54 thoughts on “Education

  1. Fernando

    I believe in the Virgin Islands. Growing up on a small island, the ocean has been a big part of my life. The vast ocean that surrounds my tiny 31 square mile island isn’t just filled with sea life, life lessons are also easy to come by. The ocean, like a library, is full of information. All you have to do is dive in.
    My bond with the ocean started when I was very young. The ocean has taught me lessons, not only about recreational activities and having fun, but also about life. The ocean has showed me the importance of patience, strategy and problem solving. I recall a windy summer morning while I was spearfishing. I took a deep breath and dove down to the sea floor, 60 feet below the surface. On my way to the bottom, I spotted a fair sized school of yellow-tail snappers, a very sought after fish locally, and immediately swam in their direction. I crawl on the sea floor until I see the school of snapper directly in front of me. My hands visibly shaking, I aim and take the shot. It is an instant kill. Excitedly, I brought my catch to shore.
    The ocean humbles me and continues to teach me the importance of working for what you want. Life, like the ocean, doesn’t hand out freebies. You’ve got to earn it. The ocean is my reprieve from my busy life; it refreshes me and prepares me to tackle what’s ahead. When I am in the ocean, I am limitless.

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    1. Bridgette Sullivan

      Fernando, I like how you view the ocean as a metaphor for life. The ocean is a very humbling place.

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      1. Mitch West

        What an exciting story to read! The ocean truly in another world, once you sink your head below the surface, you are able to see something truly amazing. A fact I once read – We know more about the universe than we know about our own oceans. Thats pretty humbling if you ask me.

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    2. Lindsey Petrosso

      I love that you wrote about education like this. A lot of people, like myself, catigorize education negatively. But, this is different and really eye opening. You can really learn valuable lessons from anything.

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    3. I believe in knowledge. Being educated in life can make getting by a whole lot easier. Although everyone for the most part hates going to their classes and putting endless time and effort into projects and essays, they know that it will all be worth it in the end. Grammar school is where it all begins; where you meet friends and learn the basics to life. Then about a decade later you will soon be moving into high school where you have four years ahead of you that are there to retain useful information, and reach a certain grade point average to make it into you’re dream university. Now the time comes where you have finished high school and you have to make the decision on whether or not going to college is the right path for you. Personally I have made the choice to go to college and pursue my dreams. In most cases you need a college degree to get a job in life that will support yourself and you’re family for years to come. Yes, there are other alternatives in life than going to college; but in the world today I believe that you need to have a certain extent of knowledge to pursue a job that requires higher education. There are millions of ways you can make money in todays day; the most effective and guaranteed way is to graduate college with you’re intended degree and move on into a job that you will love for the rest of you’re working years.

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  2. I believe in cross pollination in education, the fundamental interdisciplinary linkage that supports a liberal arts education. It causes ideas to spread, inspiration to spark, and it fosters a culture of open mindedness and curiosity. Nothing else can move a population of learners and creators forward together with such success.
    I am a Graphic Design Major and an incoming Freshman at UMass Dartmouth. Since I was nine I had had one dream: Art School. The idea of spending four glorious years doing nothing but my passion seemed wonderful. When it came time to make this a reality, I toured, attended information sessions, and read up online, but felt there was something two-dimensional about the potential experience.
    Meanwhile, every day in high school I found myself drawing artistic inspiration from my other courses. I marveled at the beauty of dynamic cultures in my History classes, I doodled lines and curves like the ones in my Calculus textbook, and got lost in the imagery from stories of my Literature classes. As I reflected on this, I realized I wanted a diverse Liberal Arts education because of the universal ability for students to branch out and learn from all subjects.
    I believe the principle of cross pollination applies to every field and interest and is exemplified in liberal arts colleges and universities. Diversity does not threaten the unique qualities of each discipline, it strengthens them. The more connections built between science and sociology, politics and history, and art and literature cause every field to grow in a healthy way, and together they propel ideas and knowledge forward.

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    1. Bridgette Sullivan

      Karen, I agree that it is important to have a more well rounded education as it will help to strengthen one’s specialty. I find it interesting how calculus inspired your art despite them being very contrasting subjects.

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    2. Jack Carpenter

      Karen, I think that you do an excellent job of illustrating your point that education must be a deeper experience that lessons in a single area of learning. I agree that one course can inspire you to get an even more meaningful experience out of another, seemingly unrelated one, and feel that your essay explained this quite well.

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  3. Onyeka Ibili

    Education is essential to human life. This means that women, who take up almost half of the population in the world, deserve not to be left uneducated. Women in education is very vital for the success of a country’s economic and social growth. For more than 2,000 years, there was no education for women in India. Back then, women who were able to read and write were even looked upon as a disgrace. The men believe that women instead should aspire to be good wives and mothers staying in the house to cook and clean. More or less today this still continues. Both men and women are like two wheels to a bicycle. You cannot ride your bike to your destination if you are missing either wheel. Women can be a great asset for decision making and making wise choices. Women in education are important because they are the ones that conceive our future generation, so if we ignore the importance of women in education then we are being ignorant of our bright future. All in all, women have come a long way in society, especially in India where it is now a representation of a country led by more women in education. Many leaders such as youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist, continues to advocate for female education Women should not continue to be looked upon as weak and society should stop treating them as inferior to men because anything a man can do a women can do it just as good if we put our minds to it.

