Monday, August 27, 2007

Update

Well since I don't use this blog for school anymore, I might as well use it just because I want to.

So I'm pretty much an idiot because it is midnight and I have to get up at 6:30. But whatever, lol! Anyways, I started college today. I'm taking Western Civilization on Monday nights and American Literature on Thursday nights. I am also playing fall softball on Wednesday nights. I have been working at the New Horizon I work at, and hanging out with people.

High school starts on Tuesday, and I don't know. I want to go back for like a week, and then I want the year to be over again. It just scares me that I will be graduating soon. And after that it's off to college and I'm out on my own. But yea thats pretty much all I have to say for now.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Rough Draft

The issue of adoption has caused much controversy in the United States. There are people who are for it and people who are against it. Each side uses many arguments to defend in what they believe.
People who believe that gay adoption is bad say that letting homosexuals adopt children is bad for the children and it harms them. According to a study done by Paul and Kirk Cameron, children in 48 out of 52 families being raised by homosexuals experience problems that include hypersexuality, instability, molestation, and domestic violence. There are also clinical reports of psychiatric disturbances of children with homosexual parents. In 1996 the U.S government did a sex survey. That survey found that the oldest lesbian was 49 years old and that the oldest gay was 54 years old. This survey shows that children raised by homosexuals are more likely to lose a parent to death at a young age. People who are against gay and lesbian adoption also say that children raised by homosexuals are worse off in school than children raised by heterosexual parents. In a study done by Sotirois Sarantakos in 1996, children of homosexuals were the least popular, they experienced the lowest level of parental involvement, and they had parents with the lowest expectations. Another reason people say that homosexual adoption is bad is because according to the Family Research Institute and the Family Research Council gay men are more likely to molest children than straight men are.
There have been many events that have happened to make it illegal for gays and lesbians to adopt children. The state of Florida has banned gay and lesbian adoption since 1977. New Hampshire also bans gay and lesbian adoption and has since 1987. In Texas and Indiana bills have also been introduced to ban gays and lesbians from adopting. Also, in the state of Nebraska homosexuals are not allowed to be foster parents since a law was passed in 1995. The states of Mississippi and Utah ban gay and lesbian couples from adopting, but since those states only lets married couples adopt, single gays and lesbians cannot adopt children either. The state of Arkansas doesn’t ban gay and lesbian adoptions specifically but they have regulations that prevent it. The states of Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia have all introduced bills that would restrict the parenting rights of gay couples. Lastly, Conservatives in Congress are also expected to introduce a bill to ban gay and lesbian adoption in Washington D.C.
People who agree with gay and lesbian adoption have done many studies to prove that it does not harm kids. The American Psychology Association says “no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation: lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and health environments for their children.” There has also been research gathered by experts such as F.W Bozett, and R.L Barrett that says there is no difference between homosexual and heterosexual fathers in providing recreation, encouraging autonomy, maintaining disciplinary guidelines, or dealing with general problems of parenting. Other experts such as D.K Flaks and S. Golombok and done research comparing mothers and they have found that lesbian mothers function normal on interviews and psychological assessments, and their scores on standardized measures of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and parenting stress are the same as scores from heterosexual mothers. Lastly, the American Academy of Pediatrics concludes:

“A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with one ore two gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development appears to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.”

All of the studies done have never showed any risk whatsoever to children as a result of growing up in a family with one or more gay parents.
Gay and lesbian activists have pushed for many changes to allow homosexual adoption. The American Civil Liberties Union is preparing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption. The states of California, Connecticut, and Vermont have also passed pro-gay adoption laws. And the state of Pennsylvania passed a law that said gays and lesbians can adopt their partners’ children.
Also, many people are beginning to change their mind about gay adoption and realize that it doesn’t harm kids. The Child Welfare League of America says that sexual orientation does affect a person’s ability to care for a child. Also, the American Psychiatric Association has dropped homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and they agree with homosexual adoption.
Homosexual adoption has caused much disagreement within the United States. There have been many court cases and new laws to ban gays and lesbians from adopting. But now gay activists are starting to fight back. They are starting to fight back to make homosexual adoption legal in all of the states. There are many arguments to each side, but everybody needs to make their own decision about this issue.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Outline

I. Introduction
A. “It’s absurd to deny kids a loving home because both parents happen to be of the same sex,” by Lisa Bennett.
B. There are two main sides to the gay adoption issue. There are people for it and against. C. This issue has caused much controversy within the United States.

