For instance, a potential college student was stripped of her admissions and scholarships to a top university when it was discovered that she was tweeting derogatory comments about the school while touring the campus. These kind of rash decisions can be detrimental to your entire future.
Or can they?
In the news recently, there seems to be an influx of people in prominent positions whose past has chased them down and haunted them like Freddy on Elm Street.
Bill Cosby. Women who willingly took pills and booze from him, three decades later, resurfaced and accused him of rape. He was convicted and sentenced to prison.
Kevin Spacey. Thirty-one years later, his alleged victim came forward claiming to be traumatized by Spacey's alleged sexual assault against him. It was career damaging and reputation ruining.
Charlie Rose. Accusations dating back to the 90s have seeped their way into 2018 to destroy Rose personally and professionally.
But then, there's Brett Kavanaugh, a US Supreme Court nominee. He's been accused of more than one sexual assault that allegedly happened during his high school and college years. In this case, instead of past social media posts haunting him, old year books and printed calendars provide snapshots of his indiscretions.
Despite these serious allegations against him though, Kavanaugh was still considered for one of the highest positions in the judicial system. What is alarming about this consideration is that these positions have life time tenure. That means, once a person takes this position, it is theirs for life unless they retire, resign, are removed for unusual circumstances, or die. Therefore, it begs the question, is this country okay with hiring someone who allegedly rapes or sexually assaults women, or who could even find themselves in such a conundrum, when past evidence proves their consistent character?
There are dozens of adages that stress, "you can't go forward looking backward." But there are also as many that urge the opposite. A loose version of a famous quote by philosopher, George Santayana says, "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it," and more eloquently, Mark Victor Hansen said, "You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own."
Read the commentary above, then comment on the following: "To what extent should colleges and employers consider information from your past, print and digital, in the admissions and hiring process?"
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.
DISCLAIMER: If you do not respond AND comment on TWO others, you will not receive credit for this assignment. It's all or nothing.
Due: Fri., October 5, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST