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Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller Women's

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Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller [...] women's theories of the mother-daughter relationship and absent father throughout the book. "The Comfort Woman" is the moving tale of a daughter struggling to understand her mother while coming to grips with her own emotionally unsatisfying life. The book explores many sides of several feminist theories, including the all-important mother-daughter relationship, which can insinuate itself into every facet of our adult lives. Beccah must deal with the death of her mother, the absence of a father, and the knowledge that she never really knew her mother at all, which may be the most difficult part of her life to deal with.

The Comfort Woman

Comfort women actually existed during the Second World War. Korean women were forced to care for the Japanese soldiers, and become sex slaves to the men. The author, who grew up in a biracial family in Hawaii, did not know about comfort women until she listened to a woman speak about her experiences in 1993, and hearing the woman's story so completely overtook her that she felt she had to write about it. She remembers, "I couldn't believe that people didn't know about this, that we don't learn about…… [Read More]

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Myths Myth of Marriage and Children Joseph

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Myths

Myth of Marriage and Children

Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth is a book that can potentially transform the reader's consciousness. Beyond being informative, Campbell's analysis of cultural myths is profound; it provokes genuine introspection. The author refers to the spiritual in whatever he speaks about, and yet he never lapses into religious diatribe or dogma. Subjects like marriage are elevated beyond the social to the psycho-spiritual. For example, he calls marriage "primarily a spiritual exercise, and the society is supposed to help us have the realization. Man should not be in service to society, society should be in the service of man," (8).

In light of modern society, Campbell's words hold new meaning. In America, we have few true rituals because we have turned our attention outward instead of inward. The wisdom of life is being denigrated through a preoccupation with technology and material goods. There is little sense of the spiritual or the mystical, and religions have become shadows of their original selves. I believe that the spiritual soul or the artistic soul struggles in this society, as these people tend to operate outside the norm.

In regard to children, Campbell speaks about young people who don't…… [Read More]

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Lies My Teacher Told Me

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This is a classic example
to support Loewen's thesis of biased textbooks, inaccurate textbooks, and
textbooks that eschew controversy. In general, according to Loewen,
textbooks avoid the problems of the recent past, must to his dismay. This
will only lead to improper education of American students and thus the
Vietnam War serves as a solid example of his contentions.
I believe that most of Loewen's claims are substantiated, except that
he does have some left wing tendencies which appear to be a result of his
own biases rather than historical accuracies. He considers the "system" to
be at fault for American poor, and even somewhat criticizes those who
believe people are responsible for their own economic standing. Whether or
not he is correct is not the issue. The issue is that it appears that his
own socio-economic opinions have infiltrated his study and interpretation
of American history. It is undeterminable exactly why people are poor, or
maybe it is determinable, but either way Loewen does not present ample
evidence to cover his opinions. Furthermore, Loewen is almost universally
liberal, and this is perhaps a bias that permeates his work. I believe
that Loewen believes in change and controversy for the…… [Read More]

Sources:
Homepage of James Loewen. 25 Feb. 2007. .

Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History
Textbook Got Wrong. New York, NY: Touchstone, 1995.
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Lies My Teacher Told Me

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The resulting quandary becomes one, therefore, that textbooks are being written and history taught in this manner so as to show and instruct people how they should act and strive to become - a rather false vision. What this accomplishes is nothing more then to relay to the student what is deemed acceptable to everyone and what is not - a general consensus filled with errors and inadequacies. When it comes to a student remembering historical lessons they normally do not remember what is being taught to them unless they are emotionally involved (Lies, 301). The lingering question for society to ponder is why are students being taught this manner for doing so results in our students not knowing the true history of their country. Although a sad commentary Loewen firmly believes it is an accurate one, given responses to questions he has asked his students throughout the years. As parents, educators, and historian children of the 21st Century need not be sheltered from America's true history, rather learn…… [Read More]

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Lies My Teacher Told Me

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Presenting natives as a 'doomed' race is comforting: "Feeling good is a human need, but it imposes a burden that history cannot bear without becoming simple-minded. Casting Indian history as a tragedy because Native Americans could not or would not acculturate is feel-good history for whites. By downplaying Indian wars, textbooks help us forget that we wrested the continent from Native Americans" (Loewen 133).

