Why Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs Should Not Be Eligible for Baseball Hall of Fame

A common debate is whether or not athletes who have used performance enhancing drugs such as steroids should be allowed into the baseball hall of fame. In my opinion, players who have used some sort of enhancer should not be allowed into the hall of fame. The hall of fame is reserved for players who played the game honorably. To play the game honorably you have to put in the work just as everyone else is. To take a drug and then automatically be up with other players is selfish and unfair.

To further my argument, aragonoutlook.org offers some reasons why players who use drugs should not be allowed into the hall of fame. There are reasons for and against the argument of people using PEDS and getting into the hall of fame, so this site is good for an unbiased opinion and opinion of people who believe that they should not get in. One reason people use drugs to get better is because everyone else was doing it. Just because others were using does not mean a person has to work less hard and wonder what you could have done without doing the drugs. It is easy to win a game throwing a 100+ mile per hour fastball but it is harder to win a game throwing that fast from hard work and more honorable. There is also a poll on this site if they should be allowed in the baseball hall of fame. The popular opinion was that they should not be allowed if under the influence of PEDS.

Furthermore, realclearsports.com outlines another good point. Steroids not only offer and unfair advantage, they are harmful to the body over time and illegal. Why should athletes be above the law to entertain people? Just as football is stepping up their protocol to lessen brain injuries, baseball needs to take steps to stop muscle gains that are harmful in the future.

To recap, not only is the use of PEDS unfair, but it is harmful and illegal. The popular opinion is that people should not get into the hall of fame with the extra help of PEDS. There has been many greats without PEDS and they are the ones that should be remembered in the minds of fans because they put in the work to become great.

aragonoutlook.org website for and against steroid use

realclearsports article against Performance enhancing drugs


Why Cheer Leading IS Considered A Sport

A heavily debated topic is whether or not cheer leading is considered a sport. In my personal opinion it should definitely be considered a sport. Dictionary.com defines a sport as “an athletic activity that requires physical prowess or skill and often a competitive nature.”

If you have ever seen a cheer competition, you would see that there is tumbling, flipping, lifting people, and many other difficult tasks that not any every day average person can do. Bleacherreport.com makes a good point when they outline the difficulty of lifting a 100+ pound person up above your head. This takes practice, dedication and teamwork. A person has to be seriously conditioned for this and has to spend time in the gym in order for this to happen.

Livestrong.com makes a good point in their article that to be truly considered a sport, there must be some sort of competition. Many high schools and professional organizations around the nation have considered cheer leading to be a sport and the number is growing. There are cheer competitions and standards that teams should meet just like any other sports. Coaching is incorporated just like in other sports and there are team captains. Although college cheer leading is not officially considered a sport, they spend just as much time in the gym and at practice as any other collegiate sport. They can get as physically exhausted other sports so there is no reason they should not be considered a sport.

As these two articles have outlined, and one can see for themselves, cheer leading has all the qualities necessary to be considered a sport. Cheer leaders work just as hard or harder depending on individual work ethic just like any other sport.


Bleacher Report Website

Livestrong Website Cheerleading

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As I was walking through a field of tall grass, I tripped over and HDMI cord and through t fast as I could and heard a splash. I ran over and saw a slightly rocky beach with some shells, apples, and a screw.


The courageous orc and the dentist were in a small room writing piano music. They came up with the best song after days of writing music and the dentist threatened to take all of the credit so the orc killed the dentist and locked the body in the room with the piano.


I write to express my emotions and thoughts with my friends and loved ones.


Who’s behind that door? My mom always keeps a door locked at home and I always wondered who was behind it. When I walk by I hear a knock and I always ask who’s there and never get a response. I always ask what’s there and no one will ever tell me. To this day after 20 years I still hear that sad knock on the door and still wonder who is on the other side of that door.


We all have dreams of that perfect happy place. The place where nothing can go wrong but then you finally get there and you are full of excitement. But then you start to explore and realize that place is missing something. You’re other half. You have this whole place to yourself but no one to share with and you never felt more lonely or sad than ever before.


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Let’s Address the Elephants in the (Class)Room.

Will Richardson’s article titled “9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should ‘Unsettle’ Us” is a very powerful read for future teachers and students alike. I think he makes some very good points that happen every day in school classrooms that are in desperate need of changing. There are three in particular that really catch my eye and I can relate to in my classroom experiences.

The first point that I can relate to in Richardson’s article is “we know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they ‘learn’ in school.” When the content is not applicable to students’ lives, why would they want to learn it? This is the sole reason that the content is quickly forgotten. I know I had many troubles, particularly in high school, remembering content. This was because I did not have a discipline of study like I  do now. I would go to each class only remembering bits and pieces of lectures I have gotten. This is one way I believe college has gotten the curriculum correct.

The second point that stuck out to me was the quote that stated, “we know that we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success.” Many school teachers focus on basic skills and skills that can be easily assessed such as math, reading, English, or science. It is much harder for teachers to assess things such as “literacies, skills, and dispositions.” Knowing how to assess other than basic skills will further prepare students for the real world. Learning a test or memorizing facts will do us very little good in life.

