Monday, April 24, 2017

PSA

1. The PSA was very effective in my opinion. Seeing and hearing the woman scream was very effective. You can really see what it would be like to be in her situation. When people see this, they don't want to be the person that caused the crash and be one of the only survivors of the crash. This will cause people to not be on their phones and distract other people in the vehicle. That is why this PSA was effective.

2. The PSA that I found is about two crash test dummies. The purpose of this PSA is to get more people to wear their seatbelts. When people watch this and see the crash test dummies get hurt, they start wearing their seatbelt because they don't want to end up like the dummies. That is why this PSA is effective.

Here is the link to the crash test dummies PSA video:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANAlT4pjRDI

Monday, April 17, 2017

Why High School is Important

1. Not having a diploma can affect your health greatly. This great effect is very negative. The article says that people who dropped out of high school are more likely to go to jail. These people think that since their life is not going well at that time that they should just stop trying. That is why not having a diploma is bad for your health.

2. Out of four million people, 22.5 percent of these people did not graduate. This is because kids are dropping out the first chance they get, instead of finishing high school. Having this many kids drop out is harmful to society. Just like I said in #1, drop out kids are more likely to commit crimes and go to jail.

3. Many freshmen don't graduate on time. This is because freshman slack off and don't try hard during their first high school year. Freshman year is actually one of the most important years in high school because you are required to do lots of classes in that year. We can fix this by exposing this number and helping freshmen in classes that the are struggling in.

Here is a link that explains why freshman year is important
http://www.selectingcolleges.com/home/col/page_165/does_freshmen_year_really_count.html

Monday, April 10, 2017

Are Grades Important?

1. Grit is practically the same thing as motivation. This means that you are willing to try hard no matter if you like the task or not. Many kids today will not put any good effort towards school. Grit is a very important skill in life. It is important if you want to do good in school and have a successful life career. I agree with the phrase "entitled" child culture. The way I grew up was by trying hard and working to get something. For instance, I didn't get a phone until the end of eighth grade. I had to work and show that I was responsible enough to own a phone. Kids today think that they are entitled to get a phone even if they don't work for it.

2. Gradual progress rather than doing something last-minute will create responsibility in a person. Business owners don't want their employees to do all their paperwork the day it is needed, they want an employee that gets their work done the day it was given to them. It is important to be responsible because it will allow you to keep a steady job.

3. The trait that I am strongest in is the intellectual curiosity trait. I know this because I like tinkering around with objects. Also, I will try to figure out how to do something before I look up how to do it. The trait that I need to work on most is the kindness trait. I will work on this trait for the next three years by doing volunteer work on my free time.

Here is a website that tells why it is important to volunteer.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/190888-why-is-it-important-to-do-volunteer-work/

Monday, March 20, 2017

Grades

1. Nowadays, it is important to get a college degree. Before, it wasn't as necessary to get a college degree in order to get a job. College degrees are more important now because you need them to get a higher paying job. The website says that people that go to college and get good grades, you will get more money.

2. Better grades are linked to a greater probability of going to graduate school and earning another advanced degree. Since I have good grades, I will be more likely to go to college and get a degree. That is why it is important to have good grades.

3. The correlation between high school grades and overall education attainment was strongest for minorities. This could be because minorities are trying harder since they are in a different culture. Employers also like hiring these people. Hiring them makes their company look more diverse.

Here is a website that tells you how to improve your grades
http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Your-Grades

Monday, March 13, 2017

Military Academy

1. The military school is made up of latinos and special needs children.The number of students at the military school increased by 27%. The number is increasing because more people are finding out that the program is helping out these kids. This makes the parent's want to send there. The article shows evidence of what kind of kids and how many kids are joining.

2. This military academy is teaching out of control kids to learn self-discipline. This system is helping them prepare for future life. Other things they learn are skills like self-reliance and leadership.

3. Student responsibility is very important. This is the difference between an all A student and a student that is failing. The A student is being responsible and doing their homework. The failing student is being lazy and isn't doing their homework. A way to change that in South Haven is to make homework worth more points. There are quite a few classes at the high school that use the 80%-20% rule. This means that tests are worth 80% of your grade and homework is worth 20% of your grade. I think that if this is changed, kids will start taking more responsibility and do their homework because it will be worth more points.

Here is a link that explains the importance of self-responsibility:
http://www.academia.edu/6756066/The_Importance_of_Accepting_Personal_Responsibility

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kids these days

1. I agree that social media should be took into account. If you only look at the person's grades, you won't be able to tell what the person is actually like. If you look at the person's social media posts, you will be able to see who the person is and how they act. If someone posts inappropriate things during high school, they will probably do the same thing in college. Since most colleges want kids that act appropriately, they will choose the kid that posts good and informational things. That is why it is important to take social media into account.

2. I agree with this observation. Many kids are always focused on what other people think about them and not how they feel. Lots of kids will always try to be funny so they are more popular. Some people become friends with people they don't even like. Kids need to stop acting like someone else and act how they normally would. This is how you get true friends and true respect.

3. High school rules are a good way to prepare for life. High school teaches you many traits you need to keep a job. One example is being on time. If you are late too many times, you can't get out of the exam in high school. If you are late to a job too many times, you will get fired. Another example is phones. If you are on your phone in class, you will get yelled at. If you are on your phone at work, you could get fired. That is why the rules in high school are important for future.

Here is a link that talks about how school prepares students for life:
http://www.nais.org/Magazines-Newsletters/ISMagazine/Pages/Preparing-Students-for-Life.aspx

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Moving Out

I have researched two bedroom apartments in Kalamazoo area. I found an apartment at the Bronco club for 500 dollars. This means if I split the cost with a roommate, I would only have to pay 250 dollars.

There are a lot of monthly bills when you live by yourself. This includes cell phone bill, 20 dollars, gasoline bill, 50 dollars, car insurance, 200 dollars, electricity, 20 dollars(after being split with my roommate). I can change the oil myself for about 40 dollars. I can eat for about 70 dollars a month. I will bring my x-box 360 from home for entertainment. With laundry, soap, and haircuts, it would cost around 90 dollars.

It would be very stressful living from paycheck to paycheck. It could be very dangerous because you could hurt yourself and you wouldn't be able to work. This means no paycheck. If you have a valuable skill, you would be able to get more money from a job. That is why it is good to learn a valuable skill.


Here is a link showing my apartment:
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Michigan/Kalamazoo/The-Bronco-Club/100016945/