Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pecha Kucha


Monday, November 28, 2016

Empowering Education

Ira Shor

"Education is more than facts and skills. It is a socializing experience that helps make the people who make the society" (Shor 15). 

Schools today have become more about who has the highest test scores, or who can memorize the facts. In reality the education you receive at school should be how to socialize with other human beings because those are the people who are going to makeup the adult society. While reading this article it mentions that when  children are trying to learn they communicate to adults to find out when they want to know. Once these children become school aged they are then supposed to learn by memorizing facts and taking tests and eventually they lose that concept of socializing to find out when they want to learn.

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"Participation is the most important place to begin because student involvement is low in traditional classrooms and because action is essential to gain knowledge and deep intelligence" (Shor 17). 

Our class is a prime example as to why participation is important. Personally I have never had a class that wanted the student's full involvement when discussing topics. It has always been take notes, do papers, if you have questions ask. There was never a time where they wanted to know what we were thinking. By having lecture type classes where student involvement is limited I believe somewhat creates the anxiety come people about talking in class. Of course people are always going to be shy, but starting in elementary school it was always the teacher talking in order for the students to learn. Having teacher taught classes makes harder for shy people to become the talker of the class. This class has been the complete opposite in that aspect and honestly I don't think I've ever learned so much from one class.By having the ability to participate we are able to do more critical thinking and link what we are learning to our everyday lives. Having discussion based classes has definitely been one of the best ways for me learn and I wish my other classes were set up more like this.

"While a participatory classroom cannot transform society by itself, it can offer students a critical education of high quality, an experience of democratic learning, and positive feelings toward intellectual life" (Shor 29).

Society can't change by having once class that actually makes you use your brain and form your own opinions. More classrooms starting at an early age need to take this approach because more people are able to connect their lives to what is talked about in the classroom. Once students can relate to something in another person they are then able to better understand a situation, or even just feel more comfortable in the classroom.This can be related to Gerri August "Safe Spaces" in how if children have the ability to form relationships in the classroom they are able to have an easier time talking to their teachers if there is in an issue and the potential of making strong bonds with their peers. Having peers who know and understand each other makes a classroom safer and children more likely to contribute to what the topic is and then this has them critically thinking about what they are learning about.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Literacy with an Attitude: Quotes

By: Patrick J. Finn

"We worry instead that the low levels of literacy among them make them a liability for the rest of us. The idea is that if we could raise their level of literacy they would join the haves. America would have no poor, just rich, richer, and richest."

This quote stuck out to me because it does just seem so true to what is going on in our school systems. Although everyone has their own level of literacy some students don't even get the chance to become great at it. The skill level of literacy is easily shown by social class. If students can't get to the best education they don't have any other choice but to go to that school. And they wont have the chance of the best education coming to them. They have to deal with what they can get based on what they can afford. While students families who have the economic fortune of choosing the schools they want to go to can go get the education they feel like they deserve because they have the money for it.

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"There were about four hundred eighth graders who were sorted by reading scores from the highest to the lowest and divided into fifteen classes, 8-1s being the highest, 8-15s being the lowest. But they didn't divide them exactly equally. While the 8-1s through the 8-13s started with around twenty-seven students, the two lowest classes started out with only fifteen. The theory was that the slowest students would get more attention in smaller classes." 

The idea behind this organization of students is a great one. Having this type of system should be able to give students the individual attention they need in order to move up to the next bracket of study. However as we read along it becomes more of a enrich the children who are already in the higher groups and whatever happens, happens in the lower groups. Students were moved to the lower groups if they were having disciplinary issues that weren't even related to how much they know. So although the idea of small class sizes sound great for helping students it turns out they eventually just become a "babysitting" type of class. This quote reminds me of our other reading this week by Jeannie Oakes. In her article she discusses  how children are being tracked through school based on how well they're performing. Although this can be helpful showing which students could use enrichment and which children need the extra help it also makes room for separating them. According to Nikole Hannah Jones, separating students changes the kind of education that a child is going to get. She was talking about separation by race, but it also works when separating students by what we consider their capabilities. Using tracking the way it's used now, as a way to group children into categories based on what they are capable of, needs to change so that children are able to move up the line of education.

