Period 2 Discussion Area
The discussions for Round 1 are closed, but you should post to the same discussion area for the new round of discussions . . . . . . And now, ROUND 2 . . . .
As with the last round of discussion, please adhere to the following guidelines:
FIRST, look over the various topics.
- Pick a topic from the options below (A, B, C, D, E, or F).
SECOND, when you are ready to post:
- Tell us which topic you are addressing.
- Post your response. Proofread your post before you click submit.
- Come back for discussion with others.
ADDITIONALLY? IF you want extra credit:
- Post a response to a classmates post, and/or
- Post a response to another discussion topic, and/or
- Post in the study hall for anything you need or want to help with
TOPIC A – “Stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” – Anonymous. Creighton learns about many virtues, some of which are honor, loyalty, honesty, humility. This topic deals with honor and loyalty. In chapter 16, the narrator tells us:
“But now Creighton understood for the first time the truth of the matter: If loyalty really was the most worthy of virtues, then loyalty that was misplaced or misguided must be the most worthless.”
- What did Creighton’s father stand for? How can you take the lesson of what Creighton’s father died for and use it to grow?
- What is meant by Creighton’s realization about loyalty? How can you personally use the knowledge Creighton has gained?
- Do you stand for something that you (probably) shouldn’t? Do you stand for anything? How do poeple see what you stand for in your actions?
There are a lot of questions in this thread. Pick one to answer. No matter which one you pick, try to talk about yourself as much as possible.
TOPIC B – What is courage? Throughout the first three sections of the book, Creighton struggles to come to terms with the circumstances surrounding his father’s death. After the ransacking and burning of the print shop, General Arnold speaks to Creighton about courage:
“It’s a far more difficult thing to make up your own mind about what’s right and to act accordingly – to go against the demands of duty when it’s necessary, to take another path when you feel the one you’ve been led down is wrong. That requires real courage.”
Read one or more of the following articles: then post on the topic they present:
- FBI E-Mail Refers to Presidential Order Authorizing Inhumane Interrogation Techniques from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website.
- TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB as presented by The New Yorker Magazine online.
- ‘They said this is America . . . if a soldier orders you to take off your clothes, you must obey.’ as presented by Gaurdian Unlimited online.
- The Guilt-Free Soldier: New Science Raises the Specter of a World Without Regret presented by The Village Voice online.
THEN post your thoughts on the topic as presented by the author. Do you agree with the author? Why or Why not?
TOPIC C – A free press. Enemies of the Patriots’ cause felt the need to destroy the place where The Liberty Tree newspaper was printed. In your response for discussion, please address the following questions:
- What do you think this says about the power of the press?
- Can you think of a recent example in which a newspaper became a powerful tool in waging war or impacting world politics?
TOPIC D – He’s a puzzle, a riddle, an enigma! A major character in this novel is Benedict Arnold – who could possibly be one of the most interesting individuals in American History. In real life he was a hero to the Patriots, and was later hated by those same soliders. Read a little about the life of Benedict Arnold at one of the websites below.Use the following links to find information on this hot topic:
- Who Served Here? offered on the U.S. History.Org page on Historic Valley Forge
- The Enigma of Benedict Arnold an archive file of EarlyAmerica.com
- General Benedict Arnold from the National Park Service archives
Then return here to post some comments in response to the following questions:
- What did Benedict Arnold stand for to the Americans?
- What did Benedict Arnold stand for to the British?
TOPIC E – Right is right. Creighton makes a tough decision when he helps break his uncle out of jail. Try to put yourself in Creighton’s shoes.
- Would you have made the same choice?
- What other options did Creighton have, and what did he risk in making those decisions?
TOPIC F – A Duel! A duel becomes a major event in this portion of the novel. One of the most famous duels in American history tragically takes the life of Alexander Hamilton.Read more about the famous Burr-Hamilton duel that took place in 1804 at one of the links below.In your comment for this post, explain why you think that Burr actually shot and killed Hamilton.
- Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s Duel at PBS.org
- Aaron Burr Kills Alexander Hamilton in a Duel offered by the National Park Service
- Duel at Dawn at theEyewitness to History website
NOW, go to the discussion areas, and discuss. Remember to be open-minded, honest, kind, and gentle in how you discuss with each other.
- Study Hall – Help others in their academic and/or creative pursuits.
- Period 2 Discussion Area
- Period 3 Discussion Area
- Period 4 Discussion Area
- Period 5 Discussion Area
- Period 6 Discussion Area
Tell us.For Regular Credit you must:
- Which discussion topic are you dealing with: 1, 2, 3, or 4?
