http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html

The article is an interesting read it can relate to our class it analyzes ideology and education.

What should be written in textbooks about history and science its an ideological battle between Conservatives in Texas who question Darwin’s theory of evolution but there are Democrats and moderate Republicans who want to preserve the teaching and continue with the separation of church and state.

ROTC Revival at CUNY Requires Broad-Based Discussion

ROTC Revival at CUNY Requires Broad-Based Discussion

I found this article really interesting because it stresses the notion that not one state apparatus is all repressive or all idealogical, that most of the time they are mixes of both. even better is that in the article one idealogical institution is forced by a more powerful institution to implement a ideology that neither it nor it’s subjects want. i think it’s  interesting because I’ve only been thinking of ideology as one massive force acting together but now I consider the fact that there are some divisions between the ideologies and the institutions within them based which one has the most influence on it’s subjects.

Althusser: Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses

This is a 4 minute video that explains the Ideology of state apparatus while also explaining how we contribute to them as subjects. They make a point that we are all subjects of ideology and as such, are free, ethical, individual, and irreplaceable; perhaps I’m confused but how can this be true if the only other option besides remaining a subject to ideology is to leave it? And when and how do you begin to do that when you’ve been a subject since birth? I think what they mean is though we are bound by ideology we do have the option of freeing ourselves, but how much of an option is that?

Framing A Childs Innnocence

I know we don’t discuss children much in this course or at all really but I thought this was a great way to show how things are framed for us to receive them despite the information being essentially the same and how that effects our own views of race, especially in light of the recent Trayvon Martin case.

Framing Childrens Innocence

Check out this article about how two boys, both 7 but one black and the other white are portrayed. Both of these children seem to have committed the same offense but their stories are framed in two completely different ways.

there is good evidence that people, beginning as children, internalize the stereotypes that others have of them.  As Ann Ferguson shows in her book, Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity, black children, especially boys, are stereotyped as pre-criminals; not adorably naughty, like white boys, but dangerously bad from the beginning.  And studies with children have shown that they often internalize this idea, as in the famous doll experiment in which both black and white children were more likely than not to identify the black doll as bad (see this similar demonstration of white preference on CNN and a discussion of the original doll experiment at ABC).  So I think this terribly sad story of Latarian is showing us how children learn to think of themselves as deviant and bad from the society around them.  Latarian, remember, is seven, just like Preston.  They’re both children, but they are being treated very differently, as these programs illustrate, and it is already starting to sink in.