Monthly Archives: April 2013

How does it feel to be a problem?

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 Throughout American history, there has been at least one group as a “problem” because in the past that one group has done one thing to give people the thought of “oh, all people who are ______ are bad because they did blah blah blah and such and such.” The problem continues because people can’t get over the past of what a certain ethnicity has done. I do think Bayoumi is correct in that people view Arabs and Muslims the “problem” ever since 9/11. With the bombing yesterday at the marathon in Boston, everyone blames it straight on the Muslims because of something one person did more than 10 years ago. They haven’t even caught the guy, so why do people just jump to the conclusion that it was a Muslim that did it? Because of the past. Some people can’t forget the past and whats happened previously in history. Yeah, it was a big deal, but it isn’t every single Arab or Muslim that attacked America. Everyone isn’t as bad as people see the ethnicity. I don’t think people will ever not look at Arabs and Muslims as bad people. People still discriminate against Germans because of the holocaust which was about 7 decades ago. Will people ever get over it? Maybe. Not any time soon though. So it will be a long time before people start to forget 9/11. I mean, it will never be forgotten, but people will stop blaming every single person of Arab or Muslim decent.

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“The Gift of Fire”

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 It’s funny, because I want to become a teacher when I get older, so this question might come up again in the future (I know it will for my student-teachers). I think if I had to teach children how to think, I would give them a certain thing and make them find something that goes off that that. Like a math problem. If they know how much each number is, why not give them something a level over what they’re doing? Instead of having the same number problems, like 2+2=4, over and over again, I would give them 3+1=___ to have them put the numbers together in a different way than they have already learned. And yes, eventually they will learn that 3 plus 1 gives the the same sum as 2 plus 2, but if they haven’t learned that yet then it is making them go beyond what they already know and what they think they know.

“The Woman Who Would Save Football”

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 The immediate purpose of the writer was to praise McKee’s fine works in discoveries of brain damage after death. She gets to dissect the brains of people who have played in the NFL and other sports to see how much damage the sport has done to the brain. The bigger purpose of the writing is to get the word out about how football could be a cause of death because of brain damage. She has seen brains of former football players that have “tearing of certain structures…holes where they shouldn’t be…shrinkage.” The author conveys their purpose by giving a lot of examples of the types of brains McKee has taken apart and looked at.

 To me the article was pretty much the same thing repeated multiple times. I do relate to it in a way because my great uncle played for the Houston Oilers as a quarterback and now has Alzheimer’s. The article talks about both of the subjects. Also, my grandpa has Alzheimer’s but he was in the Marines. I learned that getting hit in the head too much could cause some serious brain damage that could effect you for the rest of your life.