Grade 8 English Lesson 34

Today I read Out on the Pampas Chapters 14-18. Today I learned about the colon, semicolon, dash and hyphens. A colon is either used after a phrase that introduces a quotation an example or a series, or used in time expressions. A semicolon is used to join two independent sentences into one, showing that the second is an continuation of the first, not a distinct thought. However semicolon can result in run-on sentences. As for dashes there are two types of dashes, en dashes, and em dashes. En dashes are the size of a “n” and are use in writing dates. Em dashes are the size of a “m”. A hyphen is used to combine two words to make a new compound word. I also had to write a one page essay about the following topic. Is it always essential to tell the truth.

Today I will write about the following topic. Is it always essential to tell the truth. My answer is yes with one exception if you lie for God. Which Rahab did, she lied about spies and secretly hid them on her roof. But other than that it is better to tell the truth. If you know a bad thing about someone that is true but not nice. You don’t have to lie, you can just not say it. You ever look at a movie where the protagonist lies to his friends. It never ends up being a good thing, because the other people will always end up knowing. Again with my old public school, they lied to us. They made us fell good about a really low score. They even let once student smash a pie to the principle’s face, because we did so good. Schools need a balance of strictness and and not pushing the kids too hard. Over at the old school they would have a student of the week, I was the third kid to be student of the week. However it didn’t really matter if you did well you would still eventually be the student of the week no matter how hard you worked. And a couple weeks after I was the student of the week I was put into the cafeteria as a required clean up team. So they put the four best students to work to clean up after people. Two would go around the cafeteria to sweep and two would stand near the exit to collect food trays. In China when my mom was in elementary school the kids would clean up after themselves and put the food trays back. Heck you even put your own food trays back in fast food restaurants.

Grade 8 Science Lesson 174

Today I learned about newton’s three laws of motion. Newton’s laws of motion explain the interaction between forces and objects. Newton’s first law states that an object will remain in it’s current state of rest, until acted upon by an unbalanced force. Newton’s second law of motion states that the force equals the mass times the acceleration. Newton’s third law of motion states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Grade 8 History Lesson 29

Hudson Taylor and the Taiping Rebellion

1854

     Hudson Taylor was born in 1832 in England. He came from a long line of Christians, but in his youth Taylor found the Christian life boring. Almost as boring as working in a pharmacy with his dad who was a preacher and a pharmacist. Hudson’s sister prayed three times a day for months along with his mother, who had been praying for years that he get to know Christ. Eventually when he was 17 he read a Christian tract thinking he might enjoy the opening story, but further in he felt conviction over his need of a savior. Before Hudson was born his father prayed that he should do work for God in China. While in earnest prayer Hudson believed he heard God say “Then go for me to China.” Taylor took his mission very seriously and prepared for three to four years. In preparing he learned Chinese, studied as a medical assistant and lived like the poor. However Hudson abandoned his medical studies to voyage to Asia in 1853.

Now let me tell you what was going on in China. A war raged in the 1800s between the Chinese and the British over opium. Opium is a highly addictive drug made from poppies. Over the centuries of using opium for medical and recreational purposes the Chinese began to realize the negative effects of opium. So in 1800 the Chinese made it illegal to trade opium. However the British didn’t, or were to greedy to care. They wanted to make money off of selling opium and were willing to go to war for it. Which they did. In the mid 1800s there were two opium wars, both won by the British. Which forced the Chinese to open their ports for opium trade. The relationship between the British and Chinese was not good in 1854 upon the arrival of Hudson Taylor. However another war was brewing in China, it was the Taiping Rebellion. Which started because because the Chinese were tired of the Manchu rule. The leader of the revolt was the highly confused Hong Xiuquan. I say confused because Hong, who was exposed to Christian teachings, thought himself to be God’s second son. In a messed up version of the trinity he thought himself to be the younger brother of Jesus. He thought his role was to create an army to cast the demons (or the Manchu rule) out of China, and create a heaven on earth. I don’t know how on earth you get that confused but his confusion ended up killing millions. Hong established the Taiping Heavenly Kindom, Which means Heavenly Kingdom of Great peace. To make everything worse Hong tried to implement communism as a war cry for the poor, adding to the death toll on Karl Marx’s shoulders. Adding on all of his confusion Hong was a horrible military leader.

Going back to Hudson Taylor, when he arrived Shanghai was in shambles and the opium wars blocked foreigners from going inland where 80% of the population stayed. After much praying Hudson found a way to get inland and connect with the Chinese. He was to strip away all of his British customs. Even the mission board that sent Hudson frowned upon this action. But to Hudson, the Chinese didn’t need “westernization” they needed God. Hudson did many things for the Chinese including the overseeing of the translation of the Bible into the Ningbo Dialect and creation of a new mission agency called the China Inland Mission (CIM). The CIM still exists today as the Overseas Missionary Fellowship International. The China Inland Mission was different from a normal mission in many ways, first of all it opened it’s doors to all denominations. Second it chose not to pay it’s missionaries because Hudson believed that his workers needed to live by faith and not by pay. Third Taylor allowed single women to join his agency, something unheard of at the time. Hudson Taylor remained a faithful servant for the rest of his life. And before his death he was believed to have recruited 600 to 800 missionaries.

Grade 8 English Lesson 33

Today I read Out on the Pampas by G.A Henty chapters 9-13. My teacher just showed me most of the English punctuation. Like periods (.) which are used to end sentences or following an abbreviation. Also question marks (?) which are used to end interrogative phrases or sentences. Exclamation marks, (!) which are used to denote strong feelings. Apostrophes, (‘) which should be used to mark missing letters in abbreviations, show possessiveness or plurals of letters or numbers. Brackets, [ or ] are used for technical explanations. Braces, { or } are rare in writing, but more common in programming. Parentheses, ( or ) are used to show a notation or comment as separate from the flow of the sentence. Ellipses, or (…) are used to represent an omission of letters or works often from a quotation. I also had to write a one page essay on the following topic. Does the current system of education encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge, or is there to much pressure to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge

Today I will write about the following topic. Does our current system of education encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge, or is there to much pressure to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge. Because in order to learn you have to be willing to admit that you don’t know the stuff yet. Know this question depends a lot on the school you go to. I am home-schooled, but there was a time when I went to a public school. That school was not very good, in fact, it might be the reason my parents started home-schooling me. There they wanted you to feel good about yourself even if you sucked. Over there, they just wanted your money. They put me in the special needs program, which taught me English, because I was Chinese. I spoke English as my first language, so the only reason they put me in the program was to get paid more by the government. And my dad is still paying for my public education even though I’m home-schooled. I think that our current system of education just throws stuff at you, and if you can understand it, good. However the student makes a big difference.