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  4. Ellen Canavan

    Everyone has something they believe in strongly whether it be an organization, an ideology or simply a virtue, these beliefs are what people often use to label themselves with. I know my beliefs may change as I learn and grow, this does not concern me instead I see it as a cause of celebration. I don’t want to be too stubborn, and never be open to change, but some beliefs I have are just a part of me and I feel pretty confident that I know which ones those are. The belief I truly hold dear though the one I want to share in this essay is the belief that everyone should get equal opportunity to follow their dreams and their ideal career paths.
    I already feel I have been blessed by several opportunities to follow my dreams. I want to be a cartoonist, specifically a storyboard artist, and thanks to my opportunity to apply to umass Dartmouth’s College of visual and performing arts I feel like I am on my way now more than ever. What inspired me to discover this career path like many others who share this interest was Disney and Pixar films. These movies are known for pedaling the belief that one should follow their heart above all else. It may sound cheesy to some people but I think it is a wonderful belief to hold as it has helped me conquer my fears and self doubt, and has transformed me from a timid girl to an ambitious young adult.
    This belief has also inspired me to call for change in the world I live in. No one should feel so barred from their goals that they feel the need to quit before they have started. Following a dream is going to be hard at some point, because life isn’t always easy. But it is undeniable that for some it is far more difficult, of course this can lead to tales of triumph but more often than one would like to believe it just keeps us running in circles. Some people are just “handed a rotten deal” they are born into a poor household, or an abusive household, or a family that deals with social prejudice. We live in a country run by an inherently fractured competition one for food, money, and shelter, sounds like we haven’t evolved as much as we might think. If we focused on teaching the next generation on helping one another instead of pushing each other down we might just find that we don’t have to compete as much as we think we need to. Not everyone is good at the same sorts of things, which is fantastic because the last thing we need is a world full of only one type of person. This is why I believe in equal opportunity in education because I think it will help everyone if more students could find something they love to do and be able to pursue it.

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  5. josuecom

    Josue N Rivera
    August 7, 2016
    The rise of religions and the increasing number of theories has caused people to question their beliefs and look for facts. This event came birth to our period in the history of humanity. In the small amount of time that humans have been on earth, we have discovered new planets, understood many of the mysteries of earth and created tools that helped us advance into a more intelligent species. These discoveries and facts only keep increasing exponentially every day.
    All the accomplishments that humans have done during our small stay on earth have a common factor, information. Information is the concept of understanding facts and how these facts form the universe and us. Correspondingly, one of the things that distinguish us from other animals is our cognitive abilities. As a result, we have been able to understand the surface of the information that exist in the universe, but there are still numerous things that we do not understand.
    The quote “Knowledge is power”, by Francis Bacon, explains in a simple and genius way the meaning of information. Knowledge on disease and science will slow down the death rate, increase human’s and animals’ lifespan and give us the ability to live in any type of conditions.
    All things considered, information is the force that moves every in the universe. It has cured diseases, stopped wars and helped us understand things beyond what our eyes allow us to see. This is why I believe in information.

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  6. Josue N Rivera

    Josue N Rivera
    August 7, 2016
    The rise of religions and the increasing number of theories has caused people to question their beliefs and look for facts. This event came birth to our period in the history of humanity. In the small amount of time that humans have been on earth, we have discovered new planets, understood many of the mysteries of earth and created tools that helped us advance into a more intelligent species. These discoveries and facts only keep increasing exponentially every day.
    All the accomplishments that humans have done during our small stay on earth have a common factor, information. Information is the concept of understanding facts and how these facts form the universe and us. Correspondingly, one of the things that distinguish us from other animals is our cognitive abilities. As a result, we have been able to understand the surface of the information that exist in the universe, but there are still numerous things that we do not understand.
    The quote “Knowledge is power”, by Francis Bacon, explains in a simple and genius way the meaning of information. Knowledge on disease and science will slow down the death rate, increase human’s and animals’ lifespan and give us the ability to live in any type of conditions.
    All things considered, information is the force that moves every in the universe. It has cured diseases, stopped wars and helped us understand things beyond what our eyes allow us to see. This is why I believe in information.

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  7.   I believe that essays should not have word requirements. I came to understand this belief while trying to think of topics for this essay. One of my core beliefs has always been that the human race should create buildings in a way that doesn’t disrupt their environment. This is a topic that I am very passionate about, and I thought it would make a great subject for my essay. It’s a simple subject. but that’s the problem – it’s so simple that I found it difficult to write more than a few sentences about it.

      This made me wish that I only had to write around 100 words, rather than the 500 that I was required to. I started thinking about word requirements, and I realized that they can be a detriment to the quality of an essay. For my essay, I narrowed down my thoughts into three reasons why I believe word requirements should not be set.

         - Some words contain more information than others
         - Word limits also force unnecessary detail into essays
         - Short, concise pieces of writing are easier to read and to understand than long, complicated pieces of writing

      In conclusion, I believe that word requirements can negatively affect the quality of an essay, as exemplified by the repetition of the phrase “why I believe word requirements should not be set” in this essay, as well as the word limit on this essay, which prevented me from writing about one of my core values that I truly believe in.

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    1. Hannah Ayotte

      I agree with you, I also had trouble fitting my essay into the word requirement and feel like it isn’t as good as it could be if it were longer.

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  8. Elaine Sanchez

    In eighth grade I made the decision to switch schools and go to a technical school. I knew I wanted to be in Dental assisting. During my sophomore year I got into the Dental program, I felt like it was the beginning to a new chapter of my life.
    Finally during my junior year we reached the point of our education where we could begin to put what we learned in a real life setting. With a clinic attached to the school, we were able to work on actual patients. In order to be a dental assistant you must pass certain tests to get certifications. I became certified in Infection control and Radiology.
    By the end of my senior year I obtained an internship. This experience I cannot explain, to feel independent was astonishing. Working with technology we only dreamed about in class. Let’s say I decided not to further my education, I would have a great career to fall back on, with a high school diploma and also all the certifications I obtained along the way. And now my licensure. To just be out of high school, it’s amazing to see all the job opportunities in front of me. Had I not gone to Tech, this wouldn’t even be an option for me. I see kids I used to go to school with, before switching to the Tech, working at the mall or in fast food, and it really makes me appreciate all that I have gained from going to a technical school, the opportunities that have come my way have helped shape the person I am. This is why I believe in and support technical schools.

