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What is the central issue in the gun control debate?
The two central issues are trust and understanding.I promise this isn’t a flippant answer. I’ve written mountains about gun rights, gun control, even what to do to survive an active shooter event. That said, what I’ve put together over all that time is that the central issue isn’t the guns themselves — it’s talking about them. There are many, many solutions out there, but nothing gets done because admitting the other guy has a solution means the existential defeat of everything good in this world. Did you know that gun ownership is the most predictable identifier between a Republican and a Democrat? Before wealth inequality, race relations, the economy, gay-marriage, the environment, your stance on guns was the single most polarized issue among Americans.So clearly the thing that’s getting in the way of gun crimes and gun assisted suicides isn’t even the guns… it’s us.I had a conversation with a doctor recently. She was a gun control advocate and was very condescending when she found out my stances, being a conservative, 2nd Amendment guy. I’m very much for gun-owner’s rights. She lectured me about reports which had been done on shootings and tried to shame me by saying that doctors must deal with these kids and they are tired of seeing the suffering. So I asked her what options her report suggested that didn’t make people lose the rights they needed. Instead, she asked a series of loaded questions that showed she had little interest in hearing my point of view, but on forcing me to defend why people should be allowed to be killed. That’s an indefensible position, which I’m sure she knew, but not a very honest one to solve the problem. That’s when I knew the conversation was over.So what went wrong?First, we need to identify the epistemological motivations behind someone who engages in the gun debate. That’s saying why do they do it. Once we do that, we’ll understand why this is such a hard debate to have. Let’s talk about the doctor’s point of view, as well as that of most liberals who argue for gun control.Prevent innocent deathMinimize harmAre there any liberals who want to argue those are not the two fundamental drivers of your actions? If so, speak up.If they are, that’s great. It really is. Obviously it is. The problem is that her assumption, and that of many on the left, was that because she advocated on this basis, and because I argued with her, that I was arguing against preventing innocent death and minimizing harm. People who hold this frame of reference often fail to understand, sometimes intentionally, the motivations of people they see as adversaries to be either ignorant of available data, corrupted by selfishness, or unsympathetic to the suffering of others. Essentially, the big three criticisms usually levied against conservatives on any issue: they’re stupid, evil, or lack empathy.With respect to my liberal friends, this perception often grants a degree of unearned superiority, either being intellectual superiority for their grasp of data they view as relevant, or moral authority over others they view as evil or unable to care about others. This is part of the reason why liberals have inherited a reputation for an unbearable smugness that is driving many, many people away from them. Conservatives have our arrogant areas too, but in this debate liberals are more often at fault of presuming ill intentions or built in inferiority of their opposition, which underlies much of their debate. This unearned sense of superiority blinds them to the rational views advocated by their “enemies” while simultaneously preventing them from rationalizing their own motivations.What people who think like this fail to understand, however, is that the opposite of their assumptions is true. Gun rights advocates are just as concerned with preventing death and minimizing harm, but are also constrained by a third condition which must also be met in any future debate.Preserve the rights of the justThis third constraint deals with the need to protect the rights of those who have not broken any laws, as well as preserve those rights necessary for the preservation of the nation for future generations. The rights in question, in this case, being gun owner rights in relation to the 2nd Amendment.This isn’t to say that preserving rights is at odds with preventing death and minimizing harm, that they are mutually inconsistent or diametrically opposed. It is saying that we fight for options which achieve all three goals. This is where we lose many liberals, specifically those who feel that we honestly don’t care about the deaths of innocent children, whether they came by that conclusion on their own or were led there by dishonest actors. They presume when we argue, that we are arguing with their why when really, we are arguing with their how. We want the same as they do, and to do only that is rather simple and straightforward. But the simple option would also come at immense risk to future generations. What is hard, is achieving your goals, which will preserve life today and in the near future, as well as our goals, which we believe will save far more lives in the future. As one can imagine, with complex problems, meeting three conditions is far more difficult with far fewer solutions than two, and given the complexity of the third, extremely difficult.This also fits a framework by Jonathan Haidt that illustrates that common pattern where conservatives have little difficulty understanding liberals and their views, but liberals have a very hard time understanding the motivations of conservatives. I wrote on that at length here, and if you’ve ever wondered why conservatives and liberals have such a hard time communicating in general, I’d recommend it.A short summary is that all people possess 6 different moral foundations, the “moral building blocks” each person has to creating a moral framework. The degree and combination of how intensely one actualizes each foundation, and their relationship with each other, can significantly predict how you will view various issues, much like an ideological filter. Those foundations areCare - cherishing and protecting others; opposite of harm.Fairness/Equality - rendering justice according to shared rules; opposite of cheating.Loyalty - standing with your group, family, nation; opposite of betrayal.Authority/Respect - submitting to tradition and legitimate authority; opposite of subversion.Purity/Sanctity - abhorrence for disgusting things, foods, actions; opposite of degradation.Liberty/Freedom