Teaching (Social Respons) w Humanities

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead

The humanities can be an effective point of entry to teach potentially difficult topics like social responsibility in the midst of formal curriculum. For instance, Radiohead’s “All I Need” (lyrics here) could be used in economics courses to navigate the fair v. free trade debate and considerations related to globalization

Exemplar Q’s for simultaneously teaching both with and about digital media:

  1. How is color being used to convey meaning?
  2. How is life different for each child?
  3. How are the shoes positioned to tell a story and make a point?

Prompt: ‘Being the Change’ in Divisive Times

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-2-41-06-pmConsider this short article & video/interview, Facebook shows you what you want to see post-election re: the informational ecosystem that we live in. It argues that we are placed into insulated bubbles of like-minded ideology and hyperpartisan news that results in profound division and the inability to understand each other:

Facebook’s algorithm knows what you like based on the videos you watch, people you talk to, and content you interact with. It then shows you more of the same. This creates something called “filter bubbles.” You begin to see only the content you like and agree with, while Facebook hides dissenting points of view.

Reply to this prompt in at least 3 paragraphs (on your site by class on Monday): in light of these times of fear, suspicion, and distrust, how can you (to quote Gandhi) “be the change you wish to see in the world”? In at least three paragraphs, clarify:
a) At least one explicit social change that you’d like to see in the world and,
b) What specifically you could do (as a teacher & citizen) to promote that change by ‘being’ that change.
We look forward to reading your responses!

‘Decomposing’ Teaching w Music

Today we consider the power  & potential of music’s intersection with instruction and how to do it in a way that is thoughtful, planned, & supportive of both curriculum & student learning:

Assigned ReadingThe Message in The Music.

Guiding Document to assist in rationale & lyrical analysisusing-music-te-407-408

e.g. – Dear Bored of Education by Propaganda.

Satire Paradox Prompts

Prompts for The Satire Paradox by Gladwell to be posted on your website, by Monday’s class:

FYI, Satire is defined as…

1) Talk about the argument being made in the podcast, in 2-4 sentences: what is ‘The Satire Paradox’ exactly? Further, and more specifically, how does Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin illustrate this phenomenon?

2) Critically react to the argument of The Satire Paradox, in 4-6 sentences: After hearing from Gladwell, what does satire do to influence (or not influence) public/perspectives on political figures? Is satire effective in persuading opinions & critiquing individuals, or does satire miss the intended mark by only entertaining and watering down the true issues and figures being addressed?

Revisionist History: The Satire Paradox

rhIn an age dominated by political comedy, The Satire Paradox asks whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE.

Link to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast.