There is a reason why the U.S. is ranked 17th academically worldwide. Our education system falls behind because of the overemphasis on standardized testing. Schools use standardized tests to determine if children are ready for school, group them into classes, and decide whether to promote or retain students. Standardized tests have been part of American … More Standardized Testing Is Ineffective.
It is a curious thing to think about where you were at an exact moment in time in the past. Only the unique and life changing events are notable in our vast recollections of memories. Decembers of the past tended to hold more of these kind of events for me, as I was always somewhere, … More Ghosts of December 23rds Past
One is not a lonely number; it is a powerful one. The world brimmed with tears all else gone to seek shelter all but only one … Appearing as two They shine fiery and bright against the gray clouds … Together they’re one greater than any other shining through the dark Weekly Photo Challenge: One … More Together As One.
There are times when you just can’t forgive or forget. There are times when doing so will inevitably hold you back in the long run. Some things are simply unforgivable. And nothing, not any one moment of my life, would I want to forget. For all moments–good or bad–serve as valuable experiences that can be … More When It’s Better To Let Go.
Give more than just a gift card! A decorative gift box with a snowman shaped hot chocolate mix, two candy canes in the shape of a heart, a gift card, Hershey’s kisses, and a bag of mini marshmallows. Thoughtful and creative, but still useful. Perfect for that person you want to impress. I used this … More Thoughtful Stocking Stuffer Ideas
In the distance lies a tree aflame, its leaves, its branches never tame. Tears of fire falling to the ground, the wind making crying sounds. … The leaves of the tree are scared to fall, for they rather stay safe above all. They are afraid of change, of the unknown, the open, the strange. … They … More Free Falling
We learn something new every day, right? We constantly accumulate knowledge, whether from reading books, talking to someone, or seeing something interesting. Most of the time, when we learn these new things, we keep them to ourselves until we eventually forget about it. We only seem to keep things that we find noteworthy or interesting. … More Acting Upon Knowledge
Volunteering at an event downtown The other day, I participated in a community service activity. I was to pick up trash on the streets for three hours. It was mandatory community service that I had to do as 10% of my history grade. Now that I think back, does this not defeat the purpose of … More Community Service
Here are the first things that come to mind when I hear the word “Grand”: Grand Canyon Grand Piano Grand (as in money) And, for some odd reason, I also think of a rich lady referring to something that is spectacular. I pretty much associate “grand” with old and antique objects. What do you think … More You Say Grand, I Say…
One of the hardest types of essays to write, in my opinion, is a Literary Analysis essay. You really have to dig deeper and pull apart everything the author says in a well-structured, organized way. This post is part of a three-part series on how to write a literary analysis essay. Always start with the … More How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay: Introduction Paragraph