Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From Mike: Reading Response and Global Awareness writing exercise

•       All this semester, you have been reading and hearing stories of people who have faced many challenges but yet find a way to have a positive vision for the future.  You have seen so much creativity and heart at work!  At the very least, many of them are joining the fight to work together and create a better world. I hope these stories have inspired you to awareness and action as well, as I truly believe one main goal of education is for us to better be able to do our part.  Our country and this world certainly needs us to make use of the privilege that education is.

Toward this end: In this Lab writing exercise, please create a New Post on the blog, and I ask you to do two things:

1)  Write a
response to one of the readings you did for today.  Which speech meant the most to you and why?  What is happening in this situation now?  Use one direct quote from the essay in your response.

Awareness. These essays promote a worldview and make us think outside our American experience.  This is very needed in a global society.  We must come to understand other countries challenges, cultures and strengths as well.

Therefore, write about a country you are concerned about now.  Tell us what is happening there and what is being done.  What is your hope for this situation?  Why does it affect us?  Why should we care, and what might we do in response?

--Required: Use an image in this blog post, and provide a link where we can learn more about this situation. 
After today's reading, this should mean more to you. .


  1. 1) The Revolution of Spirit stood out the most to me. This woman had been incarcerated for 15 years and chose to give up her family to not be exiled from her country. She stood up for peace and practiced non-violence and received the Nobel Prize while being incarcerated. She says "The quest for democracy in Burma is the struggle of a people to live whole, meaningful lives as free and equal members of the world community. It is part of the unceasing human endeavor to prove that the spirit of a man can transcend the flaws of his nature." She was released from detention in 2010 and now aims to become the president of post-reform Myanmar.

    2) Malaysia airlines flight 370. The plane went missing last month after what is thought to be the pilot signed off and said good night. It then went off course and still today hasn't been found. Currently they are having planes and ships and now subs going down to the Indian Ocean floor to try and pick up pings from the box before the black box runs out of battery. Nothing has been detected yet. My hope is that they will find this plane and have some information that may help the families of the passengers get some closure. We should care because these are people we are talking about, we should care about all man kind and their well being. It is our allies out there attempting to find this missing plane. America should do it's part and aiding the victims of this tragic accident.


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