More liberal textbooks portray native persons as victims, but often as hapless victims. Such attempts at inclusivity smack of tokenism rather than a real, honest attempt to understand history. In fact, tokenism is also rife in addressing women's issues and issues of race: it is either ignored or bracketed into a safe, confined corner of the text. And history is always portrayed as getting progressively more liberal, rather than engaging in 'backsliding,' which certainly occurred during Reconstruction in regards to African-American rights. Woodrow Wilson, for example, re-segregated the Navy, which had been integrated beforehand, and gave many positions formerly held by African-Americans to southern whites, a clear demonstration that America endured an equal level of oppression until the magic of the Civil Rights movement swept all such concerns away (Loewen 19).

When history textbooks have been…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
Denham, Bryan. "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got

Wrong." Journalism & Mass Communication Educator 52.3 (1997): 84-5. ProQuest. Web. 8 May 2013.
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Shulevitz Uri How I Learned

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The Miracle Worker. New York: Bantam, 1960.

ISBN: 0553247786 9780553247787, 122 pages, play. Appropriate for all audiences, intended primarily for adults but of interest to early adolescents and up. High critical appraise and winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1960, the year following the script's debut on Broadway.

This play is based on the autobiography of Helen Keller, focusing on the character of Helen's teacher Anne Sullivan and the struggle and ultimate triumph of this woman's struggle to teach Helen how to communicate and understand the world around her. Dramatic action must serve as a substitute for more direct textual exposition, making a reading of the play somewhat lackluster in comparison with viewing a full performance of the script. The characters are fully realized and highly compelling, however, and though the plot is generally well-known amongst most readers of a certain age level, the details and lifelike qualities of the story as told herein serve to freshen the tale and add new perspective to preconceived notions.

Analytical Comments

Comes off necessarily old-fashioned and somewhat forced to the modern reader, especially younger readers

Provides ample opportunity for the discussion of character in literature and story telling

Avenue for…… [Read More]

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Women in History

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Women to History

Women have contributed to the history of the world from the beginning of time. Their stories are found in legends, myths, and history books. Queens, martyrs, saints, and female warriors, usually referred to as Amazon Women, writers, artists, and political and social heroes dot our human history. By 1865, women moved into the public arena, as moral reform became the business of women, as they fought for immigrant settlement housing, fought and struggled for the right to earn living wages, and stood up to the threats of the lynch mobs. The years beginning in 1865 is known as the Civil War era and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It was a time of great changes, especially for African-American women such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Women of all races had to fight for equal rights, even the right to vote (http://women.eb.com/women/nineteenth09.html).Womenhave indeed 'come a long way', as they say, from carrying picket signs demanding the right to vote for candidates in public offices to actually running and holding senatorial and congressional offices themselves. By 1980, women were not only holding public offices, but were running major corporations, and had entered into every major work field,…… [Read More]

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Special Education the Key Points

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Categorizations included 'steamer children', 'backward', 'defective', 'truant', and 'incorrigible'. At least two of these terms have persisted still today. In 1904, special procedures for identifying 'defectives' were presented at the World's Fair.

In 1951, the categorization changed again, with a major section of special education called the 'slow learner' what today we refer to as 'learning disability'. Even here, this term has split into countless subcategories such as 'ADD', 'ADHD', 'Asperger's', 'learning deficiency', 'special needs', 'borderline line special needs', and so forth.

