Post 9

Social Media has the most significant impact on media influences. There is so much that gets blow out of proportion because of something that is posted on Twitter. An example I have from Twitter is about professional athletes, the second they tweet something the media puts whatever assumption they want as to what that certain tweet could mean and it essentially blows up all over the TV and newspapers. Everyone has social media nowadays because it is the time of the millennials. We all see these things on Twitter and other Social Media sites and learn from them. Social media has a significant outlook on how people view themselves as well. The LGBTQ group that came and spoke to us also reminded me of social media. Everyday you see something involving that community. I liked that they came because when you see everything blown out of proportion, you could misinterpret these people and specific groups, but as they spoke to us, you realize that they are just people trying to get through life like everyone else, not the bad guys the media makes them.

I liked the guy that came and spoke to us about his adventure to Ghana. He showed the importance of how important it is to relate to the cultures that you are around. It makes them feel like you are prioritizing what they believe in and more likely will accept you with open arms if you try and implement what they believe and do what they say. It showed how scary the situation he was in could have been but  because he was smart he made it easier to work there.

NPR Paper

 

Kaylee Bott

NPR Assignment

November 1, 2017

            The topic I chose to focus on talks about a very obvious intercultural issue that we have in public schools today and that is how public schools are keeping kids in poverty. We talk about the main issues involving intercultural problems that our world has today in class every time we meet. The privileged and power chapters have stuck out to me most. I want to recognize this issue and help put a stop to it. This is a very ignored issue, but a significant one that happens in virtually every school that we can help prevent. It can be ignored in so many different ways like people not seeing those kids in poverty and ignoring the fact that they need help and teachers that may not take their job as seriously as in, thinking of the students needs they teach first.

            The video I watched you can locate on Ted Talk. It is called, How America’s public schools keep kids in poverty. Kandice Sumner is a teacher. She states how she has 600 kids and they are all beautiful. She notices how most of the students that are in poverty are usually of color. She stated how growing up she started to notice how she got exposed to differently and she did not feel like she was supposed to have things that would benefit her and had to work harder for things that others are just given. “Why is a high-quality education only exclusive to the rich?” This was something she stated that really stuck out to me. It is not a surprise why some kids do good, and some kids do bad. They do well because of what we provide them and how they are given opportunity where the ones that do bad are never given that opportunity because they are not as rich. Her students are thrilled and surprised when they get new books. A lot of them ask why they are new, because they are not used to new things. They love to read and want to, but are not always given the opportunity to read. When it comes to schooling they do not prioritize and encourage, black lives matter.

            I read two peer reviewed articles on this issue. The first one is called “School factors related to reading achievement in rural schools with and without high poverty.” It talks about how poverty is in rural schools. Rural schools are outside the big cities. A stat that I read in that article was how if you are in a poverty related area for school, your chances grow for lower employment opportunities, lower education as well as more likely to have more health issues. Rural leaders need to recognize this and get a start on this to help stop low poverty levels because they see and witness it first hand. “According to the Census Bureau the percentage of Americans living below the federal poverty line in 2009 was over 14%, the highest level experienced in the United States since 1994 (Miller, 1).” These numbers are so high it is scary to think of how many kids that are in poverty screaming for help with nobody helping them. In the article, it talked about how in Illinois they are required to pass and take a test called AYP. “In Illinois, adequate yearly progress refers to a progress indicator of NCLB. To make AYP, a school must meet certain levels established for the percentage of students testes, the academic performance of students, and either attendance rate for non-high schools or the graduation rate for high schools. In order to make AYP in Grade 3 reading during the 2011-2012 schools year Illinois schools were required to have 85% of their students meet or exceed state-identified standards on the Illinois State Assessment Test (ISAT). A schools ability or inability to make AYP has significant repercussions (Miller, 2).” With this system in place, it puts teachers on the hot seat, and makes them prioritize the progress and progression of their students helping the schools slowly merge out of poverty.

