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All Children are Equal

For this year’s capstone project, I would like to focus on SDG 4 (quality education). I see that schools for children of rural migrants are in much worse condition than local schools. They receive fewer resources and have worse academics. I believe that the children of migrant workers should deserve the same attention as an average student in China. Therefore, my main research question is In what ways can we help improve conditions for rural migrant children in schools for migrants?

From this project, I hope to learn the living conditions for migrant workers and their families, and how these children differ from us right now in international and local schools. I hope for more people to focus on the topic of the children of rural migrants as they live in harsher conditions and most are living in poverty. The average migrant worker in 2016 only earned about 3275 yuan which is under the minimum wage of the US a month. Even though the migrants only make a small portion of each city, civilians still need to know the problems our neighbors are facing.

For feedback, I would like to expect constructive feedback that is very specific since somebody saying that it’s too vague and saying nothing else is going to be a hard time for me.

Citations:

“Schools for Migrant Children Vanishing as Beijing Combats Population Growth.” Schools for Migrant Children Vanishing as Beijing Combats Population Growth – Caixin Global, www.caixinglobal.com/2017-08-21/101132981.html.

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The Loyalist: Journal of an unnamed man in the American Revolution

I was an ordinary man living in the wrong time. I was a British loyalist; I was a British shop owner; I was a loyal soldier of the British army; I was a hater of the colonists; I was a man with a seek for revenge; I was a proud man back then. However, later on, I was a tired man; I was a man full of fear; I was a man desperate to live; I was no longer loyal. Many things around me had changed in the timespan, but I changed the most.

They have overthrown us however they have still continued many things. They continued shipping people from Africa and forcing them to become slaves. We had promised the slaves their freedom, but because we had failed out duty. Now they are still under the cruel hands of colonists doing the unimaginable work they might be doing. The “Declaration of Independence” was supposed to make all men “equal” yet they still have slavery and women can’t vote. What a joke. My wife was infuriated by this and said that the colonies were just full of propaganda. Luckily, we didn’t completely lose all of our lands. We still had the disciplined colonies of Canada in the north who are better in a million ways than the colonies in the war.

Some things changed once we stepped off our land. They have this disgusting type of government that they call a “Republic”. Now even peasants can run for leader. This is going to make their government corrupt! Instead of having a very obvious royal line to see who is the next leader, everyone votes for the leader. That means they could accidentally vote for a person that they should not have trusted! They voted for the general, George Washington, as “president”. I really dislike this way they have organized their government. And now there are varieties of unethical religions that people are now following like those tiny, weak protestant religions. I am a hundred percent sure that the colonies are going off far worse without Britan when we were still there to support them.

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No more taxes

This video is a based on the format of a Youtube channel called common craft. This video is about the American Revolution, what continued after it, and what changed. We start off at 1763 where the Seven-years war ends and the British are in debt. How do the British solve this problem? They tax the colonists on the land they fought for in the Seven-years war. The colonists were infuriated by this and one act after another the colonists had enough and the American Revolution sparked.

 

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The Actual Story of a Caring Man

As Chris once said in his lifetime “Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.” Chris McCandless was 24 when he died of starvation in the Yukon regions of Alaska. He had been evading his parents right after he graduated college at the age of 22. He was extremely undersupplied and overconfident in his hike at Alaska, which resulted in his death. Therefore, many reporters claimed that he was an ignorant, foolish man. However, Jon Krakauer, the author of this book Into the Wild, saw Chris differently. In this book, Krakauer showed many examples of Chris being a smart and caring man instead of the man many people saw.

At the start of the book, it stated that Chris McCandless was desperate to eradicate poverty in the world. Chris was born into a rich family and had everything he needed, but it was only later on in early high school did he realize the problems the world was facing. He saw the poor neighborhoods crumbling and people in tattered garments. He was infuriated by the fact that he himself had abundant amounts of resources yet other people were in agony: “’Chris didn’t understand how people could be possibly be allowed to go hungry, especially in this country,’ says Billie. ‘He would rave about that kind of thing for hours.’” (Krakauer 113). Chris would suggest living styles to low-class people such as homeless people and drug addicts and give food to the starving. “’So he spent the ten bucks on a big bag of hamburgers, and we drove around handing them out to smelly guys sleeping on grates.’” (114). As a result, everyone in the town loved McCandless. He was a caring man who persisted in helping others and sacrificing his own life and time. Chris’s actions are connected with a person in real life named Karl Marx. Marx believed that everyone should be equal and that everything should be distributed equally. Chris is the same. They both couldn’t understand why society was uneven, and why life had to be run by rules by people on the so-called “high class”. Despite living in different times, they are very similar.

 

Moreover, Chris was a gifted student from the first second he was born. He excelled at every subject. He even achieved to get candy by sneaking from his house to a neighbor’s when he was two. “At the age of two, he got up in the middle of the night, found his way outside without waking his parents, and entered a house down the street to plunder a neighbor’s candy drawer.” (106). He planted his own crops when he was a small kid and sold them around the neighborhood like wildfire with persuasion and cuteness. Chris was put through numerous gifted programs and classes om school. He was so good he could excel at anything without trying. He later went to Emory University, one of the best universities in the US. After graduation, he decided to run away and planned it cleverly. He didn’t use his social number anymore so his parents couldn’t track him, changed his name completely, and never mentioned anything about his past to strangers. Therefore, he used his gifts and tricks he learned from the streets to his advantage in his lifetime.