II. Body

A. Against gay adoption: events
a. Florida – bans all gay and lesbian adopting since 1977.
b. Mississippi and Utah – bans gay and lesbian couples from adopting, but only lets married couples adopt, so single gays and lesbians can’t dopt either.
c. Catholic Charities in Boston – refuses to let gays and lesbians adopt.
d. Nebraska – banned gay foster parenting in 1995.
e. Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia have all introduced bills that would restrict the parenting rights of gay couples.
f. Texas and Indiana have introduced bills to prohibit gays and lesbians from adoption children.
g. Arkansas has regulations that prevent gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents or adopting children.
h. Conservatives in Congress are also expected to introduce a bill to ban gays and lesbians from adopting in Washington D.C.
i. New Hampshire bans gays and lesbians from adoption since 1987.

B. Against gay adoption: harms kids
a. Psychiatric disturbance of children with homosexual parents.
b. Children in 48 out of 52 families mention problems such as hypersexuality, instability, molestation, and domestic violence.
c. Children with homosexual parents are the least popular, have the lowest level of parental involvement, and parents had lowest expectations for them.
d. Children with homosexual parents are more likely to lose a parent to death. Oldest lesbian 49, oldest gay 54.
e. Children are better off in a home with a mother and a father who are married.
f. Family Research Institute and Family Research Council say gay men are more likely to molest children

C. For gay adoption: events
a. American Civil Liberties Union is preparing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption.
b. Child Welfare League of America says that sexual orientation does affect a person’s ability to care for a child.
c. National Association of Social Workers adopted a policy that opposes discrimination against gays and lesbians.
d. American Psychiatric Association dropped homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
e. 2003 case Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that sodomy laws were unconstitutional.
f. California, Connecticut, and Vermont have passes pro-gay adoption laws.
g. In Pennsylvania a law was passed that said gays and lesbians can adopt their partners’ children.

D. For gay adoption: doesn’t harm kids
a. American Psychology Association says “no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation: lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and health environments for their children.”
b. Gays and lesbians are outsiders in a world that is hostile to them. Therefore they are suited to take care of children who need unconditional acceptance.
c. American Academy of Pediatrics concludes, “A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with one ore two gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development appears to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.”
d. Research gathered by many (such as F.W Bozett, R.L Barrett, J.J Bigner, and J.M Bailey) show that there is no difference between homosexual and heterosexual fathers in providing recreation, encouraging autonomy, maintaining disciplinary guidelines, or dealing with general problems of parenting.
e. Research gathered by many (such as D.K Flaks, S. Golombok, and F. Tasker) show that lesbian mothers function normal on interviews and psychological assessments, and their scores on standardized measures of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and parenting stress are the same as scores from heterosexual mothers.
f. A studied of 400 children with lesbian parents have shown there is no evidence of gender confusion.
g. No differences can be found in the toy, game, activity, dress, or friendship preferences of boys or girls with gay parents.
h. No study has showed any risk whatsoever to children as a result of growing up in a family with one ore more gay parents

E. For adoption: other facts/arguments
a. North American Council on Adoptable Children estimates that only about 36,000 kids out of 100,000 were adopted last year.
b. Gay adoption could sometimes mean a last resort for a difficult-to-adopt child who might not otherwise gain a family.
c. They alternative to gay parents might be no parents at all.
d. Letting kids get adopted by gays and lesbians would mean less need for the foster care system which would in turn save states money.
e. According to the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse 2.5-8 million gay or lesbian parents are raising 6-14 million perfectly healthy, normal children.
f. Most children in the U.S do not live with two heterosexual parents anyway. According to the 2000 census only 24% of homes are made up of a married mother and father.


