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Discussion 5A: Contradictory messages?

Use Attached – Taking the Offensive Against Offensive Toys and Unlearning the Myths that Blind us

As educators we tell children to be nice, not condone violence and share, however the Rethinking Popular Culture book provides multiple (disturbing) examples of instances where subtext about greed, superiority/inferiority, violence or stereotyping abounds in children’s popular culture. In addition the PFLAG link –…educates us about bullying and cyber-bullying.

Choose 2 chapters from this weeks readings that illustrate this (please make sure that no more than 2 of your colleagues have referenced the chapter you choose). Please use quotes (with page numbers) to explain your points and ground your discussions in details.

1) According to the authors, what message/s (e.g. “might is right”, “sexism is natural” etc) are embedded in children’s film, toys, textbooks or literature?

2) Why does this matter to you? (What connections do you make from these readings – to your life, as an educator or student?)

Discussion 5B: Public art and other resources 

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Begin by watching the video about graffiti below, think about the role of schools in connecting/disconnecting public art and educationHouston’s Graffiti: A Positive or Negative Influence? (Links to an external site.)Houston's Graffiti: A Positive or Negative Influence?

After you have watched the video, below are two links, one is to the Jacksonville Cultural Council’s art in public places in Jacksonville, the other to Jacksonville’s regional artistic history.

1. Murals. Click and explore all of these links before you begin.

a. Here are a few pretty stunning murals in Jacksonville (Links to an external site.)

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2. Artistic History (Links to an external site.)

When you have read, and explored ALL of the links, answer the following questions:

1) How much did you know and what did you learn about Jacksonville’s artistic history and murals from clicking on these websites?

2) What does this have to do with education?

Choose one chapter that speaks to you and that has not been chosen by more than two colleagues* to discuss as an educator or future educator. Please use quotes (with page numbers) to ground your discussions in details.

1) What caught your interest about the chapter you chose?

2) How does what you now know (from these readings) compare to what you learned or have seen taught in k-12 schools?

3) Why does knowing this matter?

4) When you respond to a colleague please read beyond “your” chapters and reference the chapters of your colleagues (use quotes or paraphrase) in your responses to them. In order to get full credit please make sure that you are specific in your responses in ways that evidence that you have carefully read the chapters your colleagues discuss

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