Archive for February, 2011

2-24-11

Posted: February 24, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

CLICK HERE for directions and explanation on google docs.

Ideas

Do Something.org

Volunteer Kalamazoo

Gen “Y” Cares top 10

2/25 – Project given/proposal template   (only day of work in the computer lab).

3/4 – A works cited page(minimum of 3 sources) and proposal is due (10pts).

3/7 – A rough draft of the project is due emailed or handed into Mr. McCullough (10pts).

3/11- Final project is due and “Social Movement” fair occurs (80pts).

Social Movement                                                        Name:_______________________
Research Proposal *                                                      Hr:_______

Topic of my Social Movement:___________________________________________________

Grievance

Resources

Frame

*  Supporters- Attach Ideas to get supporters.

*Graphs or Charts:  Attach any graphs or charts you may have found at this point.

*Tentative List of References:  Attach your tentative list of references.
PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE

X____________________________________________DATE____________
*DUE Friday March 4th 2011 by 5pm (paper or emailed copy)

2-23-11

Posted: February 23, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
What causes or social movements are most important to our city?
To our state?
To our world?
To YOU?
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Today we took notes over what social movements are and the 3 ingredients are to make them happen.  We then watched a social movement in action watching the movie “The Garden”.
Tomorrow we will get the information for our big project so be ready!

2-18-11

Posted: February 17, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Click here for assignment or copy and paste info below.

 

This week we discussed a variety of social institutions (organized patterns of beliefs and behavior that are needed for fulfillment of basic human needs) including education.

Please follow the steps below to see how education does or does not fit the definition of social institution.

STEP 1:  U.S. Educations as a social institution –

Explore the U.S. Department of Education’s website to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources:

SEARCH TERMS Titles of Resources on Topic 

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)
Physiological (food, water/sleep)  

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)
Love/Belonging (friendship, family)
Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)
Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

STEP 2:  Michigan Education as a social institution –

Explore the Michigan Department of Education’s website to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources.  BE SURE YOUR SEARCH IS RETURNING SOMETHING ABOUT EDUCATION/CHILDREN ETC.  NOT OTHER MI GOVT. FUNCTIONS:

SEARCH TERMS Titles of Resources on Topic 

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)
Physiological (food, water/sleep)  

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)
Love/Belonging (friendship, family)
Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)
Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

STEP 3 Kalamazoo Public Schools as a social institution –

Explore the Kalamazoo Public School’s website to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources:

SEARCH TERMS Titles of Resources on Topic 

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)
Physiological (food, water/sleep)  

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)
Love/Belonging (friendship, family)
Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)
Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

STEP 4 Kalamazoo Public View of Education as an Institution-


Explore the Kalamazoo Gazette to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources.  Be sure to click on “KALAMAZOO” so you are searching just local opinion and include either “school” or “education” in each search.

SEARCH TERMS 

“school” or “education” in each search

Titles of Resources on Topic 

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)
Physiological (food, water/sleep)  

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)
Love/Belonging (friendship, family)
Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)
Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

HOMEWORK:


In one page (two if hand written) double spaced please react to the following statement.

“So, obviously school systems teach people lots of things, but not necessarily the things that they set out to teach them….and they completely miss the important needs that should be met.”

Use data and facts from your searches to back up your opinion.

You will be graded on:

  • Correct use of examples and content vocabulary.
 

This week we discussed a variety of social institutions (organized patterns of beliefs and behavior that are needed for fulfillment of basic human needs) including education.

 

Basic Human Needs: à

 

 

Please follow the steps below to see how education does or does not fit the definition of social institution.

 

 

STEP 1:  U.S. Educations as a social institution –

 

Explore the U.S. Department of Education’s website to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources:

 

SEARCH TERMS

Titles of Resources on Topic

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)

Physiological (food, water/sleep)

 

 

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)

 

 

Love/Belonging (friendship, family)

 

 

Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)

 

 

Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 2:  Michigan Education as a social institution –

 

Explore the Michigan Department of Education’s website to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources.  BE SURE YOUR SEARCH IS RETURNING SOMETHING ABOUT EDUCATION/CHILDREN ETC.  NOT OTHER MI GOVT. FUNCTIONS:

 

SEARCH TERMS

Titles of Resources on Topic

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)

Physiological (food, water/sleep)

 

 

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)

 

 

Love/Belonging (friendship, family)

 

 

Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)

 

 

Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

 

 

 

 

STEP 3 Kalamazoo Public Schools as a social institution –

Explore the Kalamazoo Public School’s website to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources:

 

SEARCH TERMS

Titles of Resources on Topic

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)

Physiological (food, water/sleep)

 

 

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)

 

 

Love/Belonging (friendship, family)

 

 

Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)

 

 

Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 4 Kalamazoo Public View of Education as an Institution-

Explore the Kalamazoo Gazette to complete the following chart.  You may want to search a combination of these terms to get the best idea of resources.  Be sure to click on “KALAMAZOO” so you are searching just local opinion and include either “school” or “education” in each search.

SEARCH TERMS

“school” or “education” in each search

Titles of Resources on Topic

(Min 5)

How well do you feel this need is addressed? (Min. 2 sentences)

Physiological (food, water/sleep)

 

 

 

Safety (employment, morality, family)

 

 

Love/Belonging (friendship, family)

 

 

Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect)

 

 

Self-actualization (problem solving, creativity, spontaneity)

 

 

HOMEWORK:

In one page (two if hand written) double spaced please react to the following statement.

 

“So, obviously school systems teach people lots of things, but not necessarily the things that they set out to teach them….and they completely miss the important needs that should be met.”

