The Truth About American Football
Have you ever wondered how it feels like to play American Football? To get tackled, to get pushed around, to possibly get injured? How about let your own little child play Football? There has been many injuries in football that involve young teens. More than ever nowadays. These injuries can have have a negative impact on their lives.Teens under the age of twelve should not play American tackle Football because the sport isn’t safe enough.
One reason is a research conducted by Boston University showed that teens who start playing football at a young age are more likely develop CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE is a brain disease that you get when you sustain too many blows to the head and damage your brain. CTE is basically brain trauma and it can be very severe at times. Tau, a protein, forms clumps on your brain that eat away at brain cells. The loss of many brain cells can cause memory loss, confusion, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Do you really want your child to suffer in the future? Do you want to lose a loved one sooner than you expected? Then avoid all this trouble and do not let your child play American Football.
Another reason is if your child plays American Football, it can effect their education. Teen brains are still developing and getting your head getting bashed in multiple times may delay that progress. According to Neurology Journals, teens under the age of twelve are more likely to develop attention problems and it can have a negative impact on your chilld in the classroom. Would you really like to have you child study their butts off for the major History test that is a major part of their grade and then the next day, they forget all of it? Would you really like to have your child to play football rather than focus on their education? Do you really want to roll the dice and hope your child becomes a pro? Less than two percent of football players goes on to become a professional athlete?
I can see what you may be thinking, “Playing football can teach kids the fundamentals of teamwork and leadership! How can that possibly be bad?” Well yes, they can but those fundamentals that they learn wouldn’t mean anything when they die of a brain disease? Now would that? The helmet bashing, the constant scratches and bruises, the possible breaking of your bones. You can’t let this pass by every time this happens! Someone must take action about this!
In conclusion, teens shouldn’t play American tackle football because it can cause a life time of pain and suffering. All the injuiries sustained by your child, your baby, your world, your everything should be avoided at all costs. Don’t let your child play football.
Why The Arts Matter
The effect of teaching the arts in schools is severely underestimated. Each year, we see fewer arts programs in schools being funded. What most people don’t realize is that the arts can actually benefit you in many ways, like how they help with the development of necessary fundamental skills.
For one, schools that teach the arts are proven to have better overall test scores. Take the West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics, or the WMAAA. This Michigan school is known for taking typically uninteresting topics and teaching them through the arts. For example, they might take math and try teaching it to their students through something like dance. The WMAAA test scores rival some of the highest-rated schools in their district, and those of neighboring districts, too.
The arts are also proven to make you happier. Researchers at the Brooklyn College and the Boston College conducted an experiment where they took about 80 kids aged 6-12 and had them rate their mood after prompting a bad mood in them by having them recall a bad memory. They then had them draw out the incident and rate their moods. It was found that their negative moods had improved.
Now, some might argue that while the arts are important, they shouldn’t be taught in schools because schools are for preparing for careers and teaching students about them, and that it’s really hard to find a good, supportive career in the arts. They might also think that funding is better spent on topics like sports or STEM. Well, the arts can actually help people think about things in a different way. If taught at an early age, the arts can even help with necessary fundamental skills, like motor and decision-making skills.
All in all, while it’s thought by some that the arts being taught in school is a luxury, they’re actually on the verge of being necessary. They aid in fundamental skills in children, higher grades and test scores throughout schools, and they just make you happy. So why wouldn’t you want the arts to be taught at your school?
Standing For the Pledge
Ever since kindergarten, students have been taught to stand and recite the American Pledge of Allegiance. But what if that’s not fair? Schools never told kids they had a choice to stand or sit. They never said anything about freedom of speech, or expressing your thoughts and exercising your rights.
In some school districts, a parent’s signature is required to be able to sit for the pledge. I find that ridiculous. Each person has their own rights, no matter their age. A student doesn't need a parent to speak for them, they have a voice too, and it can be very powerful if they use it correctly. When students are in their classrooms, the teachers will often ask everybody to stand when the pledge is being recited. If someone chooses to sit, they will most likely be refused this privilege. The teacher would ask them again to stand up, and make sure they stay that way. In some cases, if you want to sit you have to bring a signed note from your parents that gives you permission. A parent isn't you, and they can’t speak for you.
