Thursday, September 30, 2010

"This uninvolvement-Its like a disease"

It's 11 PM and you're in in your New York City apparement. You hear screams outside. You vaguely recognise the screams as the screams of the girl who lives a few apparements down. What do you do? Go down and confront her assailent? Call the police?
Would you do nothing?
Now put yourself in the girl's shoes. She works as a bartender every night, and usually locked up the bar every night. However on this night, she left early. The streets were quiet as she made her way back to her appartment. She didn't know she was being followed by a silent shadow.
She was in front of her appartment building the the shadow attacks. He stabbed her, attacking for about ten minutes, the girl screaming the whole time.
Nobody bothered to see what was going on.
Eventually, somebody yelled and the assailent ran off. The girl then sat for 15 minutes, calling for help.
Nobody paid any attention.
The criminal finally came back and finished her off. somebody made a short annonymous call. That was it. When the cops came to investigate, nobody would open to door for them. The people who talked to them, it was always through the door.
Why did nobody help? Why did nobody even call the cops?
I believe it was out of fear. People didn't want to become the next victim of the evil killer, and they feared talking to the cops because, after so long of not reacting, the cops may have tried to punish them for not reacting.
But isn't helping or calling the cops just common sense? why don't people just help? yet they don't. However, when people DO help, they are considered a hero. But are they really a hero? Weren't they just doing the right thing? So why are they called a hero? Perhaps people need to stop letting their fear outweigh their morals, because it is no good for anyone.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Whats with the word "wrong"?

What is "wrong"? You get told all the time thet you're wrong, I bet. Everyone says nothing can be wrong in a blog. I'm hoping this is true because I have no idea what I'm doing to be honest. But really, can ANY writing be wrong? Most of the "rules" in the 'writing handbook' can be easily bent. Perhaps the rules only exist because people don't see that writing isn't like science or math. Nothing about it is set in stone. It all about opinion and expression, so it is an art. I don't know why I'm really thinking about this. I just know today I was writing during Spanish class(I can not pay attention in that class. Too long.) and a boy took my paper(it was a random poem) and told me it was bad. Now I am a very nice person, but you just don't insult my writing. Ever. It just doesn't go down well. And I've been thinking about that all day. Then I thought about how my enlgish teacher tells us that there is nothing wrong or bad in writing. Only things to improve on. I threw away the poem. I don't normally keep the ones I write. I never really like them.
Woahh now getting off topic. I have decided that no matter what I write in this blog, I won't backspace.
So, back to things being "wrong". When I speak of this, I'm mostly thinking of english teachers. Although most say they will never judge what you write, they always do. Last year I wrote a poem, we only had to write a poem about anything we wanted, and my teacher didn't mark anything wring with it. Yet I got a 93. Where did the points get taken off? My teacher didn't like the topic. It was about a girl who doed of suicide, and it was told from 3 points of view. Maybe I'll post it one day.
Enlgish teachers seem to only want to hold us down from our full writing potential. They don't let us think about our prompts, or put our opinion into it. Its... Stale. Boring. And they try and hold us down with rules. For example, "the thesis statement must be the last sentance of the first paragraph". Total lie that costs countless kids point off an essay.
I don't believe writing is something that can be graded, as the world seems to think. The rules are must to strict for the art, and many children don't see writing for the freedom it is. It's the freedom of expression, a way to say things that you can't word with your mouth, whether it be due to fear or any other reason.

Gym Teachers: Too Harsh?

I will admit, I'm not too athletic, or really good at sports at all to be honest. Today in gym class, my gym teacher told us "If you can't hold your feet 6 inches above the ground for 40 seconds, you're stomach muscles aren't strong enough." Now, I can understand the point in that. I could only hold them up for about 30 seconds, and that's pushing it. Same went with many of the other kids in my gym class. I understand, we aren't in the greatest shape. However, my gym teacher proceded to tell us we were all getting fat and we eat too much and things like that. Personally, I find that kind of offending. I know gym teachers can be harsh, but I should think a 10th grade teacher could have more tact than to outright call her children fat. Children are not going to respong to that. They will only say "that woman is a *****" and be done with it. It will not make children do any better in gym class in my opinion. Most kids are not in gym class to get exerscise because they like it, they're in there because it is required and they just want to get it over with, with as little work as possible. I told my mother about this and she told me about how my generation is the first generation to have a lower life expectancies than our parents because we are so out of shape. Maybe this is true, but I don't believe this makes it okay to call a child fat or to insult them they way my teacher did today. You're opinion?