Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Talking Point 7

Gender and Education Research

While researching gender and education for the year 2010, there was not too much information regarding the subject. A lot of the info was not recent. However, while reading over this particular website about gender gap and colleges, i was not surprised with the statistics. It was reported that in 2010 and past years, that the college split between women and men is 57% to 43%. Last semester i took a class on gender inequality and although many subjects have to do with favoring men, in this case, women have a higher percentage. There are more women in college than men. When it comes to college graduation, women also have the higher stats, and i would assume this would also be true for high school graduation as well. There was a lot of the same information about the college gap and little focus on early education.
When it comes to boys and girls in education, the two genders have always been stereotyped. Boys are favored towards science and math, while girls tend towards english and history. This website, MSNBC, shows the myths about girls when it comes to math and science. To summarize, 5 myths are given about girls saying that when it comes to boys liking science and math, there are just as many girls too. another myth that is stated says that girls are less interested in science in elementary school, which is not true.

This UNICEF website shows many graphs comparing the gender gap in the different continents. The wensite concentrates on gender equity and empowerment of women in education.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Talking Point 6

"Between Barack and a Hard Place"
Author--Tim Wise

Watching a video and then writing a blog after it was something i thought i would like. However, i now realize that i would much rather have the reading material right in front of me for easier access. This video blog really wasnt for me. However, the topic of Tim wise's interview was interesting. It had to do with racism in our country and the topic of Obama becoming the first black president is discussed. Wise says that racism 1.0 which he describes as the kind of racism that everyone has; the "overt, biased opinion." In the case of Obama becoming president he says that racism 1.0 has been defeated but that he unsure that this would happen every time in America. Wise then describes racism 2.0, which i find interesting. It is the hope that people will support and accept our black president. Wise explains that white folks can live a double standard and not be critized for being a buffoon. however, colored people have not been able to live this double standard like white people have been able to. Bottom line is that Wise doesnt think that America has come all that far in racial segregation. Some people still do not view white and black people as equal, which is a total shame.
When it comes to the Brown vs. Board of education case, i think that Wise would agree that maybe we havent actually come all that far since the case. The case and Wise's interview on racism have very similar points. The 1954 case ended segregation in schools, which was of course a big deal. However, the line on the website that really stuck out was the quote "separate, but not equal." This quotes shows that colored and white people are still not looked at as equal in the united states. Wise also agrees. He thinks that people have not looked at colored and whites as equal, but Obama becoming president is a step in the right direction; yet everything takes a lot of time. Wise believes that the Brown case was huge step in the right direction over 50 years ago, but even now there is still a long way to go; even after electing a black president.
It was shocking to hear Wise explain that back in the 1960's 2 out of 3 white folks would say that blacks were treated equally back then, while now if you ask white folks they would definitely admit to the harsh racism that colored people have had to endure. although it hink that the separation has been dimished a little, i also agree with Wise that we have a long way to go; still even in the year 2010. Some of the assumptions and beliefs that people had about colored people back in the 1900's are still percienved today in the 2000's. i think that the stereotypes will still unfortunately exist for a long time to come; which is such a shame.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Talking Point 5

"In Service of What? The Politics of Service Learning"
By: Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer

1. "-students will have opportunities to experience what David hornbeck, former Maryland state superintendent, referred to as 'the joy of reaching out to others.'"
-I feel this quote is important because this is exactly how i feel after i leave my school each week. I am extremely joyed when i leave my students that i am helping because i feel that i am really helping the students and that they are excited to see me in class."

2. "In many service learning projects the emphasis is on giving and on countering the narcissism that is believed to be so prevalent among young people and in the society generally."
-I also liked this quote. At Service Learning projects that people take up, they focus on themselves rather than other people around them. People lose focus of what the project is all about and will simply concentrate on themselves.

3. "Rather than assume, erroneously, that all educators share the same vision, we think it is better to be explicit about the numerous and different visions that drive the creation and implementation of service learning activities in schools."
-different visions are much more important to assume rather than just assuming all of the same ones. Service learning is about everyones different visions and aslo sharing them so people can learn as well.

This article was interesting to read considering that i am currently participating in a service learning project. I liked many points that Kahne and Westheimer brought up. thoughout the reading, the idea of charity and change came up a lot. i think that charity automatically comes with every service learning project because you are taking the time to work and help other people who need it. on the other hand, change may not, but i believe should, occur during a time of someones service learning. i think that if you change as a person during the project, then the project has done its job and should considered worthwhile of someones time. For example, my service learning project is definitely considered charity and better yet is including change as well. i am learning so much at my school and it is changing my attitude and views on the students that may have some tough times at home for whatever reason it may be. This is similar to the second case that the authors talking about. however not only has my attitude changed about the students i am tutoring, but being in the diverse classroom is also such a great experience and place to be in.
I do think that all high schools shuld take part in service learning projects. For some students, this would be no problem; but i think that for many it would be a challenging, yet rewarding task. I didnt know, but learned from the article, that some schools do mandate community service projects to graduate. i think this is a great idea as long as the students dont choose a project that would be considered "busy work." Maybe assigning the projects would be a better idea. This website gives some ideas and talks about service learning projects depending on the subjects.
I liked this article because i feel that as a future teacher, service learning will be and has been so far a great "learning" experience to help me become a good and successfuk teacher. This reading was an eye-opener and reassured some of the reasons why students should take up a service learning project and what students should get out of the whole experience.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Talking Point 4

"Underlearning the Myths that Bind Us"
By: Linda Christensen

1. "We are not only taught certain styles of violence, the latest fashions, and sex roles by Tv, movies, magazines, and comic strips; we are also taught how to succeed, how to love, how to buy, how to conquer, how to forget the past and suppress the future. We are taught, more than anything else not to rebel."
-This was in an essay that a student wrote. It is not often that we think of how we learn things and where they come from. a large part of what we learn does come from the media and they are teaching children all the wrong ways of success and happiness.

2. "Then the students start to notice patterns-like the absense of female characters in many of the older cartoons. When women do appear, they look like Jessica Rabbit or Playboy centerfolds..."
-This shows that women were and sometimes are only portrayed as sex objects in the media. This portrayal of women gives children the idea that women are used just to "look pretty" and other than that are useless in society. This link has to do with women and gender sterotypes in disney movies...

3." Kenneth noticed that the people of color and poor people are either absent or servants to the rich, white, pretty people."
-When i think back to movies or cartoons, from what i can remember, this is totally true. Cartoons and most movies make white people the rich and live fabolous lifestyles, when they discriminate agaisnt people of color, making them servants and economically unstable. This is not right and total discrimination against any people of color.

this was one of my favorite articles to read thus far. The media is so percise with how it goes about including discrimination on TV, in magazines, and movies as well. Just as the students in the response went back and watched cartoons, i would find it fascinating to do the same and review the cartoons that children are watching. These cartoons are putting ideas in these childrens heads that white people are above everyone else in society. not only that, they are also discriminating against women, people of color, obese people, and other cultures. when parents think that their kids are just being entertained about a simple and silly cartoon, they really dont even know the message that these cartoons are giving their kids. these children are learning that overweight people are considered "buffoons", white, pretty people get the furthest in life and make a lot of money, that being "ugly" will get you no where in life, happiness meaning having nice things and a lot of money, and that women are object and worth nothing more than a pretty picture in a magazine. This is not what cartoons should be embedding in childrens heads. As Christensen says, this ebedding becomes accepted knowledge which is so wrong.