Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Random Blog #2

For my last post I just wanted to talk a little bit about how much I enjoyed this class. I wasn't really expecting to get as much out of this class as I did. I think this class really opened my eyes to what I am really getting into. There is so much more to teaching then just showing up and teaching your subject. I think that this class was a perfect intro to show you just what kind of career you are getting into. One of the activities I really liked was the one about how to address people with different disabilities. I had never really thought about this before. Never even thought that someone could take offense to the way I said something. I think it was good to see what we should be saying, because I know for me personally I have been saying the wrong things!!! One of my favorite things about this class was being able to talk and discuss things for the entire class. It was never boring there was always something to be said. I really liked the atmosphere of the class! I wish more of my classes were like that! However I think overall going to VIP's to work with the kids and getting an intro to different sort of scenarios I might see in the classroom has started me on my way to being a good teacher. I really enjoyed this class, and I think it's the perfect course for someone to take if they are considering to be a teacher!!!

Social Justice Event - T-pain

For my social justice event I went to the talk about T-Pains songs. They talked about two different songs. One of the songs we talked about what "Take your shirt off".
Basically it was set up so that we heard a couple of T-pain's songs and then we had a discussion the influence and meaning of his songs. I thought that there were a couple authors who this related to. The very first author that came to mind was Christensen. Both T-pains songs and video portray certain stereo types in the media. If you watch his video we notice that the women are always in the background and you never hear them speak. The women in the video are all very willing to take their shirts off, and are typically seen as more of objects rather than people. The video portrays them as body parts and the men view them in context of their bodies. Also notice that the women are all very skinny and pretty, and it's showing that that is what men want. This totally influences society making girls want to look like this because this is what a girl is supposed to look like. Christensen would say that this video is very stereo typical. We can also notice that this is portrayed as a college Frat house event. This is so influential because girls see this before they even get to college and it's embedded into their brains that this is what you do. Now someone in the seminar said that it is a women's decision and it also has to do with your morals at home. I totally agreed with this. I do believe that it starts with the morals you get at home. However that might not always be enough. 

There was a man in the seminar who talked about his daughter, and how since an early age he tried to shelter her from this stuff and stray her away from it. But now this is the kind of life she is headed for and he can't help but feel that she was influenced by this type of media and no matter what he says he can't bring her back. It was actually a really sad story because this kind of media is portrayed everywhere. Women are most likely always portrayed for looks. Take nike for example. I bet it's difficult to find a female ad who is not being shown in her sports bras. This media is out there and Christensen wants us to be aware of it so we can try fix it. Look at a women's nike ad vs. a man's. 

NikeWomen_NTC_High.jpg  vs 

Men are always portrayed doing something athletic, where the women are shown for their bodies not really doing an sort of activity. This is not the case for all ads but a majority of them are like this. 

In the seminar professor bogad mentioned something that i really liked. She said the world is saturated by the media. Whether is beauty norms, race, class status, or the shoes we buy a lot of it is influenced by the media. It gives us a false sense of beauty even. I thought this really related to that Dove Evolution video we watched in class.

I thought this seminar also related into Grinner's article about S.C.W.A.A.M.P. I think it mostly relates to the maleness category. The music videos in T-pain's videos portray men as the ones in power. The women are like i said before just body parts for them to look at. Some of the lyrics are degrading toward women. In one of his songs it says 

Baby let me rope you up
Tie you down
Do it right
No matter how hard you buck
Gonna get wild all night

These lyrics show men as the one in power in a degrading sort of way. That women are supposed to please men. In society men who sleep around are applauded, yet women are seen as sluts. Is that right? why should one be more favored than the other? Women shouldn't be frowned upon while men are applauded. It's not right. 

The last connection that i made was johnson. After the professors talked about their opinions they took questions from the audience. One girl stood up and said that it's a women's choice to portray themselves that way and take their shirts off. We are creating that image for ourselves by doing those things. Men aren't forcing them "to take their shirts off". We have to come to stand up for our morals. Be straight forward. One girl in the audience was actually one of T-pain's dancers. She said she had the utmost respect for him as an artist. It's all up to you as the dancer what you do. They aren't forcing you to take your shirt off. She doesn't portray herself like that and she said T-pain had the utmost respect for her. Like johnson says we have to come right out and address the issue. 

