Rescue Of The Trapped Boys in Thai Jungle
This is the headlines of the article that I am about to summarise. This article is published by The Star newspaper which was reported on Friday, 6th of July 2018 around 6.26PM. The article is reported by Panu Wongcaum together with Patpitcha Tanakasempipat, Thailand journalist, and written by John Geddie.
This article is summarized into the rescue team that continues the rescue mission to save the 12 boys and their football coach who has been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave for almost 2 weeks. However the continues heavy rain and the forecast of the weather had feared the rescue team to save the boys and their coach through the water-logged passageways from the cave because some of the boys are as young as 11 years old and aren’t strong divers nor swimmers. Helicopters flew above the dense mountains to search for an alternative route. The British divers together with the other rescuers had focused in a solution – draining out the flooded cave to make it easier for the divers to save the victims. Unexpectedly on the very day, the former Thai Navy Seal, Saman Kunan, died during his mission to place the oxygen tank along the route without realising he ran out of his own oxygen supply. As the mission was going on, drilling down the cave to find an alternate exit had been in plan. However such act and action could lead to greater danger to the boys who are trapped in there. The limestone that had been drilled could block narrow passage-way for the divers to rescue the victims. During the call for the nation to support the rescuers had been made by the Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-och, Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur from Space X and The Boring Company dropped to Thailand to lend a hand in this operation. With the support of the Thai’s Prime Minister, Elon Musk decides to help with location tracking, water pumping and battery supply. On the other hand, the relatives and their compassionate family who were in tears and fear for their children trapped in the cave, said that all they want is the safest exit for their children. The families of the victim camped at the side of the cave chanting their prayers for weeks.
This summarize article is only a part of the mission. However the complete rescue operation from the very first day that they were found till the last day where all the 13 victims were rescued took nearly 18 days. The purpose of this article is to create awareness to the public on human values. Knowing the risk and the danger that they will have to face during this operation, the rescue team and the authorities did not think twice to save the 13 victims and took the right decision to rescue them without putting their lives in danger. This shows us how the Thailand Army and the British divers valued and cared for the lives 12 boys and their coach. Besides creating awareness to public on human lives, there are many other values that as a reader we can learn from this article. For an example, from the citizen to the minister had come to the site to lend a hand and to support the rescuers in many ways. US military together with 3 expert British divers had come together to help the Thai rescue team. Makeshift shrines are made for the families of the victim to offer their prayers, a doctor with cave-diving experience also took the risk to go into the chamber to approve the boys’ health condition. The villagers and the food vendors around there too helped in this mission by preparing food and drinks for the entire rescue team. Next, from this article we can see and learn the amount of dedication and hard work the team has kept forth on this mission. Looking at the challenges that they had to go through to save these 13 victims was not something that they had even thought about as there were many other external factors that they had to consider about. For an instants, the continues rain that had cause the rise of water in the cave , the narrow passage that they had to go through and the lack of oxygen level in the cave. As an army of the country, they were so dedicated in this mission to the extent of sacrificing their life-Saman Kunan. In a very short time tough and quick decision were made to succeed this operation. Rescuers even conducted practice drills to safely evacuate the boys.
Moreover , the most important lesson that we as readers have to ponder on is the team work that they had even though this mission involves other nation. The team work has been shown in this entire mission especially when they we evacuating the boys out of the cave. Round – the – clock pumping out water from the cave had made some passage way walkable by the rescuers. Each boy was to be accompanied by two divers. Each boy wore full diving suit from the mask, helmet, boots and wetsuit were accompanied by two navy divers, the front one carrying the boy’s oxygen tank. They were guided by the 8mm static rope which was connected in the cave and each boy in turn was tethered to the lead navy diver. Without such team work and cooperation this mission would not have be a success. In the end, all the 13 lives were saved and were brought to the hospital to be kept in isolation for seven days to avoid infections. A huge respect too had been paid to the late Saman Kunan by the people of Thailand.