"Teachers who see themselves as allies of their working-class students can help their students see that literacy and school knowledge could be potent weapons in their struggle for a better deal by connection school knowledge with the reality of working-class student's lives."

This quote shows that when some teachers are able to relate to their students they are able to help them connect their education to what they will need in the real world outside of school. A teacher who works in the same type of community that they grew up in know what kind of life their students are going to have. Typically when someone is from a certain class they are born into that social class, go to schools that other students from that social class is from, and then get the same types of jobs that their parents had.Having this type of cycle makes it so the teachers know what the students are going to need to stay in their social class. In order for people to exceed the limits students are going to need to be taught more than just the minimum of what is considered needed. With out changes being made to the educational standards for students, they are always going to be in the social class they were born in when they become adults. Of course there are exceptions but not enough to make a difference in societies.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mapping the Authors

Map the Authors

Promising Practice Overview

The two workshops that I chose to participate in for Promising Practices were Promoting Resiliency in Kindergarten: How Mindfulness and PBIS can Work Together and Building Resiliency Through Play. When I originally picked these two workshops I thought they might be a little similar because they were both dealing with younger children, and I was wrong.  

The first workshop about being mindful and PBIS, and it was run by a counselor, a psychiatrist, and a kindergarten teacher who all work at the Henry Barnard Elementary School. In the first workshop about mindfulness I learned about how children aren’t always mindful of not only others, but themselves. The psychiatrist talked about different exercised that can be done to help a children become more mindful of themselves. One exercise she actually did with us was she rang a bell and we had to raise our hand when we couldn’t hear it anymore. She did this a second time, but this time we didn’t raise our hand when we couldn’t hear it. Instead we sat there until she started talking. This exercise made you sit there and think about how fast were you breathing and how you were feeling that day. This could be connected to Kristoff because the institution of education is teaching children how to be mindful of themselves and then learn how to be mindful of others. This will help them as they grow to recognize things such as bullying. While doing this exercise it made me feel more aware of myself on the inside. I learned that PBIS means positive behavior intervention and support. This technique is used as a discipline approach when dealing with behavior issues. Another thing I learned was that children need four positive interactions for every one interaction. If children receive too many negative interactions it can affect the way they see themselves and how they learn.

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In the second workshop about Building Resiliency Through Play. The first thing I noticed was that the instructor started out by calling all of us friends. I found this interesting because last year when I was a preschool teacher before the children even knew each other we would refer to them as our friends and each other’s friends. For introductions we started out by doing different kinds of handshakes with one another. I can be really shy, so this felt extremely awkward I’m pretty sure for all of us. After our crazy handshakes we split up into groups. Some of us played Jenga, some people tossed stuffed animals, a few people played operation, and the group I was in was called builders and bulldozers. The object of my game was that ½ of us would build 3 story block stacks while the other ½ of us got to knock them down without physically following the builders. As some of the other games ended they became part of our game splitting up into builders and bulldozers. At first the new people didn’t know exactly what was going on. This could easily be related to Delpit because they had no idea what the rules and codes of power were for this game. In the beginning the new students seemed lost as to what they were doing because some of the buildings were 5 or 6 blocks high, and some of the bulldozers were following the builders. Once we told them about the rules they caught on and became part of the group and following the rules.  After everyone was settled into the game we all took turns being both jobs. While playing this game I became very protective of the buildings I was creating, but when I was a bulldozer all I wanted to do was knock as many buildings down as I could. While I was a bulldozer can be connected to our reading about Johnson and the position of having power. I had the power to knock down as many buildings as I could without anyone stopping me. It became so competitive between the two groups; you could feel it in the air. Once we were done playing the games the instructor asked us how we felt playing these games. A lot of answers were competitive, disappointment, protective, and aggravated. This was definitely an excellent way of showing adults how children can feel when they are playing with new friends in a new environment. While looking at websites a lot of them were from a parents perspective on how to teach a child to be resilient in general. They had some great ideas on how to teach a child about their strengths and techniques on how to achieve their goals. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"This American Life", Hebert, and Brown vs. Board of Education

