Blog Post #11 Education in Politics

090110coletoonA few quotes that I had liked from this week’s reading was:

“People begin life as motivated learners, not as passive beings.
Children naturally join the world around them, They learn by interacting,
by experimenting, and by using play to internalized the meaning of
words and experience (Shor, p. 17).”

  •  I believe this quote is importnat becauase it is true. We all start
    life off as a motivatived learner because when we are born we are all
    learning how to survuve in this world we were just thrust into a life
    that we do not know. When we had all started attending school whether it was; Sunday school, preschool or kindergarten, we had all started off as motivated learns and progressed to where we are now.

“While principals, teachers, and textbooks may lecture students on freedom, non-participatory classrooms prepare them for the authoritarian work world and political system they will join. In post-secondary education, non-participatory classes confirm the undemocratic experiences of adults in schools and society (Shor, p. 19).”

  • I feel like this quote is important because it shows us that no matter what we prepare our students for the “real world” there is really big chance that what we prepare them for  will not help them figure out what to do in life. We can give students vast amounts of tools to figure out how to make their lives easier in the future but it may not work out for them.

Here is a Ted Talk that I had found interesting.


Blog Post #10 Sabrina’s Story

Growing up anything related to special education was a taboo subject until my aunt had decided to be a paraprofessional in a local elementary school to do in her free time. Once the family was told of this the subject became less taboo and the family had became more interested in the types of students my aunt worked with. She had told us that she had worked with children who had developmental delays than any other.

I felt like Sabrina’s Story related to my family since it went the opposite way of her story. My cousin who is on the autism spectrum had started in a regular elementary school and had struggled with her classes and being around her classmates since it was to much going on at a time. After 3 to 5 years of waiting for her to be accepted into a Special Education school she was able to get the help she needed. Her parents were also able to receive help on how to help her be more social as a person while not overwhelming her with to much. After a few years they were able to finally grasp and handle her panic attacks with ease. my cousin’s family is a very guarded family they do not give out any more information that a person would need.

Below I have included a link that had gave me more information on what types of people fall into the special education spectrum and a photo.
My aunt the paraprofessional had shared a video on Facebook last week about a sensory classroom that is a town over from where I live.

Blog Post #9 Literacy with an Attitude

For this weeks reading I had decided to pick a few quotes from the article and say my thoughts on it. The two quotes that I ha8-70-11ve provided are short but are things that make a person feel better about themselves and help other around them also.

  1. “Children should feel that the teacher and other students care about them and find them significant (186).”
    • This personally I feel is an important piece since in actuality many people thrive on the praise that they receive from their teachers and peers. I personally felt that way on multiple occasions that I had needed the approval of others to show me how the ideas I had came up with were a good idea.
  2. “The second graders were beginning to learn that there are different ways of using language when they became language detectives and made observations about the principal’s use of language when he read the morning announcements over the intercom and when he was kidding around with an older student in the hall (187).”
    • Even though this is a minor part I personally believe that we should understand how people especially children learn the difference of tones and body languages very early on. But that is not the case for some children they may be oblivious of what is going on keep on doing whatever they may feel like doing at that moment.

I have found a link that shows and gives you advice on how to help your child pick up on body language and how to understand what certain actions may mean.

Blog Post #8 Becoming Something Different

While reading about Esme and her life in school it made me think about how some of us in our volunteer locations are in English as a Second Language classrooms (ESL). I am currently located in an ESL class and I sometimes forget that it is an ESL class because I do not think of it being that way. People who are in ESL classes or going to take them is something as people forget about because of where weimages live in the world and the nation language spoken is English. A lot of us assume many things and that is the downfall of our society and we do not realize it until later of how many people are in this type of program and how many do not receive any help and struggle through life in the United States this way. When writing this post up it had reminded me about a reading we had done on how a family had moved to America and was trying to learn English but at the same time trying to stay connected to their roots. I find that this is a big thing in the world that everyone faces is forgetting who you are and embracing what you think is the best option for you and your family.

Here is  a link to ta website on how to support ESL children in a mainstream classroom.

Blog Post #7 The Problem We All Live With

While  I was listening to the two hours worth of podcasts and the hour long video I was wondering if the problems that they are mentioning will ever go away. When they had talked about combining the schools since one was shut down that had made me think about how my town is planning to shut down one of the eight elementary schools because of how the building is falling apart and is under preforming. The elementary school my town is debating on shutting down is either MacDonough Elementary or Spencer Elementary. I have personally never went to one of the meetings to debate on the topic but I know enough of the topic to understand what it going on. Even though many of you do not know of the schools I’m talking about since the schools are located just under two hours away. Another thing that happened in my town that reminded me of the podcast was when the parents were mad that the Black and Latino kids were coming into their majority white school. Five plus years ago the school district had to re-sort the schools because there started to be a trend of  how more than eighty percent of some schools were of the same or similar racial backgrounds either a type of African American, Spanish  or White. The parents were fine with the redistricting because of race if anything they were more annoyed about the fact that their child had to take a bus across town just so the school district can fit the standards the state has set.

Here is a link to more information on the Brown vs. Board case. And the picture below is also a political cartoon on the segregation of schools.


Blog Post #6 In Service of What

Growing up a service learning project I knew of was Americorp and the PeaceCorp. My aunt had served in the AmeriCorps and my fathers’ childhood best friends oldest sister served in the peace corps. My plan is similar to my aunt and family friend to finish college and do a term in the corps and then move on to what we want to do in life. Joining Americorps or peace corp is something that thousands of people’s join every year and hundreds of thousands of people have joined since it started in 1961 for the peace corps and AmeriCorps in 1994.  When we were told of our service learning project I immediately thought of the AmeriCorps and the peace corps since that is what they do. They travel the United States or they go to different parts of the world and help people in various different ways; education, healthcare, agriculture and community economic development. These areas are all important and they are all vital parts of the life because it makes up our life and what we need in our lives to make the world we live in survive.

These are the links to the Americorp and Peace Corp websites.

The two pictures below are the symbols of the Americorps and the  Peace Corps.

Blog Post #5 Unlearning the Myths that Bind US

Each and everyone of us falls into a stereotypical category that molds and shapes who we are. We see it in our everyday lives and live by them without even realizing it. An example of a stereotype that I fall into is that all Asians can’t drive and  I fit perfectly into that stereotype because I do not like to drive and I’m not that good at it. In the society we live in now we are able to notice how early our brains process stereotypes by the way we read and watch what we see on the television. In Linda Christensen’s article she mentions a book where they are able to tell how children are processing stereotypes by the age of three. That makes you start to think about what is the child reading, watching, listening and learning at that age to already stereotype people. All of it is due to the things that they are watching and seeing in their daily lives whether it is what do that is part of their daily routine or the Disney shows and movies that the parents might put on for them to entertain them for a bit. There are many effects of people who stereotype people and it can easily be overlooked without a second thought since people will not notice it since they are overlooked. We all are affected by stereotypes without even putting a thought to the idea and a lot of the times we do not care because we are so use to the idea of being stereotyped.