When I observe teens today, I get anxious about where they will end up. I listen to complaints about school work or having to read novels. I notice the effort and skill put into sneaking on phones or listening to headphones versus any effort or skill put into doing class work. I wonder what they are thinking when they ask to go waste time in the restroom. I wonder if they think adults do not know.
For some, any focus is difficult to detect. What motivates them besides, music, entertainment, food and trends? Do they weigh their investment on brand name clothes, shoes and gadgets against their return? What do they get? Do they not consider that they might be left behind? Do they look at the destitute on the streets and wonder, "what's the difference between him/her and me, 10 years from now?"?
Then I observe the ones who are focused. What motivates them to get to class on time and work hard when they get to school? How do they fight off the struggles of peer and societal pressures? How are they preparing to not be left behind?
As you just saw in the clip, technology is becoming...is already...a "thing." Do you have the skills to survive in a technologically advanced world?
Assignment. Watch the video above, read the commentary after it, then blog about the following: Knowing the habits and work ethic you have today, and considering the stats in the video, in 10 years, will you perish or prosper? How?
1. INCLUDE: First initial AND last name AND class period.
2. Respond in no more than 10 sentences and no less than five.
3. You MUST respond to at least TWO other posts from any student. Your replies cannot be identical comments on different posts and posting shallow comments such as "I agree" or "I disagree" will earn you a zero. Make sure your reply addresses the comment that you are responding to.
Be sure to--
- Be clear about your position
- Provide specific support for your argument
- Use rhetorical devices and other grammar elements
- Write EPIC Content-Engaging, Powerful, Informative, Creative
CAUTION!! Do NOT embarrass me, yourself, your class, the English department, the school or your parents with tasteless, meaningless comments. This is for a grade.
Due: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST