## Archive for March, 2012

### OSM: Blog 4

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

My presentation is relevant to the world because we use logic and statistics everyday and we need to find a way to articulate them. We use statistics to figure out trends within our system and figure out ways to improve them. We use statistics in: sports, medicine, education, and many other parts of our lives. I am using my lesson plan to show how we can use statistics (part) to improve our world (system). I did this by explaining how to turn numerical figures into articulate sentences so that the will be able to analyze data and organize it.

### OSM: Milestone 2

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
For my organizational system and models class, we had to find a problem that we can solve with math. I looked at the statistics of bullying and found that we can use them to fight bullying. I showed the effects of therapy on bullies. The stats show a clear decrease in children who showed aggression after going through therapy. This shows that therapy is a viable solution and should be used to combat bullying.
• 1 out of 4 teens are Bullied.
9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school and online.
• As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied.
• 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
• A poll of teens ages 12-17 proved that they think violence increased at their schools.
• 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
• More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
• 80% of the time, an argument with a bully will end up in a physical fight.
• 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student threaten to kill someone.
• 2 out of 3 say they know how to make a bomb, or know where to get the information to do it.
• Playground statistics – Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention -4% Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention –   85%.

A reported 15 percent of all students who don’t show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school in 2010. This increased by 5 percent in the past year.

Question: How can therapy help lower bullying rates?
Solution
If bullying does not end soon there will be millions of kids bullied throughout the US. In the past two year alone the amount of kids who have reported getting bullied went up from 4% to 20%. This is an unacceptable increase and if nothing is done then it will continue to do just that. However if schools/parents were to try to create safe and therapeutic spaces so kids do not feel the need to bully. Also putting bullies into a therapy program will definitely help decrease their aggression. According to a recent study, after putting 32 bullies in family therapy for 12 weeks, 17% of them showed less signs of aggression and/or need to bully. This shows that with therapy and support, we can end bullying.

### ED8: Colleges & Universities

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Our ‘Education in 8 Movements’ (IntegratedEnglish-History) class studied “Colleges & Universities” as post-secondarylearning options. We looked at various iterations of the classical route tobetter jobs through higher education, and used effective research and analysis toachieve a fact-based understanding of the broad array of intelligent,post-secondary schooling options. Below are a few of my thoughts on our subjectof inquiry.

In this unit, I achieved a deep understanding ofthe things that motivate the design of functional, meaningful architecture in college/university environments. I imagined a campus facility that reflectedsome of my values. Here is my creation.

Many films have parodied the college experience. Far fewer have presented the noble, scholarly side of higher education. Here are a few things about college/university life that I admire and may get involved in in the near future.

In a New Yorker (June 6, 2011) article by Louis Menand, a student asks his college professor, “Why did we have to buy this book?” Menand declares this a great question. Here’s why I agree.

In an effort to become more “college-ready,” we deconstructed some historical fiction. We studied Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Of particular interest was Dickens’ opening-line use of anaphora, the repetition of a phrase in consecutive clauses (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”). We used anaphora to comment on our own contemporary, seesawing society (*for every yin, we offered a yang!). Finally, we used this literary device to predict the future. The following report conveys some of my excitement and reservations, hopes and fears, etc. about college/university life.

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