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This doesn't sound like something TP would write. Are you sure he didn't let one of his kids use the computer while he was doing homework?
(I have no reason to believe he actually has kids.)
I can hardly wait to see what his Wunderlic score is.
Apparently the comparisons to Vince Young seem to be more valid than anyone ever thought.
There's a high probability this is fake. And if this is true I take no pleasure in knowing Pryor's school system failed him.
I first saw this "research paper" posted on a Facebook group a few days ago. I was skeptical then, I am skeptical now.
Same here, I thought it was hilarious but didn't quite believe that it was real. Funny, nonetheless though.
In order for a school system to "fail" a student, that student has to actually put forth some effort. Though not in equal measure, an education is available to anyone who wants it.
This is the type of gross oversimplification that helps ensure our education system is highly inequitable. You should really explore the "not in equal measure" part of your statement, you just might get educated.
This can explain why so many children in America have subpar skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. It cannot, however, explain this paper.
The paper above is fairly representative of the type of structure that is taught throughout a public school curriculum (although there are several errors in that respect, to be sure, but they are trivial compared to the paper's other problems, particularly in the introduction). The paper begins with a set of general statements and then transitions into a personal narrative, which serves to give examples about the value of the topic. The main body describes the various applications of research, and the conclusion espouses the virtue of research in a broader context, something also typical of the methodology espoused by public schools.
What really struck me about this paper is how mind-bogglingly stupid the content of this paper was. In addition to the simplistic and poor sentences, the paper simply does not express any remotely intellectual idea. Furthermore, none of the points in the paper serve any overarching purpose. Instead, it seems that he just spewed out random anecdotes without any purpose in mind.
Now, perhaps the education system can be blamed for failing to teach how to make a more concise paper. However, the utter lack of intellect shown here suggests that the author simply isn't very smart.
For the record, my thoughts on the matter would hold true for any collegiate undergrad. My feelings are not influenced by the fact that it is the Buckeyes QB who (allegedly) wrote this. The possibility that Pryor wrote this just makes it funny, rather than sad, although I am well aware that there are likely Michigan athletes who are not very smart too.*
*Case in point: http://imagesocket.com/view/caribbean1e42.gif
As a teacher I know how important a role parents and attitude play in a kid's education. I know there are inequities in opportunity, but it's extremely difficult to teach someone who doesn't want to learn. I have 4th grade students whose parents are in prison. They're more interested in watching South Park and playing Grand Theft Auto. It's not the child's fault, but I know I'm not the one failing him.
As a former middle school and high school educator, and as a current college educator, I agree that kids' parents play a formative role in their education. But you did imply ("an education is available to anyone who wants it") that getting an education is simply a matter of "wanting it." I would argue that the contexts in which kids grow up, including social and educational systems, have a large impact on their choice to play video games or watch TV rather than do homework. So, while you are not the one failing him, his choices are born on the spot, created in a vacuum. His choices are shaped by the social and educational systems in which he is raised - there are years of history behind those choices you pin on him.
Yeah, I didn't mean to imply it was the schools alone. The main point was that it seems really wrong to point the finger and laugh when I'm sure he didn't have the academic advantages growing up most the users on this board did.
I don't disagree with you, but too many people are quick to blame teachers or schools. A previous poster said that Pryor's school failed him. I'm sure there were teachers in that school who would have been glad to help him if he wanted it. Education is a two-way street. Johnathan Kozol has written extensively about the role that money and environment plays in education. My point is that there are many teachers (and schools) doing the best job that they can in a tough situation.
I live in an area with many HS youths that read and comprehend at elementary levels and I do think the teachers in this district bear some responsibility because many of these students are passed regardless of their performance or lack there of.
I don't know the district Pryor attended in Pennsylvania but if other students struggle like this than the teachers did them no favors in allowing them to pass their classes instead of holding them accountable for unacceptable work.
Point taken, I dont think we are in disagreement.
And yes, grammar and punctuation have become an absolute secondary consideration in their society. It's kind of hard to blame the average 18 yr old who can't articulately express his ideas when they're not even aware of what's wrong with their grammar in the first place. They write a paper and you throw it back to them covered in red ink, and they honestly look at in shock and awe-- they don't realize it's so poor. So who's at fault: the school, the home, the society?
I think ultimately as an educator you need to compare their first term of work to their last... That's the only true way to measure the 'system' or the role of the instructor. Comprehensive progress will give a true measure of a student's will to succeed, capacity to learn, and drive to make something better of him or her self.
Or in my case, if they're wearing scarlet and gray, you just fail 'em without reading a word of it.
that's entirely false. i took two semesters of education law, and have toured schools in the northeast, midwest and the south. i've researched teacher quality, teacher pay and class size. and i've seen no evidence whatsoever that could be used to support your argument.
I'd bet there are plenty of successful students from his high school whose system didn't fail them. When a kid sucks in the classroom, please don't automatically blame the teachers, schools, systems, etc.
Chances are about 99% that the kid (or any kid not from a poor background) is uneducated b/c he chose to be.
From a statistical standpoint, it is clear that some school districts inherently harm a kid's chances to succeed while other school districts are beneficial. Furthermore, it is obvious that when we simply look at certain school districts, getting a legitimate high school education can be highly difficult.