- What do you have to say about that?
For EXTRA CREDIT you can:
- Answer extra topic question(s)
- Get into a discussion with other student(s)
#1The setting for this portion of the novel is the city of New Orleans. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, there has been much discussion on the future of this important American city.How do you feel about rebuilding the city of New Orleans? Do you think that the federal government should spend billions of dollars to rebuild the city of New Orleans and protect it from future hurricanes, or should the citizens of New Orleans be asked to pick up and move somewhere else and the city not be rebuilt, or can you think of some other idea?
#2Sophie and Creighton are given a great deal of responsibility in Ben Franklin’s print shop as teenagers. In colonial America many teenagers around the age of 14 or 15 are doing work and taking responsibility for things that today are often associated with adults.Do you think that in American society today we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults? What would be some pros and cons of allowing teenagers in America to have the full rights and responsibilities of adults at the age of 15?
#3The code used by Ben Franklin was possible because it used a book that almost everyone in the colonies was able to access.If you were to write a similar code today, which book would you choose (remember that it should be a book almost everyone has access to or could access). Would you use a certain book if you were only trying to include a certain group of people? In your comment please list the book you would use and why you chose that book.
#4In this portion of the book you have been introduced to Ben Franklin. Ben Franklin was truly one of the most important men in colonial America. The amount of inventions and ideas directly associated with this man is incredible.Here’s what I want you to do:
Step #1 – Check out more about Ben Franklin using the links below.
Step #2 – Pick one of his ideas/inventions that directly impacted you somehow. Tell us the idea you are focused on – describe it briefly – then explain how your life has been directly impacted by it.
Here are the links:
- Ben Franklin – Inventor from the The Franklin Institute
- Franklin Firsts from ThinkQuest
- The Inventions and Scientific Achievements of Benjamin Franklin from About.com
- Ben Franklin – Inventor from the United States Government Printing Office
Topic C:A Free Press
In the book, they used the Liberty Tree as a way of getting information across,so in turn, it was like a secret newspaper(correct me if im wrong please). The power of the press can be very helpful, like informing people of recent events and can even influence peoples opinions. For example, I personally don’t read the paper, but since there is a presidential election going on at the moment, I can guarantee you that there has been an article about Obama’s or Clinton’s plans for the future as president which has enfluenced peoples opinion of them.
Topic E: Right is Right
In the book, Creighton decides to help his uncle escape. Now if I was Creighton, I wouldnt have helped him escape. They way things were I thought were fine. He seemed happy and enjoying himself, like learning to help with the types. Besides getting the pistol, Creighton could’ve gone to Benjamin for some advice or help. After Creighton was knocked out by Gower, Benjamin knew what was going on and seemed to be consent with the whole thing. So in other words, Benjamin probobly would’ve given Creighton an answer that would have given him a general idea of what to have done. The only risk would have been maybe Creighton being a traitor(which doesn’t really matter at the moment) or someone over hearing him.
Response to Tyler’s Topic F:
I thought it was very interesting giving some backround information on why Burr might’ve killed Hamilton. All the information is very ‘handy’ and seems right on the dot. No offense,but if I may add something to this; in the book, they mentioned how a duel also stood for someone’s honor and dignity, so in turn, he could’de killed him for that reason. Although it may seem stupid, back in the old days, people considered having those two things a high priority, even worth their life.
*sorry for any incorrect information or offensive answers
Topic-D- He’s a puzzle, a riddle, an enigma!
General Benedict Arnold was one of the key people to serve in the American Revolution. He sided with both the British and the Americans. To the Americans, he was the greatest war hero. He defeated the British at The Battles of Saratoga which finally gave him the prestigious honor of being named Major General. He would later become best known as the traitor who would have almost given West Point, which was a well fortified American stronghold along the Hudson River in New York, to the British. By attempting to do this he was given a commission as a Brigadier General in the British Army, a pension, funds for lost property and command of deserters and Tories. To the British, Benedict Arnold was probably just another authority figure that tried to help, or maybe the one that almost won the war for them.
Topic-E- Right is Right
Creighton makes a tough decision when he helps break his uncle out of jail. If I were in Creighton’s shoes, I would have let my uncle rot for all eternity because it was his fault for him being in there. He should have just kept me with him in the colonies for a while. Also, he was the one making me lie to rebels that actually turn out to be the real good guys.
