Blog 11

My topic is Cyber vs Public school, I will be debating the fact that cyber school is just as good as public if not better. Sometimes cyber schools are the only opinion because of military families, bullying, and learning disabilities. One of the positives are homeschooled kid can easily make the transition to cyber school. Some parents would like to homeschool their children, but they are not teachers, aren’t sure where to start or how to do it, or aren’t terribly structured or organized themselves. Doing a cyber program might help these parents to homeschool more easily. Students can learn in their own time, around work, activities, appointments, or other responsibilities. Cyberschool may be the best or only option in these instances – but then again, most students don’t end up staying in cyber school because of the low graduation rate. For students, learning to balance school, activities, family, and a social life is a critical life skill, and allowing your child to go through a traditional school environment can perhaps give him or her a false sense of what things are going to be like as an adult. Many adults, most of whom attended a regular school program, tend to struggle with work/life balance, so getting more practice with this while growing up can be very important. If it’s necessary for your whole family to move around this often, cyberschool may be your only option at having some continuity in your child’s education. If a child has a learning disability, the cyber school they are taking classes at are required to offer extra help and support to help him or her to succeed. Avoiding this, or giving up too easily sets your child up not to be challenged, which is a mistake in terms of helping your child to get the best education possible. Having your child work at home through a cyber program may also make things more difficult, taking away necessary structure and opportunities for assistance.

 

Blog 10

Equality has always been a important issue. It still is today in nearly all parts of the world. The minority group have been fighting for equality since the beginning of time. Whether it is the right to walk out in public without a man, the right to vote, or equal pay.

Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn starting players on the USWNT (united states womans national team) claimed that they were paid nearly four times less than players on the U.S. men’s national team. Over the long term, the men’s game brings in consistently higher game revenue year over year. Sponsorships and television revenue like Nike, Fox Sports and ESPN are not included in the game revenue calculations. But in 2015, the U.S. women’s team won the World Cup and then embarked on a scheduled 10-city victory tour that yielded an eight-figure bump to U.S. Soccer’s bottom line. As a result, the women brought in more than $23 million in game revenue, about $16 million more than the federation had projected. After expenses, the women turned a profit of $6.6 million last year. And the men, their profit was just under $2 million. U.S. Soccer’s 2017 budget predicts that trend will be repeated: Expecting another Olympic gold medal, and another victory tour, the federation has forecast a profit of more than $5 million for the women’s team in the next year. 

“A lot of different things go into the compensation for the women’s players,” Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer’s president said last month, citing revenue and performance as the most prominent examples. U.S. Soccer Federation says USWNT earns only 2.2 percent less than men. “We want to compensate them fairly.” Gulati also said that television ratings were another factor; while the U.S. women’s team broke viewing records during the Women’s World Cup, ratings for men’s games have been more than double those for women’s games, on average, since 2012, according to Nielsen calculations. Excluding World Cup games, the men’s team’s ratings are almost four times as high. The U.S. men’s team received $9 million when the men’s team advanced to the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but the U.S. women’s team only received about $2 million when they won the 2015 World Cup in Canada. That is because FIFA pays far more to participants in the men’s World Cup. Players on the men’s national team are paid by U.S. Soccer only when they are called into camp and appear in games

 

 

 

Virtues Experiment

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues Experiment was a lot harder than first expected. Within one class period, me and the two other girls in my group alone broke at least one virtue. Most of them were easy to live by, like temperance, cleanliness, justice, just about all of them. The first virtue I broke along with my group was Virtue number 2 – Silence. One of our daily conversations in literature eventually lend to who were the queen bees of the school and why we hate them. I consider myself a semi-nice person, at least nicer than most of the girls in this school, but occasionally I snap when someone screws me over or talks behind my back. I don’t know why some of “my friends” talk bad about me when all I’ve ever done was back them up and support them. It is usually a bitchy high maintenance senior who thinks they are going somewhere in life by using chastity. Some people may call me salty, but thats because I am surrounded by people I can’t stand for hours on a daily basis.

