Amazing Hunt 2011

Hello everyone!

I bet most of you know already but here’s the official poster done up for the Amazing Hunt! If you haven’t done so, please let Edwina (Cohort 3) or Melisa (Cohort 4) know that you’re interested in joining us.

Goodie bags & prizes up for grabs so come & join us on Saturday!

A Girl like Me

Hi Girls!

We just watched this in Beth’s Leadership class & I thought it was a very interesting watch. It’s a controversial documentary about the stereotypes of the African-American community. Especially the part where she conducts an experiment with young African-American children.

Please watch & leave comments on what you think!

Back-to-School Bash

Hello Everybody!

I hope the new year & our new modules have been treating you well. We’re officially done with the 1st week of school! To welcome all of us back to school, the events committee has organized a lunch gathering for all, to catch up with one another after the long break. The committee will also announce a new peer support group system they created, between cohort 3 and 4, so stay tuned and see you there!

Date: 10 January 2011
Time: 12.00pm -1.30pm
Venue: Area outside Wheelock Office

20 years in Singapore

To commemorate their 20 years in Singapore, Wheelock College has published a special publication to mark the progress of the College in Singapore and how it’s grown and developed into what we know Wheelock College, Singapore is today. For those who were with me in Boston in June this year, you might remember a photographer taking photographs of us at the resource centre as well as group photos. So be sure to look out for your unglam photos (like mine, haha).

To view the publication, click here.

Her son is gay.

My son is gay. A true account of a mother, her 5 year old son and his choice for a Halloween costume. I urge all of you to read this.

For me, I don’t know what was worse – knowing that society still views “difference” as a downfall or reading the comments left by ignorant individuals. I know that some of you may disagree with homosexuality (which is the broad subject in the blogpost) but that’s not the point here. The point is, we live in a society that holds high standards and sometimes, children may never achieve them. & when they don’t, sometimes we don’t encourage them enough, or worse – we put them down for it. I think the message here is that, even though we don’t think they do, children know a lot about the world and can be adversely affected by what one says or does.  If we, as teachers, cannot provide the basic platform for a child’s self-esteem to flourish, how then can we expect a better future for them?

(I apologize if my words seem incoherent or out of point at parts – I tend to go off point when I’m mad)

A Class Divided

One day in 1968, Jane Elliot, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power thirty years later. (Excerpt from their official website)

I watched this documentary when I first started the BSc program and I remember sharing this with Felicity Crawford. Unfortunately, we did not get to share it with everyone then so I’m doing it now!

Waiting for “Superman”

Waiting for “Superman” (2010) is a documentary film from director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott. The film analyzes the failures of American public education by following several students through the educational system.

Unfortunately, I do not know whether it will be shown in Singapore AND, unfortunately for us who aren’t in Boston, it is currently being shown at Coolidge Corner Theatre (near the Wheelock Campus!). Still, an interesting film/documentary.