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The average college student is a bright mind, leading his or her life towards their ultimate long-term goal. That is to land an occupation upon graduation that makes that individual not only happy but also successful at the same time. Each individual student paves their educational pathway brick by brick from when they graduated elementary school until present day college level education. Class by class they unconsciously (naturally) focus more of their attention to classes that they enjoy, and vice verse to classes in which that area of the educational system that is just irrelevant in their everyday life nor interests. As you can understand some pathways are smooth, even, and leveled out perfectly; on the other hand pathways could be level for a couple feet then you just happened to trip on that one brick that is just poking up enough and happens to catch your foot and before you know it you’re either in a free fall or hitting the ‘nonchalant jog’ to play it off.
Well like those two different pathways there are two different students: Student one, A natural student who didn’t have to overly exert effort in order to succeed in his or her educational journey or a proud student who put their nose to the grind stone until the bachelors degree, or so on, is in their hand, holding it high above their head like its was their life hard work all summed up in one extraordinarily powerful certificate that marks one of the largest mile stone in ones life. Student two, geared towards what they enjoy, only. For example, this student exceeds in history and just meets the bare requirements in mathematics in order to slide by and keep their GPA high enough to get into his or her dream college. If you were to walk down this student’s pathway, you may end up tripping once or twice. Student one and two both have a similar objective once they receive their high school diploma. The objective to major in a subject, in some cases subjects, which they will devote the next four years in college to. This experiment will expose who retained the most from their past education and how is up to date with current events. With a recent collection of data from which multiple unprepared FSU/TCC students are administered a series of question based on American history to ultimately discover which students were more interest in or have had proper teachings in American history. Being student one or student two, this data has some obvious difference between students, there are also some significant difference between regional education, female verse male, and even age (through the age group is between eighteen and twenty four). While exploring those differences we believe that our test target group will have, at most, a 75% or lower. This is on an individual level and as group.
For my hundred point project I decided to get half my points through the pretest option and the other half from the veteran’s box. For the pretest, I composed a 10 question test of important terms that I have learned throughout the year of taking this course. I left a good amount of space between each of the questions, and wrote directions on the top that said to write what they know about each term. I gave a total of 20 people the test. For half of the twenty, I took my pretest to the TCC baseball clubhouse and asked 10 of my teammates to complete it; but I also made sure that they had not taken this course before. I then took the other half of the pretests and went to the TCC student union, and asked 10 random students whom have not taken the course either. The purpose of doing this pretest was to sample how much student’s know about American history, and to see if baseball players are as smart as the average student. Below I will evaluate each question and explain the results.
The first term of the pretest was D-Day. Most people that took the test got this right, 16 out of the 20. Everyone knew that It was the US invading someone but the four that got it wrong did not know who or where. This was a historic day for America and I thought more people would know about it.
The second term was Spanish American War. This one was easy because it is self explanatory, but I did not give full credit to them if they just said “a war between the Spanish and America. Only 4 out of the 20 gave dates and explained why they were fighting, but all of them knew who it was between.
The third term was the Barbary Pirates. This term was troublesome for the test takers; a fair amount of them had no idea and just made up something. A funny response to this question was “pirates that steal blueberries” and “Captain Jack Sparrow’s enemy.” I found only 1 out of the 20 got this right. He must feel special.
For my project I tested ten people on the pre test we were given in class. The only questions I added were when world war ll ended, and who had fought in world war ll. Out of the ten people I asked all have taken a college history class, so all the people have had experience within a history class. With that being said only two people passed the test by standard measures, one with a D, and the other with an A. With the level of praise we put on individuals in college, or those holding a college degree we should hope they are able to answer basic college level history question that are primarily based off periods in time we should be more than aware about. Basic knowledge about our lives today, and all the wars around the world can be linked back to some of these questions, so by not knowing a certain question you are basically stating you have no idea why or what started the war we are in, and only have the fuel that has been fed to Americans to praise the righteousness of America, and not the knowledge to say we need to wise up and cut this shit out.
