December 2014: Letters to the Editor

To the editor, I agree with Mr. Anthony Dileo and what he said in “Job Chances Limited Without College Degree.” After high school is over, college is the subsequent stage of becoming an adult and getting the education that is needed. College not only makes you academically ready for the future, it also builds char- acter and permits you to learn from your errors for later lessons in life. It is essential to acquire to a good education, but it is just as crucial to learn about yourself during these times. The aim of college degrees are to further prepare you mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to follow your ambitions after college. Without education, we would trust everything we hearkened be- cause we wouldn’t know any better. Only knowing how to read and write already permits us to dispute what we hear and to stand up for what we believe in. Although with a record amount of children attending colleges, it is becoming tougher everyday to lead an efficacious employed life without a college degree. As for what is yet to come, we will have to wait and see.

Sincerely, Evelyn Odinyayev ‘17


To the editor, After reading the article “Restorative Justice ShouldReplace Zero Tolerance,” I have come to agreeing with the au- thor as they uphold a neutral view of the policy. I think the zero tolerance policy should be re-evaluated for its benefits because in comparison to previous years the zero tolerance has only in- creased the amount of suspended or expelled students. Some of those students could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time having an off day or they don’t know how to deal with their anger, aggression or even feelings in general. Therefore in these types of cases the students should be receiving help to move past their problems instead of being subjected to being the “problem kids” because of one mistake. I think that more schools should move out of the zero tolerance policy into the restorative to give students chances or even opportunities to redeem themselves for the better as well as change.

Sincerely, Tamia Covington ‘18


To the editor, I read the article “Students Prep for Med School” by Natalia Wiater and I found it very interesting. The idea of this new club is unique and sounds fun. The medical industry has always intrigued me; how a human could save another human’s life. I would like to learn more about the medical world and the amount of effort it takes to achieve the goal of becoming a doctor or scientist. Future Doctors of Midwood would be the first step I would take. I also like how the club helps us in the future, as well as the present. The club can help students to pursue a career in medicine, chemistry, physics, or more. I support this club and I hope that others will too. I hope that the student government will also approve this idea. Once they do, I will most likely join Future Doctors of Midwood.

I also like the idea of having trips to visit research institutes and seeing real doctors in action. It can help inspire students in Midwood to become what they want. It is also great that Future Doctors of Midwood does not limit its teachings to only medicinal doctors but to others as well, such as scientists. I believe that scientists are just as important as medicinal doctors and I would like to learn about both career paths. This creates a larger opportunity for students.

Another idea that caught my eye from this article is debating topics like abortion and euthanasia. There is a lot of controversy over these topics and I would like to know what the students of Midwood think. I would also like to contribute my opinion on the matter. Knowing more about abortion or eutha- nasia may greatly impact a student’s like in the future. Should the matter ever arise, the students would not be lost as to what to do. Future Doctors of Midwood is an incredible opportunity for students like me who would like to gain more knowledge on becoming a doctor.

Sincerely, Christina Yu ‘18


To the editor, After reading your article on “Group Work Lacks Positive Results,” I think that working in groups does lead to a lack of positive results. In most of the classes we have to work in groups and that can lead to many difficulties. When working with groups, some students don’t do their work making others do the work for them and there is always that one person who doesn’t want to do work. Also, the member that doesn’t do the work would always wait for the “smartest” group member to do the work and probably just give or copy the answer. Working in groups can be troublesome since some students don’t like work- ing in groups. I personally like to do my work independently; however, when there is some difficulty with the work, I would ask my classmate about it. Also, group work is supposed to be helpful and efficient, but there is always unequal work.

Another problem with group work is that when the teacher assigns each student to work in groups, one or two people would do all the work while the other person would do nothing until the end of the period. At the end of the period, this person would copy the work of someone just to get the grade. This has happened to probably most students and me. When doing group work sometimes the teacher would grade us individually or by group. Group work can be hard to earn a grade since there is al- ways someone who doesn’t do the work. It is unfair that the some members of the group will not get the grade they wanted because one of the members didn’t do work. Overall, group work does lack positive results. Group work may be helpful and efficient to some students, but most of the time it is just a waste of their time.

Sincerely, Helen Wang C. ‘17


To the editor, “Music Education Creates Major Benefits” by Hussain Bokhari is an article illustrating how music classes have a great impact on students at Midwood. Our school is extremely fortu- nate to have a program that enables students to enjoy music, as well as academics each day. Bokhari describes how difficult it is to obtain the resources needed for music education in a public school. He explains how public schools have to follow a budget in which music is on the cut – off list if there is a deficiency in money. Our new music teacher, Ms. Melissa Williams, delin- eated an example of this. In her situation, she had worked at a school in which the music program was cut due to low academic performances. I believe that every school should have a func- tional music program. Not only does music add to the enjoyment of a student’s day, but is also proven to help one perform higher academically as well.

This article has displayed how fortuitous Midwood is to have such a great music program. For me, being in the phil- harmonic has given me a break from academic classes and to just enjoy playing the cello for a period. Playing an instrument also gives students a chance to excel at something, other than aca- demics. In my opinion, I think that having a music program al- lows students to express themselves. I also think that learning to play an instrument is a lot of fun and a comfortable way of meet- ing new people as well. Seeing music education being brought to attention really emphasizes how important music programs are to students.

Sincerely, Alice Mo ‘18


To the editor, In the November 2014 issue of Midwood Argus, one

of the articles that caught my attention was “Students Prep for Med School” written by Natalia Waiter ’16. Future Doctors of Midwood would allow students who have ambition to pursue an occupation in the medical field to learn what is to be a successful doctor or scientist. The medical industry always intrigued me, how a human can possibly save another human’s life. In the ar- ticle Waiter allows us to know that is the first time ever a club ever been made for students who has a passion for studies of medicine, chemistry, physics, and other types of science. This club haven’t been fully in effect for students of all grades to join, however the student government is making process to whether or not make it an official club at Midwood.

As a freshman at Midwood High School, I find stu- dents at Midwood to have a lot potential and that they are chang- ing in society and generation one step at a time. I agree with you that this club will be able to opens door of opportunities for all the students that have dreams to become a doctor. Many know that becoming a doctor or just entering the medical field is an extremely difficult task. I have hope that this medical club will be able to teach us and prepare us for medical and that is the smallest step toward medical school before we will be saving lives. In my opinion this club will become a very successful, and most likely encourage more and more students to become pres- tigious doctors. Thank you for writing this thought-out article about Future Doctors of Midwood and catching my attention and allowing me to join this meaningful club.

Sincerely, Joyce Chen ‘18

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