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  9. Rhys Frazier

    I believe in exploring. Exploring can mean many things, exploring within yourself or the vast universe. Everyone explores something different. I explore something in which I want further my knowledge and experience. I believe that this helps to build my individuality and opens up my interests and broadens my thoughts. I believe this helps the shape the world because it helps us differentiate from one another. Ever since I was a young child, I loved to explore and learn about any type of animal or living thing. I would always watch television shows about living things instead of cartoons. I would then explore the topic of the show and all of the interesting facts that it had to offer. I spent a lot of time outdoors as well seeking out as many living things as I could. I was never afraid I getting near bugs, snakes, or any creatures I had not seen before. I would usually try to pick them up and hold them. My favorite was the caterpillar that was common where I lived during the spring and summer. I would catch some and observe their evolution into the beautiful butterfly or moth. Over time I learned a lot about their behaviors and I became known as the animal lover in school. Exploring can also change your attitudes regarding anything different or unfamiliar to you. Everyone has their interest or passion that interests them. Due to their interest, they explore it in depth and leading to new knowledge. Exploring builds knowledge, passion and individuality in one’s self and that’s why I believe in exploring.

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    1. Stefan Bruendl

      I strongly agree with your perspective. The fear of learning something new is what usually inhibits people from becoming smarter or more open ended. Broadening your interests and knowledge about things you never knew about can help you in many situations and makes you in my opinion a more interesting person. Don’t ever stop exploring.

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  10. Trevor Robertson

    Human beings have an inner passion to be heard, to have their opinions matter, and to fight for certainty. Without striving for certainty the consonance of knowledge would cease, and not long after be replaced by the dissonance of humanity. I believe this passion for certainty creates the structure that grounds consonance.

    For to acquiesce is to kill. Elie Wiesel once said, “Can one possibly view indifference as a virtue? Is it necessary at times to practice it simply to keep one’s sanity, live normally, enjoy a fine meal and a glass of wine, as the world around us experiences harrowing upheavals?”. Man can continue to cover their eyes, however oppression will eventually infest and no one will be able to speak for man. There have been many times in my life where there were moments to interject and speak. A lot less frustration and a lot more answers would have come.

    My family has problems. Some face physical disparity while others submit to mental psychosis. Unable to speak, unable to walk, and unable sit I know there’s still pursuance within the head of my father.The proof lies within his office. Countless read books to cease his disease, “self-help books”, countless resumes all cluttered the office. There are days I wish I spoke to my father, asked for advice, and didn’t curse the ground I stood upon.

    This is what I believe, that mankind can find certainty; and we must talk to each other to make it happen.

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  11. asanteisaac49

    The world is consisting of millions and millions people from the darkest to the lightest shade of skin color, from the richest person in the world to the poorest person. The amazing thing about the human race is that each and every single one of us is different and unique from the other person. One thing that sets us apart is our beliefs. Growing from diapers to adulthood each of us will develop personality and beliefs on life such as religion, politics, education and sexuality. Growing up in a family with one parent and older siblings my mother had many strict beliefs that I would often question and ask myself whether they were wrong or right. One belief that my mother engraved in my mind that I surprisingly strongly still believe in today is the belief that Education is important in life
    I remember being a little kid my mother and older siblings would force to focus on my education and study hard for school, but of course being a kid all I wanted to do was play video games and hang out with my friends. My mother especially would always tell me that one day I would realize what she meant every time she would tell me education is a major key and little did I know I would soon realize how right she was. When I finally reached high school which also made me old enough to find a little part time job in every single application they would always ask about your education and I at first I would question myself and ask why would they care whether or not I had education but that’s when it clicked to my head that I’m able to get a good job you need a good and proper education and that’s when I can fully say that from that day on having a proper education became one of my beliefs.

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  12. Gabriel Lurz

    I believe in science. Everyone has role models. For some it could be their mother or uncle, for an athlete it could be a coach, and for others it could be God. My role models are Gregory Mendel, Charles Darwin, James Watson, and David Baltimore just to name a few. Together they, and many others, are a collective that I refer to as Science. These are the people who I aspire to be everyday when I get out of bed. These people changed the world because they were willing to take a risk and be called crazy.
    Now science is not without its flaws there are the false prophets, bad ideas, wrong ideas, and despicable action that have been carried out in the name of science. Now all belief systems have these flaws. For examples the Christians carried out many horrors in the name of God just as the Nazis carried out despicable experiments in the name of science. Why I choose to believe in science however is because science is human. God is an omnipresent, omnibenevolent, and omnipotent being. Science is just human. Without us and our natural curiosity there would be no science. Science has many flaws and has had to overcome many challenges, but I choose to put my belief into something that I have helped to create and in turn has helped to create me.

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  13. Dylan Bryda

    I believe education is a planet wide project that cannot be truly achieved by staying isolated. We as a nation, and as a world, do not promote the idea of studying abroad, or working abroad enough. I believe that the promotion of these types of programs is beneficial to both superpowers, and small rural countries, since we will both get something out of the process. Small countries would have a stable influx of students able to help provide very rural areas with reliable drinking water or student nurses that could help treat their sick or injured. Superpowers like the United States, would receive valuable experience for students and would find allies in the future, since working together would help bond us in ways a simple peace treaty never could. I feel that we should be working with other countries more mainly because I have had so little interaction with those that are different from me. Growing up I went to a mainly white school, in a small town, and had very little chance to interact with those that are different in most ways both physically and mentally; because of this I feel very ignorant of the outside world and don’t think anyone should be, since we live in such a global lifestyle. In order to remedy this feeling on a personal level I plan to study abroad during my college career, and I hope many others will too, so we can learn about this world together.

