Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jaxson Freeman Socratic Seminar Response

1.) The Socratic Seminar was a learning experience and was not what I was originally expecting. When I found out the topic of our Socratic Seminar was mental illness stereotypes I jumped to conclusions  I immediately  thought that it was going to come to a large debate about mental illness and treatment. I also felt that the group would be hesitant to speech some of their opinions. As it turned out the Socratic Seminar turned out to be a discussion more the influence of the stereotypes and the causes of them through media. My expectations were far from what it turned out being. I think the Socratic Seminar turn out this way because of the experts leading us on the right track and keeping the discussion going. I also think the padlet walls help me and the group get out of rut when we got stuck making to conversation flow.
2.) The format of this Socratic Seminar was much better that our previous seminar. The reason I believe this is because in this Socratic Seminar more and more students were involved. The reason I believe this is because not just a couple people dominated the conversation and more people expressed opinions. For example, more people directed questions toward others who didn't talk much giving the Socratic Seminar more of an overall opinion. I also believe the conversation ran smoother. The main reason that I believe this is because more points were made and over a variety. The reason for this is because we had a more organized reference sheet in our padlet wall. I also think the experts were more willing to fill the holes of the conversation and direct questions.
3.) I think there are three main points that I learn from being in the Socratic Seminar was funding for treatment, usual patients and reasons for there violence. In the point of funding for mental illness treatment I learned that the government hardly supports the systems. I also leaned that because of the horrible funding came horrible conditions and depleting amounts of treatment homes. On the point of the usual patients of the facilities, I learned that the patients are mainly smart and successful people just looking for solutions. The experts mainly brought this information up to me and enlighting me on the subject. I also learned that the usual reasons for violent patients are the conditions of the homes and the mental state.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Uvaldo, Shelby, and Tyler

Jaxon, John, Jena PADLET

Rachel, Haley and Abbigail

Socratic seminar questions

My expectations of the socratic seminar was meet because I thought we covered a variety of new things  that I did not know before. For example I did not know how much literature made a huge deal about the mentally ill. I also learned a lot of other things about people knowing someone with mental illness and how it related to the topic.  I learned about the many different stereotypes about the mentally ill, how some see the mentally ill as "retarded" or "insane"etc.  I also learned about how other people torlorated the mentally ill many people were different. I got to see how people viewed the mentally ill when they found out that they had a mental disorder. For example we did not know that John had depression until he admitted it but none of our views of him changed.  My expectations were also met when the experts gave us facts and new things that we didn't know about.
My understanding of the media's role increased by a lot.  I do think that if the media did not  overlook the mentally ill I do think a lot of them would feel a lot less depressed than they already are and be less violent.  I think that the media makes the mentally ill feel more uncomterable around others because they are afraid of being made fun of.  The media also makes the mentally ill more depressed because they set a low self esteem for the mentally ill which causes them to be more sad and have more thoughts of suicide.  So I think that the media should make a less big of a deal about the mentally ill being violent. My understanding about the media's role is about the mentally ill by showing how incapable of learning they are and how a lot of attention they get at school. The media also shows that the mentally ill are considered kids with "special needs". The media shows a lot of stereotypes about the menatlly ill and a lot of names but I do believe if the media did not show a lot of the negative side of the mentally ill then there would be a lot less violence in this country.
One of the questions was "is media and literature in a sense "bullying" the mentally ill".  I don't think so because i think there just covering stories about committing violent crimes but in no way are they intimidating the menally ill.  I honestly think it just depends on how far the media decides to bring it and  how everyone sees it. I do think that if the media just becomes obsessed about mentally ill being violent then I do think that they are somewhat bullying them.  Bullying someone is not just intimidating someone just once but it's repeatedly intimidating someone over and over. In most news and other types of media I do not see news repeatedly intimidating mentally ill people. But however I see a lot of literature telling stories about the mentally ill and how much they do not contribute to society. So in a sense literature is bullying the mentally ill.