Monday, April 24, 2017

1. In my opinion, the PSA was very effective. The element of image was very useful for the purpose of this PSA. It showed a real life situation about texting and driving, and that is something that is very serious and it is useful to show graphic images to put that into teenagers heads and to show how harmful texting and driving is.
2. The purpose of this PSA is to show that what you post on social media will affect your life a lot. I find this useful because in my personal life I see many girls posting photos on all kinds of social media, especially Snapchat, that are very inappropriate and could ruin their lives. I even see kids who post videos and photos of them smoking and drinking, which could not only ruin their future, but it could get them arrested and in big trouble.

Monday, April 17, 2017

1. Lacking a diploma affects someone's health by decreasing their quality of life. Recently a center of disease article suggested that the correlation between education and health was so strong that high school dropouts should be a public health concern. In this article it is stated that education and health have a strong correlation.  I believe that this is because when you don't graduate from high school you are less likely to get a good job. This is making it hard for people to be able to afford to go to the doctor or to get the medication that they need, making them sicker. Another reason that people who drop out might have worse health is because they don't enjoy their life and they could get depression or another kind of mental illness. 
2. Having one million high school dropouts is very harmful to society. One reason that this is harmful to society is because high school dropouts have a significantly larger chance to end up in jail. This means that they have broken the law, harming society. Even if they didn't do something to hurt someone they still broke the law. Taking care of inmates is paid by taxes from the people in our society, making their taxes more expensive the more people that go to jail. 
3. There are many things that schools could do to help people graduate on time. In reality, it is the student's responsibility to get the help they need if they are struggling, but some kids are afraid to ask for help, and in our school, I see that a lot of the time the kids with bad grades who are more likely to not graduate on time aren't doing good because they are struggling, it is because they don't put the effort in and because they don't care. I believe that students need to stop being lazy and actually do their own work instead of complaining about having to go to school because we are so fortunate to get a free education, but if I had to choose something that schools could start doing to help this, I would say that they should start teaching kids at a young age to work hard and to teach them discipline if they don't follow the rules or if they don't get their work done on time. This means having stricter rules on late policies and stricter rules. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

1. Grit means that you have the mentality to be able to work hard through anything. Grit is needed in life because if you have a great work ethic and can work hard through tough situations it will make you more compatible with any job and you will be able to do whatever you put your mind to. I do agree with entitled child culture because I see kids who think they are entitled to so many things around me. This is a problem because they will grow up thinking that the world owes them something, creating a lot of challenges in their lives.
2. Gradual progress and consistent effort teaches kids to work gradually towards things. This doesn't just include homework or tasks at a job, it also includes their dreams and goals. This builds good work habits and makes the person strive to do better in things and to work towards things gradually instead of cramming the night before causing stress and bad habits. This is important because when people have jobs they have due dates for the things they need to do, and gradually working at it makes their job less stressful and more enjoyable. In this presentation it shows how cramming is a bad work habit.
3. Out of these six traits, the most strongest trait for me is open mindedness. I have an open mind for most things and will take any input on how to make something better or how to be better. This is a strong trait for me because my parents have raised me to always have an open mind to everyone else's beliefs and opinions. This has helped me in life already and I believe it will help me throughout my future.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1. In the last paragraph of the article, the author shows that the amount of money that college graduates have increased immensely from 1940 and 1960. This shows that the more decades that go by, the more college graduates will earn.
2. Better grades are linked to having better education and more earnings. Having a higher GPA makes your annual adulthood earnings increase about 12 percent for men and 14 percent for women. People who have better grades are more likely to keep studying after high school. Better grades are also linked to a greater probability of going to graduate school and earning another advanced degree.
3. The correlation between high school grades and overall education attachment was strongest for minorities. Between minorities and whites with GPA's that were similar, minorities were more likely to go to college or extend their education after high school. This might be because minorities have to work harder for the things they get instead of getting it easier like whites, so they work harder to get where they want to be and to take advantage of education.

Monday, March 13, 2017

1. I believe the reason for the 27% increase in student enrollment is because of how kids are acting out in school and to their parents. In this article, it says that this military school teaches leadership and responsibility, and that is what teens are lacking.
2. The purpose of this article is to show how this military school is affecting its students. It has examples of some of the teens in this school and their stories. It also explains how the kids will be disciplined.
3. Developing responsibility is very important because if you don't have responsibility while you're a student, then you will not make it in the real world. You need to have responsibility to keep a job and to take care of yourself. A way that our high school could give us more responsibility is by really enforcing a homework policy. Most teachers will let us turn in our homework at anytime even when there is a due date. This teaches kids that they don´t really have to get their work done on time, which will not slide in the work force.

Monday, March 6, 2017


1. I agree that this should be a factor for post-secondary schools because what you post on social media shows a lot about who you actually are, not just about how you act at school. If you post stuff about drugs and alcohol, then you shouldn´t be accepted into a college or post-secondary school because it shows that you will bring trouble into the school.
2.Yes, I agree with this because a lot of kids that I see are trying to be something that they aren´t, they´re trying to be a character instead of having character. This is bad because when a kid or teenager is trying to be something that they aren´t it could cause them to be sad because they are trying to be something so bad, instead of just being themselves.
3. The school does a decent job at preparing us for the future. I believe they could make being disrespectful to the adults in our school, or the other kids, a bigger deal than they do now. Currently they kind of just blow it off, or give us a warning when I believe that they should show that being disrespectful won't get you anywhere in life. We need to learn that we are going to have to associate with people that we don't want to be associated with in a respectful manner. When kids aren't punished for this, they think that they will be able to act like this forever, and that is not an option. Here is a link on how kids are turning into bad adults because they are disrespectful.

Monday, February 27, 2017

1. A two bedroom apartment in Maple Glen Apartments is 750 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It costs $494, but with one other roommate, the cost will be $247 a month. Here is the link to the apartment I found.
2. Another bill I will have to pay is my cell phone bill. On my family plan, my cell phone costs $45 a month. I will have gas that I need to pay for, and my car costs around $18 to fill up, and I fill it about three times a month. So far, I still have $850.16. The average cost of electricity per month in a two bedroom apartment is $40. I will split this with my roommate and it will cost $20 for me. Gas for your first apartment should only cost about $30. So splitting this with my roommate will cost about $15. Doing the math, my food price would be $218 a month, expensive! My cable TV will cost about $64.41, and I will split that with my roommate since we will both watch TV. This will leave me spending $32.20 a month. My car insurance is around $6,456 a year, being $538 a month. This only leaves me with $26.96, and that is not a lot of money at all.
3. It is stressful living paycheck to paycheck because I am left with hardly enough money to even buy a dinner out. This could be bad because what if my electric or gas are more one month than the other. I would have to borrow money, or I would be in debt and could be kicked out of my apartment. It is important to have a skill others find valuable because it would be easier to find a well-paying job, making me not have to live paycheck to paycheck.