The 'take home' points for inclusion in the classroom would be primarily the endeavor to respect each and every student as an individual and to look past the labels. I believe that the use of diagnostic labels are potentially stigmatizing to students locking student in an, oftentimes, undeserved categorization that impedes the teacher from seeing him as a complex, remarkably rounded individual who has tremendous potential. The label has the danger of fixing one in time -- permanently tagging him or her with a certain classification. Individuals, on the other hand, are shaped by their constantly fluctuating environments and experiences. Respect, dignity, compassion and understanding make them grow; perceiving them as objects may likely create negative self-reinforcers.

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Bibliography:
Bateman, Barbara D. (1994). Who, How, and Where: Special Education's Issues in Perpetuity. The Journal of Special Education 27, 509-520.

Dorn, S., Fuchs, D., & Fuchs, L.S. (1996). A Historical Perspective on Special Education Reform. Theory into Practice 35, 12-19.
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Euthanasia the Foremost Contentious Concern Lately Has

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Euthanasia

The foremost contentious concern lately has been the issue of granting legal status to the right to die with dignity, or euthanasia. Similar to the issue of death sentence or suicide, euthanasia is contentious as it entails killing an individual through a conscious decision. (The right to a dignified death - need for debate) "Euthanasia" derived from the Greek term implying "good death" is some activity we perform or otherwise which results in, or is planned to result in death, to liberate a person from pain. This is occasionally known as "mercy killing." (Reflections on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide) Giving a legal sanction to euthanasia is a vital referendum upon the social standing of those incapacitated in America nowadays. (Euthanasia: The Disability Perspective on the Right to Die Movement) Euthanasia can be attained either though an intentional process, or by refraining to take an action intentionally. In any one of the cases, the decision of a doctor makes the death of a patient a reality. This is substantiated on the grounds that the individual's life was 'not worthy of living' maybe in their independent, or in somebody else's consideration. Before I analyze in more detail, I shall first present…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Abergavenny, Roger Dobson. (22 February, 2003) "Society should accept that euthanasia is a personal decision, report says." British Medical Journal. 326:416. Retrieved from http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/326/7386/416/d Accessed on 4 May, 2005

"Arguments against Euthanasia: Euthanasia is against the word and will of God." Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/ethics/sanctity_life/euthagod.shtml Accessed on 3 May, 2005
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Spanish Civil War When Viewed

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The reason for such volunteer support for a war against fascism was born from the economic calamity and the political turmoil of the 1930's (Sills pp). Thus, like many during the Great Depression, the young volunteers had experienced with deprivation and injustice, leading them to join the "burgeoning student, unemployed, union, and cultural movements that were influenced by the Communist Party and other Left organizations" (Sills pp). These groups had exposed the volunteers to a Marxist and internationalist perspective, and with their successes in bringing people to conscious, political action led to a revolutionary spirit (Sills pp).

American radicalism was spurred by the appearance of pro-fascist groups like the Liberty League, and the expansion of fascism abroad (Sills pp). With Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931, Hitler's rise to power in 1933, and Italy's assault on Ethiopia in 1934, (all accomplished without hindrance from Western governments), the Communist Party responded with the coalition-building strategy of the Popular Front, attracting thousands of inspired citizens into its ranks or into "front" organizations (Sills pp). Then when four right-wing Spanish generals, supported by Italy and Germany, attacked the legally elected government on July 19, 1936, the desire to confront fascism in Spain swept…… [Read More]

References:
Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Scribner. 1995.

