Student Poem – I Got Your Back

“I got your back”

by Jimmy F.

when I saw you
bundled up like dirty laundry

sitting, surrounded by intrusive thoughts

when I saw you
cry into your hand
with crocodile tears streaming out
overcome by frustration
as if you were the most upset person in the world
I say
when I saw you
you tornado of anxiety of a man
who used to be the most care free person
used to be called mr. goodtime
I take a stand
through your mental discomfort
I take a stand


This Day In History

  • February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela released from prison

    Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990.

    In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organization in South Africa, where he became a leader of Johannesburg’s youth wing of the ANC. In 1952, he became deputy national president of the ANC, advocating nonviolent resistance to apartheid–South Africa’s institutionalized system of white supremacy and racial segregation. However, after the massacre of peaceful black demonstrators at Sharpeville in 1960, Nelson helped organize a paramilitary branch of the ANC to engage in guerrilla warfare against the white minority government.

    In 1961, he was arrested for treason, and although acquitted he was arrested again in 1962 for illegally leaving the country. Convicted and sentenced to five years at Robben Island Prison, he was put on trial again in 1964 on charges of sabotage. In June 1964, he was convicted along with several other ANC leaders and sentenced to life in prison.

    Mandela spent the first 18 of his 27 years in jail at the brutal Robben Island Prison. Confined to a small cell without a bed or plumbing, he was forced to do hard labor in a quarry. He could write and receive a letter once every six months, and once a year he was allowed to meet with a visitor for 30 minutes. However, Mandela’s resolve remained unbroken, and while remaining the symbolic leader of the anti-apartheid movement, he led a movement of civil disobedience at the prison that coerced South African officials into drastically improving conditions on Robben Island. He was later moved to another location, where he lived under house arrest.

    In 1989, F.W. de Klerk became South African president and set about dismantling apartheid. De Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC, suspended executions, and in February 1990 ordered the release of Nelson Mandela.

    Mandela subsequently led the ANC in its negotiations with the minority government for an end to apartheid and the establishment of a multiracial government. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One year later, the ANC won an electoral majority in the country’s first free elections, and Mandela was elected South Africa’s president.

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Assignments Economics

Econ Reading: Flying the Friendly Skies

Flying the Friendly Skies – DUE 2/1/2011 by beginning of class.

File: Flying the Friendly Skies

Assignment: Click Here

Sample Answers from Students:

How safe is too safe? Can we ever be safe enough?

Too safe is when the marginal costs outweigh the marginal benefits.  For example, if an airline installs an emergency door for every person onboard, that is a huge price tag on the airline for a small benefit for each passenger.  The only way that we can be safe enough is to not take the risks that come with anything like flying in a plane or driving in a car.

– Kayla C.

It cannot be exactly decided how safe is too safe. However, there is a way to decide when there is a logical and reasonable amount of safety to a particular issue by calculating whether the marginal benefits are greater than or equal to the marginal costs. In this way, we know that the amount of safety is a reasonable amount, but if the costs of safety outweigh the benefits of safety then it doesnt make sense to provide that much safety. In all reality, we can never be safe enough for our liking. Doing so would mean we would have to avoid making a choice altogether, because all choices come with costs and benefits. The costs are the risks we take in order to enjoy the advantages of our choices. People always accept some risks in order to enjoy the advantages we have in life, so realistically we can never be perfectly safe because there will always be some risk.

– Karli M.

Why do people die in accidents / incidents that seem avoidable, like skydiving?

People who skydive and waterski ignore the costs of doing these dangerous acts and only think  about the benefits. They choose to forget about the fact that these activities are life-threatening and dangerous. They only think about the fact that they will get a brief rush of adrenaline. In  their minds, that single benefit is worth the risk.

– Katie S.

People die in accidents that could be avoidable because they either don’t take the proper safety precautions or something goes wrong with their equipment. Sometimes malfunctions aren’t avoidable, but by doing any activity there is a risk of something happening to you.

– Kim Z.


Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

We saw this video today in econ class before the test. What do you think? Leave your comments below…

Assignments Economics

Chp 2 Essay Questions

Question #1: Why do we use models in teaching economics?

Question #2: Explain, in your own words, how the Circular Flow Model works, and what it describes. Make sure to include a few concrete examples in your explanation.

REMINDER: Your answers will be published here on Saturday. Make sure you check your spelling, grammar, and other mechanics. Also, make sure you put forth your best effort, since anyone will be able to see your answers, even 5 years from now when you’re applying for your first real job…

Assignments History

Chapter 12 Test Link

Here’s the link to chapter 12 test.

You will need to do two (2) things:

  1. Take the multiple choice test. (90 points)
    • Password is <  newdeal  >
    • ID = your period (only the number!)
  2. Write an essay. (10 points)
  3. Choose from the following essay prompts. Answer only one.
    1. How did relief legislation change from the First New Deal to the Second New Deal?
    2. What impressive physical legacy did the New Deal leave?
    3. How did the New Deal change the relationship between the people and the government?
    4. How did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s philosophy differ from Herbert Hoover’s?
    5. What did Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers do and how did the program affect their spirits?

This Day In History

  • February 10, 1996: Kasparov loses chess game to computer

    On this day in 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second.  Man was ultimately victorious over machine, however, as Kasparov bested Deep Blue in the match with three wins and two ties and took home the $400,000 prize. An estimated 6 million people worldwide followed the action on the Internet.

    Kasparov had previously defeated Deep Thought, the prototype for Deep Blue developed by IBM researchers in 1989, but he and other chess grandmasters had, on occasion, lost to computers in games that lasted an hour or less. The February 1996 contest was significant in that it represented the first time a human and a computer had duked it out in a regulation, six-game match, in which each player had two hours to make 40 moves, two hours to finish the next 20 moves and then another 60 minutes to wrap up the game.

    Kasparov, who was born in 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan, became the Soviet Union’s junior chess champion at age 13 and in 1985, at age 22, the youngest world champ ever when he beat legendary Soviet player Anatoly Karpov. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player in the history of the game, Kasparov was known for his swashbuckling style of play and his ability to switch tactics mid-game.

    In 1997, a rematch took place between Kasparov and an enhanced Deep Blue. Kasparov won the first game, the computer the second, with the next three games a draw. On May 11, 1997, Deep Blue came out on top with a surprising sixth game win–and the $700,000 match prize.

    In 2003, Kasparov battled another computer program, “Deep Junior.” The match ended in a tie. Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005.

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History News

US HIST Test Chp 12

Thursday, February 10th, 2011. Make sure you study tonight!

We meet in the IMC – go directly there!

Economics News

Econ Test Chp 2

Thursday, February 10th, 2011. Make sure you study tonight!