Other options Creighton could have taken are that he could have told everyone the truth about who he was and all, but would risk his life and his friendships with Peter and Arnold. Also, he could have, like I stated before, left Gower behind to die, but would risk having feelings of regret and hatred towards himself forever.
Topic-F- A Duel
A duel becomes a major event in this portion of the novel. One of the most famous duels in American history tragically takes the life of Alexander Hamilton.
On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on the dueling grounds at Weehawken, New Jersey, to fight the final skirmish of a long-lived political and personal battle. I believe that Burr actually shot and killed Hamilton Because of many reasons. When Burr and Jefferson ran for president, Hamilton lobbied Congress to decide the election in Jefferson’s favor. Also, Hamilton tried to convince New York Federalists not to support Burr when he ran for New York Governor. Lastly, at a dinner, Alexander Hamilton spoke forcefully and eloquently against Burr. All of this probably provoked Burr to kill Hamilton.
Topic E- Right is right
If I was put into Creighton’s shoes I would have made the same choice. When it comes to family people will do mostly anything and I think that is what Creighton was thinking. Creighton had options to have somebody else do the job, but he chose to do it himself. By trying to break his uncle out of jail, Creighton risked being caught and thrown into jail along side of his uncle.
Topic A –
I believe what Creighton’s father stood for was what was right or justice in other words. I can take the lesson of what Creighton’s father died for and use it to grow. For example Harry Brown died for what he thought was right.
As Kryssa put it, he stood up for what he believed in.
Creightons realization of what loyalty is, is that if loyalty is so good, then being loyal while doing something bad or misguided is worse. I can personally use what Creighton has learned from what happened to his father & his experiences by standing up for what i feel is right, no matter what.
I agree with Danielle about the reason Major Harry Brown stood for what he believed in & why he did it. He wanted things to not contain violence & the reason he went to war was because of loyalty to his country, not because he wanted to fight. He would have rathered things to be peaceful.
I have to say that Daniell R.’s response was one that stood out to me above all. I like how she worded her answer to the question. I agree with her 100%. I like to stand by what i believe in, even though it could result in a serious punishment. I think that if the point is made, then you’ve done a good job. I also think that if anyone punishes someone for what they believe in, then they are no good to man kind. The whole idea of people judging one another doesn’t make sense. The world was not made so we could go into combat with one another. I don’t get this concept at all. For instance, if you’re at school and you get in trouble, because you stand up for something that you have believed in. That is so horrifying. It’s like a slap in the face. But, yes I agreed with Daniell’s response amongst most.
I will be addressing topic E.
Creighton makes a tough decision when he helps break his uncle out of jail. Try to put yourself in Creighton’s shoes.
If it were me in Creighton’s shoes, I probably would not have broke my uncle out of jail. I would feel that my uncle is just using me to get information, rather than helping me out as well. That is how i feel about what Creighton’s uncle is doing to him. I think that he is just using Creighton. So, i would have left him to enjoy his life behind bars. Every man for himself, right? Well, what if i were to get caught while helping my uncle escape? Not only would he be behind bars, but so would I. My answer is no. I would not have made the same decision as Creighton did.
The other option that Creighton had was to stand by the Americans and not break his uncle out. Basically, he would be known as a traitor, because he is standing by the Americans rather than helping his side. If he had stayed with Franklin, nothing would have happened and he would have been fine. Creighton risked a couple things by breaking his uncle out from behind bars. He risked his identity as being peaceful with the Americans. If he would have been caught, he would have been recognized and would have been behind bars. So, basically his freedom. Also, he could have been killed by a guard while trying to help them escape. So, he would also risk his freedom by helping his uncle.
Topic A – Question 1
In response to Danille R,
I agree with you completely about Creighton’s father/ Harry Brown in standing for peace and justice. He did want to end the war or fight it with talking not physically harming one another. But i’d have to say that Harry Brown, in my opinion, didn’t really betray anyone. All he wanted was to settling things right, without hurting as many people as possible. I think of his choise as just him putting what he thought to be right, into actions. I think he just felt as if he was doing the right thing, not changing where his loyalties lay.
