Thursday, October 8, 2015

School; is it making or breaking us?

Suli's message in the video is to not let your test scores determine your intelligence. Everyone thinks differently and learns differently. Society teaches us that we have to think the way the teacher teaches us, and if we don't, then we are wrong. The video said how we all love education, but hate school.  The irony in the video is that parents are telling their kids to do their work and learn all this material, but they don't even use the material themselves. Why learn something we will never use? Our grades don't measure how smart we are. If we are all different people, then why are we tested by the same means? We all learn differently and test differently.  Although he makes a strong point about grades not determining our success and intelligence, I don't agree with him supporting drop outs or not going to college. In this day and age, no matter how hard it gets, you will always do better if you stay in school. You are more likely to get the job you want by going to school. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hitler Youth

Life as a teenager in 1930s Germany was filled with difficult choices. Most families were not very wealthy at all. That was hard as it is. Now, when children go to the Hitler Youth program, it becomes a whole new world of issues. The Hitler Youth was filled with propaganda. The idea was to brainwash the children and it worked very well. On the contrary, some parents were not too fond of it and the people who ran the Hitler Youth knew that. They would have a dedicated story time with the goal of having kids turn people in that spoke out against Hitler.  Some kids would turn in their own parents. It was very hard for children because they would learn things at the Hitler Youth and then they would come home and hear the exact opposite from their parents. The children were faced with decisions of obeying their parents or deciding to turn in their parents. At such a young age, the kids are easily swayed. Life was definitely not as simple as the propaganda posters made it seem.