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<ul><li><p>Joey LeDrew. Copied and Pasted Blog posts, and the dates they were posted. </p><p>UWRT 1103 Blogs First Post: January 14, 2015 </p><p>For my first post, Id like to kinda explain a little of what Ill post, be it for class or for personal reasons. </p><p>Also, Ill explain the name! Since that is certainly a confusing, and slightly random thing. </p><p>So to start, the name. I asked my roommate James, what should I name my blog? and his response, was </p><p>simply Scooby Scoop. So, to quote editor of the Durarara! novels I kinda like ambiguous names. So I </p><p>just kinda went with it. My roommate also likes to call me by my last name, LeDrew, and said LeDrew-</p><p>bi-doo-bi-doo to me one day, so that is where the tagline thing comes from Simple and silly, but I </p><p>actually kinda like it! Plus, I grew up with Scooby Doo, so that is another reason. </p><p>Second, regarding my posts, most posts will be from assignments, but I would also like to include </p><p>excerpts from my other blog. Most of the excerpts will be from my How to Survive College sections. </p><p>However, rather than simply copying and pasting them, I will only put a small portion of the post, and </p><p>add my own original content to it as well, so to avoid plagiarism and also to avoid just regurgitating the </p><p>same information from one blog to another. </p><p>-Joseph LeDrew </p><p>Letter to Malcolm Wordle: January 14, 2015 </p></li><li><p>Reaction to Shitty First Drafts : January 15, 2015 </p><p>The article itself talked about how most good writers, before actually writing their good piece of work be </p><p>it a book or food review, first start with a terrible first draft. The draft as the authors friend puts it is the </p><p>down draft where you are just supposed to jot anything and everything down. </p><p>So I guess, Id like to input my thoughts about that. To me, it seems like it is more of an only applies to </p><p>certain people type thing. Not that I am a professional writer or anything, but I focus a lot on making my </p><p>first draft good. However, what they call the down draft is something that I do in my head, and on </p><p>scratch sheets of paper or whatever I can write on before even writing a first draft. So instead of it being </p><p>organized as a first draft, it is more like a brainstorm of ideas and whatnot. But that is just me. Quite </p><p>frankly I believe that the first draft should still be semi-decent. Or at least readable. </p><p>BUT! In regards to other authors, I think that a shitty first draft certainly holds true, and pertains to </p><p>them very well. Just as the author of this short reading Anne Lamott said it allows her to have better drafts </p><p>after the first, the same is applicable of other authors. Since this wasnt the first time I had heard that, I </p><p>kinda already knew the points she was going to make. So I guess what I am trying to say is, do whatever </p><p>works for you. Not everyone needs a shitty first draft, and not everyone needs to make their first draft </p><p>perfect either. It is all really up to personal preference. </p><p>Reaction to Why I Hate School But Love Education : January 27, 2015 </p><p>Firstly, from a pure artistic standpoint, I thought it was a well poem. I also liked his passion about the </p><p>subject. A lot of the things he said were fairly credible, in that most of the billionaires did not finish </p><p>college. Though finish is the key word, in that many got their start while they were still in college. So </p><p>while yes what he said was true, it also has a side of it that makes the truth less of a heavy statement than </p><p>how he made it seem. Secondly, a lot of it was just the right place at the right time kinda thing. But </p><p>honestly that applies to everything. </p><p>In his defense, however, I feel that you CAN be an educated individual without receiving a formal </p><p>education. As he said, Malcolm X is a great example of this. As I said in class, Matt Damon in Good Will </p><p>Hunting is one awesome fictional example. A more personal one, is my mom, who actually scored 1 point </p><p>higher on an IQ test than my dad. The thing is, my mom didnt finish college, and the few classes she </p><p>took were ones she hated at a small community college in Ohio. My dad however, has two degrees </p><p>economics and financing I think. While an IQ test is certainly not the best judge of knowledge, it is </p><p>something that is a recorded score. My opinion, is honestly both sides are right. College IS necessary for </p><p>some, since while you may know the knowledge you claim to have, it is often required for you to have a </p><p>piece of paper that says so. But I think for majors like Art, you can simply just be good at it, and not need </p><p>any formal education. But that is just my two cents and dollars on that. Im not right, but Id like to think I </p><p>am not wrong. </p></li><li><p>From Degrading to De-grading Thoughts: January 29, 2015 </p><p>I have very mixed views about this article, just to start with. I think that this article is really only </p><p>applicable for a number of classes and subjects, or even assignments. For example, I think it is a great </p><p>thing that should apply to Art classes, Gym classes, some English class