Posted in 9th Grade, Business 1

B1 L70 – What would it Take to Make Me Spreed for Ten Minutes a Day?

In many lessons in multiple courses, Dr. Gary North repeatedly suggests practicing ten minutes a day on the online application Spreeder. It is a good idea, and it gives an advantage over competitors in life. It would provide the ability to read faster, absorb more information, and learn easier. But what would it take to get me to do it?

What is Spreeder? Spreeder is an online application that takes a piece of text and plays one word onscreen at a time at a veery fast rate. It is supposed to train for speed reading.      

As I have explained in other essays, I have a hectic schedule and don’t have much spare time, other than in the car to and from various places. I already don’t have much time, so trying to add ten minutes to the schedule– I would have to get all my work done within two-five hours every day, then still have an extra twenty minutes to get ready and do Spreeder. As such, I don’t think there is anything short of forcing me to drop an elective that could get me to do Spreeder for ten minutes a day.

On top of that, I don’t really like reading with Spreeder; There is more fun in reading slowly and deeply than in speed reading it and barely getting anything at all. Besides, I tend to not keep up with the program, even when it goes pretty slow.

However, if my school amounts were to decrease, say, by Spanish (which, incidentally, ends in three days), I would have a little bit of spare time, maybe enough to do Spreeder. I would have to work incredibly hard, but it might be doable. So perhaps that would get me to do Spreeder. So, in about three days, despite my schedule, I might be able to start doing Spreeder again.

Posted in 9th Grade, English 1

E1 L75 – Plunkitt, Patriotism, Jobs, and Civil Service

Autobiography of George Washington Plunkitt, by William Riordon, is a collection of speeches by George Washington Plunkitt, a Tammany Hall politician of the 20th century. In one of his talks, Plunkitt stated that there is a link between jobs, a particular government law, and patriotism.
He explained that patriots aspire to take jobs due to their want to serve the country and their districts. Then he goes into how Civil Service blocks those patriots from getting jobs and turns them into anarchists. Civil Service is the government policy that states that to get a job, a man must pass an exam crammed with a bunch of useless information that only a college professor would know. In simpler terms, Civil Service is a law that gives jobs to people who can pass a challenging exam, then that person has that job for life. For example, a court needs a scribe. A few people sign up, then they take the exam. Whoever passes at the highest score gets the job, and the court can’t fire that scribe, no matter how bad of a job he does. Also, nobody else can come and take his position, so that the slacker is stuck as the court scribe until he resigns. Like a German general, Kurt von Hammerstein once said,
            “Those men who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff. Use under certain circumstances those who are stupid and lazy; The man who is clever and lazy, however, qualifies for the highest leadership posts: He has the requisite nerves and the mental clarity for difficult decisions. But the stupid and industrious must be immediately got rid of, for they only make more problems.”
            The Civil Service does screen for smart, but intelligent and book-worm are two different things. Thus, stupid and lazy people can still get into positions. That is an argument for another of Plunkitt’s ideas: that the party boss system keeps the idiots under control. The best way is to have the position elected by a council of some kind. That is why patriotism, jobs, and Civil Service are linked: Civil Service puts idiots in posts, which kills patriotism. Plunkitt was serious about this connection, and it does exist. It just isn’t very obvious.

Posted in 9th Grade, Public Speaking

PSL65 – Speech 9 – Wood Sales Pitch

Will be coming out with blooper reel #2 soon!

Posted in 9th Grade, English 1

E1 L70 – Booker T. Washington’s View vs. Dr. Gary North’s View

In the book Up From Slavery, Booker Taliaferro Washington describes his view of the future. He explains that if he could have a rags-to-riches story, anyone could do the impossible. However, in his course Business 1, Gary North expressed his view of the future. He went against Washington in that he said not everyone could go from rags to riches; only certain people can do that, and they have certain qualities in plenty.
            Washington stated some things that everyone likes to hear: anyone can do what he did, and anyone can get famous and influence people. He also indicated in the book some facts that he had learned: Hard work pays off, never give up, and something will always eventually turn up. Some others were don’t worry too much, service to others is always rewarded, and the old cliche “Good triumphs over evil.” In simpler words, anyone can do anything, whether it seems impossible or not. It just takes hard work, determination, a healthy attitude, and a little bit of luck. Washington handed the glory to some of his previous experiences, such as Mrs. Armstrong’s room-cleaning lesson, General Armstrong and the many fund-raising trips, and the four kilns, which taught him and his students to never give up.
            Mr. North, on the other hand, had a slightly negative approach. He said that some of the things Washington said were just flat out wrong, such as “service to others is rewarded” and “don’t worry too much.” He also busted “If I can, you can” statement. He agreed with a few of the things Washington said, such as hard work pays off, never give up, and stick to it, but those are only about a third of the encouragement Washington gives. For the most part, Mr. North agreed with him concerning Washington handing his credit to experience, other than one little detail. That was that the fund-raising tours didn’t teach him anything; they just supplied him with money for Tuskegee.            
            In conclusion, Booker Taliaferro Washington described his view, gave encouragement to the future, and passed his glory to the past. Mr. North disagreed with Washington’s perspective and some of his ideas, but in other respects, agreed with the autobiographer. They recognized that past experiences make future decisions based on what the person learned from the encounter. So though Booker T Washington and Dr. Gary North are two completely different people in incredibly different times, they have similarities, and maybe BTW was right when he said: “If I can, you can.”

Posted in 9th Grade, Business 1

B1 L65 – Selling My Business

My younger brother and I co-own a small business. It is comprised of selling wood in various amounts to the nearby town, and it usually sells $150 per cord (128 cubic feet of quartered timber) stacked. If my business owns a gas-operated wood splitter, then how many cords of wood do I need to sell to make $1000 in profit… It sounds like a math equation from a textbook, but it’s the truth. I own a small business that sells cords of wood. I’ve determined that once my business makes ≤$1000 in profits a year, plus expenses, then I would sell the firm and profit about 1,200 dollars. I don’t foresee it coming anytime soon, and I’d hopefully be out of scouts by that time. My younger brother would take half the money from the sale, and I’ll take the other half. That 750 dollars would go towards building a trailer house or maybe buying a car.
It seems impossible for a little business with a wood splitter and a trailer to make $1000 in profit. Still, as I mentioned earlier, I make $150 per cord of wood, so that would only be about eight, maybe nine cords of wood in winter. It’d depend on the price of gas at the time. Right now, I sell three, sometimes four cords of wood a year, so I’d need to double my popularity before I made that much money. Word of mouth is the best way, and that takes time, so time will solve all our problems eventually.
So, when I finally make $1000 a year in profits from my business, I would sell it to buy some items for my trailer house.