Does the present system of education encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge?

lesson 33 8th grade English

Prompt:

If we are afraid to reveal our lack of knowledge we will not be able to learn. In order to make progress we must admit where we are now. Such an admission of ignorance is not easy. As Thoreau says, “How can we remember our ignorance which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?”

Topic: Does the present system of education encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge, or is there too much pressure to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge?

I think that with the present system of education does make some people admit their lack of knowledge. What the quote above means is that you cannot move on without admitting your mistakes and the things that you don’t know.

In order to move forward, you have to admit your mistakes. For example:

You are a student in a classroom. You have trouble with fractions in math. The teacher asks the class: “Does anyone have trouble with fractions in the class?” Now, here’s how the situation would go if you do not admit you are having trouble:

A couple students nod their heads. You are not one of them. A couple days pass and you still don’t get fractions. Therefore, you cannot pass your tests, thus failing and falling behind on your grades. This scene demonstrates how not admitting your mistakes can make everything seem harder.

Now, I will give the scene were you admit to the teacher that you are having trouble:

The teacher asks the class: “Is anyone having problems with fractions?” A couple students raise their hands, including you. The teacher comes over and helps each student, even you. A couple days later, you ace the test, go on to the next grade, and are glad you raised your hand.

The 2 scenes I gave show very different results. As you can see, the student that admitted he didn’t know fractions went very far in life and didnt have problems with fractions. The student who didn’t admit that he didn’t know about fractions didn’t get very far in the grade.

I hope that this essay helped you understand the prompt. It took me a couple trys to get it right, but now I understand very well.

Is Apple Pie the Most American Dessert?

Lesson 30-8th Grade English

Here is the prompt:

Apple pie has long been considered the most American dessert. Why do you think this is? Do you think this is still accurate? What would you choose as the most American dessert?

I think that apple pie is considered the most American dessert because it was easy to make for early settlers and other people. Its pretty simple to make. It also has a very nice taste to it. If I remember, you can add cinnamon to the apples.

I wouldn’t say it’s the most popular anymore. Just because of all the other, newer desserts that have been created. Such as cheese cake, lava cake, etc. The most popular American dessert is chocolate chip cookies. According to research, it is the most preferred pie in America. In the nineteenth and twentieth century, apple pie became recognized as a symbol of American prosperity and national pride.

Apple pie originated either in England or the United States, probably the United States because in England. People add additional fruits besides apples. Some of them are figs, raisins, and pears.

Apple pie is very simple, and a lot of people have made it over the centuries.

Here’s a recipe for apple pie:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg white
  • Additional sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.
  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll remaining crust to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in crust.
  • Beat egg white until foamy; brush over crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.

If you choose to make it, tell me in the comments how it turned out!

This recipe is a bit more complicated, but if you tried, I’m sure you could find an easier recipe. As a baker, I think that this would easy, but that’s up to I guess.

I was just researching America’s favorite dessert and found out that it’s actually ice-cream. I was surprised because I thought that it was Choc. Chip Cookies. But which dessert is most popular is up to you. Personally, apple pie is a Thanksgiving favorite. Apple pie is high up on the list, I assure you. My favorite dessert is actually cherry or strawberry cheesecake. You don’t bake it, you freeze it. I think that it tastes way better than normal cheesecake. If you ever get the chance, you should try it.

Cherry no bake cheesecake
Apple pie

Are People Better at Deciding if They Remain Neutral?

Lesson 31- 8th Grade English

Prompt:

Are people better at making observations, discoveries, and decisions if they remain neutral and impartial? Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

So, the first thing that I thought of was the presidential election. Would people be better at making decision if they didn’t know a lot about each president? Or would that make their decision harder?

I think that people would be better when they just remained neutral. The reasoning behind that is that people know less, so their decision is easier. For example, when they get judges for events, they make sure that the judge has no background with the contestants. This is so the judges make fair decisions.

Making observations is the same way. You might want to make an observation differently, because it’s based on their choice that they made of of their opinions.

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