Thursday, April 29, 2010


"One Toe Back in the Classroom" by Karl Fisch is a topic that is effecting almost every student at Arapahoe High School. The article talks about the budget cuts that are happening at Arapahoe in which many teachers are being let go. Karl Fisch talks about how he is going to have to teach a section of algebra due to the budget cuts and he explains how that takes away from his other job which is to help students and staff with the new technology that is Arapahoe is embracing. I feel like this isn't a great thing because I always see him running around and coming into my class to help Mrs. Smith so I assume that he is a busy guy and that this teaching job and his old job is going to overwhelm him. It will also overwhelm the teachers when they can't work a computer and they need Mr. Fisch but he is teaching algebra. This effects the world because I am sure these school budget cuts are happening all over and a lot of kids feel the same way I do. This effects the community because the article said that a lot of scools in the area have had to lay of teachers and cut back. This effects me because Fisch frequently came into my class to help with problems and he won't be able to provide a lot of that help anymore.


The article Weather forecast includes "muddy rain," snow
by Kieran Nicholson is what I believe another example of how the world is changing from the actions of humans. This article talks about the rain that fell last night carrying mud and covering cars, building, and houses most likely came from the desserts of Arizona. The reason I talk about this is because I strongly believe that this is not a natural occurance and that it is caused by the changing of the earth and global warming. I realize that there is not a direct relationship from the earth warming up and sands from Arizona but I think that global warming has effects on different things and that could possibly correlate to the mud rain. To me this is another weird phenomenon such as the record breaking earthquakes in a lot of countries. This relates to me because I wrote my postion paper on global warming and the effects of it and this could be one of the effects. This relates to my community because the mud rain fell in a lot of Colorado and it seems like people don't have a good understanding or even really care what's going on but I do not think this is a good sign. And this relates to the world because I bet things like this are happening all over the world and that could effect a lot of people.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


The article "Parker man suspected of Internet exploitation" is about a man from Parker who used the internet the send obscene material to an underaged girl. I hate these stories because it is really sick and the men who do this have no life other than trying to lure young girls in through the internet. This puts major damage on technology because when kids ask their parents if they can have a laptop, all the parents are going to think about is how dangerous the internet can be and they get those thoughts by reading these types of stories. Something must have happened in the childhoods of these men and even women who stalk young teens on the internet because no normal person is lonely enough to resort to things like this. This relates to the world because companies that sell things that use the internet get effected when more of these stories happen and their profit goes down. This relates to my community because when parents find out that there is someone stalking teenagers then those parents are way more cautious to let their kids do things. And fortunately this doesn't relate to me other than I think online predators didn't enough love from their parents when they were kids.


I read the "El Paso County mom to be charged in son's death" is the type of story that really makes me furious because this article says that a 39 year old mom killed her three year old son from blunt trauma to the head. The first thing I thought about was how could a mother beat her son in the head so hard that he died. Then I thought that maybe she suffered from some disease and that makes me mad at the people she knew for not letting child services know that the parent of a three year old son is not capable of raising him. I do not know if she suffered from any disease but I do know that anyone who has the capability of killing someone, let alone their child, has something really wrong with them.


Sometimes This Stuff Still Amazes Me” by Karl Fisch talks about how fast information is spread and how easy it is to communicate these days. He talked about how he tweeted a question and extremely quickly had plenty of answers. Lately if we have a question there are so many ways to get the answer it is unbelievable. I typed “Schools in Colorado” and in 0.43 seconds there were 328,000,000 results. I can find that much information that quickly and easily? Information is so easy to come by these days and yet we take advantage of it. Some people think that computers are a waste of time and money and we should not use them in education. A computer just gave me access to all the information I would ever need about schools in Colorado and yet they are a waste of time and money? Our world is extremely technological and has become that way in only a couple decades. I know my parent’s generation see an Ipod, a Iphone, or a Hybrid car and talk about how they didn’t have that when they were born. I like to figure out how things work and think about what goes into making it, and I can never even imagine how people invented and created the internet. So much information that is so accessable to everyone. Yes there are some problems with that like Identity Theft and situations like that but the majority of the people that use the Web are responsible and use it correctly and for the right reasons. I can't wait to see what happens with technology and the internet in the future. With what has happened in our world recently, who knows what is next.


I read the article "State trooper arrested on DUI charges in Douglas Co." in The Denver Post by Kieran Nicholson about how a State Patrol trooper, in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, was pulled over by sheriff's deputies and arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving. This happened at about 7 a.m. after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received "multiple calls" reporting that a state patrol car was driving erratically on northbound I-25 near Castle Rock. A short time later the State Patrol called sheriff's dispatchers "asking for our assistance in locating the vehicle and checking on the welfare of the driver,". A Douglas County deputy spotted the vehicle on westbound C-470 at Santa Fe and was able to pull the vehicle over at about 7:05 a.m. at Platte Canyon and C-470. The trooper, David Dolan, 48, was handcuffed and taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of DUI and prohibited use of weapons. This matters to the State of Colorado because we do not need people who are suppose to be protecting us breaking the law while they are on duty. It is bad enough that there are people out there who drink and drive without us having to worry about State Troopers doing the same stupid thing.


The article "Denver Heat Breaks-131-Year old Record" is a story that caught my attention because it relates to my changing the world paper about global warming. This article talks about how the temperature at Denver International Airport for March 30 was 82 degrees farenheit which broke the 131 year old record. I do not believe this is just a coincidence and I think that this new record is the effect of global warming. This relates to the world because global warming is effecting the whole world and everyone has to act to stop it. This relates to me and the community because this happened here in Denver and that means everyone is being effected by global warming and I am glad this article came out because then maybe people will take a more personal action to solving global warming.


The article "Deer Creek Middle School math teacher apparently tackled gunman" by Jeremy P. Meyer of The Denver Post is about how a math teacher at Deer Creek Middle School tackled a gunman after he shot one of his students after school in feburary. He called his wife and told her that there has been a shooting at school and that he tackled the shooter. David Benke, the math teacher who tackled the shooter has been working at the school far 10 years and Benke was not injured in this incident, but he did save a lot of young people's lives. At 6 foot 5, Benke reacted fast and calm to prevent anything further to happen.This matters to the community, because we want all of our Colorado school communities to be safe. We need to make sure that this doesn't happen again, and if it does, someone needs to react like David Benke and be a hero. This matters to education because we never want kids to be afraid of school. All schools should do more things to prevent things like this happening so kids can feel safe and comfortable at school instead of being scared and distracted of learning.