The Flood of Noah is one of the most legendary stories in the Bible. The story instigates with the world being “corrupt in God’s sight” and “full of violence”. God tells a man named Noah to construct an ark for himself, his three sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. He moreover instructs Noah to fetch two of “all living creatures”, male and female, and care for all of them. (Noah did not need to walk for the animals approached him.) “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Gen. 6.22) After seven days, floodwaters arose onto the earth and wiped out all existing fauna and individuals not on the ark. For forty days and forty nights, it poured. The flood sustained for a hundred and fifty days. On the seventeenth day of the seventeenth month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Continue reading →
“What’s done is done.” These famous words from Shakespeare’s Macbeth still apply to our lives over 400 years later. There isn’t a point in living in the past; you can’t undo it. Living in the moment means to move on with your life and forget about past troubles and mistakes. Live each day as it was the first day of your life. You can’t undo it anymore. Continue reading →
This morning, I went downstairs to see my brother watching “Handy Manny” on the television. The title opening played and I saw a Hispanic handyman with a stubborn middle-aged Caucasian male interacting. I was shocked to see these stereotypes. While they may or may not have been intended, yes, Handy Manny does include stereotypes. Watch the intro and you’ll see what I mean:
Here in America, the Hispanic and other minorities are the nice, kind workers and serve the rich, white people. (Handy Manny) Here in America, the Americans are stuck up snobs that think they’re better than the working classes and think they can do everything on their own. (Mr. Lopart) These are absolutely HORRIBLE cliches of America.
It’s sickening. Disney needs to look for subliminal messages before they post or publish their TV shows; they’re preparing a new wave of racism. Children do not notice these subliminal messages and are almost always pulled into this racism. (Think Nazi!)
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A lot of people are content with these school systems. We learn reading. We learn writing. We learn arithmetic. Now we also learn history and science. We are trained to be good workers, too. But why?
The school system originated in Prussia about 200 years ago to create “good employees.” Basically, we are expected to do the normal — get a job, retire, die. But how about the percentage of people who want to OWN businesses? That requires management of money.
Unfortunately, from all the schools I have been to, none of them teach a thing about money except weird math problems nobody needs. Most do not know the difference between assets and liabilities; that is very simple. You are expected to learn it on your own. Many would say “it’s easy to learn that you should save money,” but how about the number of people in credit card debt? Illegitimate!
Back to about school, there are still more things wrong. What’s with the relearning of information? I don’t see why this is. The first six or so weeks in a school year are spent on reviewing last year’s information. Pointless.
This is mainly because of summer break. Why does it have to be 14 week long where you forget about everything? I know that it’s for farmers and all (which most of us are not) but why is America assuming that we’re farmers? Maybe a 4 week summer break would actually be suitable to at least people living in cities and have 1 week breaks every 2 or 3 weeks.
Also, there is the issue of homework. Why go to school when you must do work at home? I understand essays and projects and all that but what about math homework? You learn the math at school then you do homework at home. Why can’t we just be assessed based on our tests, quizzes, or classwork? For the challenged and behind, they could do homework. For the really good kids who think it’s a waste of time, let us NOT do homework. It should be extra credit.
Overall, there are many things wrong with school systems today that need to be fixed. If I had the chance, I would change everything to this ideal school. The year-round thing is really something that should be considered. Most of all, just fix our schools!