Standardized tests like the ACT and SAT have been around for many years. In Idaho and the other western states, the ACT is more commonly used as a college preparatory exam. But on the east coast, the SAT is more common. It is not surprising therefore that the SAT was created first, in 1926, and then the ACT later in 1959. These tests are necessary and are a veritable indicator of a student’s education as they progress towards college.
Personally, I do not think that we should be required to take two tests that are so similar. I think that it would be more reasonable to have one test that colleges nationwide would accept. Some have also brought up the point that there are too many uncontrollable variables when taking a standardized test. They are correct, some students are much better in a classroom than when our under pressure to do well on a single test. But I also feel that students need to learn to handle high pressure situations. In the real world, their jobs are not always going to be easy and stress-free. Young adults must learn to apply their knowledge in any circumstance, and use the testing to further prepare them for situations that they will face later in life.
So, what do you think? Are these tests helpful at all? Should we have to take both? How does the ASVAB fit into this topic? Is there a better way to test for college readiness?
Should animal testing (scientific specifically not commercial) be allowed?
There is an estimated 26 million animals used every year for testing. This testing includes medical, commercial (such as makeup) and other research based tests. Animals have been used to develop medical treatments that have been highly beneficial to humans but they have also been used for the far lesser cause of makeup testing.
Focusing on the medical testing, many medicines we have today required tests to be had on a living organism. Although legal human trials are conducted, usually animals trials must be conducted first. There are other options to this testing such as in vitro testing which occurs in a glass but the systems of living organisms are far more complex which allows for more definite results.
It is said that most every medical breakthrough in the past 100 years has occurred through animal testing. For example the discovery of insulin occurred because of testing done on dogs and the polio vaccine was also originally tested on animals. But animal testing is cruel and inhumane. The animals are put through things like forced feeding and inhalation, starvation, dehydration, infliction if wounds etc.
Another con in animal testing is that animals and humans are not the same. Because some tests do not ethically allow for human testing animals are used instead. But this can lead to many problems, such as in the 1950s when a sleeping pill passed through animals testing caused the deaths and deformities of thousands of babies.
So, what do you think? Is animal testing crucial enough to human medicine that it should be allowed? Is there another, safer, way that we can go about testing?
GMO foods have become a hot topic in the last decade; protests, laws, and innumerable debates resulting from the controversy. A GMO food “Includes altering the DNA structure of the seed to make it stronger. Genes are extracted from one species and artificially forced into another plant”(Green and Growing). Controversy on this topic comes from the much publicized GMO downsides; increased disorders, increased immune system failures, increased chronic illnesses, increased pesticide usage, and contamination. Little known to most is the enormous benefits of using GMOs in crops, little known is the fact that the whole world could be fed using GMOs, little known is the fact that GMO can act as vaccines, and also little known is the fact that allergies can be solved with GMOs. Infertile ground can now support GMO crops, crops that could save Third world countries. Plants can be made invulnerable to insecticide, creating an opportunity to get more out of each harvest.
Now, as side effects from these foods emerge, parents are attempting to find what is right, what is best for their children. If GMOs are used to the full potential, starving souls in Africa can be saved, but will the Earth’s population grow at an uncontrollable rate until all resources are expended? Much research shows that the perceived ill effects from GMOs are actually related to different problems than GMOs. There is much debate to be had but weighing pros and cons, which way would you go? Which way should the world go?
Chocolate makes everyone happy right? The answer is yes, chocolate sets off neurological chemicals that make one think they are experiencing happiness. When you find yourself at the Doctors office because you're sad, many new things are learned, including that chocolate can help with depression.
Chocolate is an essential asset in this world, not only because it comforts us in our time of sad binging but also because it makes us feel warm and happy when one is feeling down. Have you ever wondered why chocolate makes people feel happy when they're sad? Well, this is because chocolate has a chemical in it known as Phenylethylamine. Phenylethylamine causes alertness and a degree of excitement, it is also known as “the love drug” because It is known to create feelings similar to love when the chemical hits the brain.
“According to a study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who feel depressed eat about 55 percent more chocolate than their non-depressed peers. And the more depressed they feel, the more chocolate they tend to eat”(Khirly, Dina). Many people find themselves reaching for chocolate when they’re sad because they know deep in their mind that it will make them feel better. Not many people realize that this is because of actual chemicals making them feel better or happier.
Have you ever found yourself reaching for chocolate when you’re feeling sad? Next time the feelings of sadness are upon you would you try chocolate to see if it helps? Do you think chocolate can help one with depression? Did you know that people can easily get addicted to chocolate? Do you think chocolate can help people with depression?