Last week a pretty significant event occurred regarding the abortion debate! Tomi Lahren, a prominent conservative who supported Donald Trump and his platform throughout the recent election stated that she was prochoice, a stance not shared by her party. To see more quotes from Tomi, check out this article that describes the incident and its public reception. I think this is significant because it shows a significant member of a party, going against her “assigned” political beliefs to show her true opinion. She also states that she appreciates the support of women who may not agree with her, another important concept. I do not generally support Lahren or her beliefs, but I do respect her statements made in this instance. I think it is also significant that she shared the full backing of her party and The Blaze, up until she voice an opinion that did not align with theirs. This is an example of censoring to skew what is voiced to the public. Enjoy the article!
A fellow blogger of mine has done extensive research on abortion, and I have thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with her posts! Call Jane informs her readers clearly and concisely, with informative videos, statistics, and other creative methods. She consistently emphasizes the importance of educating society on abortion, and why ignorance leads to unhealthy and unproductive debate. She navigates the polarized sides of “pro-choice” and “pro-life” in a manner that analyzes the different sides and points out their similarities as well. In fact, after reading her blog, it is evident that these two well-known sides do not even come close to covering the various positions people take on the issue of abortion. I hope everyone takes the time to read her blog, and enjoys it as much as I do!
In the video below, President Donald Trump unveiled a brand new education proposal called school choice, while campaigning to be president. Now that he has won the election, President Trump plans to enact this proposal as soon as possible. What school choice would entail, is the expansion of charter, private, magnet, and public school options for low income children throughout the United States, nearly costing $20 billion. While President Trump realizes this is a huge amount of federal dollars to be spending, he believes that it would be quite beneficial to those who have unfair disadvantages in what school they have to attend, specifically minority students. Each child living in poverty would have the choose as to where they want to attend school and what kind of school they would like to attend, with the help from their parents. However, who is considered low income and at what point will the government begin to cut students off? Although I realize this is a great idea in theory, I am having a hard time wrapping my own mind around how this proposal will actually happen.
Honestly, when I found out about this assignment I was extremely nervous. I had never had my own blog where people could view what I had written about and how they were able to critique anything I had said.
Upon learning about this assignment, I immediately knew I wanted to write about what was happening within United States public education. As a product of the public education system myself, I wanted to learn more about the large issues at hand and see how it could be improved. Before I started the assignment, I decided to set goals for myself in what I wanted to learn throughout researching this topic. I specifically wanted to learn about the in depth issues that were causing public education to decline, how those issues could be improved, and what other schooling options there are for students. I also set my own educational goals of becoming a better writer and becoming more informed on current issues happening within the nation.
While I did enjoy completing the task at hand most of the time, there were some times that I thought the blog was somewhat daunting. The task that was the most daunting to me was the amount of research I had to compete about what improvements were going to be beneficial if implemented within the school system. I struggled with this specific task because at first I wasn’t completely sure which improvements would help public education out of the funk it was currently in. However, I finally found two improvements that I strongly believe will help students and teachers become better within the public education system (refer to theory post). With that said, I am most proud of all of the research that I was able to find on the concerns of the United States public education system. I also was proud of the suggested improvements I discussed throughout the blog and why I thought they would be the most beneficial to better the system as a whole.
Surprisingly enough, I actually I enjoyed having my peers read and comment on my blog posts. I thought they gave great feedback that helped me think more critically about what I was writing about. They also gave great suggestions on other topics within my field that I could write about. In the end, I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing about a topic that I am extremely passionate about. Hopefully within the next few years the United States public school system will drastically improve.
When most people hear the phrase “culturally responsive teaching,” they might imagine a middle school teacher rapping a song about exponents, or an interaction between the students and teacher involving chants about the lesson. Zaretta Hammond, the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, explains that culturally responsive teaching is actually incorporating strategies that members of a student’s community or family would normally use to teach nonacademic lessons. This technique is what can make lessons more relatable for minority students by triggering the brain’s memory system to turn what they hear into practical knowledge. For example, many different racial groups rely heavily on oral tradition, so by allowing students to present a narrative about the topic, it is more likely that the information will stick with them. The purpose of culturally responsive teaching is not to make teachers “entertain” their students with somewhat random motivation techniques in order to keep them focused. I believe it is important for students to recognize how they learn best so that they can learn efficiently in the classroom and practice diligently outside of the classroom. Hammond’s research strongly support practices that resemble a student’s cultural learning styles.