To wrap it up, there is one word that I can describe about these boys – they are all very courageous as they remained calm in the cave for 10 days till the rescuers found them. Despite feeling astonished and proud of the braveness of both, the rescuers and the boys, I too feel sympathy for the family of the late Saman Kunan.
Question Of Women Education
When a house is on fire and innocent people are inside who do we expect to come to the rescue? A man. When we speak of a leader or a chief executive officer of a powerful corporation who usually holds these positions? A man. When we think of a leader of a country, for who is such a position reserved for? A man. Women have been denied rights, fair, and equal treatment all over the world. However, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “all human beings are born free, equal in dignity, and rights.They are endowed with reason, conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood,” yet Women are no different than men and need to fight to ensure that they have equal rights to men.
Women are thought to be inferior to men. Girls are raised to believe that they are to be protected by, and have their needs met by men. The proper sphere for women has always been delegated to be the household. It is within the household that women are to perform the chores, take care of children, and cook. The responsibility of a woman has repeatedly been to take care of the household and ensure that the family is happy. Even amidst all the progress that women have made, the stigma still exists! Especially in countries that are impoverished and not fully developed. Many men have never stopped to think how difficult it is to be a woman in a patriarchal society, where women are granted very little power.
Pakistan, a country in the Middle East, is a place where women’s rights have been neglected. In Pakistan the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, where Malala Yousafzai resided. Radical prohibitions with the intent of maintaining control were implemented such as, the banning of television, music, girls education, and even allowing women to go shopping. Many families were forced to move to neighboring towns out of fear. However, the Taliban did not deter brave and determined individuals like Malala, who stayed and exercised her right to freedom of expression. She blogged about the harrowing experiences that she amassed in Swat Valley, about people living in fear, and how men were staunchly against women receiving an education. Speaking up almost caused Malala her life, she was shot in the head by the Taliban.
In an increasingly globalized world where progress is idealized, women activists, like Malala Yousafzai have become aware that education is the key to change. By gaining an education, women can break barriers that have formerly been reserved to men. During the Age of Enlightenment European countries placed an emphasis on education. However, men were the ones that received an education. Nonetheless, people were able to challenge traditionally held beliefs on what was considered common knowledge, and effectuate change to outdated notions. Men were able to use reasoning and logic to justify their thoughts. The reasoning and logic exemplified by Malala is no different than that of the the enlightened despots who believed deeply in their philosophies and successfully changed the world.
Education is important for eliminating ignorance. Organizations like Educating Girls Matter focus on educating girls in countries where females are not granted access to an education. Women need to believe and understand that they are capable of being independent and able to do the same things as men. Women have the same capacity as men and should never be deterred to think otherwise. Nothing that is worthwhile is easy and even though sometimes a woman may feel helpless, and vulnerable, they must never give up. By enabling women access to an education, women are more likely to have economic opportunities, eliminate inadequate health care, stop early marriage, reduce sexual violence, and diminish discrimination.
Depiction Of School Activity in Katherine Thomas’ Article
In 2004 the academic journal Quest published a article by author Katherine Thomas entitled “Riding to Recuse While Holding On By a Thread: Physical Activity in the Schools”. In this paper I will analysis Thomas’s argument on the issue regarding daily activity in schools across the United States. The journal Quest is the official journal of the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education. It is a scholarly journal for professionals in Kinesiology and physical education, the readers include academicians, teachers, and administers. (nakpehe, n.d.) Thomas’s main purpose for writing this article is to inform her readers of what exactly is the unspoken dilemma for the lack of physical education and daily activity on society’s grade level youth; from elementary to high school students.
In this article Thomas argues three unresolved issues on the matter of securing physical education in schools and making sure children are active to fight the obesity and inactivity rates across the nation. Thomas implements that school officials need to focus more on the science behind information regarding physical education and relying pure and reliable messages to the public. She also highlights that the officials need to have secure funds to keep the requirements active and stable for schools in the long term. Lastly she tackles the issue of leaders needing to stop being so critical and more supportive. The author takes the blame off the teachers in this article, she wants to pin point why exactly the requirements of physical activity in youth is not being met. She hits readers with strong studies and surveys from past researchers and brings to count what the school board officials are doing wrong locally and nationally.
