Homework: Student Voices December 01, 2008

Students from East Middle school reflect on the casualties of war, the anguish of animal cruelty and the benefits of getting more sleep.

Wars take many tolls

•   Greed, hatred and hunger for more. Stop all the fighting and save the planet before we destroy it. Today in our society greed fills the world, a hunger for more. Wars and conflicts seem never-ending. What we should do is come together, nations as one, and agree on peace. Why end the lives of many innocent people?
One, many civilians are injured or killed in these conflicts. Why should they suffer from enraged and greedy nations fighting it out? They are caught in the middle and can’t escape.

  Two, the machinery and weapons that are constructed make the factories run often, creating unnecessary pollution emissions. This destroys the ozone layer, which then heats up Earth and destroys our green environment and our fascinating animals. For example, polar bears’ habitat is melting, causing them to drown. No more clear-blue skies and daydreaming in the lush grass. The skies will be stained and the grass, dead. Stopping wars would surely cut down pollution at least a little. Wouldn’t you agree?

  One more point: All the wars and fighting are definitely not free. They are very expensive and drain our nation’s money. If peace is plentiful in the world, just think how much money would be left over. The money can then be used to build schools and help education programs. Disease programs could be given more money to find cures. Also, a big thing is poverty. We could supply education, clean water and needed supplies. People are suffering right under everyone’s noses.

  Don’t you agree that nations of today are filled with hatred and greed? Let us come together as one and flood the world in love and peace.

Bobby Jeanneret, 12, East Middle School

Eliminate animal cruelty

•   I’ve been cornered, too scared to move, scared of what he’ll do to me next. Somehow I managed to chew up another shoe. Here comes the whip; this is the end. I am a dog gasping for air, my last breaths. Goodbye, cruel world.

  Have you ever realized how mean people are to animals? Thousands of animals die a year from abuse, neglect or animal-tested products. Animals are precious things that shouldn’t be starved and chained to a tree, no matter how big the problem. We need to pay attention to this sin. If people abuse animals for doing something wrong, we should make them pay the price for doing something very wrong.

  In order to stop this horrible crime, we need to report people that abuse wonderful creatures. We need to work together to eliminate animal cruelty.  If we stop this, there will be more happy animals that love their people and more people that love their animals

  Just as I was sure that I was going to die, men in dark suits stormed in and saved me. Goodbye, cruel person, goodbye, horrible place; I’m going to someone that will love me.

Evie Gibson, 12, East Middle School

More sleep equals better performance in school

•   Middle schools and high schools start too early.  In 2002, high schools in Jessamine County in Kentucky changed the start time from 7:30 to 8:40.  Immediately attendance went up, and scores on standardized tests went up. Stanford researcher Cheri Mah did a study on six basketball players. They all increased their sleep, and it gave them better performance and energy. By starting school at 8:30, they got more sleep. We should all put our school start times to between 8:00 and 8:30. If all the people in charge could vote on this, we could have more kids that are awake and focused in school. 

Ryan Baker, 13, East Middle School


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