ABC Lesson 2

Today I learned about long term goal setting. I watched a video about a fascinating study. A child was left alone in a room with a marshmallow, and was promised another marshmallow if the first one was still there. The results were that one third of the children waited, while the other two thirds didn’t. However the most fascinating part about the study was that 100% of the children who waited grew up to be a success.


Grade 9 Business Lesson 13

Today I learned more on Robots and jobs. According to Marshall Brain we know three things to be undeniable:

  1.  The automation of the work place will continue.
  2. Automation will be replacing service sector workers at an increasing pace.
  3. As robots reach parity with humans intelligence fewer new jobs will be created for humans.

He thinks artificial intelligence will already be here by 2040 something. And he thinks that robots will take over everyone’s jobs. He proposes that we have to change the economy if we want to be on vacation while the robots do everything. And also so that the CEO doesn’t just get the profit from the robots.

Grade 8 History Lesson 57

The Holocaust: Up Close


     Now often times we determine how bad the Holocaust was by numbers, but we cannot forget that each digit was a person that had a life. Today we will be going over the stories of four people by the names of, Anne Frank, Gerda Wiessmann Klein, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Corrie ten Boom. Unfortunately only two of these people survived the Holocaust.

Anne Frank

At thirteen years old, Anne Frank hoped to become a journalist and have the world remember her. Little did she know that her dream would come true. As of then, her Jewish family had moved from Germany to the Netherlands in 1933 to avoid Nazi persecution. Her father Otto Frank owned a company that prospered in Amsterdam, but was forced to sign it over to his non-Jewish partner. After Anne’s sister was given a notice to report to a work camp, the family opted to retreat. They had thought of fleeing to the United States or Cuba, however visas were hard to come by and they resorted to hiding. Their hiding place, a makeshift dwelling above Otto’s business building. They left their house on July 6, 1942, leaving it disheveled so that it might appear that they left the country in a hurry. Relying on Otto’s work associates to bring in groceries and other necessities, and four more resident joined them. However after two years of hiding, they were exposed on August 4, 1944. They were sent to Auschwitz, where Otto was separated from his family. Anne and her sister were assigned to the infirmary, where their mother smuggled her own food to them in hopes to keep them alive. However in October 1944, Anne and her sister were shipped to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while their mother was kept behind at Auschwitz where she died of starvation. In March 1945 a typhus epidemic swept through Bergen-Belsen, sadly killing Anne and her sister, just weeks before Bergen-Belsen was liberated on April 15, 1945. Otto was the only surviving member of the family, and in his daughter’s honor he published her diary, which was the very thing she had dreamt of.

Gerda Weissmann Klein

Gerda Weissmann was 15 years old when the Nazis invaded in 1939. She and her family were Jewish and Polish, a double negative in Hitler’s eyes. Slowly the Nazis took away their normal lives, prohibiting visits to the theater, rationing food, and taking jobs. Soon the family of four were herded into a crowded ghetto, split up, with Gerda being taken to a work camp. Though it was warm her father insisted she wear snow boots, which would one day save her life. Being relatively healthy, she was tossed between concentration camps, not knowing if she would survive. Weeks before the war ended the Nazis started to clear out their concentration camps, lest they be caught committing horrific crimes against humanity. Forcing thousands on death marches towards Germany, many died however Gerda survived, in part to her snow boots. In May 1945, Gerda woke up in an abandoned factory, as the Nazis had fled the day before. Upon hearing that the war was over, she cried. Going outside she met a soldier who had come to liberate the prisoners, and as she showed him the way to the factory entrance, he opened the door for her. The soldier’s name was Kurt Klein, who Gerda later married. Kurt died in 2002, however Gerda continues to share her story.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not persecuted for being a Jew, instead he was a Christian German. Born in 1906, Bonhoeffer pursued the study of theology in 1923, and in ten years became a Lutheran minister. He gained early fame for writing numerous publications including The Cost of Discipleship which warned Christians against “cheap grace. When the Nazis took over the church, Dietrich and some other pastors had already caught on to Hitler’s evil intentions. Believing that it was his duty to help plot the death of Hitler, he once pretended to join the Nazi ranks. In a bizarre twist of events Bonhoeffer was arrested and detained for minor offense. In prison, he was treated far better as he was related to a high ranking Nazi, and he gathered prisoners for Bible study. He was also engaged to be married after leaving prison. Unfortunately Bonhoeffer was identified to be one of the men involved in a plan to assassinate Hitler. At 39 years old Dietrich died by hanging on April 9, 1945.

Corrie ten Boom

Born in the Netherlands, Corrie found great joy in serving others and helper her father with the family business. When the Nazis invaded in 1940, her father who was a deeply religious man in the Christian faith, protested against the oppression of Jews. Looking for creative ways to help their Jewish friends the ten Booms slowly built a hiding place for the persecuted. They put themselves in danger to hide Jews. However on February 28, 1944 they were betrayed, and Corrie’s whole family was arrested. Miraculously, during the raid on the ten Boom’s home six Jews remained hidden and the hiding spot was never found. Corrie, then 52 years old, her sister, and her father were thrown into the local jail. And in time the ten Boom sisters were shipped by train to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she was released on New Years Eve in 1944, due to a clerical error. According to her it was all the Lord’s work. Living to the age of 91, Corrie wrote several books about her life and faith.


Grade 9 Business Lesson 12

Today I learned about Robots and jobs. Automation is inevitable, robots are simply cheaper and more efficient. While people may lose their jobs, they are freed up to do something else. Just think, you can pay this guy that does a pretty decent job, or you can people for this robot that does it faster, better, and doesn’t get tired. It’s not always that people want to put people out of a job, it’s that financially speaking, it doesn’t make sense to keep paying a guy to do something when a robot can do it faster and cheaper. Let’s face it humans aren’t always the most efficient. What this has to do with business, I guess some things. But Gary North said this week was about motivating me.

ABC Lesson 1

Today I started ABC, or Academic Boot Camp. This course is basically setting my up for college. Starting off with the basics, I’ll try to get my reading speed up to at least 500 wpm. I also was introduced to a a technique a professor used in college to get straight As. What he would do was he would take notes during class, and then he would recite what he learned to the wall. As ridiculous as it sounds it worked. It has been proven that there is no better way to retain knowledge than to teach it. So even though you are talking to the wall, you are putting things in your own words, and that is how it works. Don’t look at your notes while you are “teaching your class” otherwise that defeats the purpose.