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"United" States?

After watching “Race: the Power of Illusion� and reading “Making Societies� by Roy, I found myself kind of mad. How could our society just “make up� race, the topic that has made prejudices and inequalities for centuries? The movie and book just kept saying how race isn’t a tangible thing; it is an illusion, something society just made up to show the differences in people. But what I don’t understand is why would society do that? Yes, I can see centuries ago why they did it because back then they were just trying to find answers to things and they thought just because certain people looked the same meant that they should be put in a separate group. And then later society came up with the idea that because the people in each “race� looked the same meant that the color of their skin and the shape of their eyes or face had to do with biology and genetics. However, now with more recent research it was shown that there aren’t any genetic markers that define race. So why if so called “races� don’t differ at all genetically, meaning all humans are basically the same, why does our society continue to separate our country based on race? Especially because of all the prejudices and inequalities race has caused why wouldn’t our “united� country want to actually be united?

What I also found ironic was that in the movie it talked about human civilization starting in Africa. It talked about how humans started in Africa and then migrated around the world causing mutations in genes, which led people to begin to look different. What I found funny about that was the fact that there are so many people who are racist against African Americans, but the truth is if those very racist people could go back in history, thousands of years, they would most likely find out that they have ancestors who were black. So technically they would be hypocrites.

Overall, what baffles me is the fact that Roy and the educated people in the movie know all of these facts about race; how it is imaginary and has nothing to do with biology and is putting the facts out there to the world through books and movies and still nothing changes. So many people say they want to see a change in the world, well when is it going to happen? I think our society needs to start really listening and realizing what harm these racial groupings are doing to our society and think about what is best for nation as a whole. Our country is suppose to be known for excepting differences and treating all as equals, but what I have come to realize more and more is that our country does the exact opposite.


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Gym Goes Online

The traditional view of gym class is changing all over the United States. While most of us remember the endless games of kick ball and calisthenics, students at all grade levels are having a very different experience in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools across the country. The traditional gym class is shifting from team sports and group oriented activities to more independent and individual activities to keep kids active all year round.

Reasons Behind the Change

Two factors most influence the change in the traditional gym class. On the one hand, the increasingly competitive standardized testing is taking class time away from physical education. Many schools recognize that the way to bolster test scores is to devote more time to core subjects, like math and reading, and often gym class is the place with the most room to cut from busy school schedules. This trend is taking place in schools in all areas, including urban and suburban schools.

The second issue behind the shift from traditional gym class is the focus on the obesity rates of children in the United States. Educators agree that traditional formats, particularly combined with large class sizes, don't give students the amount of exercise that they need to lead healthy lives. The average group oriented gym class usually only engages a child for a few minutes out of the average hour long gym class. Think about how much time a student stands around waiting for their turn in a game of kickball and you'll see how much time the student actually participates in physical activity during a traditional gym class.

Independent Physical Activity

Unlike the team sports that have traditionally dominated physical education, today's gym classes take advantage of the greater variety of individual activities that make the most use out of student exercise time. Activities like yoga, martial arts, bike riding, and jogging have come to the forefront in modern physical education where the new focus is on tailoring gym class to meet the needs of the students who take it and, hopefully, help them to develop lifelong habits of regular exercise.

While many students get embarrassed by their lack of coordination in team sports, there is a much greater variety of activities that students can participate in, taking the attention off of performing in a group and onto establishing strong personal exercise and fitness goals. By encouraging independent physical activities, physical education programs encourage more students to take responsibility for their personal fitness and feel better about themselves when they exercise.

Taking it Online

Many schools are taking the gym student completely out of the gym by making it an independent study class. In this way, students get credit for doing physical activities outside of school, such as taking a martial arts class or jogging a certain amount of time each day before school. Such programs take the pressure off of the student's class schedule, allowing them to focus more on academic areas in school and enjoying physical activity outside of school. Student and physical education teachers track progress and work together to set goals without using valuable academic time in school. Schools across the country have set up online monitoring programs where students can measure their individual activities while keeping everyone healthy and happy.


in your post it seems like you think that ignorance is something that can be fixed. As we have seen drastic changes in our history we are always going to have to deal with oppressors, as they believe themselves to be superior to someone who they consider different. This happens not only in the United States but all over the world, it happens with issues of race, gender, class everything. Telling someone that they come from Africa and probably have African ancestors won't help the fact that someone is racists, cause typically they don't see it in the same light you do. It needs to be understood that as we continue to become more educated and less ignorant there are many throughout the world that will always look at issues differently. Should religions that believe women are a lesser beings than men be told they are ignorant because there religious beliefs are different than ours? this is a very drastic way of looking at it, but when someone believes there views are correct we cannot just call them ignorant and think that this is going to fix this problem.

I strongly oppose bringing up the trickling trail of humanity's relation to Africa as a means to call the ignorant bigots hypocrites. The actions and bigotry in society that relate to racism are contemporary moral issues. What is gained in a debate by calling a bigot a 'hypocritical' bigot? Does this person become worse? There is no need to denounce the ignorant as stupider because we all may have come from Africa. The bigot is a bigot is a bigot is a bigot. Africa is a place. So is America. In the context of modern society, saying that we are all of the same place means as little now as it did in the days of civilization expansion in Europe. The location didn't morally matter unless it was pertaining to religion. After considering the idea that 'race' does not exist, I find culture in it's place. The way we talk, walk, dress, eat, sleep, pray, curse, greet each other are products of the people around us, not the place around us. By hearing arguments supported by a place of origin, rather than social source of a culture, one loses the point.