Thomas’s motivation for writing this article steams from the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Obesity and Overweight 2001. The Call clearly stated its intent is to “Provide all children, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, with quality daily physical education that helps develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, behaviors and confidence needed to be physically active for life.” (Sevices, 2001). In my opinion Thomas’s argument is very truthful. She takes a part something that I feel no one ever talks about and she analyzes the subject to a better understanding. She places blame where school administrators are last to fix but society is first to ask questions about. Being from a school system where physical education was required to graduate and was required of us to take every single year up to our junior year and became then became a choice, but we had a higher rate of diabetes and overweight students than the average school. I see where she says it needs to be a required enforcement of daily activity for every student to ensure healthier habits in the student’s future.
Thomas’s argument was one that did have a lot of “meat” or structure as a reader could say. She backed up her evidence with very supportive information and studies on the facts. But what Thomas does make confusing for me as a reader is the way her argument flows. She starts out stating a lot of numbers, surveys, statistics, studies, etc. But she does not make clear until the very end her own opinion of the issue. She makes it hard to understand and take out what her true feelings are on the issue. Even though she does state them in the beginning of the article I as a reader would have to like to see more aggression towards the matter.
In addition when it came to support for her three main claims of:
- Better Funding
- Clear Messages with consistent information about the need for physical activity
- Need to be supportive and not critical
Thomas did a great job as far as giving her examples and reasoning.
On her claim for better funding; Thomas did a great thing by putting focus on programs that can help schools with lesser income and budget problems by supplying readers with information about government funded programs. For her to pin point these other options so that the readers cannot make up any excuses as to why they cannot afford the programs to have a secure base in the school system to me was a great idea. For example Thomas credits the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for programs such as VERB it targets teens to get active and increase their daily activity. They also provide another service called BAM that Thomas included that targets kids about their health and to take action when they are young. (Thomas, 2004, p. 164) She also credits the U. S. Department of Education Carol M White Progress for Physical Activity Grants. Which is federal money for physical education instruction, Thomas does a good job when she lists the good and bad about these grants but she goes to say in the article that the funding is between 1 and 2 million per state. (Thomas, 2004, p. 164)
On her claim for more consistent messages; her inclusion about past standards never being met. She wants scholars and leaders to look at past research and understand that requirements have never seen about average and are different for almost every state. She highlights that only a few states essentially try and met some type of preiquite of daily activity and way too many states are falling behind in the matter. She continues that even though people know the requirements or recommendations they are still doing nothing to achieve those goals. When Thomas stated a few of those facts in the article to me it was an eye opener. She strives so much to make the reader understand that it is not okay for schools to just barely pass by the hairs on a person’s chin. She gets a reader like myself to understand that the officials can really do more they’re just not trying as hard.
On her claim of officials to be more supportive; Thomas take the blame off the teachers. She says in order for students to get the full attention and requirements being made per week the number of staff would have to increase. (Thomas, 2004, p. 157) She also points out a fact physical education teachers just don’t sit around when the students are not in the class; the instructors though not looked at like a regular grade-level teacher actually work full-time. I never really saw that argument logical until reading this and taking a step back and thinking head on about it, we have so many schools that only focus on testing or passing rates that they fall short of benefits the child will need long term. She also says that when children are so far behind in staying active and getting the daily recommendations that when they do make up a curriculum to follow by it is too much for the child to complete so they fall behind. Though it is not their fault Thomas’s purpose is to endorse this so that the issue of falling behind does not pop up; because truly in any subject whether physical or mental no child deserves to be left behind.
