Hello, Students in English 101-81

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20 responses to “Hello, Students in English 101-81

  1. Well, the quote I chose was “Let me tell you something: from then until I left that prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading on my bunk . . . up to then, I never had been so truly free in my life.(p227)” I chose this because it finally gave me a real life perspective of how much potential we have as humans, and that knowledge is the key. Then started to free write about what came to thought when I thought about how Malcom X became such a significant leader with a standard education, despite being in prison! A few names that came to mind were Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. Then I started to think of the renaissance and how we, as a society, are unlimited. Whenever a new concept or tool was created, we adapted, and this is still continuing today: therefore, we have proven so far that we have unlimited potential. The major difference that helped Malcom X was his desire to learn; therefore, my essay will be about Educational reform in the U.S. , and to be more specific, it is about how necessary it is to instill the desire to learn in our young people, because that is what drives education, passion, and will lead more solutions to the worlds problems. We are all truly unlimited, and we should not doubt ourselves. If there is a desire to achieve, then we owe it to ourselves to pursue our dreams. Sadly, too many dreams have been crushed because of many cultural/financial issues, but similar to Barack Obama, if a person wishes to become educated and excel in life, we must try our best to support them because true desire is rare to come by, whether the person is well off, or not.

  2. opps, i had a few mistakes in my post, one important clarification: i meant to type “without a standard education,” not “with a standard education” Malcom X, with his desire to learn and educate people on the issues, only received an 8th grade education, yet did more than many college educated people have done.

  3. “Where else but in a prison could I have attacked my ignorance by being able to study, intensely sometimes as much as fifteen hours a day?”

    When people think of prison a picture of vicious, ruthless and malicious men scatter their minds. However, this is not the case for Malcolm X. In the earlier years, Malcolm X drop out of school and drifted into a life of crime, which led him to prison. This was a blessing in disguise for the young Malcolm X because instead of allowing prison to be a place to hold him back and keep him closed minded, it did the exact opposite. Malcolm stated in his essay “A Homemade Education” that “…I never had been so truly free in my life”. Malcolm didn’t view prison as a disadvantage but as an advantage to take full control on educating himself to become one of the most controversial men in history. And it all started when he was in prison cultivating his mind. I loved the way Malcolm X ended his essay “Where else but in a prison could I have attacked my ignorance by being able to study, intensely sometimes as much as fifteen hours a day?” What a powerful and inspiring way for him to end his essay. This statement caught my attention so much I had to quote it for life. You see as young college students theirs a lot of things out in this world calling for our attention, whether it’s MySpace, facebook, TV, girlfriends, boyfriends and etc. Malcolm used his time wisely by studying 15 hours a day, could you imagine how effective we can become if we study 15 hours each day in our chosen field? What’s made this statement so profound for me was Malcolm X wasn’t any different from you and me, and after reading that statement made me realize that nothing is impossible if you put your mind, body and soul into it.

    Idriss Alison- Konteh

  4. “Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened.” This quote can be interpreted as when you read alot it makes you open-minded, it also makes you view certain situations in many different ways. For instance, if you just stay around the same people who do the same thing as you or stay in the same area, when you go some where else where it is totally different from what you know or any where you been, you are not going to understand how to deal with the new people or new area.

  5. Malcolm X
    Quote- ” I knew right there in Prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life.”

    Thesis- One life experience may change your life forever.

    -The choices we make in life will determine our future.
    -Knowledge is power and with that knowledge theres freedom.
    -What we take for granted others hold dearly.
    -Even if you find yourself in terrible situations you can turn the bad into good;If you stay optimistic .
    -One mans path to failure blossomed into a time of success.
    -Never have regrets in life, it your mistakes that make you stronger.
    -Life may through many obstacles at you, but what matters is how many times you get up!

  6. Thesis: What it takes to succeed at what you set out to do.

    1. Good infrastructure within the home and family.

    2. Being aware of what your goals are and devising the path you intend to travel.

    3. Mental state that is essential for success.

    4. Hobbies that can help you stay on the right path to success.

  7. “A “skin game” is being played.”