          The second is article was called, “Defying the odds of Poverty in Public Schools.” In the article, it stated how child poverty in schools in the United States is the lowest compared to all countries that qualify. “Although research is limited, a few significant studies exist that confirm effective teachers matter much more than curriculum materials or pedagogical approaches, as well as the importance that teachers can play a vital role in students’ academic performance and hopeful thinking (Stanley, 2).” This really stuck out to me because it talks so much about how teachers put in what environment that they instill in their classrooms and how they can bring positivity and hope into class each day. “Perceived capabilities to produce routes to desired goals, along with the perceived motivation to use those routes (Stanley, 2).” That stated about how important goals are and how staying on the right path in education each day can make a difference in the kids lives immensely and how much education they soak in. The teachers are the most important aspect in the children’s lives. For example, when I was growing up, I always felt more comfortable with the teachers I liked and cared about me naturally. Those that bring hope to your mind in the classroom, make the kids more willing to learn and do things to impress the teacher that expects so much from them.

         Another issue that I personally think is one that goes unnoticed is clothing. There are different types of poverty, but they all seem to tie in together. Many kids go to school in the winters without jackets and warm clothing and even in the warm weather, they have to wear the same outfit in the same week, a lot of the times with holes or dirty. This is in an obvious example that everyone around public schools can see. Why do we not do something about this? We see the issues but end up doing nothing to address these issues. We can get clothes donated and find ways to raise money to provide the materials and technology these kids need in order to be successful and receive a good education that they deserve.

              In both articles, it talked about how teachers bring the most hope and change into students. If we can bring this to teachers’ attention, they can help focus on ways to help kids. I like the AYP testing that had been put in place that I talked about in the first article. I think all teachers need to be required to give a state AYP test at the end to be sure the students are learning what they need to in order to move onto the next grades. This will help teachers prioritize what they are teaching the kids and what they are taking in. I think the states should have them take an AYP test at the beginning, middle and end of the year so they can see what they need to learn as well as the progression. Even when I was in school, teachers would say, “this end of year test that we are taking does not matter just be sure to do your best.” Every test should matter because education and getting out of poverty in schools matters. Find teachers that are willing and cannot wait to impact their students life every single day.

 

Bibliography

Miller, S. W. (2013). School factors related to reading achievement in rural schools with and without high poverty (Order No. 3589536). . (1430909826). Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1430909826?accountid=31255

Stanley, S. H. (2011). Teacher hope: Defying the odds of poverty in public schools (Order No. 3478629). . (903793382). Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/903793382?accountid=31255

Post 8

I talked to someone in an interracial relationship. She is a white female and is dating a samoan male. They have been dating for a little over two years. She talked about how hard it was but easy as well to adjust in with his family. It was so hard because they did things so differently. Everything is always celebrated, and they party and feast. It was hard because it was so different than what she was used to, but his family was so accepting that it made it super easy on her to adjust. 

I loved the LGBTQ group that came and spoke in class. I thought they were very brave to be able to open up and tell us about themselves. It is sad that people do not accept them very easily and sometimes it takes a long time for families to adjust. It makes my heart hurt to know that families out there do not willingly love and accept their kids no matter what gender they are attracted to. I liked to see their perspective on things. I like when Jake asked the question about why some outfits and hairstyles show off how some are gay but others are more hidden and dressed like everyone else. It just shows how everyone has their own sense of style but we can all relate and love one an other for what is on the inside. 

Post 7

The privilege activity that we did in class related a lot to our everyday lives and how we treat others because of what class you are. Everyone started out with a fairly equal opportunity to get to the top class, but after we were separated you could see what difference and advantages that the top class had. Once the gold top class group got to start picking the rules, that is when it started to turn. The gold team changed the rules only to help them out and did not think about the other people that would get affected by these rule changes. That is how the world works because we do not think of how it will effect the less privileged. I like this class and especially this lesson because it has taught me to think outside the box and not just think of how it will effect your privilege, but how it will effect others as well. 

Post 6

This week I learned a lot from the group projects. You do not realize privileges and what goes along with it until it is pointed out. When I was given a headband that meant me sitting on the floor the entire class period, you automatically react like why did they give me this headband? The activity that made the biggest impact though was the one step forward or one step back activity.  This activity would ask questions about your financial, sexual orientation, life growing up and your race. If you could relate, you would step forward, if not, you would step back. This put into perspective with how we are actually separated more than you would anticipate. By the time we were done, you could see the big difference and how separated the class was. Some people stand clear at the back, and others front. Some of the questions I felt hesitant to step, in fear of what they might think of me because I did not want to be labeled as less privileged, but I did it. 

