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.