I really enjoyed the seminar i thought it was interesting to hear everyones opinions. I thought people brought up a lot of interesting points, but what I thought was great was someone said "T-pain is only a small representation of a larger problem", which i believe is totally true. But he has to make a living too, and it's this type of material that sells.

Random Blog #1

So as everyone knows I tore my ACL during the semester. For a while before and after surgery I was on crutches. Being on a college campus with crutches is an entirely different experience. I made me a little more aware of things. You couldn't always take the quickest route. Sometimes you would have to go around the entire building to find a ramp to be able to get into the building. Sometimes the button to open the doors wouldn't work so it was interesting to watch me try to open the door really quick and crutch in before the door closed on me. Now I'm sort of trying to make it funny, but it really did make me think. What about someone in a wheelchair? If they are by themselves They aren't going to be able to swing the door open like that and make it in. Also i can;t even begin to describe how scary it was to take some of the elevators here at RIC. They are awful. You never know if they are going to work or if you will get stuck. It's actually really scary. Now for me it was okay, because i could manage to take the stairs it would just take me forever. But what about someone in a wheelchair? They can't just get up and walk up the stairs. I know that there is one girl who has missed about four classes because the elevator wasn't working or got stuck. To me this is unacceptable. Her education is being hurt because we don't have the facilities to get them there. You never realize stuff like this until you are actually in the situation yourself. But someone in a wheelchair shouldn't have to worry if the elevator will work that day so they can go to class. It's not fair. I think we need to be more aware of these things. It just kind if surprised me at how some people go through things like this every week and i just go about my day like there are no problems. We should be more proactive is getting better facilities we spend so much money on random things for the quad, but we should work toward making things more unacceptable for some students.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Education in Politics -Ira Shor


Shor's main point of this article is about the problems with our education system. In the beginning of the article is says, 

"If I were a primary-grade teacher, I would devole my time to problems of socialization. The most important thing children learn is not the three R's, It's socialization" He urged teachers to encourage students t0 question their experience in school: "You must arouse children's curiosity and make them think about school. For example, it's very important to begin the school year with a discussion of why we go to school. "

I really liked this and it couldn't help but to make me think about the written paper assignment we got in class last week. I really didn't think to much about the assignment when professor Bogad handed it out. It was a an assignment to see how much we understood and retained from the article. I wasn't really appalled at the assignment, it was like a worksheet we did hundreds of times in high school. I know it wasn't something that we usually did in her class but it was something we have all done so many times in other classes throughout high school and sometimes in college. It didn't seem like that big of a deal to me. Towards the end i was slow on answering a few questions because I wanted to make sure that they were right because I wasn't sure if she was collecting them, but other than that it was like a normal assignment for many of my high school classes.

Now after the assignment we all talked about the assignment and how we all should have been appalled that she would give us such an assignment. Now when we first started talking I was like yea okay everyone needs to relax it was just a paper we had to fill out it's not that big of a deal. Then professor Bogad talked about the kid who put his pencil down in a previous class and refused to even do the assignment. I was shocked at that because in my head i couldn't wrap my mind around all the tension about filling in a paper. 

However after listening to everyone talk I couldn't help but start to agree. We do deserve more as students. That paper really wasn't teaching us anything. We were all in more of a panic trying to finish it than the actual information we were writing about. Now thinking back that was all we did in a lot of my classes. In many of my history classes we would read something and then do fill in the blanks. Was that really teaching me anything? It taught me enough to get me through the test that week but i couldn't tell you about half the stuff we learned. 

Now there is always so much talk about how corrupt the education system is and how many problems there are. Here in Rhode Island is a good example. They are firing tons of teachers in providence to try to help fix the education system. However as much as we complain about the curriculum and testing and all that kind of stuff, in the end i believe it all comes down to the teachers. It doesn't appear that the government is going to make any drastic changes anytime soon, but we as teachers i think can. It's just about the time and effort you are willing to put in.

I bet if you really think about it there may be a handful of teachers from your high school that you enjoyed as a teacher or made in impact on you. Then I bet you had more than a handful that you thought were not so great. Maybe you did maybe you didn't, but i know that's how my experience was. I think it's up to you what kind of teacher you want to be. Do you want to be that teacher who gives you assignments like we got in class? Or do you want to be the teacher who helps their students to learn? Personally I think we as teachers can change this. I think it's taking that extra hour after school to help students even though you aren't getting paid. It's taking those extra couple of hours planning a lesson that fits every student in your classroom. No one ever said that being a teacher was easy, and after being in this class and reading all of the article throughout the semester I've learned it will be even more difficult than I thought. 

