Education

To Young Adults: My name is Sebastian Vaughn, student at Oak Park High School. I was assigned a book, the Count of Monte Cristo, for Honors Comp. and Lit. Call me crazy, but I like classics; ever since I played the Divine Comedy in Band, I had a deep interest in reading the corresponding book. I like to think that fueled my interest in classics. The Count of Monte Cristo did not prove me wrong. My issue from this novel is Revenge. 1. The Count of Monte Cristo portrays a story of an arrogant, adventurous sailor named Edmond Dantes. Dantes comes home from sailing on the Pharaon to marry his partner Mercedes, to find out that he has been elected Captain of the Pharaon. The Count decides to throw a party, but gets shut down quick because four men have arranged the arrest of Dantes because...
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I chose to read Hamlet by William Shakespeare for my British Literature class. At the beginning of reading this book, I was completely unsure of what I would be reading. I had only ever heard the title, but never the depth and meaning of the play. This particular play tells about a young man who struggles with grief and pain, eventually leading to a struggle with suicide. Honestly, I was a little surprised. Then I began to think. It made me consider the lives surrounding mine and how much the threat of suicide encases everyday life. Hamlet contemplates the significance of life for the duration of the play. At the beginning, young Hamlet grieves. He lost his father to death. So the fact that Hamlet is struggling with the thought of suicide in Act 1 (Scene 2) is understandable. That does...
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Brandyn Hasenohr When I was signing up for what book in my honors com and lit class I definitely did not want to read Henry V, but from reading this book I have learned that there is more to it. When I first saw this book I thought “my god” I am not going to understand any of this, and for a while at the start of the book I had to look up modern text and ask my teacher for help because this is a very hard book to understand. Although it is hard to read if you just stick with it and get through the first ACT you will definitely understand it more and really connect with it better. Going through the book I really didn’t know what I want to write about until I got to the battle scene, and then it hit me conflict. From then on I started researching marines they are always dealing with...
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The only reason I chose this book was because I heard about in the movie Easy A. I had no idea what the book was about at all. Basically, the book is about some chick named Hester who had a baby by a minister, and what she had to go through with her sin. In chapter 2, it talks about how Hester has the letter “A” placed on her chest to show how she is an adulterer. In chapter 8, Hester tells the men that came into the governor’s home that she will be able to teach Pearl an important lesson, the lesson that she has learned from her shame. At the end of the book in chapter 24, it talks about how Hester has embraced her sin as a privilege. These events show how Hester has learned to embrace her sins and not let society bring her down. I wish I was as strong-willed as Hester. I have a...
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Dear powerful women, I was given an assignment to read a book and relate in some way to it. I chose to read ‘The House of Spirits. It’s a book about a family over the generations But the whole book is based around a strong father figure who takes control and belittles his wife and daughter. This book was not something I thought I would relate to at all but as I got more into the book I started to remember life when my mom and dad were still together and how my mom also went through feeling small and my dad feeling powerful because he is a man and how society titles men in a relationship is very powerful and in charge. I am a woman who is tired of the expectations we have to live up to. I’m not the only one who feels this way. Feminism has been around for a very long time but in the...
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To all the children who are in poverty and neglect, I know how it could be because I read the book Oliver Twist, whose protagonist is like you. He was raised by a parish as an orphan and when he asked for more food, “please sir may I have some more,” he was shouted at and inprisoned. You may be orphans, you may be homeless and going everywhere, which is awful and should never exist but unfortunately this effects 19.5% of children in developing countries in extremely poor households, a third of the people were children but half here in the extremely poor. You probably couldn’t read this because children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty. Although if you can I must say...
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To all people, In British Lit. I was assigned a classic book called “Wuthering Heights”. In the beginning, was having trouble reading the book then I got help and I started understanding the book well. The book I read was about a boy named Heathcliff who was an orphan and was adopted by Earnshaw. When Earnshaw dies, His son Hindley takes over and now has control and is abusing Heathcliff. He would now allow Catherine to see Heathcliff and would keep him in the attic when people came over. He was never nice to him but he loved Catherine. When Catherine marries someone else, Heathcliff escapes and leaves wuthering heights. When Catherine tries to get him back, he kidnaps her as a way of revenge. She later has a kid and Catherine dies from the delivery. Heathcliff’s son marries...
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Back in November of 2016, we reported that the Public Security Bureau of China was cracking down on illegal migrant workers in China, and that turns out to be about 40% of all the foreign teachers now working in China. Fortunately, they only found 2,987 of them as you can read the details here. http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2017/02/almost-3000-foreign-employees-arrested.html. But we want to share a letter we received from typical teacher who thought that he was "randomly selected" for a visa check in China, and what happened to him. We will call him "Mike" but that is not his real name... "Dear CSP, I read your post online about China Job Frauds and want to thank you for warning everyone. Both me and my roomie were arrested right before the Christmas holiday. Here...
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Every year the CFTU invites 5,000 expat foreign English teachers working in China to participate in an annual foreign teachers survey that began in 2010. Every year there are always a few surprises. We just published our CFTU 2016 Teacher Poll results and were shocked to see a record number of teachers leaving China dissatisfied with their teaching job in China. The survey was taken last November from the first 1,500 teachers who responded to our email questionnaire of 25 questions that we ask every year. 73% of those responding to our survey claimed they were "not satisfied nor happy" with their China experience and labeled it "a mistake" This documentary on China's work environment went viral in China https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM#t=45 The complete CFTU 2016 annual...
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I bought two books today from Barnes and Nobles today. "The Power of The Actor" by Ivana Chubbuck and "The Acting Bible" written by Michael Powell. Acting. Music. Entertaining. Something I've wanted to study since I was a child. I've always felt inadequate in things I've actually wanted to do (theatre, music theatre, drama) because I wasn't encouraged and told I can do great in those things like I was trained to be great in other things (football, track), I used to yearn so much for that validation and approval that I was going to be a great entertainer. In a perfect world my parents would've enrolled me into acting classes and vocal lessons as a child, and I would go to a performance arts high school then go off to college and study drama/music and become what I've always wanted to...
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