"The facilities she was creating for cattle were economical and easy to build. But they were designed with more than just the builder's convenience and the owner's costs in mind" (94).
Signpost: Numbers & Stats
"'The stall had a slick floor at a 45-degree angle'- exactly the situation that made cattle panic at the dip vat- 'and of course the slippery slope makes the steer slip and fall'" (102).
"People have been calling Temple Grandin 'crazy,' 'retarded,' and 'off her rocker' ever since her father first insisted she be put away in an institution when she was three years old. She's proved them wrong every time" (121).
"So she's doing the next best thing: she's putting video cameras in barns, feedlots, and even slaughter houses" (120).
The difference is that Temple doesn't care about how much her facilities cost, but how it cater's the the animals' needs. Most designers back then probably only cared about the cost and nothing else. This matters because it allows animals to feel comfortable in the facilities.
Word Gap: grooves
"She specified a concrete ramp instead of a metal one, with deep grooves to provide sure footing" (91).
The author used these numbers to show that the people who created this facility were in the wrong at just the right angle. If the angle had been changed at all, there could have been better or worse results.
Summary: The Important Thing
The important ideas are: 1. Different doesn't mean less. 2. Find a door and walk through it. 3. Embracing challenge can lead to a strong person. But the most important thing is... Don't let your differences stop you from following your passion.
Working hard to achieve her goal of a better life for food animals, Temple visited slaughter houses to try to improve them. If Temple had not tried to improve the life of food animals by redesigning slaughter houses, then many of the cattle would still be living a stressful and painful life. This shows a growth mindset because no matter what people did, she never gave up.
Book Club Question
How might Temple Grandin keep the slaughter houses humane?
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Why would people treat the animals in slaughter houses so badly?