Art and Learning

Students of all ages are likely to gain an advantage from learning and experiencing the arts according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In a 2006 report, they wrote that studying art in its various forms is becoming accepted as a critical part of becoming successful in school and work. In 1994, Congress passed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. This was the first time the arts were recognized as part of the core curriculum by the federal government which was a critical step in recognizing the arts as an essential part of academic achievement. In a study by the UCLA, researchers discovered that students who were more heavily involved in the arts scored higher on standardized

LGBTQ+ Communities and Homelessness

June 26, 2017 was an amazing day for the entire country. For the first time in American History, gay marriage became legal in all 50 states. Since then, the LGBTQ+ community and it’s troubles have been sidelined due to the most recent, arguably more pressing issues happening within the states at the current moment. With terrorist attacks, protest rallies, and more, issues including this one are becoming more and more neglected as time passes. One of these issues include the ever-so increasing rates of homelessness within this community. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law, “up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year.” The statistics for le

Homeless→Drugs or Drugs→Homeless

Drugs; there are many things that could be said about them. The one fact that all can settle on is when drugs are taken illegally and inappropriately it has the potential to ruin lives. When you mix the abuse of drugs with mental issues, depression and homelessness the end result is devastating. There are two different ways to how this story begins. Drugs could cause the person to become homeless or homelessness could cause the person to turn to drugs. An addiction to drugs and alcohol can take everything. Thirty-eight percent of the homeless population abuse alcohol and twenty-six percent abuse other drugs. People who have a severe addiction to drugs end up sacrificing all their belongings

The Mental Effects of Hunger

Ancel Keys, an early researcher for Obesity, once wrote. “The history of man is in large part the chronicle of his quest for food.” Many people few the contrasting epidemics of Obesity and Hunger to contradict each other in such a way that both have become topics that aren’t of much relevance to our current policy makers in light of more pressing issues. No longer can we stand by as we learn of the effects that the latter can have on people of any age and the reasons why we don’t the resources to stop the epidemic as it continues to grow. According to Dr. John Butterly and Jack Shepard, authors of the new book Hunger:The Biology and Politics of Starvation , almost 15% of all households do no


Last week I spent four days at a camp for kids in elementary. Surprisingly, one of the students’ favorite parts about the camp was breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They loved picking a seat right next to their best friends while trading the food they liked and didn’t like. They also enjoyed dipping their chips in the Kool-Aid and loading up their brownies with salt. They had no clue as to how lucky and privileged they were not only to have food but to have food to waste. As we are all aware of there are many who do not have that privilege. In third world countries to the wealthiest countries there is this forever growing problem known as hunger and it is caused by various circumstances; the num

To Speak or To Do

How many times have you talked about you’d like to be changed? Did you sit there, complain, but ultimately wait until someone else did it for you or did you take a stand and actively try to get what you wanted? In this day and age, we are surrounded by speakers but we lack doers, those who are willing to go out into the world and make a change. Nowhere is the more of a prominent issue that when it comes to domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is talked about arguably more than any other topic in the world today. Over 100 organizations in the US alone are dedicated to bringing awareness and to stopping domestic abuse however the statistics keep rising and we have seen little change. This stagnant

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