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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: January 12, 2006
Latest Update: January 12, 2006

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Haynes, Vanessa:

LEARNING RECORDS

Message 123 and 124 of Learning Records:

I live in a gated community. there are guards allowing people to enter my housing development. Homes valued at $500,000-$700,000. Children outside playing. Sounds like a beautiful safe community. Well, let me share something with you!! December 2, 2005,, a day after my birthday my daughter and I went to walmart to get some cleaning supplies for the house. About 5:30 p.m. I got a call from Washington Mutual saying, "Ms. ######, did you authorize a check for $3,400? I imediately said no! The clerk said that someone was at the bank trying to cash a check written by me for that amount. I repeated no I didn't authorize it, and the clerk said thank you, I am going to alert authorities (the police).

So, I gathered all my things and got on my way home. I reached the house and walked upstairs. I thought to myself I wonder how they got my check book. Now, while I was trying to understand what was going on I got other phone calls from other washington mutual locations. Asking the same question, Ms. ##### do you verify the amount of $1,800.00, $1,700 on and on. I said no to each teller. By then there was a block on my account, thanks to the first teller. Each time my head was spinning and wondering how this happened. Eventually I went to sleep and decided that this must have happened at work, someone must have stolen my check book from the office.

[When] I got to work I told everyone about the story and began to make some changes to my activity at work. The day went by nicely. I went to the bank and closed my account, which was a pain in the behind. But I do what I have to do!!

About two days later, I got home from work and realized that my front door was open!!! By then I was really confused! I asked my daughter did you leave the door open? Now it's not wide open but unlocked. We looked at each other,and I said honey someone is in this house or has been? We left, and I called the police. Police got there, and we went in together! Yes, someone had been in the house!! I went upstairs and said to myself what is going on? I didn't see that anything was missing. I began to look in my bedroom, look in my night stand which has a drawer and realized that the money I had in my drawer was gone. Now the light was begining to get brighter. I look around and travelers checks I bought to go on vacation with weren't there, lap top, cam recorder, camera, jewlery etc..

I was so disgusted. I realized then that someone had been in my house not once, but at least twice. I felt so violated. I quickly called other offices, reported to all I needed to, and called a friend to come over and stay the night.

Now, after all that I realized that I had a paper due for class Dec 6th at 5:30 p.m.(at Dominguez Hills), and I had typed it on the lap top computer which was stolen. so I called the Teacher and tried to explain and possibly ask for an extension of a day or two. I knew that I could reconstruct the paper because I had several copies that I had printed prior to this day, but I had planned on printing it out the day before the due date so that I would have been able to review it one more time for any mistakes. I called the instructor in the sociology department and told him of what happened. You would not believe what happened!

He told me there was nothing he could do. he was not responsible for my life, and the paper was due, and he would not accept any late papers, and that he needed to hang up. he didn't want to talk to me any more. As a matter of fact his response after I told him of my break in - he said, are you saying they stole your paper or is this the dog ate my paper story? I explained to him that this was not a joking matter and I began to cry. I couldn't believe that an instructor at CSUDH would treat me this way. You see, I had received an A on the midterm so I had planned to do well on the final, so that I may receive an A in the class. What a pain!!! Now, I decided to share this with you to say, No place is safe, practice security and some instructors may have been teaching too long and have lost the feeling that students are human. Imagine a sociology teacher like that!!!! What do you think of that????

Reply:

I think it's very, very sad, Vanessa. I'm sorry. I know you must feel violated. And that is bad enough without finding that there are no exceptions to institutional rules. I think that those so determined to enforce rules without flexibility and without permitting answerability are very insensitive to the conditions in urban schools today. Spirit, on transform_dom, might say BGUTI, Better Get Used to It, (Alfie Kohn). But I don't think we should get used to it. I want to change a world that is inflexible and insensitive. I don't believe such inflexibility and infliction of dominance, authority, and pain is essential to good learning.

Perhaps your teacher was ill, at the end of his own patience. I hope that you will be able to go on past this. And I hope that the teacher will find peace and the love that will make this a kinder, gentler, more loving world.

Remember when you find yourself in a postion of authority that Bowman and Deal point out that good management techniques require good and effective communication with employees. Enterprise works as a team, not by dominance and authority wagging.
jeanne
December 27, 2005

Message 62 of Learning Records:

This year I was very active in the Nov 8, 2005 election process. This was for two good reasons. First it's my civic duty. The second reason is because I am an employee at Compton Community College in Compton California and we are in trouble. Our accreditation is in jeopardy. One of the reasons stated by the accrediation team has to do with our leadership. The Board of Trustees. So, we decided to take a direct interest in the selection of the board members. We had two seats open and we decided to participate. I live in Carson and that seat was available. So I got involved.

  • I spent 3 saturdays (4 hours each) walking in the Carson neigborhoods passing out literature on the person that our union supported and of course the propostions that our union supported. Face to face sitting in the living rooms of the people that would vote.

  • I spent (2) friday nights mingling with a group of voters deciding on the locations that we were going to walk and other strategies that we should take to ensure the success of our canidate and the victory against the propositions supported by our govenor.

  • And last but not least Nov 11, 2005. I participated in carpools to the voting polls. I gave rides to many elderly and just voters without rides to the polls. Many times voters had rides but just needed a reminder or motivation to go and vote. I contacted many of my friends and family members to vote.

  • Because of the direction of this class I became the spokesperson for "please go out and vote campaign" at work and for my family and friends. Thanks Jeanne for the motivation which I passed on to my family and friends....

Reply:

Vanessa, I'm delighted that you were so active, and that our class played a part in that.
jeanne
December 22, 2005

Message 20 on Learning Records:

Social class affects one's life chances across a broad spectrum of social phenomenon from health care, to educational attainment, to participation in the political process, to contact with the criminal justice system. Many researchers have speculated that there is a relationship between crime and class structure. It has been speculated that dislocations in the class structure produced by recent economic restructuring are responsible for a variety of social problems, including crime. Nowhere is the power differential between classes more obvious than in the criminal justice system. Poor people, who commit crimes, are more likely to receive punishment. According to Ed Mead, what constitutes a crime is not some fixed set of proscribed behaviors; rather, these behaviors change with time and the class nature of the existing social order. Ancient Greece and Rome, for example, were societies based upon the state-supported economic system of slavery. A slave owner during that period would be perfectly within his legal rights to murder one or more of his slaves. He in cold blood kills them as punishment or for the mere pleasure of watching them die. The law of the day protected his right to dispose of his property in any way he saw fit. This was also true in the South with black slaves. What we call first-degree premeditated murder was behavior protected by the power of the state under the system of slavery, so too, in a future social order, acts seen as virtuous today will be looked upon as criminal behavior. Just as the definitions of crime can change with the class basis of the existing social order, so too can its punishments. Just as the definitions of crime can change with the class basis of the existing social order, so too can its punishments. Ed Mead says that today's capitalist system comes up with creative ways and schemes for separating the working class from its hard-earned money, ranging from telemarketing scams to the usury committed by banks and credit card companies. Some of these are legal and some are not. When such crimes are punished, the punishment is light, usually a fine of some sort. The same is true for punishments against corporations and wealthy individuals. In all class societies to the present, the crimes of the poor are punished far more harshly.

Ed Mead, Social Justice, San Francisco: Fall 2000. Vol. 27, Iss. 3; pg 11.

Reply:

Good choice of source. I'll include it with the textual summaries.
jeanne
December 20, 2005



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