Thursday, April 23, 2015

Adam Rosenbaum
Ap lang & comp
23 April 2015
My Personalities
Every day is a new experience with different obstacles everywhere we go. Through out the day as humans, we are challenged with situations that make us adapt to our environment. We all are one human, however, within our body we perceive multiple personas. Those personas can vary from person to person, but typically we share similar personas. These personas can be interpreted in many ways, but what is fact is that they can only be correctly interpreted by ourselves.
As I wake up on a monday morning I find myself in half-life state of mind. This is my animatronic persona. I wake up, take a shower, brush my teeth, get dressed, pack my lunch, and eat a bowl of cereal without giving one thought to what I am doing. My routine has been practiced so much that I am a well-oiled machine. If my parents try to start conversation I make it clear that I am not going to be willing to comply to their questions. Within a forty minute period I am completely ready for school, I walk down the road and enter the school house.
As soon as I step inside of those dreadful doors I am a student. My scholar persona may be seen by some as a laid back, carefree, and somewhat lazy student. Despite the fact that I like to have fun I know what must be done in order to achieve academic success. I work very hard in school in order to get the best grades that I can possibly get. Some classes are harder for me than others, but they all require work.  Somewhere in the middle of the day I become the socially extroverted person that I believe I am. It is a well-known fact that many teenagers like to talk smack and have fun with their friends, and I am no exception. I love to crack jokes and talk about how annoying each teacher is. Despite my ability to have fun, I do understand that my education is the most important part of my life as a teen. So after my lunch period I always try to regain focus and grind my work out as best as possible.
After the long school day, I have fifteen minutes of rest before I start baseball practice. After that fifteen-minute break, I become my athletic persona. As my athletic persona, I make sure to work as hard as I can so I can better myself as a baseball player. This persona is very important to me, due to the fact that it directly correlates to how well rounded my work ethic is. This is easily the most draining and tiring part of the day. Both mental and physical determination is required in order to perform well on the field. This athletic persona also blends into my scholarly persona sometimes. After a long practice, I have to go home and do at least 2 hours of homework. Most of the time, I find myself thinking that I need to push through the work no matter how boring or hard it is. Like practice, I know that it will make me a more successful person later in life.
Once practice is over I finally get to head home. This is where I become a son. This is probably the most difficult persona for me to understand. The interactions between my parents are not difficult, but confusing. As the youngest child and only son, I am often left alone to make decisions on my own. This is not a bad thing, it has helped me grow as a person and understand that I am not always going to have someone holding my hand. Because of this, I feel that important conversations are sometimes overlooked. This really does not bother me though. I love my parents and I am always a helpful son, and I make sure that they see that I am trying hard to succeed in life.

Writing this blog was a very easy task. As it should be, the only person that knows me best is myself. This does not apply to only me; the only person that knows you best is yourself. Others may be able to try to guess, but in reality they may only know the front page of the book. Only yourself knows what makes you happy, what makes you work hard, what makes you feel good about yourself.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Adam Rosenbaum
Ap lang and comp
13 March 2015
Ridicule Assertion Journal
In 1816 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp; a radical leader of the Dutch Patriots, and a Priest. In this letter Jefferson writes “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions". Without context this quote does not mean very much, but once we understand the reason for the letter the meaning of the quote becomes clear.
 Jefferson wrote this letter in order to denounce The Doctrine of Trinity. The Doctrine of Trinity is a belief in certain types of christianity that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct people: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is what Jefferson believes to be an “Unintelligible proposition”. Back then modern science, such as evolution and the big bang theory, did not exist. Therefore, people turned to religion, and in the Colonies the religion was christianity. Jefferson did not believe in the Trinity, but he could not convince others that it was not real using reasoning, because it had been ingrained into their society. He also could not convince others that the Trinity is unintelligible by ignoring it, due to the fact that the people relied very heavily on the church. Therefore, ridicule was the only thing that Jefferson could turn to in order to get the attention of others.
I agree with Jefferson's quote due to the fact that it still applicable to today's modern society. Take Facebook for example. Many people use facebook, it is a great medium for political discussion. Say someone posts a very politically radical status that you do not agree with. You have three ways that you can approach the situation. First, you could try to convince the poster that their opinion is unintelligible by reasoning with them. You try to make them understand why you do not agree with the status, but this method will probably fail due to the fact that you cannot reason an unintelligible opinion, if there is no reasoning in the first place.  The second method is that you could ignore the status. You could not comment at all! Although, this means that the poster will certainly not change their position. The third method is ridicule, and the reason that ridicule works so well is because it exploits the error in the argument or opinion. It is the only “weapon” that breaks through the defense. But ridicule has it’s own weakness. Unless the ridicule is fact it runs the risk of being just as unintelligible as the original proposition. This objection is easily avoidable as long as the ridicule has evidence to back up its claim.

