AsAS Fridman mentioned earlierearly in thehis passage, students who dedicate more of their time to studying rather than participating in sports or social activities are made to feel less than and not wanted. The U.S., as Fridman mentions, is one of the few countries where antianit-intellectualism is very high. Also, in more industrialized nations “a kid who studies hard is lauded and held up as an example to other students.” Using the effect of comparing our nation to that of others gives the audience the reality check that they need to understand the state in which our country stands. Fridman continues on to mention that those who are professors at universities around the world are “the most prestigious and materially rewarding positions,” but in America, we have athletes being paid more than the faculty at the best universities in the nation. What a comparison Fridman makes to show the struggles and disadvantages we have as a nation.
In the article “American Jerks,” author Todd Schwartz wants readers to believe that the society we live in is not yet civilized. People are afraid to speak to one another because they don’t want to hurt each other’s feelings. We summed up terms and names to suit everyone 's needs and convictions and called it politically right. I truly agree with the points Schwartz made because the increase of technology has caused the American people to forget how to communicate and everyone is egotistical. To begin with, the expansion of innovation has brought about the American individuals to overlook how to impart.
May states “His outrage at the ludicrousness of sociopolitical fads and the stupidity of the people who support them are both at play in this story.” (May). People in society will allow themselves to be controlled by the government, but never think about how the people actually run the government because they're here to serve the people needs. People today can vote on who they believe seem beneficial for their needs. Their need to be a change to where there's more flexibility for people to rotate their schedule around. A true patriot are the ones who oppose, the ones who don’t just go along, those who follows truth and righteousness and try to pass it along to the society.
In this passage, Leonid Fridman expresses his concerns, regarding how the word "geek’" or “nerd" is used as a derogatory term rather than a complimentary term. Fridman develops his argument by using rhetorical devices such as hyperboles, rhetorical questions, and juxtaposition to emphasize his reasoning. He explains how there is a flaw within the system of values in our society that thinks of nerds as social pariahs. Throughout the passage, Fridman compares “nerds” to those who not identify as not being a nerd. The juxtaposition of these two opposites, help clarify Fridman’s argument that “nerds” should not be ridiculed for wanting to study rather than expanding their social status.
There is a debate between different sources on whether or not students should be getting paid for good grades. The issue is that people are being influenced by others who all agree with the claim that students should be getting paid for good grades. Although there are many claims as to why students should not be paid for good grades. One being that students should simply want to learn for themselves and their own growth. Another reason is that children would be working for money, not education when it should be the other way around to later on in life get good money and a good job.
Will Ferrell once said “Immature is a word boring people use to describe fun people.” This quote is trying to say that to be fun you need to be immature, which is not the case. Sometimes immaturity is just immaturity. We have to learn from this immaturity to become a greater person. If we never learn from our mistakes, we can not grow as a person and we will just keep repeating the same mistakes. We grow and mature as life goes on, some people just take a little longer than others.
Here can be used another term “Self-Fashioning” by Stephen Greenblatt. It signifies a willingness to transform oneself into another and describes the process of constructing one’s identity and persona as per the socially accepted standards. I think, it could not be their opinion but were made to have it--as this statement can be better defined by Althusser’s term “interpellation”. It is this very interpellation that prevents us from understanding nature properly and compels us to act in a foolish and incorrect way. Now the question is, why do we become the subjects of interpellation?
From a young age, we have been taught what behavior is acceptable and deemed good, and what is immoral or bad. In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many of the characters require questioning regarding if they should be classified as truly moral people who exhibit goodness or correctness in their lifestyles. In their society, the goals shared by all are becoming rich and fitting in, and often in order to meet them, actions are taken which harm others but benefit themselves. The author conveys that morality has little value to the characters in Gatsby because they take any means necessary in order to achieve their dreams and fail to think about the consequences of their impulsive actions. Any morals the characters in Gatsby have are ignored when it comes to obtaining status and wealth.
