Dangerous Minds

In: Social Issues

Submitted By CeCe821
Words 1577
Pages 7
Cindy Eisenberger
Research Paper
SOC 111
Due: Nov. 29, 2012
Dangerous Minds and Savage Inequalities
Dangerous Minds (1995) is the account of a white teacher LouAnne Johnson who takes a job teaching a class of low-income black and Hispanic students in an inner city high school, and encounters a variety of social issues such as poverty, racism, drugs, gang violence and segregated schools and neighborhoods as well as trying to acclimate herself to whole different culture. Most of the teachers and the school authorities care nothing about these students and their problems, and are simply passing them along without teaching them anything. Miss Johnson does come to care about them regardless of their race and ethnicities. Miss Johnson ends up using highly unconventional teaching methods as well as showing great concern about their personal lives.
Although she had wanted to quit and give up on the first day, in the end she becomes so involved in trying to teach these students who have been marginalized and thrown away by society that they plead with her to stay. In absolutely every case, the quality of education available to poor and minority students is demonstrably poorer by any measure than that of their white peers in the suburbs, as researchers like Jonathan Kozol have pointed out many times. This is not caused by genetic or cultural deprivation but by the fact that the U.S. has always been and remains a highly segregated and unequal society based on race and social class.
In Savage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol offered an absolutely horrendous description of public schools and the social structure in inner city "ghettos" that at times reduced him to tears and rage. Chicago, Detroit, East St. Louis, Camden, Jew Jersey all have crumbling public school systems serving mostly black and Hispanic students funded at levels far below those of white…...

Similar Documents

The Mind

...The mind is a tool; maybe even a weapon and it can be very deadly or dangerous to mankind. The mind has created some of the most destructive creations know to man including the nuke, or atom bomb. These are two things that have destroyed cities, houses, and even killed thousands of human lives. Then you have a superior mind such as Beethoven created amazing pieces of musical art work. Beethoven wrote most of the famous pieces we know today as a deaf man, that just tells you what a mind is capable of doing. It is amazing what the mind can do considering that they say we are only able to use so much of the brain. I’m not saying that the brain and mind is the same thing because they are not. A brain is a physical thing or something that you can hold, a mind is just something that can’t be seen with eyes. In Buddhist scriptures it is said that the human body is equal to a guest home and the mind as a guest dwelling. The mind leaves our body, when it is time for us to die, and goes to the next life. This is similar to the guest leaving the house and moving elsewhere. Well anyways back to the point Mr. Deville only 10% of our brains are used and is said that if we were able to tap the other 90% that we could read “pie” to the twenty thousandth decimal place, or even have telekinetic powers. There is even a website called lumosity.com that students from Harvard university had came up with, which includes brain training activities online that work and that help your mind skills...

Words: 1049 - Pages: 5


...Dangerous breeds of dog should be banned Recently there has been much controversy about dangerous breeds of dogs. In this year, there are many dangerous breeds of dogs to attack people even kill people. So a lot of organizations such as state government, local councils support banning them. I think that dangerous breeds of dogs should be banned because we should notice that the security of ourselves. Actually there are about 10000 dog attacks in Victoria each year. Dangerous breeds of dog let us live in a dangerous world. We should protection ourselves to banned the dangerous breeds of dog. The dangerous breeds of dog are very easy to become difficult to control. Although these do owners always say ” These people by dangerous breeds dogs attack because they provocative and stimulating these dogs.” But it seems too easy to make these dogs to attack people. In fact any kind of life style behaviors may stimulate these dogs. Legal advice lawyer on customer service for the owner of the dangerous breeds of dog the first is don’t leave dog at home with children alone. In the first half-year of 2009,the dogs attacks cases are 72%of serious injuries is 0-11 age group, 23% of the decease is over 55 years old. We can see dangerous breeds of dog are dangerous and threaten our safety, The dog owners who own the dangerous breeds of dog are not responsible. Pit bull terrier attacks threaten our safety and peace life. In the news all the time is about the attacks by pit bulls. For......

Words: 567 - Pages: 3

Dangerous Dogs

...1) In text 1 the Chief Constable Bernard Hogan Howe thinks that the law about dangerous dog should be changed. Any dog could be aggressive and attack a person, it depends on how the owners raised it. And it is very hard to say witch dog is a pit-bull, because it could likely be half pit-bull, and if it only half pit-bull should it be put down? It is hard to know the difference. So it is “deed not breed” when the dog has done something wrong it is the owners fault, because they have not raised the dog right. It is only after the dogs that have done something wrong they should be punished, likes humans do. In text 2 Victoria Stilwell says that you should think about getting a dog, especially if you have kids. She does not think small children should be alone with any dog, because their line of vision is lower than adults and dog sees that as a threat. This is not fair to the dog, because it does not understand it. Victoria says that, if you want a dog, do not buy it from any other than a licensed breeders and dog rescue homes, and be sure that the dog is right for you and your family. In text 3 Simon Heffer means that behind every dangerous dog there is a dangerous human. The police is not doing enough about the criminals in the lower class of the society. The lower class have gotten out of control, the kids does not go to school, but get in to the criminal life style such as picking a career like drug dealing and theft. In that neighborhood death is a common thing and...