Like I said before I don't see the government changing anytime soon, so the only people i can see making a difference are the teachers. It's all how hard you are willing to work. The people who go above and beyond are going to find they get better results. If we only do the minimum of what is required then I don't think our education system will ever change. I think we can make a difference and all the new teachers starting out need to approach it with this sort of mentality and i believe we will start to see a change in our education system. 

In class i would just like to know what everyone else thinks. Does everyone else think that us as teachers can make a difference? Am i totally off about what I'm saying? What are everyone else's opinions of our problems in the education system?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Schooling Children With Down Syndrome - Kliewer


For me initially getting into this article i struggled. i had to go back a bunch of times to reread things because i was forgetting what i just read and looking at the words in the article but not really thinking about what it was saying. After going through it for a while i really started to read the story about Isaac Johnson. I couldn't help, but to relate it to my cousin in some ways. Now my cousin didn't have nearly as severe a case as Isaac did, but my cousin was projected to not really be able to learn or do much. 

Now Isaac had no speech that the teachers could understand, he had an awkwardness about him, he couldn't complete motor tasks such as turning pages of a book, and he failed some basic tests. What i loved so much about this story was the way Shayne helped him and didn't treat him like he had a disability. She actually embraced it, which i thought was awesome.

When my cousin was born they told our family that she had a pretty high case of down syndrome and she probably wouldn't be able to comprehend a lot of basic things and would really struggle learning wise. This put a lot of pressure on her immediate family because they would have to spend so much extra time trying to teach her basic life skills to survive. Now most doctors said that it would be as if she were a toddler for the rest of her life. However we have to give credit to my great grandmother because she spent an incredible amount of time with my cousin. Teaching her things over and over and over, treating her like a normal person and not favoring her for her "disability". She taught her so much. It shocked everyone how much my cousin was able to learn and apply. Things the doctors said she would never be able to do she was doing. And it was just spending the time with her and trying to teacher her in different ways. Not downing her for not being able to learn things the way other people do, and embracing her for who she was. I think that's why i liked this story so much. Shayne didn't frown upon her student for their disabilities. She embraced them! at one point in the article she says;

"It's not like they come here to be labeled, or to believe the label. We're all here-kids, teachers, parents, whoever-it's about all of us working together, playing together, being together, and that's what learning is. Don't tell me any of these kids are being set up to fail."

I really liked this quote. She wants to teach her students and help them learn. She doesn't want to set them up for failure, and I think there needs to be more teachers out there like that to help kids with disabilities. I mean look at my cousin. All it took was some extra time and care for her to do things the doctors said would never happen. However I'm not saying that's the case for every child, but i think we need more teachers like Shayne who aren't going to go into it thinking failure, but rather go into in trying to get the kids to learn. 

I feel like i kind of just went off on a bit of a tangent and I'm hoping that i got the gist of the article, but i had to write about this part of the article because i really enjoyed the way Shanye taught her class and her drive to get her student to learn, even though many of them had been labeled with disabilities. I think we would see a lot more progress in learning for kids with disabilities if there were more teachers like Shayne. 


Lastly there was this really cool website called Down Syndrome education international which i thought was really great. i had never heard of it before but what it is a program that works across the UK and the world to help improve the quality of support and education for kids with down syndrome. i thought this was awesome i had never really heard of this before now. 

In class i would just like to talk about what kind of programs everyone had in their high schools? Did kids with down syndrome ever go into classes with them? How good were the programs at everyones high schools?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Literacy with an Attitude -Patrick J. Finn (connection)