 

Use data and facts from your searches to back up your opinion.

You will be graded on:

 

  • Correct use of examples and content vocabulary.

 

2-17-11

Posted: February 17, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Speaker Dr. Davison from WMU.

 

Read, summarize, analyze and hypothesize about this article:

Black students’ test scores show educational achievement gap in Kalamazoo

2-16-11

Posted: February 17, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Tomorrow Dr. Davison a sociologist from WMU will be coming to speak to our class about his research and why he chose the profession.  Please come up with two questions you would like to ask him and put them on an index card.
–His expertise:
“I delivered numerous lectures on Race and Ethnic Relations, Black Studies, and Multicultural Studies. I also participated in and lead several workshops and symposia related to these areas of study and practice.”
Today we watched the Frontline special “A Classroom Divided” and used this movie to further our discussion on social institutions and what purpose they serve.
After viewing the film please answer 2 sets of the following questions:

General Reactions

  • What did you learn?
  • What scene or scenes do you think you’ll still remember a month from now and why those scenes?
  • Did any part of the film surprise you? Do you think someone of a different race, ethnicity, or religion would also find it surprising?

Following Up

  • How was the exercise that Elliott designed a response to the children’s question, “Why would anyone want to murder Martin Luther King?” Did the film provide an answer to the question? Can you answer the question?
  • Census categories have changed over time to reflect the complexities of American demographics and identities. Consider how some of the following groups experience racism differently:
    • People who are bi- or multi-racial.
    • People who have black skin, but are from very different places (e.g., a 13th generation descendant of African slaves, a recent immigrant from Jamaica, a third generation Cuban, a political refugee from Somalia, etc.).
    • People “of color” who are not black (e.g., Asians, Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, etc.)

Impact of Discrimination

  • What did the children’s body language indicate about the impact of discrimination?
  • How did the negative and positive labels placed on a group become self-fulfilling prophecies?
  • In the prison seminar, one of the white women asserts that all people face some kind of discrimination. Another woman challenges her, claiming that whites can’t really know what it’s like to face discrimination every minute of every day. What do you think?
  • Both Elliott and her former students talk about whether or not this exercise should be done with all children. What do you think? If the exercise could be harmful to children, as Elliott suggests, what do you think actual discrimination might do?

Looking at the Structures that Nurture Bias

  • What features did Elliott ascribe to the superior and inferior groups and how did those characteristics reflect stereotypes about blacks and whites?
  • How did Elliott’s discrimination create no-win situations for those placed in the inferior group? How did she selectively interpret behavior to confirm the stereotypes she had assigned?
  • It’s easy to understand why third-graders might not refuse to obey their teacher, but when the exercise is done with the prison guards, why don’t any of the adults object?

Looking for Answers

  • At recess, two of the boys from different groups get in a fight. Elliott asks the one who was teased if responding with violence made him feel better or made the teasing stop. What does the answer suggest about the use of violence as a political strategy? At the time, who was using violence for political purposes and why?
  • How is the blue eyes/brown eyes exercise related to the Sioux prayer, “Help me not judge a person until I have walked in his shoes”?

2-15-11

Posted: February 15, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

What is an “institution”?
Today we took notes on what an institution is and why they exist in societies.  We then took examples of institutions  such as family, medicine, mass media etc. and analyzed them in groups.  See Mr. McCullough or a classmate if you missed the notes.
Group assignment:

•Label the top 2 inches of your paper “Social Institutions”
•Split your paper into 5 equal sections (however you choose)
•Choose 5 different Institutions from our notes and label each section one of them.
•In each section you must also include (min 2):
–Basic needs it meets, organizations, values, roles, and norms.
• Must have minimum of 3 visuals for each section

2-14-11

Posted: February 15, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Questions:
Why do societies have religion?
Why is there so many religions?
Today we looked at a movie by National Geographic called “Taboo:  Test of Faith” to begin exploring social institutions like religion.
See Part 1 of the episode below…search youtube for rest of the program.

2-11-11

Posted: February 11, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Questions of the day:
What did you learn about crime and deviance of the U.S. and Kalamazoo?
How did you deviance project turn out?  Any surprises?  What learning did you take away?
Today we held a summit on crime and deviance of the United States, primarily focused on Kalamazoo.  We debated such questions as:

What do you see as the trends in crime, deviance of the U.S.?
What does this mean for the future of our country?
Personal concerns as a future leader in the U.S.?
What do you feel about the death penalty?  Does it work?
In addition we shared our deviance projects including a video by Scout.  Good Job!    See a short clip of your sharing time below.

2-9-11 and 2-10-11

Posted: February 8, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

*Turn in homework to Mr. McCullough

Click below for today’s assignment.  You must complete all activities and print by the end of the hour Thursday.

Deviance Criminal Justice Webquest

In addition, do not forget your 2 pg.+ report over your “Deviance, breaking the social norm” assignment for Friday as it will be part of our lesson that day.

2-8-11

Posted: February 8, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Question:  Can you think of some items that fall in the following catagories?

Deviant but not criminal.

Criminal but not deviant.

Both deviant and criminal.

Today we looked at the comic book “Prisoners of the War on Drugs” and took grafiti notes on the subjects within.

Homework:

Now that you’ve studied the “War on Drugs” do you feel taking drugs should be labeled deviant, criminal or neither?
What course of action, if any, should be taken against drug addicts or dealers?
Please give at least one specific example from our reading today.
1 pg. double space response by tomorrow.
Must have clear introduction, purpose, conclusion.