Compton says the film is a surprise hit among high school teachers, who see in it a clear message for students: Work harder. After Sue Reynolds saw it in November, she ordered 210 copies. "The film's very compelling because you've got the data, you've got experts that are very compelling, and you also see with your own eyes what's happening in classrooms and homes in other countries," says Reynolds, executive director of the American Student Achievement Institute, a non-profit based in Columbus,
In the Newsweek article “A Liberating Curriculum,” Roberta Borkat offers an example of a new grading program. Students now want to receive higher grades, but not do any homework or participate in class. Borkat writes how she has wasted over twenty years of her life grading papers and preparing lessons. She regrets how she has caused in convenience to over a thousand students. Borkat was enlightened on this when she was verbally attacked by one of her students.
Soon we will have charges pressed against us just for breathing each other’s air. For example, my little sister who is thirteen years old, recently entered into a science fair. As I see her constantly working on her project, she is always improving her project every time she works on it, working very hard and making the family proud. Finally, the day of the science fair was here. I have never seen her so excited to go to school and show-off all her hard work, time, and effort she has put in this project.
She seemed illiterate. However, later she realizes her ignorance was really a gift: she finds if she had read the books at an earlier age, she couldn’t have understood 90 percent of their content, and to reread them later would be unlikely. Fortunately, she realizes she can now read, and understand more. In this essay, Schine wants to show us that reading is life-long process. Her life experience is a good example that it is never too late to start reading.
Alissa Ringeisen First-Year Writing Fairbanks 8 October 2012 Lives on the Boundary: Mike Rose In Lives on the Boundary, Mike Rose is observing a teacher, Dr. Gunner, in the English A course at UCLA. Many other professors and students call this course the “Bonehead” course because it is the lowest English course offered at UCLA. This course was designed for the slow, or remedial learners, the ones that were considered “marginal”. Dr. Gunner, however, saw potential for these students. She challenged her students to show their intelligence.
“Real Women Have Curves” is a movie about how a young Mexican-American teen struggling with self-confidence is able to mature and overcome the discouragement by her mother and get an education. Anna, a recent graduate at Beverly Hills High School, struggles with the stereotype of Mexican teenagers not getting a college education. Traveling from her home in East Los Angeles to Beverly Hills High School every morning, Anna, with the help of her teacher, has the confidence of getting a college education instilled in her. As Anna continues to find hope in receiving a college education, the stereotype of Mexican-American families plays a role in the back of her head. Anna’s mother telling her she is overweight, their lack of money, and the desperate need of help at their families factory brings Anna back to what she thinks is the reality of a Mexican-American teenager living in the lower class of society.
Madera’s desire to overcome her language barrier caused her to decide to go back to college and take English courses (79). Madera had taken her weakness into her own hands and decided to fix it by going back to school. She realizes that the way she speaks does not show the type of person that she, but her writing does (80). “The Bar of Gold” also talks about how the protagonist, Weeping John, is his own constraint, and because of that he is not able to move forward. In this folktale, Weeping John is constantly sick because he is worried about how his family will survive after his death (Gold 148).
She understands that people come from different environments and everyone can learn; they just need to be motivated. Mary once blamed the poor academic skills the students have today on things like drugs and divorce for poor motivation and concentration. She describes starting the day with concentration principles buy the way she walks into her class. If her style of teaching doesn’t work then she will fail the student. Mary’s son a High School senior was in the jeopardy of flunking English.
We see this when she writes in her novel, the book thief, "I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." This shows the reader that Liesel has realized the manipulative power of words and because of that hopes that through reading and writing compassionately she has ‘made them right’. We are shown the ability of words to comfort when Liesel reads to everyone while they wait for the air raids to finish. Death Narrates, “For at least 20 minutes she handed out the story. The youngest kids were soothed by her voice and everyone else saw visions of the whistler running from the crime scene.”- page 389 This shows that words can transport people into another world, giving them some temporary relief from their struggles and fears.
Akeelah is a young black girl from south Los Angeles living with her widowed mother, her sister, and her niece. Needless to say, Akeelah is in a low-income household. However, although Akeelah lives in a poor household, she is extremely intelligent as this is evident through her unique ability to memorize and spell a vast majority of words at her young age. Without the consent of her disapproving mother, Akeelah enters her school’s spelling bee and wins. The movie continues with Akeelah gradually reaching the national level of spelling bee tournaments with the help of her coach, Dr. Larabee, her principal, and the community she lives in.