After listening, reading, reviewing these three pieces I've come to realize they all have the same argument that they are trying to get across. They argue that even though we are considered an integrated country, we clearly aren't completely one. While listening to "This American Life" and hearing about how the parents were talking about the student who were coming from Normandy at the town meeting in Missouri I would have never thought that the things that were being said would have been from when I was alive. Then to even hear one of the parents say that it wasn't a race issue. Of course it's a race issue when 1,000 students from a lower class school are now coming to a school that is 85% white. The Normandy schools were still open, but the students who were looking to get an education from an accredited school could go to a different school, so obviously the children who are looking to better their education are going to travel the 30 miles to the "white" school. I couldn't believe the father who talked about making it even harder for the students to get to the school by having school start earlier. I could understand being afraid of guns, drugs, and violence, but these are just children who were looking to better their future. The issue for me was when it was mentioned that the white families would move away if the integration happened. This helps cause the segregation to lower class schools which then makes the schools primarily Black and Hispanic students who aren't getting the education they deserve. While looking for a picture to put in this blog i found these two little elementary kids. They were ironically linked to an article about "This American Life" and how these children may not be shot and killed like Michael Brown was, they are suffering from segregated, failing schools who aren't going to give them the proper education they need to succeed in this world.

These are children from the Normandy School District a year after Michael Brown was killed

While reading "Separate and Unequal" I had the same thoughts as when I was listening to "This American Life". Bob Hebert argues that the only way to help children who are in a school who's levels of accreditation are low, is to combine children from higher testing school and children from lower testing schools. By having these children come together in the same school this increases everything that the lowers students never had. They get better teachers, better school supplies, a better environment to work in, and over all a better education to set them up for a better future. Students aren't getting the education they deserve because their schools are letting them down by not having what they need to succeed. So combing the lower accredited schools and the higher ones will help raise the standards of children in lower income societies.

While reading and listening to these articles this week it made me think about the possible reasons why the elementary schools in Newport RI came together to make one big school named Claiborne Pell Elementary. Did these schools come together because test scores were low? were the buildings old and not properly set up to educate these children? was it considered integration moving all of these students into one school?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"In The Service of What?" By: Kahne and Westheimer Reflection

While reading this piece I had a hard time staying focused. I had to read some pages even 3 or 4 times before I understood what I was reading. What I got from this article was the importance of doing some kind of service learning in a community. They give examples of two different age groups in school who do some kind of service learning. The older group, which are 12th graders they go out and get themselves their own services they can do for their community. While the 7th grade class comes up with something together on what they could possibly do for their community. It's mentioned that even though these are two different approaches to getting children out into the community they are both ways of getting children out of the classroom and into the community.

There were a couple of things that I found interesting that this article mentioned. The first thing I found interesting was when it was mentioned that students who talk about their service learning get more out of it. It made me realize why it's okay for our class to take almost the whole period to talk about our service learning. It helps us share the fun things we are learning, or even some of the more shocking things that might be happening. By hearing the stories of our peers it helps us find things we may relate to or even help our peers overcome something that is happening in their service learning.

The second thing that really stuck with me was the "thousands points of light" that George H. W. Bush came up with. So I went and did further research on it. I liked the idea of a whole organization that works with nonprofits to encourage people to volunteer in their communities. I found out that "Points of Light" has more than 250 affiliates in 30 countries, and has "partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and companies dedicated to volunteer service around the world. In 2012, Points of Light mobilized 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service worth $635 million" (wikipedia).