Thomas (2004) in addition brings out her logical side when she argues who fault is it that the students do not learn enough or the right material:
Consider a worst case scenario, a teacher is hired to provide elementary PE but is not licensed in that area and therefore enters the field with little preparation. It is possible that teachers could live in one of 24 states that does not require continuing education—therefore the teacher could continue teaching without any training related to the field. Assuming this is a quality issue, who is responsible? (p. 158)
I strongly agree that no matter what a teacher or professor teaches they need to be certified in that field. Thomas brings about the fact that states do not require teachers to be certified in physical education but must be certified to teach. Who’s fault is that really, the teacher’s, student’s, or the state?
Although Thomas does seem a lot more logical in her writing she appeals to emotions very often as well. One that stood out to me as a reader was the issue on a child can participate in some form of physical activity no matter their physical condition. Steaming from another article she gave credit to issue by the Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Thomas summarizes (2004): “The intent is that students who are disabled will not be excluded from physical education because of their unique needs. Appropriate placements are on a continuum from regular physical education to adapted physical education.” (p.159) Bringing this into her argument was an ideal factor I feel could make officials see that not only the regular kids desire a chance at being healthy.
She makes another statement about not discriminating against economic status. She states that just because a school has low-income or can provide less than the higher-income schools does not mean the children should get lesser opportunities due to safety issues or budget problems to get in the daily recommended amount. (Thomas, 2004, pp. 159-160) She goes to say that not all schools are created equal, and myself as a reader, student, and U.S. citizen strongly believes that that is a huge problem in our society that will go untouched and talked about until we have more arguments and publications like Thomas’s to be the commander and chief of change in the system.
I felt this article did not necessarily have a lot of weaknesses or issues; Thomas’s motive is clear, but she could add more of her own thoughts into the article and make it a true argument. Throughout the entire entry she states more facts and statistics then rather focusing on what she really thinks will improve the standard of P.E. and where it needs to be today. Granted she does show us the underlined issues and she supports her facts with well throughout surveys and past evidence to influence the problems as to why this particular program is not a stable program in schools. I as a reader and blinded citizen on what is really the problem with physical education would just have liked to seen a bigger fight in her own words for an issue she seems passionate enough to talk about.
She spends more time on past research and its findings than she does making up her own view points and bringing in her past publications. Though she does list two of her own written articles, I feel as though it it would have helped her more if she would have went into the basics of her own work and not just referring to it in one sentence. Readers need to know that you are a professional and consistent in what you are talking about and not just your reference page should show your pass accomplishments, her writing and argument should have been able to speak for itself.
Her flow of the article to me is a little off. I was not truly engaged as a reader of her view points in the very beginning. It was not until the end where her thoughts seemed as though they was slowly but surely coming together. She used what I thought were attention getters and strict underlines facts and statistics on the issue at hand. While she does a great job at pointing out what is wrong and needs improving her organization could have been improved. For example she lists nothing but numbers, percentages, and surveys at the beginning to help clarify her points on requirements not being meant. But as I kept reading she kept decreasing with those and just started listings more of her opinion sources that helped refer a reader or glue them in.
Another thing I was a little confused as to why she put it into her argument had structured the appeal to ignorance in some ways. The information about a decrease in blacks being in physical education after the data was published by Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2001. Thomas writes that (2004) “The results indicated no decline in prevalence of PE for the total population, but a decline in Black students reporting enrollment in PE.” (p. 153). This data was based off of four variables and none of which labeled race as a subject, so I felt as if mentioning this factor from the data she read upon was a little on the unnecessary side.
In conclusion Thomas’s argument to me was a great one. It had its holes and weaknesses but she presented a topic and supported her claims by using well thought out examples and using authority from sources that were very creditable in this field of topic. She does not sugar coat her concerns about what officials are not doing and to myself as a reader I took as a key factor in determining the whether this is a valid enough argument. She shows her validity by bringing in strong evidence and points that could fall short with some people but Thomas does a great job at staying focused and making her statements stick.
The Theme of Handling and Overcoming the Pain in the Rescue
Pain is Unavoidable, But Able to be Overcome
Throughout life, everyone experiences pain. Unfortunately, pain is an unavoidable part of life. Some people, while going through a painful time, feel as if the pain they are feeling will never go away, but this is not true. All pain is able to be overcome, if you allow it, through things such as love, justice, family, and etcetera.