from oppression -differentiates between proportionality fairness and the objections to coercion by a dominating power or person.Furthermore, Haidt’s research showed that you could predictably guess a person’s political persuasion by measuring their attenuation to each of the 6 foundations.Researchers have found that people’s sensitivities to the six moral foundations correlate with their political ideologies. While all three of the political camps studied by Haidt are sensitive to the Fairness foundation, progressives are particularly sensitive to the Care foundation, libertarians to the Liberty foundation, and conservatives roughly equally sensitive to all six foundations. According to Haidt, this has significant implications for political discourse and relations. Progressive/Liberals, according to Haidt, focus almost all of their emotional energy around primarily only Care and Fairness, while attributing less emotional weight to Liberty, and very little weight to Loyalty, Authority, and Sanctity. This means that agendas that center on “cherishing and protecting others” or “rendering justice according to shared rules” will always be the extreme focus of liberal progressives. They, however, ignore, dismiss, or are completely unaware of most other platforms where the other foundations are central.So apply this to the gun debate.Immediately, when we think about someone being shot, what foundation do you think get triggered in those who are more sensitive to it? Care/Harm. It’s all about Care/Harm. Liberals are not wrong to care about people and not want harm to come to anyone. But here’s the thing, Conservatives measure almost the same amount of “care” as the caring liberals. So it isn’t a lack of empathy, meaning it must be something else.Let’s look at the conservative goal I mentioned earlier: preserve rights of the just. What foundations do you think that triggers? First might be fairness, as we’re talking about justice. But both liberals and conservatives care about fairness close to equally, oh but wait. It turns out certain ideas like “justice” are complex and involve a combination of two traits. For example, liberals think of justice very differently than do conservatives. For them, it is a combination of “care” and “fairness” that we might think of more as “equality” (as in social justice). For conservatives, it means everyone has the same treatment or the same reward. This is “fairness” and “authority”. For that reason, on an emotional level, a liberal and a conservative are speaking different languages.But the actual reason why, the whole purpose of the 2nd Amendment argument, is something even more perplexing from a liberal standpoint. The reason a conservative cares about gun ownership is that they believe that their country may someday be in danger from tyrannical repression and that someone will need to defend the rights of others, or our culture and way of life will be lost forever. If you’re a liberal, that last sentence probably sounded pretty stupid. It’s okay. I’m not judging you. If you don’t accualize that, then you just don’t. But you guys say things I disagree with too. But now I want you to read it again, this time with me applying the relevant foundations.The reason a conservative cares about gun ownership is that they believe that their country may someday be in danger from tyrannical repression [Authority] and that someone will need to defend it [Loyalty], or our culture and way of life will be lost forever [Purity].Now scroll back up and look at the three foundations that liberals intuit the least. That’s right, Authority, Loyalty, and Purity. This isn’t meaning they are dirty-backstabbing anarchists. It’s simply saying that on an issue that triggers these foundations, you don’t feel them like we do. And feelings, I’m sorry to say, are important. Haidt also says that our views are usually formed by our emotions and that we later use reason to validate the emotional decision we already made. That’s true for all of us, he says. So it’s important that liberals don’t generally feel the feelings I do when I make a defense for the 2nd Amendment. They hear it, and they may understand it, but they don’t feel it as much as they feel the need to prevent immediate harm. This creates a natural bias. Instead, they rationalize their feelings with justifications for why my logic is faulty.That said, I’d like to do an experiment. Think about what you were thinking when I said that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to defend the rights of the people from a future time the US government becomes tyrannical. let’s see how close I get to reading your mind.A hypothetical future problem doesn’t justify the real deaths of people today.Believing the US could one day become a tyranny is paranoid and likely just an excuse to own the guns.How could civilians with any amount of guns defend against the United States military and their tanks, stealth bombers, drones, and nuclear weapons?The weapons that exist today are far too powerful for individuals and were not imagined by the Founders.Did I get pretty close?If you thought about any of these, it’s likely you stayed at that thought and didn’t really think about any further. You’ve rationalized your feelings on the issue. Not judging, we all do it. But had you thought a bit more about it, you would have likely realized how quickly these fall apart.A hypothetical future problem doesn’t justify the real deaths of people today.If this hypothetical future were to become realized, and it has many times before, it would mean civil war, or worse, the kind of purges experienced by the Nazis, Soviets, and Chinese Communists. The last civil war claimed more lives than all other American conflicts combined, and a future one involving the United States could pull in many other countries into fighting. So while every death today is a tragedy, removing the possibility of such an unmitigated disaster could save tens of millions of future lives.Believing the US could one day become a tyranny is paranoid and likely just an excuse to own the guns.People used to mock me when I said this, but now that Trump is in office, fewer people laugh. That isn’t to say that I think President Trump is tyrannical, but many of you do. If you’re a liberal, you now feel the possibility of this one and have started realizing just how easy it can get. At least, now you’re empathizing better.How could civilians with any amount of guns defend against the United States military and their tanks, stealth bombers, drones, and nuclear weapons?Iraq proved this one. A few thousand poorly