Friday, April 13, 2012

Master's Programs

I started reading about some master's programs today, and I think I'm more interested in a graduate degree in English than I am in education. I would still want to educate, but the course of study for the English degree excited me more than the education ones. What do you think about one versus the other?

It occurred to me also that if I got a master's in education one day, curriculum appeals to me much more than counseling or administration. Is that a good career path? I think being a principal just looks like too much of what is bad about education and not enough of the wonderful parts! Just a thought in this, only my second year of teaching. That leads to me another thought, that my ideas will likely change as I stay in education longer.

I feel like I have things to say again, so we should start this back up. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Movie You Should See

I'm not feeling very wordy today, but I thought I'd let you know that you should see Two For the Road. It's from 1967 with an older, less porcelain Audrey Hepburn and a younger Albert Finney (best known to us as Daddy Warbucks). I remember that when Big Fish came out Ewan McGregor commented that he wasn't a crazy choice for the role of Young Albert Finney because, if you watched some of these old movies, he kinda did look like him. So I thought of that when I watched this a few years ago.

Anyways, you should see it.

Also, I got sidetracked for internet-hours (as opposed to real hours in the real world when I should be doing something) tonight reading lists on shadowlocked.com; I kept seeing things I wanted to tell you about. Since I'm not feeling wordy, I will just point you to the website (this particular link contains Nathan Fillion AND Alan Rickman) and allow you to waste time all on your own.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Re: Brave New World

I'm going to have to get Mr. Gunter on top of this. I teach 1984 & he teaches BNW. He has this quote that he's brought up before regarding their premises (that I'm about to miserably misquote): 1984 is how the things we fear will destroy us and BNW is how the things we love will destroy us. I think that's appropriate.

I saw a movie version of it once, so I'm vaguely aware of the concept. It was New Year's Eve & I think I stayed up way later than anyone else and watched the cheesy movies that were on TV. I knew it was about a dystopian society, but I didn't know it was BNW until the end. I'm pretty sure it had Leonard Nimoy in it. I'll have to IMDB that bad boy.

(Btw, I'm rambling like an idiot because I've been reading research papers & writing a final. Also, I had a nasty cold earlier in the week that I miraculously recovered from, but my head still feels a little bit beaten-about.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brave New World

I just finished reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I had never read it before, and it was definitely interesting. I found the setting and descriptions much more interesting than the plot, by the way.

In Brave New World, the dystopia is based on control of the people through entertainment and pleasure as opposed to force, as in 1984. The ideas of oppression and control are so similar, but the means are completely different. In 1984, control is through force and fear, whereas in Brave New World, the goal is for each individual to experience complete happiness so that they no longer understand or care about personhood.

With all the fears about the way America is changing and the government becoming such a large part of our lives, this is interesting if not suprising. In both dystopias, the government encompasses absolutely everything, leaving no room for individual choice or expression. Brave New World was published in the early 1930s, and it must have sounded crazy then. I read some other things Huxley wrote much later, looking back, and he wrote that it really was happening, and much faster than he imagined then.

Also intriguing is that Huxley was British and was condemning the Americanization of the world, the assembly line, interchangeable parts and people, the pursuit of pleasure above all else. (The most disturbing element of Brave New World to me is that humans are not robots at all but are completely interchangeable. They are "encouraged" to not form any lasting bonds with any one person.) That puts a new spin on seeing ourselves as others see us. Right now Americans are supposed to be understanding as never before that the rest of the world doesn't like us and doesn't want to be like us, and we are supposed to be ashamed for being Americans. This was written before that was a popular opinion here, as far as I know, and it's a fascinating thing to think about in retrospect.

Whether you've read Brave New World or not, what are your thoughts? I think the 1984 version is a scarier idea, but this is so much more likely to happen, already happening, that it's pretty frightening. Is it worth caring about and fighting, or is it really that bad? If there's no one to even really remember what freedom was, will it matter?

Monday, May 17, 2010

COOLEY!

I think you'll like this. It's a blog by an artist who works for Pixar. He posts things he does, but he's also pretty funny.

COOLEY!