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  14. Hannah Ayotte

    I believe in music education. I believe that music is a universal language that has the power to unite people across the globe and every child should have the opportunity to explore music. Music not only connects people, but it has the power to heal, teach, and inspire them. According to the National Association for Music Education, music also increases different mental functions as well as engagement in school. I believe that music is meaningful in some way to everyone, whether it is a key part of their culture, or something that calms someone at the end of a long day. Children should have the opportunity to learn about all genres of music, and to find what kind of music means something to them. To me, music has always been an important part of my everyday life. I started singing at a young age, participating in choral groups and taking private voice lessons. When I was little, I used to love listening to my parent’s music during long car rides. As I got older music was something I could rely on to comfort me after a hard day. The schools that I attended had excellent music programs which gave me the opportunity to explore music as well as to perform. These music programs harnessed my love of music, when I began performing in school groups, this love was multiplied in ways I never could have imagined. I believe that everyone deserves to have access to music education programs during their educational careers.

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    1. Anastasia Elmendorf

      I believe in books.
      I learned to read at the top of my kindergarten class. I flew through the reading levels, getting more and more excited to read the simplistic stories. Reading was such a change for me. Instead of playing quietly with my toys, now I sat quietly reading my books. I felt so much pride reading bedtime stories to my parents instead of the other way around. Books changed my lonely little childhood into a series of fantastic adventures.
      My humble opinion of books is this: get them, read them. No matter the cost, whether you can find them cheaper on Amazon, it doesn’t matter. Just read. Reading opens your mind and churns your thoughts no matter what you read. This summer I had no plan to read a lot, but in little moments, my lunch break, when the boss left for the day, and quiet nights reading with my mom, I managed to read more books than I ever expected. I read old books and fairly new ones, and I reread three Harry Potter books that I’ve already read a million times.
      The customers that I tell my family about when I get home, are the ones that are excited about books. When they walk in, they remark about “that great old book smell”, and they ask great questions about a child’s summer reading book, or about book recommendations for themselves. These people, whether they buy one book for a light beach read, or they buy a stack for the rest of the summer, make me smile. It gives me so much hope, when people are engaged in reading and learning, expanding what they know and becoming better people for it.

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    2. Katelin Harlow

      I also went through great music education programs which definitely helped me with the rest of school. Any type of music program can make a huge difference in students academically as well as emotionally and mentally. Great essay and good insight!

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  15. Morgan Hays

    Walk out the door and look around. Pretty, isn’t it? Every sense stimulated, the brain working to process it all, others experiences the same thing yet experiencing it slightly different. This is only a surface observation of the world, but I believe knowledge is the key to truly seeing the beauty of reality.
    I pick off a leaf from a tree; a pleasant shade of green as leaves tend to be, a lighter shade on the underside, veins disseminating out from the middle, an elegant shape, all together an appealing leaf as far as leaves go. But this is just a surface observation. Knowledge tells me that green color comes from the magnesium in the pigment molecules chlorophylls a and b and all the inner workings of the plant These leaves come in every shape, color and size, from thick, waxy leaves of succulents to thin pine needles, on every plant on Earth so they must work pretty well. Without this capacity, I wouldn’t be able to have such appreciation for something as simple as a leaf. But reality is not just physical.
    I believe in knowledge because it makes the world around me brighter. It makes people more interesting to talk to as they share their experiences and knowledge and I share mine. To me, information demystifies the dark areas to make them fearsome, yet the more I learn the more I realize just how much I don’t know making me want more.

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  16. Telayna Bennett

    I believe in the power of education.
    When you are not educated on a certain topic or idea you are ignorant towards it. Being called ignorant has always had a negative connotation behind it. However, the word simply means having a lack of knowledge or not knowing. Everyone is ignorant to some extent. Not even the smartest person you can think of knows everything. And it’s completely okay to not know about all things. However, the problem with being ignorant is the inability to effectively understand others viewpoints on situations you yourself have never experienced or know nothing about. And this lack of communication can lead to deep set emotions such as spite and hatred if not handled appropriately.

    I attended one of the most diverse high schools in Boston. And with diversity comes differences. And with differences comes conflict. Many of the conflicts that arose between students and teachers were from lack of knowledge of the other person’s culture, religion, personality, background or lifestyle . And while it’s clear that some arguments are obviously just a clash of personalities and character, many arguments were from lack of life experience. Getting to know about things besides yourself is not encouraged enough. I believe it is important to learn and educate yourself about things you don’t understand or people who are different from you. Education should not be limited to standard textbooks and small classrooms. You can learn something new everyday if you take the time to make new experiences and meet new people. You should never stop learning. Always search for more information and be eager to advance your mind past textbooks and lessons taught in school.

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  17. David Moreau

    The ability to ask who, what, when, where, and why has long been synonymous with intelligence. Some of the smartest minds have asked themselves these questions on some level and because of this we have a better understanding of the world and its inhabitants. Math, science, and society hold secrets that yearn to be found. I believe that asking yourself important questions is the first step to learning.
    In a world where people will change facts to make you believe in their twisted world view it is important to be skeptical. It is important to ask who, what, when, where, and why because if you want to know something or obtain knowledge you have to have the drive and the will find out the facts yourself. Ideally getting information from media sources is what you would want to do. But even then the media isn’t without its follies.
    Time and time again we find out some news sources were lying about this or fabricating this story and that. In a time when you can’t be sure what is right and what is wrong you have to be able to find the truth yourself. With the age of the internet no one in the history of the world had so much access to the world. Name any country and you can find a website detailing its history from political to social to the celebrities of that society. So I ask you to be skeptical of certain people and sources that claim to know the answers for you.

