“I Quit, I Think” – by John Taylor Gatto
3:23 – my PR is 2:42…..
Grace @ 95lbs 5:02
Power Cleans: 1-1-1-1-1-1-1
Lunch WOD with Josh Hall.
Made up our own:
Power clean then immediately perform the 21’s then 3 min rest until next power clean
PC – 225
21 CTB PU’s
PC – 235
21 alternating sandbag get ups
21 tire flips jump in/out
Finish w/ 225,235,245(x) C & J
Back Squat (worked on form)
185 x 5
225 x 5
250 x 5
235 x 5
205 x 5
Decent form but need to keep working on it.
7:51 Poor time, but worked on form. Also had a late night, I was debugging a computer network for a client until 3:00am , then got up at 7:00am. Then worked through lunch.
Began interviewing subcontractors for the new facility. Brought in a couple by to see the land today. Also the engineers are still working on the plans. We should have something to pull a permit on soon.
Looking forward to Power Cleans tomorrow. Feel like I need a food met-con though. Grace was too slow today to tax my heart rate. I want to try it again, maybe on Saturday. Got to catch up on sleep tonight though to perform well tomorrow.
Backsquats: worked on depth & stretching out my back today 85-95-95-95-95. My form is definitely improving.
The last row was the only one that felt even decent. Was kinda frantic on the first three and paid attention to form and pace on the last
Grace 75# 10:39 Poor form!
Back Squat: 185, 205, 205, 185, 185
I roll onto my toes at the bottom of the squat. Russell showed me a good stratch exercise involving the wall, a ball, and my body folding and falling about 1 inch above parallel. I have exercise homework again.
Ran the 800m repeats:
~3:30 stopwatch malfunction.
Hmmm … no comments on the article.
I figured one of our teachers might chime in on that one.
Not a teacher but I think the author’s view point is spot on.
Background. After 3 years I have been officially diagnosed with ADD. For those that don’t believe that ADD is “real” please reconsider. I thought it was a Bull S@#t diagnosis also. I believed it to be a made up syndrome for the drug companies to get us hooked and to sell us the next wonderpill. After years of wondering why I hated to read and wondering why I could not focus the mundane tasks of running a business I got some help. Simple…I had ADD. Dr. prescribed the meds and they now make a WORLD of difference.
My point? I did take the decision to take such a powerful brain medication lightly. I dove in and researched pretty much all I could on ADD. It is not so much that ADD is a “disorder” but more of just how my brain is wired to work. It is my learning process. I have small periods of short intensity then lose interest. The medications just help me to focus on longer tasks so that I can be more successful the way our society is structured to function.
During all of this research I began to see how our education system is fundamentally flawed. Our education system makes the assumption as the author points out that there is only one learning process and only one way to learn. Our schools and national testing are structured to filter out students that do not fit the desired learning mold. I wondered how many truly brilliant kids with ADD or something else were labled as “damaged goods” and thus essentially sentenced to a life of mediocracy due to the learning lable and low expectations. Our national testing systems only reward one type of learning process and severely punish any other type. The SAT / ACT are complete HELL for anyone with untreated ADD (quite classrooms, long reading, long sections, and timed). One of the characteristics of a “typical” person with ADD is that they tend to be adventurous and extremely intelligent. The intelligence is what allows them to cope just enough to pass our educational standards. I often feel sad thinking about how many truly brilliant people not reaching their full potential because of how they were labled and damaged in school. How they were lead to believe that there is only ONE way to learn something.
A free market school system is something that I would definitely buy into. A system of schools that recognizes that different learning patterns exist and is setup to exploit particular learning patterns so that the pupils can excell in life…..but until that actually happens home schooling does not look so bad.
Kevin (who has become bored with writing this….)
But my ADDness does explain why I love CrossFit so much and why I could not stand 1 – 2 hour long “work-outs” in globo styled gyms.
That was supposed to say….”after 32 years”…not just 3.
Don’t get me started on the education system, and the experiments that people with phd’s in ‘education’ are doing to the kids.
Everything is structured against success. From the ‘block’ scheduling system, to lazy teachers every thing I’ve encountered at the college level is disheartening. I love math. When I teach it, all I want to do is convey that love of something so pure to the kids. Every semester I have at least 1 listen and believe me, and that’s the only reason I go back. I teach to make up for the ‘coach’ teaching them algebra, and failing miserably.
Kevin, I’m with you on ADD. But I think you are wrong about society being structured differently. I think society is structured to breed ADD. Television has *ruined* books, and reading and radio. Not only do shows wrap everything up nicely in 1 hour, but we have constant interruptions. Also notice that the camera changes view in most shows every 8-10 seconds. This is a *constant* reset switch for our brains. TV is a poison, and we were brought up with it.
If you don’t believe me just look at a child or someone watching tv. Compare that to listening to a radio, or reading, or doing any sort of hobby, or puzzles, or games. There is *nothing* going on behind the eyes of a person watching tv. No concentration. Nothing. TV I believe is *breeding* kids with no ability to have patience, or work hard. Its instant gratification at its worst.
Blah… as with you I’m bored writing this, but I believe strongly about this. Yet, I find myself watching TV. Almost every night. When I should be stretching, or reading, or doing anything else. I think of the 1-2 hours a day that I waste, and what I could be doing (if nothing else, sleeping would be fantastic).
Oh yeah… one quick note. Schools may be getting worse and worse, and the education system may be getting harder and harder to get intelligent people out of. But…. playing devil’s advocate. Isn’t that better for society in the long run? Not everyone can have the ‘smart’ jobs. Perhaps making schools harder and harder to succeed in is only letting the cream rise to the top. 🙂 I don’t believe it for a second, but I could probably debate that side if I had to.
I do believe that our surroundings may have something to do with destruction of books and reading but NOT creating ADD. That is one of the biggest misconceptions about ADD is that it is “developed”. It is genetics. It is born with. Growing up my parents severely limited television viewing (didn’t even have cable) and encouraged reading and sports. (my mom was an elementary school teacher for 25 years and Dad taught college level math)….and now in retrospect I was clearly ADD in elementary school. Grades were always decent but ALWAYS had comments on my report card like -talks to much, daydreams, unsatisfactory behavior, to active, etc….Television, Internet, movies…etc, like you mention generates laziness NOT ADD.
Perfect example of my point. Larry, my brother is only 14 months older than me. We were raised in the exact same environment, had same familial encouragement, etc, etc…essentially an equal and “controlled” upbringing. Mentally our thought processes could not be any more different. He loves to read, loves math, loves working long hours on difficult problems…..does not have ADD. Me on the other hand pretty much hates all of the above mentioned but excell at quickly changing environments, problems and work very well with my hands. Which is why I am damn good at being a veterinarian. The nature of the job is PERFECT for my thought process.
Diatribe off……just wanted to drive home the point that ADD is not generated/created….but Laziness damn sure is.
“Grace” @ 85lb 14:32 – took me forever but my form got better.