assignments, and others that could </p><p>fall under similar categories. However, Mathematics is not one that should be thought of the same way. </p><p>Grades ARE important and vital in a math class because in math there is a right and wrong answer. So </p><p>basically, if you get it right, you get an A and if not you receive a lower grade. So I disagree with the </p><p>author saying that grades arent really necessary for things like that. But for the more creative aspects and </p><p>assignments as I mentioned above, I firmly believe in a completion grade, that you get if you did the work </p><p>and it looks like you put a sufficient amount of effort into it. Much as these blog posts are, haha. Im not </p><p>graded on the awesomeness of my posts, though if I was it would be an A for sure. But rather, I am </p><p>graded on the fact that I read these articles, and give my honest opinion on them. </p><p>I also think that there are few replacements for grades. I mean, if I were to really spend hours </p><p>contemplating this, I could give you some decent ideas, but at 11:47 at night doing this since I am an </p><p>irresponsible college student I wont waste our time. I think that grades are an easily measured </p><p>comprehension of a subject matter. So in that sense they are vital. Also, without grades, colleges would </p><p>never look at me. I did no extracurricular activities in high school since I was an absolutely boring person. </p><p>So it was based on standardized tests that I dislike so much, and my excellent performance on them that I </p><p>even got into this school. So, grades are an essential but not perfect way to test and sadly label students. </p><p>There will always exception students. Ones who are hidden geniuses, but do poorly on tests, and people </p><p>like me, who are average at best, but know how to guess better than a contestant on The Price is Right. </p><p>I also think the idea of getting rid of grades is kinda silly, at least all together. It is one of those things that </p><p>is hard to be done, and no immediate solution is available. The author proposes a slow solution, not unlike </p><p>that as the proposition to gradually eliminate pollution. But in the end, I think it would be a silly thing to </p><p>implement in a right/wrong class like math. People may try to argue that a child who proposes 2+2=5 is a </p><p>genius for thinking outside the box, but I have to be cynical and say they are having difficulty with basic </p><p>counting. So not to get too redundant, but in conclusion I generally agree with this article, but also </p><p>disagree. It is too biased, and gives examples, but I think it doesnt give as much proof as it should. Its </p><p>neat quotes are nice, but I feel that they lack the proof I am looking for </p><p>Why Im Asking You Not to Use Laptops Thoughts: February 10, 2015 </p><p>I really liked this article, in that it was from a teacher who has an understanding view of laptops, in that </p><p>they will let a student who actually MUST use a laptop use one. I personally think laptops in the </p><p>classroom will be nothing but a distraction, simply because I know itd distract me, and I have seen how </p><p>other people misuse their own computers. Countless times I have seen people in large lecture halls </p><p>reading manga on their laptop, or watching Family Guy. And often times I would find myself doing the </p><p>same thing, but on their computer! So they would unintentionally be distracting me. </p><p>Now with that being said, I dont think laptops should be banned from classrooms all together. I think in a </p><p>lecture style class, where its pretty much only note-taking, that is fine. Also, if it is a class that deals with </p><p>technology, i.e. a computer class or a 3D Design class, than I think that is more than fine. But for a </p><p>writing class like ours is, or a math class, where pencil to paper notes are clearly far more superior, then </p><p>laptops have no place there. There are also classes that they simply just dont belong, since I know they </p><p>will be misused, and I have examples of that. My Japanese class has a person who uses a laptop, which I </p></li><li><p>think is funny. This person most likely does not know who to get the keyboard to type in Japanese, and 1 </p><p>of the 4 main skills in learning a language is writing. So by default they lose that skill. (The other 3 are </p><p>speaking, reading, and listening). So the laptop seems to be a heavy burden and hindrance their education </p><p>as a whole. Most likely why they continue to do poorly, in my opinion. I am also slightly biased, since I </p><p>dont personally have a laptop, meaning that I dont have one to bring to class. So automatically I prefer </p><p>not using one. </p><p>Schools Kill Creativity TED Talk Review: February 24, 2015 </p><p>I thoroughly enjoyed this TED talk, since it was funny, and regardless of the fact it was taken in what </p><p>2006? It still holds true to now. I think that in most ways, schools do kill creativity by forcing an </p><p>unofficial hierarchy of class importance. As the man said, Math is at the top, and the arts are at the </p><p>bottom. I cant remember the last time, except for college, I was forced to take an art class. Maybe 5th </p><p>grade? But that is over 8 years ago, so it is a little irrelevant