Free Tuition, NOT!

I do not think that tuition should be free to all those with 80% or higher. We should look at this argument in a logical manner. In “theory” this sounds like a great plan, but only in theory. It is unattainable and would ruin the post-secondary school system forever. And in turn all residents of the country.  The incentive to get 80% would be so strong, that everyone would try and achieve that goal. You would have more and more students graduating with high grades. No one would pay for their education. Where does the colleges get their money? From tuition! No tuition, no money. Where would the money have to come from? The provincial government. Where do they get their money? The taxpayers of Ontario. Our taxes would be hiked to cover the cost of running the colleges. The Ontario government may also ask the federal government to up payments to the province, again creating a tax burden on the resident or Canada. So, it’s easy to see if we look beyond the noble gesture of free tuition, how it would affect all the taxpayers Canada.

Harvard Vs. The Prisoners

  • In a debate between a champion Harvard debating team and prison inmates, who do you think would win? Why?

In the debate between the Champion Harvard Debating Team and prison inmates, I believe that the inmates would win the debate. The reasoning for my belief is purely a cultural and socio-economic one. I think that the team from Harvard would have a hard time with this topic.  Most of the Harvard debate team would have come from a privileged background. Many would have never attended public school with illegal immigrants. I believe that the prisoners would be more in touch with this topic and would be able to defend and argue the points better. They may have firsthand knowledge of the system, or know of someone who has had to deal with the situation.

 

  • Which side do you think would be more likely to defend the rights of illegal immigrants? Why?

I think that the Prison inmates would be more likely to defend the rights of the illegal immigrants. As stated above, I feel that the inmates would be more in touch with the situation than the Harvard Students. My reasoning is because the Harvard Students may come from a more sheltered background because of the status that they have (rich, privileged).  The inmates would be exposed to more illegal immigrants. Possibly some of them are illegal immigrants and this topic has affected them on a personal level. The way I answered it seems almost racist, which I am not. But to me it makes sense.

Persuasive Blog

As an only child, I became very proficient at being persuasive with my parents. To add to that I am the child of a divorced family. I learned all the tricks to persuade them to my wants or needs.  My son also has picked up these skills to persuade myself to his way of thinking or something that he wants. I do believe that it is an inherent skill that all children pick up from infancy. Call it survival or getting on your parents’ nerves. It works!

I learned a plethora of skills to persuade things to my way. Slight hints placed in strategic places in conversation was a great skill. What I was trying to persuade them to do or get me was never too far from their minds.  I found tears were a very good persuasive skill, but I never took a fit like I witness kids doing today, but would not use them too much.  I didn’t want to hurt them. As I got older I found that sitting down and talking to them and stating my case would work if it was something that made sense or was a viable. You start to understand you can’t get everything you want the older you get. But then your own child starts to try their persuasive skills and the whole cycle starts again. And no matter how bad ass you think you are, it is always hard to say no to a persuasive child.

The art of persuasion is a skill; Sometimes I think it is a survival skill. We all use it in our daily life. As easy as getting someone to say yes is a persuasive skill. Sometimes we have to work at it, sometimes we don’t.  Helen, Can I persuade you for a great mark?

True Writing is Rewriting!

The article on True Writing   was an interesting read. I did find it a little dry and long, but didn’t mind it overall. I really enjoyed the comment; “You burn your way through the story in a blaze of creativity and then, depending on whether you have a tendency to over-write or under-write, you’re faced with the task of either pruning a jungle or coaxing a desert to bloom.” (Shope, B. B. (2002). True Writing is Rewriting. Retrieved October 30, 2016, from http://fmwriters.com/Visionback/Issue9/true.htm). Very funny and true comment.

The tip that I thought made the most sense to me and I would like to incorporate into my writing is “Once is Not Enough”.  I have discovered that rewriting my first draft with inputs and critiques from my peers has really helped with my writing. A second or even third pair of eyes on my work has helped me tremendously. It helped me focus in on areas I may not be strong in. I never realized the benefit of rewriting my work. In the past I tried to get it done all at once (and leave it to the last minute). Now I know that writing and rewriting leads to a better end product. I guess I’m still learning this new way of writing. It has changed since I did it years ago in school. Maturity has taught me a lot…but don’t let anyone know that, I’m still a kid at heart.