Topic A – Question 1
Creighton’s father stood for what was right. He didn’t particularly stand for one side or another and didn’t really lose loyalty to anyone. Creighton’s father merely stood for something that had nothing to do with loyalties, just a matter of loyaly to himself and his conscience. Major Harry Brown did not do what he did beacuse he was a traitor, he did it because it was the right thing to do. He knew it was injust to kill people whom are innocent and have not a thing to do with what was happening. Creighton’s father believed in working things out, not violence. I’m pretty sure he also believed in not harming the innocent, for what he was hung for and what he did proved that. Creighton’s father was just doing what his heart and mind said to do, and with that he did the right thing.
I can take the lesson of what Creighton’s father died for and use it to grow by not letting other interfere with what i stand for as a person. I will not let other pursuade me from my stance because by doing that i’m hurting myself. I’ll do what my mind, my heart, my consiece tell me not anybody else’s. Standing up for things you believe in takes a great amount of effort, because for some matters people probably will try to pursuade you otherwise. I will not let that happen, because everything i believe in/stand for is worth it and no one can change that nor will i let them. When the time comes to test me in those things, i will always stand proud for them and move from my stance. I’ll do the right thing.
Topic A- “Stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” – Anonymous
I believe that Creighton’s father, Harry Brown, stood for peace and justice. Harry Brown did what he thought was best to end the war in a peaceful way. He didn’t want to settle the dispute between the British and the Patriots with violence. He believed that violence is never the answer. So, he turned against the British and towards the Patriots. He was a traitor and because of his decision, Harry Brown was hung for treason.
The lesson I learned from this, was that no matter what the consequences are, one should always stand up for what they believe in. It may be hard to do and sometimes, not everyone around you will listen, but standing up for yourself and others is worth the risk of being ignored. For, even if no one in the room heard you, at least you did what you thought in your heart was right. Which, by the way, is all that matters.
Benedict, Arnold was a hero for both sides of the war.
Arnold a patriot hurt his leg in two battles. The first battle was in Quebec,and the second was in Saratoga. For the next five years Arnold served the patriot side one battle after another.
In New York in 1780 he went down in history as a military traitor,when he sided with the British. Some say the reason for his action is that he didn’t get the attention he craved for his accomplishments on the patriot’s side.
After the revolutionary war ended nobody in the English Government would trust him thinking that he would betray them to.He died as a lonely bitter man.
I agree with Kara S. that animal abuse needs to stop.
I too care about neglect and abused animals.In fact I foster homeless and abused dogs. There’s a limited amount of people who care about the environment and wildlife which is a ashame.So i too would stand up on stopping animal abused.
Topic C- A free press
The Enemy of the Patriots felt the need to destroy the place where the Liberty Tree newspaper was printed. To me, this says that the newspaper held a lot of power and had a big impact on politics. Why would the British want to get rid of it if it wasn’t effective? Then, there would be no point. The British decided to try to destroy it because it was doing a good job of spreading the news. Many secret plans were printed in the newspaper, so if the British destroyed it, it would be difficult to communicate the plans.
I can not think of a recent example of when a newspaper became a tool in waging war or impacting politics. Although I can’t think of a time when this occured, I do know that the newspaper almost always has some sort of update on politics. Whether it be news of war or other things like presidential candidates. It keeps the citizens updated and basically, that is what the Liberty Tree did. The only difference was that the Liberty Tree took things a step further and actually communicated military plans.
I do not believe that I stand for anything that I should not. I try to set a good example for others in everything that I do. I do stand for things that I strongly believe in. These include animal abuse and religion. I do not think it is fair for animals to be treated cruelly. Another thing I stand for is God. I am a Christian and believe that God created everything. We did not “evolve” from anything, and there is sufficient evidence to prove it. I try to help others see the truth. Mostly everybody that knows me knows that I am huge advocate for both of these things. People can always see what I stand for in my actions. I am constantly volunteering at animal shelters and caring for them. I stand up to people that insist that there is only one theory to explain the origin of life. My science teacher tries to put the idea in our heads, but I make my beliefs known. These are some of the main things that I stand for.
==Note Before I start:
~I didn’t know if this was the right place to post this discussion response, but this is where it leads me and I didn’t see anyone else’s response here. So sorry if it is the wrong place to post this. Just please tell me if it is and then where to post it. I’m sort of lost.
Topic A (Question 1)
To me Creighton’s father stood for justice. To me, he only wanted peace and to end the violence by any way he can, and probably the only way to do so is to traitor the English and side with the Patriots. Though, in his attempt, he was hanged for doing what he stood for.
The lesson I could take from Creighton’s father’s death as I grow up is to stand up for what I believe that is the best, not only for me, but for others too. Right now I may not use that concept so much, but I try my hardest to understand what is right and then stand for it. I’ve been taught many lessons on life before, but this one seemed the most important to me.
