Wednesday, February 22, 2012

College Diversity

Racial Diversity

The above link is to an article dealing with the issue of diversity in colleges. 
The general idea of the article is discussing the idea of how colleges take into account race and socioeconomic status during admissions process. The article talks about the past issue in 2003 on diversity in colleges. Grutter v. Bollinger  This link sum's up the 2003 court cause that first addressed this issue. In colleges the admissions board has to keep up a diversity, so is it fair to deny one student because of there race? Ponder this scenario, a college receives two acceptance letters one from a white person and the other from a African American. The African American has a lower GPA, did worse on there SAT's and there grades were below average.  The white person had good grades and a great SAT score. The college accepts the African American just to make there campus more socially diverse and sends a rejection letter to the white. Do you think this is a good decision?  If this topic is ignored there is going to be segregation in campuses across the United States. At the University of Berkeley they hold a bake sale how wrong it is to judge people solely on there race, they price the bake goods differently depending on your ethnicity. This shows how they feel about colleges basing acceptance rates solely based on socioeconomic status.  

I never knew colleges had to meet a certain ethnicity standard. I found this article very interesting and a controversial topic that can be played around with for years. I also feel that in any situation no matter what  court case is held some one is going to be happy and some one is not. There is really not a way to please everyone. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

I Have To Tweet On My Twitter, Then Check My Other 20 Accounts

If you couldn't tell already technology and I are.....not the best of friends. Twitter, for me is just another social network that kids today are blowing up with personal problems, anger, frustrating or just pure boredom. The only way any of the social network sites could be a beneficial tool is if a teacher gives you an assignment, just like this one, to express your opinion on something that actually matters. Who cares, "who broke up with who" or "oh my gosh she's pregnant." I strongly believe any of these networking sites are over rated and just cause a lot more stress then needed. I would rather be learning the basics like how to change the margin size on a word document, but wait I forgot I could just google that to. All in all my first impression of Twitter was, "oh great now I have to spend over 4 hours figuring out how this site works." As I said before the only way I could see Twitter being a good thing is for assignments like we get in SEDU 183. Other then in class assignments I really could not see how this could befit anyone except a social, "lets keep in touch with one another" site.    

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Power point feedback

I struggled a lot with this project, i am an expert when it comes to power point, but with having a mac computer, it made things very different. The difference between computers and there programs was a huge challenge. Since i did not know how to use the tools on the mac's version of power point i had to go home for the weekend just to take a mac computer class. The only reward of this project was that i learned more about my mac computer and got a new software program installed. Other then that creating this power point was frustrating and challenging.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Chapter 1

In chapter one of the book Personal Learning Networks, the topic that caught my eye the most was called Big Shifts. This topic caught my eye when I read it because it tells the truth about what education and networking is coming to. Although I dislike technology, I agree with the writer in every aspect; the writer is not afraid to tell the readers the truth about what is going on.
Even though the author is just stating the facts, I really hate to believe what education is coming to. I ask this question, what is so wrong with pencil and paper? Why do we always have to be coming out with something new to learn? I feel as if coming out with all this new technology does not let the teacher concentrate on the subject that they are suppose be teaching. The teachers are learning all about the technology that I believe is confusing the kids even more then just the subject at hand.
These days all you see is small children running around with ipads and cell phones. What happened to card games and board games? The author illustrates this firmly in the second paragraph when they talk about tethered to mobile. All in all, I like the authors points of view and how they present the information, it really does make you realize a lot of what is happening.