Classification Essay - PTA Personalities
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Many public institutions rely on the generosity and help of volunteers in order to run smoothly. One of the more important institutions is the school, and one of the most visible volunteers in the school is the PTA volunteer. These volunteers fulfill a necessary role, especially for the elementary schools, by augmenting the work of the principal and teachers with extras that the school ordinarily would not have. The people who do the volunteer work are varied, but the PTA seems to act as a magnet for three types of personalities: the power seeker, the eager beaver, and the dependable worker.
Dominating Dora, the "power seeker," usually starts off as a committee chairman and almost always…show more content…
Dominating Dora may pursue the issue anyway until there is a showdown with the principal, who usually has the last word on these things. Unfortunately, this disagreement causes bad feelings which many times costs her votes at the next election of officers. Dominating Dora always sees that her name is prominently displayed on anything that has to do with the PTA. This recognition is her payment for all that she has done, and she glories in it. She makes sure that she is always available for any awards or plaques or other recognition certificates, often missing out on her children's activities. A "power seeker" like Dominating Dora burns out in about two years, or she is pushed out sooner by her fellow volunteers who do not care for her leadership. Of course, she could not have accomplished any of her myriads of activities without the "eager beaver."
Rarin'-to-go Rita is an "eager beaver" who agrees with everything Dominating Dora says. She goes to all the board meetings and would never dream of missing one. She does everything she is told to do. She volunteers to do every job and is delegated to as many as she can handle plus one more for good measure. Rarin'-to-go Rita is usually the volunteer with all the PTA files stored in her dining room. Her family has not eaten in the dining room since she joined the PTA. Rarin'-to-go
Everyone has their favorite tunes to listen to while on the road, but could your favorite song be adversely affecting the way you drive? A new study by researchers at London Metropolitan University suggests so.
Eight drivers were exposed to different playlists based upon music type, and were asked to drive 500 miles each. Over the course of their trips, researchers monitored their heart rates, driving skills, and changes in their behavior behind the wheel.
It was determined that the best tempo for safe driving was one that mimics the human heartbeat, falling within 60-80 beats per minute. Some of these included songs by Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Elton John, and Radiohead. The more dangerous tunes were those that were markedly noisy and raised the heart rate past its natural levels. These pieces take the driver’s attention away from the road and focus it upon the music instead, causing them to speed up in order to match the tempo of the song.
Another interesting feature of the study was the different effects that each genre had upon men versus women. While hip-hop music made both more aggressive than the “safe driving” songs, it had a far stronger effect upon women drivers, causing them to brake more heavily and accelerate faster than the males listening to the same songs. And where dance music pushed women to speed faster, heavy metal was the speed catalyst for males.
Some of the worst songs to listen to included The Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama,” Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me,” and “Heartless” by Kanye West. But the most surprising revelation was perhaps this: both men and women who listened to classical music drove far more erratically than in any other genre.
So the next time your friends or parents tell you to listen to something more “refined” or “cultured,” you may want to think again… and then throw on some Justin Timberlake instead.
Here’s the “safe songs” list in full:
- Norah Jones – “Come Away With Me”
- Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars – “Billionaire”
- Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
- Coldplay – “The Scientist”
- Elton John – “Tiny Dancer”
- Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”
- Aerosmith – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”
- Radiohead – “Karma Police”
- S Club 7 – “Never Had A Dream Come True”
- Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”