 I was able to relate to this article because growing up I was always doing some kind of community service. I was a girl scout in elementary school, and we would go sing in nursing homes. Then when I was older I volunteered at my brother's boy scout meetings. Then in high school I volunteer couched my youngest sisters softball team. Also in high school we had to do a senior project, and for mine I made care packages for children in foster care. I took time and did teddy bear drives and raised enough to get donate to DCYF.

Reading this article I could absolutely relate to it because of the volunteer work I have done throughout my whole school career. I think it's a great thing to be apart of and I think it's something that should be somewhat required for students. Not only does it help the student learn to be apart of the community but it helps the community become closer together.

This is Bush's inaguaral address in 1989 when he mentions the "points of light"

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The 3rd Presidential Debate

There were three points that were brought to my attention while watching the debate. One of the first things I noticed was the fact that Trump and Hilary didn't shake hands before or after the debate took place. I understand that there's tension between the two parties, for good reason at the moment, but they could have at least been respectful enough to carry on the tradition.

The second thing I noticed was a few times when Trump was talking he would partially answer a question and then respond with something along the lines of lets go back to the last question. I understand wanting to fully express how you feel about the topic, but once it's over it's time to move on. I feel like the public were the ones how were short changed on questions because they didn't get completely answered.

The third point that really stuck out to me was when Donald Trump was asked if he would accept it if Hilary won as president. The fact that he chose not to just say yes really bothered me. I'm not really one for politics but just using my general knowledge I figured past presidential candidates would just say yes out of respect for the other candidate. The first thing that popped in my head was if he doesn't win is he going to try to rally "his people" and over throw the government? Being a democratic government if most of the voting public picked someone else you can't have a tantrum about it so I don't understand what Trump thinks he will accomplish by saying that he may or may not support Clinton as our possible president.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Gender and the 2016 Election

While reading the article on "Donald Trump, Locker Rooms and Toxic Masculinity" by Jill Soloway it was crystal clear what her argument was when it comes to gender. She points out that once two more men are together there becomes a competition over masculinity. Men discuss, rate, and degrade women who they don't know. As long as she isn't related she is up for grabs for the topic of discussion with men in this so called "locker room talk". What I liked about what she had to say was when she was describing the differences between the possible talk that women have in their locker room and the apparent conversations men are having. She points out that women will use the locker room as the way it should be, to get ready for your next adventure in your day and to talk a work out class you may have just taken and so forth, while men are apparently discussing women for their pleasure. While reading this article it reminded me the article "Other People's Children" by Lisa Delpit. Her article was about position of power, who has power, how do you get power, and how do you even know if you have any power. She also talks about how white educated males are usually in the position of power just based on the credentials of being a white male. Soloway talks about the position of power in her article based on gender, and her article says that: "White cis able-bodied educated males from theruling class are at the top, holding nearly all of the power of the planet. Youget access to this power if you’re married or related to one of these men. Asyou head down the pyramid, by daring to be perhaps — an unrelated white womanwithout a ring or poise, or gosh, a black woman, or a queer person or a transperson or a disabled person, your fall speeds up exponentially". This quote shows how there is a pyramid of power in Soloways article that relates to the same idea Delpit has on the position of power having white, educated, males leaders.

The second article was called “Hilary Clinton Raises Her Voice, and a Debate Over Speech and Sexism Rage” by Amy Chozick. In this article she argues about what people think about Hilary Clinton’s voice when she speaks. People have been arguing that it seems like Clinton is always shouting/yelling when she is campaigning. In Chozick’s article there is a comment by a woman named Ruth Sherman who states: “the tendency to yell on a campaignstump is not gender specific, but the public is much less accustomed to hearinga woman’s voice in such setting”. This to me sounds like the public is criticizing Hilary Clinton’s voice just because they aren’t used to hearing the tone of a female’s voice in a public speaking manner. I don’t understand why people would care so much about her voice sounds if she is excited about something and her voice automatically gets louder. Really it all comes down to be that she is female who is now in a certain position of power, and women haven’t had this chance yet. This article reminded me of the article “Privilege, Power, and Difference” by Allan G. Johnson.  In his article he talks about privilege and how most of the people who are privileged don’t even know that they are. Chozick’s article reminded me of Johnson’s article because in this case the men who run for president, such as Donald Trump, don’t even realize how privileged he is just because he is a man and has the tone of voice that the public is used to, while Hilary Clinton isn’t privileged enough because she is a woman. So now Clinton gets to have articles on how “annoying” her voice is or how she yells when she campaigns.