equipped, poorly trained, poorly educated insurgents knew how to attack vulnerabilities and soft targets giving the American superpower a run for its money. I say this with absolute respect. Those who know me know I was present in that war. The current population of the United States also boast something around 320 million people, while the military is around 1.5 million. While I’m sure not everyone would fight, and not everyone in the military would follow orders for such a war, others in the past have, and neither side needs everyone to do it.The weapons that exist today are far too powerful for individuals and were not imagined by the Founders.If you think about what the weapons are really for, not hunting or simple self defense, but what the 2nd Amendment was really meant to do, the AR-15 is exactly what the founders would have wanted.These are actually very simple counter-arguments to very common arguments posed to the 2nd Amendment. I’m not trying to win them, so I don’t want to debate them in the comments. I’m just saying they were very simple to make, simple enough that I would think that very intelligent people, which many liberals are, should have realized them almost immediately. But most of us stop when we find a solution that fits our emotions.That said, liberals really need to understand that conservatives have the same feelings they do and they feel them as intensely too. They want to prevent innocent death and minimize harm, but they also want to preserve rights of the just with equal measure. I don’t think liberals can emotionally comprehend that, no matter what their rational minds are capable of. Instead, they get bogged down at the very in-your-face suffering happening and being presented to them.In all honesty, I don’t fault them for that. It’s hard to see suffering. Conservatives often come off as callous because they don’t offer solutions very quickly or appear to be doing nothing at all. I hope maybe you can see it a bit differently now, that from the conservative perspective, most problems are just far more complex and we feel that complexity differently then you do.This explains understanding, but now we need to talk about trust.I’m currently reading a book on trust by a Marine who later went on become an FBI Agent. Whether leading Marines or gaining the trust of sources, trust is an essential part of his job. The book is called The Code of Trust. I recommend it.He helped me put to words something I think we all know — we don’t trust each other.To begin, let’s talk about the opposite of trust. I feel I’ve validated the theory that liberals don’t understand conservatives and why. This gap between what we’re saying and what is understood produces anxiety and stress. When humans encounter a void in our understanding, our natural mechanism evolved in the wilds has always been to treat it as if it were a threat. This means that confusion and anxiety are replaced by fear. That fear, however, impairs our future understanding. The fear does keep us alive though, preventing us from taking unnecessary risks. Again, I say “we” because this is a human trait and we all do it. If we don’t understand something, we are likely to fear it. This is a survival mechanism that may impede our progress and understanding of the world, essentially stagnating us for a while, but it keeps the species alive.And this is not a social construct or simply tradition. Fear lives in the amygdala, part of the ancient lizard brain very near the parts your mind can’t control at all, such as breathing or heartbeat — instinct level. This means that it acts faster than the speed at which we think and you must learn to actively repress the lizard brain. And when the lizard brain gets set off, a lot of other things happen to your body. It’s the Fight, Flight, Freeze response.First, your brain gets a hit of cortisol, a stress hormone and leads to other autonomic hormone releases associated with agitation and anxiety. It also interferes with logical thinking by depressing function of the primary neurotransmitter of thought and memory, acetylcholine. People who trust each other produce the opposite effect. They become happy and produce hits of dopamine whenever they meet. The sad result is that when people who don’t trust each other because of fear meet, they literally become dumber— dumber and more violent. What’s worse, you can see it all over them when they feel that way about you. The stress response creates shortness of breath, which most people associate with those who fail to inspire trust;fast talking, which people associate with people trying to con you;muscular inhibition, “paralyzed by fear” where you may have trouble speaking;muscular coordination, presented as being stiff or awkward;contraction of the pupils, that “beady eyed” look;impairment of the digestion, “butterflies in the stomach”;limitation of peripheral sight cause literal and figurative tunnel vision.Put all this together, and humans have evolved to recognize to know when people are anxious or fearful around us. How do you think we’re programmed to behave? By returning the favor. This creates a downward spiral of distrust and prevents people’s ability to inspire or grant trust. Fear is a powerful emotion, much more powerful than trust, and fear prevents trust which is why I say it is the opposite of trust.It’s very easy to allow fear and anxiety become the primary emotional drivers when dealing with people you don’t fully understand and who have some vested interest in your mutual destiny. That mutual destiny part matters too. This fear only manifests if this may actually have some impact on your life. Without that, even terrifying behavior is merely academic. That’s why you can be nothing like a tribesman on some island in the Indian Ocean but feel no fear, but a conservative whose worldview aligns with yours 99% of the time? You won’t date him or don’t think you could be friends. Maybe you won’t even hire him for your company. Why? Because his vote matters just as much yours. This is how people behave; they insert fear in place of understanding and fear is a powerful motivator.That dance is currently being played by liberals at a loss to explain why they don’t fully grok the arguments, and more importantly, the passion behind 2nd Amendment constitutionalists. I can understand the fears. The news bombards them with fearful messages lacking in applicable information or relevant data, to say nothing of the fact that a gun is inherently a very dangerous object. Most liberals have never fired or even held a real gun, so there is a great void of understanding