    Quoted from Malcolm X’s essay A Homemade Education. After reading the paragraph this quote came from I had to wonder, what exactly is a “skin game”.
    My computers dictionary which was provided by Oxford University defines the term “skin game” as a rigged gambling game; a swindle. However, the context in which the term “skin game” was used in the essay made me wonder “how could the term possibly apply.”
    Putting the term into a search engine the immediate result was a movie made in 1971. Reading the plot, comparing it to the definition of its title and the essay written by Malcolm X I came to the conclusion that a skin game is the act of exploiting the political and/or social standpoints of your skin color, ethnic background or race for personal gain at the expense of one or more people.
    This Definition of the term satisfied both the essay, plot of the movie and my own question. Thinking on it further, I wondered how many examples could be given for my definition of the term skin game.

  8. Quote: “Ten guards and the Warden couldn’t have torn me out of those books.”

    Thesis: What it takes to succeed at what you set out to do.

    1. Good infrastructure within the home and family.
    2. Knowing what your goals are and knowing the road you intend to travel.
    3. Mental state needed to maintain the right path to success.
    4. Hobbies that can help you stay on the right path to success.

  9. i have choose a code from “home made education ” by Malcom X and the code is “the glorious history of the black man ” i choose this code because this code helps us to remember how balck people fight for their rights and freedom. They were sold as slaves and separated from their family . They have to face lots of difficulties. They were not allowed to study and do well known jobs in the society after many years of pain they fight back for their right . President Abraham Lincon end the slavery and gave black people their rightsand freedom. I think this was an important things in our history so i choose this code

  10. hispoeticwords

    “I became incresing frustrated at not being able to express what I wanted to convey in..letter”
    – terminology
    – spell
    -the in which I went about to achieve this goal; of extending my vocabulary

  11. “Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened.”
    This quote tells us that a person with knowledge is a person who has read the most. That person knows about the world, how it was created and can imagine about the new world.

  12. Declaring war upon someone who objects to being narcotized!

  13. The quote i choose is ” how is the black man going to get ‘civil rights’ before he wins his human rights?

    The reason i choose this quote is because it reflects where we stand as individuals in this world and not just in this country.

  14. Malcom X once said: “anyone who read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened.” We learn from experieces and history, from our parents and friends, but we also learn from books. Reading can open your eyes to new posibilities, new ideas, and give you insight about things you don’t fully understand. I didn’t understand why there is so much injustice in our world; however, by reading books I could open new windows and see the reasons.

  15. Women’s looks matter terribly in this society and so barbie, however ambivalently, must be passed along, after all there are worse toys.

    I choose this quote because i feel that this is a very huge issue in todays society. Little girls are molded from a very young age from watching movie stars and models of what they should look like. They think that in order to look beautiful they must be a size 1. young girls feel that they have to have a certain look or the “barbie” look to be accepted in society. This could be one of the main reasons why teenage girls suffer from eating disorders; if they feel fat they will starve themselves to achieve a certain weight to be accepted.

  16. ergh all the ideas i have has already been posted.

  17. The quote that I chose was “In fact, prison eneabled me to study far more intensively than I would have if my life had gone differently and I had attended some college. I imagine that one of the biggest troubles with colleges is there are to many distractions, too much panty-raiding, fraternities, and boola-boola and all of that.”

    I chose this quote because I thought it was genuine how he thought that by being impisoned it helped him to focus on things that a better life like going to college may have not. It is true that in college there are many distractions and life changing experiences while in jail there is only one thing you can do you can remain there and serve your time and learn nothing or you can better yourself while you are in there.

  18. “where else but in a prison could i have attacked my ignorance by being able to study intensely
    sometimes as much as fifteen hours a day?”
    It’s interesting that he mentioned this because come to think of it, it’s true. A regular person with typical daily activities, hobbies and responsibilities doesn’t have that much time left in the day to study. You can do so many things in fifteen hours and I’m sure no one really wants to take that much of their time to just study. It takes someone who is really dedicated to actually decide to study as much as fifteen hours a day, someone like Malcolm X.

  19. “Books is my alma matter”. Reading is to the mind what exarcise is to the body.
    1. brain activity occurs faster, development of critical thinking;
    2. experiences of protagonists of the book can teach in its way, inspire;
    3.release stress, save from bad habits

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