Furthermore, Chris tried to persuade many people to follow his way of life. He thought that nature was the answer to all problems because of the diverse freedom it gives. From a small age, Chris fell in love with Jack London’s book about the Alaskan wilderness. His dad took him on hikes every year increasing his bond with nature. He hated the fact of social classes and differences in society today and saw nature as a way to escape that where no rules apply. Therefore, he tried to influence people about nature such as his coworkers and friends he met on his journey. He met a great man on his journey named Franz. Franz was an old leather worker when he met Chris. Franz lost his wife and son growing extremely depressed. In order to get happier, he adopted and raised Okinawan kids and went cold turkey with alcohol. Chris changed Franz’s life. He made Franz sell his apartment and live in a tent with Chris, encouraged Franz to go to the wild, and most of all made Franz’s life more meaningful. When Franz found out Chris died in Alaska, he was devastated: “’So on December 26, when I learned what happened, I renounced the lord, I withdrew my church membership and became an atheist. I decided I couldn’t believe in a God who would let something that terrible happen to a boy like Alex.’” (60). Chris McCandless was so influential to all of the people he met that he left big impacts on them. Chris was like family to them.

 

In conclusion, going to Alaska underprepared was a terrible mistake, but it doesn’t mean other people can do it. Everybody makes mistakes, a gifted person like Chris can even make mistakes. The author, John Krakauer, is trying to show that even though many points of view see him as a bad person, it is different in his and other people’s view. You can’t judge someone based on the action but why might they have done it. That is why Chris is not stupid but a kind and smart man. So in the future, do you judge someone from their past, or themselves?

Citations:

Nelson, Bryan. “7 People Who Gave up on Civilization to Live in the Wild.” MNN – Mother Nature Network, Mother Nature Network, 31 May 2017, www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/7-people-who-gave-up-on-civilization-to-live-in-the-wild/7-people-who-gave-up-on-civilization-to-live-in-the-wild-1.

Adam Read – Norway and Australia. “Christopher McCandlessaka Alexander Supertramp.”Chris McCandless Now I Walk Into The Wild Biography | Christopher McCandless Journal, www.christophermccandless.info/bio.html.
“Jon Krakauer Menu.” Jon Krakauer, www.jonkrakauer.com/bios/jon-krakauer.
Author), Jon Krakauer (Goodreads, et al. “Into the Wild.” By Jon Krakauer, www.goodreads.com/book/show/1845.Into_the_Wild.

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Theme of the State

This blog post is about “Tom Clancey’s Op-center State of Siege” from the series Tom Clancey’s Op-center by Tom Clancey. The blog post covers the theme of the text and how it develops over the course of the story.


Citations:

“The Newspaper Clipping Generator.” Create Your Own Fun Newspaper, www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp.

Jeff Rovin (Goodreads Author), Tom Clancy (Series Creator), Steve Pieczenik (Series Creator), et al. “State of Siege (Tom Clancy’s Op-Center, #6).” State of Siege (Tom Clancy’s Op-Center, #6) by Jeff Rovin, www.goodreads.com/book/show/957374.State_of_Siege.

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Weight Loss 🚫 Drugs

Body shaping drugs can cause many physical problems such as heart disease, confusion and more. One example is DNP which causes overheating to the body and cataract. It used to be used as a pesticide and explosive and was banned by the FDA in 1939. But they still sell the drug today and is commonly used by athletes. A healthier alternative for athletes is to eat a healthy diet and work out for a reasonable amount of time.

Category:  Grade 8 ,PE      Tagged: , , ,

Why Swim?

So my SMART goal was to mainly improve my diving but also work a little on freestyle. I improved my diving by using the frog diving practice where I carefully aim my dive. I also improved my freestyle by breathing on the side instead of looking up. I didn’t change my arm and that can affect my speed so I need to keep my arm close to my head. I honestly loved the unit especially when we learned how to play water polo.

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A refugee…

 

 

That day was like Helios punishing us,

Along with his companion the searing, scalding Sahara sand,

We were just walking under and above their rage,

It was torrid and making my coarse skin leak,

But I wasn’t suffering alone in the heat.

Alongside other people like me trudge,

Everyone stripped down like flayed fish,

Their faces polluted with fatigue.

 

We all had the same goal:

The refugee camps in Germany.

They said it wasn’t overpopulated,

It wasn’t violent, it wasn’t squalid.

My parents said it was “the best in the world”,

That it would be the hope of our dreams,

But of course, that would be a lie.

 

We had arrived.

It was more squalid than Sudan,

The citizens mocked us in an alien language,

There were miles of living flesh.

Why would hope not be on my side?

Why would no one help me?

 

My poem was about the life of a Refugee came from Africa and was trying to run to Germany. He arrives their only to find it really bad and is hopeless. I thought I did ok. I was fluent and looked around the room. I was most proud of trying to use emotion in my poem and also using more advanced language than vague words like bad or hot.

Citation:

Sputnik. “’Inhumane’ Conditions for Refugees in Forgotten French Camp.” Sputnik International, 6 Jan. 2016, sputniknews.com/europe/201601061032752841-inhumane-conditions-dunkirk-refugee-camp/.

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Rebellion of the Box

My initial thought on the Boxer Rebellion is that cultural differences have to be improved since when people have differences, most would try to force each other to accept their own so I think the boxer rebellion should be a lesson showing that cultural differences can cause deaths and we need to embrace cultural differences so there would be less violence.

I am curious about why can’t some people accept other peoples belief and result in violence to support their belief.

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Conflicted Gunslinger

The blog post is about the Dark Tower series book 1 “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King. In I covered internal conflict in my multimedia with a trailer. In the trailer, it shows how he faced difficult decisions such as if he should kill the boy Jake or not. I used scenes from the movie and added my own quotes and slides to make the story of the book in the trailer more clearer.

 

Citations:

SonyPictures. “THE DARK TOWER – Official Trailer (HD).” YouTube, YouTube, 3 May 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY&t=9s.

SonyPictures. “THE DARK TOWER – Man in Black.” YouTube, YouTube, 4 June 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZszDYi5FCE.

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