For example, one time my brother had hurt himself because he tried to run over my cousin with his tiny scooter. Though I told my parents that my cousin made him more eager to catch him because he thought it was all play. My brother tripped off his scooter and scraped his knee. Though both of my cousin’s accused him to try to hit my cousin he was chasing with his scooter, and no one else got hurt physically except him. I saw everything, so I stood up for what was right, which was standing up for my brother by saying it was all an accident, even though I stood alone with the ‘accused one.’
The Pre-Spring Break Assignment is closed. Thanks for a great discussion.
Mr. Moshe, i am so very very sorry i did not post this on time.
I take full responsibility for not doing the assignment on time.
I just hope that maybe you can still accept this as a late grade or still accept it?
Again i am sorry and thank you if you do accept it.
Discussion Question 1:
In my opinion, i honestly feel that the gonvernment should spend the time and money to keep New Orlean safe from future natural disasters not make the inhabitants pack up and move becasue they are to lazy and unwilling to give up the time, effort or money. Wouln’t you think that our government should want it’s people safe, sound and protected from and future or current problems? It just would be unethical and frankly wrong to make people suddenly pack up and move from their home becuause of laziness on our government’s part. Isn’t the government supposed to help it’s people too? I also think that spending this money for a part of our contry wounded by a natural cause is right because not only is it rebuilding a great place, it is also keeping it safe and worry-free from any future devestations. Which would be, in my opinion, the right thing to do.
I think the Government should at least pitch in here and there to help rebuild New Orleans.It is part of the US so they do have some responsibilty to help fix it. Also, in the long run,helping to protect it from future hurricanes might save the greedy Government money.So if they were to help and repair it, things could go almost the way before the hurricane and people can go back to living like they used to(although I’ll admit,it’ll probobly never be the same.)
I think America doesn’t wait too long to treat teenagers as adults. Pros: People can make wiser decision, think more clearly,and by the time there the age of 21, they usually have a clearer thought of the world and what they want to do. Cons: We are restricted to what we can do, higher society might look down on us,and in some cases, some people might lack faith in some of the things we do until we are older.
I’m very impressed with the honest and respectful discussion going on in here.
To say that to rebuild New Orleans in all senses of the phrase would cost millions is unrealistic. Think in terms of billions.
Check out these google results to get an idea of the cost to rebuild after disasters perpetrated by man and caused by nature.
Also, take a look at this NPR story – An American History of Disaster and Response – at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4839530
I think the city of New Orleans should be rebuilt. The federal government should spend billions of dollars to rebuild that city. The government can not just go up to the people and say it was there fault for living in the city. It was not their fault. The government is at fault here. They are the ones who did not have the proper safety equipment to protect this city from devastation. So to sum it all up, the federal government should pay billions of dollars to fix the city of New Orleans, not the people who were devastated.
This is responding to what Krystal said. If I come off a little hostile, I apologize ahead of time. It’s just hard to understand what people mean in writing, rather than in person.
Initially, if they did “build the city back in time,” how much do you think it’s going to cost? It’s obviously going to cost billions of dollars, which is the minimum amount to restore it. Also, [is there a] time limit? If the government did build it faster, then it would cost more money because there’d have to be more workers. In addition to that, you said that the former residents should be moved to another city and be given an appropriate amount of money. To me, it basically conflicts [with] what you were saying before. First, you say to rebuild the city but not with billions of dollars, and then you say to pay the people money to live somewhere else. Can you clear that up for me, please? If they [do] use a plan like that, then they’re going to spend more money than expected. It doesn’t quite have to be the top priority, but it is a problem that needs to be settled. Wouldn’t you like [it] if they rebuilt South Florida fast if that happened here?
Lastly, what issues in the world should be taken more seriously?
To Alex, I totally agree with what you said about if a hurricane struck Washington, D.C. In fact, I was thinking about that when I was writing my response to Discussion Question One, as well.
In response to what Busie said, I’m curious about where you got your information. You didn’t cite anything, so I’m not exactly sure if I agree with what you’re talking about. You say that most of the people in New Orleans are living paycheck to paycheck. How do you know that?
To Danielle, I agree with your solution concerning money with the government. Unfortunately, I came across the same problem with you, as I did with Krystal. Initially, you said that the government doesn’t have to spend billions of dollars, and then towards the end, you say to spend as much money that is necessary to rebuild New Orleans. I’m thinking that maybe you don’t realize that it [could] cost a lot more than just millions to rebuild a city.
