Saturday, June 7, 2008
Race in Politics
I would have just posted this as a comment to Jason's post, but I feel this is a really important topic and should be on the main blog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWe7wTVbLUU This is a very long speech, but I feel it was one of the most important speeches made within our lifetime. I feel that Obama is making the same case you are arguing about Jason: we should not talk about ethnic race in the sense it is being discussed in this political race or in other ways we talk about disaster (destruction in Katrina, etc). I think the way this political race is being covered in the media today shows the need for the development of another literacy in today's classroom: critical media literacy. To me critical media literacy is anything “having to do with providing individuals access to understanding how the print and non-print texts that are part of everyday life help to construct their knowledge of the world and the various social, economic, and political positions they occupy within it” (Alvermann, 1). This is something I really focused on in my social studies classroom, during student teaching (and we continue to do so in the future). With technology and media sources seemingly multiplying endlessly the ability to read, analyze and understand how these source inform and misinform the public is paramount to me.