This theme is very commonly illustrated, because it is something that everyone wants to believe. Everyone wants to feel as if, one day, their pain will go away. One example of where this theme is shown is in “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks. In this book, Taylor McAden is a volunteer firefighter who daily deals with the pain of losing his father at a young age. Because of the circumstances involved, Taylor blames himself for his father’s death, and the pain of this seems as if it will always be a part of his life. However, as he saves countless lives as a firefighter and falls in love with Denise Holton, he slowly begins to forgive himself. Denise helps him to understand himself in a way he hadn’t thought possible, and she helps heal his pain little by little. (Sparks 1-420) Many people believe that love is the most powerful pain-healer, and though this is a very common solution to pain, it is not the only thing that heals pain.
Another thing that is very effective when dealing with pain is justice. When people feel as if they have been wronged, justice, whether in a small or big way, makes the person experiencing the pain feel better, and often begins a healing process. In the novel “Just Take My Heart” by Mary Higgins Clark, Alice Mills is feeling the pain of losing her daughter in the worst possible way. Alice’s daughter was murdered, and she desperately wants the person who killed her daughter in custody. As the book progresses, she seems to be even more desperate to find the killer. In the end, Alice finally gets peace when the murderer is caught, and the very end of the book is her thoughts on the situation, and she finally feels as if she can go on with her life. (Clark 1-385) Alice feels this way because she got justice for her daughter’s death, and knows that the killer has gotten his punishment.
Faith is often used as a way to overcome the pain that people are faced with, whether it is faith in God or in something else. In the biblical book of Job, Job is a man who has a good faith in God, and gets tested in a way that most people would never be able to handle. He loses almost everything that he has, including his family. However, with his extraordinary faith in God to meet his needs and take care of him, he gets through the troubling time, and afterwards gets blessed with more than he had to begin with. (“Quest Study Bible NIV” 705-756)
Artists in many genres of music often illustrate lyrically the trials of pain that are brought about in life. One example of this, though there are several more, is A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans. In this song, the writer tells of a trial in which most people go through more than once in their life: the pain of someone you loved breaking your heart. The song tells of a woman who was hurt greatly in this way, but she knows that no matter how much it may hurt then, things will get better. She knows that in time, she’ll be able to move on completely and be stronger. She has a strong willpower. That, along with time, is what helps her to overcome her pain. (Scott)
In the movie Mary Higgins Clark’s Remember Me, Menly Nichols is a grieving mother because in a car accident, she lost her two year old son, Bobby. She, however, survived. She is torn in two by the guilt she feels as a result of this, and for a brief period of time, she is even put into a hospital because of her condition. After time, however, she is let out, and has a second child. Being a mother again helps her to feel less guilty about the death of her child, and with the help of her husband and friends, she is able to move on. (Lenski)
The ability to overcome pain is something everyone has, though at times, help is needed to push you along. This has happened to me on several occasions throughout my life, and even more as I’ve become older. One thing I’ve went through recently hurt more than anything I’ve ever been through by someone I thought I loved. He’d been my best friend forever, and, knowing how I felt, he led me to believe that he felt the same. He lied, though, and told me so after I’d already gotten my hopes up. The situation hurt me a lot, and for a while, I thought that the pain of rejection would never stop. However, before I’d realized it, weeks and months had passed, and I realized it didn’t hurt as much. With the passing of time and the support of friends, I was able to overcome the pain of what I’d been put through.
Sometimes, when bad things happen, it feels as if it will never get better. People can spend a good span of time hurting, especially with the way things are today. Pain is a part of life, and it’s a part of life that you can’t avoid or stop. It’s simply just going to happen. However, it won’t stay forever. Eventually, the pain will become something you rarely think about, and then, eventually, you won’t feel the pain at all. It may take a little extra help sometimes, because we’re only human, but the point remains the same: Pain is unavoidable, but all pain is able to be overcome.