Overall I am enjoying this journey of writing. To be honest more than I thought I would at the beginning of the course. Hopefully I can continue to grow my writing skills and become a more accomplished writer.

The Last Stop – A Story and Citation

“I followed him through an arched doorway into a chapel which smelled musty and old. The illumination came from sunlight filtered through a stained glass ceiling.” (Cable, pg. 58).  I really found this passage from  The Last Stop to be very descriptive. I immediately had a vision in my mind’s eye from past experiences with funeral homes, unfortunately to many for my liking.

The description of the chapel to me was very vivid. I could smell the must in the air. I could see the sunlight shining through the stained glass window. I could see the dust floating through the air in between the beams of sunlight.

I’ve done the same walk that the author spoke of. Meeting in the office with the funeral director. Discussing final arrangements, what the deceased wanted to take place during the service. The soft music playing in the background as you waited. I remember the walk to the “showroom” where all the coffins and urns and trinkets used by different faiths were on display. Even the little jokes to ease the tension. I always thought that if I am going to spend that much money on a coffin, I want to be able to be able to use it now. Set it up for Halloween. Use it as an extra bed when those unexpected guests come over. It would make a great conversational piece. Use it as a buffet table. Pimp up the casket use some lights, music, that would be me!

It’s amazing how that one passage brought all that to the forefront of my mind. But a good author can instill memories and thoughts that bring you to a certain time and place. It is a true talent of description, like music that brings us back, makes you remember.

Axelrod, Rise B., Cooper Charles Raymond (2002). The Last Stop. Cable, Brian.  The Concise Guide to Writing, pg. 57-60.

Best Interviewers

The article “What The Best Interviewers Get Right” was a very informative piece that as a reader I really enjoyed. I agreed with most of his observations on interviewing. I found it intriguing of his compare and contrast of the interviewing styles of Howard Stern and Charlie Rose. Personally, I never gave Howard Stern a thought about his interviewing style. Mainly because of all the “shock jock” connotations surrounding him.

The advice that the author gave for interviewing were all well founded and would lead to a great interview. The one piece of advice that I found to possibly be hard for myself to follow, was to not be afraid to interrupt (Casel, B. (n.d.). What The Best Interviewers Get Right. Retrieved October 10, 2016, from http://casjam.com/what-the-best-interviewers-get-right/). I, as an interviewer would not feel comfortable interrupting the person I was interviewing. Firstly, it has been ingrained in me not to interrupt somebody when they are talking. I try to follow that rule as much as possible. I hate it when I get interrupted, so I try and show consideration. Secondly, I don’t know if I would be able to come up with extra questions to be able to interrupt him for follow up. Or, if I would be able to try and keep the answers from getting to long. My feeling is that if they want to give me as much information as possible, I’ll take it! I can sift through the garbage to get to the treasures of information.

A great interviewer is a pleasure to watch. If they know there craft an interview can go from a boring lesson in tedium, to a masterful work of art. The advice in the article gives a good stepping stone to a great interview.

 

Robin Williams

I found the stories written in the profile method to be very well written ad kept my interest. Two of the three were very entertaining and humorous. The third was a disturbing and sad narrative on the decline of our society and how some can slip through the cracks and end up doing something terrible He Hammered A Hiking Buddy to Death Ken Otterbourg (2016, July 7) retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com .

The main reason for this blog is to think of three questions that we would ask any person living or dead if we could get the opportunity. There are so many people I would love to ask three questions and more. I think my choice would be Robin Williams. That one death
seemed to touch a nerve with society. The shock, the suddenness, the reason. And like Dave DiPaolo, he went unnoticed, slipped through the cracks.

The first question would be; “How was it to really be Robin Williams?”. I think we all need to know that answer so we can truly know what led Robin to his final decision. Question Two; “How did you come up with most of your stand-up material?” The genius of the man is legendary, his quick wit and sense of timing were amazing. I’d like to know how he came up with everything. His inspirations, background that led to the final onstage show. Finally, I would ask him; “What accomplishment are you most proud of?” Out of all his accolades and success, what in the end did he appreciate most? Charity,  comedy, philanthropy, acting, family.

