Monday, April 24, 2017

Public Service Announcements

  1. This PSA is very effective. The images are what got the message across. The video is about a girl who was texting and driving and got into an accident with a car full of her friends. She survived, but her friends died. The purpose of this video is to show people what could happen when texting and driving because many people don’t realize how bad accidents can be.
  2. Here is a PSA about cyberbullying. Three girls begin calling a girl horrible names and texting her messages telling her no one loves her. Eventually, the entire school joins in and the girl commits suicide. The purpose of this PSA is to show people that a person could be more hurt by what you say to them than what they let on. I always try to be kind to everyone for this reason. You don’t know what’s going on in their personal life, and you don’t know how much they actually get bullied. This PSA is useful because it shows potential bullies how much their words actually affect people.

Monday, April 17, 2017

High School Dropouts

  1. High school dropouts have a higher risk of health issues than students who earn their diploma. A student with their diploma can get a better job and earn a decent amount of money. A person will have a much harder time finding a good job without their high school diploma. If they do find a job, it will likely pay minimum wage or just above. If a high school dropout is working a minimum wage job and a medical issue comes up, that person will probably not have enough money to pay for hospital bills. Here is a link that expands on why dropping out of high school can be a health risk in the long run.
  2. Dropping out of high school can not only cause health issues, but can be harmful to society as well. If more and more students drop out, eventually there won’t be enough students to take the jobs that require a diploma. Crime will increase as well, because people won’t be able to provide for themselves or their family without a good job, so they’ll start stealing. They also may not have enough money for medical assistance if an emergency happens. Anyone who graduates high school with a diploma will automatically have more advantages than high school dropouts.
  3. If freshman continue to not graduate on time, the schools and community will get a bad reputation. The students who don’t graduate on time may not get good jobs compared to those who graduate on time. The schools can help end this trend by providing more help to those who are struggling with after school homework periods and other programs. I have seen teachers in our school talking to and supporting students, which I feel is the key to lowering the percentage of high school dropouts.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Grit and High School Techniques


  1. Grit is the motivation to do well in everything you do. Grit is a necessary characteristic in today’s society, as not many people have it anymore. Employers and business owners look for grit in a person before they hire them, so it is a valuable characteristic to develop as a child. I disagree with the phrase “entitled” child career. The main reason grit is rarely seen in a person today is because as children, people are handed everything. This teaches children that everything will always be given to them, and they fail to develop perseverance.
  2. Consistency and gradual progress will help a person more than procrastination. For instance, a student sets an example to their peers by studying for a test a week before and succeeding, rather than cramming the night before and setting themselves up for failure. This link expands more on how students are more likely to fail if they procrastinate. Steady effort will help a student and adult in life by helping to develop leadership skills and self-discipline, which will help them almost anywhere in life.
  3. I feel I am strongest with the Intellectual Curiosity trait. I love to learn, and I often think outside the box. Over the next few years, I feel I should work on is confidence. If my confidence levels were higher I wouldn’t be as self-conscious in front of people, and speaking in front of people would be much easier for me.

Monday, March 20, 2017

High School Education

  1. The research by Josh Mitchell demonstrates that having a college education is more important today than a few years ago by mentioning in the article that the median earnings for high school graduates have dropped from $435,000 per year to only $243,000 in the last few decades. This research shows that a student today studying for their college degree will likely get higher earnings per year than a student with only a high school diploma.
  2. Students with better grades, as the article states, have a larger probability of attending college and continuing their education. A lower GPA may mean that college may not be likely for that student. I personally know students who have gotten accepted into Ivy League colleges because of their GPA. A low GPA will make it harder to get accepted into a University, while a higher one will increase one’s chances. Here is an article with tips to keeping grades and GPA up.
  3. The correlation between high school grades and overall educational attainment was strongest for minorities. As the article says, studies show that African American and Hispanic men were actually more likely to go to college than caucasian men with the same GPA. This could be because minorities feel they must prove themselves more in today’s society to accomplish their goals.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Military Schooling

  1. The reason behind the 27% increase in students enrolled in North Valley Charter Academy was because they switched from traditional to military schooling, which, as the article says, raised the chances of each student getting accepted into college to about 95%.
  2. The North Valley Charter Academy has backed away from traditional schooling ways and has moved into more of a military style. This change is to teach students discipline and respect and to encourage them to go to college or to enroll in the military. Kids’ grades have also gotten better since the school switched from the traditional manner.
  3. Developing responsibility in students is very important in high school. Students are about to be on their own in the real world and if they have no self-control or responsibility then life will be rough. High school can start better preparing students for life by offering financial classes. This is a start, since school teaches students next to nothing about how to balance a checkbook, when it’s one of the most important skills in the real world. Here is an article that expands on this thought.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Post-Secondary Schools and Social Media

  1. Colleges are now looking at a person’s social media activity and posts before they accept them into their school. I agree that they should do this. Social media should definitely be taken into account because it reflects the behavior of a student outside of school and will help determine their commitment to the college. Looking at posts and comments will benefit a college and it’s students by helping to determine whether or not the applicant is irresponsible or careless, and if they are, to keep them out of a class of students who wish to learn.
  2. ‘Sometimes kids are worried more about being a character than having character.’ I agree with this quote. It’s true in every school. There are some kids who act with kindness, honesty, compassion and respect. But, unfortunately, the majority does not. I notice kids every day who will make a scene or act rude to others purely to bring attention to themselves, or to be considered “popular” among their friends and peers. While they may become popular among friends, this can damage their reputation with other classmates and teachers.
  1. High school is preparing students for adulthood. It pushes students to their limits just as college will do and shows what is expected of them from the real world. Breaking rules in high school has consequences just as breaking rules in college or in a job does. For example, if you’re tardy many times in high school you will receive a detention. If you’re late to work every day, there will be larger consequences. Here are more examples of how high school is preparing students for the real world.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Living Minimum Wage

1. If I worked a minimum wage job after high school, I would earn about $1,196.16 per month. If I were to rent a 2 bedroom apartment it would cost me about $600 per month. With a roommate, we would each pay about $300 per month.

2a. I will be staying on my family’s plan but paying my share for my cell phone. It will cost me about $50 per month.
b. I already have a car, so I won’t have to worry about buying one.
c. If I stay local, gasoline should cost me about $30 per month.
d. Monthly car insurance would cost me about $200.
e. I will stay on my parent’s health insurance policy.
f. Electric for my apartment would cost about $100, but if my roommate paid for half I would only owe $50 per month.
g. Gas would also cost me about $50 per month.
h. Oil changes would cost about $25.
i. Food for myself would cost about $200 a month.
j. I would set about $50 aside for entertainment.
k. Other household items, such as shampoo, batteries, or paper towels will cost me about $100 a month.
After taking all of this into account, I would be going about $188 over my budget.

3. Living from paycheck to paycheck can be very stressful. A variety of things could go wrong, all of which would cost money to fix or replace. I am already over my budget, without money set aside for emergencies. A number of things could go wrong with my car alone. Here are the 10 most common issues a car could have. Price for a certain item could go up, costing me even more money. My roommate could unexpectedly move out, leaving me with all the bills. This is why it is important to find a skill that employers will find valuable. You can find a job that pays with higher wages or have a side job to earn more money.