Thursday, February 23, 2017

Women's Rights

In Social Studies, we've learned about many different religions. In a lot of these religions, women have different rights than men, and are often placed below them. For example, in Islam, women have to cover up their hair and bodies as a sign of submission. Why don't men have to do this? Is it because they are stronger, and work more, and are capable of doing more than women?

I think that this is unfair.

Women in the United States now have the same rights as men, but they're still treated unequally. Is this because of prejudice, from a long way back?

Mr. Ferriter also talked about this today in the media center. He said that he read a book called Almost Astronauts. It was about the tests being taken to determine who would be sent to the moon for the first time. Women asked if they could be tested and sent to the moon too, and NASA allowed them to take the tests. The women performed significantly better than all the men, but were not allowed to be part of the crew going to the moon. When they asked why, they were told that it was because of racism and sexism.

Women are just as equal as men, and we deserve not only the same rights but also the same respect.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nature's Miracles

I've noticed that, throughout the school year, lots of things in nature are similar. For example, we learned that plants break apart carbon dioxide and water molecules, and rearrange them into glucose. This reminded me of our unit on rocks. I know that metamorphic rocks are formed when other rocks rearrange the "ingredients" in themselves.

Lots of things in nature are related to each other in weird ways. The thing that surprises me is that the things that are similar are the things that seem most unlikely to be like each other. I wonder why this is?

Mr. Ferriter says that all things in life are specially suited to survive, thrive and reproduce. Does these similarities have to do with that? How is everything in the world so miraculously adapted?