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  • Joey LeDrew. Copied and Pasted Blog posts, and the dates they were posted.

    UWRT 1103 Blogs First Post: January 14, 2015

    For my first post, Id like to kinda explain a little of what Ill post, be it for class or for personal reasons.

    Also, Ill explain the name! Since that is certainly a confusing, and slightly random thing.

    So to start, the name. I asked my roommate James, what should I name my blog? and his response, was

    simply Scooby Scoop. So, to quote editor of the Durarara! novels I kinda like ambiguous names. So I

    just kinda went with it. My roommate also likes to call me by my last name, LeDrew, and said LeDrew-

    bi-doo-bi-doo to me one day, so that is where the tagline thing comes from Simple and silly, but I

    actually kinda like it! Plus, I grew up with Scooby Doo, so that is another reason.

    Second, regarding my posts, most posts will be from assignments, but I would also like to include

    excerpts from my other blog. Most of the excerpts will be from my How to Survive College sections.

    However, rather than simply copying and pasting them, I will only put a small portion of the post, and

    add my own original content to it as well, so to avoid plagiarism and also to avoid just regurgitating the

    same information from one blog to another.

    -Joseph LeDrew

    Letter to Malcolm Wordle: January 14, 2015

  • Reaction to Shitty First Drafts : January 15, 2015

    The article itself talked about how most good writers, before actually writing their good piece of work be

    it a book or food review, first start with a terrible first draft. The draft as the authors friend puts it is the

    down draft where you are just supposed to jot anything and everything down.

    So I guess, Id like to input my thoughts about that. To me, it seems like it is more of an only applies to

    certain people type thing. Not that I am a professional writer or anything, but I focus a lot on making my

    first draft good. However, what they call the down draft is something that I do in my head, and on

    scratch sheets of paper or whatever I can write on before even writing a first draft. So instead of it being

    organized as a first draft, it is more like a brainstorm of ideas and whatnot. But that is just me. Quite

    frankly I believe that the first draft should still be semi-decent. Or at least readable.

    BUT! In regards to other authors, I think that a shitty first draft certainly holds true, and pertains to

    them very well. Just as the author of this short reading Anne Lamott said it allows her to have better drafts

    after the first, the same is applicable of other authors. Since this wasnt the first time I had heard that, I

    kinda already knew the points she was going to make. So I guess what I am trying to say is, do whatever

    works for you. Not everyone needs a shitty first draft, and not everyone needs to make their first draft

    perfect either. It is all really up to personal preference.

    Reaction to Why I Hate School But Love Education : January 27, 2015

    Firstly, from a pure artistic standpoint, I thought it was a well poem. I also liked his passion about the

    subject. A lot of the things he said were fairly credible, in that most of the billionaires did not finish

    college. Though finish is the key word, in that many got their start while they were still in college. So

    while yes what he said was true, it also has a side of it that makes the truth less of a heavy statement than

    how he made it seem. Secondly, a lot of it was just the right place at the right time kinda thing. But

    honestly that applies to everything.

    In his defense, however, I feel that you CAN be an educated individual without receiving a formal

    education. As he said, Malcolm X is a great example of this. As I said in class, Matt Damon in Good Will

    Hunting is one awesome fictional example. A more personal one, is my mom, who actually scored 1 point

    higher on an IQ test than my dad. The thing is, my mom didnt finish college, and the few classes she

    took were ones she hated at a small community college in Ohio. My dad however, has two degrees

    economics and financing I think. While an IQ test is certainly not the best judge of knowledge, it is

    something that is a recorded score. My opinion, is honestly both sides are right. College IS necessary for

    some, since while you may know the knowledge you claim to have, it is often required for you to have a

    piece of paper that says so. But I think for majors like Art, you can simply just be good at it, and not need

    any formal education. But that is just my two cents and dollars on that. Im not right, but Id like to think I

    am not wrong.

  • From Degrading to De-grading Thoughts: January 29, 2015

    I have very mixed views about this article, just to start with. I think that this article is really only

    applicable for a number of classes and subjects, or even assignments. For example, I think it is a great

    thing that should apply to Art classes, Gym classes, some English class assignments, and others that could

    fall under similar categories. However, Mathematics is not one that should be thought of the same way.

    Grades ARE important and vital in a math class because in math there is a right and wrong answer. So

    basically, if you get it right, you get an A and if not you receive a lower grade. So I disagree with the

    author saying that grades arent really necessary for things like that. But for the more creative aspects and

    assignments as I mentioned above, I firmly believe in a completion grade, that you get if you did the work

    and it looks like you put a sufficient amount of effort into it. Much as these blog posts are, haha. Im not

    graded on the awesomeness of my posts, though if I was it would be an A for sure. But rather, I am

    graded on the fact that I read these articles, and give my honest opinion on them.

    I also think that there are few replacements for grades. I mean, if I were to really spend hours

    contemplating this, I could give you some decent ideas, but at 11:47 at night doing this since I am an

    irresponsible college student I wont waste our time. I think that grades are an easily measured

    comprehension of a subject matter. So in that sense they are vital. Also, without grades, colleges would

    never look at me. I did no extracurricular activities in high school since I was an absolutely boring person.

    So it was based on standardized tests that I dislike so much, and my excellent performance on them that I

    even got into this school. So, grades are an essential but not perfect way to test and sadly label students.

    There will always exception students. Ones who are hidden geniuses, but do poorly on tests, and people

    like me, who are average at best, but know how to guess better than a contestant on The Price is Right.

    I also think the idea of getting rid of grades is kinda silly, at least all together. It is one of those things that

    is hard to be done, and no immediate solution is available. The author proposes a slow solution, not unlike

    that as the proposition to gradually eliminate pollution. But in the end, I think it would be a silly thing to

    implement in a right/wrong class like math. People may try to argue that a child who proposes 2+2=5 is a

    genius for thinking outside the box, but I have to be cynical and say they are having difficulty with basic

    counting. So not to get too redundant, but in conclusion I generally agree with this article, but also

    disagree. It is too biased, and gives examples, but I think it doesnt give as much proof as it should. Its

    neat quotes are nice, but I feel that they lack the proof I am looking for

    Why Im Asking You Not to Use Laptops Thoughts: February 10, 2015

    I really liked this article, in that it was from a teacher who has an understanding view of laptops, in that

    they will let a student who actually MUST use a laptop use one. I personally think laptops in the

    classroom will be nothing but a distraction, simply because I know itd distract me, and I have seen how

    other people misuse their own computers. Countless times I have seen people in large lecture halls

    reading manga on their laptop, or watching Family Guy. And often times I would find myself doing the

    same thing, but on their computer! So they would unintentionally be distracting me.

    Now with that being said, I dont think laptops should be banned from classrooms all together. I think in a

    lecture style class, where its pretty much only note-taking, that is fine. Also, if it is a class that deals with

    technology, i.e. a computer class or a 3D Design class, than I think that is more than fine. But for a

    writing class like ours is, or a math class, where pencil to paper notes are clearly far more superior, then

    laptops have no place there. There are also classes that they simply just dont belong, since I know they

    will be misused, and I have examples of that. My Japanese class has a person who uses a laptop, which I

  • think is funny. This person most likely does not know who to get the keyboard to type in Japanese, and 1

    of the 4 main skills in learning a language is writing. So by default they lose that skill. (The other 3 are

    speaking, reading, and listening). So the laptop seems to be a heavy burden and hindrance their education

    as a whole. Most likely why they continue to do poorly, in my opinion. I am also slightly biased, since I

    dont personally have a laptop, meaning that