Journal Topics Professor Wallace Fall 2005 All journals should be a minimum of one typed, double-spaced page. Late journals will not be accepted. 1. Have you ever done any type of community service? Describe it. What did this experience teach you about the value of work, education and civic responsibility? Marian Wright Edelman says, “Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” What do you think she means? Do you agree or disagree? 2. What concerns do you have about Freedom-Focused Service Learning? What are your expectations, your hopes? What does “freedom” mean to you? Explain. 3. Describe what you know about the Underground Railroad (UGRR). What did you learn in school? What did you learn from your family or others about the UGRR? What questions do you have about the UGRR? 4. In your opinion, what are some of the major problems connected with public education in this country and in this region? Why are the problems so entrenched? What can be done to overcome them? 5. Find two reliable Internet or newspaper articles that deal with public education. Summarize them and give your perspective. Relate these issues to Two Rivers Middle School. (Attach the articles to your journal.) 6. Describe your service at TRMS to date. What worked well? What did not run smoothly? What questions do you have? Do you have concerns? 7. How do problems with literacy and poverty manifest themselves at Two Rivers? 8. Find two reliable Internet or newspaper articles that deal with poverty. Summarize them and give your perspective. Relate these issues to Two Rivers Middle School. (Attach the articles to your journal.) 9. What has surprised you about your service experience to date? Why were you surprised? What have you learned about the students at TRMS? What have you discovered about yourself? 10. Review the process of working on Freedom Projects for the Celebration of Freedom. What worked well? What did not? What surprised you? How is the quality of the students’ projects? Is their newly acquired knowledge about freedom and the UGRR obvious?
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