Thursday, November 8, 2007

Parents and Internet-Using Teens
2 Cents Worth

"Parents and Internet-Using Teens" is about the one thing every teen hates the most about what our parents do. We hate them checking up on and regulating our media use. It talks about how parnets are constantly checking what we view and do on the internet as well as t.v. and video games. As of today, 87% of parents or 17% more than regular adults are online, meaning they have accounts or check up frequently with their kids media use, not consumption. It says that these parents arn't necissarily concerned that the internet has been harmful to their children but that it has had some effect one way or another.

It would be intersting to see what effects these parents think the internet have on us. Are they good or bad? Do they have something to do with how our future will turn out or just random events? I predict they're concerned with our futures, not so much just anything happening. If it is our futures, I think it's terrific how the majority of our parents care enough where we carry in life to get involved with us. But then again, parents across the globe could encounter the idea that it's okay to invade our personal space and in the end, become controlling and so overwhelmed with knowing what we are up to 24/7. If this were to occur, I don't know what I would do or how I would react.

As a child of two caring parents, I can relate to the majority of teenagers. My parents can be a little nosey every so often but for the most part tend to respect my wishes and leave me alone becasue they trust me. This brings up another wonderful point. If kids were more trustworthy, parents would lay off and relax more.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Education Blog 6]
2 Cents Worth

"Measures for Success" is an excellent article composed by Mr. Warlick about the success of the "No Child Left Behind" program which requires all student to master basic literacy and numeracy skills. I never knew exactly what this program accomplished so I decided to read deeper into the text.

Mr. Warlick traveled out to Green Country, North Carolina to observe how the program is developing with random students. I'm pleased to hear he set out to a random school to observe rather than one he was already fully aware about. During his visit he came across some remarkable statistics. An individual that stood out to me was that prior to the invested program, only 26% of the students continued their learning career passed high school. After the "No Child Left Behind" acted into the environment of the school in 2006, 79% of seniors had already been accepted to college. The following year, it ascended to 84%. When I heard this mind-boggling statistic, I was bewildered to realize this program was that sufficient in leading students to be more successful individuals. This made me think deeper. If this school had outstanding performance after the act came upon them, are other schools around the country equivalent with the situation as far as learning? Is this new program manditory for every state to teach? If I was forced to answer my questions I would have to say others schools are right on track with Green Country and I'm almost positive it is taught throughout the country.

Once shock swifted out of my system, I established new thoughts more toward the direction of why this even matters. My first obvious thought was that if every student has the equality of this program then our world could be even further advanced than we are now. We could be a smarter group as a whole to aid in solving world problems such as killing diseases like cancer and possibly even war. If war were stopped today and world peace was sort out, it would inevitably lead to longer existence of humans in general.

Additionally to the world relief of a smarter and more successful population, this effects me individually as well. I may have already learned the basics of literacy and numeracy skills a lengthy time ago but I thought that if I never would have comprehended these, I would have absolutley no chance in having a successful life (as I know many kids in third world countries havn't been taught).

Just think, if only one simple program was created so easily with such a dramatic effect, could they develop even more efficient ones to save our human race and prevent our own destruction?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Education Blog 5

"Third World America" is an article in 2 Cents Worth about how Mr. Warlick believes America will become a third world country in a matter of decades and may even have started right now. This week, I'm not going to side with Mr. Warlick. I decided to choose this article because I strongly disagree with him for once. I just don't see America becoming or even starting to become a third world country like Ethiopia or India. With all our technology and great inventions while considering how far ahead we are compared to these countries with our development, there is no way our nation will turn into that. I mean, these countries don't even have electricity in some regions for gosh sakes, let alone the astonishing technology we possess! Just because some small regions of the U.S. are following others doesn't mean our whole country is going down. I think these areas would get caught up quicker if anything because we have each others backs. I sense the President would get involved and work extra hard to bring these sections up to date by making sure they'd obtain food, water, and the latest technology, the rest of the United States is sharing. I guess I don't understand why he thinks that a few regions could bring everything down with them. Does he consider the opposite way I do about the rest of our nation picking each other up? Does he assume it would crash our society?

I continued over-looking these questions and it dug up the true reason why I disagree with him. It was on the tip of my tounge but it came to me that I was more upset about how that was in a way, an egotisctic statement. I belive this because we should be so grateful for how fortunate our country is and saying that we might become a third world country is just obsurd and ridiculous.

If the countries around the world think we are a bunch of selfish people worrying about something so incappable of happening, they might turn against us and maybe create another world war. If it were to progress enough, I sense Americans would turn on each other after following the world's opinions. I know this has upset me slightly so there has to be others that agree with my thoughts.

