Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What Makes a City a Great Place to Live in?


Have you ever lived in a big city like New York City or Los Angeles? If you have so, that means you have had many work opportunities and have visited many interesting places, and also you have met a lot of people. These three things make a big city a great place to live in.

To begin with, work opportunities are very huge in big cities, and that is because of all the companies and factories that are mainly located in big cities. Most of the companies need more workers, and they do not require high-level skills; furthermore, you can easily find a job, or maybe, a job could be offered to you. Also, many of the jobs in big cities offer good salaries. Besides, they give many great allowances and insurances that cover you and your family. This is one of the reasons making us believe that it is better to live in a city than in a small town.
Also, if you live in a big city, you ever get bored because there are many places too see and visit in big cities. There are museums, shopping malls, parks, observatories, movies theaters and lots of other thing. Let us take Chicago for example; there is The Field Museum, which is one of the best museums I have ever seen. Also, there is the John Hancock Observatory, which is about 1000 feet height. There are the Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo and many other amazing places, too. However, even if you do not like these places, you can still go to the great restaurants and coffee houses with your friends. So now we know how exiting it is to live in a big city.

Finally, many different types of people live in big cities, and that is perfect because this way you can learn different cultures and customs and become more open minded. If you lived in a small town, far away from main cities, where no foreigners live or visit, and you only see a few people from your little town, you will never be able to be in touch with other cultures, and you will always stay falling behind; however, if you lived in a big city, you would get to meet foreigners and learn more about the outside world. Another thing is a lot of famous people and celebrities usually live in big cities. For example, George Bush, the president of the U.S., lives in Houston, Jennifer Aniston, an actress, lives in Los Angeles, Nicholas Cage, an actor, also lives in Los Angeles. Also, you might meet a famous person if you lived in a major city. Therefore, different kinds of people is one of the reason that make a big city a good place to live in.

In conclusion, we find big cities are the best places to live in because of the huge work opportunities, the amazing places to see and the several sorts of people who live there. So, if you are planning to move from your city, and you are looking for a good place to live in, you should look to a big city.

Scotland Needs to Learn the Value of Creativity in Schools


According to the article, "Scotland needs to learn the value of creativity in schools", from LexisNexis website, Jim Stanton states that Scotland passes over the importance of educate children in more advanced ways. The author believes that Scotland is focusing on improving children's IQ scores and ignoring to develop their desire to learn. He also thinks that could be a reason leading to dropping Scotland behind. Therefore, Stanton presents an idea, which is to find out what subjects the students are interested in and emphasize them. I strongly agree with the author because recognizing children's tendencies early gives them more time to advance their skills, and because the IQ scores are not always correct.

First of all, realizing what subjects a child loves at an early age gives the child a longer period to focus on them. For example, if we figure out that a boy is interested in chemistry when he is ten years old, it will be much better than if we figure it out when he is eighteen. That means there are eight extra years for study, which are more than enough to prepare this boy to college studies. Moreover, this may keep children away from learning subjects they do not have to learn and they might have to repeat.

Moreover, IQ scores might be wrong in many cases, and that means we should not put much weight them. IQ tests only measure the ability to finish schools successfully, they do not mention if the person will have a great life or not; therefore, we should not depend on what score children get. Many people who had low scores on IQ tests and did not rely on their scores became successful in their lives. For example, there is a story about am American man. This man took the IQ test when he was a child, and he had a very low score, and children called him a "dunce". However, this man did not care about the score he had and about what everybody thought, so he grew up and worked hard to become a successful person, and he made it. So we see that IQ does not always tell the truth. That is why we should not make our children build their future based on such tests.

To conclude, Scotland has got to make changes to its educational system, regarding teaching students the subjects they tend to and putting IQ results, which are truly useless, aside. If Scotland changes the learning style, it will have young geniuses who will lead Scotland to become an advanced country.




- Stanton, J. (2006, May. 26). Scotland Needs to Learn the Value of Creativity in Schools. LexisNexis website, pp. 36.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Geeks

In Jon Katz's article, the author gives details about geeks and their lives, their attitudes, and their future. First, the author gives some history and background about geeks. According to him, geeks today are clever, and they stick to computers, and they have different individualities and appearances. Also, the author writes that geeks had more freedom than other people when they were raised. Next, he discusses how geeks usually behave and act. They watch certain TV shows, like Simpsons, and they like sci-fi movies, such as Star Wars, and they are crazy about pop culture that they talk about with their partners. Finally, Katz sees that geeks' future is very bright. He wrights that they unlimited work opportunities because of their computer skills, which will be very needed in the following years. In Katz's opinion, it is much better to be a geek nowadays.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

"The Scream" ..





I went to CNN.com and found an article about a famous painting,"The Scream". This painting was stolen for the second time by gangmen, but the police found it and the thieves. The article describes how the operation was done easily. Also, the article gives some information about the history of the painting. Finally, the article talks about the police reaction and what the thieves' penalty is.



I found the article interesting because it talks about a famous painting that has been stolen more than one time. I think that this painting was stolen twice because it was showen in a museum that has no enough security. All I can say is that the museum should incease the security, especially on the famous works.



Ahmad. NewsTalk. EAP1/B.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

New Five, New Month .. EAP1/B#1

1) This is the 1st of September, what do you want to accomplish by the 31st?

I want to finish studying at CESL, and I want to get a good score in the TOEFL.


2) What does September make you think about or feel?

It makes me think about the end of the summer and the winter is getting closer.


3) September is the ninth month; can you name nine memories so far from this year?

My second niece's birthday, my sister's wedding day, my friend's engagement, I came to the U.S., I transferred from OU to SIU, my trip to Six Flags, my first trip to Chicago, my second trip to Chicago, and my third trip to Chicago.


4) What does September have in common with three other months and can you name them?

The last part (BER).
October, November, December.



5) The first weekend in September signals the end of summer for many even though it doesn't really end for weeks. When does summer end for you?

For me, it doesn't really end until the begining of October.