I had some interesting learning experiences in English 11. Censorship didn’t really get me thinking as much as the identities unit. In the identities unit, I learned that there are many different ways that people identify themselves apart from more of a traditional identity, and the struggles that they face have made me a little more aware about this issue. From the debate on censorship, 50 Shades of Gay, and the Washington Redskins paragraph, I learned that there is no definitive “black and white” and every single area in life has a grey area, and it’s very easy to be biased and sway someone else’s opinion to one side, such as you having the power to be able to pick our sources. From this I’ll be sure to be more aware of the sources that my future teachers will give me.
Generally I think our society is pretty accepting now which is a good thing, however it was only in 2012 that many states didn’t allow gay marriage and being gay meant you were a 2nd class citizen.
My thinking may or may not have expanded, but I don’t think I can tell. I learned how to loosen my mind to not immediately stick to one side and cling onto my own opinions before I start to write on a topic about something.
Fahrenheit 451 was the only book we’ve read and I have enjoyed that book far more than Indian Horse. I like the way the author writes and tells his story and it may be crazy but what he’s imagining in the story could totally be possible one day.
Overall, it was a pleasure to be in this class, grades and tardiness aside (X block was insanely hard to get adjusted to). I usually hate English but the topics we’ve covered made the class enjoyable and a different type of learning experience for me.