Saturday, April 17, 2010

Random Post

So, I'm cleaning off my computer, and I found this blog post that I never posted. Thought it was interesting.

Again, with the student teaching experiences… Is it appropriate for a teacher to share their personal opinion as if it’s fact? Is it appropriate for a teacher to have political campaign posters dotting the room and stickers adorning their podium, all of which lean to one side of the margin, without any impartiality. As a teacher, I feel it is my responsibility to share information with students and let them decide for themselves which side they want to take. How would I feel as a student in a classroom where my politics diverge from the teacher’s but I don’t feel like I would be able to share that because the teacher’s politics are posted everywhere. And it’s not just in the one classroom, 4 out of the 8 social studies teachers have no qualms about posting political posters in the classroom or sharing their opinions as if they’re facts. It’s no wonder kids don’t have any desire to participate in democracy when they’ve had politics shoved down their throats for so many years. What happened to fairness and impartiality, how is it that these teachers get away with this? It’s enough to make me want to home school my children (this implies I want to have children sometime in my life, which I don’t, but were that to happen, you better believe they wouldn’t be attending this class I’m observing).

All of this is still true, honestly, it's one of the reasons I've chosen to go to Grad School instead of actively seeking a teaching job, there is just too much politics in schools, why do we play these games?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

What am I studying again?

After receiving many questions, I have realized that I never actually shared what I'll be studying at Grad School.
Library and Information Sciences, that's it. I might try and get a specialization in Archives and Record Management too. Basically I want to be an academic librarian or a librarian at a historical society or something like that. The program is really great too, because it helps you become more technologically advanced, plus they have something like 24 libraries at the University of Michigan so lots of opportunities to work part time and internship opportunities

I actually went to Ann Arbor a couple of weekends ago. It was visiting days for the School of Information. I got a tour of downtown Ann Arbor (complete with a listing of all the bars and their happy hours, not so helpful) I got to meet a lot of new and great people I might be studying with. I looked at housing and found a possible roommate. I got to see an old Brighton friend whose husband is going to school there also and I got to see an insiders view of the area (including some dang good Thai food!). Mostly, I fell in love with Ann Arbor and the University. I'm pretty dang excited for school.

Meanwhile, I'm working full time and part time saving up as much money as possible, because I am going to be a really, really poor student pretty soon.