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Palo Alto High School journalism student, Sam Herzog, posted his article “Bay Area schools employ tough tardy policies toward students” describing both administrator’s and student’s side of tarty sweeps throughout different schools. As administrator sees the tarty sweeps a necessity, students believe tarty sweeps are “pointless.” Tarty sweeps are intended to¬† control the number of tarties that are caused by students walking to class nonchalantly.

Herzog organized this story very objectively by asking both sides about their opinions, but looking very carefully shows there were more quotes leaning towards how inefficient tarty sweeps but still does not necessarily show his beliefs. Many quotes are about how tarty sweeps are a “fear tactic.” There immediately shows a serious tone by the controversy of the topic between the students and administrators. The reason I read this was because I was caught in a tardy sweep while doing my job in publications class, and based off my experience how tarty sweeps are “a punishment,” I wanted to look more into details how other schools deal with tarty sweeps.



What is the most important thing I learned? Why?

The most important thing I learned is that other schools also do tarty sweeps to try to discourage students. I do not agree with tarty sweep policy as even first time tarty students are punished while other students who have on record for being tarty numerous times are dealt in the same manner. Los Banos High School tarty sweeps showed me how little administration cares about students’ education by taking them out of classes that some students would rather be in to learn.


The article “Why Most Shampoos are a Waste of Money” posted on describes how innovated Kronos shampoo is. Based on the technology other shampoo companies put into their products, most shampoos do not help at all to fix or repair your hair. This is because the nutrients that are supposed to repair hair are too big of molecules to be absorbed into hair or the follicle, which makes sense. Kronos hair products has solved this problem by simply decreasing the size of molecules so they can be absorbed in hair. Kronos has proved with clinical trials that 96% of consumers can notice a difference by using their hair products.

As this sounds all nice, you will finish reading the article to notice in harder to read print, “This article sponsored by Kronos…” As bias as it is, the statistics seem nice, and the simplicity of their solution to truly fix hair is easy to understand, which makes highly attractive to consumers in need of better shampoos. The title captivated my intention, so I decided to read it in order to find out why shampoos do not work.



What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you.

As I was always curious on how hair products could help if you just wash it out of your hair, I learned that my idea is mostly right. It surprised me that this was a problem with other shampoos if Kronos solved it by just reducing molecule size. I still would not spend more than a couple dollars on shampoo being that I do not care about how healthy my hair is, all I like from shampoos is to get the oil and dirt out.

“Let Them Eat Dog” is a very interesting article by Jonathan Safran Foer that proposes the economically beneficial argument about eating dogs. Humans are on the top of the food chain, so why don’t we try to eat dog. Having dog on the menu would be an efficient way to dispose of “strays, those runaways, those not-quite-cute-enough-to-take and not-quite-well-behaved-enough-to-keep.” Many people repute that it is not right to eat man’s best friend, but family pets are not what we will be eating, we will be eating strays.

Foer makes this legitimate into something a little humorous by including a Filipino recipe that involves dog meat. The author presents himself to be willing to eat, or maybe already has, dog meat, but yet he still feels that dogs can be friends/family as well. The article is not necessary geared to anyone in particular, but most likely vegans and people who feel strongly about eating dogs will be willing to read this. The reason I read this article was because my economics teacher handed it out, and I found it abstract enough to respond to.



What is the most important thing you have learned? Why?

I learned that eating dogs would be efficient because we would not just waste valuable meat. Also pounds would not cost as much to run if we used to strays as food after so long of not being claimed. This would increase our economy slightly, and it could pose new jobs if we were ever to have a dog farm or cat farm.