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  18. Greg Lemire

    In our generation, STEM and scientific perspectives are being pushed more than ever. This is a great sign, as it shows how we will be driving the overall effort to make the world we live in a better place. It troubles me, however, to see how literature is perceived as an antiquated educational burden in the scope of our brave new world. Students now resent the fact that they need to enroll in English courses and analyze writing.

    Literature is, in my opinion, the most powerful tool for uniting large groups of people and allowing otherwise polarized individuals to find empathy and understanding. In a time where we are driven apart by war, politics, and belief, we need a catalyst for understanding more than ever.

    Schools have taught us to pull apart an author’s prose and extract a single truthful analysis. As a writer, I can assure you that the meanings and truths behind text are not artificially produced. Good writing is poured out from an author and left to be analyzed by each reader. Authors do not want to express a single viewpoint any more than a painter wishes to depict a simple depiction of the world.

    The most important thing I want to convey to the public is that literature has been undervalued and improperly introduced to us, and is necessary in the world of computers as much as it was in the age of empires. Our society would be improved if we could recall the true power of an art as transcendent and universal as literature.

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  19. Joseph Donahue

    I believe in education. Education is always shown to be the most important part of young people’s’ lives. Proper education allows people to enter lines of work that they enjoy and earn more money based on their experience and education in that field. Living in the United States means that people have to work in order to earn money to buy basic needs. Thus, if continuing to be educated can result in earning more money to support oneself, then education must be a high priority. Being educated doesn’t just result from going to school. Education results from years of experience in certain areas of life. Such education allows for people to understand each other and work together to further each other’s goals in life. Education is important because educated people can find solutions to complex problems that affect the world, such as natural disasters, drought, poverty, war, etc. A lack of education results in people acting more like animals, and using brute force to solve problems. As history has shown, brute force is not the optimal way to deal with issues affecting the world. For example, people believe that directly assaulting terrorist groups in the middle east is the best way to deal with them. However, people who have worked in this field for many years and have experience dealing with similar circumstances would come up with a different response. I believe in education because of the ability to deal with world issues in the best possible manner.

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  20. Richard Teasdale

    I believe personal interaction will forever be negatively impacted by the growing use of technology. This belief was instilled in me through the lack of technology provided for me in my childhood. Through minimal amount of technology, I was taught how to make myself active and be able to interact with others. Due to an increase in supply of communication technology used by younger generations, face to face interaction has become a struggle.
    The most common form of communication technology, the smartphone, has greatly influenced the way people connect with one another. In doing so, the ability to personally connect with others has suffered. Smartphones allow for users to interact with others impersonally through social media, such as facebook, twitter, instagram, and snapchat. Other forms of technology; video games, television and computers have limited the amount of time people spend with others. As a child, I was limited to these distractions, giving me more time to spend with other children.
    When I was a young child, my father limited my time spent watching television and playing video games. I was allowed an hour of television per night and was allowed to play video games on Fridays after school, Saturdays and Sunday mornings. In ninth grade, I was finally given my first cell phone, one with a sliding keyboard and only calling and texting capabilities. At the time, these restrictions were just more rules that I had disdain for, but now have respect for. Due to limited technology as a child, I believe that I was given a head start in communicating with others more effectively.
    Future generations are bound for more problems communicating with others than ever before. A loss of skills in interactions with others along with an increase of dependence on technology is a trend humanity is following. I believe that if children were raised more similarly to how I was raised, these skills can be gained early on, and people will be able to communicate more effectively.

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  21. Ade

    I believe in getting an education. Education is a privilege and it is the only opportunity I have to make my future aspirations a reality and make things better for the people I love. My motivation ties directly to my sister. I have a little sister that looks up to me as a father figure as well as a brother and I make sure she sees the very best in me as a responsible young man. I arrived in the United States with my little sister and the family that accommodated us were not very caring at all. They locked my little sister and I countless times in their cold basement and would sometimes leave us starving till they came back from work. I viewed America as the country where money grows on trees considering how we grew up really poor but that soon changed as we continued to be mistreated. Every time I look at my little sister she reminds me that failure is not acceptable and success is a necessity. Through every adversity I have faced and conquered and all other adversities I will face, remembering how much I want my little sister to keep admiring me motivates me to be the best I can be. So I figured my plans to achieve success is by taking advantage of my educational opportunity. The root of success lies in education especially in the society we live in today. My sense of responsibility in every aspect and towards those that look up to me continues to motivate me to the point where I see things beyond just my academic goals but my ability to do more and achieve more.

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  22. Brandell Warren- Anderson

    “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you. “ Those are powerful words from the 5 time nba champion , Kobe Bryant. Looking at his career you can see he is pretty successful in life. You have to put in the hard work reguardless of what you do or choose to pursue in life. I strongly believe you have to put in hard work for best results.
    Sometimes in life you have to mess up just so you can learn from it and progress. My first couple years in highschool, I was not fully aware of the impact my GPA could have on my decision for life after highschool. Instead of going home to study and finish up some homework, I was being lazy. That laziness produced poor work that left me with mediocre work, which produced a poor GPA. My senior year , I realized that I had to put way more work in for better results. If you put the dedication and hard work now , you are saving yourself from the struggle you could have later. Going through rejection letters from colleges I know I could’ve easily got into if I had worked a little harder, frustrated me.
    If you want to be the best at your craft , you gotta put in way more work than the next man. You slack off, you’re making it easier for the next person to past you as they continuously grinding.

