Explain the following quote: "Isolate him enough that he remains creative - otherwise he'll adopt the system here and we'll lose him." 
Your answer should include the terms: isolation, creative, adopt, lose.


Troop 8
10/30/2013 9:08am

They didn't want to have him adopt the old methods that didn't work, so they wanted him to have some human exposure to be creative. They also don't want to have him get too attached to people, so they need to slightly isolate him from the others. After all, they can't have a leader break down in the heat of battle because he lost a friend.

Troop 7
10/30/2013 9:09am

Orson Scott Card stated, "With Ender, we have to strike a delicate balance. Isolate him enough that he remains creative- otherwise he'll adopt the system here and we'll lose him. At the same time, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead," (Card 27). This means, they need to make sure the other kids aren't rubbing off on him. He has so much brains and is one of the smartest people on this launch, that he needs to keep those brains and not lose them. If he stays a long time with his launch group he might adopt on their ways, and lose his. Ender is very creative, but they are scared isolating him will make him lose some of his creativity because he is alone and has no one around him.

Troop 3
10/30/2013 9:12am

The comment means that the people who run the Battle School want to isolate Ender so that he continues to think like himself, not like the other kids at Battle School. They want him to be creative in finding new strategies and tactics. The text stated "At the same time, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead." (Card 27).

Troop 6
10/30/2013 9:12am

We think that the unnamed character saying this wants to isolate Ender so he doesn't get attached to the other boys. If he and his friends eventually get in the war together, and one of his friends dies, what is the emotional toll on Ender? They also want to isolate him because they think he'll loose creativity. "...at the same time, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead" (Card 27). This makes us think that because when Ender makes friends he may be influenced by their actions and he may act differently in result of the new relationships.

Troop 1
10/30/2013 9:13am

We think quote means that they want Ender to be isolated because they see something within Ender that is more creative than the other boys. If Ender is kept with the other boys too long he'll start to adopt their ways of fighting, and lose his creative touch.

Troop 5
10/30/2013 9:17am

They meant to isolate him, so he would become reliant on himself. They didn't want him to adopt the normal ways of the others and lose his creativity. They didn't want him to have many friends, because he had to be a leader, and leaders cant have many friends to get in his way. He cannot be an effective leader if he plays the favorites game. "...at the same time, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead" (Card 27). They need a leader that is strong physically and mentally.

Troop #2
10/30/2013 9:18am

They don't want Ender to change how he thinks or how he acts, and they don't want him to adopt to the system that didn't work. So, if they isolate him then they don't want him to lose his creative instinct.

Troop 4
10/30/2013 9:28am

He's afraid Ender's going to isolate himself but at the same time he doesn't want Ender to relax and act like all the other boys, and lose all sense of knowledge he has and fools around instead (Card 27). Towards the end of chapter six, he makes friends, and the unnamed character was worried that would happen, because if he is ever put up against his friends, he might not take it as seriously and wont get as creative as his mind lets him. This character doesn't want Ender to adopt the system because he doesn't want him to become TOO powerful, and not be under his/her control.


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