The second group I was actually in. What stuck out to me most was the 10 conversations articles that I read. It simply states how majority of the people do not see color. This is something that surprised me. Everyone sees color. It is something you should notice. Be proud to be associated with different colors, do not simply ignore it because everyone sees color and knows the history that has went on. I liked the article that talked about self esteem as well. It talked about how having high self esteem, it provides you with more power just by how you carry yourself. I do agree with this. This chapter on power and privilege was by far my favorite unit thus far. 

Post 5

I feel very privileged. In almost every case, privileged has a positive effect on me. There are some circumstance however that I do not feel as privileged. That is my class. I feel like I am placed lower or middle class. It was funny because you do not feel as effected by this until you get older. Growing up, I did not feel as effected by this, but as I got older, I could sense that I was less privileged because of my financial situation in life. You are just treated lesser because you may not have as much money as someone else. 

Self Esteem is how I balance my privileges out. The way you present yourself and sale your self esteem is the way people see you. You are naturally given more power and privilege with good self esteem. 

Patience was our speaker. What stuck out to me most was, his talk about the church. He started out with saying how you may think he is a member of the church because of his white shirt, but he is not. When they ask him to join the church he said, “no because I am better off than you because you go door to door asking me to join.” This is interesting because everything in Utah is seemed to be revolved around the mormon culture. He talked about Africa a lot too. This stuck out to me because our topic has been privilege this chapter. Most times when you hear about Africa you think they are less privileged because of the way they live. It talks about how many more blacks there are in Africa. They are the majority there. So even though they may not have all the needs, they think they do because they do not know any different.

Cultural Self-Assessment Paper

Kaylee Bott

October 8, 2017

Cultural Self-Assessment Paper   

This class has helped me become very aware of how I look and perceive things. It makes me more aware of the things that I do and I know now that just because someone may do something different than I do, it is not because it is wrong, but because we have been brought up differently, in a different culture. I like to try to understand a person for who they are as a person and not judge them on previous things I have heard about someone of their same race.

 I am Caucasian and have been brought up in an all white family. The language I speak has never been a problem because everyone around me has always spoken the same language I speak, that being English so I have always felt comfortable in that aspect. I am a female. Both genders get judged and told things they can and cannot do because of their genders. I feel like because I played sports, it has helped me become very strong and independent to do things that men can too.

The socioeconomic class I have is probably different than most in the Utah area. I was very religious and active at a young age in the Mormon Church. At about age 14, I started to stray away from the church, not because I do not believe it, but because of the people that I was surrounded with. I felt like the older I got, the more judged I got in my ways of life. There were some things that some of the leaders had told me that strayed me away. I chose to not attend church anymore because I still believe that if I am living a happy life full of good choices, the god I believe in will still love me and accept me with open arms because I am still being a good person. With Utah being such a heavy proportion of Mormon’s this transition was kind of hard on me as a child at such a young age, but because of trials I went through in my childhood, I was able to grow up and mature a lot faster than most kids my age and I felt like that gave me an advantage.

From the day I was born to age 12, I had lived in a very small town, Payson, Utah. It ultimately seemed everyone was the same, the same beliefs, spoke the same language and you rarely saw anyone that was different than you. When I was 14 to age 18 I lived in Spanish Fork, which was about the same as Payson. It was a little bit bigger but people still did not ever seem different. At the age of 18, I moved out on my own to Salt Lake City. I was about eight minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, in a town called West Valley City. I lived in West Valley for two years. It was very different and very scary at times. There were many more robberies, murders and cops around. I had to get brave fast. A very cool thing was I did get to see people of different race, ethnicities, and beliefs than most the people I have been surrounded with. I got to meet a lot of different types of people and learn a lot of new things and meet new people. At first, it was very scary because I was in some cases the only little white girl around, but once I got to know my neighbors who majority of them were black it made my situation a lot more fun. You just have to give them a chance and make them feel comfortable around you.

