Declining Degrees

The movie “Declining Degrees”, from the part of the movie I have seen is about the change in college from high school. In the movie it talks about students in big schools with class sizes of 300 and how the students have a difficult time understanding whats going because the teacher is not stopping to explain anything to their students. For me I wanted to go to a school like LR where the class sizes are small so you can ask more questions and you can get to know your professor more. In the movie they interviewed a former student who went to Arizona University and failed out. The student talked about how hard it was because of the class size. He said with the class size so large it was easy for him to miss the class and to fall asleep in the class because the professor did not care about the students as individuals but as a whole. Another thing that was puzzling from the movie was when a man said that in high school if the class was failing it was the teachers fault and when you get to college if the students are failing its their fault and not the professors. To me that was very confusing because the professor could not be teaching the class all the right things and when it comes to a test there is stuff that they never learned on it and then all the students fail.


Free Writing About “League of Denial”

The NFL doesn’t realize how hurt the players can be once they retire. For about 10 years those players get hit in the head, legs, chest, and the back. A lot of retired players have come out and said they suffer from brain issues like long term concussions and some retired players even suffer from depression. The league itself doesn’t see that they should provide the players with better health insurance. To prevent these post career issues from occurring. Like in the paragraph from the article the NFL commissioner denied that his players were getting injured. He said that it was a “pack journalism issue”. I understand why the authors of the book call it a league of denial. The league thinks that there aren’t as many injuries as there really is and they just deny any talks about these injuries. Over fall break I was listening to a sports talk radio show and someone asked the host of the show if the league was for hitting players in the knee or anywhere else below the waist because of the new rules about hitting players in the head and back. So from hearing this it seems to me like the NFL would rather have other injuries like a blow out knee to prevent other injuries from happening.


Falling Man Article Blog

On September 11, 2001 I was in Elementary School when my parents came to pick me up. I got home and both my brother and sister were home in front of the television. I was too young at the time to understand what was going on but as I grew older I realized the event and how it impacted this country and why we were going to war. When reading the article “Falling Man” it brought back the memories of that day and it gave me a new perspective on that day. The words the author used in the article made me feel like I was there in New York seeing that man fall. Reading it and seeing the image in class was upsetting to me. Even though I didn’t know anyone in both New York and Washington D.C., when something that tragic happens it can make me feel unsafe and question everything. Another example of this was this past winter when the shooting in Connecticut happened I felt the same way, unsafe and questioning the government and just knowing that this could happen anywhere scared me as well.

This article was very helpful with writing because the use of his words and how they were very descriptive and puts an image of it in your head. Not only did it put an image of it in my head but it felt like I was in the mind of the falling man when Junod says in his article “There is something almost rebellious in the man’s posture, as though once faced with the inevitability of death, he decided to get on with it; as though he were a missile, a spear, bent on attaining his own.(Junod)” it was like he was talking with the man and he knew what he was thinking at the time.