Monday, April 21, 2008

Talking Points # 10 Last One!

Privilege, Power, and Difference; Allan Johnson


  • Privilege
  • Power
  • Difference
  • Society
  • Discrimination
  • Change
  • Harassment

Author's Argument

Johnson argues that we have to make a change in, power, privilege and difference through our actions. There is a problem how we approach things. We should be heard, just to get involved and make a movement.


  1. The problem of privilege and oppression is deep and wide, and to work with it we have to be able to see it clearly so that we can talk about it in useful ways.
  2. We have to reclaim some difficult language that names what's going on, language that has been so miss used and maligned that it generates more heat than light.
  3. To understand privilege and oppression we have to look at what we're participating in and how we participate in relation to paths of least resistance.


Reading Johnson is always a joy, because he expresses his feelings so well, and puts his opinions out there for the audience to relate too. As an author Johnson speaks the truth.

Thursaday Class

Class was great everyone in my group came and worked on our PowerPoint.

Talking Point # 9

School Girls, Peggy Orenstein


Authors Argument

Orenstein argues that there is a hidden curriculum in a co-ed class. Classes are usually male dominated, needs to show more diversity in the classroom. Girls are looked at by boys in a different way.
  1. Scores of educators around the country are working to develop gender-fair curricula in all subjects and reexamining traditional assumptions about how children best learn.
  2. Women are one-half of the world's peoples; they do two-thirds of the world's work; they earn one-tenth of the world's income; they own one-hundredth of the world's property.
  3. "It's like how boys learn how to see girls" I mean you turn on MTV Spring Break and there's these stupid girls with tiny bathing suits dancing around. It makes me feel degraded.


I liked this reading, because it touched on an important subject in classrooms. I do think that girls and women are overlooked in all aspect's. I liked the comment about MTV spring Break, which is true now a days women are eye candy for men in videos made. I think it is degrading to all women.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Talking Points # 8

Tim Wise, "Whites Swim in Racial Preference

  • White
  • Privelege
  • Rights
  • Power
  • Laws
  • Value
  • Families
  • Race


Wise argues that whites have privilege in this country, and are un aware that they do. They are living with it everyday.


  1. Affirmative action for whites was the guiding principle of segregation.
  2. White America is the biggest collective recipient of racial preference in the history of the cosmos
  3. White families, on average, have a net worth that is 11 times the net worth of black families.


This was an easy article to read, I liked the beginning; how the author opened up with the fish comment. I do agree that whites do take privilege for granted, but it is not their faults, it is what they are used to. I'm sure some do recognize it. I think it was sad that a black man in 2003 is still making less than white men were earning in 1967.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Talking Point # 7

"One More River to Cross", Charles Lawrence

  • Race
  • School
  • Segregation
  • Black
  • White
  • Brown vs Board of Education
  • Supreme Court
  • Justice

Author's Argument

Lawrence argues that Brown vs Board of Education is a law fosted a way of thinking about segregation that has allowed both the judicary and society at large to deny the result of race in America.


  1. Black Children are injured by the existence of a system of Segregation
  2. Segregation's only purpose is to label or define blacks as inferior and exclude them from full and equal participation in society
  3. Segregation is organic and self-perpetuating.


This was a very long piece and also hard to read. Other than that the article focus's on the issue of segregation. I can not imagine living in a segregated state; there is still segregation going on in the south, which is sad but not hard to believe since it started there. My first view of segregation was when I watched the Little Rock Nine movie, based on a true story.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Talking # 6

Jeannie Oakes, Tracking: Why Schools Need to Take Another Route

  • education
  • classroom
  • privilege
  • tracking
  • high ability
  • low ability
  • stereotype
  • opportunities


Oakes argues that "Children who are placed in lower level classrooms; do not have equal opportunity to children that are in a higher level classroom"


  1. Students who are placed in high-ability groups have access to far richer schooling experiences than other students.
  2. No wonder we find "rich get richer and poor get poorer" patterns of outcomes from tracking.
  3. The fact that students are tracked seems less important than that they have the other instructional advantages that seem to come along with classes that are highly able.


I really liked this article; it was easy for me to read. The author did a good job putting her ideas together and clear. I do not agree on labeling kids at all, but I believe if a child needs the help then it should be from someone that knows what they are doing.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Talking Points # 5

Kahne and Westheimer, "In The ServiceOf What"? The Politics of Service Learning


  • Service Learning

  • Education

  • Teachers

  • Students

  • Community

  • Support

  • Carring

  • Helping

  • Politics
  • opportunity
  • Giving Back

Authors Argument

Khane and Westhem argue that Service Learning is an importnt aspect for children. It should be done in all schools, kids will benefit from it. It can help children less fortunate, and that have low self esteem about their learning abilities.


  1. The ability of a service learning curriculum to foster aythentic, experience-based learning opportunities , to motivate students, to help students engage in higher-order thinking in contextually varied enviorments, and promote interdisciplinary studies.
  2. By finding and engaging in community service activities, Mr Johnson explained, students would interact with those less fortunate than themselves and woud experience the excitement and joy of learning while using the community as a classroom
  3. Efforts to intergrate service learning activities into curriculum have great potential, it has political dimensions


It was a bit hard for me to read this handout, because it was alot of information to take. Though it was alot I liked the points, that children should have the opportunity to experience service learning. I love my service learning eexperiene; I feel that i am helping a child in need and helping them gain knowledge.