Charis Stanek I do not support the death penalty. Unlike other forms of punishment, the death penalty is irreversible. Since 1973, 138 people have been wrongfully convicted. The death penalty violates The Declaration of Human Rights and discriminates against racial minorities. Although people say that the death penalty decreases the crime rate in a region, FBI data shows that the fourteen states without capital punishment have the same or lower death rates.
Charis Stanek Standardized tests originally had a good objective – to test the general common knowledge of students. Not only have these tests digressed severely from “common knowledge” but they now require excessive studying. Therefore, the goal of trying to compare students on an equal basis has been corrupted by the fact that students do not have an equal amount of time or money to afford to spend on these tests.
Charis Stanek Four out of five American women say they’re dissatisfied with the way they look. Over 8 million people in the United States struggle with eating disorders and borderline conditions. Out of a survey of 1,000 women. 34% say they would consider trying a diet even if it posed a slight health risk. After asking why these woman go on diets, 41% said to feel better, 41% to look better, and 8% for their spouses.
Charis Stanek People have always had the opportunity to lose weight. Obesity is not the fault of the government. The truth is that most people understand the difference between food that has nutritional value and food that doesn't. Education about the consequences of a poor diet should be broadcasted so that people are aware of the risks. The decision to lose weight is often affiliated with insecurity about a person's appearance and not for health purposes.
Charis Stanek Yes, I agree that the coverage is a horrible representation of what each candidate can actually offer our country. Unfortunately, the best stories to get the viewer’s attention are not the best coverage to inform citizens of the plans of each candidate. Although it would be a long shot, what people need to hear are factual statements about the policies that candidates advocate for and the changes that they would make while in office.
Charis Stanek The question is whether or not there should be abstinence-only programs. By stating the importance of informing teens of all education, I disagree with having abstinence-only classes; Congress should not favor or promote one type. Sex ed classes should include the consequences of having sex, which would be abstinence related, and the precautions one should take if choosing to have sex. Congress should not limit the amount of education.
Charis Stanek Congress promotes this type of education because Congress doesn’t want to encourage sex at a young age, but that’s not what it’s doing. Teens are encouraged by their peers or for other personal reasons. Providing education is important so that they can make the best choice for themselves. Depriving teens of this information does not prevent them from having sex, but only causes ignorance.
Charis Stanek The seriousness of this lawsuit demonstrates the increasing power that the internet has in our world today. Due to the fact that the twitter account had no legal or documented affiliation with the company, I do not believe that the case will get very far. It just goes to show that although one may believe that accounts are private, the public has access to view everything that you post and use that information against you in court.
Charis Stanek I agree that proper education at a young age is key to fighting obesity. At such a young age, kids are most likely to adopt eating habits from their parents or from advertizing. I can assure you that kids do not take on the task of informing themselves about proper eating habits; they trust adults. I think adults who were taught wrongly as a child go through life struggling to understand why their "diets" aren't working and become discouraged.
Charis Stanek I understand the concern, but people do not want to be counting calories on holidays. The thing that people should be worried about is daily unhealthiness, not seasonal- or solely on holidays. When people go on break, they are looking for a break from everything- diets and exercise included. My advice to you is too relax on your time off! A yearly diet of cake and junk food is a problem, but one slice of pie won’t kill you!
Charis Stanek Efficient or not- exchanging presents is tradition. People don't give presents of equal economic value as they bought them for; they give presents that the recipient will like. The Christmas season is about thinking of others before one’s self. If you are too wrapped up in the value of money, then you are missing out on the true meaning of the holidays!
Charis Stanek It appears that people now a days expect the internet to create the chemistry for them; computers can't do this. Dating websites are designed to connect people with common interests or personalities, but not to date the person for you. I think because the connections are based on a "science," people have high expectations for who they are meeting. Relationships cannot survive on "science" alone; they need chemistry, time, effort, and love.
Charis Stanek Unfortunately, only curse words are censored on music played on radios; not vulgar phrases. For these reasons, rappers are able to send negative messages in their songs through innuendos, symbolism, or by just “implying” something sexual. It’s definitely a shame that rappers have this loophole because young children are exposed to these messages and adopt them. These rappers are their idols, therefore, children try to mimic their language.
Charis Stanek Normally honor codes say something along the lines of, "I will not steal, cheat, lie,..." but one rarely hears an honor code promoting a positive message:"I will respect my classmates, be honest, ..." I think students feel as though teachers do not trust them enough to make good decisions; therefore, feeling betrayed by the people in power, they rebel by ignoring the rules.
Charis Stanek If the saying "In god we trust" has no meaning, then why can it not be changed to "in America we trust." The simplicity of the line may seem to have no affect, but it can be immensly offensive to those who do not believe in god. If society tells us that Americans believe in God, what does that say about people who don't believe in god? Are they less American or patriotic?
Charis Stanek I don't think we should be asking what more TOMS can do, but what more can we do. Although it would be more productive to educate those communities, this would take much more time, which thriving local businesses would need. Since companies can't do it all, we as citizens should participate more; every contribution counts. I think too often people assume that small things have little affect, but small things do add up to become bigger things.
Charis Stanek This distinction does not mean that boys and girls are unequal in society, but unequal in their interests. Based on neurologic studies, girls prefer different styles of toys. It’s a science, not a stereotypical suggestion. Kids don’t pick toys out because they feel socially obligated to; they pick out toys that they like. Not all commercials advertise for one specific gender. Eliminating toys that are "gener stereotypical" is unnecessary.
Charis Stanek Santa has never shown to be providing money to his workers, therefore he is breaking child labor laws. He illegaly copies toys from companies all across the world, stealing the creative ideas of others. As well, he breaks in and enters houses illegaly to put presents under the trees of house throughout the world. Finally, his sleigh is not equiped with proper saftely devices, including a seatbeat or air bags.
Charis Stanek I find it hard to apply the quote, "its the thought that counts," to distributing mindless gifts. No thought goes into those purchases; its hard to put thought into gifts for people that one barely knows. Gifts should not be a burden on anyone. We seem to get caught up in the money, reactions, time, quality, but we loose sight of the true reason to exchange gifts; the spirit of giving! Once you sacrifice fun, it becomes pointless.
Charis Stanek In such hard economic times, the value of money has triumphed over all other values. The efficiency, convenience, and low costs of fast food are all contributed to its popularity. In our world today, there is no time to acess the simplier choices that we make in our day to day lives; no time to sit down and read the nutrition chart on the back of our food. Unfortunatley, the consequences are severly overlooked until one is forced to face them.
Charis Stanek According to statistics, job salaries increase by 62% just by earning a college degree. Clearly awards exist for earning higher levels of education. Although student loans are high, the money made by increased salaries will eventually cover those costs. One has to spend money to make money.
Charis Stanek More money being provided does not necessarily mean more improvement. Maybe the problem does not lie in funding the system, but in the distribution of money. Providing money shows to be important, but if the U.S desires to take education systems a step further, time and management is also key.
Charis Stanek I fully agree that art should veiwed as a necessity for education. Governments often fund classes which appear to provide proper knowledge for popular feilds. I beleive that schools ignore the additional benefits of art and the importance of being well-rounded in our world today.
Charis Stanek Without classes focusing on these subjects, kids who are naturally gifted and passionate about art are denied the opportunity to transform their talents into something beneficial towards their future. As well, art classes do not exist solely to produce art, but to develop a creative mindset.