During this assignment, I really wanted to go outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to look at shows outside of my immediate sphere.I chose this topic because I am a queer woman and I noticed a lot of misrepresentation in the television. Despite of this, I wanted to try to take an unbiased approach. I wanted to look deeper and see if our representation on television was horrible. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. We have come so far within the past 10 years.
After our introduction post, I starting brainstorming potential topic ideas. I still have many ideas, including looking at the relationship between Bert and Ernie and gay “afterthoughts” like Albus Dumbledore. As a sexuality studies minor, I want to learn as much as I can about issues surrounding gender and sexuality. This assignment allowed me to read, watch, and explore so much. I was already doing these things, but I felt less guilty because I was doing it for a class it. I was able to develop an even better understanding of this topic.
Sometimes, I struggled remembering to update my blog because the deadlines were pretty soft, but I developed some discipline through this project. I am most proud of my post about Moonlight. I was able to take something from current events and turn around and make it a post, something I had never done before.
I know this is a required class, but I wanted to make the most of it and learn how to write in a variety of ways. I am very glad that we did not just write a typical social sciences paper because as a social science major, I already do this so much and know how to do this well. The blog format makes it a less formal medium to discuss issues on, so I felt like I could write on more controversial issues and explore my personal writing style more. This blog helped me develop as a writer and as a person. I will likely continue to update this blog from time to time because I enjoyed it so much. Thank you all so much for sticking with me through this and reading my posts. You’ve been totally awesome.
I am not a self-described blogger. That is for certain. My mind functions in an analytical, scientific manner when it comes to writing. However, this blog series has allowed me to come out of my shell in terms of what words I am “allowed” so say and how I allow myself think. I have discovered that everyone blogs differently, and there isn’t a right or wrong way to blog. I don’t have to produce some twirly whirly creative piece to post, but rather I can take the information I have studied and provide a commentary on it. Doing this has allowed me to really delve into a topic which I am passionate about: the existence of racism in the performing arts.
Throughout this blog series, my goal was to expand my thought process and look beyond superficial, analytical things. Instead of focusing on what could be the very general topic of racism, I focused on racism in the performing arts, specifically on Broadway. By doing this I was able to engage in the topic, and research specific instances and occurrences.
Additionally, I would research things in my free time – for fun. I would find something that interested me, and then I would be intrigued by a certain aspect of that post and ask myself a question that was similar to it, but not directly correlated with it. This enabled me to keep moving from one post to the next without boring myself, and without making it feel choppy. Rather, it felt like one continuous flowing research project that I happened to be submitting for a grade.
I desperately wanted to succeed in this unit. Not necessarily in terms of number grade, but in terms of being satisfied with the way my blog read and felt. In the beginning, I had trouble discovering my voice as a writer, but as time went on, things began to simply flow onto the page and I could write with fluidity. I genuinely appreciated this project a lot, and so I put extra time into it. I knew it was going to be hard for me, so I would just read and read until I had an overwhelming amount to say. Then I would sit down and write, and just remove the unnecessary or repetitive sentences that came from being passionate about my topic.
Having to put my thoughts into a post in a way that was genuine but also still remained true to my blunt, analytical personality was tricky. I learned a lot about how to manage a blog series and how, despite the fact that the other members of my group have different styles of writing, all of our styles are just as valid.
I am proud of the fact that I did not let this project overwhelm me. I continued to tell myself that even though I wasn’t happy with the writing I was doing originally, it would get better the more I worked. I truly feel like I was able to prove something to myself by being successful with this unit.
Finally, being able to access the work of my peers gave me a really neat insight on how my writing differs from those in my group, and in my class a whole. It also was cool to see what ideas people had and what topics mattered most to them, then to see how they reflected.