I know America has contributed with helping those less fortunate countries in many ways, I just hope we won't make a scene about this topic.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

World News Blog 4

"Boy, 14, Seized in Plot to Open Fire at School" is from Google News and posted br Jon Hurlde and Ian Urbina. Once again, another terrible plot was designed to attack a school. However, this boy was only 14. In Philadelphia on wednesday night, theis boy was arested for plotting an attack. It's said that police found a 9-millimeter assault rifle, dozens of authentic-looking BB and air guns, and seven hand grenades he was making.
Officials say that the most likey reason he planned this assault was because he was bullied in the years of attending that school. This brings up a good topic. Bullying should really be taken care of at schools around the world because of things like this. You never know what kids are thinking these days or what they're going to do. In other words, they're unpredictable. I am flustered with how many different incidents there are today with kids around the world trying to pull off "Columbine Attacks." It's a shame that these poor kids try to reach out with violence thinking it's the only way to solve problems. This leaves me in a cliff hanger wondering is it going to happen at our school? Will I be the innocent victim to be killed? It's questions like these that really keep me consious about what I say to others. That old quote " keep your friends close but your enemies closer," is beginning to make sense to me.
I speculate how many lives could be saved from controlling bullying or other reasons that kids would plot such horrible things. I bet it would be in the thousands every year. Those are thousands of individuals who have feelings, thoughts, people who care about them that could be successful and live a happy life.

Education Blog 4

"Loads of Bloggers" by Dave Warlick in 2 Cents brielfy summarizes how many bloggers are known in this world. It says we've reached over 100,000 bloggers from this past week. This article may not be very long but I just think it's wonderful how is becoming such a well known and used website for sharing and exchanging ideas. I love how anyone is welcome to post what they've learned or feel like expressing anytime with no downsides. Plus, it's a great way to spend free time in a constructive way.
Before this year, I had never heard of "blogging" before. When my teacher first told us that we would be posting our responses about critical thinking from articles, I was wondering what the heck is blogging? Once I got familiar with this technique I began to really go deep into these blogs and actually enjoy them very much. They have helped me evolve into a better writer just by posting a few. In addition, I have developed my brain to think more critically and open mindedly.
Now, I think it's awesome that my teacher has opened up this path to me and my classmates for writing critically and analyzing purposes. If more teachers and schools around the world would pass on the wonderful world of blogging, think of how socially advanced we would be as humans. We could learn to critically analyze situations around us and decide the best solution just from performing a simple task such as blogging. My main questions are how smart could we really become? Could our world population's IQ rise? My guess would be that we would become smarter the farther we pushed ourselves.

This got me thinking a little bit more. It might be slightly off topic but I believe if everyone around the world began blogging, our ideas would be passed around and built upon each other creating strong thoughts that would help save the human race. An example is maybe a new idea for fuel or world peace opinions.
Overall, I'm just glad that blogger is making progress in becoming a world-wide known topic that everyone is involved in.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Local News Blog 3

Once again, more reckless teens were killed in an automibile accident in "Teens Killed in Early Morning Crash." A 16 and 17 year old teenager were killed when their Subaru drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The other driver was taken immediately to a hospital where he was treated for his minor injuries.
I don't know about the rest of the world but I am really getting sick to my stomach from hearing about the teen deaths which seems every other week from car crashes. This is just in our remote area too. I wonder if the rest of the world experiences this as much as we do. If we continue to do this to ourselves, I think we need to create the law to 18 years old to own a license. As much as I hate doing this becuase I will soon be able to drive, I just don't think it's worth death after death after death. I'm trying to think of what's best for peoples lives. I believe if we would increase the age of legal driving, thousands of teen lives would be saved around the globe. I looked into this subject a little more since the article wasn't very long and I heard a statistic I couldn't believe. Over 60% of teens that have their permit or license for the first year get in some sort of accident, crashing their family car. Even though it said the first year, people still might be wondering what difference the age makes whether they're 15 or 18. I think with maturity, kids will learn to be safe and value their lives that much more. Therefore, the legal driving age should be raised. As a society, our major goal should be to reduce the number of deaths around the world no matter what challenges we face in doing so.

Education Blog 3

"A Conversation About Wikipeida" is an article about how Wikipedia may not be as a reliable as everyone thinks. In a way it complains about how its source's are not always correct because anyone can run through one and change whatever they want. I'm not a big complainer but I do agree with what Mr. Warlick has to say this time. At the end of his blog, he asked the reader what the thought about this which I enjoyed very much because it caused me to critically think about this. I don't think anyone should be aloud to post whatever they want on such a widely used website. This can lead everyone in the world to have or present false information causing their thinking to change drastically about a topic. I continued to think about this and realized this could cause unnecessary arguments all over the place. Also, if people found out their sources were wrong, it could make them to beleive no other websites have correct information either.
Over the years I've known about Wikipedia, it has never crossed my mind to use this source just because I know how unreliable it can be. I've never understood why editing is allowed in the first place either. I found a statisctic that striked me. 61% of edits were registered by Wikipedia editors which left 39% for everyone else. Are there some things I don't know about it that will inform me about the editing process? Is there some sort of security check? Having these questions locked in my mind, I decided to do some research. After completing my searches I found that editors check what people have posted to make sure if it's reliable ot if it's just a comment. Then whats the point of even allowing editing by random people if it will get changed back if the information is not correct? I asked myself.
After learning my new facts, my thoughts about Wikipedia changed quite a bit. I understand now that it can be a very helpful source that is reilable. This relates to me for school projects and presentations knowing I do have a safe source. Now I don't have to worry about false information. However, if just in case I wanted to double check, I could scroll to the bottom of the page and check out the resources to see if they're credible or not. Now I do believe Wikipedia is a fairly good source to finding the correct facts.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