Words: 734 - Pages: 3

Guns: a Useful or Dangerous Tool

...3 Paper Guns: A Dangerous or Useful Tool? Guns are talked about with a lot of negativity in this country, and why shouldn’t they be? A lot of negative results have come from guns. For example, we have the Columbine Shooting that happened in Colorado and more recently the Virginia Tech massacre that concluded in 33 lost lives, but was is it the guns that caused the damage? Or was it something else? Guns were not the one to pull the trigger and claim the lives of all the innocent people on those tragic days; it was the perpetrators holding the guns that pulled the trigger. About 67% of all murders in the United States are committed with guns and so it’s with that statistic in mind, that guns do without a shadow of a doubt, sound dangerous (Agresti & Smith). As a matter of fact guns are very dangerous, but that does not mean that our constitutional rights should be stripped. Just because a chain saw is dangerous doesn’t meant we can’t use it to cut down a tree. We drive cars on a daily basis and more fatalities are caused by cars than any other thing in the USA excluding sickness and diseases (Hitti); we use lots of things that our dangerous in our everyday lives and we should not single out guns just because they can be harmful. People advocating gun control would dispute that firearms raise the risk of fatal accidents happening in households across the United States. Accidents do occur, and sadly they take away our family and friends. With that in mind, fatal firearm......

Words: 1648 - Pages: 7

Dangerous Corner

...Dangerous Corner J.B. Priestley is one of the outstanding English authors of his time. His Time Plays brought him world fame. He was the first one who used time tricks and flashback in his works, which made the break in the means of development of the character. Characters of his plays appear in a new light before our eyes, and the time trick allows us to see them in a new, deeper level. The extract under analysis is taken from the play “Dangerous corner”. According to its title we can guess that the play describes some dangerous situation, it implies that “dangerous corner” is a dead end, a difficult situation, which has no way out, like “to be in a tight corner”. However, to my mind there can be one more interpretation of the title: “corner” – like a turning point in one’s life – some people have courage to turn around it, to face all the difficulties and danger and cope with them, but others haven’t, they are afraid to lose their illusions, to lose the aim of the life. So we can see that the play deals with mental topic. The situation described in the play deals with the state of affairs in the family of Caplans. From the beginning of the extract we can see the development of two sub-plots: wireless play, and the situation on the foreground, which are mixed. The wireless play is called “The Sleeping Dog”. As the characters explain, the sleeping dog is the truth, which you shouldn’t disturb. But not all characters agree with this statement. Robert Caplan starts......

Words: 1205 - Pages: 5

Dangerous World

...President, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense” on a range of issues, including strategic planning, contingency planning and preparedness, budgets, and training. I respect General Dempsey’s responsibility to prepare the armed forces to respond to a number of scenarios and contingencies. Although the chairman cannot order troops into battle, his authority stems from the bully pulpit of the nation’s most senior military official. However, I respectfully disagree with the assessment that America is in a more dangerous position today than at any other point since 1974, when General Dempsey graduated from West Point. Take nuclear weapons. As I pointed out previously, for the past sixty-two years, the U.S. intelligence community has continuously assessed the potential for nuclear terrorist attacks on the United States. Despite the expressed interest of three terrorists groups in acquiring a bomb, there is no known instance of a nonstate actor or “super-empowered” individual possessing a nuclear weapon, or the requisite fissile material to build one. Meanwhile, nine states - the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, China, Israel, Pakistan, India, and North Korea - have the bomb. Moreover, the threat of nuclear terrorism is markedly reduced from the early 1990s, when more than thirty thousand nuclear weapons and tons of fissile material were poorly secured at over two hundred facilities throughout the former Soviet Union. After twenty years of...

Words: 547 - Pages: 3

Love Is Dangerous

...Love Is Dangerous How can man live without love? We can only exist, and existence without love is control, confusion, and pain -and that is what most of us are creating. We organize for existence and we accept conflict as inevitable because our existence is a ceaseless demand for power. Surely, when we love, organization has its own place, its right place; but without love, organization becomes a nightmare, merely mechanical and efficient, like the army; but as modern society is based on mere efficiency, we have to have armies and the purpose of an army is to create war. Even in so-called peace, the more intellectually efficient we are, the more ruthless, the more brutal, the more callous we become. That is why there is confusion in the world, why bureaucracy is more and more powerful, why more and more governments are becoming totalitarian. We submit to all this as being inevitable because we live in our brains and not in our hearts, and therefore love does not exist. Love is the most dangerous and uncertain element in life; and because we do not want to be uncertain, because we do not want to be in danger, we live in the mind. A man who loves is dangerous, and we do not want to live dangerously; we want to live efficiently, we want to live merely in the framework of organization because we think organizations are going to bring order and peace in the world. Organizations have never brought order and peace. Only love, only goodwill, only mercy can bring order and peace,......