there. I was even afraid of guns when I was young until the first time someone taught me what to do. Then my training in the Marines filled that void immensely and I understood that a gun is a tool and that a person can either use it or abuse it. That means that I empathize with the fear, but I know it to be clouding many people’s ability to resolve this problem or even to allow someone to talk to an learn from someone who is competent with guns.Now, let’s think about a different scenario. Let’s talk about someone you do trust. Say this person is someone who you spend a lot of time with, maybe you talk to them every night. They make you laugh and entertain you. But every now then, they bring up things that aren’t funny. Remember, you trust them, something which inspires more trust, particularly when you enter into conversations you know little about, so you listen. They start talking about a recent tragedy. You listen more. They start asking you questions and providing answers you agree with, that we all would agree with. They get you saying, “Yes”. It’s sales trick, but it works. Then they start getting emotional and weepy at the pain they feel about the subject. This triggers the sympathetic response, primarily in those high in the “care” foundation. Then they start making you afraid, not because of what they will do, but because of what others will do. It can happen to any of us. Then the message shifts to one of responsibility. They explain exactly who is responsible and make it clear with a great deal of evidence about who is to blame and why. They layer in lots of evidence that any common sense person would agree with. Now you aren’t sad and you aren’t afraid. You’re angry. Nevermind that your brain stopped working the way you thought it did about three minutes ago. You are no longer thinking rationally as your amygdala is in control. Remember that the amygdala cares about survival and anger is good at survival. Not so good at nuance or critical analysis, but great at overcoming fear. Now your lizard brain is what is writing your brain’s autonomic responses to this stimulus and all follow on conversations are going to be shaped by the deception taking place right now. Thanks to this conversation, you will never, ever trust anything someone who might be one of those others has to say again. This matters the next day, when people start talking about all the things he said, and how most of it was inaccurate, half truths, or intentional lies. But you don’t believe them because they’re bad people, terrible people, and they have blood on their hands because they are personally responsible for what happened. There’s actually a term for this. It’s called “brain hijacking” and it works very, very well.Sound familiar?Jimmy Kimmel has made a career out of this behavior. He’s far from the only one. In his teary eyed pleas for Americans to solve this or that, he’s thrown mud at countless Republicans, conservatives, and people like me. We have, “blood on our hands”. But what you don’t realize is that most of the evidence he provides for his case, the stuff that came after the heartfelt tears and getting you scared, that came after he made you angry, when you weren’t rational or thinking clearly, was a lie.That’s also when he lied to you. During his “blood on their hands bit” he made several statements, such as Republicans in the pockets of the NRA wanting to make it easier for people with mental disease to get access to guns. If you had been thinking clearly, you would have looked up how much money is actually being lobbied. The NRA put up about $3.1 million in lobbying efforts in 2016. Deplorable! But why is that the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America spent $25,847,500 in the same period, but no one talks about them buying anyone off? Google also lobbied for a full 6 times more than the NRA, but that’s not talked about either. National Association of Broadcasters, the lobby group representing the interests of commercial and non-commercial over-the-air radio and television broadcasters in the United States for over 5 times as much as the NRA? Well, that’s awkward Jimmy. If you were also thinking clearly, you would have asked of the facts in the message, as if something seems off. If you had, you would realize that the proposition for “letting mentally disabled people get gun” was around limiting veterans to buy a gun, but flagged anyone who was deemed bad with money to be “mentally unfit to own a gun”. Yes, it conflated “fiscally impaired” with “mentally impaired”. Does being bad with money sound like something you should lose a constitutional right for? Then he lied about the No-Fly list. You know that most of us are fine with names on the No-Fly list being ineligible to purchase a gun? But there is one problem — names keep getting added to the no-fly list of people who have done nothing wrong. Veterans with the similar names to people being investigated for crimes, three year old girls, and even US congressmen have been put on the No-Fly list. That means the process which gets someone on the list is broken and should not be used to bar someone from a constitutional right. Oh, but it’s just that we’re in the pockets of the NRA-for saying that. Even the ACLU are against both of these propositions, “No fly, no buy” (Until the No Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used to Restrict People’s Freedoms) and the fiduciary ban (Gun Control Laws Should Be Fair) as they are both violations of Due Process rights to individuals’ civil rights. Why would Jimmy Kimmel tell you that the only reason two pieces of legislation were shot down was because of the NRA and never even mention that not even the ACLU supported them?Kimmel lied to you. It’s as simple as that. It’s not even the first time. He has a team of fact checkers and they knew they lied to you. But you trusted him and he knowingly and willingly lied to you.I’m not telling you to start taking my word for everything or that they are all corrupt. I’m just telling you that you should personally fire Kimmel from those who influence you, and from now, you should question everything any of these men say.Ever person in this photo:- same political party- Endorsed same candidate- same stance on every issue.Ladies and gentlemen, "comedy" pic.twitter.com/XE9ZxlSAcK— Owen Benjamin 🐻 (@OwenBenjamin) October 4, 2017Now that that is said, think about a few things. If you’re a liberal, you probably don’t know a lot of conservatives. At least, you think you don’t. People keep to themselves and their own. That’s a fact. You do it. I do it. We all do. But