that are being given. This is very similar to the scene in Can’t Buy Me Love where Cindy realizes that Ronny has it all so she come running back to him.
Now that ronald has achieved “king” status without needing cindy she all of a sudden wants to hang around him again. Ronald could have had her back but instead he ignores her for a girl who is more popular than cindy at the moment so that can stay king.
These examples from both the movie and the play just a few things that show how people are only viewed as objects. Men and women are both guilty of being with someone because of who they are on the outside rather than the inside. Even if you try to convince yourself that you are with someone for who they are when nobody is around, at the end of the day you just want something to show off so that people will be proud of you in some way.
I remember sitting around with some kids in school. We were in English class I believe, and I was ignoring the assignment that was given to us. We were laughing away, telling joke after joke. I was having a great time with my friends. Well they weren’t really my friends, but I sat with them because I knew that if I sat there I would at least feel like I’m noticed and that I amount to something. This was until a comment was made.
“Why do you smile so… hard?” she asked me with a disgusted look on her face.
“What do you mean?” I say.
“Well, you always smile really big and hard for no reason,” was the response I got.
“I mean… I guess I don’t know.” I reply.
We go back to laughing as I brush the comment off. Or at least I tried. The rest of the time we talked I had a fake smile on my face. A smaller one. All I could think about was why I smiled so hard and why she didn’t like my smile. When the comment was made, everyone was staring at my mouth. I started to become nervous because all eyes were on me and it wasn’t for a good reason. When I went home later that day I looked in the mirror and kept smiling. I tried to practice the perfect smile. I tried the closed mouth grin. I tried the straight faced smiled that makes me look like I don’t want to be doing whatever I am doing, until I got the perfect smile. Not too much teeth and not too little. It wasn’t my smile, but it was a smile.
I was always made fun off when I was in elementary school. Kids would always talk about my skin. Not because I had terrible skin quality, but because I was dark. Well I guess in their eyes that’s the same thing. They would tell me I look burnt. I’ve been bullied for my skin ever since I can remember. It got to the point where I began to hate my skin. I would do anything I could to make myself appear lighter than I was. I don’t do this anymore, but I still do not feel comfortable in my own skin. When I got to middle school the teasing turned into full blown bullying. They would destroy my things and throw stuff at me. I even got threatened a few times just for looking at people. I would try and look straight forwards in the halls if I wasn’t with my friends so that I could avoid eye contact. One time, some boys in my class filled up a book bag with as many history textbooks so they could and threw it at me. My back was sore for a week after that. Another time, a girl decided to play a “prank” on me. I would always bring flavored seltzer water to school to have with my lunch. One day I left the seltzer upstairs so the girl said that she would bring it to me so that I didn’t have to walk up four floors. When I got the bottle I knew that something was off. I didn’t hear the hiss of a brand new bottle being opened. There was no fizz. I smelled it and there was no sweet grape smell. It was toilet water. She put it in my bottle hoping that I would drink it. I cried in school. Then I cried again, when I got home. I hated school. I had a small amount of true friends, but again not many. All I ever wanted to do was stay home because I couldn’t figure out why people didn’t like me. I mean, I know I’m not pretty or the coolest girl in 6th to 8th grade, but why dislike me?