Words: 270 - Pages: 2

Dangerous Minds Analysis

...Assignment 2: Teachers and Schools in American Society Film Analysis Dangerous Minds is one of the many popular films about teaching. It is based on the novel My Posse Don’t Do Homework (1992), in which author Louanne Johnson draws on her own teaching background. Johnson’s character, unqualified and inexperienced, is thrown before a class of urban black and Hispanic children. She emerges as a triumphant hero, who miraculously rescues her students from their underprivileged surroundings and also, in a sense, from themselves. Louanne Johnson, an ex-marine, is hired as a high school teacher in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics. etc) to gain the trust of the students. Louanne also visit her students’ families in order to understand their background and thoughts. She gives incentives to the students so they finally get an A in their examination. After the death of Emilio (he was killed by a gang with whom he fought), she decides to quit her job, but the students are so in love with her and regard her a light of their lives. Being touched by the students, Louanne decided not to leave her students and continue to guide their way on studying. Popular though this film may be, realistic it is not. Although there are moments when one sympathizes with......

Words: 855 - Pages: 4

Dangerous Life

...The title is A DANGEROUS LIFE and if that title seems to be reminiscent of the title of Peter Weir's popular YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, it may not be just a coincidence. I suppose the title could refer to it being dangerous for people that Ferdinand Marcos was alive and in power, or it could refer to fictional newsman Tony O'Neil's (played by Gary Busey) occasionally endangered existence covering dramatic events in the Philippines from the death of Ninoy Aquino to the fall of Marcos and the presidency of Ninoy's widow Corazon. Even if the title seems a little crass, the three-part, nearly six-hour mini-series delivers as a dramatic political story and at the same time as an historical chronicle. Because the title and subject matter conjure memories of YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, A DANGEROUS LIFE invites comparison of the two films. The Weir film had one charismatic, enigmatic character, Billy Kwan. A DANGEROUS LIFE has no particularly fascinating character in a leading role. The main characters are involved in a nominal but dull love triangle. Who cares? In virtually every other regard, A DANGEROUS LIFE is a model for the political chronicle. It tells a piece of history most of us remember and tells in a dramatic and engrossing way a detailed history of the fall of Marcos. And it seems even more immediate for the extensive use of television news videotape. Actually for interest value, the lead parts are eclipsed by that of Imelda Marcos (played by Tessie Tomas). Most people...

Words: 1378 - Pages: 6

Dangerous Lady

...Lady, dark, dangerous, and daring, With that sweet countenance you’re wearing, I’d sooner have you locked inside my heart, Than outside of its walls despairing And our love would be the finest art, Built of glass pane and crystal part, Lovely by the day, enchanted by the night, Born of a sly, serene, and secret start Then in a wicked star of blinding white, Fate would free our fiery passions to ignite, And sea-strewn boats would lose their way of wander, As our dawn eclipsed their map of starlight Though our hearts would grow naught but fonder, Another force would be swelling yonder, Of course in our lover’s ecstasy, We would hardly stop to ponder The sudden stillness of the sea, The absence of the wind within a tree, Thick horizon thundercloud heads rearing, And air growing stale and hard to breathe So we would miss the calm before the storm appearing, Never expect the enemy we ought be fearing, And though our foe is not like to sport disguise, We will never sense the danger nearing, So it will be to our absolute surprise, When they come charging with chaos in their eyes, And the glass we so loved at first, Will reveal itself our ultimate demise For any arrow that comes flying in headfirst, Will surely leave our crystal shattered and dispersed, And as we fall in agony and anguish, Our enemies shall satisfy their vengeful thirst Yet if life requires I relinquish, Our crystalline vitreous bliss, Spare me that fate and give me......

Words: 264 - Pages: 2

Dangerous Buissness

...go.” Clearly McWane did not care for employee moral and due to these long hours employers would get seriously injured from all of the hard vigorous labor. 4. What is the most important ethical issue that the movie is addressing? Please explain. I think the major ethical issue this movie is addressing is how companies need to take immediate responsibility when they are at fault. But companies sometimes are so oblivious and do not realize they are at fault to avoid major consequences. Instead of installing safety equipment and implementing safety regulations, McWane blamed the employees for their injuries. Companies get so fed up in profit and productivity and therefore forget about the value of their employees. McWane did not even mind paying fines for safety regulations because by dumping waste into drains they were able to make more profit. McWane lacked a leader to take responsibility and should be held accountable for their actions.revisted...