Class Discussion:

These two articles have definitely brought out the topic of gender through this campaign. Between the comments made about females in the locker room talk that goes on and the fact that people can dislike someone’s campaign based on the fact they don’t like their voice. And the cause of them not liking her voice is because aren’t used to female voices in this step of power. We hear female voices every day, so why is it in this particular setting people now not used to hearing this tone of voice? 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Second Presidential Debate Trump/Clinton

I have never really been one to get into politics, even when it's an election year.The fact that I'm watching these debates for extra credit for my class is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me, well political wise. Not that I'm going to drop my whole idea life of being a teacher to become a politician, but I actually like the feeling of being somewhat informed on what is happening in this race to be president. 

On that note, I could hardly believe I was actually watching a presidential debate Sunday night. I feel like although some issues were touched upon, it was mostly a Trump is only running for president for his own gain, not for the American people, and a straight out don't vote for Clinton because she lies and she's dangerous.At some points I even forgot the question they had asked because it had become so off topic! I don't really have any knowledge on presidential debates, but are all of them like this? Constant fighting between adults about how one won't do this, and the other refuses to do that. I don't know. I think my next step is to do some research and look at past presidential debates and see how they play out. 

Lastly somehow I ended up watching Fox News channel at midnight last night. I've never really been a person who watches any news never mind Fox News. With that being said I watched a show called "The Kelly File" and to my amazement I didn't hate it. I actually really liked it. Now her show wasn't what I was picturing for a show on the Fox News channel. She brought so many things to the table against why people would be voting for Trump, and so many of the people who were on her show didn't seem to disagree with her! How can there be a "republican channel" if even they are like what in the world is going on? At one point I asked my father "are you sure we aren't watching the democratic channel" because it was just so not Vote for Trump for this and that. I was actually pretty amazed by this show and what it had to offer at this point in the race for president.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth:By Annemarie Vaccaro, Gerri August, and Megan S. Kennedy

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While reading this article I didn't really have it much to connect to in my personal life. The topic of LGBT was never really brought up until I got to high school and there was a whole club for people who wanted to share that connection with others. But growing up a had a best friend and she dressed like a boy, but always had this really long beautiful red hair. I never thought anything of it, until I s gradually switched to wearing boys clothes too. She was definitely on to something, they were so much more comfortable than wearing girl jeans, and girl shirts. I eventually out grew the phase of comfortable clothes, but she didn't. She eventually came out as gay, and now has a wife. I couldn't be happier for her. But the point is it wasn't until late middle to early high school did I even realize that there were people out there who may not be heterosexual. 

It wasn't until after reading Bianca's blog did it make me realize that classrooms have changed a lot since even I was in high school eight years ago. Reading about her experience with her Service Learning and the student who is transgender make me think that when I was in school I don't know if teachers would accommodate a different name because you didn't feel a gender connection to it. I also agree with her that students need to be educated in the fact that there are people who are born different from the mainstream of being heterosexual and identifying with the gender they were born. I agree that bullying shouldn't exist on this topic, not that bullying should exist at all, but because of the fact children just don't know about it. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kaine/Pence 2016 Debate

Tonight I watched the vice presidential debate and I think it was almost as scary as watching the first presidential debate.

