George-Class Discussion

This page is a requirement for my class, “Communities and Environmental Change”


January 21, 2011– Best and Worst Teachers and Their Key Characteristics

Mrs. Degnan, my 10th grade high school English teacher, motivated me to read for pleasure. Mrs. Degnan was one those teachers that enjoyed teaching and literatures. The way she described books captivated me, I wanted to read every book she mentioned. The first book that excited me was the Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This book was about the women behind King Arthur. I could not believe that there was a book like this and I was excited to read it.

When I really think back to 10th grade and compare it to now, my college years, I enjoy the engagement within the classroom, the discussions and my coursework. In the past, courses and classes I did not enjoy consisted of teachers or professors who where unoriginal in presenting their subject, unoriginal or just boring (the classes I dreaded going to). I think I have had more terrible teachers than good ones and many good professors than bad ones. I do not know if it is because I am older or the university’s department faculty choices or simply that I can usually pick the professor.

February 3, 2011 – What is learning? How do you learn?

Essentially, learning is an interpretation, which we perceive information or stimuli and relate to our own personal experiences. Honestly, I never thought of how I learn, I think I took it for grant it as something I do and done. However, if I really think about my learning style, I am a visual learner. I need to see in order to learn. I need to read, visualize it, sketch it or imagine it.

February 7, 2011 Do you practice Reductionism or Holism – Types Methodologies

February 14, 2011 – Gender Roles – What do you think about it?

I am old fashioned. I believe that males and females have roles, but some roles can be shared.

I enjoy when males hold the door open, offer their seats, and buy drinks. I usually tend to enjoy all of the traditional ‘male’ roles. I cannot speak of other females, but I like to please my ‘other’ and my child. If either of them is hungry, I will get up and cook. If they are sore, I will massage. The choices I make are because I want to and I enjoy it, but this is my beliefs and me.


February 17, 2011 – Are the poor helpful?

In class, we discussed Herbert Gans and his functional analysis on poverty in America. According to Gans, poverty is an important aspect on our community and it has specific functions in our society. The poor tend to work dangerous undesirable jobs and usually underpaid. The poor buy goods that others do not want, day-old bread, generic can goods, second hand clothes and substandard housing. The poor help define the differences between upper and lower class.

In truth, what would this society be without the poor? Who would work the undesirable jobs at their current pay? Who would clean or take care of the kids?  Where would the landfills or the toxic chemicals go?

February 21, 2011 – Why awareness may grow?


February 24, 2011 – Explain why we are all exposed

March 3, 2011 – Why do you think awareness may not grow?

March 4, 2011 – Do you have a hero?

After thinking about this question for quite a while, I came up with my mom. My mom raised us as a single mom. She was a teacher, but wanted to make sure she was home for us. When I was nine, my mother was fell down a flight of marble steps and broke her neck. Yet this did not deter my mom from being a mother. Yes, she was in a wheelchair until I was in high school, but she still did everything she could for my sister and I. Even now, my mom helps me out daily with my daughter. She does not care about the pain she may have, but determination that she has to get it done.


April 7, 2011How can awareness help change the environment?

By knowing about the environment, we as the consumers can make better purchasing decisions. We can buy locally grown foods and reduce food miles. We can buy eco-friendly dish and laundry detergent. We can use cloth or repurposed bags.  We can recycle, reuse and reduce our waste. We can unplug our electronics not in use. We can donate old electronic instead of disposing them in landfills. We can love our earth.


April 11, 2011 – Politicians vs. the Public – Do we feed off each other?


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