I’ve always felt to truly know a person we have to know them inside and out. We all saw Robins outside. It was the inside that baffled and in the end  hurt us all.

Wikipedians Do It for Love. Really.

I am personally leery of using Wikipedia as a source for some of my information needs. The thought that someone who quite possibly has  no more knowledge on the subject then I has edited it or created it scares me. The article Wikipedians Do It for Love. Really., dives into the success of Wikipedia.

I am not painting every Wikipedian with the same brush. I am sure there are very knowledgeable scholars on there who write beautiful articles that are brimming with great information that is correct and usable. I find my use of Wikipedia is for more mundane activities, like winning a bet or looking up some fact for celebrities or sports stats. But to use it for a scholarly endeavor is not agreeable to me. Truly, I find myself re-researching what the author has written to make sure it actually is fact. My main fear is what if the information is false. What if you rely on this a gospel truth. Will the professor deduct marks for wrong information? Can you actually use the excuse; “But that’s what it said on Wiki”!  I have heard horror stories where fake Wiki entries have been made. I personally would rather go to a more scholarly source for my information.  I would use it more if it was edited by experts in the topic rather than other Wikipedians. In the end, it all comes down to trust. Do I trust what is being written down? Am I willing to use it?

For me, the distrust on the facts outweighs the information easily available. Until there is a fool proof way of providing evidence that what is written is accurate, I will use other sources for my college work.

 

Shitty First Drafts

“Shitty First Drafts” , from the title of the article I knew I was going to enjoy it.  My first impression was that it was going to be funny, and I was right. The article made me think back to my school days years ago, and the plethora of shitty first drafts I wrote. And how difficult back then it was to write first drafts.

Today we have all the luxuries of computers, Microsoft Word, the internet to help us along in our writing. It is easy to correct mistakes, as we are told where we went wrong almost instantaneously. You can even buy programs that help your writing to  be more in-depth. Gosh, I hope they work and I didn’t waste my money. So correcting your first draft is dramatically different than when I first went to school.

First drafts for me years ago was done with pen and paper. You had that ever-present ink stain on the edge of your hand where you rubbed while you wrote. Liquid Paper was in high demand….and not just to sniff.  Scratched out words and sentences were common places. You were hoping that whoever reviewed your work could read it and decipher what was scribbled on the paper. Once you were reviewed and ready for the next copy, the dreaded typewriter was used.  You prayed that you did not make a mistake in typing because you would have to start over again. I personally killed a few forests with my essays. The lucky ones were the students whose Mom’s would do the typing for them.

I look forward to doing first drafts today, save them, correct them, transfer them from one drive to another. Wow….technology how I love you!!!!!

 

“15 Reasons I Think I Should Blog” Blog

The article “15 Reasons I Think I Should Blog” was very eye opening. They were 15 more reasons than I had ever thought of before. I am a neophyte in the blogging world. Have never even considered this form of communication before.  But as in all things in life, it is a poor day when you do not learn something new.

I find in my personal tasks, be it work, home life, interactions with people, I strive for positive reinforcement or comments. But I also look for the negative feedback. I continually look for ways to improve. Input from others goes a long way in shaping the way I move forward in tasks and activities.

So I had to read all the way to the end of the article to find my niche in blogging. Positive feedback is my reason for blogging. I enjoy reading others thoughts on my work, be it positive or negative. They both have the desired effect on my work or life in general. Positive feedback gives me the confidence to continue down the path I have chosen or to continue the work that I have been doing. Negative feedback gets me back on task, lets me see my weaknesses and hopefully improve on them to better myself.

My hope is that over this semester my blogs continue to grow through the feedback of my peers and instructor. I hope to become more comfortable sharing my thoughts and ideas with the blogosphere.  I, in turn, hope that some of my positive feedback will help others achieve what they are trying to communicate in their writing.  A win/win scenario for all involved.