Day 121: Making sense of it on their own
By Mark Heintz
Mar 2, 2020

Day 121

The student contribution is from Lana


Today in class we read a document based on Japan and wrote three short answer responses. Even though we usually do a lot of sharing and discussing with our peers, I feel that it’s extremely helpful just to have time to think about the content and make sense of it on our own. I’ll be honest and say that sometimes when we look at a document, I have to read it twice because I don’t understand it completely the first time.

 Discrimination was perceived in the international conferences in Washington (1922), the London Naval Conference (1930), and wherever Japan was allotted a lower quota of ships than the British and Americans. But most of all, it was the buildup of exclusionary policies in the United States and the final Exclusion Laws prohibiting Japanese immigration in 1924 that galled Japanese nationalists. In their view, Asian civilization did not exhibit inhuman racist attitudes and policies of this kind, and for [Japanese] militants . . . these ingrained civilizational differences would have to be fought out in a final, righteous war of the East against the West.”

-Prasenjit Duara, Indian historian, article published in an academic journal, 2006

I know that when it does come time for the ap test, I can’t just turn to the person next to me and ask them a question, so I appreciate the time we get to think for ourselves.

We also took the rest of the period to finish our mini posters on unit 7. I find that breaking things down helps me understand big events, like the world wars, because there’s so many contributing factors and little details that I just couldn’t possibly remember without really taking the time to acknowledge them. Although, there just might not be enough time for every little detail, but I guess that’s like everything in life.

Mr. DaSilva is really good at trying to explain things that don’t exactly make sense yet, and he’s also really honest when he doesn’t know all the details (which I know I really appreciate). I feel like since Mr. Heintz has been on paternity leave, the learning has not stopped. Thank you for that:)







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