Education

Dear National Party, You are ruining my life. After undergoing a hiatus from University to raise my now four year old son it was with great pleasure that I made the decision to return to my academic studies, and extend myself beyond completing my BA in Anthropology into a long held aspiration of attending Otago Law. In standing with meeting the admittance criteria to Otago Law, I had arranged with the Dean of Law to use my grades from 2009 to meet part of the entrance requirements, leaving me open to concentrate fully on LAWS101 – The Legal System, and hopefully gain admittance to second year Law. It would require one year of part time study before I could study full time in 2018, something that my doctor supported as I suffer from anxiety and depression. This part time year would help...
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Dear Sirs/Madams of California SBE(State Board of Education) In July 13,14, 2016, the single-perspective description about "comfort women" is going to be approved as the new History-Social Science Curriculum Framework for Grade Ten in California. That describes the issue as systematic atrocity and human-trafficking by the national policy of Japan. But, in fact, the "comfort women" issue is still in dispute between Japanese government and some countries about the determination-of-facts. So, the single-perspective description contradicts the California History-Social Science education policy, that is, "Students should be encouraged to read multiple primary and secondary documents; to understand multiple perspectives". Therefore, Requesting California SBE of the below; A. SBE is...
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Dear Grade Nine Me, I want to say that never take the time you have with anyone for granted. You'll have times where you will not want to spend time with anyone, but go out and have fun with the friends you have, but balance out the time by yourself and time with others. Never stress yourself out over a relationship, it's not worth it. You'll find someone special someday and if it's not in high school it's okay.. their kinda immature anyways. If you do find that special someone in high school, never let that person go. you may regret it, but most importantly know when it's time to let go and never stay around if it's just games. Friendships are the most important things in high school, try to find a good support group and ones who will always be beside you no matter what happens....
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A disturbing headline about a 17 year old girl jumping to death in Kota caught my attention off lately. What could possibly drive a 17 year old girl to take such a drastic step? Was life so unbearable? Was life so wretched? Was destiny so mean to her? Did life held no hopes for her? Was suicide the only solution, the only respite? What was she trying to leave for ever by putting an end to her life? What problem was she trying to escape? What were her final thoughts when she took the drastic step? Was the momentary impulse so strong that it completely overshadowed the many prospects that life offered? In order to better understand her situation, I read the whole article available on the below link: http://www.ndtv.com/cities/disappointed-with-results-iit-aspirant-allegedly-commits-...
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From 1999 to 2004, there was a small child without a voice. Every morning she would wake up, eat breakfast and then start her day at St. Andrew’s Catholic School. Parents would wait in a line of cars until they dropped their child off, assuming that their child was going into a school to be educated, nurtured, and to grow. Assumptions are not the truth. Every day that child would go to class, starting the day with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, moving on to academics for a few hours, just as the parents expected. Eventually the children would be dismissed for a lunch break to feed their growing bodies. During lunch, the child knew better than to talk to loud, get out of line, or get out of her chair before dismissed. If she were to upset a teacher in anyway, she would get...
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Scrolling through my social media, I see my peers struggling. I have come across way too many posts filled with self doubt and helplessness for comfort. Each of you have your own hardships, different from one another. However, each battle has one thing in common; they get better, and I want you to trust me on this. Personally, my long journey to confidence was certainly not a walk in the park. I was self conscious about almost everything a person could possibly think of (Seriously, you name it). However, the one thing that upset me the most was my grades in school. From an early age, I was placed in below average classes. I constantly received low test scores. For me, being on the verge of failing classes was the norm. Thus being said, no one ever expected much from me. By the...
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Dear Graduates, It is time to throw your cap high in the air along with all the stress and drama of high school! Four years of late nights, mountains of homework, standardized tests, and more importantly laughter and fun has come to a bittersweet end. As each day of senior year rapidly passes by we see the finish line approach closer and closer. And as much as we may hate to admit it we all start to care a little less each day, as the highly contagious senioritis spreads throughout our school. As our focus narrows to the finish line of high school we must remember to not take these moments for granted. Do not sit around waiting to graduate; instead make irreplaceable memories and reflect on your own voyage. The last few weeks of senior year will fly by and this chapter of your...
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Dear Senior, you are currently in a very emotional and stressful period of time as you are getting ready to open your wings and fly, or in this case graduate. you are probably planing what you are going to wear underneath your gown, starting to decorate your cap, and eve thinking about the bad ass summer activities that will be on your Instagram feed the next couple of months. you are probably scared as shit to start a new chapter of individuality and responsibility in life. As graduation day approaches there are a few things you should keep in mind, graduation is a celebration of not just high school completion but of the life learning experiences, its about the celebration of not leaving, but entering into an even bigger educational step, and by this i don’t mean college,...
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Queen's University vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston stated in the Belfast Telegraph on 30th May 2016 the following: "We are also stopping single honours sociology and anthropology, but intend to strengthen those subjects by allowing them to partner with other subject areas which actually make their relevance more connected. Society doesn't need a 21-year-old who is a sixth century historian. It needs a 21-year-old who really understands how to analyse things, understands the tenets of leadership and contributing to society, who is a thinker and someone who has the potential to help society drive forward. I don't talk about producing graduates, I talk about producing citizens that have the potential for leadership in society." We the undersigned as longstandstanding experts and teachers in...
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Dear Students at Lake Highland Prep, I feel so lucky to wake up each morning and attend Lake Highland. Each one of our classrooms has a Smartboard and everyone has an iPad to use along with it. Most of our assignments can be taken from the online homework page and can be turned in there as well. Despite the amazing things Lake Highland has to offer, I still hear people dread school and wish to be anywhere else but school. While some may dread going to school, others are hoping to attend school. The McKinney-Vento act is a law that allows homeless children immediate enrollment into their district school. In other words, this shows that homeless or not, you have a right to an education. This education may not include the iPads or smartboards that we get to use at Lake Highland, but...
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