Thursday, October 31, 2013

On school monitoring of Internet usage off campus

This, to put it lightly, is a contentious issue. The freedoms of speech in regards to a students ability to say what they wish and have freedom of expression is in jeopardy, that much is certain. However, in light of certain arrests made after students posted threatening messages, and online bullying, many would agree that some measures need to be taken. I would agree with that, however, these measures need to have extremely strict guidelines to prevent an Indiana-esque event from occurring again. It is quite possible for a middle ground to be reached. For instance, perhaps a search for certain violent keywords is necessary, or an anonymous reporting facility where students who feel threatened or bullied can show faculty said threatening messages or posts. I do not believe a constant monitoring is necessary or even preferable, for students need to feel free from their schools away from school. It is already hard enough for many to contend with the oppressive feeling of the school day, I could only imagine the reaction if suddenly almost all aspects of a students life could be monitored and affected by the school. So, in light of this, I would recommend a distinct middle ground be reached, where students still feel safe posting their opinions and faculty can rest assured that they are able to take notice when a student is being threatened or bullied

Monday, October 28, 2013


Opening moment 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/10/18/sleep-detoxes-the-brain-new-research-suggests/

 The article is about a recent discovery that may have uncovered the reason why animals need sleep.
This is extremely important for several reasons. It is a huge breakthrough in the field of neuroscience. 
It could also lead to further understanding of insomnia and other sleep related illnesses. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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