Words: 469 - Pages: 2


...Viewing Guide to Misunderstood Minds EDT 343 Winter, 2008 Answer the questions associated with each case study or as assigned by the instructor. Be sure to think about how your answers relate to what we you have read & have discussed. Nathan Vanhoy 1. What opportunities provided by his family helped him to “mask” his disability? 2. What were Nathan’s parents’ reactions to the teachers’ pronouncements about Nathan’s performance? What was Nathan’s reaction? 3. How did the diagnosis of Nathan affect his family? 4. What did the educators do to assist Nathan and his family? 5. What did Dr. Levine offer that was helpful to the Nathan & his family? 6. What strategies helped Nathan over time? Lauren 1. How was Lauren affected socially by her problems? 2. How was Lauren’s family affected by her problems? 3. How did Lauren & her family try to cope with her problems? 4. What did Dr. Levine provide for Lauren & her family? 5. What dilemmas are presented by the use of medication for Lauren? 6. What educational strategies are of assistance to Lauren? Sarah Lee 1. What impacts in the classroom did Sarah’s problems present for her & for her teacher? 2. How does her mother & family history provide support for Sarah Lee? 3. What does the speech & language specialist discover about......

Words: 449 - Pages: 2

Dangerous Woman

...Marmena Shenuda T. Manzing History 1 20 May 2016 The Most Dangerous Woman in America Emma Goldman was an American anarchist of Russian origin who is credited to have contributed immensely towards the development of anarchist political philosophy in America and Europe. Born in Russia, she emigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. She became involved in politics after the infamous Haymarket affair after which several prominent anarchists were sentenced to death.Emma Goldman was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Russia. Her mother Taube Bienowitch and father Abraham Goldman had a very troubled relationship which greatly bothered the young girl. She had two half-sisters and three brothers. She had a difficult childhood as her father was very violent and used to beat up the children while her mother remained distant and aloof. She had a loving relationship only with her elder half-sister Helena. She was a bold and rebellious youngster who tried her best to fight against violent authorities including her father and unscrupulous teachers. Her father stopped her from going to school when she was a teenager and she took to independent education. She also began working in order to help her poverty stricken family. Emma Goldman is one of the few who, while thoroughly preserving their individuality, have become an important factor in the social and intellectual atmosphere of America. The life she leads is rich in color, full of change and variety. She has risen to the topmost......

Words: 998 - Pages: 4


...describe the care options for the older adult? * What is the Borg Category Rating Scale? * What are the common signs of abuse in an older adult and who is mostly to be the abuser? * List common tools used to assess abuse in the older adult? * Describe the Framingham Heart Study. What did it look at and what were the findings? * What are the risk factors for stroke? Describe the statistical data in regards to strokes and the older adult. * What are other disease processes the older adult is at risk for? Explain the prevalence and how to prevent or control the illness * Instruct the patient to obtain all medications (prescription and nonprescription) at one pharmacy so that pharmacists can check for potentially dangerous interactions. The pharmacist can serve as the central figure who maintains a list of medications and screens for drug-drug interactions to avoid harmful situations. #5 Competency 742.1.5: Promoting Health and Independence in Older Adults. The graduate selects appropriate evidence-based standards of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention in older adult populations. This topic addresses the following learning objectives: * Explain how to facilitate older adults' active engagement and participation in their own healthcare. * After discussing evidence-based health promotion activities, facilitate the development of health promotion goals with a given older adult. * Analyze evidence-based research......

Words: 3902 - Pages: 16

Analysis of the Most Dangerous Game

...Many people look at themselves in the mirror and say, " I know who I am." But how many of them have done so after analyzing themselves through a story? And if they have done that, how many of them were being honest with themselves? A Lacanian analysis can bring out sides of us that we didn't know existed. I found this to be true after reading "The Most Dangerous Game." By looking at the events in the story and the characters that play them out, I found that there is a part of me that has an insatiable curiosity and a love of danger. To begin with, by looking closely at the main characters and their actions, I found a small part of myself in each of them. When Rainsford heard gunshots from the yacht, he jumped up onto the ship's railing. My initial response was, "Why would you do such a thing when no one is there to help if you fall?" I believe that this was my logical, sensible reaction. However, if I look at the situation with a sense of curiosity I find that I would have done the same thing. I think this is because, even though I've always tried to be a responsible, reasoning person, I have always had a desire to be carefree and daring. I think that want comes from movies I've seen in the past and books I've read in which the female characters were adventurous and lived for danger. I can remember times when I would finish reading a book, perhaps, and try to be just like the adventuring character. I can also look at General Zaroff, too, and see a hidden......

Words: 794 - Pages: 4