Tuesday, 19 November 2013

ODSS Timetable

Why ODSS Should Change It's Class Rotation

      I strongly believe that Orangeville District Secondary School should change it's class rotation from only afternoon classes to include morning classes too. Presently, ODSS has a Day 1 and Day 2 this means that each student's afternoon classes switch every Day Two. This is a very useful system for students who are active in school sports or other extra-curricular activities where they miss classes at the end of the day. The rotation allows students to miss different afternoon classes when they are away making it easier to catch up on the work they missed. However, I think this system can be greatly improved by including the morning classes into the rotation. Instead of 2 different days I suggest that we have 4 different days so by Day 3 and 4 the morning classes will be in the afternoon. Even though this may be confusing and hard to understand at first the benefits of a full class rotation are impressive. It will allow students who miss many last classes to even out their work load when they get back, so they won't only fall behind in one class. Systems like this have already been introduced in schools like Center Dufferin District High School in Shelburne, Ontario. In conclusion, I think that ODSS should change it's class timetable rotation to include morning classes to benefit students involved in extra-curricular activities where they miss class. 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Rohinton Mistry Background Information

Rohinton Mistry Background

            Rohinton Mistry was born on July 3rd, 1952 in Mumbai, India he is of Indian origin and belongs to the Parsi community. Rohinton has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Economics, English and Philosophy from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai and the University of Toronto. He has a number of published short stories about modern day life in India and also has two other published books A Fine Balance (1995) and Family Matters (2002). Rohinton is a very acclaimed author, he has won multiple literary awards including the Hart House Literary Contest in 1983 and 1984, the 1985 Annual Contributor's Prize and most recently the Neustadt International Prize for Literature last year. My ISU novel Such a long Journey (1991) has won the Governor General's Award and was on the Man Booker Prize short list both in 1991. This novel takes place in 1971 Bombay it accurately references to international conflicts with Pakistan in 1948 and then again in 1971. Rohinton Mistry definitely has the authority to write about life in India because that's where he was born and raised and his other books detail the Indian socioeconomic life. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Why There Should be Body Checking in Younger Ages of Hockey

Why There Should be Body Checking in Younger Ages of Hockey

           I strongly disagree with Hockey Canada's recent decision to eliminate body checking in the Pee Wee age level. The Hockey Canada board explains that there research has found that many Pee Wee aged players are being injured because of body checking and it has become a safety issue. My opinion is that body checking should be brought in at an earlier age in the Atom level which is for kids playing at the 9 to 10 age level. I think it should be brought in earlier so that the players can learn how to hit properly when they begin playing competitive hockey. The real problem is that when these older kids start using body checking their skills haven't been developed and they don't know how to make a safe and legal hit. The other issue is that when kids start to hit at the 13 and 14 age there can be a huge difference between their height and weight. Many kids can almost be fully grown and up to six feet in height while others still haven't gone into puberty and are under five feet tall.  This is the real problem because these developed kids can serious injure the players that are much smaller than them. For these reasons, I strongly believe that body checking should brought in at the Atom level across the country instead of the Bantam level.