The main factors of motivating humans is the surrounding environment, and surrounding people such as parents and teachers, their job is to take out everything that destroys motivation such as child criticism. In kurdistan child criticism right now is much better than it used to be back in my time, I was even criticised by the teachers for being honest to them. Still today our children are experiencing such things , even though it is illegal to hurt children physically, or emotionally. Instead of hurting them why not give them a reason to believe in themselves ? Another flaw in motivation is inserting the wrong goal in their minds instead of letting them choose their own goals , this is one of the biggest mistakes that parents make here, this has caused the society to accept only doctors , pharmacists , and engineers
Through the character of Larsen, the reader sees the exploitation of children who are considered weaker when there are no limitations to morals or a sense of ethics to their actions. With the children only being there for the benefit of others, Larsen is willing to lie to the parents about his intentions with the children and cuts off any contact or ties with society. He has no interest in helping the children, but only in helping himself to further his career and make himself known to the world. Greg reinforces this mentality of Larsen's when he states, "A mismatched bunch of post (most of us) pubescent misfits, with super high IQs and sub-zero social skills, locked away in this cozy coastal retreat...Because some thought we might prove useful" (Caswell, 1992, pg. 9).
“America Needs Its Nerds” The average high school/elementary school student is looked down upon for wanting to be academically curious. Students who want to be our nation’s next great minds in any respective field. However, our society brings these students down and insists that they spend their academic career partying. Leonid Fridman objects this social norm in the book “America Needs Its Nerds” Through the use of logic, Fridman attempts to persuade his audience on seeing academic curiosity as a gateway for our nation’s future. Being part of one of the nations top schools is a great honor.
DuBois mentions “ Going to use history for our pleasure and amusement, for inflating our national ego, and giving us a false but pleasurable sense of accomplishment, then we must give up the idea of history either as a science or as an art” (DuBois 714). This quote stood out because it just goes to show how arrogant people actually are to teaching and how this actually resulted in a problem for DuBois because the knowledge he wanted to spread to people was limited. Nevertheless teaching now and teaching for this generation is still the same from my perspective because though certain topics aren’t touched on or are not even recognized that’s how it was in the times of Reconstruction as well. Moving forward to “ The Miseducation of the Negro Excerpts” by Carter G Woodson this article isn’t more so saying that they didn’t want to teach black education to students but more so that students of the same decent didn’t want to hear about their ancestry. Just as when it reads “It is true that many Negroes do not desire to hear anything about their race, and few whites of today will listen to the story of Woe” ( Woodson
A respected author John Green questions, "Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you 're a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey I knows that you 'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you 'd rather be thoughtful of them be vapid, that you believe that there things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan and why is that?” Many people who are passionate about their studies question the same thing. Leonid Fridman wrote a passage “America Needs its Nerds” in order to raise concern that our society does not value intelligence. Fridman uses compare and contrast to get his point across to the readers. He makes the text more relatable by characterizing the typical American mindset.
Leonid Fridman’s passage “America Needs Its Nerds” examines how intelligent people are disgraced for being interested in academics. Fridman argues that “nerds and geeks must stop being ashamed of who they are” through effective comparisons and a repetition of ideas to inform the citizens of America about the importance of smart minds. Furthermore, Fridman reiterates the concept of nerds being viewed differently compared to others in the first half of the passage. The author implied that society favored people who focused less on academic activities and more on being social or active. This led to intelligent people in varying age groups becoming outcasts, and they began to hide or even lose their interest in academics.
“When you judge others , you do not define them: you define yourself” - Earl Nightingale. In a society where people are still judging other people to try to make them look good is a low blow, you know you will not be able to judge them on their actions but on something they were born with, the color of their skin or the way the look. This is why discrimination happens every day, bigots must have a scapegoat to blow all the stress they have. But in reality they are not defining the other person because those are petty words, but the bigots actions while insulting the poor man will define the bigot . Once people have learned about how to blow all the stress they have, we can almost act as one.