In my opinion chastity was the hardest virtue to violate because I would never sleep with someone who wasn’t my boyfriend, and I don’t have one nor do I need one. Frankly I don’t trust men at all, never have and probably never will. I personally didn’t violate chastity, but today it is such a normal thing in our society, it is impossible to ignore. At least once a week the topic comes up in a conversation between my friends and I or someone around me is talking about it. It really frustrates me when someone starts bragging about it, and it has always a guy. For example, this guy in my class has a girlfriend that he only uses for sex. Everyone in the 11th grade knows this, literally everyone. Almost everyday he talks about how annoying she is, and the worst part is her “friends” listen to him and don’t say anything to her. I feel bad for her, even if she knows whats going on, she is stuck in a unrequited relationship.

If this assignment had been over a longer time period like a month instead of a week, I would have for sure broke more just one of Franklin’s virtues.

We’re not all poets…

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I never liked poetry, everyone around me knows this. Although throughout the years I have read a few good poems, maybe my teachers just have had bad taste in poetry or maybe it was just my hatred for it. Maybe I would like poetry more if I understood the poems that are given to me. Reading poetry has always been hell for me, however writing poetry was just fucking awful. I tried, I honestly tried, but to this day I still can’t read poetry. Even when I write about something I hate I can’t fit anything together. The only poetry I can seem to write is at a fifth-grade level. I don’t understand free verse, I never understood it. I don’t understand what the rules are. Isn’t it just a short story with short lines. I guess that’s what I don’t understand most about poetry, if I have to put my thoughts down on paper why can’t it be a short story instead of poetry. Although the one thing I understand better now is rhythm. My point of view on poetry after reading a poem stayed the same. I can’t just stop words on a paper, it takes me a long time to process everything. A poem should it be just random words in a stanza form. I have to write something that means something to me. Then I have to go back and change certain words to rhyme. After that I have to rearrange my sentences in order to find identical rhythm. Then after I put myself through all that, I delete it and start over again.

The Mafia and His Angel

 

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The book The Mafia and His Angel isn’t as cheesy as it sounds. You know the quote, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Well that quote is perfect for this book. Stop reading this blog for a second and think to yourself what you initially thought about this book, seriously do it. Good, now discard all of those thoughts and clear your mind.

To be honest, I’m not and probably never will be interested in romance books, or movies. Sure there are a few, like The Notebook, Titanic, and Dirty Dancing (my favorite). If you are looking for a nice, cuddly book to sit down and read while sipping on a latte to, do not read this book. The author, Lylah James, did not spare anyones feelings when she was writing this book. Some of things in this book are extremely messed up. Like the language they use, when they are fighting, and there is also some torture mixed in there as well. The men and woman in this story are brutal and cruel, as well as their actions. The thing I hate the most about this book is the language they use. I understand swearing because almost everyone does it, including me. It is just the way they use the words, some of the words they use are very affencive against woman. The men in this book are constantly disrespecting and putting woman down. One of the things I like about this book is that there are real life situations and Lylah kept the gore and gruesome details to a minimum. This is a mafia book, so obviously there is going to be some torture and killing involved. I like that the author creates a really strong image in my head by using really descriptive words.

