Monday, October 16, 2006

Paper topic

I happened to read the wrong article for today but it may have been a blessing in disguise! The article I read was about filters in schools and the banning of books. While I was thinking of doinf research on school violence I am now torn on which topic to focus on. I think it is really interesting on how much information is taken away from kids, at the very expense of their learning, to protect them. I also think it is interesting that school violence is happening more and more. What are the causes and what can be done to stop it? We are about to enter into this environment of teaching in schools and both topics seem to be of great importance. The hard part is to decide which one I want to research and be involved in!!


Blogger jtwrig said...

Like you Tessa, I am also interested in both of these issues. It amazes me that there are people who truly want to ban books or filter the information that is presented in schools. Recently I was at a public library and this month they are displaying books that have been banned (or attempted) by schools. I was amazed by some of the books that made the list. The Outsiders, The Color Purple, To Kill a Mockingbird....amazing books that really had a prominent effect on our society. I have always wndered what the purpose of banning these books was. Is it purely content based criticism that many groups claim or does it go deeper than that? Many of the books are ones that attempted to crticize some aspect of society, usually involving issues that are of a sensitive nature.
Either topic you choose, you are going to have a wealth of information!!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Brittany B said...

I think these topics are both extremely relevant for future teachers to explore. I think that you don't have to pick one of these topics; rather, mold them together to build off of each other. You could address the importance of teaching the so-called inappropriate books that are banned from our schools, and the important issues that they address -- and incorporate the school violence and how such issues should be talked about in order to prepare students. Since you think banning these masterpieces is taking information away from students, you could mention how they simultaneously hinder their educational experience if they are not taught. The issues that are presented in these controversial books tend to be ignored and school violence tends to be ignored as well.

However, if you choose to pick one of the topics, you will have enough information to express your perspective.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

That's a tough choice because both are incredibly important topics for teachers. Some think that censorship will help decrease school violence, personally I think that's a load of bull but that might be a way to tie in both, or maybe that could just be one of your points. Personally, I feel no one has the righ to censor anything, we just need to be reasonable about what we let our children view and give them the power to decide for themselves what they think. More and more the responsibility of the parent is being pushed on the teacher.

12:24 PM  

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