Posts Tagged ‘School’

I never ate in a cafeteria until college. Malls and hospitals might have been the closest I ever came to seeing what most children saw in school everyday growing up.

I was homeschooled. My experience, or lack of experience, with cafeterias is just one example of the many things that make me just a little bit different from the traditional school population. I found that most of these things are like cafeterias, most people would say that I didn’t miss much.

I didn’t see friends in class everyday. But if I finished my school work as efficiently as possible and I could spend most of the day playing with friends.

I never did a group project. But I learned to do everything on my own.

I never had specialized teachers with knowledge about specific topics. But I learned how to find a book on anything I wanted to know about.

I never had competition with other students. But I learned to challenge myself and compete with my own abilities to get better.

I couldn’t be in an honors program, no matter how well I did. But I learned to excel for its own sake without the need for recognition.

I never had any sort of dress code. But I learned that you probably won’t get anything done while you are still wearing pajamas.

I never got to stay home sick. But I learned to get work done even if I did it in bed.

I could never leave school. But I learned that even when you can physically leave school at the end of the day, you never stop learning.

I never had a list of extra-curricular activities offered to me. But I learned how to find any activity I wanted and get involved.

I never rode a school bus. But I never had to wait outside for the bus or missed it.

I didn’t have a class of people who became my automatic friends. But I learned I could make friends anywhere.

I never had a class of people exclusively my age. But I learned to be friends with people of any age.

I never fought with kids at school. But I learned that I had to resolve every fight with my three siblings because we couldn’t escape each other.

I never had a schedule made for me. But I learned to make my own schedule and get things done.

I never got sent to the principals office or a detention. But if I did anything wrong, my parents knew exactly what it was.

I never had a summer reading list. But I always made my own list that was impossibly long.\

I never had people tell me what was cool. But I got to decide for myself.

I never had a crush on a cute boy in my class. But I was never rejected or hurt.

I was never one of the popular kids. But I never learned to care about popularity or what other people thought of me.

I never had P.E. But I learned to like exercising.

I never got bullied. But I knew what it was like to be alone.

I never felt peer pressured. But I felt enough pressure from my parents and myself to make up for that.

I never ate with friends in the lunch room. But I never felt segregation, stereotyped, or excluded.

I never ate cafeteria food. But I learned how to make good choices about the food I ate.


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Chicago residents were not playing when they brought out their signs to protest Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Gathering in Federal Plaza on April 2, their signs asked for better schools, trains, housing, clinics- and no games.

The night before, just a few blocks from where the rally would be, I found an empty room in Roosevelt University littered with signs and the air filled with the smell of permanent markers as members of the group that organized the rally, No Games Chicago, sat on the floor making signs for the protest.

One of the sign-makers was Patrick O’Hara, a first generation American and native of Chicago. O’Hara said it is an issue of human rights because plans for the Olympics “tend to bus out the poor… It’s an elitist event that tends to stomp on the rights of the non-elite.”

While Patricia Yeray sat on the ground making a sign, she told me the plans for the Olympics would threaten the parks in Chicago, including in her own neighborhood. Yeray said the parks were a “resting place” for people in the city.

Yeray, a retired flight attendant, said the plans would reduce the small amount of green space, the number of birds and other creatures. She said the plans would “tear down old growth trees. You can’t replace those.”

Check it out for yourself, and make up your mind. Do you think Chicago win the bid, and why?

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Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m horribly new to the blogging scene. I have little to no experience. But I can say this much, I’M GOING TO DO THIS. I try to get my fingers into a little of everything, and figure that I’ve got to get into this blogging thing. It’s media right? Well, that’s where I’m trying to get my two in the door, writing, news, journalism and the like. I have lots to learn, and “they” say that one of the best ways to learn is by doing. So here I am, writing a blog.

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