The author Arthur Spiegelman’s purpose in writing MAUS was to entertain readers with a story of a Jew living in Europe during WWII. The purpose of the book was to explain how hard life was then for the Jewish population. The story follows his father’s narration of the war from more of a refugee point of view. His life, from before the war to near the end, is followed in detail as he evades and escapes the various Nazi death camps. His love life, family, and various jobs are described to give more of a personal view of the events and not the usual general views. This allows the reader to get into the story more than they might a documentary or report because it appears more to the story-telling side of literature.

The author’s purpose in writing the allegory was to explain the events of the holocaust in a metaphorical way. In the allegory the “terrible things” came to the forest and one by one took a different kind of animal away because of its traits. None of the other animals tried to stop them from being taken, and eventually only the one little rabbit was left. Just like in WWII, the Nazis took away different races and religions because of some of their traits, and no one stood up to them because they were afraid. By explaining this in a new and creative way, the allegory gives both a deeper meaning and deeper understanding of the holocaust.

In both the allegory and MAUS, the author’s purpose is to explain. Using different strategies they help the concept of the holocaust become more understandable. Though the books are different in what aspect they choose to explain, they have the same basic purpose. By taking a different perspective or way of writing they make it easier to grasp the concepts they are presenting than more traditional methods. This gives a better experience for the reader and helps explain in a better way.


The introduction of technology into classrooms is very important. New technologies are being used throughout the world in a variety of work places. Since schools are meant to prepare us for life later on, they should prepare us to utilize the technologies that will help us later in life. However, it is a fact that while kids today are ready to use the technology, some may be unable to handle the responsibility that comes with it. When students have to choose between a source of entertainment and a source of education, they choose the source that appeals more to them.
One solution for educators is to combine the interesting side of technology more with the learning side. Instead of using a tablet device as just a new way to read articles or a new form of writing essays, they should utilize to the fullest extent, the ability to explore and observe in more interactive ways. Students tend to focus more on interactive lessons because they enjoy them more than writing papers and reports. As a result they will learn more from being more interested. The more students want to learn, the more students will learn.
Technology is not the only distraction that we find to entertain ourselves during a boring class. So ridding a classroom of technology will not solve an attention problem. The best way to get kids to willingly participate in a learning experience is to get them interested in it. While technology is not the only way to do this, it is a good method. Not unlike the way education changed with the addition of textbooks, the addition of smart devices and net-books can allow for better system of learning. In technology is the future and if schools want to prepare kids for the future it should do it using tools of the future.


“Practice makes perfect.” Or does it just make better? The answer [in most cases] is no. Although total perfection is unacheiveable, practice has been proven over the years to make you better. The next question is, at what point does practice reach its limit of improving your performance and just become a waste of time? Certain researchers at the university of Colorado-Boulder think that at a certain point, near perfection of the physical practice aspects are acheived. With this I can agree. Practicing the same thing repeatedly causes the brain to memorize the motions and complete a task naturally with ease.
However, after near physical perfection is reached, the aforementioned researchers believe that continued practice can improve the emotional and mental aspects of a task. This is true to a certain degree. Once the motions and movements of an undertaking are near faultless, the effectiveness of continued practice becomes a matter of will not work. For example: the more times someone is forced repeatedly to practice something, they will be less likely to put as much effort into it as they would the first or second time. In this case they would be just going through the motions without thought on how to improve. The body would have no room for improvement and the mind would not be willing to improve, therefore no advancements are made. Someone who is willing to learn, however, would take on the task with a will to improve, and therefore would improve beyond the physical realm.
This is where the researchers are wrong. They stated that even thoughtless labor would improve the mental aspects after the physical aspects are maxed out. Without will, the farthest you can get is physical memorization. No depth or emotion can be added to the job only perfectly synchronized motion, like a robot. The author uses the example of the child “overlearning” piano music. Even though they know it by memory, they are being made to learn it more. It’s just not gonna work.
“Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Another old statement with a little more truth to it. There’s even more truth in its inverse: With no will there is no way. Don’t get me wrong practice is very important. But without will it loses importance and becomes just a waste of time.


Texting is a problem, but it is also a solution. Like many things, a solution to one problem can be the cause of another problem. Texting, in itself, is not a problem. It is a quick way of messaging that solves some communication issues. However helpful though, texting has been proven to cause some minor problems of its own.

A study was conducted to show the effects of texting on linguistics. The researchers at first believed that texting “encourages unconstrained language”. But when the results came in, they were surprised to find that people who text more often are less likely to accept new words. Joan Lee, the researcher in charge of the study, theorized that texting did not provide the variety of language that was common in traditional literature. People that text more, don’t get that variety and they stick with the words they see used most commonly.

While this isn’t a big problem initially, it still can have an effect on the way we communicate and record information. If traditional literature began using less creative and descriptive words it would become like texting in the way that it no longer benefits our linguistic skills. Also books and newspapers could become quite uninteresting with a lack of strong language. Even though texting isn’t a big problem, it can cause one.

