Thursday, February 23, 2006

memefication

YAY Trusty Getto for tagging me. Yay!!!

Hard questions meme

1: Black and White or Color; how do you prefer your movies?

However they were originally done. Colorized B&W always bugs me. But at the same time, if a movie is in color, I don't want it to be in B&W.

2: What is the one single subject that bores you to near-death?

Sports. I just don't care. It's a game, for Pete's sake. Although I have enjoyed learning about football lately. sshh. don't tell.

3: MP3s, CDs, Tapes or Records: what is your favorite medium for prerecorded music?

CD's, I suppose. But I love my iPod for its portability, and the sound quality is pretty darn good.

4: You are handed one first class trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and ten million dollars cash. All of this is yours provided that you leave and not tell anyone where you are going ... ever. This includes family, friends, everyone. Would you take the money and ticket and run?

I assume that this question assumes that there is no chance of returning. If I had to leave forever, heck no!
If I could return, heck yes! And I'd go to Paris for a month and invest the money so it'd grow and grow and grow, and live off the interest.

5: Seriously, what do you consider the world's most pressing issue now?

The devaluing of education and hard work. Kids these days (not all, but MANY of the ones I work with!) expect everything to be handed to them. They ask for "help" with an assignment, and expect you to basically do it for them. School is not something valued - it's a punishment, and teachers are the enemy. People need to stop placing so much emphasis on entertainment (e.g. sports, TV, etc.) and place it more on the things that matter.

Otherwise - I'd say it's the hero-ization (yay new words!) of the bad-ass. Ever notice that the people who were once thought to be upright citizens are now satirized beyond belief in the popular media? craziness.

6: How would you rectify the world's most pressing issue?

Make education rules more stringent. This is my rant from a localized perspective, but it applies everywhere. For example: It's fine that New York requires a whole pile of Regents exams for a high school diploma, but for crap's sake, stop making it so that a rock could pass all the exams! (In NY, a "passing" grade on a Regents exam is 55%.) Not everyone was born to have a Regents diploma. Rework a non-Regents program, and make sure that people understand that there is also honor to be had in doing blue-collar work. Stop assuming that fairness is always equal. To me, making my student who wrote the "I am" poem pass a Regents exam in chemistry is unfair. It is MORE fair, and more beneficial to him to place him in a vocational school where he can learn a trade that will help him secure a decent job. He needs to learn how to wash and take care of himself. He needs to know how to do laundry. If he can barely wash his hands, what the heck is the point of asking him to define ionic bonds? Teach him to wash his hands and clothes first. Then start talking about ionic bonds.

In non-ranting terms: take a closer look at the kids these days, and teach them what they need to know FIRST, and then teach them the academics. On my top priority list for the population I teach:
1a. personal hygiene, especially dental care and cleanliness
1b. LITERACY! Half my students can't even read!!!
2. keeping a home: laundry, basic cooking skills, sewing on buttons, etc.
3. keeping a budget. How to manage money. (Math skills come in here, folks)
4a. emotional health and self-expression: sports, music, hobbies
4b. academics

7: You are given the chance to go back and change one thing in your life; what would that be?

I actually would have paid attention in some of my academic classes in high school. Especially history.

8: You are given the chance to go back and change one event in world history, what would that be?

Beavis and Butthead.

9: A night at the opera, or a night at the Grand Ole' Opry --Which do you choose?

Opera, as long as it's a good one!

10: What is the one great unsolved crime of all time you'd like to solve?

I'm with Trusty on this one: JFK. Bull about the magic bullet.

11: One famous author can come to dinner with you. Who would that be, and what would you serve for the meal?

Gail Godwin. Chicken francaise over spinach with a nice risotto on the side, a nice green salad, creme brulee for dessert. And a beautifully dry white wine with citrus notes.

12: You discover that John Lennon was right, that there is no hell below us, and above us there is only sky -- what's the first immoral thing you might do to celebrate this fact?

Honestly, the idea of actually consciously doing something immoral upsets me. Why can't people be good just for the sake of being good?

rant, rant, rant.

But that was REALLY fun! It got me thinking!

I officially tag: JJ, Sonja, Jess, and anyone else who would like to answer. :D

2 Comments:

Blogger trusty getto said...

Excellent answers, Emily. Thanks for playing along :)

February 24, 2006 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Michel said...

Bonjour Emily . Je suis de retour .

J ' ai retenu de tes réponses que tu déplores le peu de goût pour l ' étude de nombreux jeunes gens et leur manque d ' effort et d 'initiative . Ce n ' est pas la première fois que j ' entends dire cela à propos des étudiants américains . Mais alors comment expliquer que les USA ont les meilleures universités du monde et collectionnent les Prix Nobel ? Comment expliques - tu cela .? Toi - même tu es une jeune et tu as beaucoup travaillé et continue de travailler dur .
J' ai vu aussi que tu rêves toujours de Paris . Mais la France c ' est la " vieille Europe " décrépie !! :)
Amitié à toi
Michel

February 26, 2006 1:03 PM  

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