III. Conclusion
a. This issue has caused much controversy in the the U.S.
b. There is no good evidence to say that children should not be raised by gays and lesbian.
c. Ask a child which is worse: being adopted into a gay or lesbian home or never being adopted and having to travel from foster home to foster home until they are 18.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Annotation # 8

All Happy Families: The Looming Battle Over Gay Parenting

This article talks about all the states that are currently trying to get laws preventing adoption and foster care by gays and lesbians. It also talks about states that already have these laws in place.

Also, in this aricle, Julian Sanchez explains that there is no evidence to support the idea that children raised by gays and lesbians are worse off than those children raised by heterosexuals. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association agrees with that statement based on their research. They say that a person's ability to raise a child has nothing to do with their sexual orientation. They also say they have not yet seen one legitamate study that has a negative finding about gays and lesbians raising children.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Annotation # 7

Gay Adoption Backlash Growing: More States Move to Bar Same-Sex Couples from Adoption, Foster Care

Homosexuals have become more outspoken about their desire to adopt and be foster parents. However because of this, the opposition to that across the nation is growing steam and becoming more apparent. Bills have been sent to Texas and Indiana to ban gay and lesbian adoptions. A bill just like that is expected to be proposed in Michigan. Arkansas and Utah became the first states to have regulations put down against gay and lesbian adoption or foster parenting. Congress is also expected to propose a bill that will ban gay and lesbian adoption in Washington D.C. Gay activists however are fighting back. In New Hampshire the legislature will have a hearing an a bill to repeal the state's 1987 lay that bans gay and lesbians from adopting. The American Civil Liberties Union is preparing lawsuit to challenge the Florida ban on gay and lesbian adoption. This will be the fourth atempt to repeal Florida's 1977 law. In the late 1980's many gay couple have been using sperm donors and surrogate mothers instead of going through the adoption process. Gay and lesbians have also gained greater acceptance from the professionals that deal with adoption and foster care.

Annotation # 6

Cusick, Tom and Kranz, Rachel. "Gay Rights." 2000. Pg 82-84

There is widespread sterotype that gays and lesbians should not come into contact with children. Because of this the idea of gay adoption and gay foster parenting has trouble winning worldwide acceptence. Only a few states ban gay adoption outright. These states are Florida, Arkansas, Utah, and Mississippi. In the rest of the states, that gay adoption is legal in the process is far from easy. About half of all U.S states allow indviduals in gay or unmarried relationships to adopt children. There are 8 million - 13 million children being raised by gay and lesbian parents worldwide, but most of these children are never adopted. In 1997 New Jersey became the first state to allow both gay and heterosexual unmarried couples to adopt children. This decision was a victory for many gay families fighting for equal rights.

Annotation # 5

Cusick, Tom and Kranz, Rachel. "Gay Rights." 2000. Pg 68-69.


Before the late 1970's people didn't even think about the idea of letting gays and lesbians adopt a child. However, as gay rights groups fought for the right of gay adoption it became more excepted, at least in some parts of the U.S it did. Individal gays and lesbians were sometimes allowed to adopt throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. It was very rare to see a gay or lesbian couple adopt a child. The turning point for that was in December 1997 in New Jersey. A lawsuit forced that state to allow gay, lesbian, and unmarried heterosexuals to adopt children. However, gay adoption does remain out the question in some states, but other states are now granting laws that make it legal. As of today, about half of the states allow individuals in a gay or unmarried heterosexual relationship adopt children. However the adoptions become more problematic when it involves a homosexual couple.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotation # 4

Lesbian and Gay Adoption Rights

Many gays and lesbians are choosing to become parents. Only four states, Vermont, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California allow same sex couple adoption. Florida is the only state that currently has a ban against gay adoption. There are many reasons why gay and lesbian adoption should be allowed. The U.S has so many children that need to be adopted. Some of those children are hard to place because they are older or because of special needs. So if gays and lesbians want to adopt them, it is unfair to deny them a loving home. Another reason is that most children in the U.S don't even live with two married parents. So they can grow up in a one or a two-parent household of a gay and/or lesbian and fare just as emotionally and socially well off as children whose parents are heterosexual. Also studies have shown that children are more influenced by the interaction with their parents then their parents' sexual orientation.

