Tuesday, December 13, 2011

World War One and Erich Maria Remarque

In the beginning there was only space, (and man, earth, beasts and everything else). However, in 1914 the First World War started. Erich Maria Remarque was born on July 22 1898. Erich was 16 when the First World War started. Because the war lasted for four years, he had an excellent opportunity to join the war at the prime of his life. The great opportunity of going to war also gave him his background and ideas that would be expressed more than 15 years later in one of his most famous novels Im Westen nichts Neues. Now for those of us who are not fluent in German that roughly means The Western Front. However the title in English has been changed to All Quiet On The Western Front which is an ironic bending of one of the later lines in the book. His background and what he had done in his life to the point where he wrote All Quiet on the Western Front very strongly influenced his writings of the book.

            Erich Maria Remarque was a great man. This simple yet profound statement, leads us to ask ourselves what is true greatness and that is where the profoundness is spawned from. In the case of Erich, his greatness springs from the interesting view point of World War One. Rarely is a war looked at by the eyes of the losers, because well they lost. However, Erich is not a common person. He grew up moving eleven times and when he turned sixteen one of the two great wars this world has ever seen occurred..(Encyclopedia of age and war) World War One was a trench war. There was always troops in the trenches and the war was constantly being fought for four years on a ginormous border line. However Erich never actually saw the war. The most exciting thing he ever did in the war was drag his dead friend's body back to the infirmary. He constantly got leave because his mother had cancer. Finally he was hit with three bits of shrapnel sending him into the infirmaries for the rest of the war (Authors And Artists For Young Adults). The fact that he never really was in the war is very interesting, it makes one wonder how many people were like this and not actually in the war. It is not very surprising that a man who grew up essentially during the war who had interests in art would write a book about all the fallacies of the war and the way he saw it. In this way there is an undeniable connection to Erich Maria Remarque's life and his writings. However it could also be said that there isn’t a connection because he didn’t actually fight in the war. That is for every man in his own mind to decide.
           As I mentioned earlier, Erich had to carry the body of one of his friends out of battle thinking that he was still alive. When he got there, one of the orderlies told him the man was not still alive. Throughout the entirety of the book his view point on death and how terrible it is is expressed continually. At the beginning, it speaks of how there are only four left of their class of men that came to the battle front. In the middle of the book the narrator is saying; “stacked up against its longer side (a school house) is a high double wall of yellow, unpolished, brand new coffins. . . . 'That's a good preparation for the offensive'” (Remarque 98). This scene is as the men are coming back to the front where the head honchos have devised that the men in the front will go on an offensive against the other side. If one was to see a wall of coffins prepared for one that would absolutely scare one, especially if one knew that their side was about to make a go against the enemy. Erich took the war hard although he was “Discharged from the army as a private, he nonetheless took to parading the streets of his hometown in the uniform of a lieutenant, bedecked with medals” ( Biography in context). His disillusionment towards the military is very visible in his novel. He constantly speaks of the horrors of the war and how terrible boot camp.
       In the end, Erich Maria Remarque was unequivocally against the war and makes it obvious throughout his books. He constantly makes fun of the German officials and could care less for the ways of war. He makes known the horrors of war even though none of them he saw. He was a great, distraught man.

Works Cited
"Erich Maria Remarque." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 27. Gale, 1999.Gale Biography In Context. Web. 30 Nov. 2011.
"Erich Maria Remarque." Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction. Ed. Web. 30 Nov. 2011.
John Merriman and Jay Winter. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2007. Gale Biography InContext. Web. 30 Nov. 2011.
Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. Print.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

boise school district levy

hey send this to everyone you know that can vote


Boise School District Supplemental Maintenance and Operation Levy
ElectionTuesday, March 13, 2012How much is the District asking for in
the supplemental levy?· The amount of the supplemental levy is $14
million. If approved, the levy would be in place for 5 years andcost
the average homeowner less than $7.00 a month (based on the average
home value in Ada County of$165,000 with the homeowner's exemption).
100% of the revenue from successful passage of the levy will beused to
maintain low class sizes and preserve quality student programs, not
administrative costs.What will the supplemental levy do?· Maintain
student class sizes at current levels, avoiding increases of 4 to 6
students per classroom.· Retain District teaching staff, avoiding the
potential loss of over 200 teachers and numerous ancillary
andclassified personnel.· Cover a projected ongoing $15 million
deficit beginning the 2012-13 school year.Why do we need the
supplemental levy?· Projected District revenues will decline by $35
million from $201 million in 2008-09 to $166 million by2012-13.
District revenue has not been as low as $166 million since 2000-01.·
This projected reduction in revenue is the result of a decline in
state funding of $23 million (Legislative cutsand Students Come First
law) and a decline of $12.2 million from local property tax revenue.·
In addition to revenue losses, increased on-going expenditures in the
areas of fuel, transportation, and healthinsurance are expected to
exceed $2 million by 2012-13.What District budget cuts have already
been made?· $22 million in cuts have been made over the last three
years, including:FY10-12 Administration Position Reductions $
2,080,178FY10-11 Instructional Position Reductions $ 4,002,626FY10-12
Non-Instructional Reductions $ 6,633,085FY10-11 Furlough Days (3 days)
$ 2,106,000FY11-12 Furlough Days (2 days) $ 1,400,000FY12-13 Furlough
Days (3 days) $ 2,106,000FY10-11 Salary Freeze/Retirement Savings $
1,300,000FY11-12 Salary Freeze/Retirement Savings $ 1,300,000FY09-11
Transportation Reductions $ 540,512FY10-12 Facilities & Operations
Budget Reduction $ 460,000Total $21,928,401What about using the
District's rainy-day fund?· The District used a majority of the
Undesignated Fund Balance saved for tough economic times by the
Boardof Trustees to balance the 2011-12 budget. In addition, the money
received from the State in July ($5.1million) will be used over a
period of 5 years to reduce the amount of the supplemental levy from
$15 millionto $14 million.What do we get for our tax money?· Boise
School District remains one of the highest-performing school districts
in Idaho, the region, and thenation.· 57% of Boise School District
graduates attend college (statewide it's 46%).· 83% of Boise School
District graduates advance from freshman to sophomore year in
college.· Our students outperform Idaho and the nation on standardized
achievement tests, college entrance exams(ACT and SAT), and Advanced
Placement (AP) testing.· Our AP program is one of only 388 in the
nation to make the distinguished AP National Achievement List.Boise
School District enrolls 8.5% of Idaho's students, but administers 36%
of AP exams statewide, and had21% of Idaho's National Merit
semi-finalists in 2010-11.· All four of our traditional high schools
are listed among America's top high schools by the Washington
Post.Learn more under News and Events at www.boiseschools.orgWho may
vote in the March 13, 2012 supplemental levy election?· U. S. citizens
who have been residents of the Boise School District for at least 30
days and are 18 years of ageor over may vote in the election. Polls
are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. You maylocate
your polling location and learn about absentee balloting at
http://www.idahovotes.gov/AbsenteeBallot/Default.aspx or call the Ada
County Elections Office at 287-6860. 9-12-2011
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Thursday, December 1, 2011


so tommorow im going to write a speal about mugle quidditch but i have to much homework today