Alessio, the leader of the mafia. He is not my least favorite character but he is one of them because he is always so aggressive and irritable. Alessio is one of those people who get handed everything, the only reason he is in charge is because of his father.One of the worst things when I’m reading a book is when a man or woman are mistreating other. Don’t get me wrong, I like villains as much as any other person but I don’t like when characters verbal abuse each other. All throughout the story Alessio is very hypocritical and he goes back on his word a lot. Ayla is one of my favorite characters because she has been through a lot but is still strong, stronger than most of the characters. She has such big heart, the thing I like about her the most would have to be that she doesn’t let the men or woman surrounding her push her around. My overall favorite character would have to be Victor, one of the strongest men in the mafia. The main purpose of his character is to make the reader laugh in and after very tense scenes. Alberto is a character that almost everyone hates. Him and Ayla were in a arrange marriage set up by her father, and Alberto was very abusive. Alberto is the antagonist. He is my least favorite character because he is constantly wronging people, even his friends. Throughout the whole story he kept dening what he did in the past and said he wasn’t sorry for any of the things he did. It wasn’t until the very end that he admitted what he did to Ayla, but even then he wasn’t sorry. Ayla’s father is definitely the second worst character in the book. He watched Alberto beat and threatened is daughter on a daily basis, and didn’t say a word. Eventually they both die in the end, yay.

I chose “Found true love. Married someone else” by Dave Egger for many reasons. I felt if I chose a topic that could go in many different directions than I would be able to create a better short story. I also wanted to make sure that if I get stuck or I feel like I have nothing else to write that I could easily change my short story concept. My original concept was about two people who fall in love in the wrong place at the wrong time. They both lived on a plantation, so they got married and lived happily ever after, just kidding. It involves a white woman and a black man who, of coarse, will never end up together because of racism. Her parents are plantation owners and white so they obviously didn’t approve, not that she could tell them because he would have been tortured and killed. But then I realized that my concept needed a lot of work. I didn’t want to write about some sappy love story because I don’t even know how to and that just sounds awful. However it is still about love, but I changed it, now in the story she is supposed to be marrying another man. Though she doesn’t really love this man, hence the quote above. The sole reason for her to marry this man is to help support their families struggling Plantation because of the war that had just broke out and soon following the abolishment of slavery. Then on top of everything, all white people in the South are trying to bring back slaves, including his and her parents. The idea came to me naturally because all of the racism that is still happening in the world today. As I am writing everything down to make my short story diagram I have to keep changing everything in order for every particular event to work in the story. Sometimes a character has to have a certain traits or action to go along with a scene. Most of the time I have to keep changing the setting and the plot just to make sure that it fits all together. Based on the events in the story, I always make sure the characters revolve around them. Then based on what’s happening in the story and how the characters act, I add in the background.

BPP Stops Bullying (Brother Protection Program)

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This year during fair I was extremely busy with two jobs, so I only got to walk around for one day and a few late nights. I don’t like anyone in my family except my brother, so he is always the one who picks me up and drops me off at work. After work we usually walk around the fair, and you know hes my big brother so he buys me everything I want, food, stuffed animals, and we go on a few rides together (the last one takes a lot of begging). This year has been exactly the same except one thing, I was being bullied. All throughout the school year this guy kept bothering me. I tried ignoring his Petty name-calling and his friends who would laugh at me and talk behind my back. Honestly it really didn’t bother me that much because I have thick skin and I have been raised not to care what people think of me or others. I would normally just walk away or keep my mouth shut so I didn’t do anything I later regretted. But then fair came around and he started to harass me there. He would walk behind me and yell things at me with his friends. When my brother was around he would still walk behind me but he was dead silent. One night in particular, I had just got off work and I was standing outside the stand I was working at. My brother was running late, so of coarse I was alone waiting for him. While I was waiting, my brothers friend Billy came over to me with the guy who had been bullying me. The guy who had been bullying me was a football player so he had lots of friends including my brother. Nothing happened at the time, and the bully left before my brother got there. This time I had enough. When my brother finally got there, I told him about it. I expected him to freak out, but he didn’t. He just stared at me for a while, then took me home. A few days later, the guy who bullied me wouldn’t even look my way, let alone pick on me. I didn’t know why nor did I really care, but later on I found out that my brother had a “talk” with the guy. I think it is safe to say that having a big brother has its perks.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

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“People always want to run when they don’t know what’s coming. It’s their first instinct, always to run”- Antonina Zabinska. Life was simple for Antonina, Jan, and their son, they owned a zoo, lived in a nice place, life was good. That was until German Soldiers bombed Warsaw. Antonina and Jan lost a lot that day, their zoo, their animals, and most importantly their peace. 1939, Warsaw, owners of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski stand up against Nazism after German Soldiers invade Poland.

