Happiness is never sad. People don’t understand how Happiness comforts himself. He gets that way because he’s Happy. He always feels free. Without freedom, Happiness doesn’t mean anything. Happy people know why they are on earth. Happiness wears a white T-shirt ev- erywhere he goes. White reflects others. No matter where Happiness wears his white T-shirt during his travels, he never seems to get dirty. Happiness loves Loneliness be- cause he wants to make her happy. But he doesn’t have the strength to tell her. He needs to go and talk to Courage.
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Many students generally object to certain subjects they feel are tedious and useless. Teens often ask questions like, “What’s the point of learning this? How will it help me in the future?” Here, some students discuss specifically why they don’t like certain subjects and what they would rather study. Maroua Laafar, 16, dislikes anything that has to do with biology because, she says, it’s complicated. “If you’re going to major in bio, then yeah it’s important to study it, but other than that, no,” says Laafar, who attends the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. Laafar says she would prefer to study psychology because you learn how people act. Lianelisa Perez, 15, dislikes science and geometry because she says she does not understand them. She feels that you don’t need to know all that information unless it’s required for the profession you want to be in. Instead, she says she would be more willing to take an extra history class. “It is important to know what happened before,” she says. “I love history.” Daiahna Odom, 15, dislikes science and doesn’t think it’s practical. “I don’t plan on becoming a rocket scientist,” she says. “I feel as if science is not going to help me when I get older.” She’d rather study economics; it’s a good way, she says, to learn how to manage your money.
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Along with homework and teachers, school discipline is among the most common topics of conversation among Boston teenagers. At many schools around the district, students complain about systems that can punish students for even the smallest infractions. We at the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) understand students’ problems with disciplinary rules. Over the last few years, BSAC has worked to improve school discipline procedures through several major initiatives: •On October 4, BSAC conducted its annual Listening Project at the Ruggles, Roxbury Crossing, Forest Hills, and Ashmont T stations. Members collected valuable information from students about their schools’ procedures. •One of BSAC’s biggest concerns is the ac- tive use of suspension as punishment for the most minor offenses. These suspensions do little to prevent students from future misbehavior and only leave them behind on their schoolwork. We have met with many other student coalitions and even attended a meeting of Congress about this issue. We strongly urge schools to consider other options so that students are not stripped of their educations. Students need to be aware of their rights. For more information, contact Caroline Lau at clau4@bostonpublicschools.org.
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Responsibility is a great man. He works hard to give his family what it wants. He never listens when Laziness tries to make him quit. He likes to hang out with his best friend, Justice. His family is related to Confidence. Responsibility is a man who wears the right clothes for the weather. In case he is sweaty, he always has an extra shirt. At the age of 16, Responsibility’s parents were fighting. His father left the house. His mother was heartbroken. How was she going to pay the bills, buy food, and get clothes? Responsibility was worried. He went to find a job. They accepted him at Burger King. But it wasn’t easy. He was also in school and didn’t want to drop out. He did well. He graduated from high school and then college. He never gave up. Now he’s a mechanic.
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November / December 2013 Issue
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