Back in DR, I have a cousin whose mother has a mental problem. The neighbors know her as the crazy lady who goes out in the streets half-naked and yelling. In school, the kids always used to make fun of my cousin. The bullying got him so exhausted that it caused him to drop out. My cousin never finished high school. Nobody is sure what motivates him to keep looking forward in life. However, even though he didn’t study about construction he has the capacity to build things. When we were little, he built a house. It wasn’t just any house. It was the perfect house, for all the rest of my cousins and me to play in. As time passed, his mind was getting to another level. He started making different things: a money box made of wood, his own bike. If there was a problem at the house with a window, a door, the stove -- he could fix it. He worked for a time in an auto shop. In life, people are born with special qualities. By going to school, do you get an education? Yes. Do you learn how to write and read? Yes. But does it make you intelligent? Can you use those strategies in another environment different from your own? Think about it.
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School
Teachers + students + social media = no-no
Monique Reyes, 15, says teachers shouldn’t have social media contact with students because she feels it’s inappropriate. “Teachers are educators and should play the role that they get paid to do,” says Reyes, who attends the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. Some teachers these days feel as though social media sites allow them to strengthen their professional connections to students. Of course, others have taken it too far. In New York City, according to a press ac count, three teachers were fired over a six-month period in 2010 for having improper dealings with students on social media. One teacher reportedly wrote, “This is sexy,” under a student’s photo on Facebook. Another allegedly sent a message to a student telling her that her boyfriend didn’t deserve such a beautiful girl as her. Jolie Medrano, 15, says it’s weird when teachers reach out to students via social media. “It shouldn’t happen unless it’s school based,” says Medrano, from the O’Bryant. “Teachers and students have their own social lives.” Ernest Mejia, 17, agrees that teachers shouldn’t interact with students on social networks. “Students should have their own sense of privacy away from their academic life,” says Mejia, who goes to the O’Bryant. “The purpose of social networks is so that you can choose who you want to communicate with.”
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The study of mathematics fills the hearts and minds of many students with fear. Some withdraw and avoid doing homework. Others get lost in frustration. There may be a reason for all this numerical nervousness. One reason that students panic when answering a math test is that they are often unable to recognize the questions being asked, according to teens. This causes psychological confusion, with students thinking they know less than they actually do. In some cases, teens say, a student may have been ridiculed in front of the class for not coming up with a right answer, leading to more lack of confidence. In this way, students continue underestimating their ability to learn even if they have more knowledge than most. For this reason, teachers need to explain things patiently and help students maintain a positive attitude. Also, support from friends and parents may motivate students to increase their interest in mathematical matters.
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It’s a Monday morning and you’re in class -- distracted by the noise and getting nothing done. After the teacher issues assignments, imagine if you could pull out your phone, call up your tunes, and listen to music while doing your work. Class would be a lot quieter with everyone plugged in. You always hear a student say, “If you let me listen to my music, I promise I’ll get my work done. It relaxes me.” When you’re listening to music you are concentrating. This is what students do with homework. Sometimes class gets too noisy and students get distracted. So, cue up the songs and let the learning begin.
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He did not only have a beautiful face; he also had a beautiful heart. On Nov. 30, Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were leaving a charity event for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines when their deadly car crash occurred. Speed was a factor, investigators said. Star of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, Walker, 40, was a talented actor who had an amazing humanitarian side. In 2010, Walker dedicated his time and efforts by traveling to Haiti after the massive earthquake hit. That same year, he and his aid organization, REACH OUT Worldwide, tried to bring relief to the people of Chile who suffered their own earthquake. In 2011, Walker was in Alabama helping to clear the rubble after a tornado struck. Beauty is the actions an individual takes to have a positive effect on society -- not just what’s on the exterior. Paul Walker proved that.
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