what happens when your views of the other side are totally reliant on these “comedians”, the men you’ve grown to know and trust because they made you laugh?Simple, you don’t trust us.You don’t trust our reasons. You don’t trust our logic. You don’t even trust that we are decent people who can be trusted to not want children to die. It has to be explained to you that we don’t want children to die because that fact is too hard to understand and rationalize with all the anger and confusion about us you’ve experienced from sources that you trusted.So now you don’t trust us.And you know what? It’s hard for us to trust you too. It’s hard to trust someone who so easily believed terrible things said about you, that you were stupid or a monster, that you lacked empathy, or were so selfish that you just wanted your guns and didn’t care about the deaths of children. That makes us angry and it makes us feel betrayed that you didn’t call them on those untruths. I’m not asking you to agree with us, but at least hold them accountable when they tell lies. You expect the same of me when Fox News screws up, and I don’t even watch them. And that’s the thing about betrayal. It’s wired even deeper than fear, even more than anger. It’s hard wired deep and lasts a long, long time.So we don’t trust each other.That means that we fail to listen to one another. When we talk, we become stupid and hostile whenever we should be smart and compassionate. That’s why we can’t solve even simple problems with many solutions.So that’s why trust is the central issue. Not guns. Not rights. Not kids. Not America. Trust. Trust and understanding. We don’t have it. We need to get it back. I hope sincerely that I made that point clear. I hope also that my words helped you trust me and that I haven’t alienated too many people today. That truly wasn’t my intent. I really do want to solve this because I want children to have long and happy lives. I also want this country to stay a prosperous and happy place. And I know we can do that together, so long as we can understand each other a bit better and learn to trust again.Liked this? You might also like my YouTube Channel. You can also connect with The War Elephant on Facebook. If you want to help me make more content like this, please visit my Patreon Page to find out more.Footnotes Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet National Rifle Assn National Rifle Assn National Rifle Assn National Rifle Assn Lobbying Spending Database | OpenSecrets Lobbying Spending Database | OpenSecrets Lobbying Spending Database | OpenSecrets Lobbying Spending Database | OpenSecrets
How should I start preparing for Google Summer of Code 2018?
Hey.I did GSoC in 2016 and will probably be a mentor for GSoC 2017 so I feel apt to answer this question.Step 1: Get away from Windows. OSX is fine but Linux is the best.I myself realized this the hard way. So it was March 2016, and almost 15 days remained for proposal submission deadline and I decided to attempt GSoC that time. I was on Windows and was sure that it would be sufficient for my development needs but boy was I wrong. Lots of development tools and technologies don’t run well on Windows and almost all of the organizations in GSoC code for Linux systems or servers. Therefore I realized that Linux was necessary for me to stand a chance and I dual-booted Ubuntu the next day.Step 2: Learn to love Linux. Okay the first two steps are not needed if you are already enjoying Linux but for the general audience, this point is critical. Explore the command line, understand the file structure and try to appreciate the beauty that is Linux.Step 3: Become good in a programming language or domain. By domain, I mean backend (API) development, frontend development, Android development, Kernels .. and so on. Pick what you love the most and go explore the field. Find good projects on GitHub to contribute to OR start your own project. Important is that you DO SOMETHING.Step 4: Find an organization. You should start searching for an org as early as Oct-Nov. Have a look at the previous year records to get a list of orgs that may come in the following year. Once you have the list, go to their GitHub page or related resource to learn more about their projects and what they generally do. Make a list of orgs and projects that you find interesting. This all should happen before November or December.Step 5: Get Contributing! Decide the orgs and projects which you like the most and start contributing to them. You may be scared as first as most of the orgs have strict guidelines that one needs to follow to contribute to them, but be patient, read their docs, follow what is written and you will be fine.Step 6: Keep coding on till Feb-March 2018. By this time, the organizations list for GSoC 2018 will be announced along with the project ideas list. Use this information to trim out your target projects list and start dedicated contribution to the filtered projects. You have a BIG positive chance if you have been contributing to the org for some time.Step 7: Once the proposals period opens, send in your proposal as soon as possible and request feedback from the mentors. The more feedback you get, the better your application becomes and more the chances you will get selected. Keep on contributing even after the proposal has been submitted. This will give a good impression that you are a serious contributor to the org.So hey, this is my 7-step program for preparing and cracking next year’s GSoC. Prepare for GSoC with full dedication and rest assured, you will be able to qualify it. Google Summer of Code can be the turning point of your career so I recommend that any aspirant shouldn’t take it lightly.That’s all for now.If you have any queries, feel free to contact me on Twitter (aviaryan123) or Quora. I would be happy to help.Cheers and Best of Luck.UPDATE -Thanks for the overwhelming response. I received lots of support requests from aspirants who want to qualify into GSoC. Many of the queries they had were repetitive, so I went ahead and compiled a list of the common questions I have received over these days. Please see the following link for that.Google Summer of Code FAQ: Most common queries after helping >100 students.I also wrote another article similar to the answer here. You can find it below.GSoC is easy if you have a planned approach