Right off the bat i thought that the article related to delpit. In the article Finn talks about one of the first times he starts teaching. His classroom was thought to have had to most learning going on than any other classroom. He even tells us about how the principal told him he would walk by his room "so they could see what could be done with our students." He had a very successful teaching environment going on. However his environment was very much the way Delpit says it should be. Delpit says that things should be told exactly what is expected of them. However just like Delpit says it's up to the teacher to create this environment. The teacher shouldn't be asking questions. The teacher should be telling the students what to do and how to do it, that way there is no room for things to unwind and become out of control. This is exactly how Finn describes his classroom. at one point in the article he says, "I didn't say to an errant student, "What are you doing?" I said, "Stop that and get to work." No discussion. No openings for an argument." This is exactly something Delpit would say. After this Finn goes on to say how he always has his assignments on the board to keep the kids busy. He then gives a run through of what an obedient student is and a disobedient student is. a few example are; "Obedient students were not kept in from recess, but most days there were one or two disobedient students kept in from recess. Obedient students' parents were not called up to school, but on one or two mornings a week I met a parent of a disobedient student who had been summoned to school at 8:30 A.M. before classes began." Once again i also believe this to be delpit because the kids know exactly what is right and wrong. there is no question about it. this is what happens to the obedient students and this is what happens to the disobedient stidents. It shows the children that the teacher is in control and determines right from wrong. 

Not only does Finn relate to Delpit but i believe he also relates to Johnson in some ways as well. In Finn's article he talks a lot about the poor students education. like Johnson, Finn believes that we need to help in educating those who are poor in order for them to be successful. i believe this also relates back in some ways to the article Separate and Unequal by Bob Herbert that we read a couple of weeks ago. in that article it says "Studies have shown that it is not the race of the students that is significant, but rather the improved all around environment of schools with better teachers, fewer classroom disruptions, pupils who are more engaged academically, parents who are more involved, and so on. The poorer students benefit from the more affluent environment." This is very similar to what is being said in Finn's article. We must help the poor to be successful. Would it be any different if those kids had the same education as the wealthy kids? In Herbert's article they talk about how student were said to have been successful when they were put in better learning environments. i believe this is the same scenario but a little bit different. If you gave the poor students the same opportunities as the wealthier students then they wouldn't struggle as much. After reading Marisa's blog she used a good quote from Finn which said " If the poor were educated the same, then there wouldn’t be such a “divide in levels of income, wealth, dignity, safety, health, and quality of life.” I thought that this was a great quote from Finn, and i believe it to be true. 

education.jpgi was looking around trying to find some different websites about the education system and came across this website which i thought was really cool! 

Lastly i would like to talk in class about what people believe to be the best classroom atmospheres? is a delipit classroom the way to go? If so can you go about it in a way where you don't seem like such a drill sergeant? 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gender and Education Extension off of Luke's blog

In an article i found online it stated that Title IX "forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, Registrar's office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline." After reading Luke's blog about Title IX in sports i can't help but to agree and disagree. I agree with him when he talked about how most of the articles talked about women and they should talk about both. That's totally understandable their should be information about both men and women. 

However being a female athlete for most of my life in middle school, high school, and now here at RIC i feel that i have a much different outlook on the subject. Even though they say that men's and women's sport are equal in reality for the most part they really aren't. For instance take a look at the NCAA college basketball tournament going on for men and women right now. I bet you that you see how many people are watching the men and how many people are watching the women, that three times more people are watching the mens games. It's just the way things are. Take the WNBA vs. the NBA. There's no comparison. You usually can't find a standard channel that even broadcast WNBA games. 

Personally I'm not shocked that most of the articles are about women because that's where there is the most inequality going on. For the most part men's sports are pretty well taken care of. If we are talking about college's most colleges have most of the typical men's sports. I'm not saying that there are never any problems for men in sports equality but for the most part they don't suffer as much as women. I do believe that for the most part college's try to equal out the women's and men's sports so that they each have the same number of sports. however men are always favored more. for instance take the basketball teams here at RIC for example. Women's sports in general, not even talking about RIC, don't get as much respect as the men's teams. At RIC i bet that if you count how many students went to a RIc Women's basketball game vs. how many people went to a Men's basketball game the numbers are not even close. For the men the stands were packed, whereas for the women not so much. But we were a good team. we had a good record. why didn't more people come? i don't know why. i don't think women's sports are taken as seriously as men's sports are. but that doesn't seem fair at all, but that's the way it is. 