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  23. Evan Owens

    Technology isn’t all it’s made up to be. It’s a blessing and a curse for some, and one of these people is me. Don’t get me wrong I love technology and believe that it is necessary and has really benefitted our world today, but as a person that also believes technology is not for everyone I can understand how some might not understand the advancements it has led to in our time today. Many older people in my generation got aboard the technology train a little late and now reap the problems. Reading manuals, calling up companies and asking family members are all things that are included when people of older generations are given the gift of technology.

    Technology has changed my life and has taught me how human nature creates a human race that will always want to improve and create a better life. As humans we are always trying to conserve energy while getting more things done, the internet and technology help us to do this. This is what creates the barrier between my generation and my older family members. They learned to work hard to get what you deserve. They believe in hard labor and trying your hardest at anything you do and if you fail try and try again. The difference with my generation is that if we fail we try to find another or smarter way to solve that problem. I believe that I’m a mix of both generations in my thinking. I believe in education and especially educating people with technology no matter their ages, young, or old. Education and technology keep us going and without them we can not further advance.

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  24. Ivan Zepeda

    Belief is usually a topic people stray away from. Everyone is entitled to their own belief, whether it be in religion or not. Throughout life many people tend to put their belief in other areas. Overall, the only certain belief you are able to have that can make a foreseeable difference is a belief within yourself. I see many people giving their all into different groups and “powers” hoping they if they believe hard enough, something will change. Forgetting that the only real way that change is guaranteed is if you believe in yourself to change it. What do I believe. I believe in myself. I believe that if everybody has the education to realize that the only real way change is going to come about is if they do themselves. There is no secret to personal gain and there is no magic god that is going to come down and help you get what you’ve always wanted. I believe that if everyone would take a step back and realize that there is no belief that is going to change your life like you can change your own life, this world would be much different. Everyone would soon realize that we are all on a common goal. I believe, that is it only then, that he world will be at peace. In reality, my belief lies in education. If every human has the chance to receive an education the world would be a much different place.

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  25. Andrew Lima

    I believe in education. Without education where would humans stand as a species. Whether it is history, to teach us about past successes or failures so that we may learn from them to better ourselves and not repeat the same mistakes. Or be it the sciences so that we can go on to develop new technologies that will benefit future generations. Even the education of the future artists and musicians of the world, who will go on to bring life and creativity to the dull aspects of the world. Without education, we may as well be Neanderthals, roaming the earth with nothing but pointy sticks and sharp stones to aid us in the survival and advancement of our species.
    Since I was in middle school I have wanted to become a teacher to help spread the knowledge that is so critical to the success of mankind as a species. My inspiration was my eighth grade math teacher who was so passionate about his subject and making sure that all of his students would have a thorough understanding of the subject before moving on to another topic. He actually managed to make math fun, to a certain extant, and I had a blast that school year. After the year concluded I told myself that I would become a teacher so that I could go on to give my own students that same enjoyable educational experience, and so that hopefully I could inspire my students to go on into the world spread the knowledge I shared with them and use it to better the world.

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  26. Alex Kerravala

    I Believe There Should Not Be Any Required Classes In College
    In this day and age where a college degree is practically necessary for survival, and where college costs more in the US than any other country of equal economic power, why do I need to take certain classes I don’t want to? I am a firm believer of getting my moneys worth out of something, so when I pay $20,000 a year in tuition, why can’t I choose my schedule? Why do I, a Political Science student, have to take math classes when it has no way of helping my major? I could use that $20,000 a year to progress farther into the field I plan on making a living off of, and instead, I use it on core classes like English, a language I have been speaking my entire life, as well as Biology and Algebra, two classes that couldn’t be farther off from my major, and couldn’t possibly help my chances of a career.
    When I am spending more money on making a living than I would on a house, I should expect I wouldn’t be forced to take classes so unnecessary.
    In the country that created modern capitalism, I expect to get what I pay for, and paying too much time and money on something I do not want or need completely defies the very nature of capitalism.

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  27. Ashanti Syed

    Many confuse the concepts of equality and equity. I firmly believe in equity, where those who fall short of the projected educational standards are given the proper tools tailored to their needs to get them to where they need to be. It is very evident, especially in a school setting, that every individual does not come from a similar background and some require more help than others but it is too often that those needs are overlooked. Being brought up in a wealthy, predominantly white town, I constantly saw both faculty and students confusing the two and fighting for equality. Though I do believe people of color are still in need of equality out in the real world, we first need to make sure we are educated well enough to fight battles that come way before we enter the real world. It is even before the birth of their children that parents should be taking the initial steps toward equity. Such as raising their children in the right towns, allowing them to attend good schools and constantly advocating for a brighter tomorrow. In the Harlem Children’s Zone, new and expectant parents are educated on brain and child development and other skills to raise happy, healthy babies. It is from this point all the way through the end of the child’s college career that the professionals in the HCZ help them achieve their individual goals. Across their four programs in Harlem, they had a 93 percent college acceptance rate in 2015. A goal they were only able to achieve with consistent and genuine support every step of the way for the students and their families. Though this program annually starts with a lottery and some families are not assisted, they have made outstanding progress with the thousands of families they were able to serve.

