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Book Reports vs Ted Talks
EDU697: Capstone: A Project Approach
Dr. Steven Brownson
Book Reports vs Ted Talks
The activity I chose to add technology to is the infamous class book report. In that, students were to read a book assigned by their teacher. Hence, for the assigned reading they were given a book written by Mark Twain (Huck Finn), however, today there is premise to believe that the book does not meet with diversity given that many students and or younger generations are assigned the novel. That to say, that today’s diverse generation is offended because of the racial connotation of slavery and white superiority. Are Mark Twain’s books racist in content or rather is it advantageous continue with book report. The topic assigned is Racism as it pertains to Huck Finn and racism. Therefore, with technology added, the students can now view Ted Talks video (See:
https://www.ted.com/talks/david_r_williams_how_racism_makes_us_sickHow Racism Makes Us Sick), and instead of being subjugated with hateful language become endowed with helpful information.
The plight of reading seditious literature
Here we consider the information concerning racism denoted in the book Huckleberry Finn Adventures in broader detail:
Theme is set before the civil war so slavery is still a way of life for black men, women and children of African descent (slavery is legal)
Whites were slave owners
Whites depicted as superior to blacks
United States constitution as it is today depicted blacks as three-fifths of a human being (there is no amendment to that). Thus, blacks are considered still found to be more animalistic than human
Blacks depicted as mentally inferior
Slavers justify the harsh, oppression, abuse and exploitation of blacks
Racial stereotypes. Blacks are considered murderers, thieves and otherwise incapable of moral behavior
Consequently, there is more harm done to black readers over the scope of the generations which diminishes motivation.
Changes to discuss racism in a more rational manner:
https://www.ted.com/talks/david_r_williams_how_racism_makes_us_sickHow Racism Makes Us Sick David R Williams, TED speaker gave information of how racism in America has become an epidemic even to the point of affecting people’s health-- saying that “over two-hundred black people in America died that did not have to, and could not happen if the health of blacks and whites were equal” (Williams, n.d).. Why do white people live longer than black people? One disparity mentioned is that white high school dropouts live longer than black high school dropouts.
I haven’t developed past I cannot add concepts past references
Cucinotta, O., (2014). How teachers can best use TED Talks in class, from the perspective of a student. Retrieved from: http://blog.ted.com/how-teachers-can-best-use-ted-talks-in-class-from-the-perspective-of-a-student/http://blog.ted.com/how-teachers-can-best-use-ted-talks-in-class-from-the-perspective-of-a-student/
Education World, (2017). Integrating Technology: Fun Classroom Activities. Retrieved from:
Institute of Elemental Ethics & Education (n.d). Creating an Ethical Classroom. Retrieved from:
Mendels, P., (2000). Online Ethics Should Begin in Classroom, Educators Say. The New York Times on the Web. Retrieved from:
TedMed (2016). How Racism Makes Us Sick. Retrieved from:
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