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Justina SidhuHRE 4MIMrs. Wanka1st March 2014Unit One Critical ReflectionDo you believe everyone in society should be treated equally? If you do, does that include those with mental disorders, learning disabilities and handicaps? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you believe in compassion and justice. In this essay I will discuss how compassion, participation and individualism played a huge role in "Radio" and how it eventually turned into justice after affecting the lives of Coach Jones, Johnny and Radio as they learned more about each other and the people around them.Radio was a boy with a mental disorder who spent his days pushing around an old shopping cart and picking up things he found lying around. One day he walked past Hanna, the school where Coach Jones taught, and he picked up a football that had been thrown over the fence by accident. When he held it out to Coach Jones he was told "Why don't you bring it by practice today and we'll see if we can find you something to do." Coach Jones was compassionate and wanted to include Radio in the club activities even though Radio wasn't a student. When Radio did show up at practice Coach Jones said "Why don't you come on in? We got some burgers coming." Once again showing Radio compassion that most people would never show him. Everyone accepted Radio except for Johnny. Johnny only cared about himself and didn't want Radio to be interfering with the football team because he didn't like Radio, so Johnny bullied him. Things didn't stay that way for long, by the end of "Radio", even Johnny felt compassion. Not only towards Radio, but to his team mates on the basketball team and on the football team. He realized that Radio felt bad that he got in trouble for what he did and seeing how Radio still cared after everything Johnny did to him made Johnny realize how horrible he was being and made him want to change and be a better person. To thank Radio for all he did, Johnny gave him a jacket at the graduation, said "Thanks Radio." then embraced him as a friend.While watching "Radio" I felt a few emotions run through me but the two that were the strongest were happiness and sadness. Seeing the way Johnny treated Radio when he first met him made me feel sad because no one should ever be treated that way. Everyone deserves to be treated justly and what Johnny did to Radio was not just in any way. It is unfortunate that most kids like Radio are treated poorly by society and it is not something that anyone should be proud of. Towards the end of the movie, when Johnny's character became more compassionate and caring, I felt happy because he started to respect Radio. Seeing the way Johnny changed reminded me that people can change for the better and that not everyone treats kids like Radio poorly. In this society where its mainly the strong who survive there are those who will treat kids with disabilities like regular people. It is those people...

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