Back to Luke's Blog i had a similar story to his volleyball story. Just like Luke's high school my high school only had a women's volleyball team. it was a year after i graduated that there was a boy who came over from brazil who really wanted to play. however unlike Luke's school they let him play. He was required to wear the appropriate volleyball uniform and he would be allowed to play with one restriction. this restriction was that he could only play the back row. Luke talked about how this was because men could jump higher and hit the ball harder so they didn't want to create such a big advantage. he also stated that the kid would never be able to play to his full potential. im not arguing this however i do not believe that this is a case of title IX. i think it's more of a safety issue if anything. i mean if a girl gets hit at the speed of one of the mens hit she could get really hurt. some may argue that it doesn't matter just playing you can get hurt but i believe that the way men tend to hit the ball they have a lot more force behind it and could possible hurt one of the female players. anyway the kid at my school played the whole year in the back row and the team did get. they loved him and he loved being a part of the team. 

however even though i disagree with Luke about the volleyball story i have to agree with him about the football story. If that is really the case that is unfair that just because she was a girl she got to play. She should have to earn her spot just like everyone else. there shouldn't be any favoring just because she is a girl. that's not right. That is a perfect example of Title IX.

Now i agree with Luke about the football story however i personally haven't seen anything like that in favor of women before. at my high school it was clear that the men's sports teams were favored. They were the ones always getting the new nicer equipment. there locker rooms were redone every year. also at the time for basketball players there was this rule that every player on the floor had to wear a mouth guard. now neither the men or womens team wore them. but of course the only ones who got called out on it were the women. the men never got in trouble. they always had a nicer bus and all that sort of stuff. i think just being an athlete i have seen this stuff more. i don't think that it's right. i believe that they really do try to change it to make it more equal and not exclude women or favor them but i think men will always be a little more favored than women's sports. however in the last couple of years "The enactment of Title IX has helped increase participation opportunities for girls and women in sports. Female high school athletic participation has increased by 904% and female collegiate athletic participation has increased by 456%."

lastly to touch on Luke's last point about the PC baseball team. In now way am i saying it was right for them to just cut a program like that, but it is unfair that they had more men's programs than women's, and also the women's hockey team there has been very successful. however it doesn't make what they did right. 

I believe women are being treated better due to the fact of Title IX but is it equal? will it ever be equal? one video i saw said that people like to use the fact that there is a "lesser number of female athletes playing sport than men so why should they have the equal amount of sports". Which if you were watching you would agree with, however the guy talking then says that these statistics won't change unless they start making women's contact football team, because there are some many male football players on one team and to think about how many football teams there are you can't go by the numbers. it would still be unfair. there needs to be the equality in number of sports offered for both men and women.
There was a really good article about TItle XI which explained it well :

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tim Wise/ Brown Vs. Board of education extended off of Danielle's Blog

I really thought that Danielle wrote about the connections between the videos, the article, and the website really well. i actually had thought of many similar points when i was watching the videos myself, which is why i chose to extend off of her blog. She first goes into talking about how racism is still exists in todays world. Then she begins talking about the videos and how Tim Wise said "Barack Obama is a light skinned African American, this possibly giving a comfort factor to white voters. He is worried that if he was darker, or if future candidates to come are darker that this will make white people uncomfortable with letting themselves give the candidate the deserved vote."  Now after hearing this it clearly shows how racism still very much exists in todays society, and it's awful to think about it but Americans need to be more aware of that fact that it does still exist. Wise also mentions later on that white people are oblivious to things. That if we want to find out the issues we need to go to the people who are being directly effected by it, which i totally agree with. 

She then goes into talking about how in order for black people to share the same privileges as white people they need to be extraordinary people. for example she talks about Obama and says that black people must be be exceptional at their task. In Obama's case he was. He was accepted by the public for his intelligence and sophistication. However she also brings about another point Wise uses. He said to take George Bush for example. He was president of the united states for eight years and most people would say that he's an idiot. Now if George Bush had been black there was no way he would have been elected. There is a perfect example of how racism still exists in the current society. Danielle then uses a quote by Wise to sum it all up, which i thought was great. 

"The proof of racial equity will be the day that people of color can be as mediocre as white folks and still get hired."

This is such a good quote because it's so true. it's terrible to think about but it shows just how much rasicsm is still a big part of society. how is it fair that because someone is white that they are allowed to be mediocre ad still be considered better than someone who is black? that doesn't make any sense to me. it's just plain unfair. why should people of color have to work ten times as hard to gain the respect of society when a white person who doesn't work at all automatically gets it? In no way is that fair. 

