Through my two years at CSU Channel Islands I have noticed that while studying a subject in one course it comes full circle and relates to the same or different subject in another course. In American Political Institutions, we discussed how people brought into the prison system aren’t necessarily meant to leave it, this connected with the subject in my Composition and Rhetoric II course in which we also discussed the different social economical classes and how depending in the area you live in you receive a type of education to accompany that lifestyle. In Introduction to Psychology, course we learned about how memories are formed and how they are also lost, this had a lot to do with the way information was received. In my Composition and Rhetoric II course we learned about how Fraire believed that the memorization system known as the banking system wasn’t the appropriate way to teach kids in schools.
In my Composition and Rhetoric II course we preformed a case study on how sponsors of literacy in the community operated and criticized them based on our readings in class. Unfortunately, we were unable to shadow a tutoring session at our organization, but with the help of Andrea Aguinaldo we were able to learn a lot about Schools on Wheels. Schools on Wheels focuses their resources on helping the students they serve by providing them with tutors. During these tutoring sessions the goals is to get students to realize what they need help on and actively ask for that help. This approach is meant to bolster the students confidence. The best part of Schools on Wheels is that they don’t follow a curriculum and instead leave all that power to the student and tutor.
During my freshman year of college my friends and I went to Noche De Fiesta put on by el club de Español and visited Costa Rica. We learned about their culture, food, and traditions and even had a live bachata band play. In my American Literature II course we read a couple of authors who offered different perspectives into ordinary life such as the tale of a native American girl who had to deal with not only not fitting into her needed tribe but also not fitting in with American society. In my Peer to Peer Effectiveness and Leadership course we read about an African American high school student and his struggle to be accepted into an Ivy League school.
In my Introduction to Sociology course we discussed India’s dependency on cows and how keeping cows sacred impacts their economy. Because cow manure has multiple applications in Indian society having a bunch of cows around helps them keep up with the demand. This can be related back to United States in the sense that we put restrictions on things that we feel should be preserved.