On the Academy Awards

Is it just me or are the Academy Awards a bit of a letdown this year? I really don’t care to see most of the movies that are nominated for various awards. I am not sure why I am watching except I love when Neil Patrick Harris hosts award shows. Oh, and I do love watching the In Memoriam segment. I guess I hadn’t realized that H.R. Giger passed or Ruby Dee and Gabriel Garcia Marquez either. I may have to turn in my Literature major card for that last one.

One thing I do plan on doing is reading some of the books that some of this years nominees are based upon. Wild by Cheryl Strayad and American Sniper by Chris Kyle are both on my TBR list. I do want to read the book “The Imitation Game.” Cheryl has been on two of my favorite shows on OWN “Help Desk” and “Super Soul Sunday.” (Otherwise known to me as “church”) I haven’t watched either episode yet because I haven’t decided if I want to read the book before I do. I do need to watch them soon though as my DVR is pretty full.

I want to read American Sniper because I think veteran’s stories are important. I have found myself wondering why there hasn’t been more artistic expression developed from these wars. I realize their has been “Hurt Locker” the movie, and the book Redeployment . However, I guess I keep waiting for my generation’s “MASH”, “China Beach,”and “Full Metal Jacket.” I think the show “Reenlisted” attempted to capture that spirit, but, did not do it well. I do hope we improve upon this. I don’t think the wars that have occurred in my lifetime have been any less controversial.

Speaking of Vietnam, this reminds me of two of my high school history teacher wagers on whether or not there would ever be an essay question on Vietnam on the AP US History test. That even nearly 20 years removed from the war, it was still considered too controversial to ask about. The challenge of AP US History is that you are to think critically about the history of this country. I believe that we should not be denying our current high schoolers the same privilege. This class was imperative in helping me to learn to look at the world objectively and think critically about it which is a necessary skill to develop. I think it is a damn shame that AP US History may be denied because certain individuals are upset that the class is not taught with a rose colored lens. If those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it than perhaps we should be letting our best and brightest learn.
As a side note, the only country I have taken college level courses from (on eDx mainly) that teaches their countries exceptional ism has been China. The courses were on Chinese Architecture and Chinese Archeology and I found the exceptional ism distracting at best. (End rant)

I may actually publish this one. Please don’t judge me too harshly. 😃

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