Annotation # 3

Little Victories fo Gay Adoption

In this article, John Caldwell says that even though some states are trying to pass laws to ban same sex marriage, same sex adoption is becoming more recognized. In Mississippi a ruling was made in favor of two lesbian moms. The ruling said the state would recognize the adoption even thought it didn't recognize same sex relationships. Experts point out that this case strenghtened the rights of gay parents everywhere. There are no states that currently ban same sex adoption because the passing of such a law would distrupt the lives of so many children. The needs of children are at stake, therefore states are apt to recognize the rights of gay parents who have legal custody of their children. States cannot afford to not recognize gay people's right to adopt.

Annotation # 2

Gay families go mainstream; Reaction to a ruling in favor of gay adoption suggests that same-sex parents are winning hearts and minds. But is it too soon to delare victory?


In this article, the supreme court in Pennsylvania ruled that gay men and lesbians can adopt their partners' children. Only eight states and the Distict of Columbia allow this. The trend is turning in favor of gay families. Gays and lesbians have made incredible progress this year. People are starting to believe what the judge in Peensylvania said-"it's absurd to deny kids a loving home because both parents happen to be on the same sex. This decision is a complete victory for hundreds of gay and lesbian families.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Annotation # 1

"To Welcome a Child: Gay Couples and Adoption" by Jo McGowan.

In this article Jo Mcgowan states the importance of adoption. A child who has been abandoned by its biological parents needs love and protection. Gays and Lesbians are fit to provide that. They may be even more fit because they have been tormented and made fun of because of the life they live in society. They know what it is like to be an outcast in a world that is nothing but hostile to them. Therefore they know the right things that need to be done to comfort a child that has been abandoned. We can not take away love in a world that is full of meaness already. We can not reject it for a child just because same sex parents want to adopt them.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

March 29, 2007 - My Favorite Place In The World

My favorite place in the world is usually quiet. Well it's quiet when I make it to be. It can be very loud too. It is a place, the only place, where I can be completely alone if I so chose. It is a place that is only mine. It isn't very big, but is big enough. This place is pretty much all blue. Even the floor is blue. This place is pretty cold in the winter, but in the summer that is a good thing. This place has also changed over the years, as I got older. It used to pink, and the floor used to be white. It used to be plainer, with not much too it. But now as I have grown this place has grown too. In this place, I can pretty much do whatever I want. That is why I like it so much. I can do my own thing, think whatever I want, and nobody can tell me what to do. And if I had to share this place with anyone, well I just don't know what I would do.

Monday, March 19, 2007

March 19, 2007 - Raft

My spring break was good for the most part. I worked every day except Wednesday, so I ended up quiting one of my jobs on Thursday. I was unsure about that, but in the end I did it because I figured I shouldn't work that much in highschool. So I quit my coffee shop job, and I now work at the daycare.

I also saw The Number 23 (the best movie ever), and Zodiac (good but long). I hung out with my friends, boyfriend, and I went to my dad's house to babysit my sisters. My dad actually told me that if I babysat for him one day a month until summer, and then every other Friday in the summer he would pay for my car insurance. So I am pretty excited about that.

During spring break I also went to my very first Swarm game and they beat Philadelphia 11-9. I also went to Chuckie Cheese's for the first time in like 5 years. That was fun too!

For third trimester I am not really looking forward to AP History because it is going to be harder. Also, the big huge test to get a college credit for this class is this trimester and if I fail that I will be mad. But the rest of my classes should be okay. Well except Career Investigations anyway. That is dumb class and it is stupid that we have to take it to graduate. Especially because I have known what I have wanted do as a career since I was in first grade and I don't need a class to tell me that.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Day 8 - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Problem Solution Outline


I. Intro

A. “There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” Linda Hogan
B. Global Warming – the planet is warming up
C. Winters are becoming warmer, glaciers are thinning, ocean temps rising
D. People – burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests
E. Global Warming is a problem in today’s world. If nothing is done, the situation will get worse and it could ruin our planet for good.