So instead of blaming texting for linguistic disabilities, blame those who use it irresponsibly. If you eliminate texting, it does not decrease the problem, it only increases another problem. Texting is a solution to the problem of slow communication. Just because it can cause problems doesn’t mean it will. By reducing the causes of the problems and not texting itself we can change it into a thing that is purely good.


The life of an orphanage owner is an adventurous one. Anthony Omari knows the dangerous side of this adventure. On January 23rd while defending his orphanage from thieving assailants, he gained a large scar across his face from a machete armed attacker. Two days later, Ben Hardwick -a 21 year old intern- posted a picture of Omari’s scar to a website called Reddit , requesting $2,000 to build a new fence. However the post grew in popularity yielding over $83,000. This tends to happen when you use the internet.
The effects of the internet are huge. Millions of people use the internet everyday and everything is accessible. The chances of something on the internet not being viewed are about 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000189572315305698374347758235645138704323091%. If you post something on a popular website though like youtube or wikipedia, the chances of it not being seen become nonexistent. So with that in mind, just think of the chances that someone even just one person will take interest in it. Now add to that the fact that you have some kind of interesting or popular topic that may end up in search bars or on the front page of a site.
Now consider all of the views you’re getting. How many of those people will probably be at least somewhat interested in your post? This is what happens on the internet; whether for good or bad, things published on the internet become popular very easily. The story about Kenya is just one example. Hundreds of stories, videos, pictures, or quotes become famous almost overnight. All because of, The Power Of The Internet.


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The problem of recycling has become very popular recently due to global warming and pollution. However, I have never really thought about how it might affect the revenue of large corporations. This article made me realize that in fact some consumers do care about being able to recycle their products. In one quote, the vice president of social responsibility at Keurig coffee company states, “A lot of people want us to make it in a certain way — biodegradable, compostable, reusable, zero carbon, modular for disassembly, recyclable,”. This shows that not only do the people want more recyclable items, it also shows the companies know it. Therefore in theory creating products that can be recycled will raise a company’s income.
This theory not only applies to the food and drink industry. Many other businesses could profit from utilizing more recyclable materials. For example many people use tissues, especially during cold and flu season. I for one go through tons of boxes during allergy season. If more tissue brands were made to be recyclable, waste would be reduced and more people would buy them. Another plus to this is the recycling industry will receive more business causing more economic success all around.
Keep in mind that’s just tissues. If all industries were to make the switch, we would be much better off in terms of economy and environmentally. This is why recycling is important: not only does it increase environmental cleanliness but it influences economical growth. If more companies switch to recyclables, more companies will follow and more good will result. This is why I now believe that recyclables are crucial to the economy of businesses.


I strongly believe that hard work and practice pays off. However I also believe that no matter how hard you work and how much you practice, some people are just born with more talent and they will surpass you. As the saying goes, “There’s always a bigger fish”, there’s always someone better than you and better than him. The fact is, some people are born with more talent and are given greater ability. Hard work does not determine everything.
I’m not trying to to say that hard work doesn’t matter at all. For example: With hard work, someone born average can surpass a genius. However if the genius works just as hard , he will become the smarter person. It’s just fact that some people are born smarter or faster or stronger than others. No matter how hard you work, someone is either working harder or was just born better.
If you ever find yourself somewhere you are forced to face someone more talented than you, know that they will be better by nature. However, if you have the will to train harder than they do, you will surpass them. My point here is that initially some people are better but just because they start ahead with their natural ability, they will not always finish first. I believetalent and practice equally strengthen a person up to a certain point. At that point practice keeps improving and talent stops. If you are talented you still must work hard or those with a stronger will will take you’re place.


This is my song about overcoming bullying through non-violent figurative means. Small children respond best to songs and poems because they are hyperactive. If we sing this song to children, they will learn to stand up to bullies.

I can make a difference
A difference I can make
If I try I don’t know why
But I can make a difference
By standing up to bullies
And spitting in their face (in a non-violent figurative way because physical violence is for bullies.)
I change the world
for the human race


This article was about article writing, but it conveys its message in a silly manner. It showed some things that people do wrong in article writing. Some were things I do wrong as well. The basic lessons it taught were:
-Don’t be boring
-Don’t be selfish by writing articles about just yourself or for personal gain
-Don’t be a copier
-Don’t be stupid with bad spellings and grammar
Now none of these are a problem for me except for the occasional grammatic error or purposefully misspelled or made up words. However if you dove deeper into the more complex levels of the lessons, you begin to see the things that are more subliminal problems. The ones that really stuck out were about just writing an article quickly to get it done with. It may surprise you that I actually do this. However it is the truth.
I in fact I am doing it right now. I probably won’t go back and reread this before I publish it, I’ll just spell check it and hit publish. It won’t go through a strenuous process of development before submission, it will be written and be over. That is the flaw in all my articles and quite possibly in many others. But if you, the dear reader happen to ever write an article of your own do not make the same mistake or you will find yourself in a position of badlyness*.

* Just for example i put this word in to demonstrate the way to make your article not boring; using made up words that still make general sense while forcing the reader to pay attention in order to make sense of the generally sensible nonsense**.

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