Studying What You Read

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by John Keogh

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by John Keogh


1. As you read for class, think about what has been left out of the reading.

2. Write down what this reading reminds you of (e.g., things you’ve watched/read online, something you saw on TV, something you experienced).

3. Once you finish, find an outside resource (like an article, blog post, or video) to share during the next class discussion, particularly as the class discusses the reading.

4. Share-out: In the comments thread, link to or upload the outside source you find for this activity. In the reply area, discuss how and why it is relevant and what you learned from it.

2 thoughts on “Studying What You Read

  1. Angel

    During my Making Feminist Media class on Thursday nights, we read an article from our text talking about certain magazines/media from third wave feminists. The article talked about Bitch Magazine, a feminist publication focusing on mainstream media and pop culture. The author of the article was discussing hoe some mainstream medias can give women hope, but also help them find ways to change the way they think or act in order to initiate change in the world. This article allowed me to look further into the magazine itself, which caused m to stubble upon and online blog the organization who runs the magazines writes. The online blog allows for a virtual magazine of sorts, showcasing articles and commentary on current events today. In today’s modern age, controlled by cell phones and computers, paper magazines seem to be a thing of the past. People look to the internet to give them all their news reports, and to keep them updated on whats happening in society, and Bitch Media allows for a space for feminists and like thinkers to talk about current events, see what should be something to keep out eyes on for future developments, and allows for a safe place for inline discussion. Much like the oppression we talk about in schools, such as the lack of clear education on certain events, the discriminatory practices put fourth my staff to silence children, online media outlets and sources allow for young people to search for the history or information not readily available to them. Though some of the information available on the internet might be skewed and requires one to do research to ensure credible information, it also does not set limits or rules on what a person might learn or discuss. This is relevant in today’s society because we need spaces for children and adults to talk with their peers and discuss topics relevant to them without the restrictions of society. In this technology driven world we live in, online blogs and websites such as Bitch Media allow for safe places for people to discuss and learn freely.
    Bitch Media Blog-

  2. Briana

    1. I feel they left out the funding and laws that have been put into place. There has been a lot of debates and hours going into trying to insure kids get the best education. This excerpt looks at solely how the bigger corporations are only concerned with making a profit and controlling the testing market. If I wrote this excerpt I would talk more about the laws and struggles education has endured. I would mention that because it would show that what the corporation are doing is an insult and a slap in the face to the fight for education.
    2. This reminds of the No Child Left Behind Act. Ironically because that was created for children to be able to succeed in school. The irony is in this excerpt is it seems to be all about the companies benefiting and gaining profit from testing. The No Child Left allows insurance to children of all demographics are allotted the same opportunities as more all fluent families. Not to say this is the government’s fault but it clearly seems like the standardized testing companies have different goals. It seems as though the government wants successful education and make sure there is equal opportunity. The standardized testing companies seem to be only into their best interest instead of teaching kids. The testing companies are not all at fault, I think the schools themselves may also be at fault as well. It seems that schools are more concerned with getting high testing scores. They do not want test scores for the reason the general public would think. Schools praise high more test scores because it gets them funding and recognition. Unfortunately, the money received doesn’t go to the areas in schools it needs. For example, a lot of schools who are popular for sports usually put all their money into the popular sport. This reminds me of Paulo Freire’s banking system. He talks about how we are expected to regurgitate information but do not understand and comprehend what is being taught. This has to do with the 500-pound Gorilla because it shows that in all aspects of education it seems like the children are the ones not put as a priority. The people in power are ultimately the one education benefits. Whether it’s the teachers getting power by feeling superior or companies from the profits. Companies that make standardized testing have a lot of power because they have the power to mold children however they want.
    4. I think this is relevant because he explains what needs to happen for children to succeed. He talks about when kids are tested about their competence it is largely on how well they remember the facts. That’s a huge problem because it is teaching them not to think for themselves. He is also the author of 500-pound Gorilla so there are plenty of his liberal views in both the excerpt and his speech.

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