She then goes into talking about the stereotypes Wise mentioned in his video, which were pretty amazing.
6 out of 10 people said... people are precieved as less intelligent people are less patriotic people are less hard working than white people
4.75% of white people say that black people want to live on welfare

she then goes into talking about how this proves racism still exist today. i totally agree with her. these statistics are crazy. 
In her last few paragraphs she talk about Bob Herbert's article and shows how it relates to the Brown vs. board of education from 1954. She used two great quotes which i thought really stuck out to me in the article as well. 
1."If you really want to improve the education of poor children, you have to get them away from learning environments that are smothered by poverty. This is being done in some places, with impressive results. An important study conducted by the Century Foundation in Montgomery County, Md., showed that low-income students who happened to be enrolled in affluent elementary schools did much better than similarly low-income students in higher-poverty schools in the county." 
This quote pretty much says it all. It's not kids race that is effecting their learning. it's the environment that they are in. now this is a problem they we should invest in fixing. there is always so much talk about education and how important it is. look at providence right now, with all of the teachers being fired. Maybe we should focus a little more on what Herbert says and fix the environment first, because based on this article it seems that this could greatly improve education for these children. Like Danielle says everything goes back to the brown vs. board of education case years ago. they argued "separate but equal", however it wasn't equal at all. it caused segregation and racism. another great point that i thought she made was that it's similar now with student stuck in poverty schools, and without integration the student will only suffer. this is a great point and i totally agree with her. we need to work on doing a better job of this. her last quote was,
2. "Studies have shown that it is not the race of the students that is significant, but rather the improved all-around environment of schools with better teachers, fewer classroom disruptions, pupils who are more engaged academically, parents who are more involved, and so on. The poorer students benefit from the more affluent environment." 
now if this is the case we need to work on improving these environments, because we spend so much money on everything else in society. well lets focus on fixing the problem rather than blaming it on something. i agree with Herbert's argument. 

I chose Danielle's blog because i thought she made some really good points and i personally thought a lot of the same things while i was watching and reading these assignments. Personally this has opened by eyes a little more to what's going on around me. i have to admit i am one of those people who Wise says is oblivious to thing around them.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

In the service of what? by Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer Reflection

Personally i really liked the article. I think that it's a really good idea to have service learning involved in schools. The article talks about a few different types of service learning projects. Honestly i didn't even realize how many different things would qualify as service learning. Personally i think that this is such a positive thing. However i don't know if i would have said that in high school, but i think it would have been a really good experience. When i was in elementary school we kind of did something similar to a service learning experience. When i was in fourth grade we would go to the 1st grade classrooms to help them learn how to read. i remember being really nervous the first time. i wasn't sure how it was going to be. i remember being so nervous about how it would go. Overall it went really well. The little kids loved us because we were the "big kids" of the school. but it turned out to be really fun and i think it was a good experience to have. However before VIPS that was the only other thing similar to service learning that I have done. But i think that we should have done something like this in high school because i think that it's such a good experience to have. i know i say this now, but i probably wouldn't have said the same in high school. but i agree with Kahne and Westheimer that it's a good experience and gives you a lot more confidence. personally i being involved with VIP's i have learned so much already and i have only been there a couple of times. but being involved with the kids now and teaching all different ethnicities of student will be so helpful for me when i start teaching a class of my own. To me i think service learning is a really important experience. there are so many different way that kids can get involved in service learning projects. i actually found a  website that gives you links to help you set up different types of service learning projects. i think it would be a good idea for high schools to require some sort of service learning project in order for kids to graduate. i know most high school kids would resent the idea, but i think it gives kids a good experience. and maybe someone does something like our service learning project and find out they love it. you never know! i just thinks it's a good experience to have! i can't speak for everyone, but my experiences have only been beneficial. I'm not saying they are all wicked exciting and easy going, but they defiantly effect my in a positive way.

I just wanted to talk in class if people had experienced Service learning project before this class? If they did how did they get involved in them?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"unlearning the myths that blind us" -Christensen reflection

so after reading this article i did a lot of thinking. however i still can't really say whether or not i agree or diagree with the article. i guess i would say i do and i don't agree. personally i grew up with cartoons and i wouldnt say that i am close minded and all these cartoons showed me racism, sexism, and etc. but i just find it hard to believe that kids will pick up on all this stuff. kids our age couldn't even pick up on it until a teacher sat them down and told them to really concentrate on what to look for. in todays cartoons they found it more difficult than in older cartoons. does that mean it's getting better? i just feel like when i was little i wasn't watching cartoons analyzing them the way this study portrays them. however i do agree with how society influences people a lot in certain ways. people are greatly influenced by the media about what they should wear and how their bodies should look like. once again i agree and disagree. ya there are all kinds of famous brands like nike, timberlands and that stuff but people have all different types of styles. it's all what the person likes. however people will still argue that it's because of society. no one will ever win or lose that battle because maybe it is society, maybe it isnt. most people will say it doesn't have to do with society. i would say i doesn't that it's all based on what a person likes.  overall i didnt really like this article i just feel like it yes it does make sense, but do you really think that kids think the same way as us?

