Since we watch a lot of movies I thought why not take a moment to share some of my opinions on them. The One I Love begins with a comment stereotype of couples in a marriage that turned sore. They seek therapy after the husband had an affair and it leads them to a get away that will change the coarse of the marriage. At some point in the movie the character realize there are two pairs of the same (or mostly same) couple. This wasn’t explained in the movie and I kind of enjoy being left to wonder. At the end Ethan #1 chooses Sophie #2 to leave with him it made me wonder if Sophie #1 wanted to stay with Ethan #2. It seems realistic for Sophie to be attracted to a slightly different version of her husband especially when their first marriage was not going so well.
If you’re looking for a little something to watch with just enough twist to keep you watching, a realistic love story and an ending that is predictable and yet settling, I would recommend checking it out.
In the article “The Standards Made Me Do It: Reculturing Teacher Education to Redeem the Curriculum” by Kevin Talbert and Terah Moore the authors create the scenario where the teachers defend their lackluster education practices with the imposed standards. They say that “teachers become dummified, minimized to generic statements crafted by others”. In my hypothesis the behavior and standards of what teaching entails are taught much earlier than in the university or the training classroom. I think these behaviors are taught over years of the child’s school experience.
Last semester I spent many hours watching student-teachers on video and reading their papers. They are very steadfast to acting out teaching similar to their mentoring teacher and what they saw as a child in school. The mandatory in-field work that student-teachers have in their certification programs reinforces these behaviors learned as a child. The standards have indeed been used as an excuse for teachers. Truly, in many ways standards have stripped down the teaching profession.
The state’s influence on education is stronger than the intellectual stimulation of the university. Even through many hours of study and work, student-teachers rarely disregard their ingrained ideas in favor of an exploration of what is relevant to students and how children prefer to learn. Talbert and Moore say, “[T]heir preparation as teachers…has betrayed them.” Many teachers give the profession a try for a few years and then quickly retreat. I’ve found that teachers aren’t adequately prepared for the work of the job. Young students naively enter a degree program with optimistic ideas of helping kids, when in reality teaching is no longer about children or for children. How disappointing.
The authors go on to claim, “In our experience, teacher education students are rarely asked to consider issues of ultimate significance.” This is also my experience. What is education for? What are these tests telling us about our students? Will this work prepare these children? What are we preparing them for?
It feels like no one wants to confront these questions because the answers will lead to the deconstruction of institutions, power and money. That’s about as anti-humanitarian you can get in an institution that proclaims that exact opposite.
Where does all this enlightenment take me? Seeing the corruption, speaking out about the inequalities, and wanting the long-term disservice that education has offered to change, has brought me many hours of introspection. Having this knowledge hasn’t led me to action and it doesn’t lead most into action for change. It’s led me to a frustrated view of humanity. Helplessly watching universities, social institutions and media continue to manipulate us.
I’ve been putting off cooking while I finished up school. Today is my first meal for the season. I made brownies, beef roast with veggies, stuffing and warmed up some butternut squash soup. I really enjoy changing up recipes to make them just a bit more special.
Here are a couple of articles from Wednesday’s paper that perpetuate the problems within our country:
“A Look at Looking Different” http://nyti.ms/1yKsJuv
To be different, there must be a same. We all look different and the same. This title is supporting a binary view that is harmful. Possibly it’s a societal abnormality to think there is a “normal”?
“A Longtime Umpire Says He Is Gay” http://nyti.ms/1yJjESq sits at the top of the Sports Wednesday section while at the bottom of the page is the article “2 Witnesses at Winston Hearing Said to Have Refused to Testify” http://nyti.ms/1rWuKOf. In the article Scott is elevated on his umpiring abilities and history of great work. Then WHY is his sexuality published as news? You know why.
Where’s the coverage of historical events in race relations? After the many pages on college costs you can find an article on A17 called, “As Guard Begins Pullout, Stepfather of Ferguson Victim is Under Investigation” http://nyti.ms/1FLNB6D. Really?
These are from The New York Times but there are many news sources that are just as discriminatory.