My self confidence is at an all time low since I’ve been in high school. It has always been something I struggled with, but has never been this bad. Coming to high school and seeing so many different people from different races and backgrounds has made me look twice at myself. Especially with what the norm is in society. I’m not saying that I wish I had fair skin and that I had a tiny nose that was slightly turned upwards, but that people didn’t want me to have fair skin and a tiny nose. Even my own race shames people of my skin complexion. So if I can’t be accepted by my own kind, how am I ever supposed to find myself beautiful? All I ever do when I look in the mirror is try and find ways to improve myself. Whether it’s getting my teeth whitened or deciding that from now on I am going to wear a full face of makeup that alters the shape of my face entirely. Sometimes I think I should dye my hair. Or cut it all off. What if I dress different? A little more girly. Maybe then even my mom will see my true beauty. Occasionally, I can’t leave the house without getting a comment on why I have no makeup or earrings on. Sometimes I purposely don’t wear these things. Sometimes I forget. I constantly get bombarded with advice or life lessons as to why I have to “look pretty everyday” so that “boys will look at me” or I’ll “find a prom date.” Why does everything that I do with my look have to be so that I’m pleasing to others? When do I get a chance to just be myself for myself? It’s gotten to the point where I don’t like what I see. At all. I often times just lay in bed wishing that I was older so that I could just get body altering surgeries so that I can look like what everyone else wants me to look like. Maybe I’ll get a nose job. Or lipo a little bit in the stomach and leg area. I hate my body. Everything about it just disappoints me. Why don’t I wear a size 2 pants? Why isn’t my hair longer? Why can’t I just grow out my nails instead of chewing on them? All of these question I ask myself because my whole life I’ve had nothing but people in face telling me that I’m not good enough.
A lot of kids have these feelings and experiences. They shouldn’t have to, but they do. Me and a million other kids sit and cry at night hoping that someone hears our call for help because we can’t find our purpose. When you’re failing classes, having daily anxiety attacks and people think you’re ugly, it just becomes too much. Especially if you don’t have a support system. This could be because your parents don’t believe that your issues are real problems or simply that you’re afraid to talk about it. All of these things I just described I am too familiar with, and it’s a really crappy way of living.
What I’m really trying to say is, kids suck. We are constantly putting each other down and not even realizing the long term effects that we have on people’s minds. We should be nicer to each other because sometimes all someone might need to get through their day is an “are you okay?” or “you’re going to be fine.” Even if you don’t really like the shirt someone is wearing, compliment it. A little gesture can go a long way. All of this remembering about the taunting about my skin, face, smile, the things that made me the wonderful individual that I was. It makes me think about what a beautiful person inside and out I could have been If I wasn’t brainwashed as a child to think that I am lesser of a person than everyone who surrounds me.
INEQUALITY IN THE FILM INDUSTRY
There are many talented women in the film-making industry, but not as many as men. Even with this being, why aren’t the women mentioned as often? There has always been an inequality in the work area when it comes to men and women. Women have come so far from the past but still aren’t treated with the same respect and fairness as men. Women get paid less and don’t have as many opportunities overall. This goes for every work field that isn’t specifically a “woman’s” job, but why film? A lot of what happens in the film business is behind the scenes and is mostly on the computer, so why do people think that it still isn’t fit for women to handle? The Huffington Post and even the New York Film Academy have taken notice to the issue of gender inequality in the business because it is a rising issue. The problems range from how many lines female actresses get in movies to the 284 million dollar pay gap between them and the highest ranked male actors. Ultimately, the state of women both behind and in front of the camera reflects that women are still expected to stay in their place. To basically just leave the hard work to the men.
A study that was done by Stephen Follows talks about gender split within film crews from between 1994 and 2013. People might think that with almost 20 years passed that things would have drastically changed. From 1994, the average amount of women on the film crew were 22.6% while the amount of men was 77.4%. When the numbers were recalculated in 2013 the percentage had actually decreased with only 21.8% of film crews being women. This percentage might as well be 0 when looked into deeper, because Women tend to have the less important jobs. Not that costumes and makeup don’t matter, it’s just not what makes the movie completely. When the percentages are broken down into specific categories such as wardrobe, casting, and makeup, otherwise know as the “easier” and more “girly” things, the numbers are high. 68.8% of the crew for makeup is female while only 31.2% percent is male. 66.5% of the casting department is female with males at only 33.5%. As the jobs on the list get harder or more “important”, the amount of females in the department decrease. For camera/ electrical only 5.1% of the crew is women while males come in at 94.9%. This article doesn’t even get into the inequality between men and women on the screen, from speaking roles to amount of nudity.
