This blogpost will be dedicated to #1004theworld. I have chosen to answer the question which work of art has the most important message for global citizens and why? Based on Chris Jordan’s „Running the Numbers“ I have chosen this piece of art with the title: Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006. And here are my thoughts:
32,000. That’s a lot of, probably women, who don’t feel comfortable with who they are. It’s cliché, but it’s true. Deciding to change one of the most feminine features on a woman’s body, there must be a thought behind this. It’s called insecurity. A woman might be insecure because she feels that society has unachieveable standards, that’s what leads to wanting to change something about oneself. As a citizen of modern society with a growing use of social media, I can’t do much other than accept other people. If we all did so, wouldn’t we start to see a change?
How do you prepare for the something that is unknown? I’m specifically questioning preparing for the future. What skills do we need in a world that we know nothing about? It’s not because we lack experience, we just don’t know about the opportunities that haven’t been invented yet. No, not exactly a flying car builder, but along those lines. Are we a generation without skills for the future?
Malcolm X once said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Some part of this is very true, that to be successful one must have an education. In the past century, everything has changed, the future holds so much for us. The amount of new jobs is unimaginable, because eventually we will be working with things that don’t exist today. We don’t have to be strong and learn the skills to hunt anymore, but we need to now how to communicate and build on our ideas This is where skills of the future come in. They are nine skills that are believed to be important in the future. By the time this generation graduates, most communication in work and life will happen visually.
Our future will rely on communicating visually with open minds and self-knowledge, and an ability to learn and to love it.
So let’s see, how prepared am I for this future thing….
I will be comparing two assessments I have done in the past year. If you have read my blog before, you might have come across them. The first one is dial ‚A‘ for honesty a short film about academic honesty I made with two other girls in the beginning of April this year. The other one is a Getting Closer interpretation that dates back to October.
In the future, communicating our thoughts will happen visually. Both of these assessments are interpretations of a story, and they are both in a video format. Communicating is not new, it’s one of the first skills we learn from the moment we open our eyes. Even when we couldn’t talk, we still communicated, we cried or we pointed. But in the future, we need to think differently. How do we get something out to people? Visually seems to be the way.
Both assessments communicate thought and process, they explain ideas that can’t be described with words. Such as the time passing and the rubric cube completing in Getting Closer . They explain a scenario that is relatable and they let you reflect on your own thoughts being provoked by them. This is specifically the dial ‚A‘ for honesty. But to learn anything from this, we need to know how to learn. Learn to learn, another one of the nine skills. We need to know that the thoughts that come into our minds are ideas and creations that are potentially beneficial. Knowing and practicing what to do with these thoughts will prepare us for the future.
Our self-knowledge and creativity will build our base.
Last year, I was a progressing english student, this year, I’m an experimental english student. In 8th grade, I played it safe, I wrote my essays based on clear and inspirational themes, I used vocabulary I had learned, but always keeping it to something I knew would be appreciated. This year, I’m trying to experiment, with my own thoughts and always challenging myself to come up with new ideas.
I’m trying to find new vocabulary that describes exactly the point I’m trying to make. Last year, everything was good or bad. This year, it’s kind-hearted or destructive, and everything in between. I try to use new vocabulary, mostly by looking it up or from hearing it or seeing it being used. It’s difficult having english as a second language and then being expected to write and efficiently use words you have never actually heard of.
So why have I developed this way? What is the reason for this? I think the main factor, is the teacher. Both my english teachers taught me well, and taught me to develop, but this year, I get to be more creative. I am challenged to explain my thoughts on my ideas, rather than giving my thoughts on an idea. No doubt it’s more demanding, but it gives me better results, because I get to be creative with my thoughts.
This post is a film review that I worked on, and I forgot to post it in pure excitement when I finished… oops… BUT, here it is, in the style of a Slate article.
Watching movies on a friday night, has been a ritual in many families for years. It opens up an opportunity to be together and keeps everyone entertained. Some might see this concept as an inefficient way of spending time, just to be entertained with a story that will be forgotten shortly after. But a group of young people recently released an educational video to the “IB academic honesty film competition” Before clicking away and thinking “Oh, I know about that, whatever” I must say, the film is really absorbing and thought provoking.
The film is based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film techniques, produced and directed by all four group members. The movie is thoughtfully done, with great attention to detail and detailed shots that portray the efficiency of the Hitchcockian techniques. The film is called ToCatch a Copycat and it shows why it’s important to be academic honest through a dramatic experience of one of the main characters: Jake. The film reminds me of the kind hearted but yet inspiring movie Kindness is Contagious which I watched a few years back, it leaves me with the same message, that thinking of your actions and what effect they have on others, good or bad, is really powerful.
The first few scenes introduces the main two characters Jake (Mark S.) and Chloe (Merije D.) Chloe is portrayed at the stereotypical, perfect student. She has several diplomas and achievements out of school such as Riding for Charity while still keeping all her tests and assignments at a straight A+ level. Though Jake is not introduced as any specific character, he is the one who gets the blame for copying an essay. He is confronted with that by a third character, where he then tells him his side of the story. He explains that Chloe copied his essay and that he now needs to take revenge.
The movie ends in a rather unexpected way, it is slightly confusing because it shows that Chloe benefitted from cheating whereas Jake is then punished with a lower grade. Though it goes against the academic honesty theme, it also leaves the audience thinking that maybe Jake wasn’t being honest and that Chloe really is the perfect student? It needs to be watched to find out.
To Catch a Copycat Overall, it’s short and educational, though it might not last a whole friday night, it does leave a message that’s not forgotten.
All pictures are from To Catch a Copycat, 11. April 2016
This is a post dedicated to #teacherappreciationweek, I would encourage you not to necessarily write, but at least think of a teacher that you look back on, and really admire.
Though I have had many teachers who have helped me on this journey, especially since I didn’t speak english when I came to my current school five years ago. There is one teacher who never taught me, but one who gave me a compliment that I still remember.
I had been in school for about five weeks, and I barely spoke any english. Me and my brother did a presentation in front of the whole school and some parents, so about 100 people. I remember my legs shaking, and my whole body felt like collapsing. To anyone who doesn’t know what it’s like to not speak the language that other people are speaking around you at the age of ten, then let me tell you, it’s terrible. Because you can’t understand any full sentences, and you can’t tell anyone how you feel or what you are thinking. It’s like being trapped in your own stupidity.
But my little brother and I went up there, and tried our best, our best to remember what we learned but also to be ourselves. The presentation was about Denmark, not that it matters, but I remember that nationality is the only thing that defines you. (read more here) Maybe how you look, but other than that, there is no personality because you can’t really talk.
When the presentation was done, everyone went outside, and the parents talked, the kids played, and the teachers tried to look after them. I didn’t play. I stood right by my mum, like all the other kids who didn’t really get what was happening.
This is where THE teacher comes in. Her name is Ms. McCowan, she has the biggest head of curls just like me, and she always seemed to be smiling. She came up to me and my mum, and she said “Wow, she should be journalist” And now, when I look back, I think of how she didn’t have to say that, she didn’t have to bother saying anything, but she did, and it made my day. And since then, everytime I present anything, I think of that. And it boosts my confidence, a lot. So thank you Ms. McCowan, and thank you for waving back the rare times I see you 🙂
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Now for you, do you have anyone who deserves a kind throwback like this?