Doug wants Coach to help Lucas, who is dealing with his own burdens of war, but Coach always brushes off his requests. Finally, one day outside the library, Coach Reed says to Lucas, “‘Maybe you could come work for me’,” (Schmidt pg. 337). This influences Doug indirectly because Lucas now has a job, making him feel purposeful, and the money Lucas makes is going towards Doug’s future college education. Though Doug and Coach Reed get off the a rocky start, they eventually mend their differences and help each other in
It is my privilege to write a letter recommending Jim Burke, a former student of mine at Rio Americano High School, for admission to Pitzer College. Based on reading “Want to Get into College?’ Learn to Fail,” the article you wrote for Education Week magazine in February, 2012, I am convinced that Jim Burke would be a valuable addition to your student body. Mr. Burke has had a great deal of trouble throughout high school. Jim was less than perfect in school. By not being a responsible and dedicated student, he opened himself up for failure.
Those who knew him described him as, “eccentric,” or even “half-crazy.” However, after a few important events, Theodore had changed his mind. His father, his biggest role model, died during his junior year. During a tragedy like this, most students would drop out of college, but Theodore kept working vividly. However, even though Theodore did not stop receiving amazing grades, it did change his perspective of his career immensely. Theodore knew that his father did not like the idea of him being a scientist, and so this was a small impact on him.
In high school I never had many extreme cases of “doing school” but I had a close friend who ended up becoming mentally ill by senior year from all the pressure he was putting on himself. He possessed many of the traits that I saw in the students from Pope’s book Doing School. He seemed to embody Pope’s main argument of how the school systems have the wrong focus and send the wrong message to their students . Through our high school career I observed the persistence of Eve, the drive for pursuing the arts of Michelle, and later the carelessness of Kevin develop in my friend. Ever since I met Isaiah he had a strong drive for his academics.
When looking overall at Junior year, you view your grades and consider how you probably had a lot of pressure on you and your classes were harder than you expected going into it. My Junior year revolved around those ideas while taking a turning spin when my cousin passed away. Losing him was like losing the other half of not only myself, but my family. After the accident, we realized that he was our backbone. Focusing throughout school while the memories of that day streaming through my mind were never untroubled when trying to get through junior year.
Frank McCourt’s memoir, Angela’s Ashes, details his miserable childhood with honesty and humor. McCourt suffers through poverty, damaging effects of alcohol, and religious morals. Despite all the hardships he faces while growing up, he still achieves his dream of traveling to America. Thus, readers sympathize with McCourt’s message of “this too shall pass” because of his unique writing style and engaging storyline. The writing style affects the reader by creating a connection between both the author and the reader.
During his transition to his new school and the reservation Junior learns a lot about himself and how his disability has not stopped him from achieving his dream. Towards the end of the story Junior faced some terrible tragedies in his family, but he was able to find joy in his time of grieving, and some good came out of that in the end. This is a good book to read
Even though we live in a world where everyone seems to be involved with charity, and helping others, there are many ways in which we try to solve problems using ineffective solutions. In the case of Robert Peace, his mother Jackie and many others believed that sending him to such a distinguished school like Yale, would insure him of becoming a successful man. What they didn’t realize, was how Rob growing up poverty stricken, with an absent father, and in a drug infested neighborhood, would play a huge role in his development. Since he grew up with these experiences, they laid out the pattern for him to follow into a future of drug dealing, because you can’t expect a person’s history to be completely altered by sending him to an Ivy League School.
I think several of us in this class has a relative that identified with Sonny’s brother. I was pleased with the way the story end too. My feeling was that identify was a big theme in the story. Both Sonny and his brother search for who they are. The elderly brother who never understood his younger sibling was always watching him pushing moral values on him, which does more harm than good.
Throughout the novel To Kill a MockingBird Atticus proves his greatness as a father by teaching his children life lessons through everyday actions. In the novel, Scout and Jem go through many rocky bumps in their life, and with Atticus they receive a stable role model to lead them through harder times. Atticus being a lawyer could have made him into a very serious busy man who could have paid little to no attention to his young children. But being a lawyer helped mold Atticus and his children into well rounded and educated people. By the end of the novel Atticus has changed his children into disciplined and reasonable human beings.