Ever since he learned the letters of the alphabet Douglas was flooded with a joy for reading “books”. The hunger for enlightenment found him in the oddest of places seeking his lessons. Out of the knowledge came a pain that would have broken a normal man but in the end only fueled the drive to learn. Through the painful times it was his hope for the future and all he hoped to accomplish. Douglass’s rise from the “pit” should act a source of empowerment for anyone who has ever felt slighted, trapped or has been treated as a lesser for they are much more powerful than they
Brooks himself writes, “…Such and such classes, such and such grades, and amassed such and such degrees.” In making this repetitive comment, Brooks dismisses the importance of the syllabus-based education system. Brooks wants the readers to grasp the importance of being emotionally smart, in the sense of studying something that makes their inner self happy, specifically music in his article. He celebrates the fact that emotional education is the “byproduct of the search for pleasure.” Brooks stresses this importance of self-happiness by telling his story of how he develops such love for Bruce
In today’s world, we are subconsciously encouraged to be normal. Normally, unique ideas are often shamed before they can come to life. In David Wallace’s commencement speech to Kenyon University's graduating master students, he urged students to go against the norm and think for themselves. His method of encouragement was a bit unusual but, consequently, the students will take what he asserted into account due to his unusual, but persuasive style. Throughout this speech, Wallace deviates from one example to the next, but he stayed consistent in encouraging students to think for themselves instead of being like a rat in a machine to get cheese.
Chesterfield uses the build up from his contradicting advice and threats to make sure that his son understands the values of obedience, success and education, and holds up the family's reputation. Chesterfield calls to attention the fact that his son has had "the uncommon care" in his education and "the opportunities you have had knowing more than others of your age." This reveals that Chesterfield values taking advantage of opportunities given to you and not letting them go to waste. He also expressed his dissatisfaction with only learning things with half the effort required: "to know a little of anything gives neither satisfaction nor credit; but ... brings disgrace or ridicule." This not only communicates that Chesterfield cares what people think about him, his son and his upbringing, but also shows he believes that it would be embarrassing if his son failed at something when he has had a superior education and more opportunities.
Graff feels that teachers should base some of their lesson on what students have a connection so they can be more focus because they are interested and not bored. He talks about how if schools and colleges will connect with the kids that are "Street Smart" they won't do a poor job in school they will do fairly better if they were more intact with the topic itself. Graff explains to us his growing up in the "hood" you were more respected for being street smart then you was for being book smart. It took a discussion about toughness for him to notice how intellectual he was, but he as just different from others , it wasn't about everything it was just about things he had a strong interest in. He noticed from how he us to have serious verbal altercations about sports and how he acknowledge the difference in players through
I think Mike Rose was successful in being persuasive when he wrote this. I think he was successful because he not only states the jobs that require extra learning in the essay but he uses his own connection. He put his mother in the essay and talks about her work life and he puts in his uncle’s work life and talks about his transition to a higher position and the problems he had. In conclusion, there really isn’t a big difference between blue collar job and white collar jobs. One of the big differences is education level of the work.
However, the motivation to win is extremely important and can never be fully eliminated. “By suppressing competition, we are failing to prepare the next generation for the realities of the world” (Pandel). Also, in the real world, students will have to deal with failure and competition. Removing competition from their childhood does not prepare them for such challenges. In addition, the motivation to win is intrinsic (coming from child themselves).
A Story to Remember Malcolm X’s story is a very touching story of how he started his “Homemade Education”, learning in prison turned his life around for the better and he found his new way of living. In the “Homemade Education,” Malcolm X taught important lessons, such as not to give up on anything, and how people should not give up on their dreams of having success. Prison life can be tough for everyone as it was for Malcolm X. By making himself busy in the world of books, Malcolm X made his life easy in prison but in his mind he was still jealous of his other inmates who were able to read and write. While he was in prison, he used a unique way to teach himself to read and write by using dictionaries to increase his knowledge of reading and, practicing them day and night to make sure he understood everything
Failure is an inevitable part of life, even for the most successful people on the planet. In fact, it's a necessary step on the path for success. So, if the purpose of our schools these days is to equip our children with the tools necessary to succeed then why are we not teaching them to fail? We grow up with this distorted view of the world where failure is not supposed to happen and when it does it means we’re doing something wrong, but that's not the case. Because failure is not the opposite of success, failure is a part of success.
Wisdom, Walden, and Withdrawal “...if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours,”( Thoreau 625). Henry David Thoreau shares his journey and experiences throughout Walden. Thoreau speaks greatly about the elements of self reliance and achieving goals. Several of Thoreau's lessons are still relevant in today's society, two of his fundamental ideas are that wisdom does not come from education and that loneliness is not the same thing as being alone. Wisdom is not gained merely by time, but by meticulous studying and practice.