Monday, February 24, 2014


Safe Spaces is a book written by Annemarie Vaccaro, Gerri August, and Megan S. Kennedy. They show the importance of making schools and communities welcome the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender youth.


The pages in this book made me think more than any of the documents we have read before have. It Made me think of every single scenario I was ever in with someone that was not straight.
Ever since I was a little girl my family raised myself and my siblings as good American Catholic citizens. My religion is against any talk of this sort, which is not fair in my belief, because I have always been told God loves each of us. Just today actually, at the end of mass during the announcements arborist announced he will be taking a break and will be back in three months. And then he said "also please stop all of this gossip". And at that moment I knew why he was talking about. He was speaking about the accusations that he is gay. Which made me think about where else "coming-out" is an "issue".

At my high school they decided to start an diversity week the week before April vacation. At the time I really thought it was a joke. I mean my high school was roughly 99% white, middle class students. Never did I think that LGBT was an diverse issue. But then this boy "came-out" on Facebook. Guess how many likes he got... 159 likes. Absolutely amazing seeming Facebook is dead AND that no one wants to talk about the "issue". In my eyes there should be no issue. Everyone deserves the same respect.
I decided to do some research about other TV episodes for children have had a different family life than usually perceived. The only children television show recently shown was Good Luck Charlie. The show is made by Disney Channel, and they are getting many reviews; good and bad.
Honestly please check this link out its good. And make sure you read the comments underneath too see what other people's view points are.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


"Aria" by Richard Rodríguez is an autobiography written by a bilingual male. His first language is Spanish and he later started learning and speaking English when he was seven years old and in a Catholic School.

Extended Comments:

For this post I decided to use Sarah Medeiros's post to agree with the ideas that she had.

I agree that Richard was making "his overall message is one of finding an identity in the world." Just as Sarah pointed out. I totally agree with her connection to the "Silenced Dialogue". But I also ask if "Aria" connects to the first reading we did as a class being "Privilege, Power, and Difference" I make this connection because Allan G. Johnson says how he has so many privileges being a male. But could Richard actually have more privileges because he DOES know how to speak two languages. Honestly speaking I personally struggle every single day at working trying to understand what Spanish speaking customers are trying to tell me, and envy the other employees that can switch so quickly and not even think about it. Also when people at work start speaking Spanish I start trying to leave the scenario or just smile and fix myself, always wondering if their talking about something about me... Putting me at a greater disadvantage I feel. Also in education many children do come into the classrooms speaking only Spanish, and the people that are applying for the job that are bilingual have a greater opportunity to get the job, and have a better controlled class. Just like how Sarah said "a comforting environment where he did not feel as though he was being judged or tested when trying to give a response."

Overall I give Sarah most credit for all the thinking that I did because of this blog post.... Here's her blog to check it out and also check out the link she connected the blog to 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Silenced Dialogue

Yet again another late post... for a good reason I guess :D
So as I do for every reading that I have ever done I Google the author, this time being Delpit and then further Google their piece of work I am analyzing, these being "The Silenced Dialogue". Instantly I received 522,000 hits. This showing that many people have different opinions.


I found this blog that was written in 2005. This blog helped me understand what Delpit was trying to explain through her novel. I agree with the blog's author saying that the honor students are not receiving help either to help project their knowledge and to grow and develop also. Yes many of the ESL students and learning disability students need help but where are the honor students mixed in with this? As the author asks "How" is this managed?
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Excuse the lady saying "hum" quite a many times and this video connects PERFECTLY with our class AND what Delpit and Kozol say. We need to as teachers use our students as a resource instead of an obstacle. The only thing I disagree with this speaker is that many teachers are white, middle class, females. Teachers cannot fix who they are and what they're background is. Just as the students can not help who they are. It is not a teachers fault that this stereotype is what most are. It is like saying most successful doctors are male and Asian. That just seems rude and downgrading to everyone else in the occupation. I can speak for my self in knowing that I will not have a classroom full of people exactly like me. Not to mention I would not like to teach students must like me. I rather have an extremely integrated classroom and be able to hear opinions and backgrounds. The students teach you and they teach you.


Overall I think that Delpit discussed her view points in an extremely clean and undramatic way. However it was hard at multiple times to really understand what she meant.