Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bullying and GLSEN

One topic that interested me in the GLSEN website was there efforts to end bullying agaisnt gays and lesbians. They have a number of resources to help teachers to understand how bullying is a big problem in school especially against gays and lesibians. On this page there is a list of articles and websites that are all devoted ending bullying agaisnt gays and lesibians.These websites help to make teachers more aware of the issues that gays and lesbians face when going to school.
One huge problem that arises with bullying in schools, is that it often goes overlooked by teachers. One website suggests that teachers are not always the best at noticing how prevelent bullying is in schools. This website is a great site for both teachers and students to learn how to handle bullying in schools.
This is a video comiplation clips of The Ellen DeGeneres show, in which Ellen talks about the struggles that gays and lesbians face by being bullied. One clip is of a women whos son tooks his own life after being bullied in school for being gay. She mentions how hard it was for him to tell his mother and teachers that he was being bullied because he was asshamed and afraid that he would get picked on even more.

I thought that all the things i found were very inspiring. It really makes you think about the way you act in social environments. It's good to know that people are really adamant about ending bullying and it's nice seeing there is a reference for tachers to help stop bullying in schools.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Connections between Rodriguez and Delpit


Right in the first few paragraphs of Rodriguez article "Aria", I could see connections to Lisa Delpit's article "The Silenced Dialogue". Rodriguez's article begins with a reflection of his childhood education. He describes his childhood as being difficult because he spoke Spanish as his main language and he grew up in a predominately English speaking country. Rodriguez explains that he had difficulty in school because he had a hard time using the English language and he didn’t feel that the classroom was very accommodating to his Spanish background. He explains that he viewed his use of the Spanish language as strictly "private" and he needed to learn the more "public" language which is English.

The connection I made to Delpit's article was when Rodriguez said "Fortunately, my teachers were unsentimental about their responsibility. What they understood was that I needed to speak a public language.". He refers to the "public language" much the same way as Delpit when she refers to "the culture of power". In this quote Rodriguez is explaining that his teachers needed to teach him the English language to help him succeed in the world. Delpit would explain this as his teacher explicitly teaching him the rules and codes of the culture of power. If Rodriguez was to succeed in school he had to learn the social norms of the English world. Delpit would have commended Rodriguez's teachers when they went to Rodriguez's parents and told them to start speaking English at home to help him and his siblings to understand the English language.

I thought this article was interesting because of the way Rodriguez believes that he maintained his personal individuality even though he was forced to sacrifice his primary language. I think this article can make teachers feel better about teaching the cultures of power because it doesn’t necessarily mean that students must sacrifice their personalities.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"White Privilege" Peggy McIntosh


 Quote 1:
 "I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes or not answer letters without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race." McIntosh uses this quote to explain her idea of "White Privilege". She claims that because she is white she is has more social privileges, which is why she believes can she can avoid racial judgment when she when she swears, dresses in second hand clothes, and not answers letters. Where as blacks people face racial judgment on these fronts everyday. In the sense that if a black person wears second hand clothes they are more likely to be perceived as a "poor black person", because of American society's prejudgment that says "all black people come from low income families, therefore they need to buy second hand clothes". McIntosh states that she has the privilege of avoiding such judgments.

Quote 2:   
McIntosh uses several examples in which whites are more privileged than blacks throughout our society. Another example she uses is that "[she] can easily buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children's magazines featuring people of my race. " This thought is meant to point out the idea that in American society big businesses target a white audience. It's meant to show that in a society in which whites are considered the "dominant" race, blacks don't share the same priviledge of being able to easily by race specific consumer goods.

 Quote 3:
"White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks. " Here McIntosh points out that whites have many privileges that they can and do cash in on everyday without necessarily realizing it. Whites have an a whole arsenal of advantages in our society in which they can use to help them get more material goods out of life. But McIntosh beileves that most privileged whites don't even relize that they have advantages that get them through everyday life because the are are silently taught over time not to see the advantages they have. People with privileges become accustom to having privileges.This idea can be explained like this, if someone is getting something they want/need for free everyday, over time they learn to not question it where it comes from and thus they loose sight of the fact that not everyone is getting the same thing.

I thought this article was interesting because, like many of the articles we read for this class, it really makes you think from someone elses shoes. It points out the stuff that as a white person you may take advantage of without ever realizing.

About Me

Hello, I am Cole Wuilleumier. I am a freshman at RIC, and I am majoring in Elementary Eduation. I am a musician and I play a wide verity of instruments in several bands. (links posted at the bottom of the page) on my free time I enjoy playing/recording music with my bands. We often play shows in Providence (You should come see us!). Besides playing music I enjoy eating food and playing board games.