Later Start Times And Longer School Days

Dhruthi Mahesh

On October 13th of 2019, the governor of California signed Senate Bill 328 (SB 328) that requires middle schools to start no earlier than 8:00 am, and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 am in response to the rigor of school coursework and extracurricular activities that encourage students to stay up late to finish homework; this in turn decreases students’ attention span and productivity throughout the school day.

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JC Penny’s Downfall

Nikitha Srinivasan

J. C. Penny, also known as JCP, is an American department chain with over 689 locations throughout the 49 states and Puerto Rico. The company stands for James Cash Penny. JCP was the original owner and opened the first location of J.C Penny’s in 1902. J.C Penny will turn 119 years old this year. J.C Penny is a Limited Liability Corporation. It offers a wide variability of items. Some of their items include a huge variety of clothes, home furnishing, jewelry, cosmetics, and cookware. Their main competitors include Kohls’s, Target, Ross, Burlington Stores, and Walmart. The company’s main mission is to help customers find what he/she wants in less time, money, and energy. J.CPenny wants to bring the simplification of shopping. Giving the customer fewer options lets the people stress less with all the options. J. C. Penny is also a multi-plant firm and an oligopoly. Due to the pandemic, the company was forced to file bankruptcy.

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US-China Trade Relationship

Nikitha Srinivasan

The trade deficit with China was $310.8 billion in 2020, and the number continues to rise. As an economic leader in the past, the United States had been tasked with supporting emerging nations in their efforts to construct a stable economic system. China was no exception, since we have been one of their most important trading partners. The United States aided China’s economy to become one of the best in the world, but now that they have reached the level of success, they no longer want or need our help. However, we, The United States, are the ones who need help now. 

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COVID-19, Genetic Mutations, And 2nd Waves

Nikitha Srinivasan

In India, there are roughly 25,000,000 instances of Covid-19, with 290,000 deaths as a result of the virus. Only 3% of India’s population has got all of their vaccinations, whereas 9.2% have got at least one dose. Because India produces 60% of the world’s covid-19 vaccinations, having them struggle to be vaccinated is alarming. India has difficulty exporting vaccinations to foreign countries while still vaccinating its own residents. 

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Technological Advancements

Li-Yen Ho

According to a 2019 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenagers 13-18 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens even before the pandemic struck. Now, high school students are forced to take classes online and factor in more time in front of a computer. During the pandemic, especially, most social interaction takes place over text or video call. Some extracurricular activities would also have moved online, causing many, including teenagers, to spend both productive and recreational time on a device. While many people, including myself, have spent hours scrolling through social media on their phones, scientists and engineers have been at work designing new technology.

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