Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knowledge-able by Wesch

Extended comment: I really enjoyed Noelle's post so I am going to extend off of it. Today society has created a world where there is no need for memorizing concept when you can turn to your phone and look up any and everything.  I am a fan of the technology in the schools because students have so infatuated with the new technology that they expose and bring their phones, iPad, iPod any other new technology to class. So in defense why not have teachers and schools allow these kids to use technology to help expand their knowledge.  Noelle I believe that your personal experience was such a great way to show how technology is such a great tool to students in need of it and even students who are not in need of it.

 I wanted to take the same approach as noelle did in asking her parent for his opinion, my father Mr. Allen was a teacher in the providence school system where he taught computers (ironic i know) and math before he retired due to my mom's death.  My father and I talk about technology all the time because he is amazed that technology has became too popular of the course of the couple of years. He said 
"Technology is beyond my reach now I feel. When I was teaching computers, my students still had to memorize answers to their other course and when doing research projects or trying to find the answers to a question. Students did not have cellphones or if they did they did not bring them to school. Now 10 year old students have cellphones and are bringing them to school and class.  I believe that in today's society technology would definitely help students learn because they will be more engage.  My only problem with these is, what do you do when the technology is the problem and not the solution.  In other words, what happens when you have students who use their technology devices for personally use and becomes a problem in the classroom? what do you do then? Do you take their technology devices away? Do you punish them? Good questions but now if you do take it away or punish them, how would they learn with the other students of the class. I mean this concept can be argued on both sides.  Personally though, from my previous years in teaching, i would have to say allowing new technology in schools today would certainly be a positive aspect."

After talking to my dad, I then reread certain parts of the article which i could understand why my dad said placing technology in the school system would be a positive aspect because Wesch stated "For at the base of this “information revolution” are new ways of relating to one another, new forms of discourse, new ways of interacting, new kinds of groups, and new ways of sharing, trading, and collaborating. Wikis, blogs, tagging, social networking and other developments that fall under the “Web 2.0” buzz are especially promising in this regard because they are inspired by a spirit of interactivity, participation, and collaboration.  This quote made me believer of way it was important to have technology in the classrooms.

Last thing I am going to state is after reading Noelle's post and talking to my dad who both parents are or were teachers, i thought what if i ask two parents about the this topic would they agree with both teachers? I asked them and surprising to me, one parent agreed 100% with the idea but one parent definitely opposed of this. Her main point was, in high school, teenagers, are mostly about popularity, social networks, relationships so allowing them to have access to technology throughout the day and in classroom will put a hold and strain on their ability to learn.  She also said that it would start problems among the students in the school.

Question\comments: while i was at work saturday morning, we watched a movie called Betrayal at 17, (I will try and post a clip from the video) it was about a 17 year old female who was not so popular in her high school and the college football star in the high school made a bet with another teammate that he would have sex with her. He did and he recorded it.  During a school day, he sent the video to his phone, then he showed his friend.  Some how, a jealous ex girlfriend saw the video and sent it to everyone in the school and posted it up online and on their website. The girl then committed suicide. How does anyone feel about the parent in my post that said it would be a problem?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager by Hine

 I want to make this connection to the idea of teenagers and their physical changes to their body. This is on page 21 as well when Hine enforces that parents are afraid to talk to their kids about sex/sexuality but the more the parents are afraid to talk to their childern about sex/sexuality the more they engage in it. It's crazy because teenagers are at that age when you/adults/parents/media anyone needs to show and explains to teenagers the effect of having sex or BECOMING of a teenager. I know we have been talking about how the media can destroy our youth but in this topic I found a positive song that has embedded the idea of teenager females BECOMING into a young women, in terms of physical appearance that is shown above.
After reading this article, I thought that this article could relate to both articles that we had read last week and the week before. I made the connection between this article and the first article we read because, the Hine mentions on page 21, about teenagers sexuality and the fact that parents are afraid to address the issue of sex, but Hine states that teenagers are already exploring the concept of sex, whether a parent issues this or not. The reason why I made this connection is because Christensen states the idea of society educating these teens in underlying messages. I personally remember stating in class that society took a toll on our teenagers but the parents have the power to at least educated their teenagers that there is a difference look on things other than what the media is telling. The idea that if parents took the time to explain to their teens and educate them, it would not eliminate the teens idea buttery would have a different outlook on what the media is telling them.

The next connection I made was to Raby's article. Hine states on page 6 that "young people's success in adapting to so many roles suggests that they have greater abilities than we give them credit for." I believe that this connects to Raby's category Becoming, the reason is because we discussed in class how teenagers know they have more life to live and they are going to make mistakes but we as adults tend to hold them back. Hine says is best that we, as adults, do not give teenagers as much credit as they should have. Becoming is used many times throughout this article and it really explains the raise and fall within teenagers. Falling in many ways such as fear. Fear plays a huge factor in a teenagers life: the fear of letting their loved one down, fear of acceptance and fear of actually BECOMING someone in the future because they were told so many times that they will not become anything.
 I want to make this connection to the idea of teenagers and their physical changes to their body. This is on page 21 as well when Hine enforces that parents are afraid to talk to their kids about sex/sexuality but the more the parents are afraid to talk to their childern about sex/sexuality the more they engage in it. It's crazy because teenagers are at that age when you/adults/parents/media anyone needs to show and explains to teenagers the effect of having sex or BECOMING of a teenager. I know we have been talking about how the media can destroy our youth but in this topic I found a positive song that has embedded the idea of teenager females BECOMING into a young women, in terms of physical appearance. 

