Sunday, March 22, 2015

Brown vs board of education

I found this weeks assignment to be really interesting and it brought up some points that I never really took into consideration before about racism. I took from this weeks assignment different ways that our society hides behind examples so that we claim not to be racist but yet our society's actions speak differently. Today we claim pride in how far our country has come with racism and how we promote equality for everyone yet do we really? I believe that yes we have progressed since our history with black people and their roles as humans but I absolutely believe that we are still a racist society. One example that really stuck out to me that our country tries to use as an example of how far
we have come with racism is that we have a black president. I really do believes that this is so true and connects so much to the culture of power. No matter who the president is people are still going to blame them for problems of our country but I do believe that because Obama is black it really has become more of a challenge for him to prove his ability to be a good president rather than it would for a white person to. Overall I feel it is harder for black people to be accepted in this society where on the other hand a white person would be more accepted. Connecting this to brown vs. board of education I feel as upcoming teachers we need to promote more equality and avoid segregation and stereotyping of any type of race our students are.

"It’s difficult, but there are ways to sidestep the politics. What I think is a shame is that we have to do all of this humiliating dancing around the perennially uncomfortable issue of race.
We pretend that no one’s a racist anymore, but it’s easier to talk about pornography in polite company than racial integration. Everybody’s in favor of helping poor black kids do better in school, but the consensus is that those efforts are best confined to the kids’ own poor black neighborhoods."

Monday, March 16, 2015

In the Service of What?

For this week's blog I'm going to do an extended piece from Arionna's blog because the quotes she chose were very strong and really stuck out to me. The quote she used on page 2 that refers to students being apart of a service learning project are actively responding to needs of the community. I really feel that this paraphrase from the quote was a really good point that the authors of this article made. In a lot of other people's blog they had mentioned that they had to participate in community service as a graduation requirement which I also had to complete as a part of graduation. At the time I was really annoyed at the idea but now that I think of it Kaileen made a really good point that maybe people including myself didn't have a chance to find an opportunity that I could enjoy and if I did I could have really taken away something meaningful from it. I feel like in high school as a part of community service we could incorporate job shadowing instead so that maybe it could be a look into the real world for high schooler for what they are planning on pursuing in the future. I also I agree that there is a lot more of an emphasis on charity rather than change. I feel like there is a big difference from the service learning that I am doing in this class rather than my high school project. I feel like it is more meaningful rather than painting old ladies nails at a nursing home (which is totally what I had to do for 20 hours). I also agree with Arionna that this makes me think of Mcintosh and how children that attended a privileged preformed for other children at a less privileged school.