Nelson, Cary. The Spanish Civil War: An Overview. Retrieved August 15, 2005 from http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/scw/overview.htm
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Role of Spirituality in the Treatment of Depression

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Role of Spirituality in the Treatment of Depression

Over the last thirty years, one of the most interesting paradoxes in the study and treatment of depression has been that increased knowledge about the biomedical and genetic causes of the disease has been coupled with a renewed interest in the effect of religion and spirituality on human mental health and well-being. No matter how religion and spirituality are defined -- and many scholars and laypersons see no great distinctions between the two -- there are now hundreds of studies that demonstrate the beneficial effects of religion on both mental and physical health. Indeed, the more firmly held and intrinsic a person's religious convictions are, the more salutary the effect. Religious people are more optimistic, hopeful and trusting, and have more purpose and meaning in life than those with weak or no religious views. All of these qualities are of course lacking in depressive patients, which is why strong religious or spiritual beliefs serve as a protective against depression. There are also many studies that demonstrate that prayer and meditation also have a positive effect of physical, emotional and psychological well-being. This is not to suggest that the biomedical model be abandoned…… [Read More]

Sources:
Smith. J. (1999). Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia. North Point Press.

Sorrell, S. (2009). Depression as a Spiritual Journey. O Books.

Swinton, J. (2001). Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a "Forgotten" Dimension. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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Merchant-Ivory Movies Are Varied in Their Settings

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Merchant-Ivory movies are varied in their settings and styles, but one theme pervades most of them: otherness. In "Shakespeare-wala" for instance, a troop of British actors - most born and raised in India - perform Shakespeare plays for the Maharajas and their families before India's independence in 1947. The British actors' entire existence was in India and many of them had never even been to their "native" England. When Indian independence arrived in 1947, the maharajas were ousted and their families lost their power and wealth. As a result, the actors had no one to play to - funds were scarce for art and theater - and no other marketable skills in India.

They contemplated a return to England, but the return would not be a return at all - England would be as foreign to them as Germany: all they knew was India. And without a role in India, India was not their home either as they were white, British and their kind had just been ousted as India's colonial power. This troop of actors personified the concept of the "painted bird," the other in literature.

The narratives we have encountered this semester have dealt extensively with this concept…… [Read More]

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The Concept of Overcoming

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Antecedents

Defining Characteristics

Empirical Referents

The ability to help a person or a patient is often a complex affair that involves care on a much deeper level than simply treating symptoms. "Overcoming" is a concept that was chosen by the authors; this concept is multifaceted and includes many different aspects, but can be thought as roughly being able to overcome a personal challenge to meet a desired outcome (Brush, Kirk, Gultekin, & Baiardi, 2011). The concept of overcoming is interesting to me and I feel that I have had overcome many things in my life; although these challenges were on a different scale than the case studies provided. However, understanding what it takes to "overcome" could be a valuable concept to many people.

The significance of the concept in the profession can be largely thought of in terms of expanding the lexicon to include terms that might be more relevant to a larger population. The concept of overcoming seems to include many other concepts that are already well-defined. Although there may be subtle differences, I think the originality and contribution to this concept is that way that it organizes related concepts in a new way that might appeal to a…… [Read More]

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Learning to Use Technology in Class

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Planning Process

Explain in detail how you will address each of the needs identified in part 2 include changes necessary for environment, engagement, application, and tools. Make sure to include a list of technology resources currently available and those that must be purchased.

State Goals and Objectives with Local Strategies and Measures

Environment The changes necessary for the environment involve going from one based on the physical environment to one that is predicated on a cloud-based environment. In this regard, the change is mostly one of architecture. Virtually all applications and requisite software the students and instructors will use will be accessed through the cloud.

Engagement The means of engagement will be the Bring Your Own Device phenomenon, in which students utilize their own mobile devices for the purpose of working in the classroom. Those without such devices will be provided the most accessible ones (a smart phone) via the school, district, and state funding. Most of these devices (both those that belong to students and those that the district can access) are available.

