Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Crosby Connection

Crosby's freshmen are talking about heroes and I thought her questions about heroes is a good one for us to explore as well. Take a look and feel free to comment appropriately...


Look at us, we're building bridges here between the freshmen and seniors.


Blogger Matt W said...

Crosby's class came to some conclusions that I had not thought of before, and I actually agree with most of them. While I have yet to see a definite definition of what makes a hero, I do agree that what makes a hero is relative to your perspective. The best example I saw was that if you were a Lebanese citizen and your house was bombed out, you would probably view a Hezbollah militant as a hero if they offered you protection and offered to rebuild your house. From that perspective, the militant would be viewed as a hero. From our perspective, we see them as terrorists and not heroes. I also pose this viewpoint: We consider the patriots that helped form this nation to be heroes. However, Britain considered them to be terrorists and sought to eliminate them. Today, we would never consider that some of the world's most famous "terrorists" were Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc. We consider them heroes today. At what point did they become heroes in our minds? What do all of you think?

September 08, 2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger Kyle G said...

I think that it depends on who's perspective you see this from. On one hand they would be seen as traitors by the British because they broke with the crown and fought them quite vehemently. However, to every American, alive or dead, they are heroes, they saved us from an oppresive government and fought valiantly for what they truly believed in. Yet America, a nation basically built on treason, still punishes traitors by death (I believe they use shooting squads for it as well), this seems a little hypocritical on our part. But I don't know, personally I consider them both, heroic trators if you will. On the one hand, yes they did commit treason, but they also freed us and started a new form of government, the most perfect one they could, and created a new nation. This was basically an experiment, one that would create the powerful nation the world has ever seen.

September 08, 2006 3:47 PM  
Blogger stephm said...

Being a hero means different things to different people. To me it means a person who would put something of themselves (life, job position, or reputation) at risk to save another person, even if they don't know them. Heroes don't expect anything back from people they protect or save. A hero is what every person wants to be. And every person is a hero to someone else.

September 08, 2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Scott M said...

Since everyone can view people in a different way almost anyone could be considered a hero at some point by someone. Even in the case of Oedipus he was viewed as a hero by the citizens he saved. At the same time though the gods were seeing him as a traitor to them because he saw himself equal or above them.

September 09, 2006 11:24 AM  
Blogger MarinaB said...

I think that anyone you ask anywhere in the world is going to have a different perspective/oppinion on what a hero is. To me my grandpa is MY hero. I look up to him because of all the accomplishments he has had in his lifetime, all the wars he fought in, how he raised his family, how he treats others and how he cares for everyone and never judges. He trusts everyone untell they prove to him they cant be trusted. and that's just me. I also think that a hero is someone like the people who are fighting for us in Iraq. They are laying down their lives for people they have never met before in their life...no questions asked. To me everyone can be a hero in their own way, and not even know it. You never know who's life you're going to touch. and how it could make a difference without even knowing it.

September 10, 2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger melissa b said...

Asking someone what is a hero? they are going to answer differently than you would! Everyone has a different idea/perspective of a hero. Santa could be a hero to them. He brings presents and the family together. He could be a hero in someones eyes. What Ms. Crosby's class is saying about a hero is very impressive.

I think there is no "right" or "wrong" answer to the question what is a hero? It is all about opinion.

What are your thoughts?

September 10, 2006 12:18 PM  
Blogger David L said...

Crosby's class had some really interesting things to say, though most seemed to think the founding fathers were both traitors and heroes. In my mind, a hero is someone who will fight, even unto death, for what he/she knows is right in their eyes. For instance, many peole might not consider the founding fathers heroes because they betrayed their home country; however, they believed in the rights of their people, and felt that that bond was stronger than the bond of allegiance to their Mother country. If a person is willing always to fight for what they believe, I think they will be held as heroes by those who believe in a similar idea.

September 10, 2006 1:53 PM  
Blogger CaitlinO said...

A hero is different in everyones eyes. For someone it could be someone fighting in the war, or it could be someone who survived cancer. It's different for everyone. I like to think that a hero is someone who never gives up and does what is right in their eyes.

September 10, 2006 3:03 PM  
Blogger ashleyg said...

It really does amaze me how intelligent freshmen are. No really it does. A hero can be anything from a friend,to a family member, to a celebrity. When someones thinks about who their hero is, they automatically think of who they look up to, or who they inspire to be. So in my opinion a her is someone that inspires others and is a mentor to people older and younger than them. Guys, watch what you do and say, we could turn out to be a hero to one of her freshmen.

September 10, 2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger ZachM said...

I think (like most everyone else) that it is all a matter of perspective. I believe a hero is someone who has the courage stand up and help someone else, even if everyone is against him or her. To be someone’s hero means you are also someone’s villain.

September 10, 2006 4:22 PM  
Blogger EmilyW said...

I thought it was intresting in how some of Crosby's kids defined what a hero or villain was. When I was reading them each kid had their own view on what a hero was. I believe everyone is going to have their own version of what a hero is to them. I think a hero is someone who is willing to take a risk either on themself or others in order to accomplish something.

September 10, 2006 7:08 PM  
Blogger Amy K said...

It seems like everyone these days has a hero. Whether it happens to be a teacher, a family member, a friend, or even a celebrity, everyone seems to have someone they look up to. But what are the qualifications someone needs to live up to to be a hero in someone else's eyes? Is the term "hero" something we take lightly or do we use this phrase to describe the person we hold the upmost respect for? Have we really started calling celebrities our heroes?? WHY???!! and is your mom/dad your "hero" or the person that has been the biggest part of your life?? (not saying that is bad at all..my mom is my hero for many different reasons)...but do we really mean "hero" when we say it??

September 10, 2006 7:59 PM  
Blogger LeAnneC said...

Just in general I really liked what some of the freshman were doing by asking each other questions and finding quotes in relation to what was going on. I think that the more controversial opinionated stuff that happens in a blog makes for a livlier intelligent discussion.

I haven't really generated my definition of a hero yet just because I kidn of wanted to see what other people were saying but I do think that a hero is someone that I can personally connect with and respect. I don't think that they have to save the world or do something that affects the entire world necessarily. I just think that they have to affect me. But I wanted to ask the same question that I asked to the freshman: With our society focusing on media through Musicians, actors, and sports stars: Do we give young children the wrong impression of who we should value as heroes?

September 10, 2006 8:06 PM  
Blogger Andy S said...

Anyone can be a hero to someone. Not by Repeatedly doing good. But by being a role model or helping a friend out when their inneed of assistance. A hero need not be able to fly and save the day as super man, or stop the riddler that plegs the city as in Eodipus. A hero must just be there for you in a time of need or in time of counsal.

September 13, 2006 7:43 AM  

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