Books, people… You mention it, I’ll Say It Here

Hey guys:

Oh, how much to say! But first, how are you? OK? Good!

First, a request for help, if I may. To get to the point, my school want us to read a book [that we haven’t read before] by the end of January, and then complete an essay, creative writing task and speaking and listening task on the book. The speaking and listening is in front of my whole class, so I wonder if anyone can sugest a book that can be read by the end of January, and is appropriate to talk about in front of a class of 13/14-year-old boys. I know, I shouldn’t care about being judged for my reading choices, but I just want to fit in for once, is that too much to ask? Any ideas welcome!

Next, I want to write about what happened yesterday afternoon, at school. I had someone in to discuss my future; my education 16+, my career and the support I’ll need [blind, remember?] to achieve my ‘aspirations’. I do wonder why they bother being so positive, and using positive words like ‘aspirations’. I mean come on, I’m not 6 any more guys, keep up, yeah?

So, this person had an hour to talk to me about my future, basically. To be perfectly honest, I’m not 100% sure if i’m allowed to write this stuff, but hell, I’ll go for it. I want to be a journalist, and so that was quite a big discussion point, as he went into different branches of journalism, and the educational routes I could take to become a journalist in the first place. I’m not completely sure which branch of journalism I want to work in: broadcast [which is like the TV and radio news people], or written [like newspaper reporters, or bloggers!]. He asked me at one point if I kept a blog:
‘No, of course not, Sir. I don’t think I’d be any good at blogging really’ – well that bit’s true – ‘so I’ve never really wanted to.’
why is it his business if I have a blog outside of school? I’m sorry, but I know because I’m ‘disabled’, they have to keep an eye on me outside of school. There are things, however, that they don’t, and never will, know about, and that’s my choice. I’m sure if he got his hands on this, he’d be onto the county in no time, because I’ve talked about depression, anxiety and self-harm.

My choices for education 16+ are a little confusing. I wish to go to a specialist college before I go to university, because they can teach me as a blind person the skills I need to live independently. This may seem a little confusing to you, but it’s things like cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. Things like that are often taught in a very visual manner; children watch whilst their parents do. That doesn’t really work for me, so I want to go to a college to get those skills. I CAN also talke my A levels there, which I want to do. They do a three year course for 16+, which I’d like to do. OH, I should probably mention that it’s a boarding college about 200 miles away.

My parents ideal plan would be to leave me in mainstream school until 18, and then to go to the college for a year, before university. I don’t agree with this plan, but they say it’s not normal for a child to move out at 16. I suppose they’re right, but I think sometimes normality is too high a standard for everyone, if you see what I mean. Regardless, after some arguments, I’ve given in to the fact that tey won’t listen to my opinion, and so it’s axtra 2 years of mainstream for me. I had to explain this [the parents’ plan, anyway] to the man yesterday, who now has to go and research it all, and come back with – well, I don’t know,what with.

I wanted to mention the speaker we had in school today. His name was Harry Bibring, and he survived the Hollocaust. If you’re interested, you can read a brief history of his life by following
This Link.
He spoke for two hours, and usually that’d just be too long for me. Today, on the other hand, was different. Bibring’s story was interesting, dreadful and inspirational. It’s all very well learning about the Holocaust in your history class, or Religious Studies, but it really brings it home when a survivor stands in front of you, in the flesh, and tells his story. That is going to be a story whitnessed by few, but it was a story that wasn’t unheard of by any stretch of the imagination within a Jewish community 70 years ago.

That’s it then. I’ve written quite a large post tonight, so i’ll be off to bed now, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you read up about anyone today, tonight, whatever time it is for you, make it Harry Bibring. Please, because you’ll learn a lot from reading one individual’s life story.


22 thoughts on “Books, people… You mention it, I’ll Say It Here

  1. I think the book ‘the next together’ is a fab book! I havent finished it yet but so far its amazing! And I wish you luck in whatever school you choose to go to! I have faith that you can do anything! X

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  2. For the books, I’m not sure if you’ll like any of these (majorly YA) but I guess you could give them a go (fyi my book taste isn’t the best):
    – Apple and Rain, Sarah Crossan
    – Carry On, Rainbow Rowell (I haven’t read this yet but I hear it’s awesome, a bit on the longer side though)
    – All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
    – Falling into Place, Amy Zhang
    – Let’s Get Lost, Adi Alsaid
    (I’m sorry if it’s really mainstream)

    And I read about Harry Bibring and I find his story to be really confronting yet inspiring. It still baffles me how people managed to find ways to stay alive when their world was a literal hell.

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    1. Carry On was great, but I wouldn’t do it if your teacher or classmates are opposed to LGBTQIA+ topics, seeing as the main characters are in a gay relationship. It is longer, but quite a fast read.

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  3. I don’t have any recommendations, sorry. I just woke up so my mind’s fuzzy.

    I just wanted to say a few things, particularly when you said, “…but they say itโ€™s not normal for a child to move out at 16.”

    I mean no disrespect to your parents, of course. But it actually is pretty normal. Here in the Philippines, we have 6 years of elementary school and 4 years of high school. Meaning, we graduate from high school at the age 15 or 16. Afterwards, we’re off to college.

    It’s been this way up until two years ago when our president decided to add two additional years in high school. It’s called the K-12 program, and it is easily searchable online, if you’re interested. But anyway. My point is, for decades, 16 year old students began to live independently from their parents. And I am one of them. I moved out from my family’s humble home from the province and enrolled in the country’s premier and most difficult university – which is located in the capital of Philippines, hours away from my hometown.

    Of course, my parents were hesitant about allowing me to live by myself. I had a pretty sheltered upbringing. But I showed them that I had no intention of staying in our province by only applying for universities in our capital. And eventually, I convinced them to have enough faith in me to let me go.

    Now, again, I mean no disrespect. And I’m not saying that you should up and leave your parents. What I’m saying is, if you’re passionate about living independently, you should try your damnedest to see it through. If that’s what you want, fight for it. Prove yourself to your parents. Because you are definitely old enough to know what you want and to start making your own decisions. However, if you are comfortable with your parents’ plan, that’s fine as well. Just know that you deserve to go after what you really want.

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  4. Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer is an excellent book and quick read! It’s not like a girly chic lit romance novel but it’s more about life’s journies so i think it would go over well in your class! Just a suggestion!:)

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  5. If you want to impress your teachers, do Of Mice And Men, its relatively short and you can go into a lit of depth about the characters and the plot so I suggest that one. But its quite a hard one so its up to you.

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  6. okay, if you want something that’s really encouraging, inspirational and speaks up against racism then I have for you ‘To Sir With Love’. It’s actually pretty appropriate for school. In fact, we had it in school as extra reading so yeah, if you want, you could check it out!
    And I just wanted to let you know that it’s completely up to you what you want to do with your life. If you want to move out at the age of 16, your call. If you want to become a journalist, GO for it! Never think about the RULES. they’re just meant for breaking, anyways:)


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