Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Shawshank-Related Student Blog Posts

Students in section 2B of English 12 are writing blog-posts today in response to Stephen King's Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.  Their assignment follows:  

Andy DuFresne is faced with several situations in which he can choose to Give In To Get By, or Hold Out And Pay The Price.  Although most people don’t face such dramatic or extreme situations every day, most people do encounter moments each day when they must decide whether they will compromise to keep the peace or hold onto their integrity (and when they do so, there’s usually a price to be paid).  Describe a time when you had to make such a choice—what did you do, and do you still think it was the right decision?  (Hint:  Sometimes compromise is the right or only choice.  Sometimes, you never know if you did the right thing.  There are no right or wrong answers, here…)  

Both Mr Breen and Mr Neblett have been talking to Marshall students and faculty about integrity lately.  Integrity is one of the core values from our Mission Statement, perhaps the most important one.  There's nothing more important than doing what's right, even if you don't want to, even if it's hard.  Sometimes, it might seem as though Marshall School is asking you to put aside your preferences and adhere to rules that might not immediately make sense to you, and that might feel like a compromise (but I bet in about 5 years or so, it won't seem that way!).  When you're part of a community, you can't always do exactly what you want to do.  That's a hard lesson to learn, and even adults struggle with it sometimes.  

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