Though this quote can be controversial, it also holds much truth. It was written in 1816 but has stayed true for two hundred years. You can try to ridicule that statement, but it is a intelligible proposition.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Adam Rosenbaum
Ap lang & comp
20 February 2015
Our Youth Are Zombies
There is an epidemic in America that has been going on for too long. Teens all over the country are being deprived of one of life's most vital commodity; sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the most common illnesses among American teens today. Teens need eight to ten hours of sleep to be able to function at a high level. Yet, a study performed by the National Sleep Foundation found that only about fifteen percent of teens are getting the much needed eight to ten hours of sleep on any given school night.  So why are America’s school systems making kids get to school at eight if they know the child is not going to sleep until after midnight? The answer is a mystery. In order to improve grades, test scores, and outcomes of athletic events schools should start their day at a later time.
Sleep deprivation is defined by the as a sufficient lack of restorative sleep over a cumulative period so as to cause physical or psychiatric symptoms and affect routine performances of tasks. (Pinel 1). Sleep deprivation hinders one’s ability to accurately make decisions and perform at a high level of awareness. This handicap stems from the loss of sleep because during sleep our brain is still functioning. It is actually organizing all of the information we take in when we are awake. So if teens do not get enough sleep the information that they learn in school will not be correctly interpreted by the brain. This is how sleep deprivation causes lower grades and test scores. For every night that someone does not meet the recommended amount of sleep, it takes four nights to make up for the loss of information. So If a teen does not get eight hours of sleep for only two night out of a week, then they will be an entire week behind. No wonder the national average GPA has been falling.  If schools were to start school at a more reasonable time in the morning then teens would not have such a hard time getting eight hours of sleep.  It is a very progressive idea, that would undoubtedly lead to tax increases, but would strengthen the students GPA and test scores making it easier to get into to college, and making the schools look better the national government. It is a win-win.
Delaying the start of the day would also benefit schools athletic teams. Sleep deprivation does not only affect mental functions, it also affects teens physical well being. Sleep gives the brain more time to help recover athletes bodies by targeting tired muscle and building it up with proteins. Physical injuries and sleep deprivation go together like rice and beans. Without proper protein build up, our muscles cannot support the high endurance exercise most high school athletes endure. By giving the athlete more time to sleep, they will be less injury prone, which leads to less injuries, which leads to more wins, and more wins means more money for the school.
The advantages to giving teens more time to sleep before going to school are endless. It is overwhelming how much evidence there is supporting that kids are being held back by the lack of sleep. The consequences of pushing back school times could be a turn off for many school districts. Due to the fact that it would cost them millions of dollars. But in the long run it will most likely only bring the districts and the students benefits.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Narrative essay

