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Zackary S. HKIS
Recently, Edihad, an airline, released a new perk that is available on their flights: flying nannies. These people, trained in child psychology and sociology and armed in bright orange aprons, are trained to take care of babies that are on flight. During the flight, they use their special “Nanny Kits” in order to keep children happy and occupied. In my opinion, although flying nannies may sound like a pompous idea at first, they are a very creative perk of airlines that could and should be used on long-haul flights.
Many times, one would sit down on a flight, hoping for a non-tiring, non-stressful, and overall relaxing and uneventful period of time. The hope of that, of course, is broken by the horrifying sight of a wailing toddler. Babies are one of the cutest yet most annoying sights in the world. One second, they are smiling happily and look like a ray of sunshine, the next, they turn into a red-faced screaming demon. Because of this, flights are often interrupted by babies, and flying nannies could easily solve this. Nannies have to complete a course in child psychology, and thus know how to pacify a baby as well as keep them happily occupied and make a flight much more relaxing and peaceful.
Additionally, with the creation of flying nannies, an opportunity for more jobs is created, as a whopping five-hundred nannies are expected to be trained by the end of January. This could help people in poverty or people who simply like children or flying to easily get a job, along with a degree in sociology and child psychology in a fairly good college. Because of this, flying nannies could help boost the economy by creating more job opportunities.
Lastly, the experience of flying as a parent is just as, if not more horrifying as having to sit next to a baby. The parents have to try to keep their baby under control without embarrassing themselves and thus becoming the centre of attention. The flying nanny could stop parents from over stressing by taking care of their babies for them. Instead of the parents attempting to keep the baby quiet and pacifying it, the nanny could fill the role and therefore stop the parent from being embarrassed or getting annoyed.
In conclusion, flying nannies are an extremely helpful perk that should be included in most, if not all ,long-haul flights. This would help babies be less disturbing by pacifying them and thus make flying a better experience, creating more jobs for people who love babies and flying, and relaxing parents by taking care of their little monsters for them. With flying nannies available nowadays, how much more screaming and wailing will one have to endure?
Braden W. 16, HKIS
Due to the huge rise in usage of social media networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, some college admission officers have decided to use the sites to look at possible students’ behavior online, often finding surprising results. Of 381 college admission officers who answered a telephone questionnaire in 2013, 31 percent said they have visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them, and 30 percent of them said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects. While this may help weed out some less desirable students, there are still numerous factors that make it unsuitable for use. Out of fairness, I believe that colleges shouldn’t use social media websites to decided college admissions.
A big reason why the behavior of a person online can’t always be trusted can be described in the Online Disinhibition Effect. The effect is the loosening or complete abandonment of social restrictions and inhibitions during interactions with people on the internet that would otherwise be present in normal face-to-face interaction. This effect is caused by many factors, with the greatest one being the anonymous nature of the internet where you don’t interact face-to-face with people. You can just act however you want to without fear of any physical consequences. As such, behavior on the internet does not always reflect how a person acts in real life.
Also, there is always the possibility of what is said in your social network account isn’t written by you. Other people may use your account after you accidentally leave it on, or say things you may never do online or in the real world. And since this is the internet, everything you do is stored forever, even if you try to get rid of it. Colleges may mistake those fake statements to be written by the students themselves and not choose to admit them.
Also tying into the Online Disinhibtion effect is the behavior of teenagers themselves. Teenagers tend to act more impulsively and without considering physical consequences,and may say things they would never normally say, such as an outburst of profanity after a particularly stressful class or test. Looking back, they will wonder why even said such things in the first place. Things like those don’t always reflect how they behave in real life.
Of course, an argument made in favor of searching student’s social media accounts is to see if they are responsible enough to watch what they say online and in the real world. While this has some merit, the internet is often used as a place for people to let out pent-up steam and freely express what they want to say. People don’t always have to watch that they say on the internet, and if the internet was just like real life, it would be rather boring.
In conclusion, college admissions should not use social media websites to judge prospective students. Behavior online does not always reflect behavior in real life, and it might not even be the person saying inflammatory things and teenagers are often impulsive in what they post online.
Our students are learning about poetry in Intermediate Creative Writing. We asked students to experiment with many different forms of poetry. In a discussion of sonnets, one of our students wrote this quatrain:
“The apples in Autumn are so tempting,
And birds flitting in the blossoming tree.
The honey the bees make is so fetching
All of these sights and sounds can come to me.” -Tiffany, 9
Notice how each line has ten syllables, and how she’s created an “abab” rhyme scheme. Great job Tiffany!
LEVEL MEDIUM– VIRGINIA LEE BURTON
When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they go to a little country town where they find that one new job leads to another.
LEVEL HIGH– MICHELLE KNUDSEN
When a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There are no rules about lions in the library. When something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
LEVEL LOW– LAURA VACCARO SEEGER
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green. Full color.
LEVEL MEDIUM– MAURICE SENDAK
Sendak’s hero Mickey falls through the dark into the Night Kitchen where three fat bakers are making the morning cake. Thus begins an intoxicating dream fantasy, described by the artist himself.
LEVEL MEDIUM– AARON REYNOLDS
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.
He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?