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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: January 10, 2006
Latest Update: January 10, 2006
Levitt, Marcus A. : Link to name for records.
Message 102 on Learning Records:I totally agree with transparency theory. Students learn alot more then what is on the test. They only get graded on whats on the test and not all the other information. 51% of the people voted Bush as our president and the war in Iraq has not settled anything and he did not act right during Katrina. There should be a fund for disasters and i thought there was one. But Bush does not want to HELP the victims in my opinion. I fully believe you when you wrote that its not what the president promises to do, it is what he has done in the past. What kind of mentality a person has before he/she is voted into office. Anybody will say anything to get what they want, and it is certain that anybody will say things that the public wants to hear to be president of the United States. I read about how Bush was saying that he was going to tax the rich more. I have yet to see. All I see is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. What are the poor and average people supposed to do? It obvious that we cant trust Bush!
Reply:Marcus, I share your convictions. But what about governance discourse? What about those who don't agree with us? How can we use the articles and sources we have consulted this semester to make a quantitative or qualitative argument that those who haven't thought about this issue as we have will listen to it? How could we engage in illocutionary discourse, and try to figure out why and how they disagree with us? This will take our going back to statistical analyses and interpretations, and moving beyond our "feelings" in our arguments.
December 23, 2005
Message 95 on Learning Records:I believe that the U.S. did not do everything that could have been done to help the victims or during the tragedy. It seemed as if Bush thought that it was going to be done and everyone was going to forget about it. He couldn't be more wrong! Action was taken but i do not think all the proper action was taken. That in it self was structural violence. I do believe it had something to do with the color of the victims skin. We all heard what the former first lady said; that they were deprived anyways so them (victims) sleeping in the arena was turning out good for them. This was the former first lady Barbra Bush who said this. I just dont understand why some people can be so rude and inconsiderate to others. This is a crime and i dont think enough people were punished for it. There are still a lot of questions out there that need to be answered and i dont really feel that they will be answered. One thing that we can all conclude is this was an unfortunate event.
Reply:I like the balance and restraint of your conclusion, Marcus. This is the first lesson to learn in statistics: not to go beyond your data before you have a chance to sort out what the data do indeed show. What I'd like to see you add is some suggestions for how we might examine what actual data are now available and how they might help us draw valid conclusions for future handling of such crises. No one was collecting data at the time of the disaster. Consider this grounded theory, and look at what happened to see what we should conclude from the data that can be gathered together now. This occurs at the beginning of our studies.
December 23, 2005
Message 94 on Learning Records:During pain sometimes at a certain time the pain will be greater then average and sometimes it will be less then aveerage. So when the doctor says that your pain will regress whether they are treated or not that is an obvious statement. The question is will the pain stay regressed? What the doctor means is that the pain will regress at times and what the doctor is not telling you is that the pain will be greater at some point. The patient would have to figure the average pain. That is the question that the patient would have to ask, what is the average pain that they will endure?
Reply:Nice explanation, Marcus.
December 22, 2005
Message 6778:The "N" word is that should be eliminated from everyone's vocabulary. It is a derogatory remark used for African Americans. In your posting it said that there will be no correlation with the "N" word and African Americans. Yes it is one small step but it is far from being a solution. I am an African American and when I hear other blacks calling each other the "N" word that makes me feel that our society has regressed. I totally agree with you when it said that young Black men need to cease using the "N" word so freely. That is a battle that looks like we are no where close to winning. A good study of the percentage of people who actually use the "N" word is just by asking the people. If we put out a questionnaire including the question regarding the "N" word and mask it between many other questions, this would take care of the quantitative data. After we do that we could look at the qualitative data, looking where the people grew up, where they went to school, what major events took place in their life time and who their friends are.
Reply:Marcus, you've got some good suggestions fro looking at both qualitative and quantitative data. The only piece I think you'd need to consider before such an undertaking is how it would relate to censorship and the first amendment. That's been one of the concerns about "political correctness." Let's hope that in time we will progress past worrying so about racism, but we're surely not there yet.
December 20, 2005