Adam Rosenbaum
AP Language and Composition
5 February 2015
Standardized Tests
I nervously sat at my desk waiting for the test supervisor to pass out the consolidated booklet. Passing time only by picking at the pink crumbling eraser at the top of my number two pencil. My name was called and she dropped the test on my desk. The sound of it smacking the table rang in my ear. I began to sweat as the supervisor projected names across the room making sure that each student was in the correct seat. I felt the bead of sweat run down my armpit and drip onto my hip. I did not understand why I was so nervous, it was only the OGT. I knew at least thirty people that had told me it was the easiest test they had ever taken, but at the same time I could not look past the fact that one test stood in between me and my high school diploma. What would happen if I were to fail? Would I flunk out? Would I end up working at Mcdonalds?  Would I even be able to find a job? Would I become homeless? Would the person next to me fail and become homeless? Thoughts were rushing through my head faster than I could comprehend. The supervisor began to read the instructions with dullness, as if it was routine.
“ Do not open the booklet until prompted too. You will have 2 hours to complete your test. Answer each question to the best of your ability. Fill in the…”
I zoned out and once again began thinking whether I would make it through the test or not. I had never panicked so much in my life. I was playing it cool on the outside, but I was a emotional wreck. Before I knew it the supervisor prompted the class to begin, and I rushed to open my booklet. I was still nervous, anxious, and terrified.
My story is not out of the ordinary. Every year teens all over the country have similar experiences to mine. Some experiences may even be worse, people may vomit, pass out or self-harm. Though this seems far-fetched, it is not uncommon. Test anxiety is not the only consequence of standardized testing. It also restricts the student from learning useable knowledge, and punishes schools based on score.
Do to the “need” of increased test scores, students no longer are being taught useful knowledge. Instead, they are being taught tests. Being taught how to pass a test will do nothing for a student's education, they will never be able to apply the tests that they take to everyday life. Education should be based on knowledge that will be useful no matter what career someone chooses. An education should be how to apply the knowledge you learn in any given situation, and these tests are restricting students from doing just that. A good teacher to the government's eye is one that’s students score well on tests. Consequently, students walk away from classes learning nothing. These tests also punish schools and teachers based on test scores. Teachers that do not produce good scores get the ax. They are fired! How does that make any sense! Schools are also being fined and put on academic watch because the schools are not producing scores that are appropriate. This costs money, and where does the money come from? It comes from the taxpayers! Yes, the money comes directly from the citizen’s pocket.
Standardized tests are putting America's future at risk. Students are being deprived of their education, and schools are being deprived of their funding. Students spend at least twelve years in school and all of those years are only being turned into statistics. Standardized tests need to be put away for good!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ben Franklins Proverb Assertion Journal

Ben Franklin Proverb Assertion Journal

In Poor Richards Almanac Ben Franklin said: “After crosses and losses Men grow humbler and wiser.” Like many of Franklin’s proverbs, this one has a very deep meaning that pertains to life situations that every human will  have to deal with in life. This proverb is specifically referring to the effects of crosses to bear and the loss of someone's life. I agree with the statement that Benjamin Franklin is trying to speak in this proverb.
In the quote the word “crosses” is referring to crosses to bear or simply life's difficult situations and decisions. “losses” is referring to death, probably someone close to the man. It says that after these two things men grow humbler and wiser. So once a man makes ignorant decisions he learns from the outcomes and grows from the consequences. I also believe that Franklin is trying to say that after a man experiences the death of a loved one or simply a close call he values life more. He notices he is not invincible and becomes more humble about life. I agree with Franklin’s proverb completely. It’s survival of the fittest, and if a man continues to make the ignorant decisions that had negative consequences then they will not survive, and they see this when death comes. A comparison of this is when a dog is learning not to cross the invisible fence. At first the dog does not know better, he instantly runs across the line and gets shocked. He may do this a few more times, but eventually it understands that once it crosses the line the fence brings negative consequences. However, there is some flaw with this proverb. Not all men grow and become wiser, some like to push the boundaries and live on the dangerous side. No matter what consequences there might be they are willing to do what they want. Some people are just that way. Also, there are the men who simply just do not learn from their mistakes, or they just are not affected emotionally by the consequences.
For the most part , feel that Franklin’s proverb applies very well into life’s realistic situations. Though there are exceptions to the saying it accurately represents how men should go about life, and how I want to go about life.