The film industry has always been a man's business and always will be at this rate of change. Everything in the industry is for what benefits or interest men. Male actors get paid millions more, they have more speaking roles, they don’t have to take off their clothes as often, they even get nominated for awards more. In the New York Film Academy’s study they found some very interesting statistics. From 2007-2012 in the top 500 movies 26.2% of female actresses got naked, while only 9.4% of men did. The amount of nudity in female teenager has even increased by 32.5 percent. Only 7.0% of men wore sexually revealing clothes while 28.8% of women did. Out of all of the 500 films, only 30.8% of speaking roles were female. The forbes 2013 list of the top ten highest paid actors and actresses, females made a collective 181 million dollars while men made 465 million.
The most disappointing part about this information that there isn’t much to do about it. At least not yet. This issue matter because it about time that women are treated with the equal respect that they deserve. People brush the issue off and hope that it will solve itself, but it’s time that a change was made. As soon as more and more people are no longer blind to this issue, women can the equality that they have been working to get for years. Even though this unfairness is something people know about, the seriousness of the issue goes unnoticed and it’s time that people started to pay attention.
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Alex Chuon is currently reading “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”. He enjoys the the book but I had some follow up questions about his reading in general. When asked what kind of reader he would like to be he said “not at all” and that life is holding him back from doing so. His reading reading weak spot is losing interest in the book and not having motivation to read it anymore. Even though he doesn’t like to read, his reading happy place is anywhere that has music. If he could be any book, he would be a comedy. Who doesn’t like jokes? His favorite reading position is anything that keeps him comfortable because comfort is key. If was stuck on desert island his handy dandy book would be “The Martian”. This is because it teaches you to survive with nothing but potatoes and poop.
June 5, 2015
Blog Post Reflection
I wish I could have found a lot more information for this project. After starting the project I realized that I didn’t even know what I was looking for. I had my mind set on so many different ideas and didn’t even take the time to really think them through. For my original research, I decided to interview the school psychologist. The interview went wonderful and I loved all the information that she gave me, but afterwards I felt lost. I didn’t know what to do with the information or how I could benefit from it. My research had just become worthless. If I ever had to do this project over, I would do an entirely different project. Maybe me doing something that I was this passionate about wasn’t the best idea. Me being this interested in my topic made me want to go all out on it and realizing that I couldn’t do these things frustrated me. I had to keep settling for less because my ideas just didn’t fit in with the time I had. At first I wanted to do a field observation at my old school, but I didn’t know what I was looking for. So many questions came to mind that made me think about I could possibly benefit from that research and I couldn’t find one positive answer. If I could do this exact part over again, I would get way more organized so that I could a lot more information to work with. I would do the same with my agent of change too because that part for me went absolutely terrible. Again, I had plenty of wonderful ideas but had to think about time. As soon as I thought I found the one for me, things started to go wrong again. People didn’t answer my survey, then when I finally did get TWO responses I couldn’t even work with that. I got my pictures late, and the two people I thought would rescue my project never gave me the one I really needed to complete this task. After this I just gave up because I didn’t quite see the point anymore. My project was a complete failure and did not at all spread the message I wanted it to.
For my You and the World project I wanted to raise awareness about Anxiety and Depression. In the beginning I had it all planned out and knew exactly what I wanted to do. This was until I realized that what I had planned to do was entirely too much for what little time we had. This project was one of the most stressful things I have ever done. With this being something I am really passionate about I am very disappointed with how the entire project turned out. I was originally going to interview one kid from every grade and make a small documentary until people started backing out and I had to forget about the whole idea. I had my heart set on this documentary and all my ideas just came crashing down before my eyes. I then decided to do a survey and send it out the whole entire school. After I sent out the survey, I waited four days and did not get a single response. Time quickly started running out and I had to find a new idea. I then e-mailed individual kids and luckily got responses. For my Agent of Change, I finally decided to take pictures of people who answered the survey and take picture of them with a description underneath each photo about the teens have suffered with anxiety and or depression and how it has affected them. I’m still very far behind on my project even though I have my idea ready to go. At this point I have lost all motivation for this project. Even though I like my idea, it’s not something I’m very proud of. I feel I could have done so much better with getting the word across. The whole point of my original idea was so that it would be something someone couldn’t miss. Hopefully when I hang the pictures people actually take the time out of their day stop and read.