That said, we do tend to use these trends to evaluate individual situations, even when the trend doesn't even apply. For the record, Jeannette High School scores a 5/10 on Great Schools ( http://www.greatschools.net/pennsylvania/jeannette/Jeannette-City-School... ), which is about average throughout the country. This is by no means good, but it isn't exactly horrible. I think that it's safe to say that Pryor just isn't that smart.
At least he's doing his own work. I think.
Not bad, huh?
So he's got that goin' for him...which is nice.
He must of had Reggie Germany write this paper.
He must of had Reggie Germany
must of had
Everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, researches stuff, writes about researching stuff, whatever.
Well if he does decide to go into Criminal Justice, at least he'd have a good start to a thesis:
EDIT: Beat me to it ^^^
That made my head hurt just trying to read it.
I believe you, though. You just can't make something like this up.
The hard part of this for me is that it actually makes me hope TP winds up being successful in football, because I can't see any other future for him with this kind of composition skill.
I've always wanted one.
--> A blue one with nice plumage, by the way.
I'm bored at work right now, and this just made me bust out loud laughing. My fellow employees have been coming by my office giving me weird looks as there's no one else in here with me to make me laugh. Nothing's made me laugh this hard in ages and I don't even know why it's so funny.
... you might enjoy the sequel:
I'm normally very conscientious (sp?) when it comes to sending emails, but I just spammed my contacts with these pictures.
I'm tired of all of these false allegations.
I don't have any buckets. Not a one.
May be it's just me, but I find that posting this is pretty classless. I understand the whole "he's an athlete that will make more money than everyone in this thread combined so let's take shots at him while we still can" mentality, but still...
I bet the average football player at Michigan probably writes at the same level.
I am still wondering what makes this a "MUST READ" - and in all caps too. No, seriously. Why do you think this is so important for us to read? So we can make fun of the culture and school system in which Pryor was raised? So we can have some reason these days, any reason for god's sake, to look down on him, and, using false logic, the rest of OSU? Does this really make you feel like you are better than him? Be classy (I wont say "stay" classy because I have no evidence yet that you have ever been classy).
Yeah....I understand why you'd be upset about this. I just thought I'd post it for a good laugh.
Where, in all of that diatribe you just made attacking the OP, did you show any evidence of class? Was it during the part where you made personal jabs at the character of someone you've never even met? Sorry if I take your whole post with a grain of salt. It's called a sense of humor. Have you ever been to or seen a comedy show? The entire thing is making fun of others. You must be one of those people that sees and episode of Family Guy and says "MY WORD! How unequivocally abhorrent!" Ohio State is our arch rival. Terrelle Pryor is our arch rival's quarterback, who also happened to snub Michigan in the process of becoming our arch rival's quarterback. Making fun of him is all a part of the rivalry. Loosen up a bit man and don't be so judgmental of others. Take your nose out of the air and just let it go. There's other issues that call the OP into question, such as the fact that this might not be his paper at all. But that's not what you attacked. The fact is, it's just all in good fun, so why do you have to try to bring someone else down just so you can make yourself think that you're better than them. And I realize the parallels between that and what you said in your post. The difference is you just meant yours as a personal attack, whereas he meant his as a joke.
Ummm. Wow. Talk about a diatribe. Talk about irony.
If you think the OP's post was not a personal jab at TP, then you are in dreamland. And my statement that troubles you so much - that I don't have "evidence yet" that the poster has class - was not saying he or she doesn't have class, just that the post was not evidence of class. And I have not seen any other posts by this person. Perhaps you should lighten up also?
the English language.
Pryor learned his grammar in a house of corrections.
The following is a true story:
An older female friend of mine was doing homework in the UGLi in the fall of 2004, when across the library she noticed none other than Braylon Edwards typing a paper. After he had been staring into space for some time, he asked her if she could help him edit his paper. As she looked at his paper she noticed the title "The Caribbean Language". Thinking this might be a typo she read and edited the entire paper. What she learned that day was that there indeed is a "Caribbean Language" and it is beautiful.
Now, do any of you know someone who can speak Caribbean?
The point of this story is that our star athletes are not necessarily the smartest people on the planet.
At least they don't go to OSU.
"Avast matey! Would ye care to parley before I enter ye red zone?"
Our star player invented a freakin' language man! You try to do that. No wonder Braylon had focus problems before his senior year, he was busy developing the world's most recent dialect.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the paper wasn't about the patois of Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles?
If you say "bacon" with a Jamaican accent, you're actually saying "beer can" with an English accent.
I lived next door to David Terrell on the second floor of Adams House my freshman year. He used my computer one day to write a paper for one of his classes. Sadly, that computer has long since bitten the dust so I no longer have the .doc file.
The paper was about Komodo Dragons and was every bit as bad as this alleged paper by Pryor. My friends and I decided that when we were in 6th grade we could have done a better job. Unfortunately, I think this is par for the course for a majority of people in the states.
TP is lucky, he won't need the writing skills. I sincerely hope DT invested his money wisely.
"TP is lucky, he won't need the writing skills."
Uh.... why not?
Generally professional football players make significant cash and can hire someone to do that for him. Or just marry someone to do it for him.
Then again, he may not even go to the NFL. He might use his Criminal Justice degree to become a lawyer.
I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about research, not a paper, not a paper, not a paper, but we're talking about research! We're talking about research, man. Research!
You supposed to be a franchise writer, and we in here talkin bout research.