I completely agree with everything that Kara said!
Want to know how things are going?
Find your way to the New Orleans website here – http://www.cityofno.com/ .
Before you jump to conclusions, check out websites and local newspapers, too.
Read up on the current situation. THEN, email the mayor if you want to. Consider your audience, though. Write politely, respectfully, properly. You got that?
I feel your pain. Technology can be a royal pain in the typing finger(s) (depending on your style. Take comfort in knowing that you are not the only one this has ever happened to. (Hi!)
Consider this: You’ll check for the anti-spam thing from now on.
Consider this too: When I am preparing a voluminous post, lesson plan, letter home, note on an incident – I write a draft of it first. When it is something onthe internet, I type it out in Microsoft Word first (or whatever word processor I have). Then, I proof it. When I’m satisfied, I copy/paste it where I want it. If I forgot something (say, an anti-spam pain in the neck security feature), I still have it in my Word document. No loss.
All that aside, I have to ask that you refer to more reputable sources (i.e. no Wikidepia please).
Your response was to Alex L., not Alex W. and I would like to draw your attention to the following page . . .
You’ll find some interesting information on the non-state, non-city District of Columbia (also known as Washington D.C.).
I had to express my feelings, so sorry if that upsets you. Actually, I am not sorry I said it, I’m sorry that my essay was lost. /:
Discussion Question One:
In my opinion, there is no reason why the government shouldn’t rebuild New Orleans. Unexpectedly, the city of New Orleans was
literally taken under by the effects of the category 3 hurricane. According to Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_of_Hurricane_Katrina_on_New_Orleans#cite_note-0], “eighty percent of New Orleans was flooded, with some parts under 15 feet of water.” Interesting enough, it was all due to pure human error of none other than the federal government! These breached levees left catastrophic amounts of headache and heartache for all residents of Louisiana. In addition, if we’re (meaning the United States Government) able to afford $315 billion dollars, and counting, [http://www.crunchweb.net/87billion/] on the fight on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, then it should be a piece of cake for us to lay out a fraction of that to reconstruct the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Those people, not just people, but those AMERICANS had to pick up what they could carry and just evacuate everything. Can you even begin to imagine what that would be like? If you can, then try imagining actually doing that. I just find it so hard to believe that the government has been putting this off for so many years. Hah! Look what happened with Ground Zero. We are the United States of America for goodness sake! In conclusion, I think the city of New Orleans should be rebuilt and protected from future hurricanes.
The code used by Ben Franklin was possible because it used a book that almost everyone in the colonies was able to access. If I were to write a similar code today, I would choose the Emancipation Proclamation speech because it is shown in every library in the world, it is one of the most famous speeches of all time, and it is available to anyone with a computer(which -everyone has) or a library card. The Emancipation Proclamation also contains a plethora of words. For a more specified group, I would use every other letter instead of the words.
Sophie and Creighton are given a great deal of responsibility in Ben Franklin’s print shop as teenagers. In colonial America many teenagers around the age of 14 or 15 are doing work and taking responsibility for things that today are often associated with adults. I believe that the age for children to be treated as adults in America today is alright, but off one or two years because teenagers gain fully developed minds at about age 16 or 17. The cons about having teens having full responsibility at age 15 is that teens don’t have fully developed minds until at least 16, they have less time to learn from their parents’ mistakes, and they have less experience going into their job. The pros of have 15-year-olds have full responsibility is that they decide what they want to be sooner, they have more time to save money for retirement, and they learn work ethics earlier in life.
I feel that the reconstruction of the city of New Orleans is a necasary task that should have already been taken care of.Yes I do believe the federal government should have already part taked in the rebuilding of New Orleans.Thousands of people lost their home.Imagine if you dont have a home or a roof over your head.Floating in the water because of something the Earth does naturally and isn’t your fault.The pain and agony in life will continue on with you forever.Today prices have sky rocketed into an incredible level in which living pay check to paycheck(as most people did in New orleans)wasn’t enough to abide with insurane.Therefore half of the people living there couldn’t maintain there ground.
My response to Alex W. is this actually they wouldn’t treat those states the same the amount of proverty rate and projects are more in the higher rank in New Orleans as appose to Washington.THese two places are looked at with different perspectives.For a start Washington is not a city its a state.
