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"No, No, Kids, put the shapes that are alike together."

Topic of the Week:
Measuring Learning without the Learner

Friday, July 17, 2003: Are they learning? Can I be sure what they're doing unless I listen to them? Suppose the young lady on the left is just confused. She's having trouble telling the difference in shape between squares and circles. Or maybe she thinks the green circle looks neat with the blue square? I might agree with her. So I'd better find out what's on her mind, hadn't I? What about the young man in the middle? He may very well know that the light green circle should go with the dark green circle, but the young lady already has the light green circle, and, hey, that red square doesn't look so bad here. And, my goodness, the young man on the right. It looks like there's a blue female shape into which he is cramming an orange male shape. Never seen those shapes in this kind of puzzle game before. But what an interesting approach to cram one shape inside the other, instead of just laying it over the other. We may have just discovered some creativity in this group.

What I estimate they are learning is going to depend on what I learn from them through their actions or verbally about whether they were working together, so that one having the light green circle means the other can't have it? Or were they to negotiate which piece or pieces they would have? And were there strict rules of how to do whatever they are trying to do? or can I recognize and encourage their creativity? For the sake of our future together I hope the answer is that yes, we can encourage creativity and grade, not on tests and rules, but on the interdependence of our interactions and learning together.

By encouraging children to follow the traditonal rules we provide privilege and support to the dominant discourse, teaching them not to trust their creativity, but to conform. Conformity and normativity and discipline are important skills, but so are critical thinking and creativity.

More up soon . . . jeanne

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A Range of Sources on Global Events

Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor

Indymedia - BBC News - New Profile - Progressive Sociologists Network


  • Friday, July 18, 2003: This week we are trying to set up the main page and the weekly issue page as a reliable means to find those things we seek most often on the site. Feedback greatly appreciated. jeanne

  • Saturday, July 19, 2003: About Us Describing the project of Dear Habermas at CSUDH and UWP. Feedback welcome. jeanne

Using Academic Language Effectively:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

Social Theory across Disciplines:

Peace and Social Justice
Essays, Comments, and Discussion Questions

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Lived Experience:

Emancipatory Narratives

    Lance Armstrong, yellow jersey, and Iban Mayo crash after fanís souvenir bag catches on Armstrongís handlebars. Jan Ullrich, far right, swerving to avoid accident, waited with the pack until riders rose. (Agence France-Presse)

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2003. Honor Among Athletes: Cycling in the Tour de France: No Crash Ending By Diane Pucin, L.A Times Staff Writer. Backup
    "When Lance Armstrong was dropped to the pavement by the wayward handle of a fan's yellow bag, his closest pursuers, even Germany's Jan Ullrich, who had trailed Armstrong by only 15 seconds at the day's start, slowed to wait for Armstrong to pick himself up, dust himself off and get back in the race.

    "To many U.S. sports fans, casual watchers of this extraordinary bike race, what happened in Monday's Stage 15 of the Tour de France caused a collective "huh?" "But to Ullrich, who is now 1 minute 7 seconds behind Armstrong as the three-week race heads into its final five days, speeding off while Armstrong was on the ground would have been wrong."

    Four-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of the United States pats Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel on the back as he passes him during the Tour's 15th stage. (Agence France-Presse)

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2003. Winning with Honor: In Cycling, Winning With Honor Means Everything By Diane Pucin, L.A Times Staff Writer. Backup.
    "On Monday, after Armstrong had restarted the attack after his fall, he caught the Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel. Chavanel had led the stage through most of the first five, hard climbs. On his way past Chavanel, Armstrong reached out and patted Chavanel on the back.

    It was a gesture of congratulations and apology by Armstrong.

    "If Lance hadn't needed the 20-seconds bonus for winning the stage," Andreu said, "absolutely Lance would have let Chavanel win the stage. That's what you do. You help people. Because someday you'll want someone to help you."

    Kids, Etc.: Topics to Share with Others

    Art Shenanigans

      Stanford example of Dime Novel illustration from 19th Century
      Cover of Brave and Bold
      Link on Image to Stanford for large version.
      While you're there, erase the file link on the URL, and explore the site.

    • Sunday, July 20, 2003. Dime Novels of the 19th Century: Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls On the Stanford Server. Cover Image from Brave and Bold. Stanford University Libraries/Academic Text Service. Discover that such treasures are out there, preserved, and slowly being made available to all of us for our learning pleasure.

    • Sunday, July 20, 2003. Preserving old photographs. The Civil War: Abraham Lincoln Civil War Cartes de Visites. Albumen photograph from the Stanford Collection. Civil War photograph album from the James Wadsworth Family Papers, Library of Congress. Turn such a photograph album into a topic to share by including brief descriptions of the subjects of the photos and linking them conceptually to our lived experiences today. I don't have time with Fall classes coming, but some of you might like to take that project on. What a great measure of learning for both history and culture and visual sociology!

    Academic Assessment

    UWP and CSUDH Classes Linked through Dear Habermas in Fall 2003