World News Blog 2 (URL)
My world news article "Robots Take on Social Tasks" by Mark Jewell is about the unbelievable technology robots have become. They have created these machines to help manage anyones life while they're gone from home. These robots are capable of watching over their home using webcams which can be controlled by a joystick.
You may be asking "how does this relate to the world? or who cares?" Well this technology allows us to protect our homes around the globe and watch over our personal items. This can already catch and help prevent burglery. Imagine the burglers knowing almost every home has these so they won't do it anymore. This could stop burglery for good! I strongly believe that these robots will only get smarter as the continue to develop. I bet soon they'll be able to critically think and interact in conversations with others.
I can personaly connect to this too because I know of some basic technology that I can easily access that is similar to what the robots are capable of. For example, the webcams on the internet these days or even on TV with comcast. Those virtual tours on Comcast on Demand are great examples of what you could see in your home through the robots. This left me one question though. Can someone speak through the robot and a different person hear that somewhere else? As I continued to read, my question was answered a s a yes. This just blew me away and made me think even more about the possibilites for technology in the future. If we can already perform this, imagine how amazing our world will be in a few years. In my first world news blog, I had an article about the future technology in classrooms and now this one is about more technology. I guess I'm just really impressed by what our world has accomplished over the years and can't wait until more technology is produced.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Education Blog 2 (URL)
"Shhh! I'm Googling my Facts" is an article by David Warlick from 2 Cents Worth. This article summarizes how people in general take for granite that the sources they find when researching always tell the right facts. Vicky Davis says that people tend to do this using google all the time. She stated an example that her 7th grade son was researching the 9/11 attacks using google. When he typed in the facts, a source said that someone had bombed the buildings. As a result, he began believing this until she straitened him out.
I'm sure this kid is not alone with his facts. Who knows what the world thinks happened on the 9/11 attacks. Actually, who knows what the world thinks with anything that happens. I bet people have all different theories and facts on events that happen around the world just from different sources. Who are people to trust if everyone has different facts?
This is so true not only with the entire world, but for myself too. I can relate to this kids problems also. I've composed projects where my information was not 100% correct and had to research over again. In a way, this is not only my fault but the sources as well. This goes along with what Vicky Davis said about how false information is our fault as a society for posting it. I guess my point is that I'm not the only one who can encounter artificial information, the entire world is at risk.
However, I believe there are strategies that everyone can use to tell if sources are correct. People can use multiple sources to compare. Also, they could use educated guesses or critical thinking to try and work out how believable or possible something is. The article posted that if we do these things, they will not only help us solve our problems, but become a habit of good use.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

World News Blog 1

"Oil Rises Above $82 for the First Time on Lower Interest Rates" is an article by Mark Shenk in Google News. This covers how the oil per barrel has set a new record of $82 in New York after interest rates were lowered. This matters all around the world because it means that oil will go up everywhere most likely which will cause gas prices to increase. When I begin to drive I don't want to have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for gas because I won't be able to afford it. If prices are high, it encourages me to buy a car with good gas mileage, like a hybrid. It also encourages people around the world to buy these types of cars as well and to invest in new energy sources.
As far as transportation goes, I think the world needs to begin car pooling, taking the light rail or bus more often so as not to consume so much oil and will help save money.

Education Blog 1

In my article "Classrooms for the Future" by Dave in 2 cents worth, a high school in Pennslyvania is getting a taste of future technology in classrooms. Each core (math, english, social studies, and science) classroom will receive one laptop per student, infrastructure, a scanner/printer, webcam, projector and much more.
This gift in technology they are receiving will hopefully open up new ideas and paths for learning not only for these students but for the U.S. and world. It may provide so much information that textbooks, learning strategies, and other methods will become obsolete.
"It may start up some school/district wide recycling programs," a. woody delauder posted, which is a very possible idea.
I know I can relate somewhat to this because our school classrooms have some of this technology such as projectors and technical support. This also relates to the world because if it were to get its hands on this, the world would be a much more efficient, imaginative, and successful learning evironment. I hope someday schools around the world will posses this technology to make learning a whole new experience.