The whole time Timothy Kaine was reminding the United States why we shouldn't vote for Donald Trump. All the topics that would turn people away from voting for Trump were brought up. The topics were about immigrants, Trumps temperament, how his tax return still hasn't been released, and how he has talked about women, While he was reminding us why Trump shouldn't be president he also brought up ideas of why Clinton would make a better president.

I felt like the whole night Mike Pence spent time discussing the ideas of how to help America, but necessarily defending his running partner. Not that he disagrees with Trump, but I felt like he never fully said that the ideas that Trump has should be the right ideas.

While listening to the people discuss after the debate they said that Kaine was there to make his point that Clinton will do the best she can, but that America needed to be reminded why they shouldn't vote for Trump. They said that he definitely made his points against Trump clear and kept reminding the public over and over again the things that have been said.

Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us by Linda Christensen Reflection

While reading this text all I could think about is my god daughter and god son watching cartoons, movies, shows, and books learning about racism, and unequal rights portrayed in these shows. It's insane to think about how early we start children with shows that give girls the idea of the perfect body, or boys the idea that they are superior to girls just because they are male. Then I began to wonder does the amount of time watching these shows make more of an impact or does just the "regular" amount of tv time cause their opinions to form. I found a website that showed that children are spending more time with the television and that they are definitely affecting a child's beliefs.  I can't say that I will never watch any of these types of movies or shows or read any of these books, but I will never be able to see or read them in the same light.

One of the things that bothered me was actually reading the the only way to be happy if you're a woman is to change the way you are to win the man you want (page 133). This was the whole idea of the Cinderella story, and gives little girls the wrong idea about what being happy actually is. We should be teaching children that if you work hard to achieve your goals you will be happy no matter if you're a male or female. Something else that came to mind was the fact that creating stories like the Black Cinderella didn't really help the situation with the story line. I agree there needs to be a variety of dominant characters in stories, but the end of that story was the same as the original Cinderella, only showing that for multiple races the only way for a female to be happy was to change herself to make the prince come find her. Image result for disney princesses

I found this picture online, and I found it interesting that even without faces you can clearly tell which princes belongs to each body/clothes. Makes me wonder how much of these stories have built who I am today. I  also found an article about how the princesses are given "baby faces" and what they would look like if they were portrayed as adults. It was interesting to see the differences made, some being very clear changes while others were very subtle. 

Class Discussion: 

Children are watching more television then ever before due to the need to be constantly entertained. While the child is entertained parents are able to get other household duties done such as doing dishes, cleaning up toys, or vacuuming. Why don't parents include children in the duties of keeping the house clean? Teaching children that keeping a house clean isn't just the mother's job but the families job.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate

One of the major things that stuck out in my mind while watching the debate was the question about how Clinton and Trump both plan on dealing with the racial divide in our country.

Clinton's idea came with a two part plan. The first part was beginning to restore trust between police officers and the community. With the lack of trust from one side to another they're working against each other instead of with each other for a safer community. Clinton also mentioned that he bias between police officers and people of the community needs to be worked on so that police officers can have a better understand about the issues going on around them. What really made be connect was when she mentioned that a white male and a black male could be doing the same thing wrong but there are different consequences because they aren't of the same race. The second part she mentioned was dealing with gun violence in our country. She feels like if you are too dangerous to be able to fly on a plane, you shouldn't be able to purchase or be able to obtain a gun in any way, which I completely agree with that.

Trump on the other hand thinks that in order to deal with racial divide we should set up stop and frisk in communities where there is a lot of violence. Although this is unconstitutional to profile people who you think might be a "bad guy" and search them, he seemed to think this was the best idea to take care of gangs and violence. Because of all the new stop and frisking there would need to be a lot more police officers canvasing neighborhoods and streets to make sure the "bad people" were caught. Trump seemed to think that illegal immigrants are to blame for the violent outrages in our country. They are the ones with all the guns causing such chaos. One of the only things that Trump and Clinton seemed to agree on was that in order for things to get better in communities the relationships between people and "our protectors" needs to be improved drastically and we need to start working together for a safer country.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Aria by Richard Rodriguez Quotations

"The odd truth is that my first grade classmates could have become bilingual, in the conventional sense of that word, more easily than I. Had they been taught (as upper-middle-class children are often taught early) a second language like Spanish or French" (Page 34). 

