When Billy was younger he decided he liked boxing and music, but he liked music so much he wanted to start a career on music (Schlesinger, 2008). After Billy decided he wanted to do music for a living he got in his first band group, the Echoes (Stambler, 1989). Billy played with his band for many things. He would stay up all night and play with his band, so he knew music is what he wanted to do. Since he liked music so much he kept going and started playing more and more until one day it changed his life.
From the moment Lopez met Ayers, he could tell there was something special in the way he played the violin. Lopez instantly knew that there was something in the story of Ayers that would make a great column for his newspaper, and decided to get to know Ayers. He continued to make short visits to the violinist, until Ayers became a bit more comfortable with opening up to him. However, he soon learned that Ayers was a schizophrenic and was homeless because his symptoms made it difficult for him to function in day to day life. Researching Ayers’ life, Lopez talked to people who knew him and learned that he was once a classical bass student at Juilliard, but left school due to his illness.
When writing about a sensitive topic, it is important to understand the topic so that the behaviors of the characters can be appropriately displayed. Mark Haddon denies writing about Asperger’s while having no knowledge of it. The book cover “identifies him as an autistic savant, but Christopher tells us all we need to know about his condition without reference to medical terminology” (McInerney) The book jacket labels Christopher as autistic, although he does not want to be specified under a `disorder. Christopher recognizes that he is different from normal people, and his brain works by numbers and he does not fully understand emotions. Although, Christopher never specifies having a disorder.
Having never taken a college writing course before, I did not know what to expect and therefore assumed that I would choose my own topic to write about; of course, this isn’t the case. However, if I had the choice, I would not have chosen to write a response to Gerald Graff’s “Hidden Intellectualism”. After going through his essay with a fine-tooth comb, I have found a few flaws in his reasoning. Gerald Graff believes that schools and colleges are not taking advantage of “street smarts” by not using them in an intellectual setting when in fact, schools are providing students with a large assortment of other knowledge and skills. In Graff’s essay “Hidden Intellectualism”, he argues for the importance of changing school curriculums in order to better reflect the interests
The act of trying to make the novel more suitable for younger readers is pointless, as the novel still requires the maturity level of high schoolers even without the word. The novel still covers topics that are deeply emotional, and unsuitable for younger readers. As for the general public, if numerous people are still nervous about reading the word, then they should not be reading the book at all, as all of its contents require a level of seriousness and maturity that being afraid of reading a discriminatory word undermines. The novel is a superb example of how today’s society can learn from past mistakes and comprehend the fact that words such as “nigger”can have a profound impact on distinct groups in American culture. I feel that the “six letter word” should remain in the novel, and continue to serve as a teachable moment for mature people to learn and discover a different time period in American
Plagiarism is something that is not to be taken lightly. It is important for everyone to show young students and growing minds that plagiarism is wrong and that it should not be encouraged. Plagiarizing, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "the act of using another person 's words or ideas without giving credit to that person" (footnote). Essentially it is simply robbing words from someone and plagiarizing can carry with it a heavy penalty. No one is exempt from plagiarism, including renowned writers and historians.
Gerald Graff’s essay “Hidden Intellectualism” contemplates the age-old idea that street smarts are anti-intellectual. However, as Graff points out, “schools and colleges are at fault for missing the opportunity to tap into such street smarts and channel them into academic smarts.” (244). What Graff means by this is that being street smart does not mean a person lacks intelligence. Rather, educational institutions need to find a way to effectively ‘tap into’ this different format of intellectualism to produce academic intelligence. Graff goes on to point out that society associates ‘weighty’ subjects, like Shakespeare and Plato, with intellectualism, but not less serious subjects, such as sports and video games.
Some people may say that cyberbullying outside of school is not the schools problem and can violate some rights. In Source B, the source was about how schools had no authority to discipline a child for harassment off-campus. The constitution states that, “Congress should make no aww.. Abridging the freedom of speech” which states that they cannot punish you for something that is in the constitution. Courts ruled that a school could not discipline a student for inappropiate off-campus student speech. (Source B) It also states that some students and parents have successfully argued that cyberbullies violated civil or criminal laws by inflicting a hate crime.
Principals may have vast authority in a school, but they do not have the same amount of authority as police officers do. A principal giving a student a Miranda type reading would be out of their jurisdiction. Students do not need to speak during this time, and many do not, therefore the principal does not need to extend their power to that of a police officer by reading a student their Miranda Warning. The Miranda Warning was created for informing criminals of their rights upon the time of their arrest, not for students. If a student was read a Miranda type warning it would just further fluster them and escalate the situation.
Furthermore, with the study of a basic form of language, assignments will require a very minimal amount of work compared to what would have done for a more complicated novel. To conclude this point, students need to have a challenge while completing an assignment in order to improve their ability to write more complex and sophisticated pieces. The novel should not be studied in schools due to its use of basic language that does not meet the same requirements of language in other literary