Whale Talk: Credit Should Be Free by Liam

Whale Talk

Credit Should Be Free

Differences lie in everything

Photo by ; Merriam-Webster


In Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, T.J. Jones goes to Cutter High School. In the book, T.J’s English teacher, Mr Simet, doesn’t want to coach wrestling and wants to create a swim team instead, but the problem is the high school doesn’t have a pool. T.J gathers students at his school and encourages them to join as well. T.J is also a good guy. Protecting people from getting bullied or being a helping hand to others may be a reason for under acknowledgement. He is so kind that his friends get annoyed at him for being this way and want him to just be a regular teen. T.J is different in many ways, race, emotions, actions and ideas but that doesn’t stop him from being a great guy.


T.J. doesn’t get as much credit as needed, because many problems run through is life such as racism and selfishness. He is a Japanese African American who was adopted by white parents. He is a great swimmer but doesn’t like to attend school events. The swim team was formed by him, conducted by him and he was the only swimmer who could compete in state races.


Whale talk introduces the topic of racism by T.J having to endure it everyday in high school.“The inland North-west isn’t exactly the most ethnically balanced spot in the universe.”(77) This shows that T.J is aware that he is considered different in the part of town that he lives in. T.J is not acknowledged as much as he should be because of he’s different.


Racism is important because it could happen to everyone. But we don’t get to choose what race we are and how we look so why should we judge, it’s like the luck of the draw. We all experience it, in and out of our daily lives but you probably don’t take action. We can even see it in our everyday life here in India. People are judged all over the city and not given equal opportunities.


The next reason that his friends and teachers don’t give him as much credit as needed is that he can act out differently. T.J has anger issues and can be a jerk sometimes, that’s why he doesn’t like to compete in activities. “STOP!”. “Mrs, Herrick yelled, but i punched Ronnie Blackburn in the nose anyway.” (7). T.J acts out aggressively towards classmates and peers but I mean how would you feel if you got treated unfairly everyday and people don’t care about you. Many people don’t understand a person fully because they may not take the time to get to know them. There are many reasons for that and for T.J its his attitude towards others. T.J doesn’t have many friends but he still does his best to be the best person he can as a teenager.


In Whale Talk, T.J only got recognition for being a great swimmer, but he’s much more than that. He led his team, inspired many and tried his best throughout his high school years. T.J. Jones should get much more credit because of his dedication to life but doesn’t due to personal treats such as race and personality.

robotics final project

For my independent project was a bot that could push things. The process of making bot was a lot. I first made the bit without any help and did it without thinking a lot. But after thinking that i was done, I realized that i could not but in the cords that made it run from the NXT. so then i fixed that and then i failed again. I could not put in the cords in the ports so i had to fix that. After i put the cords in, i got some things that i would push. Finally i got some pots and pushed one first and then two. The weight of both of them is 1.9 kg. I really enjoyed this project because of the freedom

Vingettes of America


I’m 13, coming from France to get a job. Many of my friend left France for money
and a better opportunity for a nice and luxury life. I left with my dad to come here on a boat, a huge one with many people. I was scared at first because of all the adults that I’ve never seen before. Also, I’ve never been on the water this far out of the shore. The water under my feet makes me feel sick, with the bile inside bubbling up. I look into the distance and just see blue waves of water everywhere. I finally arrive at this mysterious place wondering what’s ahead of me. At the factory, we get to our rooms with many people packed in like sheep in a pen. Laying on the floor, wondering how I can get some food and how I will get some rest in this place. I wake up early, ready for the day ahead of me. I walk with all the other kids wondering what I’m going to do. I get to my station with many other kids next to me. The owners said that I have to do everything perfectly or something bad will happen to me.Toy after toy, I do my part by putting and sewing the eyes onto the teddy bear wondering about the money because that’s why I came. I told myself I need this money so I must do my best. I finally am settled but I think to myself now, is it to late.


Here in America is much different than Germany. I came here to support my family because I want to go to school. I used to go to school until I got kicked out for not paying. I loved it there because I had many friends and I love my classes. My favorite was writing because I could express and tell my stories without talking. I still do that now, but much less. I have to work in the factory. I have made a couple friends but it’s hard to make more. Were not allowed to talk while working and we only get around 30 minutes to eat and socialize. I write a lot during that time but then when that time is over we just go back to work. I was really excited to come to America to work and get money to go back to school but now I’m not so sure that I like it because how we get treated. I work in the factory with my brother and my parents work somewhere else. I don’t like that because I can only see my parents after work is done and that’s around 8pm. But when were done with work we go to our room and eat dinner. Dinner is my favourite time of the day because I get to be with my family and I can
also play with my brother. We like playing games and reading and writing. After that is bed time and usually were always tired by then so we go to bed. Repeat, repeat, repeat.


I just finished college and am wanting to go look at the textile mills. I’ve heard that the mills have very harsh conditions and the workers don’t like to work there but they have to for money. I’m going there on Monday to take some photos and videos. I’m just preparing because I know that the head masters don’t want me to take a camera but I am going to anyway. The day has come and I just got in. The door so small and when I’m in the room where they make the Cotton, the smell so dusty and the darkness like no other. The faces on all the women and men and even children were blank. They all had one job and they did them quite well. They did this everyday, nothing else. Then I went to take some pictures. I saw the most horrible things, so I needed to stop this, pictures could help me do this. There was one girl who was just sitting in the floor because of how tired she was and then the headmaster walked in and just started screaming. My ears cracked because of the sudden change in volume. I wondered what he was going to do to her after I left but I guess I’ll never know. I walk out of the factory in disbelief and my heart sank inside me. I said to myself, I’m never going back there, because that won’t be there tomorrow.