Chinese Education’s Unseen Side

The Capstone project is a project where students focus on one issue in China that they think is very important. In this project, I focused on the topic of migrant education where migrant children in cities are not receiving an adequate education. I have learned much about my topic from research such as learning that there are a huge number of migrant minors displaced in major cities that have to go to “migrant schools“; the migrant schools are illegal according to China’s laws and receive no funding or help from the government. I have tried to contribute to the topic by raising awareness as when I was doing my survey, I realized that many people were unaware of the topic and decided to raise awareness through a PSA in my capstone project. I believed that in the city, many would receive a good education due to the fact that some metropolises are extremely modern and should have the resources to provide good education, however, learning about the migrant students has made me realize that these resources are not being distributed evenly. One skill I learned when surveying people is to always be polite and respect others decision when they refuse to be surveyed. If I could do this project again, I would try to make my survey questions more simple as many people were confused as they had little knowledge about the topic of migrant education. If you’re doing the Capstone Project in the future, I would recommend making surveys very simple or try to give a very informational introduction of the topic when surveying others so that they can fully understand and answer with confidence.

(Parabolas+Quadratics) • Catapults = Catapult Project

Module 4 in Algebra 1 exposes us students to a new world of quadratics. We learn different forms of writing equations for parabolas such as standard form and vertex form to memorizing the quadratic formula. The catapult project is one of the projects in the module where we have to build a catapult and calculate the distance needed between the catapult and the target to have the perfect parabola to start from the catapult and end at the target. For the first two days of the parabola, we designed and built our catapults in the Fab Lab. Here is a picture of us building our catapult:

 After that, the next few days, we did a test fire and recorded it onto a video. We took the video and put it into logger pro so we could graph the pathway of the ping pong ball into a parabola. The parabola than became our parabola for height vs time.

After that, we then continued on to create a graph for height vs distance. We used points from the y-intercept, vertex, and second x-intercept to create a parabola that goes through all of these points. Theis method was used in both our height vs time and height vs distance graphs. Here are the parabolas from our height vs time and height vs distance graphs.

Height vs Time                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Height vs Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then used the parabolas to calculate the distance of the catapult and the target needs to be and used it in the catapult challenge.

REFLECTION:

We were very successful in this project. In the catapult challenge, we got 14 out of the 30 shots and got 2 successful shots in the mystery challenge. I learned how to incorporate real-life videos into parabolas and how to use parabolas to calculate the distance needed to put between two objects.

Some challenges my group met was building the catapult. The catapult was very big and the hot glue couldn’t hold it very well. I would change this by using wood glue instead of super glue.

This project helped me learn quadratics by learning how to create parabolas by just using points such as the vertex, x-intercept, and y-intercept. Overall, I learned a lot from the Catapult Project.

Polymer Project Journal 4

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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.

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.

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.

 

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.