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5 Reasons To Date A Girl With An Eating Disorder

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For masculine men

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Why Teach Multicultural Literature?

Why Teach Multicultural Literature? | Oscar's Language Journal | Scoop.it
Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? This is the fundamental question at the heart of this encounter.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 14, 2013 1:18 PM


And now for something completely serious.


I've scooped and / or referenced the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TED talk, Danger of a Single Story frequently.

In this article a college professor explores the negative reaction to this talk by one of her students.


What is truly interesting is that she provides the student's articulation of the offense he or she took at Adichie's premise. The student built a case that the talk's subtext was "anti-white." And then she provides her response.


Both are well-written in the sense that the vocabulary, sentence structure, and sharp focus upon their essential thesis statements are solid. Each relies upon building a case with extensive evidence. 


And yet, after watching the speech and reading both the student's argument and the professor's rebuttal, I can not find a way to "agree to disagree." I would give the student credit for having made a sincere  though flawed effort and for taking the risk to do so. But, I can not accept the student's core thesis. Beneath the quality wordsmanship, the argument does not float. Once the argument is made, there's no doubt that the student relies heavily upon his or her own preconceived notions that any critique made against his or her beliefs is a critique of all Caucasians. And once that false default  assumption becomes the basis of criticism, it is apparently considered to be a viable argument that since there are philanthropic examples of Caucasian behavior that "all Caucasians" are being unfairly criticized.  The argument that "some people" are imperfect and might do well to do some introspection lost on the student. 


Had the student first conceded that there was no criticism directed at "all white people," and recognized that the argument was directed at ANYONE who only knows a single story about another group beside their own, there might have been a recognition that we are all imperfect in spite of the many good things we or others in our "group" may have done. That the good that others have done has no bearing upon whether we as individuals, individuals of any color, culture, gender, sexual preference, political, religious, or traditional practice might have some introspection to do when it comes to understanding others.


And on the ocassions, rare or otherwise, when we can't or won't look past our own default assumptions that we might need to revisit our opinions and understandings, too many of us are liable to fall victim to those of us who would control the stories we do hear. And it is then that we find ourselves acting on the assumptions that we could not be wrong about our beliefs ...

 • that all Muslims are terrorist who believe that Islam teaching are violent

 • that all media and money is controlled by Jews

 • that all liberals are un-American


 • that all conservatives are greedy


I'll let you fill in the rest...

 • that all women are ________

 • that all men are ________

 • that all priests are _________

 • that all non-procreative intimacy is __________

 • that all television is ____________

 • that all politicians are ____________

 • that all beliefs other than my own are _________

 • that all __________ are _________


Does one story prove that paper-based reading is vastly superior to digital reading? Or the reverse?



Multiculturalism and Global Awareness appear in BIG letters in Wordles made from works of 21st century educational reform. 


In large part the Google Lit Trips project embraces the value of journeying beyond one's small corner of the world. As Atticus Finch went away to college Aunt Alexandra never left the landing; while Huck Finn left St. Petersburg and learned while Tom Sawyer stayed in St. Petersburg, leading Huck to realize that he had learned too much to go back to St. Peterburg with Tom who had learned virtually nothing about the cruelty of his society's default prejudices; and while readers read stories that allow them to virtually travel to towns, cultures, and countries far beyond their own, they're understanding broadens.


Xenophobia is challenged, egocentricism is perceived and in recognizing as an embarrassment that we "should have felt" before we discovered that all those Polish, blonde, Jew, Muslim, and gay jokes were much more hurtful than hilarious and that perhaps our individual points of view are neither at the center of the universe nor sufficiently well-informed to be considered incontrovertible trump cards in the game of life.



 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit





Andrea Deydén's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:10 PM

La literatura amplía el panorama al momento de entender fenómenos sociales, mecanismos de poder, posturas sobre determinadas temáticas y ayuda a "ponerse en los zapatos" de otros en una manera muy lúdica.  

El problema que se ve en este texto es que, en casos, los mecanismos ideológicos se encuentran tan arraigados que falta aparato crítico. Cualquiera que se tome palabras generales de un autor u obra como agresión personal es, en el mejor de los casos, paranoico o egomaniaco. 

Por otro lado, la palabra "multicultural" me saca de quicio. La literatura, sea de donde sea, forma parte de un corpus universal. Obviamente refleja valores de cierta cultura, pero permea hacia las demás de forma natural. Añadirle el apellido "multicultural", por muy inclusivo que suene al inicio, simplemente refuerza una idea de otredad (ahora conjunta, eso sí). Una producción literaria transmite por sí misma un mensaje y se vuelve parte de un corpus universal. Literatura. Punto. 

Amy's curator insight, December 1, 2014 4:47 PM

A college professor deals with scrutiny after assigning multicultural texts because some students fear that they attack "white culture."


Some people, including the parents of students in diverse classrooms believe that diversity and multiculturalism are "anti-white."

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Divided by a common language - Chemistry World

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Divided by a common language
Chemistry World
I couldn't agree more with the quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: the UK and the US are 'two countries divided by a common language'.
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33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History | Oscar's Language Journal | Scoop.it
"Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories."

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Teri Eves's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:37 AM

Please, please do not complete any of your written tasks like this!

Simran Makhija's curator insight, November 17, 2013 9:14 PM

Learning outcome 3: Language is shaped by culture and context

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When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? | Oscar's Language Journal | Scoop.it
Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came

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John Peterson's comment, April 30, 2013 10:38 AM
This article brings up an interesting point on how accents within a given language can be hard to determine, and they can change drastically over time for no apparent reason. In colonial times, because most colonial settlers were English, they would obviously have similar accents to those of the British. While this is the case, over time with exposure to their own practices as well as other societies and their accents, they may have begun to slowly form their own accents. While it is obvious that “American” and “British” accents are inherently different, this was not always so. What caused this shift and when did it occur? It is hard to say, especially with how accents have continued to develop even within the classification of American or British accents. It is hard to determine what is a truly American or British accent because of the numerous regional accents that are present in today’s society. As a result, it is even more difficult to determine when the initial change in accents occurred in our past.
Max Krishchuk's comment, April 30, 2013 10:47 AM
This is a great question because no one has really dwelled on the question. I like that the people talked about the rhotacism aspect of it because I had never known that before. This is very important because that is the exact way that the British and American languages are different. I think that it is very important to understand this subject because it shows the exact way that we speak differently from British people. I like that the people who discussed the question talked about the history that is involved, or the lack of the history that is involved. The people who truly want to study this question have to read books on this subject because it seems like there is not that much information on it. American speech sounds more modern and middle class to me, while the British language sounds like it is for the upper class.
Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 9, 2015 10:15 AM

I have often wondered if our founders spoke with a British accent. What did George Washington or Thomas Jefferson sound like? Those questions will most likely to continue. to puzzle us for generations to come. This article attempts to show how what we define as an American accent developed. As the article is quick to point out, there are many different regional accents that are evolving everyday. However, there are two main forms of English accents being spoken. There is the standardized received pronunciation, which is the typical British accent. Then there is General American, which is the typical American accent.  The splitting of these two forms occurred basically over 300 year period. By the time the first human voice was recorded, 1860 the two forms sounded very different. There is no way to know the exact point at which the two forms of English began to sound differently.

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Listen to a story told in a 6000-year-old extinct language - Boing Boing

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Smithsonian (blog) Listen to a story told in a 6000-year-old extinct language Boing Boing English — along with a whole host of languages spoken in Europe, India, and the Middle East — can be traced back to an ancient language that scholars call...
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Very interesting how languages gets extinct and change as time goes on...

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