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The Price of Learning: Gradecard Dilemma

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

There is a paradox concerning a parent's push for good grades. The kids don't care about learning.

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misplaced values in education, gradecard dilemma

My Swing Against the Anti-Spanking Movement

Posted on Oct 4, 2005 | Last Updated Mar 4, 2015

Essay on corporal punishment, parenting and American society.

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corporal punishment, parenting, society, education

Stalling Court Murders and Media

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 11, 2011

Two people were murdered in Stalling Court and the media is swarming it.

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media, sensationalism, murder

Writing Samples

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Jun 4, 2003

Writing samples on the Shawn Olson Artistic Network

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writing, poetry, essay, fiction, stories, journalism

Smart Kids in Distress

Posted on Mar 8, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

Advice for young artists and free thinkers struggling in high school.

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high school advice, education, artists, creative thinkers, talented kids

The New American War

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Essays, commentaries and cartoons about the American War on Terrorism arising after September 11, 2003.

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Great American Hoopty

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

A series of humorous accounts of cars owned by Shawn Olson.

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Numb Memory

Posted on Mar 15, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on pessimism about the future.

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poem, poetry, shawn olson

The Unfaced Foe

Posted on Jan 11, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 3, 2011

A poem about the never-ending struggle to survive against invisible enemies. Inspired by a very bad flu virus I suffered.

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ancient struggle, survival, disease

Human ability and prejudice

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

Prejudice is a part of our world fading, but never quickly enough.

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sexism, racism, prejudice
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