Student Writing : Idea Burger

School Monitoring

School Monitoring

Should schools be able to monitor student activity online? Why or why not? Vanessa K. 13 In Southern California, a school district has retained a private firm to scour the Web and look for public posts, photos, kiks, Tweets, and other communications made by its students. Its stated purpose is to prevent students from harming(…)

Kill Switch for Smart Phones

Kill Switch for Smart Phones

Braden W. 16, HKIS In the past few years, smartphones have become almost ubiquitous in modern society, with demand outpacing other products on the mobile phone market and accounting for around 70% of all U.S. mobile devices by 2013. On the other hand, they have become one of the more risky things to be carrying(…)

Extreme Parenting

Extreme Parenting

Maia C. 12, GSIS Some of the most important traits to possess are to be well-rounded and emotionally stable. However, a Chinese woman named Shen decided to take those away from her daughter, Cheng Cheng. Shen did this to cultivate the child’s independent spirit, but I believe that she had gone too far. In the(…)

The Heavy Burden of Homework

The Heavy Burden of Homework

Does the Heavy Burden of Homework do More Harm than Good? Erica Q. 14, CIS Due to the recent test scores from around the world, schools in America have been panicking because of their less than acceptable scores, and finally facing that fact that American students are falling behind their peers in Singapore, Shanghai, Helsinki,(…)

Zhang’s Encounter

Zhang’s Encounter

Julianne C. 11, Bradbury School The cool wind blew through Zhang’s bedroom window on a arm summer day. It smelled of the dewiness and freshness of summer breezes. Zhang loved the summer, mostly because he could relax more as less bandits and thieves came in the summer. Zhang and his family lived near the Silk(…)

Free Trade vs. Protectionism

Free Trade vs. Protectionism

Jonathan C. 15, SIS I believe that free trade should be favored over protectionism, because this can create more options for consumers, which decreases the general price level, increase competitiveness in the market, which can be helpful to many different parties. Firstly, according to the law of supply and demand, an increase in supply would(…)

Flying Nannies

Flying Nannies

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(…)

Online Behavior Determining Admission

Online Behavior Determining Admission

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(…)

Poetry from Intermediate Creative Writing

Poetry from Intermediate Creative Writing

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(…)

Is Greed Good?

Is Greed Good?

Serena C. HKIS, 15 Greed is a word that comes with negative connotations in society, but it is a powerful force that can be used for bad and for good. Tony Chan, successful Feng Shui master and lover of tycoon Nina Wang, was recently jailed for twelve years for forging her will. The judge called(…)