American Society: Urban Legends in the Classroom
What is it about America that causes students and people to crave an education? Could it be the intense pressures of society, or could it even be the simple fact that we want to educate ourselves? For centuries people were fine with being un-educated and life was simple and laid back, but when John Cotton (a noted Puritan Minister) established the first public school in America, people began to eat it up. And thus was the start of a race to the top and an obsession in today’s society about education. We are now living life in the fast lane, and most people don’t even have the time to stop and smell the flowers along the way. The Urban Legends, “Open Book”, “Unsolvable Problem”, and “Reward” all have a very similar underlying theme. These three tales all deal with teenagers and their educational journey. Urban Legends with the theme of teenagers, suggest that American Culture values their education because they depict how students are hardworking, success driven, and in some cases, even desperate to get the good grades that their parents desire Now days, especially in College, almost every student is hardworking. Most know that you need to put in the work and make an effort to see results. In The Urban Legend, “Reward”, a student is working diligently on some math problems in class. The student turns to the next page in his math book and finds a reward tucked away. This is just one example of how hard work can pay off in the long run. In this particular tale, someone must have seen the student working diligently and when he wasn’t looking, slipped a reward into his math book. Theodore T. Hunger is a well known member of the society of professional journalists. She is also a finalist in the writing and publishing category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Theodore Hunger once said “Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon...
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