Monthly Archives: September 2012


A feral child  is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and has little or no experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and lack human language. Feral children are confined by humans and brought up by animals or live in the wild in isolation.


There have been over a hundred cases of feral children reported, and possibly more that haven’t been discovered yet. One of the first famous feral child is Wild Peter. after being discovered he never really learned to talk except “Peter” and “King George”. He did have a great sense of smell and could hear very well. He climbed trees and lived off plants. Once he was found, he refused bread. He spent about 68 years in society and never really learned to communicate.


One example of a feral child that we should all be familiar with is Disney’s Tarzan. Tarzan was raised by gorillas in the jungle. He acted like a gorilla and couldn’t speak. He swung from trees like the other gorillas. The gorillas treated him as one of their own. As a child, I enjoyed watching Tarzan but I never really thought of it as a bad thing. The gorillas didn’t harm him and they took good care of him. Though, he did not have a normal life in society. After learning about feral children I found the story kinda sad. It makes you feel bad that he didn’t have a normal life.

It is really sad to me to think that children have been abandoned in the wild or their parents have isolated them. I do think it is incredible that some animals have nutured these children when ultimately they could have killed them at first. Instead these animals have raised the children the best they can and have thought them their instincts. the thing that really bothers me is that once these children are taken away, from what is now their environment, they are mainly studied by sociologists and psychologists and scientists. After what can be a very tramatic sitiuation these children need to be nutured. I feel bad for these children since they don’t really know how to show emotion and can’t speak to others about what the need or want. They seem to have it worse than babies since they can’t express this to other humans.

After learning about feral children it really made me appreciate my life and the education that I have received so far. I never thought I would be so thankful that I am able to speak and learn. I couldn’t imagine being raised by animals and learning their ways then trying to go back to human ways.

 

2008. 10 Modern Cases of Feral Children. Listverse.com.

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Language as culture is a system of symbols and rules that allows people to communicate with one another. Language shapes our culture. As we all know, texting is a huge part of our culture. In our culture today it is hard to find people who aren’t texting, even older people. The problem with this is we have found ways to shorten our words so that we do not have to type everything out. For instance, one might say lol for laugh out loud. I think that it has affected people’s grammar, especially in school. It is a problem for English teachers to try to get students to not abbreviate or use symbols in their schoolwork.

I find it annoying when people use ur( your), b4 (before), u (you), 2 (to), ily(i love you), etc. Honestly, it makes people sound stupid. It isn’t that hard to use a couple more letters to spell words correctly. It also isn’t very professional, and it can be a deal breaker when applying for a job. Businesses do not want people who are going to make their company look bad, they are going to want someone who appears intelligent and can represent the company.

Emoticons are also a big part of our language in texting, facebooking,tweeting, etc. These aren’t quite as annoying because sometimes it can help you understand the attitude being used in a text. Though, if as many people in real life winked as much as they do in text messages, it would be kind of creepy. I think some might be over used more than others.

Overall our language changes constantly over time and there will always be new ways to say things.

 

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One of the most popular ways of collecting data for research is to survey people. There are three different types of surveys: response rate, crossectional, and longitudinal. Response rate is the percentage of the number of complete surveys from the total number of surveys sent out. You can get a better response rate if you have an audience that you may know better. Crossectional surveys track the same individuals, households, or social units over a period of time. The longitudinal study uses time as the main variable and tries to make an in depth study of how a small sample changes and fluctuates over time.

I often find myself being asked to take surveys for random things from time to time and depending on what I have going on, I may not be answering the surveys truthfully. Sometimes I fly through the survey just to get it over with. When people, including myself, aren’t honest during surveys it really can mess up the outcome to the experiment that it being tested.

Another problem I find with surveys today is that we tend to send them out over the internet via facebook or any other social network and we do not really know who our surveyors are. The right people may not be targeted for the survey since we can’t tell who is choosing to take the survey and who is ignoring it. Surveys may spread faster this way and be a lot cheaper for the experimenter, but they might not be getting the results that they actually need for their experiment.

In a essay by Gronemann, he states that surveyors are typically biased in their answers and will answer differently depending on how a question is worded. He also states that we shouldn’t necessarily take out surveying completely but change the ways we survey. I agree with Gronemann because surveys can be helpful with a lot of research, but we need to be careful with the way we go about surveying and the way we create our surveys.