Blog 10

(me at this assignment ^^)

Do you want your child learning the truth about America’s past in history class? You may think the answer is yes, but the truth is you may not. Many people are arguing that history teachers need to stop giving out misinformation from history, but in reality, they’re just censoring your child from horrific events like war, mass death, and rape. It is true that we shouldn’t be praising historical figures like Christopher Columbus, but why change the history class curriculum when it’s been in place for so long? It clearly hasn’t changed the success rate of American students! Not to mention the fact that schools would have to pay thousands of dollars to revamp their current learning materials with money that many schools don’t have. Yes, history is plagued by bad, but we also can’t ignore the good because of one bad fact. Let’s take a look at Benjamin Franklin, a prime example of this. Benjamin Franklin is known for many great accomplishments; he was a founding father, invented the bifocals and lightning rod, drafted the Declaration of Independence, and even invented the first political cartoon. With all these accomplishments, he lived a very greasy lifestyle. He was a frequent adulterer, voluntarily missed out on his son’s childhood, later disowned and arrested his son, and was just an all-around morally bad person. But Ben Franklin did a lot of great things in developing the United States, so why remember him for the bad and just honor him for the good? Another good example would be Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was one of the strongest driving forces behind the African- American Civil Rights Movement in 1954. While participating in the movement he was known for leading peaceful protests and was also a priest and humanitarian. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing person, but many people do not know that he plagiarized many parts of his doctoral thesis and was known for being a “ladies man”. These two things don’t take away the great things that Martin Lunther King Jr. achieved in his life and definitely, didn’t tarnish his legacy. Everyone deserves to know the truth, but parents should be able to control when and how their children learn about certain events in history. So the next time your child asks the question, “who was Benjamin Franklin?”, it’s up to you to decide whether to tell the whole truth or maybe just a small piece.

Blog 9

Benji Frank’s 13 virtues really opened my eyes over this past couple of days. I realized that I’m not a complete garbage person, but more of a mediocre person after all. Day-to-day I normally only break 2 or 3 rules on a regular basis. Also, trying to follow the virtues actually helped me be more successful. An example being the use of the rule “industry”. Instead of wasting my time laying in bed, I started studying for my PreCalc quiz two days early, and I think I did very well on it. On Thursday at track practice, we were outside and it was probably 30 degrees with a wind chill. My dumb ass teammate Connor Yost (yes, Ryan Yost’s little brother), decided to wear a thin Under Armour t-shirt and shorts and didn’t pack any other clothes. So I pulled a “Sincerity” card and let him use my sweatshirt. By being sincere I’m guessing I gained a little respect which is pretty hard to do being that I’m a fairly small, obnoxious, and skill-less person.

The rules that I did end up breaking were “temperance”, “tranquility”, and one of my group’s made up ones “tea”. I broke temperance every day, but again, I’m a smaller person who runs over 2 miles pretty much every other day and is also trying to get those gains so I have my reasons for overeating. One of the flaws of my personality is also that I am EXTREMELY impatient, so that certainly did not help me be more “tranquil”. I cannot STAND when people walk at a snail’s pace in the hallways, and then sometimes stop right in front of me, and just stand there.  And don’t even get me started on couples in high school. Y’all act like you haven’t seen each other for over a year when it’s only been like one period. Also, PDA just disturbs me. I know that probably makes me seem like a very bitter person because I’m trashing other people’s happiness and all, but I know I’m not the only one so it’s fine. The last rule I broke was “tea”, but that was only one time because someone asked me about someone else’s business. So in my book, I was pretty successful with the 15 virtues.