The Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session starts off every metering with Gene and Finny jumping off the tree into the river. Gene bounces on the branch the tree causes Finny to fall of and shatter his leg. The doctor tells Finny that his athletic days are over. Everyone believes it was just an accident and no one thinks to blame Gene. Finny asks Gene to take his place in all his athletics.
He tells some of the good and the bad times he had during that time in his life. To begin, Gene goes back to his old school to Devon High 15 years later. It was a depressing time due to the fact, World War 11 was going on. He talks about how Phineas, Genes Best friend, would jump out of a tree into the water because all the seniors would do it. Finny, which is Phineas is a thrill seeker and he is very athletic.
In 1960, a teacher was fired from school for assigning the book to a class. In 1976, a legislative hearing in Oklahoma City involved a group wanting to stop a bookseller from vending the book. The book has been considered to be one of the most ‘challenged books’ till date. Upon its publication, the reviewer for The New York Times attempted, poorly, to imitate Holden Caulfield's grammatically challenged speech patterns: "This Salinger, he's a short-story guy. And he knows how to write about kids.
Child labour is most often found in mines or factories. In my opinion, children should not be working at all, no matter what conditions. They should be in school getting an education so that our world will have good leaders in the future and our people will be more knowledgeable about the world we live in. If the next generation is not educated, instead of the worlds problems being solved, they will only increase. If the places that the children worked had better conditions, shorter hours and a higher salary, my opinion might be different.
The flying fish was the reason he could catch fish and survive. He even struggled to kill flying fish but the desperation of keep going and to live was so great that when he caught a Dorado, Pi bludgeoned a Dorado to death. The need to stay alive was so great that it turned Pi from gentle, animal lover person into someone who thirsted for the blood of sea turtles. “Lord, to think I’m a strict vegetarian. To think that when I was a child I always shuddered when I snapped open a banana because it sounded to me like the breaking of an animal’s neck.
Gene takes the trigonometry test and gets it back with an F written on the paper. He couldn't believe he failed.That was the first time in his life he failed a test. While Gene is complaining that he failed, Finny starts to tease him about wanting to be number one in his class. Gene admits that he does and he wants to excel past everyone in the whole school. That is when he realizes that Finny is attempting to have Gene not succeed, so he can’t be number one and why he has him play blitzball and jump off the tree everyday.
All Summer in A Day by Ray Bradbury is about how a little jealousy can turn into rage and reveals that children, along with adults, can be blinded by something so simple.The author of All Summer in A Day believes jealousy and bullying are the key emotions played in this short story. Bradbury claims that the main characters, Margot, is being bullied because she was Earth longer. Whereas, the other students don’t even remember Earth because of how early they all moved to Venus. When Margot arrives, she was four. The other children had arrived two years before.
‘United we stand!’ ‘United we stand!’, these words reminds me the story of the farmer and his quarrelling sons which I have probably read when I was only eight years old. The story was about a farmer who had five sons, who always quarreled and had no unity. The farmer so decided to teach them a lesson and called everyone and handed them a bundle of five sticks, asking them to try to break them. None could win the challenge and when the sticks were separated and each stick was handed to each son, they were easily able to break the individual sticks. The above story needs no further explanation of what it was trying to teach.
But they have a vast appetite for learning and it starts to dissipate when we start to educate them and force-feed them information’. (Unknown, What Sir Ken Got Wrong, 2013) The basic outline of the argument can be summed up in these two visual illustrations: (Not used by Sir Ken Robinson) http://leading-learning.blogspot.com/2011/12/lets-not-lose-point-of-school-now-we.html http://teacherstraining.com.au/friday-funny-standardised-testing/ Another argument by Sir Ken
Traditionalists have also lamented the growing use of SMS slang, which they fear is creeping into the classroom. Mr. Horobin’s intervention comes at a time when the British government is introducing changes to the national school curriculum to include a list of 162 words that all 11-year-olds would be expected to spell. He pointed out that the draft law announcing the reform managed to spell “bureaucracy” incorrectly. The Oxford academic and spelling blogger, whose latest book is “Does Spelling Matter?”, said he was not proposing a spelling free-for-all but was inviting people to accept that spellings change. “People like to artificially constrain language change,” he said this week.