Application

Tools All of the application tools will be cloud based. These include Navisite's Enterprise Mobility Management System, which ensure that the aforementioned devices are strictly…… [Read More]

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American History Three Questions Race Class Gender

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Alexis de Tocqueville makes a moral assessment of America, pointing out that the "goodness" inherent in American values like freedom and liberty is what makes the nation "great." The term "great" refers to the nation's power, status, and enduring prestige. However, social critics throughout American history have endeavored to point out the gross shortcomings in the country's policies and its hypocritical practices. In The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois discusses the ongoing problem of racism in America to show that the values of freedom and liberty have not been fulfilled. Charlotte Perkins Gillman's novel Herland offers a scathing critique of the patriarchal and sexist values and norms that persist in American society in spite of the faAade of offering "liberty and justice for all." Both DuBois and Gillman provide road maps to a better America, one that recognizes the essential equality of all human beings.

In The Souls of Black Folks, DuBois shows how African-Americans have developed a "double consciousness" because of racial inequality and social injustice. It has become impossible for African-Americans to recognize themselves as "Americans" because of the ways blacks have been systematically excluded from access to wealth and social capital. Similarly, Gillman uses the medium…… [Read More]

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Women in Science

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Role of females in science [...] Rachel Carson and Barbara McClintock and compare each scientist to general principals characterizing the careers of women in science.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE

One becomes a scientist by viewing the world in a particular manner; scientists select for study those aspects of the world that are amenable to analysis by scientific methodology. A person acting as a scientist constructs a scientific domain out of the world when s/he adopts a scientific attitude (Grinnell 2).

Most scientists face obstacles at some point in their career. Their research does not produce the results they expected. They lose their funding and must move to another research location. Critics do not agree with their findings or methods. When the scientist is a woman, she often faces even greater obstacles than her male counterparts. Rachel Carson and Barbara McClintock are two such women scientists, who worked relentlessly toward their goals, and often faced uphill battles with their research, findings, and public personas.

The earliest contemporary feminist scholarship on the natural sciences tended to focus on the barriers aspiring women scientists have faced in the past (and continued to face in the present)...(Keller and Longino 2).

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Positivism and Constructivism Positivism vs

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Learning is cooperative and there is much to gain by sharing it with classmates. Special needs students had the right to merge with normal students in a regular classroom, according to advocates of inclusion (McCarthy 1994). Technology could make that happen, the advocates contended. Special services and resources could be integrated into the regular classroom and allow the ideal learning environment to develop for both types of students. Computer technology could realize the dream of alternative visual, aural and interactive modes of learning. The advocates said it would require serious and distinct collaboration between special education teachers and regular teachers. Regular teachers who would participate would also need some special training (McCarthy).

The Webster Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida incorporated an inclusion program for the use of special needs students (McCarthy 1994). Its team teachers preferred software, which did not rely too much on texts. Many of its students, whose age ranged from 5 to 9, had reading deficiencies. Hence, the team used programs with lots of visuals and features handicapped students or learners could use on their own. These included user-friendly programs, like MacPaint or talking books on a Mac or CD-ROM. Software to suit special students would…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
Kim, S. (2003). Research Paradigms in Organizational Learning and Performance: Competing Modes of Inquiry. 18 pages. Vol 21 # 1. Information Technology, Learning and Performance Journal: Organizational Systems Research Association

McCarthy, R. (1994). Computer Technology Helps in Integration of Special Needs Students in Regular Classes. Instructor: Scholastic, Inc.
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Sight and Hearing I Rely Only on

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sight and hearing I rely only on the sense of touch, the sense of taste and my sense of smell. I cannot see food but I smell and taste it better than anyone else may be able to. I have nothing to distract me from the taste, as I eat I am immersed by the food. There are no sounds to distract me and nothing to look at to distract me. As I eat I can smell the food completely, taste the food completely and feel the texture of the food inside my mouth completely. I have an appreciation of food that nobody with sight or hearing could ever understand.

My sense of touch and my sense of smell are also far more acute than anyone else's. While many people probably do not even notice smells, I do. I do not need to walk through a perfume store to appreciate smell, I appreciate smell everywhere. I know when someone new has entered the room because I smell them. I know I am walking past certain type of trees because I smell them. And when I smell these flowers or trees or herbs they are more to me than just smells.…… [Read More]