Thursday, December 17, 2015

Forgive or Don't Forget?

I read an article called The Healing Power Of Holding a Grudge. I completely agree with the points that Doonan was trying to make in his article. I think that there are some things that take time to forgive and others that are completely unforgivable. I found the many cases of people forgiving rape and murder mind boggling. It's incredible how quick people are to forgiveness without allowing themselves to process what happened. I also agree that there are many good ways to channel these emotions into something positive like sports. As Doonan states, "grudges and bearing... in some instances can be quite invigorating". He mentions how you can use these chips on your shoulder to motivate you to do better in sports or elsewhere in your life. I think this article is definitely something to consider the next time you rush to forgiveness in your life.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Suli Breaks

The Suli Breaks video I watched was full of interesting ideas about education. Suli Breaks mentioned how some students were smarter than an A or D grade showed. Some students don't try in school at all and get great grades and some students try ten times harder and still consistently receive D's. Suli Breaks is trying to express how students are defined by more than a grade and even if you get bad grades in school it doesn't make you stupid. Some students also find certain subjects easier than others and might understand math more than social studies. Some students might feel the exact opposite way. He also mentioned how if you forget who the ancient king of Persia it doesn't mean you will fail in life. Finally, Suli Breaks says, ""I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate". I totally agree with this this idea and I agree that students should not just be defined by what their letter grades are but how they are as a person.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Hitler Youth

Life was very difficult for teenagers during the 1930's in Germany. Kids at this time were being told many new ideas about Hitler. Some kids in the Hitler Youth were hearing conflicting ideas from their teachers and their parents which they could be very confusing. The kids were even instructed to report their parents if they contradicted the ideas of Hitler and the Nazi Party. Another confusing part of life during this time was the influences of other kids. Even if you didn't believe in what the Hitler Youth was teaching many of the kids around you would make you feel obligated to. Another problem these kids were facing was not being able to follow the religion you wanted to without being prosecuted by the Nazis and shunned by their society and possibly even some of their friends. Some may even have been denied a job if they dared to express opinions against the Nazis.