I am a white middle class woman. I am going to choose gender and socioeconomic class. First, I want to address gender. I have a very common example I want to share. You never actually know the effect of something until you have actually been apart of it. Since I have begun playing sports, it has been what ultimately given me a stamp and changed the look I have on gender and race. Gender is the first point I want to address. When you are a female and play sports, you basically play in front of your families. But, if you are a boy that plays sports, you walk into a gym full of fans, families, and people that are just interested to come watch. When you are a girl, girls’ sports are often made fun of and not watched. You can be in a gym playing basketball and hear every word that is said on the court because it is quiet. To compare that, if you walk into a gym when a men’s basketball game is being played, it is so loud that teammates essentially have to scream into each other’s ear just to have a basic conversation about the game. This just shows how women’s sports are judged and it is a trend that they are not watched because of the gender. Some people do not even give watching a game a chance before they say they are not interested.

Race also has a big impact on sports. I have to separate examples on how race is big in sports. When I was a junior in high school, we were scheduled to play a team from out of state; they were a team of 9 black girls. People picked against us and said how we would lose just because they were black. We were motivated because a team full of 9 white girls can compete just as good. At half time, we were up by two points. Everyone immediately was surprised and had thoughts like, what is wrong with that team of all black girls? We ended up losing by four points, but we shocked people and proved that we can be just as good as they can and race does not matter. Another example was when I was in high school; I got matched up to race an African American girl. We both had yet to lose but I was not favored because of my race. I ended up winning, not by much, but I won and shocked people because black people are supposed to be fast. This can make both people feel bad. It can make a black person that is not as fast as the stereotypes feel bad because they are not living up to the expectations.

 Next I would like to move onto socioeconomics. It is very uncomfortable being around someone who is in the upper class. You feel very belittled because they might have more education than you, more money or even a better family life. Many people of the upper class are viewed as more intelligent as me. It is not because they are, they might be, but it is more about how they act and present themselves. You can tell when someone is upper class. We do have similar values but I learned that they are just interpreted or limited in a way. If you do not have as much money, you might not be able to receive an education from the best school, but you still get a degree from a school. I think most people have similar values and goals, but everyone is different so not one value is the same. The way they behave, you can most often times tell when they are upper class. They are more proper and dress up to a higher class. Many times when I think of this, high maintenance comes to my mind. With my family being the lower class, we often stayed away from these types of people because we did not fit in. My mom would rarely say that everyone was equal because we are not. People have different advantages, disabilities, and money. She did emphasize always treating everyone equal though. Although people are different, you should always treat everyone with the same respect and equality.

 I retained a lot of my knowledge from being around the Mormon Church, sports and this class. Janet Colvin has been my teacher for my intercultural class and I have learned so much about different cultures. There has been a couple different stories that she has told that have stood out to me. One story was about her family that had went to Thailand on vacation. They knew someone that had lived in Thailand so they asked if they could stay with them. The people seemed kind of weird about it because they insisted they would have to sleep on the floor and they would not let them do that. The family insisted they slept on the floor and how they did not mind. When they got there, the family told them goodnight and headed up stairs not leaving them with anything but the cold tile to sleep on. This was because in their culture, when you would sleep on the floor, it would mean you were less than them and did not deserve to sleep in a bed. I thought it was really interesting just because how easily something can get mistaken or how different things are in each culture.

 Another thing that we have touched on is different languages and symbols in different cultures. For example, someone could use a slang term or another word that is used a lot in one culture and it could be taken as very offensive and mean something completely different to another culture. 

I had a teacher in high school that impacted the ways I think as well and it was my Spanish teacher, Ryan Kunzler. We talked a lot about the Spanish culture. The best part was the day we learned about different foods. I always thought that the Mexican restraunts that we around town were the same as what they ate. They have their similarities but they are not the same. One day he brought in a home cooked meal by a Mexican family that had just moved into his ward from Mexico and it was the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. Some of it was very spicy, but they do not notice as much when things are hot because they are used to it.

  Media has a very significant impact in every aspect in today’s world. It impacts on a couple key ways that stand out to me in sports, religion, and culture. Twitter and Facebook are the two main ways that I see the news and things that are shared. You see stories shared about religion controversies and racism everyday. The one that sticks out to me most that I see is when shootings happen. It always seems like they get made into a racial issue. For example, the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas was the biggest mass attack in U.S. History. I have heard many stories blame that they have not called it a terrorist attack just because he was white. Which I think it would be the same situation regardless if the suspect had been white or black. He was essentially the only shooter involved so that is why they did not call it a terrorist attack. The media essentially has an impact on every thought that you have because it is a place where you can access anything.

