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Hunter Huss IB Readings

What is the point of these blog posts? I guess most importantly an opportunity to read mostly relevant articles then exhibit critical thinking skills among my students. Of course, while some of you disagree, you are of course students, and my main goal is to help you become critical (not apathetic) thinkers. Many of you are already there, so part of the point of this also is that those who are growing towards critical thinking can, at least virtually, interact with those of you who have developed those skills. I still argue that critical thinking is not only the most important skill you can develop, it is what made our species survive and ultimately take domain over nature.

But of course, many of you are reading this see blah blah blah or the  way the teacher talks in Charlie Brown movies. Remember, only you are in charge of your own education and your own gaining of knowledge. Most people in the world know a little about a little, are gullible, unwilling to learn, and close minded. People that can think at least know a little about a lot and sometimes a lot about a little.

To see examples of critical thinking in blog posts, and I apologize in advance to those I leave out, but this is just based on reading this weeks and the past ones that rang out to me, see any post by Ryan Wilson, Maddie Moore, Chris Bonilla,  or Jacob Byrd. And to see great communication and comments to other bloggers, which is part of the purpose of a blog (google it if you dont believe me) see blog comments by Meli Fonseca (who would have been in the first category except nobody gets 2 gold medals), Zhalen Reid, and Dylan Riley, And there are many others. I would ask that you read all of the posts and all of the articles, but of course, I am a dreamer and know thats not going to happen.  You can only learn if you choose to, no one can make you.

Topics are hard to come up with. I want them relevant to history, relevant to current events, and most importantly, relevant to teenagers in 2015. I feel like sometimes I hit and sometimes I miss, but I’ve always offered extra credit to anyone who comes up with a good blog topic. So, Ethan Bullard, you get the credit and blame (and also extra credit) for this one.

As some of you may know, there was recently a mass shooting  at the notorious Newspaper publisher, Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people. What you might not know is that there was a similar attack by the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, in Baga, that killed upwards of 2,000 people. Which event do you think deserved more attention? Why? Why do you think the attack on Charlie Hebdo received such a unanimous response whereas the attack in Baga didn’t? How do you think would you feel if your entire family was killed by Boko Haram and you witnessed the attention that Charlie Hebdo received?

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