Thursday, December 17, 2015
It's the 2000 NFL draft. The New England Patriots are on the clock in pick 199 in round 6 of the draft. Their choice was Michigan quaterback Tom Brady. He fought for a starting job in college and the odds of him ever playing a snap in the NFL were slim to none. Despite the world seemingly being against him, he blossomed into one of the most successful quaterbacks in NFL history. Having that chip on your shoulder can drive you to prove everyone that doesn't believe in you wrong. If you start at the bottom, you must claw you way up to the top. Grugdes aren't reasons to act harshly however, they're reasons to do that extra free throw and take those extra five swings in the cages, for it's the satisfaction of being better than what you're supposed to be that drives many athletes including myself around the world.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The message in the is truly resonates with me in a subliminal level. This reminds me of one of favorite quotes from somebody who was one of those kids that want to change the system. This individual said that "If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will believe that it is worthless." Being affluent at oral presentations but poor at exams is the same as being a great math student who can't remember the capital of Thailand. This system makes things seems 1- Dimensional. What if you are the most brilliant mind in a certain area of mathematics but no one lead you there or accommodated your learning style? Then you would live your life believing you are worthless. I wonder what would happen if every school administrator saw this, would their mindset on standardized tests change? It definitely made me think and personally it makes perfect sense to stop giving standardized tests.
Friday, September 25, 2015
For a teenager in 1930's Germany, Life was full of contradicting beliefs and confusion. Most teenagers in this era were involved in Hitler Youth, a massive program run by the German government that promoted Nazi views. The Hitler Youth program essentially brainwashed the nation's children into becoming infallible supporters of Hitler. Sure many families were in support of Hitler back then but still many were skeptical of the Nazi views. Imagine coming home from school just to hear your family tell you that everything that you've been told is wrong. Many children actually turned in their parents if they were not in support of Hitler. It's hard to imagine a society were children value their country more than their parents. To not agree with your parents is one thing but to imprison them for disobeying their country.