that would most likely bring me to the question i would raise in class. do kids really think the same as us? yes they are really smart but are cartoon really effecting them in the depth that this article says they do? think about it did u watch cartoons as a kid? most likely you did. but did you think of these things before someone mentioned this to you? or are you only realizing it now that someone brought about the topic of racism, sexism, and etc in cartoons?


Are they really that bad? I would just like to hear what everyone thinks about this subject. I can see their point, but i don't think kids really think that deeply. I mean did you guys before we talked about it? I also looked at this website about Aladdin which talks about racism and such. I just don't believe that people really thought about all this in creating the movie but maybe they did.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

No Name-Calling Week Reflection

After looking over the GLSEN website the article that stuck out to me the most was the "No Name-Calling Week" article. The article basically talks about a project that the organization does to prevent kids from bullying and name calling. Recently my brother, who is in middle school got involved in a so called bullying situation. It was a couple of weeks ago that my brothers school called home. Meanwhile my brother is a little bit of a trouble maker. However he isn't one to bully people. So my mom gets a phone call from the assistant principle saying that a mother called saying that my brother had bullied him and was really upset. so naturally my mother got the call and was furious. she gave him to whole story about how you can't pick on other kids and so on. However my brother denied the whole thing. he told us he was defending another girl in the class. My brother was so upset he was upstairs crying the rest of the night. so the next day my mom gets a call from this little girls mother. the mother of the little girl thanks my mom for my brother sticking up and defending her daughter. My mom a little thrown off asked her what exactly had happened. The little girls mother begins going on and on telling my mom about how this little boy would tease her daughter and make fun of her almost everyday. She told my mom that her daughter would come home crying just about everyday from school, and the mother had called the school a couple of times to address it, but they never really did anything. The mother also said that my brother had seen this other little boy teasing her daughter and he stepped in and actually said something to this little boy. after hearing this story i was so proud of my brother for doing that. however the little boy was embarrassed and told the teacher that my brother had been bullying him, and once the teacher heard that he was sent to the office. after the whole thing was cleared up my brother wasn't in trouble and the little boy ended up getting a good talking to my administration as well as his parents. after reading the article about no-name calling week and hearing this story about my brother i just feel that more people should be like this. also that there should be more focus on this subject. sometimes i feel as if it is so overlooked in schools today and people are to passive about name-calling. names really hurt and it just seems wrong that we don't put enough emphasis on it.

I believe that this No name-calling week should be used in more schools than it already is. i believe that it such a good thing for schools to do, because I think sometimes we over look things. for example if my brother never said anything that little girl probably would have been bullied for the rest of the year maybe even longer. i think that organization is a very good thing to incorporate into schools. It's a topic that we as teachers should be aware of especially in the middle school and high school levels, because no kid should ever have to experience something like that.


I wanted to talk in class if anyone has every done something like this at there schools. I have never heard of this. But i also found another similar even which i thought was cool. The website is:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Aria - Rodriguez

This article talks about a spanish speaking family and how the children had to adjust their language in order to fit in to society. looking at it like that i figured ok well that makes sense that they to get the kids to speak english. in order for them to be able to be involved in many things in society they would have to learn english. however what i didn't realize was the impact this truly has on a family. 

quote 1
"One Saturday morning I entered the kitchen where my parents were talking in Spanish. I did not realize that they were talking in Spanish however until, at the moment they saw me, I heard their voices change to speak English." This quote is basically talking about how they parents are trying to change there life style to benefit their kids. It's good that they are trying to help their kids but it's changing who the family is. It's  not fair that they need to give up their culture all together. this kind of made me angry, because they are giving up who they are all together because a group of nuns told them that they should be speaking english in order for their kids to survive in society. why can't they speak both? i don't think it's fair that they are putting the pressure on the parents to eliminate their spanish culture to accommodate for the rest of the society. they should be able to speak both if they want. the teachers should help them to learn english, but not try and get them to lose their spanish back round. in society it is an achievement to be bilingual. why can't they be bilingual. why is it that they can't speak both? to me i don't believe this is right. it made me pretty mad throughout the entire article, because it's just not fair to this family.  