FIRST OF ALL, I AM SO FREAKING PISSED BECAUSE THERE IS DEFINATELY AN IDIOTIC FLAW IN THIS COMMENTING SYSTEM! I am so angry that I cannot even begin to explain. I wrote a whole essay, I’m not even kidding, and I clicked “Submit Comment” and it said I forgot to click on the anti-spam word. So, I clicked the back button and my whole essay that took me 45 freaking minutes to research and write, was gone. You have no idea how enraged I am, Mr. Moshe. Now, I have to write it all over again.
I think rebuilding the city of New Orleans is an awesome and extremely thoughtful process, but I am undecided of the expense in doing so. Restoring the population of New Orleans life back to some form of normality is one pro in reconstructing the city. Another pro for this reason is the city of New Orleans are the caretakers of some of the largest shrimp refineries in the U.S. Some cons in rebuilding the city for billions of dollars is severly going to hurt our economy in many ways, shapes and forms. Another reason not to rebuild the city of New Orleans is that there are no guarantees that it can be fully 100% repaired and if another diseaster strikes there is no point in rebuilding all over again and that was just a waste of tax dollars.
Discussion topic 3
If I were to write a code similar to the one that Benjamin Franklin uses in The Year of the Hangman, I would use a dictionary. Everyone has access to a dictionary, they either own one or they could get one. Dictionaries are very common. Plus, if you wanted to get really specific, you could choose a type (like Websters… or something like that). Then, when it comes to the actual message, you could use either the bold words or their definitions. If I was trying to include only certain people, I would use a different book, depending on who I am trying to communicate with. For example, if I were part of a book club and wanted to use the code to communicate with the other members, I would use the book that we are reading.
One of Franklin’s many inventions was the Franklin stove. This idea was “an iron furnace stove.” It “allowed people to warm their homes less dangerously and with less wood” during the colonial Americas.
This invention has directly impacted my life because nowadays, the stove is used for a variety of things, mainly for cooking. Without the stove, food would take more time to cook and make people sick because of not killing the bacteria. Food is something we need for survival, and this stove gives us the ability to cook our food that we need.
Discussion topic #1
I feel that the government should rebuild New Orleans & protect it from future hurricanes. I think that to ask the population of New Orleans to pack up and go somewhere else & not even rebulid the city is unfair. How would you feel if you lost everything and then the government told you to pack up and leave. You’d be very unhappy. Many people live there and deserve to continue living in the places they called home, while the salvage what is left.
This being said, the government should rebuild New orleans.
Since the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, there is much discussion on what to do with this city of destruction. I feel that the federal government should rebuild the city of New Orleans by spending billions of dollars, and to protect it’s future from futher hurricanes. This should happen because these citizens have paid taxes, funds, and bills to live here for their house to be destroyed by a natural cause. It wasn’t their fault that they were devastated because they weren’t the ones who constructed their house, yet neither the ones who destroyed it. By them being asked to “pick up and move somewhere else”, they are now spending the same exact money the federal government would have used to rebuild another house in the city they’ve lived in.
I believe the federal government should help New Orleans be rebuilt but not necessarily spend billions of dollars. The fedaral government should help fix what has been damaged and help the citizens of New Orleans to find new homes,but I think that trying to protect every home from a natural disaster isn’t needed. The reason why is because from my previous knowledge New Orleans hasn’t faced many horrible natural disasters besides Hurricane Katrina and it wouldn’t be fair for the federal government to spend that much money on one state when there are many other places that need that coverage more.
I agree with Kryssa’s statement about New Orleans mainly because she basically has the same views as I do. Although, I feel that if we were to give the homes Hurricane coverage then most likely the federal government would spend billons of dollars
Question # 2
I don’t believe that in America we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults, in all honesty I belive we rush adulthood in teenagers lives due to the media and many of the global activities that kids can access. I belive this because teenagers today are exposed to pornography,adult enhancements and much more.I also have seen teenagers who are responsible for things that ONLY adults should have to deal with for example over baysitting to the point where the teenager is raising the child and too many chores ,so exhausting that the teenagers can’t function. I think the cons of rushing adulthood is that adolescents are not mature and they have a short attention span also they are known to procrastinate making it hard for them to act like an adult. The pros of exposing teenagers to adulthood is they may be more stable as they get older and it could be beneficial to thier future.
