I was late for my Italian class. Of course I woke up minutes before class started. On the day we had a test. I practically ran all the way there and when I got there, the teacher was starting late. After a couple minutes we all sat down to take the test. All of the material I meticulously worked on the day before disintegrated from my mind. I felt so uncomfortable. After the decade long test, I went to the teacher and asked for when I could set up some tutoring session with her. (She is not only my Italian teacher but she runs the tutoring center for John Cabot.) It was nice to hear that she could tell I’m a focused student and this seems to be just a hard subject. We agreed that we could work on a schedule and make sure I get a little more help on this.
Not feeling all that hot on school, I walked rather slowly to my history class. I went to history and yet again, she poured out her bias opinion about everything. I decided that no one was speaking up in class so I would (politely and respectfully) question her seemingly “flawless” statements. One of which seemed to be a little too skewed from truth so I respectfully asked her of the conditions of her statement. (I know I’m repeating “respect” and “politely” but I need to given my history of confrontation with teachers. I’ve been working on my attitude about debate with teachers.) She believed that there are NO sources proving that certain people existed in history. Overall she believed that someone cannot exist if they are only written about by a few sources texts (and some texts need to be written about by their enemies) for some reason. When she was presented with a high number of Roman texts, Jewish texts, and non-religious texts, she chose them to be unreliable and not real sources (these were the best sources for our time period we’re speaking of in class). SO, as many students agreed, she was beginning to believe some sources and not others. She only deemed sources that agreed with her as reliable sources; Interesting.
Other students spoke with me after class and agreed that I presented a good topic and placed no pressure on her “historical beliefs.” All the facts I questioned in class, she discussed with me after class when it seemed more appropriate. Overall, I rather enjoyed the debate and so did she…until I presented her with actual sources she was unaware existed which she quickly deemed as useless and not true. :
After history, I went and studied Mythology, went to class (which dragged on for hours) came home and updated my blog! Finally! I then went to my American Lit class where we talked about Benjamin Franklin. I was honestly inspired by his writing. He was elegant, humorous and humble; not only in his writing but in his daily actions. His virtues were something to aspire to and his ideology about bettering oneself is very evident. I enjoyed his refreshing good character.
Following class, I focused on a little homework, made dinner (meat patties and hash browns), blogged, and practiced Italian. After some last minute efforts to focus on school, I went to sleep.