The last point that stuck out to me was “we know that grades, not learning, are the outcomes that students and parents are most interested in.”This is still mostly holds true for me today. To keep scholarships, to get discounts on car insurance, to get on the honor roll, whatever it may be, grades are important in schools. What we learn is not an actual key motivator for most educators because we teach to the test. There are very few classes and teachers out there today who mainly go for what students learn compared to just giving grades. I wish there were more.

Between appearing to learn what is on tests and actually learning, actual learning is definitely more important. When you actually learn, you learn life skills and things about the world that may help you. Just knowing a test could be helpful in possibly an entrance exam but not much past that. Actually learning material in schools is key to a successful life.

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room that Should “Unsettle” Us

I Can Think For Myself, And So Can You!

This semester I have learned a lot about myself as a learner and as a thinker. This week’s blog is about being an innovative learner, and unlearning things that we have learned in the past that may be harmful to our learning process. I think that the biggest thing I have learned through this semester, and this class in particular, is that I can learn on my own. Yes, it is true that teachers often times provide most of the material or sources that we must use to facilitate our learning. This class has been mostly different in this aspect. There have been articles we have been required to watch and read but this was only for introductory purposes. I have learned so many new website and links that have been useful for future uses in my classroom.

First off, I have been innovative by picking and choosing different resources to use in my blog posts, and that I have shared on Twitter. Prior to this class I had only found things through Google because this is  what everyone uses. Google I now know is only a one stop place if you are on a last resort effort to find certain information. There are websites for just about everything, but you as the learner have to be innovative to find them.

My favorite quote from Couros’s “The Mindset of an Innovator” is “I believe that my abilities, intelligence, and talents can be developed, leading to the creation of new and better ideas.” My role as a future teacher is not one that should be taken lightly. I, as well as the students in the classroom should be expanding our minds every day, learning something new and interacting with different material. If I wanted, I could make a lesson plan the first year I am teaching and reteach this year after year. This does not work as a teacher who should be innovative. If I want to be an innovative teacher I have to see what works for the maximum student growth. Then I should adjust the assignment or completely scrap them depending on how they served the students.

George Couros “The Mindset of an Innovator

My favorite quote from Richardson’s “The Unlearning Curve” is “we need to unlearn the idea that every student needs to learn the same content when really what they need to learn is how to self-direct their own learning.” Literacy in the digital age class is all about how to self-direct our own learning and many classes have been like that for me this semester. This is important because there will not always be a teacher to help you through every situation in life.

Richardson’s The Unlearning Curve”

One quote from  Richardson’s “The Unlearning Curve” that I still need to unlearn is “we need to unlearn our fear of putting ourselves and our students “out there” for we’ve proven we can do it in safe, relevant and effective ways.” I have yet to fully put myself out there in terms of answering questions in class or asking questions to the teacher because I have found I can ask other classmates. The teacher is usually the best source to ask for help, I just need to let them know sometimes that I need help, just as everyone does.

Learning About Myself Through My Independent Learning Project

At the beginning of the semester, the Literacy in the Digital Age class was asked to pick a topic on which we would research and learn about one particular topic for the rest of the semester. Picking this topic was the hardest thing for me, because it was so wide open on what we could choose. Not a lot had come to mind, because everything I would have an interest in learning, I already went out myself and learned. Coaching soccer, basketball, and track were something that I was interested in and I would look up YouTube videos on how to teach a particular skill. Fishing was a passion of mine, but I did not want to look up information that I had already learned from my dad all my life. I decided to pick a topic that would benefit me in the future. Since I was already doing a class for teaching, I thought “why not choose to refine my skills in teaching by learning about what I wanted to teach”. I chose to look at different disciplines of history and what they were all about.

Through the semester there were rough patches of not wanting to learn about the topic because I had trouble finding which discipline I wanted to pursue next. Other than finding the discipline to study, I enjoyed learning about the different types of history because it is something I am very passionate about. Being a history major, writing comes easy because writing is heavily valued in history almost as much as in English classes. There was not much that was too challenging about learning about my independent learning project.

The best part of the independent learning project was researching a topic such as economic history which I am not too fond of. Learning new things helps you grow as a learner and makes you more ready for the future as a teacher. The disciplines I had newly learned may not be fully beneficial if I am not using them in my classroom but I will at least know of them. History disciplines overlap in one way or another, so to have this background knowledge is always helpful.

Independent learning projects sound like a wonderful idea for in the classroom. Learning should be about what you as a student want to learn, not what you have to learn. I always dread the topics in school that you were not fully interested in. This makes it so much harder to keep focused. I think I will do independent learning projects within the scope of my classroom like an aspect of history but I will give them the freedom to choose which aspect they would want to choose.

Overall, I have grown from the independent learning project that I did. I do not regret choosing the topic that I chose because I was passionate about it, and a driven learner.