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  28. Sage Geddes

    I believe in playing chess every thursday. Once I walked into the library and saw a group of kids playing chess. Jacob, a 7th grader with special needs, was sitting at a table by himself. He had rolled out his fabric chess board and had placed both the white and black pieces in random boxes. I didn’t know how to play chess but I sat down and asked him to play. Delightedly he made his first move.
    Every thursday I played chess with Jacob. We would move our pieces around randomly and make conversation. Jacob would randomly shout “you got a point”, and at some point he would decide that I had won. Every time I would walk into the library his face would light up. The chess match was more about talking about Jacob’s life and school. When chess club was over me and Jacob would walk home together. Jacob and I weren’t there to play chess anymore, we were there to have fun.
    After a year of chess club I still can’t even set up the board. It might have not been chess, but I learned something more important. Jacob’s dismissal of the rules showed me that people with special needs don’t need to do things perfectly or be taught how to do everything. I saw that I was helping Jacob more by being a friend to him instead of teaching him the rules for chess. To build a true friendship it takes two things: playing chess every thursday and to have fun.

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  29. Kimberly Ko

    It begins with a sheet or two, a chapter to be read, and notes to be taken. There are tests to study for, that pop-quiz the teacher heavily hinted at, and even that online activity that may or may not work. It’s currently ten—maybe even eleven—and it’s all due tomorrow.

    The term ‘homework’ is simply what it means; it is work at home. It is assigned by teachers for whatever reason it may be, including the need for grades and for future classes. There is a general, but kindly followed rule when it comes to homework; the higher the grade is, with the addition of the difficulty of classes, the more homework teachers usually give.

    With the increased quantity of work, it is challenging to find time for anything else. Time often spent for hobbies and activities, clubs and work, and even socializing is now used for homework and studying; it is not rare for students to lose sleep to finish up a project or to do some worksheets.

    Despite this, homework can be useful as well. It gives additional practice for the tests to come, knowledge about a generalized subject, and aids students in remembering what they learned. It gives more grades to include, to teeter over the edge between one score and another, and it can be used as notes too.

    Homework is both beneficial and detrimental. To get the most out of it, to balance school and personal lives, I believe in minimal homework.

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  30. Jose Martinez

    I believe in Education. I believe that education provides knowledge, and knowledge is power. I also believe that along with access to the basic necessities of survival, education is a human right. For civilizations to advance and develop into a well functioning society, proper education is required. Every now and then we get a peek inside of countries like North Korea and Afghanistan where the people of that country are stripped of proper education and forced to think inside certain guidelines. We can see that when people are deprived of education they are much easier to oppress because they know nothing other than what the administration tells them. Often times governments will use education to gain further control of their people. They replace normal education standards with propaganda starting at an early age. But when they finally get access to basic education they become a more active member in their community. For instance many experts say there is a strong correlation between the political movements in the Arab world and access to basic education. In countries such as Egypt and Tanzania there are an inordinate proportion of people under the age of 21 that are finally getting educated and they have started demanding a more democratic system. Education is one of the most important investments a country can make. An educated person is more aware of their surroundings. They can more easily see the status of their country compared to world, it can be a major key in providing a country with the foundation needed to become relevant.

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  31. Edward McCaffery

    I believe in education being the ultimate equalizer, unlike many aspects in our modern culture education is as close to complete equality one can find. Regardless of birth, race and economic status everyone can receive a shot at an education. Depending on the success and work ethic of an aspiring student they can even provide opportunities for themselves that may not have been their originally. While money can get someone a better or more privatized education, we all are given an opportunity to attend a free education until high school. A child born into poverty and with many obstacles normal students don’t face in his or her way can pave a way to success and a quality education if they choose to. Is it fair that students enter the same school to compete with different backgrounds and realities at home? It’s not when they enter the school, but that’s why I believe education is the great equalizer, because at the end of their four years they can all walk out ranked by their abilities and effort instead of their parents money and comforts at home. Education is one of the only things we are all given regardless of whether we want it or not. Some students don’t take full advantage of this opportunity and for some it is there only opportunity. That’s why I am so glad our country provides public education and high school. I’m not a gambling man but if I had to take a guess, I will most definitely be seeing certain free colleges in my life time.

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  32. Mitchell Bottomley

    I believe in music and arts programs. Schools across the nation are removing their music and arts programs because they don’t think they have the money for them. Every school is trying their best to show everyone how their school can produce the best students. Between the lack of money and not being purely academic in nature music and arts are a “luxury” program and not part of “common core” classes.
    Increasing numbers of research groups have found that students who had music lessons do better in academics. Also promoting better students by teaching useful classroom skills. If schools want the best for education, why cut out something that’s proven to help bring out the potential in students? I would hope that the answer is they are not cutting them out, but these programs can bring so much more than just academic potential to the table. They can give people to new experiences and possibilities. These classes teach skills such as how to read music and play an instruments or how to better draw, paint, and other forms of art. Sometimes leading to a life long passion for music and arts. I know I was able to make connections and be opened to opportunities that otherwise I wouldn’t have known about. I became good friends with my class valedictorian and reconnected with my best friend from preschool. I had the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and play in the Main Street Parade. I even went to Washington D.C. on the Fourth of July and played in the parade. How many people do you know can say that? Tens of thousands of students are missing out on opportunities because their school doesn’t offer music and arts programs. I believe that to remove these programs is to deprive people of countless amazing opportunities.

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  33. Nicole Johns

    i believe in the importance of education. Although this is a given and it’s importance is well known, not everyone excels in the system that is in place. The american school system focuses on the importance of standardized tests which lead to many children to fall behind since they did not succeed in these types of environments. so not only do i believe in education, i believe in the idea that every person is a genius and education should reflect that.
    With required classes for all students there is little room for freedom to explore topics that truly interest them. This leads students to have little knowledge as to what they would like to pursue when they go to college or enter the working world. The education system should allow for more freedom in the curriculum for students so they can learn at a younger age what fields interest them, or that they will succeed in. Every person is intelligent in someway so i believe that the education system should reflect that. Not every student exceeds with standardized tests and the SAT’s and similar forms of testing. Some need more hands on approaches to show there knowledge like projects and speeches.
    So from there i want to stress the importance of college. Its a time and place that allows for young adults to truly figure out what they want to be in life and i think the education system should reflect this to allow more security in the passions of students in the fields they choose to work in and i am eager to be given this opportunity to learn in the field i have chosen and further my education in topics i find interesting.