In using this statement by Richard Rodriguez it shows his thoughts on having to learn a public language as a child going to school. He is put in a position where he has to learn a second language because that's the language everyone else speaks. His point is that as a young child who didn't come from a higher middle-class family he didn't already know a second language, but a lot of his peers were already taught a second language. Even still he is forced to learn a public language because his peers only use English as a public language

"I  needed a full year of special attention. I also needed my teachers to keep my attention from straying in class by calling out, Rich-heard- their English voices slowly prying loose my ties to my other name, its three notes, Ri-car-do" (Page 35). 

I don't understand why Ricardo had to have his name turned into the English version of itself. I understand that he is learning English and becoming apart of the American world, but everything doesn't have to be taken from the child in order to learn English. The more things that are changed, such as speaking English at home with his parents, to having his name changed I can see how the adjustment could be difficult for children. To see that even their names change I'm surprised that Richard didn't need longer than a year for his special attention in his school setting.

"But my father was not shy, I realized, when I'd watch him speaking Spanish with relatives. Using Spanish, he was quickly effusive. Especially talking with other men, his voice would spark, flicker, flare alive with sounds" (Pages 37-38).

This quote shows that although Richard's father acted like he was happy speaking English at home to help his children learn English, he missed speaking Spanish just as much as his son missed hearing it in his life. When his father speaks using Spanish he connects back to his roots of growing up in a world where only Spanish was spoken, but now that his children are supposed to know English because it't the public language he feels its best to change his ways and speak English in his household as well. He does this because he thinks it's the best thing for his children's education and to be able to succeed. I looked for information about raising bilingual children, but mostly what I found was starting children as toddlers to speak multiple languages. It was still interesting to see what some parents might be worried about when raising bilingual children. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Amazing Grace" - Jonathan Kozol Hyperlinks

While reading "Amazing Grace" I couldn't believe what I was reading. There were so many new things that my brain was trying to comprehend. Things like there is a incinerator walking distances from peoples' houses. I understand things such as "amputated limbs and fetal tissue, bedding, bandages, and syringes" (Kozal) need to be disposed of, but in a neighborhood? That was an insane thought for me to comprehend. Another thing I didn't understand was why "3,000 homeless families" were relocated to one are. I found this picture on a website called doctorhousingbubble, which was actually comparing Los Angeles, CA density of living to New York, but as you can see that in the Bronx the population estimate is 1,438,159 people per 42 square miles. This doesn't give anyone any room.
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The last thing that really bothered me while reading was the conditions of the three hospitals Alice Washington talked about.  Once I read about the fact that nurses were working two shifts in a row and having as many as twenty- two patience, I had to look further into this.

The first hospital I looked up was Lincoln Hospital. What I found out was that it was originally built in 1839, and was a hospital for only black people of that area. Then in April of 1899 it became open to all of the public even though it still mainly helped black people. It received its name after Abraham Lincoln. The hospital moved in 1976 to a bigger area taking up five blocks. People from North Manhattan to South Bronx all come to this hospital, and they continue to do renovations such as in 2014 when they spent $24 million updating the Emergency Room. What I found to be interesting was that there are only 347 beds available in the hospital.

The second hospital I looked up was the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, which got its name in 1962 when the two hospitals merged together. The two hospitals merged together because they were sharing their resources and their staff. They felt to help the growing population of the Bronx it would be best to merge the two hospitals together, and work to help the community. They have 972 beds, and are a teaching hospital.