Jae Regino Jhazzelle Majarucon
I decided to do my project on misunderstood kids who also might struggle with Social Anxiety and Depression. This topic is something that people that many know about but don’t understand. Often times kids are judged, mistreated, and left out of things simply because people can’t comprehend what they are going through or how they feel. Sometimes jokingly calling a friend “ugly” or “fat” can mean a lot more than what you think of it. I really want to reach out to people regarding this subject because social anxiety and depression are both things I struggle with and also something people should be more aware about. This is significant because others don’t realize how much the things they do or say affect others. It is important for people to know this because this has ruined people’s lives.People often mistake anxiety as people just complaining about things when in reality they’re just scared. Of course I want to go out in public with my friends, but with thoughts holding me back it’s like being in the ocean and you’re the only one who can’t breathe. When you struggle with anxiety, you don’t think these thoughts because you want to. You can’t help it. The same thing goes for depression. No one wants to have crying spell after crying spell and hide in the bathrooms at school in fear of people questioning. All anyone ever does anymore is judge people things based off little to no information on the situation. Depression isn’t just something people say they have for attention. It is and actual medical condition that people actually have to get treated for. It isn’t just a random feeling you have from time to time. It comes from a chemical imbalance in the brain. A lack of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine can cause major depression episodes and can easily be treated with a Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor which can also treat anxiety. It’s time that we get the word out there about this Mental Illnesses and save lives.
Sydney , Morgan , Siani and Ryan
Hola! Bienvenidos a SLA. Mi grupo es Morgan, Ryan, Siani, y yo Sydney. SLA es situado en cincuenta y cinco norte veinte de calle. Es muy divertida, diferente, y muy seria. Hay quinientos estudiantes,veinte profesores, y cinco pisos. Tenemos la computadoras, batas de laboratorio. Ofrecemos baseball, fútbol, softbol, pista, disco volador, baloncesto. Ryan participó en disco volador. Está cerca de Siete Once, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Pete’s Pizza, Wawa..
Estos son nuestros clases.Tenemos Inglés,Bio Química, Español, Historia, Tecnología, Matemáticas.Me gusta Español y Inglés y Bioquímica porque es divertido en todas las clases. En español nosotros participamos activamente. Nosotros cantamos canciones y aprender Español. En Bioquímica nosotros hacer experimentos y aprender biología y química en mismo clase. En todas clases nosotros usó la pluma/el bolígrafo, la hoja de papel. En español nosotros uso la computadora, la carpeta. En matemáticas nosotros uso la calculadora a veces la computadora. Para tener éxito en Español tenemos que necesita sellos. Para tener éxito en Inglés y Bioquímica nosotros trabajamos duro.
¡Los profesores de SLA son cheveres! Mis profesores son la Srta. Manuel (la profesora de español), el Sr. Kay (el profesor de inglés), el Sr. Block (el profesor de historia), el Sr. Diamond (el profesor de música), y la Srta. Sessa (la profesora de Bioquímica). Me encanta la Srta. Manuel y su clase porque es divertida. Siempre trabajamos duro. el Sr. Kay es cómico, el Sr. Diamond es divertida, y él es artístico, la Sra. Manuel es divertida, y inteligente,la Srta. Sessa es cómica y inteligente, el Sr. Block es mi segundo favorito, la Srta. Manuel es mi primer profesora, y la srta. Sessa es my tercera favorito. la Srta. Sessas clase es divertida, y el Sr. Blocks Clase es muy divertido. la srta. Sessa es muy tranquila, y la Srta. Manuel enseña muy bien. Nuestros educación es la mejor.
SLA es lugar mi especial para mi porque tiene varias cosas especiales que mí gustan , como la diversion de los profesores /cursos y deportes de spouses de clases actividad .En principio yo era escrito acerca de venir a sla porque de todos la proyectos y el trabajamos duro,pero hice claramente la decisión ,pero hice claramente la decisión correcta al venir aquí me encanta cada dia aqui .Mi parte favorita de SLA es instructor por rojo y anaranjado Inglés ,Senora Ginkis porque ella es mi favorita profesor porqué de su personalidad y creatividad .