I feel that the rebuilding of New Orleans is a great idea for the people that lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina. Those people would love to come back to that place they used to call “home” again. Many of them have no other place to go. We live in a state that is below sea level, like New Orleans, and we would want our city back to how it used to be after a devastating hurricane. We can always help make New Orleans more hurricane resistant to help it in the future. We would probably end up rebuilding it anyways, due to the desire for more land. Because of these reasons, the government should spend the time and money to rebuild the city of New Orleans.
Discussion Question #1
I think the federal government should fix up New Orleans, but they don’t have to spent billions of dollars. I believe they should spend as much money as needed to repair this city. Some people were born and raised there, and some might have family there. These people won’t want to live their home. I also think its unfair to have to force these citizens to leave because the government doesn’t want to spend the money necessary to rebuild it. According to http://www.hhs.gov/disasters/emergency/naturaldisasters/hurricanes/katrina/index.html, it was reported that more then 1,800 people lost their lives, and more then $81 billion dollars in damages occurred. The people of New Orleans aren’t asking for much. All they want is a home and for life to go on as it was before this catastrophe. If the government is so concerned about money, here’s an easy solution: Fix up New Orleans so that its well protected. Once they do this, disasters like this can be avoided and less or no money at all will have to be spent there again. So that’s why they should spend as much money as necessary to rebuild New Orleans.
I think that they should spend billions on fixing the city of new orleans. There are people that are loyal to that city.There are some people that don’t want to leave because they were born and raised there.I say make sure that the city is hurricane prone like build a huge wall to sheild from flood because metaphoracly speaking new orleans is like a bowl surrouned by soup. Even to ths day there are people who are still there waiting for the chance to rebuild and start their life as it once was. There are still people donating their time in other states to go and build houses fot people without one. The hurricane left many many MANY people without a place to go. So , thats why i said go back and build new orleans and go back to how it once was.
Discussion Topic #1
I think that the government should spend billions of dollars on the city of New Orleans. Why? because the city of New Orleans is just like any other city. What would happen if natural disasters happened in the stase of Washington D.C, i think that they will spend any amout of money to fix that.
Discussion Topic #2
Pros, teenagers can be taught responsibility for their actions, will help them to be a better person. They learn more skills and teach them what they need to know in future life. Also when teenagers work earlyer, there are more people in the family making more money for the family. Cons, teenagers have no past referances, and no skill which adults have to spend more time teachin the teenager rather than working. Also teenagers are morelikely to make a mistake in what they are doing.
Discussion Topic #3
The book I would use is the dictionary, because almost every one in the whole entire world uses a dictonary for school referance, or just to know what a word means. Also the dictonary has almost every word in the English languge making the message they want to write easyer to write.
If I were to write a similar code that Ben Franklin used in today’s life style using a book that almost everyone had access to I would pick using the dictionary. The reason why I would pick the dictionary is because that book is a book of words that everyone can read and look at. Also that it won’t be so hard to find words if I coded it using the bolded words, or the words that are being defined. So it would be an easy locator of words and phrases. Though if I needed to make it a more secretive message to send out to people, then I would use the definitions of the word instead of the word itself, and to use the pronunciation of words to use in the message.
I think a book that is in every household of America is the phone book. The phone company gives it to everyone. Also they are at pay phones if you lose yours. If i was trying to reach only parents who have young children then the book would be green eggs and ham or Cat in the Hat or a different Dr.Suess book.
Discussion Topic 1
I think that the government should not exactly spend BILLIONS of dollars rebuilding the city of New Orleans. I believe that the government should build the city back in time and not waste billions of dollars on the spot. The people should be transfered to another city and be given a certain amount of money to live from the terrible disaster. But, soon as the city progresses and builds up again, the people could move back in. Also, i think that all of the houses built in the city of New Orleans should be hurricane proof. They should take hurricanes more seriously there with hurricane Katrina. The thing is, i dont feel that New Orleans should be our country’s TOP priority right now. I think that there are more important issues in the world that should be taken more seriously.
Disscusion topic 2
I don’t believe that, in America, they wait too long to treat teenagers as adults. I think that they age is perfect. Cons: Teenagers haven’t fully matured so they are more likely to make more mistakes which they haven’t learned from yet. Teenagers can be disloyal, unreliable, and non trustworthy. They tend to choose the wrong path and cause more damage rather than having a mature, responsible adult do the job of an adult. Also, they are not ready at a young age for the responsibilities of an adult. Pros: There are more people to depend on in the world at a sooner age. There are more minds working out the problems of our country at an earlier time period rather than waiting. Also, teenagers could LEARN to be more similar to adults and grow more mature with the same responsibilities.