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Online Freedom of Speech April 29, 2007

Posted by marvinx in Politics, School.
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I’m doing a project for my government class on internet freedom of speech, and ran across this article. Some of you may find it interesting:

http://blog.stanford.edu/unofficial/2007/04/court_upholds_online_freedom_o.html

In a decision with repercussions for the burgeoning number of Facebook-ing and MySpace-ing teens, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled this week that high school students’ free speech is protected by both the U.S. and Indiana State Constitution, even if the students’ words are expletive-ridden or against school policy.

This is, of course, not at all a guarantee that anything can be posted online. There have been other cases where this sort of thing was ruled as being libel. Also, in this case, the sudent’s comments (while obscene) were not exactly libelous. But still, it is interesting that such comments could be ruled as political expression and be protected under the first amendment, especially coming from a high-school student.

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A Wierd Movie We made for German Class February 28, 2007

Posted by nukes in Music/Movies, School.
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Well, here is the latest production of Alhora Cinema, and LAHSFS.

New Mexico State Swim Meet February 20, 2007

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Well, here’s a video I put together. I’d appreciate comments on how I can improve it.

Swimming at Farmington February 12, 2007

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Well, I was having a little un, and this is what came out. We look good!

How School Ruins its students February 10, 2007

Posted by nukes in Life, School.
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Our current school system does not truly teach knowledge, or the use of knowledge. All it does, is teach how to conform. To succeed in school, all you have to do is do exactly as told. One does not have to be smart to get a 5.0. All you have to do is be respectful to the teachers, do exactly as you are told, and nothing else. You also learn to rush things, and to do the minimum effort. If you try to do more then is required, you are downgraded for it. If you have an original idea, you are downgraded. If you have a different idea, you are downgraded. If you try to do something truly well, and put all of your effort into truly learning the subject of study, you are downgraded. A smart person, is unable to succeed in this system. Our education is being destroyed. Education is supposed to foster knowledge, not impede it. Naturally, education differs from teaecher to teacher, and occasionally, you are able to get a wonderful teacher. This, unfortunatly, is extremly unlikely, and so far, I have only had three such teachers.

Topper Review February 3, 2007

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In our home town, the High School puts up a talent show of sorts every year. This year, it was incredible. It opend with an incredible fiddle, and it went up from there. Then there was a skit concerning cheerleaders, showing our friend Colin, then we had some breakdancers, a trio of girls playing a song they composed, various soloist singers, persussions, it was all there; a demonstration of the abilities in the fine arts and humor of the school. I loved it, if only because I was able to cheer for all the people I knew who were on stage.

Studying Late at Night January 11, 2007

Posted by nukes in School.
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There is one thing I positivly hate about school at this moment. The sheer weight of homework it gives deprives me of the sleep I need to function properly. It is now 12:30 a.m., and I am no where near being done with my homework. Infact, at this rate, I’ll be up until 3:00 a.m. Why is it that school does this to us? Its only my third day of school after break, and already I’m drowning in homework. Its as if my teachers have found a hidden agenda, and have decided that we are behind schedule. Oh well. I can’t do anything about it. I might as well go back to work.

Back to School January 8, 2007

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Well my friends, today is the last day of freedom for a long while.  Today marks the end of our Christmas/ Winter vacation. Tomorrow we must all go back to the torture of school, and the presence of wanted, and unwanted teachers, friends, and lectures. I hope you all had as much fun as I did, and do not feel to bad about going back to school. For some reason, I feel horrible right now, thinking of all the homework I will be recieving, and then I feel better knowing that I will be wallowing in my misery with very good company. Happy Back to school guys!

The Best of “A Tale of Two Cities” September 11, 2006

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I have just now finished reading this incredible book. I stil have tears in my eyes from what, I believe, is the best, most touching, and legibly written part of the whole book. I believe the book is worth reading simply for the last fifty pages of it. This is the portion where courage, decency, fear, anger, and love all come out, and for once, can be understood simply.

SAT Scoring August 17, 2006

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It isn’t what you’d expect it to be. Karin Klein, a Times editorial writer, was trained as an SAT essay reader “to find out what the new SAT essay is like.” As it turns out, graders are not allowed to take points off for what kind of evidence is used to support an argument. Klein writes that:

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