The other day before class I caught myself contemplating whether or not I should even show up because I didn't understand the assignment and I was too scared to show my teacher. Although this is something I deal with frequently and so do many of my peers, it finally struck me how alarming it is that having feelings of stress and anxiety towards school has become the norm. This made me ask myself some serious questions like; when did school go from being a safe place where kids came to learn and teachers came to teach to a place where students are riddled with anxiety just thinking about going to class? When did teachers stop aspiring to instil passion and drive into their students and instead start instilling fear? But more importantly; what is up with our education system!? With a curriculum where instead of learning how to manage our finances or pay off student loans, were learning quadratic functions and how to solve an ambiguous triangle. Instead of learning about current events that are shaping our society, we're memorizing countless dates from the 1800's that we've already forgotten 2 seconds after we've filled in the bubble on our Scantron. Sex education is shamefully neglected, receiving "satisfactory" on a report card has become a negative, and time and time again we're conditioned to believe that higher education is the only option and that MONEY is the ultimate goal.
Don't get me wrong, I (as we all should be), am eternally grateful to not be included in the 121 million children worldwide that don't have access to education and I believe that the desire to be ever-learning--in any field--is vital, but we can't just sit here and pretend that our education system today is like an episode of Timothy Goes to School;
Music videos are a huge source of discussion nowadays. Hundreds of them are produced yearly and there is always some controversy about them being inappropriate, ridiculous or both. What new video has made it onto french newsstands? Famous french band Indochine's new video for College Boy, of their 2012 album, Black City Parade. Xavier Dolan, the director, created an interesting video that shows the effects of bullying. The video focuses on a young boy, played by Canadian actor Antoine Pilon, who is being bullied during school. He is not only beat up, but crucified by students. These students shoot him and when the police arrive on scene, they too start to shoot him. The whole time, all the students are blindfolded to symbolize how unaware people are of the effects of bullying. The video, strong in message, is most definitely a strong video as well. The video is so disconcerting that in France, they have censored it. Meanwhile, Dolan was extremely shocked. According to him, the video shows reality and how it is important to understand how victims feel when they are bullied. He stated that the clip is no more disturbing than most of the movies created nowadays. So, should the video be censored? Or because of its important message, should everyone be allowed to view the video? Let us know what you think in the comments!
** The video Indochine - Collège Boy (officiel) may be extremely disturbing to some viewers.
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Encore une fois cette année, au moins dans les classes de Français et de Sciences Humaines des 11ième années, les Sciences Humaines et le Français mélangent. Après une entière révolution de la Terre, le curriculum des classes de Français n'a pas changé du tout, même après plusieurs plaintes des élèves l'année dernière. Mais peut-être l'origine du problème n'est pas le curriculum, peut-être c'est les professeures. Tous les professeures du Français 11 et des Sciences Humaines 11 cette année enseignent les deux sujets au même temps. C'est seulement dans leur nature de faire ces mélanges entre leurs blocs car ils ont une passion pour les deux sujets. Mais même en prenant ce fait en considération, ce n'est pas juste que les étudiants doivent souffrir! Des mots de vocabulaires en Sciences Humaines... Des livres à propos des guerres civiles en Français... Franchement, là! Il y a seulement une solution pour régler cette problème; offrir deux blocs de Lettres, une classe qui mélange les Sciences Humaines et le Français. L'école sécondaire South Delta déjà l'offert en anglais, alors pourquoi pas en francais? Avoir ce choix de cours rendra tous les étudiants heureux. Et ce n'est pas comme nous n'avons pas les professeurs pour l'enseigner! En tout cas, selon moi, les Lettres en français doivent être offerts à l'école sécondaire South Delta pour régler la problème du mélange entre les classes de Français et de Sciences Humaines et finalement, rendre les étudiants des deux classes heureux.
Many people in Tsawwassen are saying we NEED this new mall; as if we don't have enough shopping in the Lower Mainland. The Tsawwassen Mills, as the mall is called, is going up on the First Nations' site. It's subjected to be 1.8 million square feet, 182 acres, of simply anything you can imagine! It has everything from retail, to entertainment, to restaurant and even office
Though I know we are all excited for this spectacular new mall, is it really what Tsawwassen needs? This mall would be bigger than Metrotown, it will be the biggest mall is British Columbia! Do you know how many people that will attract? With so many new people, Tsawwassen will have to expand itself. Who knows, maybe one day, our little community may turn into a huge city, with high-rises, huge buildings, and even more stores. So will this new mall really help our small town, or will it tear apart our close community?
Walk down the school halls and you'll hear the typical greetings - at least for our generation. "What's up?" "Hey!" Those are all normal greetings for our era, though surprisingly enough, they have changed how we view other greetings.
The other day, I replied to a text by saying "Hi" and was immediately bombarded with questions as to what was wrong. I was confused. Had I texted the wrong person? It was later that I realized that "Hi" isn't a typical conversation starter today. So why do we view 'Hi' in a negative light? Maybe it's because it no longer sounds upbeat and friendly. I googled the origin of the word and it was first said, in 1475, by a Native American from Kansas as a shorter term for 'Hey'.
Perhaps, it could be that, like always, the english language is shifting and "Hi" no longer sounds pleasant. Or maybe, it's just my friends and I.