The third hospital I researched was what the "minister of Harlem's leading church referred to as a "cesspool" (Kozol). This hospital is Harlem Hospital, which was founded in 1887. In 1923 Harlem Hospital became the only hospital that would train black nurses because city hospitals refused to train them. This hospital contains 286 beds

After looking through the official websites of each hospital and looking on wikipedia and a few other sites, not many of them mention the harsh patient or nurse conditions that Alice Washington was so afraid of. I wish this meant to me that this is just a story and such events as having to set up your own room didn't occur, but instead it shows a big red flag that the conditions were so horrendous that people wouldn't want them documented. On each of the hospitals I linked their "pretty" up to date websites that show what each hospital is capable of teaching, what kinds of procedures they do, and even how to apply for a job at each hospital. These websites give a very different and more positive view than what we read in Jonathan Kozol's "Amazing Grace".

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nicholas Kristof "U.S.A., Land of Limitations?

Kristof argues that “talent is universal, but opportunity is not”.  Throughout this article Kristoff is trying to show that even if you are the most talented person out there, the chances of becoming someone of any importance is slim. The only way this can change is if the opportunity arises for the select few who come from lower social classes.

There are different aspects to having the opportunity in life move from being an average person in society to a person of higher reputation. People have their talents like Kristof said about his friend Rick, that although he was “smart, talented, and hardworking” (Kristof) he was faced with a struggle from the time he was born because of the social class he was born into. This caused his opportunities to be more limited than someone who would have been born into a high social class. And even though he was able to provide for himself and be a single father he had the life where he only had a small amount if any of emergency money in case something happened.
Rick lived his life in the lower social economic class and because of this based on Kristof’s argument Rick’s children are more likely to live their lives in the same social class as their father. He states that “where we end up is where we start” (Kristof) meaning that even if you fluctuate the chances of being able to move up to a different social class isn’t high for people in America, because of the limitations put on people who aren’t from higher up. This is shown with Rick because although he worked hard and became something of worth with his custom painter for cars the opportunity was taken by something out of his control, and because of this he had to live off of random jobs and disability.

This is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but it doesn’t seem to be that way. There are talented people all over the U.S. and instead of having opportunities to live a comfortable lifestyle they have to live to try to survive. Talents are pushed aside so that people can work whatever job they can get in order to provide for their families. The opportunity to shine their talent doesn’t get to happen for everyone in America; in fact it happens hardly ever to people in lower social classes. So although everyone has a talent of some kind they never get the chance to show what it is to the rest of the world, or at least the community they live in.  
Class Discussion:

This reading shows that there are limitations on everyone in the U.S., some limitations are greater for some people of the population than others, but our country was supposed to be the land of opportunity. But even from the start of having a Democracy, having people vote for other people to represent them, gives the electives more opportunities than it does the rest of society. It gives them power over the decisions even if it was what the people were wanting. So from the beginning shouldn’t we have been the land of limitations based off of who you are? I know it’s not a catchy slogan to get people to want to live in America, but it doesn’t seem wrong.

Friday, September 9, 2016

About Me

This summer I went on a mini vacation up to Ogunquit, Maine with my mother, my grandmother, and my great aunt. We made a stop at the Nubble Light house in York Maine. 

This past summer I had the chance to babysit a former preschool student and her younger brother. We spent a lot of time at the aquarium in Middletown, RI. This is a picture of a Skate a few weeks after it was born. 

This is my huge cat Liam. He is four years old, and is completely insane. He likes to torture my sisters cat for fun, but he is the biggest snuggle buddy. 

I love to travel. I had the chance to go to Georgia and South Carolina this past April. While I was at the beach my sister and I found a starfish just floating around in the water. 

I am the godmother of these crazy two. They make me so happy every time I see them. We like to do all kinds of things together, like make cloud dough, or one of our favorites go to the zoo. 
This is my family. I am the oldest of four. I work at a restaurant called Anthony's Seafood with my brother and one of my sisters. We had the chance to actually look decent and dress up, and of course I'm wearing orange. My favorite color. 
Panda Bears are my favorite animal