After giving my friends the practice test I was asked pretty much the same two questions by each individual. “Is it hard” and “what is it about?” Standard questions that I often ask, but I assured them it was a fairly easy test aside from a few questions here and there. That being said, the first response I often got was that was frickin hard. So after going over all the results with majority of the test in the F range I figured there would be some pattern to all the madness. The first thing I noticed when looking at the questions with a lot of right answers was that people tended to know about leaders of other cultures who we consider “bad” over our very own leaders in the states. The less known questions of people were from our past leaders, and a “good” leader in Margaret Thatcher from the United Kingdom. I feel this is due to the media tending to show all the negative events in the world, and less of the more political or good leaders as you could say. Only three out of ten people knew who Margaret Thatcher was and eight out of ten knew who Bin Laden was. I do not think this is necessarily a bad thing, but we should want to know more about politics with our allies, and what is going on with the people we are close to instead if only focusing on killing all of our enemy’s leaders.
This is not just about some ordinary man. This is about a man that is remarkable, strong, and smart. He had helped create the fastest plane of all time. He had been to secret military bases. He had been to lunch with some of the smartest men to walk the earth. His name is Roland Ricci and he is my grandfather. He built himself from the ground-up. Roland was the hardest worker that I have ever met. He was intelligent, goal oriented, and a little frugal. He was a man with keen wit and a love for flying.
Roland Richard Ricci was born on October, 2nd 1922 on a boat coming over from Italy to America. His grandfather was a high ranking General in the Italian army. The General had five sons. All his sons, except for his youngest son, Frank, Roland’s father, were all officers in the Italian army. Frank left Italy to come to the United States, because he was starting a family and he had no interest in Mussolini’s war. Mussolini marched on Rome two weeks later to gain military power and later, control of Italy with his Fascist regime. Roland’s family came in as many immigrants did, through Ellis Island in New York, and then moved with his parents and two sisters to Collingswood, New Jersey. Roland attended Collingswood High School where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Marie Egizi. They were married for almost 70 years.
At the age of 16 he started to take flying lessons. He saved up all his money every week from being a soda jerk to pay for his lessons. After Gloria, flying was his next greatest love. Later in life he owned an experimental airplane the Velocity. The Velocity has the speed record from LA to Texas. Roland owned that plane until he was 85 years old though he had stopped flying years earlier. My dad said, “He never wanted to let his dream go so he kept the plane in a hangar just to keep my grandfather’s dream alive”.
When World War II started Roland joined the Navy as a pilot. The Navy flight team eventually transformed into the Air Force. When he was in the Air Force he flew reconnaissance missions over enemy lines in Germany taking as many pictures as he could to determine up to date troops and weapons positioning. He was the second seat pilot. On one mission, his plane was too far and running very low on fuel. His senior officer did not think that they would make it back to the base, so he ordered my grandfather to pull back the canopy, ditch the plane and parachute down to a safe side, red-cross tent area. The senior officer jumped out, but Roland Ricci didn’t! Instead, he took the plane up very high. Running on fumes, to say the very least, and started doing larger and larger circles until he could recognize something on the ground below. Finally, he saw railroad tracks and followed them back to the center of town. From there, he navigated to the base and landed the plane safely. Two hours later off to the brig goes Roland and he had to stay there for 30 days for breaking the chain of command and not obeying a superior officer’s order. Saving the plane did very little to help his case nor did the reasoning of “why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” He explained, “if he could get just enough altitude, he could see further and identify some landmarks to get back to base. Being higher up he could get enough air speed under his wings to dead stick it in, if he had to even with no fuel left in the tanks.” (Dead sticking is when a plane has no more propulsive power and has to land) .Even though the Navy likes “confident pilots”, he was told quite sternly, that he should have followed orders and jumped out of the plane and parachuted down with his superior officer. When the war finally ended he returned to America with one thing on his mind and that was to make Gloria Marie his wife....