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  34. Darius Mota

    When we are born we all blank slates waiting to soak up the information that is circulated around us. As we develop we learn to crawl and from that crawl we advance to waddle and before long we find ourselves with the ability to run. Soon we find ourselves masters of mobility and begin to yearn to learn other things. Eventually we learn to read, write and do simple mathematics. After several years we find ourselves writing essays when it feels like just yesterday we were writing simple sentences. We begin to write essays on topics that we didn’t even know existed when we were learning the words we use to talk about it. Everyday we learn something new that slowly over time accumulates and formulates our complex ideas. It amazes me how all these ideas and opinions are rooted in the things we first learned. I can’t help but believe that learning is one of the most important things that we ever do in our entire lives. Without the ability to learn then we would be nothing. Unable to master any of the basics and without any possible way of building on top of the basics in order to slowly refine it into an intricate idea or opinion.

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  35. Christopher McGuiness

    I believe in history education. History education is important to implement into primary and secondary education because it allows students to become more interested in the world and why things are the way that they are, ultimately leading students into becoming more curious and informed citizens.

    When I took my first history course in school, it primarily taught about the basics of the world, such as basic geography, government, and things of that nature. After that, the course progressed into the history of American colonialism through the American Revolution. When learning about this era for the first time, it is mostly done in a matter-of-fact way, so as to lay a foundation for when this period of history was reintroduced in later years.

    After tackling the colonial era, a few years passed where the history courses that were taught dealt mainly with world history and religions, where different ways of life and values are introduced, giving me and fellow students an opportunity to think more about how others live and think. Finally, American history was reintroduced with a more evolved lens on the history of the United States. Discussions were opened more on topics like the motives and actions of early colonial Americans, the merits of war, freedom, and conversations of a similar nature continued on as more contemporary American topics were introduced in later years. Learning history fosters this kind of complex thinking mentioned above that allows for humans to grow into more compassionate and informed human beings that are able to thoroughly think and take a stand.

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  36. Ashanti Syed

    Many confuse the concepts of equality and equity. I firmly believe in equity, where those who fall short of the projected educational standards are given the proper tools tailored to their needs to get them to where they need to be. It is very evident, especially in a school setting, that every individual does not come from a similar background and some require more help than others but it is too often that those needs are overlooked. Being brought up in a wealthy, predominantly white town, I constantly saw both faculty and students confusing the two and fighting for equality. Though I do believe people of color are still in need of equality out in the real world, we first need to make sure we are educated well enough to fight that war intelligently. It is even before the birth of their children that parents should be taking the initial steps toward equity. Such as raising their children in the right towns, allowing them to attend good schools and constantly advocating for a brighter tomorrow. In the Harlem Children’s Zone, new and expectant parents are educated on brain and child development and other skills to raise happy, healthy babies. It is from this point all the way through the end of the child’s college career that the professionals in the HCZ help them achieve their individual goals. Across their four programs in Harlem, they had a 93 percent college acceptance rate in 2015. A goal they were only able to reach with consistent and genuine support every step of the way for the students and their families. Though this program annually starts with a lottery and some families are not assisted, they have made outstanding progress with the thousands of families they were able to serve.

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  37. Kaitlyn D

    I believe that it is important for a teen in High School to get a job because it taught me things I could not learn in a classroom.

    The most important lesson that was learned was the value of a dollar. I never realized how hard I had to work just to make minimum wage, so every time I would ask my parents for $20.00 I knew that I would have to work about two hours to make twenty dollars. I believe that I would not have learned the true value of a dollar if I was in a classroom all four years.

    The second lesson I learned was responsibility, not that I didn’t learn responsibility in school but when you’re working in real life situations you learn a different kind of responsibilities. I got a second job when I was sixteen and it taught me certain skills/responsibilities that you cannot learn if you’re in the work force.

    The last thing being in the work force taught me was work ethic. Once you get your first paycheck you will love that feeling every week. That was my motivation every week, to work more and the end results would be great. I believe that every student should get outside and experience what is is like to working environment.

    I am so appreciative that I had a real job to learn things that sitting inside a classroom all day simply cannot teach you. I was put in real life situations that can only happen if you’re in a working environment.

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  38. Deron Agyapong

    When one asks what I believe in, I can’t help but to think about vague thoughts. However there is one thing that does come to mind and that is work ethic and passion. A real “work ethic” consists of rigorous dedication and restlessness, alongside constant repetition. Passion on the other hand is a whole different animal that consists of heart. Work ethic will really show it’s true importance in college, college is an environment that is so free and gives off the perception that everything is so lackadaisical.. It really allows you to be an adult and take your life into your own hands knowing the consequences of not doing so. My “passion” became basketball and it led me to want to further explore what I can do, this made me decide to transfer to another school called Charlestown High School in Boston. The process to transfer and become apart of their basketball team didn’t come easy but I refused to let it consume me and take me away from goals, once I got passed that hurdle I was faced with yet another obstacle. Every morning I had to catch the 4:50 A.M. train just to make it to school on time at 7:30 A.M.. Some thought I was crazy and wondered why I would do such a thing, and at the time I couldn’t answer that infamous question that repeatedly was asked but now I know that it was simply my passion but unfortunately my work ethic just wasn’t efficient enough.

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