Antonina and Jan never had second thoughts about helping Jews. In fact, some of the people living down in the zoo were their friends. At night when no one was around, Antonina would play her piano signaling that they could come out of hiding. During the day, it meant they needed to hide because someone was there. Antonina had always stayed at home to keep a watch out for the Germans, who were there frequently. Antonina takes on the same rule as before, expect this time it is people instead of animals. She feeds them, shelters them, makes sure they are safe. Meanwhile her husband Jan sneaks Jews out of the ghettos by distracting the guards. Towards the end of the war Jan has to go out and fight against the Nazis as part of the Polish resistance. During this time he is shot and captured by the Germans. When this news gets back to Antonina she is desperate to find out if what she heard is true. She is determined to seduce Lutz into telling her what happened to her husband at war. But her plan fails when Lutz finds out that she is hiding jews in the zoo. Antonina goes back to the zoo and only gets the Jews out seconds before Lutz gets there. After finding nothing in the zoo, Lutz put a gun to Antonina’s son head, threatening to kill him. But Lutz doesn’t shot the son because he loves Antonina.

Understanding the Notes

 

I really enjoyed how you had a story and explanation for every topic. I feel like most teachers now a days just do the bare minimum. Lectures have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but that’s only because the lame and boring teachers put you to sleep. Honestly I really enjoy going over notes in class. Explaining the notes and adding stories to it helps me understand the subject and terms. Like poetry, I have always struggled with it. That’s because no teacher has ever took the time to break it down and me understand it, then they blame it on me and say i’m not trying. Therefore I never understood nor liked poetry. Its not the poetry itself, but the story behind it. I liked hearing William Shakespeare’s plays explained to me. If it wasn’t for the way he wrote, I would read his plays and poems more often. Romeo and Juliet is one of the these only play by William Shakespeare that I can understand. The main reason is because I had a good teacher that actually broke it down and helped me.

In past years, 3 different teachers have taught these same subjects. They never really went deeper than the surface. So practically all of this is new to me. In all of my years of school, I have never read a Supernatural vs. Supernatural book. All of the books they have us read in school end up the same way. Most teachers cover books about Man, Nature, Self, Society. In my opinion Of Mice and Men is a pretty good book. John Steinbeck makes the elements of the story clear throughout the book.

 

The first week of school

I hate the first day of school. On the first day of school, most teachers treat us like kindergartners. Going over classroom rules like we haven’t heard them every single year. Plus the terrible jokes they make, not yours though. Don’t get me wrong I love jokes, but the jokes they make just aren’t funny. Another thing I hate is when teachers make assumptions about students (especially me). Can you guess what they say? They say i’m shy and need to participate more, that’s bullshit. I just mind my own business and do my work. Maybe I wouldn’t be so quiet if some teachers didn’t pick favorites. Teachers also assume that I am like my brother which I am, but I am not going to tell them that. Seriously my name is Megan please call me that, don’t call me any dumbass names that his douchebag friends made up for him. I already have to deal with the stupid jocks in the hallways. In fact, the only good thing about school is the fun classes where you can relax and have a laugh (this class).

Everyone’s presentation was basically the same, including mine. Mostly family, interests, and if you like to read or not. I wish I could say I was interested, but I wasn’t. However the most interesting thing I learned was about Molly. To be honest I don’t understand how someone could like Lionel Messi, let alone be a Barcelona fan.

I love to read and write, I can sit down and read for hours at a time. I don’t really have a favorite book. They are my babies, I love all of them the same. However my favorite genre would have to be history. I love reading about WW1, WW2, the Holocaust, and just history in general.

 

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