December 12th, 2008
Praise of the F Word
In this story the author, Mary Sherry, tells of the lack of education many adults have today. Sherry believes that the reason for this is getting by too easy at school when you are younger. Sherry, a teacher for semi-illiterate adults, tells of a story when her son was doing poorly in school and his teacher threatened to fail him. This threat made Sherry realize that his teacher was right and now she encourages this method. I agree with this story. Many teachers let children by in high school when they really need to be held back. This may make the child feel better at that time but it is just hurting them in the long run. I seen this plenty of times at my school. No business is going to want to hire a person who can not read or write well. Every person should have to try and try again until they get it right.
3. According to Sherry, teachers justify kids not doing their work because of the fact that they come from a terrible environments. Sherry thinks this is wrong because it cheats them and the employers who expect graduates to have basic skills.
2. The author’s title is misleading. It leads you to think the story will be about cursing but it is really meant to represent the word failure or flunking. I think she chose this title because even though the “F” word is not as bad as you thought it would be, failure is still a pretty bad word for most people.
December 12th, 2008
Let’s Tell the Story of All America’s Cultures
In this story the author, Yuh Ji-Yeon, tells about all the American history she never learned in her history classes as a child. She tells of never learning about all of America’s cultures, except for the white culture. She tells of being teased as a child for being Korean and not knowing the teasers were wrong. She did not know this because her teachers had never taught her all the important things Koreans did in America. In this...