II. Body

A. Evidence:
a. Overall trend in the world is that winters are becoming warmer. Greenland’s massive ice sheet is shrinking. Glaciers in Antarctica are thinning. Ice the size of small states is breaking away from the Arctic and Antarctica. Average temps in Antarctica have risen 0.2 degrees Celsius in the last 150 years. There is hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
B. Evidence
a. Ocean temperatures are rising which is causing 50% more tropical storms than in 1970. This is also causing the oceans to expand and the sea level to rise. The sea level has risen 6-8 inches in the last 100 years.
C. Contributing Factors
a. People are omitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and other natural gases. The amount of greenhouse gases are causing the earth to stay heated and melting massive ice caps which in turn, raises ocean levels. Land Fills are also adding to greenhouse gases by producing methane.
D. Contributing Factors
a. Deforestation is also causing global warming because cutting down trees keeps more carbon dioxide in the air. Increased agriculture is also a contributing factor because it is one of the leading producers of greenhouse gas emissions.

III. Conclusion

A. Global Warming is a problem that is occurring around us everyday. The average temperature of the earth is rising, along with ocean temps, and the sea level. People are to blame for this. We are releasing too many greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels. We are destroying our earth, our only home, by cutting down forests.
B. There is a solution to this problem though. And something must be done before it is too late and human kind ends up dead. First, people at home need to heat and cool their homes smartly. People at home also need to reduce, reuse, and recycle. People in businesses need to improve energy efficiency by buying renewable energy. All people, to help save our planet, should use public transportation as much as possible, keep your car tuned, save electricity, and plant trees. It is not to late to start cleaning up our planet now, but if we wait long enough, it could be.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Day 5 - Friday, February 9, 2007

Role: Moderate

The problem in today's world is that the climate is changing very rapidly. The climate is warming up. This is a process known as Global Warming.
There is much evidence to support the fact that Global Warming is occuring. The overall trend in the world is that winters are becoming warmer. There is also the evidence that Greenland's massive ice sheet is shrinking and that the glaciers in Antarctica are thinning. Ocean temperatures are also rising. This is causing 50 percent more tropical storms than in 1970. Also the rise in ocean temps are causing the oceans to expand and sea level to rise. The last piece of evidence that shows that Global Warming is in fact occuring is that there is a hole in out planets ozone layer over Antarctica.
Global Warming is caused by people. People are omitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. People are also causing Global Warming by cutting down forests. The other factor that causes Global Warming is carbon dioxide inside out atmosphere.
People have caused Global Warming but we are also able to help fix. There are many solutions to stop it. First, people at home need to heat and cool smartly. People at home also need to reduce, reuse, and recylce. In businesses people need to improve energy efficiency and buy renewable energy. All people, to help save our planet should also use public transportation as much as possible, save electricity, and plant trees.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Day 3 - Wedesday, Feburary 7th, 2007

State The Problem:
Too many kids are showing up to classes tardy.

Give Evidence:
Mr. Hatten has a long list of people with 3 tardies up on the white board. Other teachers also have similar lists. Also, I see students come to class late in my other classes.

Examine Contributing Factors:
The hallways are always way to crowded. Also, the bathrooms are usually busy and maybe a student needed to use the restroom very bad. Teachers might also hold students after class to talk to them and not write them a pass. Jammed lockers are another contributing factor.

Propose A Solution:
Extend passing time to 8 minutes like it was last year. Or have harsher punishments for 4 tardies so students are tardy less.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Day 1 - Monday, Feburary 5th, 2007

A friend is having trouble keeping up with the class. You suspect that bad study habits may be causing her grades to drop.

The first thing I would do would be to talk to my friend and see if their was a reason she was having trouble keeping up with the class. Maybe something is wrong at home that she needs someone to talk to about. If nothing was wrong then I would ask if I could help her. I would teach her the things that she doesn't understand and review everything. I would also help her change her study habits by showing her how I study to get a good grade in the class. If her grade didn't improve by me helping her, I would suggest that she talk to the teacher and stay after school one day to get help.

That is what I would do if one of my friends was having trouble in a class.