Next class i would like to discussed this video in terms of Hine's article. Do you think she would think that this is a great way to teach teenagers about sex and the "realistic" ideas about sex.  Should parents use this as a start to discuss the topic of sex?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Tangle of Discourse: Girls Negotiating Adolescence By: Rebecca C. Raby

After reading this article about six million times before i actually out all the words together, is a very interresting article.  i am going to use this article and post this blog in reference to Extended Comments to Mary's blog because i really undertsnad her discussion on the one aspect of social problem catergory listed in Raby's article.  I can not say that i personally went through what you did growing up but i do know from experince working with teenagers at my job as well as raising one, it is not the right idea in "judging a book by it's color."  What i mean by this is that  Mary you stated "My teachers thought I was suicidal and/or a drug addict and would send me to the guidance counselor for assessments every few weeks. My father wanted to send me to boarding school. The cops were always trying to set me straight by arresting me for no reason." and why because the way you dress?  In my opinion no adult should fear any teenagers. they are at a stage in their life where they are going to try to explore new things and us being adults is basically saying no my way or the highway.

Raby stated "Here teens are a risk to others, difficult, trouble makers and potential disrupters of households and social peace." The question i impose is, is it really teenagers? because if i can remember correctly babies going through their terrible two's are disruptive to a household.  Oh why because they can not talk back and adults hold power over a baby rather then they "fear"   She states that teenagers are getting worst but again i state what are we doing as a nation to stop it.  Yes, teenagers may be getting worst, but we can not sit here and let them. 

Comments: This topic about teenagers alwasy seem to hit a nerve because i feel like that some teenagers are getting misrepresented and none of the good teenagers, get recoginiton. Im taking this class this semester call juveniles amd justice and that class makes you look at things different in and from a juveniles point of view.  I have a question, i have a 15 year old little cousin who currently leaves with me and i am working on getting custody of her, but she plays basketball for Juanita Sanchez High School and she is a star player, few games back, she was involved in a fight, and was suspended for 8 games. Now the media meaning school newspaper, newspaper, made it seem like she is a danger to her team as well as others, she is a bad kid, a teenager who is not going to amount to anything becuase of her attitude.  Now the media never stated why the fight happened, what the other player said and did. Now i addressed the situation but it seems like the teachers at her school, are afraid to say anything to her when she is doing wrong in school or none of her school work.  Is this what you mean Mary? in terms of adults being afraid to address or scared of teenagers.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Unpacking the Myths that Bind Us by Christensen

      Write about your personal connections to this text
 As I took the time to read this article, all i could do is think about my childhood, think about those students who loved watching the cartoons or reading childern's stories and about those students who took no interest in it but wanted to learn more about science, math, history and etc. I realized that each student grew up to be something different. Some grew up to go to college, others dropped out of high school and ended up being a parent, and many ended up dead or in jail.  As I read the article, I can picture the segregation among the childern in my class when I was elementary and middle/high.  One stoy that will forever bother me, is when it was halloween and me and my mother, went shopping to go found me a costume, I remember telling my mother, i could not be a princess because princesses ae not dark like me.  I never knew o understood why I would say something like that but i did.  It is not until i was in class where, i discovered the concept sexism, racism, poor vs rich, ugly vs beauty that was secretly hidden in our childern's education and lives.  I also remember when i was little, i remember seeing  the "black cinderella" on bet and i tought to myself well there is "dark skin" princesses in the world but then i question, is it only because the television station that i saw the movie on, was primarily a "black" channel?
What does it make you think about?
To be very honest, this makes me so mad that i was ready to go through all the childern's books i have at my job as well as my house and throw them all away.  This makes me question the society we live in, the reason why i state this is because, what if the childerns novels, shows etc.did not show all these negative concepts? Would the childern grow up in a different mind set? Would "ugly" females believe that they are pretty and they can be princesses? It makes me want to become such a great teacher and teach the students the true meaning of the novels and shows. Trust me, i have no intentions are ruining the students shows and novels but i rather let them know the truth and real meaning behind the shows.  One thing that made me think about was when he refered to the idea of a "man" in fairytales always made the female  happy. Why is that? i thought about your class discussion and the idea of "normal."  Of course, society puts a dominate hold on the concept, if a female is not with a male then she will not be happy.
How does it relate to you?
Growing up, i knew every show, novel, song, childern story that you can possible think of.  As the years passed me bye, i started to slowly figure little things out but never did I want to accept it.  I guess you an say Justine, one of the students in the text, said it best, "students would like to remain "ignorant and happy."  This was the quote that remained throughout my mind the entire time i finished reading it and even couple of days after.  I was so happy that i was able to watch cinderella fall in love with a charming prince or happy to see daffy duck being his goofy self.  All the movies i once loved, i did not want to accept the fact that the "dark skin" people always played the servants or all the bad people are always ugly. 
Question/comments: why do we even as adults tend to ingore what makes us happy knowing that it is completely wrong?  Why did BET make their own edition to Cinderella? I mean i know it is because the wanted to show African American woman that the are beautiful and can be princesses to, but does this solve the problem at a whole.  Becuase now you have the African American princesses with the white servants so the roles are switch, but is it teaching students right from wrong? Are they actually learning?