Preaching to a Wall | Crittenden Panther Pen | Ms. Jenson | Mountain View Online |

Local Blogs

Crittenden Panther Pen

By Ms. Jenson

E-mail Ms. Jenson

About this blog: I am a language arts teacher at Crittenden Middle School and the facilitator of the CMS Panther Pen blog. I grew up in the Bay Area and I love it here. I went to school in Santa Clara, and studied literature and political science ...  (More)

View all posts from Ms. Jenson

Preaching to a Wall

Uploaded: Oct 9, 2013
I love NPR Perspectives, and now so do my 8th grade Exploratory students! This writing is another Perspectives piece, written in the style of the very popular radio feature. After listening to and analyzing over a dozen recordings, students were given the direction to "write about something you're passionate about." Below, Aaron "preaches" his position on opinions and touches on the divisive nature of politics. Enjoy, Ms. J


I think that people concern themselves too much with the differences of other's opinion. ESPECIALLY in politics. We all know that our rants about how right we are and how wrong they are aren't going to change anyone's mind. All it does is make most people uncomfortable and dislike those with different opinions. America was founded on the idea of freedom to practice religion and the right to your own opinion, but now, sharing your political opinion is a quick way to lose friends. Someone could be the most charitable person in the world, and if their opinion varies in the slightest from yours? all of a sudden they're a villain.

We care too much if this person shares the same opinion as us; instead we should embrace our differences in what we think is right! One of us has to come up with the best, most efficient way to run a country? But even if someone DID find the "most efficient way to run a country," someone else would disagree with them and start threatening. It is a viscous cycle of opinion and everyone becomes an economy major as soon as you ask, "So, what do you think of President Obama?"

So, IN MY OPINION, I agree with Voltaire when he said, "I don't agree with a word you say. But I will fight to the death for your right to say it."

With a Perspective, I'm Aaron A.

Panther Pen -- The Panther Pen is a collaboration between the students, staff, and parents of Crittenden Middle School.The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Crittenden Middle School or Mountain View Whisman School District.


 +  Like this comment
Posted by Paul Kingsley, a resident of ,
on Oct 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Absolutely, Aaron. I couldn't agree more. I have more respect for people I disagree with than people who don't care.

 +  Like this comment
Posted by Keen, a resident of Martens-Carmelita,
on Jul 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm

nice blog Web Link

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Follow this blogger (Receive an email when blogger makes a new post)


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Cherries and Berries
By Laura Stec | 6 comments | 1,617 views

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,074 views


Don't forget to vote!

Don't forget to cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Mountain View Voice.