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Perhaps you should channel your writing by being involved in the school paper or Year Book, debate team, essay contests etc.beginning of content:The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize2016 Writing Prize Winner AnnouncedThe College Board and The Atlantic want to thank all students who submitted entries for the 2016 Writing Prize. We’re encouraged by the positive response of students who, through this exercise, learned the importance of analytical and reflective writing, essential skills for college and career success, while thoughtfully engaging with a variety of artworks. Entries were judged by 24 college professors of art history and composition who read over 1,600 submitted essays from the U.S. and 43 other countries. They were impressed by the intelligence and passion shown by students in describing their engagement with great works of art.This year’s winner, selected by a panel of College Board and Atlantic staff, is Thanh Nguyen, a student at Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted in Hanoi, Vietnam. His essay — on School of Athens by Renaissance artist Raphael — stood out for his rich interpretation of the painting and his thoughtful and engaging description of its relevance to his life in contemporary Hanoi. For his accomplishment, Mr. Nguyen was recognized at [Opens in New Window]The Atlantic Education Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 17th. He received a $5,000 prize, and his essay will be published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic.Two finalists each received $2,500 prizes. Alejandra Canales attends John B. Alexander High School in Laredo, Texas. She was recognized for her powerful writing about culture and identity in her analysis of Frida Kahlo’s painting Autorretrato en la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. Her fellow finalist, Rahul Malayappan, is from Danbury High School in Danbury, Connecticut. His essay was selected for its sophisticated analysis of M. C. Escher’s lithograph Waterfall and for its exploration of reality versus perception and the limits of perspective.The Importance of WritingTeacher ResourcesThe new online module [Opens in New Window]Writing About Art offers strategies to help students transform their analysis and interpretation of art to writing.Writing is one of the most important skills to master. Not only is writing essential for college and career, but learning to write clearly also helps students develop their thinking skills. To be successful at analytical writing, students must support their arguments with evidence found in the text and clearly convey information to the reader. It is this kind of writing that allows students to build knowledge, deepen understanding, and develop informed opinions.With this in mind, [Opens in New Window]The Atlantic and the College Board have collaborated to create this annual contest. The focus of this contest will change each year to align with the introduction of a newly redesigned AP course and exam.27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash PrizesFebruary 11, 2016 By Kelly Gurnett 236 CommentsWhen I was about 12, I saw an ad in a magazine for a poetry contest that sounded fancy and impressive, something like “International Library of Poetry.” I bled poetry at that age, so I crossed my fingers and sent in a poem I’d been slaving over for weeks.And, lo and behold, the people behind the contest quickly wrote back to tell me my poem had been selected as a winner!I was speechless with honor. Of the thousands of poets who must have submitted to the contest — no doubt many of them adults much wiser and more skilled than me — my poem had been chosen to be featured in an exclusive, hardcover anthology! And honored on a something-karat-gold plaque!Of course, I had to pay $50 if I wanted to see my work in print in the anthology, and I had to pay another $100 if I wanted the plaque. Those were the only “prizes.”Even as a pre-teen, I sensed a scam.Sadly, not much has changed when it comes to companies trying to take advantage of writers who want a chance at recognition and maybe a little bit of money. Google the term “writing contests,” and you’ll come up with approximately 7.9 million results. It can be hard for a writer to know where to start looking for competitions, and how to tell if they’re legitimate or not.So I’ve done the legwork for you.Here are 29 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. Some legitimate contests do charge a small entry or “reading” fee, but often a fee can be a red flag for a scam, so you may want to stick to free writing contests — and there are certainly enough of them.Fiction and nonfiction writing contestsReady to share your novel or personal essay with the world? Whether you’re a newbie or more established writer, you’re likely eligible for a few of these contests.1. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future ContestWhatever your feelings about L. Ron Hubbard’s work and philosophy, the prizes for this regular contest are nothing to sneeze at. Every three months, winners earn $1,000, $750 and $500, or an additional annual grand prize worth $5,000.Submissions must be short stories or novelettes (up to 17,000 words) in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.Deadlines: Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.2. Graywolf Press Nonfiction PrizeAwarded to “the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre,” this prize provides a $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press.If you live in the U.S. and have published at least one book (in any genre), you’re eligible to submit a current manuscript in progress for consideration. The judges look for winners who push the boundaries of traditional literary nonfiction.Deadline: Annually; the 2016 deadline was January 31.3. Drue Heinz Literature PrizeYou can win $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press with this prize, awarded for a collection of short fiction.You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories. Your total word count should be between 150 and 300 typed pages.Deadline: Annual submission window is May 1 through June 30.4. Tony Hillerman PrizePresented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press.It’s open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.”Deadline: Annually on June 1.5. St. Francis College Literary PrizeThis biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction. The winner receives $50,000 but must be able to appear at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Francis students.Deadline: Biannually; the deadline for work published between June 2015 and May 2017 has not been announced.6. Young Lions Fiction AwardThis $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.Deadline: Annually in August.7. Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay ContestHave you ever had a “eureka” moment? If you have, and you can write a compelling personal essay about it in no more than 1,500 words, you may be able to win $3,000 in Real Simple’s annual essay contest.Deadline: Annually; 2016 deadline has not yet been announced.8. New Voices AwardPresented by Lee & Low Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher, this award is given for a previously unpublished children’s picture book manuscript (of no more than 1,500 words) written by a writer of color.The winner receives $1,000 cash and a standard publication contract. You may submit up to two manuscripts.Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked by September 30 each year.9. Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary ExcellenceThis contest aims to provide visibility for emerging African American fiction writers and to enable them to focus on their writing by awarding a $10,000 cash prize. Eligible authors should submit a work of fiction, such as a novel or short story collection, published in the calendar year.Deadline: Annually; 2016 deadline has not yet been announced.10. PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionHonoring the best work of fiction published by an American author in a single calendar year, this award has been given to the likes of John Updike, Philip Roth and Ann Patchett.The winner receives $15,000 and an invitation to read at the award ceremony in Washington, DC. Four finalists also each receive a $5,000 award.Deadline: Annually on October 31 for books published that calendar year.$5,000 for Your History Paper!Enter your essay to win the Prize!ReadReadPioneer Institute is pleased to announce the third annual Frederick Douglass Prize Essay Contest for Massachusetts high school students. Pioneer Institute is a private, non-partisan public policy think tank with a longstanding reputation for innovative education reformWe believe that Massachusetts students are capable of excellence in history. We need your essays to prove us right.2015-16 ESSAY TOPICThe Frederick Douglass Prize asks students to respond to key questions in history. The 2015-16 contest encourages students to investigate the stories behind the many technological innovations born in Massachusetts. Choose from dozens of Bay State entrepreneurs and inventions, and develop a clearly organized and well-researched essay drawing on primary and secondary sources, that explains the greater historical impact and significance of your subject matter.TEACHERS, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY!The Frederick Douglass Prize is an excellent opportunity for your students to demonstrate their strong research and writing skills before college applications begin and to meet some very remarkable people.SAMPLE TOPICS AND IDEASThe innovative spirit that has animated America is particularly evident here in the Bay State. The colonists established themselves as a center of global maritime trade, and in 1795 Massachusetts businessmen built the country’s first railroad on Beacon Hill. Sample topics drawn from 20th and 21st century Massachusetts inventions include:The Sewing Machine: Elias Howe, born in 1819 in Spencer, developed, the nation’s first patented sewing machine, which still contain three key features that he designed: the needle, operational lock stitch, and automatic thread feed.New York’s Underground Subway: Alfred Beach, born in Springfield in 1826, invented the Beach Pneumatic Transit system to alleviate traffic.Campbell’s Condensed Soup: Dr. John T. Dorrance discovered how to condense soup without sacrificing its rich taste. His invention allowed Campbell’s to save large amounts of money on shipping. One of his five original flavors became the kitchen staple “Campbell’s Tomato Soup.”The Gillette Disposable Razor (1904): William E. Nickerson, a MIT-trained engineer, helped King Camp Gillette discover how to stamp a razor blade from an inexpensive steel sheet.The Computer: In 1928, MIT professor Vannevar Bush engineered the first manually mechanically operated analog computer, capable of solving differential equations with up to 18 independent variables. In 1951, other MIT researchers built the first computer that operated in real time, and it was used by the U.S. Navy during the Cold War.MORE INFORMATION:+ -FREDERICK DOUGLASSWhy is this contest named for Frederick Douglass?Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)Frederick Douglass fled to Massachusetts after he escaped from slavery. He lived in New Bedford and Nantucket. He became one of the most important Abolitionists and one of the most important figures in American history because he was an advocate and articulator of American freedom. Douglass’ 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, became a bestseller.Douglass’ oratorical skills were so impressive that some doubted that he had been a slave, so he wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. During the Civil War he assisted in the recruiting of African-American men for the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Regiments and fought for the emancipation of slaves. After the war he worked to protect the rights of the freemen. He was secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, marshall and recorder of deeds of the District of Columbia, and United States Minister to Haiti. His other autobiographical works are My Bondage And My Freedom and Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass, published in 1855 and 1881, respectively. He died in 1895.Nothing speaks to the dehumanizing impact of slavery and the accompanying deprivations than a human being not knowing their own birthday. His several autobiographies begin with this question about this basic fact of his life: “I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.”Frederick Douglass was one of America’s great articulators of the meaning of freedom, and the importance of understanding our past. That’s why our U.S. History essay contest is named in honor of him.+ -PRIZESPRIZESWe will recognize the top essays as follows:1st place: $5,0002nd place: $2,0003rd place: $1,000Honorable Mentions: $500 eachSchool Prize: The 1st place winner’s school will receive $1,000+ -SHOULD I ENTER?Entrants must be US citizens or resident aliens who attend a Massachusetts high school during the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who attend a boarding school in Massachusetts or are home-schooled are eligible to submit an essay. If you are interested in this year’s question and have strong writing skills, we encourage you to submit your essay.