In 1892, the American Pledge of Allegiance was created to celebrate the 400th year anniversary of Columbus discovering America. In 1942, the pledge was recognized by the American government, and became official. The words "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." were the original pledge. After that, “under God” was added, and lots of negative feedback was received from angry Americans. Because not all Americans believe in God, it was considered unfair to have this as a part of the pledge. Even now, I don’t think this part of the pledge should even be included. I know that someone could choose to not recite this part of the pledge, but it is not needed. About 89% of Americans believe in God. Even though that is the majority, what about the other eleven percent? They want to express themselves too, so let them.
Personally, there are some things I don't want to support, like rape, racism, sexism, and people being kicked out of their home. I don't want to pledge to people who don’t support DACA. or people who are racist and sexist. I basically don’t want to pledge to Trump. And I really don’t want to be forced to.
Overall, freedom of speech is still a big issue, and need to be solved as soon as possible. Each person in every population is an individual, and has their own rights. They have their own thoughts, and their own ways of expressing them. Each student in every school has their own opinion, and even though standing or sitting seems like a simple thing, it can show a lot about them, and if they don't want to support certain things, they don't have to.
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Tackling Your Health
It’s fourth and goal. The tension is high with three seconds left on the clock. It’s now or never. The quarterback gets the snap, throws a 5-yard pass. It’s good! The Mustangs won in a miraculous way! Football is such a beautiful sport with beautiful moments. Yet some doctors and parents want this sport banned from schools. I think that students should be allowed to participate in football. It keeps you healthy both physically and mentally, and you develop great bonds with your teammates.
Playing football requires physical training. It keeps you in shape and feeling good. During the football season at my school, we did workouts. This consisted of sandbells, lifting weights, running around the campus, hill exercises, and sprints. Doing this training improves your muscle strength, boosts your endurance, and helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.
On top of that, you gain a remarkable bond with your teammates. It helps you learn how to be outgoing. It teaches you to be sociable. During this season I met a few people that I thought I’d never be friends with. But since football is a team sport, it made us closer together. Along with that, football challenges you mentally. Such as overcoming the adversity of a turnover or a loss. This helps your academic life by helping you deal with getting a low grade on a test. It makes you determined to do better.
However, football does have its risks. The injuries you can get due to football can be very minor, or fatal. For example, spraining your ankle is pretty minor compared to other injuries. But you can also suffer from a concussion. Risking the possibility of getting these injuries is very dangerous. This sport is risking the lives of kids. Although this may be true, other sports suffer from injuries just as great as football’s. According to an article by John Hopkins Medicine, about 200,000 children from the ages 5 to 14 are sent to emergency rooms due to bicycling. Comparing that to football’s 215,000 children from the ages 5 to 14 sent to an emergency room, the range isn’t as wide as you’d think. This clearly proves that football is not the only sport that suffers from serious injuries.
In conclusion, I think students should be allowed to play football. It keeps you physically and mentally healthy. To add onto that, you develop a great bond with your teammates. Overall, football is a great sport with valuable things that are helpful.
Every 98 seconds, an American woman is sexually assaulted. This is too high a rate for a country that is as progressive as ours. If this number is to drop we must work harder to eliminate sexual assault and rape.
Sexual assault is far too common and can have very serious effects on its victims. Every year over 321,000 Americans, 12 and older, are the victims of sexual assault or rape. Now imagine how much it happens including children and the rest of the world. This means that someone you know and trust has or will be a victim of sexual assault or rape. If that isn’t enough, 70% of victims experience moderate to severe stress. This rate is higher than any other violent crime.
What I propose we do we do to reduce sexual assault and rape is to start listening and believing the brave victims that have shared their stories. Now, I know this won’t completely eliminate sexual assault, but it will help a lot. If we do, people will stop thinking that they’ll be able to get away with it, and, hopefully the 120+ public figures and celebrities that have recently been accused of sexual assault and rape will think twice.
Now, you’re probably thinking that there are false accusations, so why should we believe the “victims”? For one, they’re fellow humans and they deserve our trust and support. Secondly, only 2%-6% of accusations are false. Thirdly, there are few reasons someone would falsely accuse something so personally violating and awful that could get them hate for even saying that they’re a victim. So, we should listen to the people that are brave enough to come forward.
In conclusion, it is essential for our future that we stop rape and sexual assault. The statistics are far to high, even though they’ve been split in half in the past few decades. Ending sexual assault and rape is not even that hard and can be obtained through far less difficulty as many other leading problems. All we have to do is learn to listen and believe others.