I would like to further my knowledge with gaining more knowledge. Some questions I have about the different cultures would help me get that knowledge. One question I have is, “How do cultures gain that stereotype?” Sometimes stereotypes can be true and sometimes they are false, but what did that culture do and people that came before you in order to gain that stamp? Another question I have is, “is a certain language required in order to be in a certain group or culture?” The last question that I have is, “How do they discipline their children?” Many different people staple things as right or wrong and not one thing is right, but everyone can discipline differently. You need a good route to discipline so kids do not go down the right path.

I am very grateful for what I have learned about the different cultures. I am very intrigued to learn more about language. Communication is everything and I want to know more about why people say things that they do and different slangs. I also would like to learn more about lifestyles and how they are raised, this consists more of what different cultures do and how they work. I think it is interesting how some cultures the men work more and in some the women work more. I want to know why that is. I am very excited to learn what is to come about different cultures.

Post 4

This semester I have learned a lot about different cultures, racism, ethnicity, foods and more. We talk a lot about racism and how people judge other people just because they are black. We talked about how just because you are accepting of a black person, they still need to be raised like a black person. If you are black and pulled over, if your hands are not at 10 and 2, they will be more likely to pull them out of the car because they feel threatened, opposed to if a white guy were in the car without his hands in that position.

 We watched a video today in class that was showing how it effects someone when they are viewed as a lower class. For example, the teacher treated the blue eyed kids better than the brown eyed kids and then the next day flipped flopped it. The kids bought in. They never had issues of belittling in their class until this day, the kids were  mean because they were told the brown eyed kids and then blue eyed kids were less than. This relates a lot to real world because people are always rated higher or lower class than someone and the people that are treated less than can feel and realize that. Sometimes how much money you have can also be a factor. 

The Adonica video we watched was very sad. Hearing how she was in a homeless shelter and raised her kids there sounded devastating. I am very excited to go volunteer at a homeless shelter so I can give the single mothers a break and play with those kids to help give them hope.

I like the self awareness imperative that I read about. The ethnocentrism stuck out to me because we do not always see ourselves from other peoples perspectives. For example, some people think that you may be doing something wrong, but in their eyes, right and wrong are different from the way you view what is right and wrong. We watched a video where a guy went to India to teach them how to run a company and he was so persistent that they needed to do it his way and that they were wrong, but once he realized that they were very different from him, he was finally successful because different cultures have different ways of doing things. 

Post 3 on English Laws and service hours

I do not think that English should be by law, the only language that is spoken. When we go on vacation out of the country and nobody speaks English around us, it makes it much harder for you to get around and enjoy yourself. We need to have open arms and be able to help benefit people that come here. I do think if you move here from another country, you should try and learn English to make it more convenient for everyone, but you should not only have to speak that language. 

I have been thinking of doing a project with Ella. We talked about helping the kids recognize how beautiful they are and do a self worth project. We would take pictures of the kids and then frame it for them so they can admire themselves. In a tough situation that they are in, that would help benefit them tremendously.  

Post 2 on Chapters 3 and 4

Chapter three discussed all different types of intercultural communication competencies. Discussing different variables that people have, it stated motivation, cognitive complexity, ethnocentrism, empathy, interaction involvement, and attitude towards the other cultures. What I thought was most interesting was that almost every culture and person has the assumed opinion and thoughts on certain types of people that are “different” than you. The three characteristics that were talked about were power, impact on history, and valuing differences. Many people are defined as to how rich they are and that associates with power. 

There were two things that stuck out most to me in chapter four. The basic american values and the cultural moments. An example I liked was a video we watched, it was explaining how when they were mimicking americans, they would describe how the hand shake is the main introducing method. They made it sure to say that you have to have an arm lengths away from someone to be sure they get their space. 

The video was interesting because of how the white people tried to adjust an impress the black people. They black girl that was staying with them saw them for what they were and tried to speak for them with how they are good people and should see change. She did not get the whole picture though as to what they felt. When she compared leaving her mom for one holiday and the white families daughter being taken from the family is when I realized she did not quite get what the white families were going through.