+ -PRIZE SCHEDULEMarch 7, 2016: Submission Deadline. Submit your essay through the form below.+ -CRITERIAArgument/Analysis (40%)Articulates a clear thesis supported by evidence in the essay.Uses strong textual evidence.Shows detailed analysis and interpretation.Historical Research (40%)Conducts research beyond assigned texts.Provides accurate historical information.Demonstrates a strong understanding of the historical context.Writing Quality (20%)Correct GrammarClear StructureVoice and ToneProper Citations (MLA or footnotes)If you have questions on how to develop a strong thesis, to present convincing research, and to format your bibliography, we encourage you to consult A Pocket Guide to Writing in History.+ -QUESTIONS? Micaela DawsonThe Frederick Douglass Prize Essay Contest CoordinatorPioneer Institute185 Devonshire Street, Boston MA [email protected](617) 723-2277 ext. 203High School Contests - HomeworkSpot.comWritingAmericanism Essay ContestAnnual contest offered to students in grades 7-12, with a grand prize of $5,000.American Fire Sprinkler Association National Scholarship Essay ContestTen $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to select students who read a 3,000 word sprinkler essay and complete the exam that follows. For each correct answer, the student will be reentered into the competition.Ayn Rand Institute Essay ContestContest open to middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students to write an Ayn Rand-themed essay for cash prizes.Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest Students grades 5 to 12 write an essay of up to 500 words, with winning schools invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.Carnegie Council's International Student/Teacher Essay ContestThis essay contest is open to teachers and students anywhere in the world. The essay should be written in op-ed style, length 1,000 to 1,500 words. First prize is a $250 Amazon gift card, second prize is a $150 Amazon gift card, and third prize is a $75 Amazon gift card.Civil Rights Today Essay ContestIn honor of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The LBJ Foundation is hosting an essay contest that is open to all 12th grade students in Texas. First prize is $2,500 and a trip to the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, in April 2014 to attend the Civil Rights Summit. There is also a second prize of $1,000, and a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to Austin to attend the Civil Rights Summit for the first place winner's sponsoring teacher.First Freedom Student CompetitionStudents grades K-12 participate in a national essay and video contest. Students compete for $2,500.The Holocaust Remembrance ProjectNational essay contest open to high school students in the United States and Mexico, designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Contestants compete for scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.The Humanist Essay Contest for Young Women and Men of North AmericaContest is open to students residing in the United States or Canada who are enrolled in grades 9-12 to compete for $1,000 and a three-year membership to the American Humanist Association.John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay ContestAnnual competition open to high school students nationwide to write an original essay about an elected official who has demonstrated political courage to receive awards totaling up to $10,000.Making Democracy Work Student Essay ContestPresented by the United States Capitol Historical Society, this writing contest asks high school students to write between 800 and 1,200 words on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to compete for $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Additionally, a classroom grant of $1,000 plus a selection of teaching materials will be presented to the school of the first place winner. Second- and third-place prizes are $500 and $250, respectively.National Peace Essay ContestAnnual essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, open to high school students to write a peace-themed essay for cash prizes.Scholastic Art & Writing AwardsStudents grades 7-12 submit their best works of visual art - including sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, animation, video and animation - and writing - including poetry, play scripts, personal essay, works of journalism, satire and short fiction - to compete for scholarships.Society of Professional Journalists Essay ContestContest open to high school students nationwide to write an essay on a given media-related topic, with winners receiving scholarship awards ranging from $300-$1,000.Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay ContestEach year, a new book is chosen for students to read and write about. High school juniors or seniors or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 are eligible to compete to win a $1,000 scholarship.Voice of Democracy Audio Essay ContestHigh school students compose an audio-essay on a theme selected by the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars to compete for more than $3 million in scholarships.Math and ScienceThe American Mathematics CompetitionsVarious math competitions open to qualifying students of all grade levels.Team America Rocketry ChallengeStudents in grades 7-12 can register as a team to design and build a safe and stable one-stage model rocket. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships and participation in NASA's advanced rocketry program Student Launch Initiative.NASA Space Settlement ContestInternational contest open to 6th-12th graders (11-18 years old). Students compete in teams to develop space settlement designs and related materials for various prizes.Spirit of Innovation ChallengeAnnual competition from the Conrad Foundation that invites high school students to work in teams using science, technology, engineering and math skills to develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. The prize is $10,000 and a trip to the Innovation Summit at NASA Johnson Space Center to present to a panel of expert judges.Artistic ExpressionGlobal Citizen Corps Contests focused on art, photography, video games and more.Web-basedGlobal Virtual Classroom Contest Global team cooperation and Website-building activity for students from 7 to 18 years of age. Awards range from $1,500 to $375 per team.ThinkQuest Website Competition Teams create an original website on a topic of global importance for a student audience. 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