quote 2
"We remained a loving family, but one greatly changed. No longer so close; no longer bound tight by the pleasing and troubling knowledge of Our public separateness. Neither my older brother nor sister rushed home after school anymore. Nor did I." this quote is talking about how he family is slowly growing apart because they are starting to lose the one major thing that connects them, their spanish. to me this doesn't seem right. should a family be broken up because society says they must conform to the rest of society? because these kids are being taught that they need to follow society they are growing more and more apart from their families. this is not fair to these spanish speaking families, as well as families of other cultures. they should be taught english, because it is a huge part of society. however they shouldn't lose there back round in the process. to me that is what it seems like society is making them do here. 

quote 3
"But the bilingualists simplistically scorn the value and necessity of assimilation. They do not seem to realize that there are two ways a person is individualized. So they do not realize that while one suffers a diminished sense of private individuality by becoming assimilated into public society, such assimilation makes possible the achievement of public individuality. " i really liked this quote because i believe it pretty much sums up the entire article and how i feel about it. it talks about how people are almost forced to conform to society's wishes, but it's the difference in people that make individuals in society. i believe that is why this article makes me so mad. the family is forced to conform to society in order to think about succeeding. to me that's not right. i do believe that they must learn english, but they shouldn't have to lose their first language in the process. in this case it broke up a family. is it worth it for anyone who speaks a different language to have to be jut like every other individual in america? if so then we aren't individuals because we are all the same. i don't think that is fair in anyway. that was one of the main reasons why this article made me so angry. personally i'm pretty close with my family, and i would hate to lose that closeness if we spoke a different language and had lose our back round in order to feel like a part of society.

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Lastly I would like to talk in class about if people agree with Rodriguez. Personally i don't I'm more of a Collier fan!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

White Privilege by Macintosh

After reading McIntosh's article i totally agree with her. Basically the article talks a lot about what she calls "white Privilege" which is how white people are born with all of these extra advantages just because of their skin color.
quote 1
 "White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks. " This quote basically talks about how white people have an advantage just because of their skin color. To me this is very interesting because i have never really thought about all the advantages white people have. however do other races also have advantages? i know that white people are born with much more privileges, but i believe that other races have advantages as well. the question is how many advantages do other races have. However i do not disagree with McIntosh when she talks about white privilege. she lists a lot of advantages in the article that most people take for granted and don't even realize.  

quote 2
"In my class and place, I did not see myself as a racist because I was taught to recognize racism only in individual acts of meanness by members of my group, never in invisible systems conferring unsought racial dominance on my group from birth." this quote is basically saying that she grew up thinking racism was only talking negatively or acting meanly toward another race. however this is not the case. if white people take advantage of what she calls "white privilege" that is just as bad as being racist. it's not right that white people get these advantages just based on the color of their skin. everyone should have to work for what they want, and no one should have any more advantage than anyone else. but if you look at the daily advantages that occur for white people i'm sure everyone can find one thing on that list that they are guilty of. however the common thought about how racism is only based on meanness is such a common misconception, and i thought the same exact thing until i read this article. most people are blind to "white privilege". 

quote 3
"Although systemic change takes many decades, there are pressing questions for me and, I imagine, for some others like 
me if we raise our daily consciousness on the perquisites of being light-skinned." this quote os basically saying that if we can change the problems what will happen. i find this quote interesting because how can we change something so big like this. i completely agree with McIntosh and i don't believe that it is right that white people get these undeserved advantages just because of their skin, but what steps can be taken to change it. is it just changing it yourself and hoping people follow? i just feel like this is a very difficult topic to change, but if we can then by all means it needs to be changed because it is so unfair that based on a persons skin they have an advantage. it should be changed but i just cant see how we can change something so big.


Monday, January 31, 2011

About Me :)

Hey guys! I'm a sophomore this year at RIC. I'm studying Secondary education with a concentration of math. I play basketball here at RIC and I absolutely love it. My favorite thing to eat is ice cream or pizza. See everyone in class!