to my life now. I had a dance class, maybe for </p><p>a month or two in the 3rd grade, that while I hated, it at least let me know I hated it. </p><p>One argument I hear from, even fellow students, as to why they shouldnt have to take art classes and </p><p>such is because they dislike them. But if it w erent for the fact you had to take them in the past, you </p><p>wouldnt have known you disliked them. People also argue that the arts are less important, but in regards </p><p>to school, my art class had the same weight on my GPA as my math class, meaning that I should take </p><p>each of them seriously. </p><p>In regards to creativity, I think it most definitely died with me from late elementary school to middle </p><p>school. I was a super creative child who made their own dope ass stories, and stuff like that, but then was </p><p>forced to take myself seriously, and couldnt do fun and more artistically challenging things. But then </p><p>there was a revival of creativity in me, when I started studying on my own, outside of school, and when I </p><p>took sculpture in my senior year of high school. While those two times might have gone hand in hand, </p><p>they were important, since I learned how to have fun with art and stuff like that. </p><p>I think that since in our times factory or math based jobs are becoming less important, and arts are being </p><p>more heavily mainstreamed, that we should start reinstating the types of classes we had in elementary </p><p>school. I had a Spanish class, that I kind of enjoyed in 3rd grade, and now more than ever is that relevant. </p><p>Not only the arts, but foreign languages are so important to the development of children, do to the heavy </p><p>correlation between the intelligence of children, and their success, and the fact that they are bi-lingual. </p><p>Since I started learning new languages, I felt that I was able to understand many other things better. And </p><p>since I feel that kids are better at learning when they are younger, you should teach them more, younger. I </p><p>know I was shit at learning when I was younger, but now Im fine. Maybe. </p><p>And sorry if this seemed like a rant, but the fact that they view maths such as calculus and such, which </p><p>most of us will never use, as more important than learning a language, or how to play an instrument, is </p><p>ridiculous. </p></li><li><p>Japanese Speech Contest Results: February 24, 2015 </p><p>So as I wrote about in one of my papers, I was entering the Japanese Speech Contest on campus. I wrote </p><p>about my fat cat Binks in my speech, and it was pretty dope and funny. I was pretty nervous, since I dont </p><p>like public speaking, but I did it regardless. I had the whole room laughing with just the name of my </p><p>speech, since most peoples were boring, or rather lacked creativity. So when the title of mine was </p><p>projected up onto the board of the lecture hall, people immediately started giggling. Plus my friends who </p><p>knew me well enough thought it was funny that I was even going to do it, and was up there having fun </p><p>with it. </p><p>After all 45 or so contestants presented their speeches, they concluded, and moved on to the rewards </p><p>ceremony. They started with the introductory level first, which was my level. They said there would be 3 </p><p>winners, and commenced with calling the names of the winners. My best friend Robert and the infamous </p><p>Nick were sitting next to me, showing me pictures they had taken of me while I was speaking, and also </p><p>telling me I would definitely place, since I had done well. I laughed since I knew I messed up numerous </p><p>times. Then they started calling names, and I was shocked to hear the Japanese woman call what sounded </p><p>like Joey LeDrew first. My friends shouted YEAH JOEY! and I was like what? So I got up on </p><p>stage, along with 2 other people. I ended up receiving 3rd place, which was super dope. I was excited just </p><p>to participate, but to actually win something made it all the better! </p><p>The certificate I got </p><p>Me accepting my prizes like a boss and stuff. </p></li><li><p>Ghostwriter thoughts: March 19, 2015 </p><p>Before reading this article, Nick told me a little about it. I actually respect this guy. He does hard, and </p><p>honest work. So I dont actually dislike the company he works for, or the work he does. I think quite </p><p>frankly, if the student is smart enough to cheat and not get caught, then good on them for being able to do </p><p>it. Ive cheated before, and most likely will do it again. Now am I saying Im a habitual cheater? No, but I </p><p>will say that sometimes an A is better than a C. That was true in my high school chemistry class. </p><p>Now in regards to having someone else write a paper for me, I dont think Id ever do that. Now Im not </p><p>just saying that because this a blog post for my writing class, but because I actually consider myself a </p><p>decent enough writer to pass on my own merits. Also, a lot of writing is graded on content, and not actual </p><p>writing skill. So even if a sentence was mittons Romneey wuz a politics Present candate in the 08 </p><p>elecshun against Obama I wouldnt be wrong technically. I dont know. I guess what Im trying to </p><p>say is that I actually almost e...</p></li></ul>