Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thursday, November 28. 2013

Today's schedule is D-AG-C-B-A

D Block Law 12 - Today is your criminal law unit final test. If you studied and are prepared then I'm certain you will do fine. After this, we'll take a look at the main differences between civil and criminal law . On Monday you'll get your final project for the year. You can find more on the differences between criminal and civil law at: Diffen or OttoGraph

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we are going to watch a Dateline video called "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger".
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This episode deals with the fear associated with stranger abductions and tests whether kids would know what do to when confronted by someone who attempts to lure them. The Dateline website says:
While stranger abductions are rare, all parents worry about keeping kids safe. In this special report, parents and experts watch as the following scenarios unfold, testing whether or not children know what to do when approached by a stranger.

Check out these online posts in response to the show (from MSNBC and the Anderson Cooper talk show)

So now for the reality of stranger danger and abductions...

  • Stranger Danger doesn't teach what a stranger is
  • It doesn't account for trusted adults and
  • It can demonize all adults to children.
A 2000 Justice Department study found that of the 800,000 kids who were reported missing that year, half turned out to be runaways. MOST abductions turned out to involve family members; only 115 of all the cases reported were a version of the nightmare scenario that most troubles parents - abduction by a stranger. For more information look at;;;;; or keeping children safe

OK so now what? Here's what I'd like you to answer:

  1. What do you think the purpose of the "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger" show and what assumptions or beliefs do its creators have that are reflected in the content?
  2. Who and what is shown in a positive light? In a negative light? Why might these people and things be shown this way? What conclusions might audiences draw based on these facts?
  3. What techniques does the Dateline show use to get your attention and to communicate its message?

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we have a guest speaker. Former Vanier and current Environmental Geography VIU student Ms. Alexa Proctor will be with us. She is going to discuss consumerism with us through the short online video "The Story of Stuff".

A Block Criminology 12 - Today, we'll examine where we get our information about trends in crime (UCR, PRVS, Self-Reports) which connects us to yesterday's topic on perceptions of crime in Canada. Don't forget that I need you to I'finish the three questions about crime trends:
  1. Using pages 37 to 46 in the CRIM textbook outline and explain the crime patterns in relation to ecology, firearms, social class, age, gender and race.
  2. What is a chronic offender and what is the significance of Marvin Wolfgang's discovery (why is identifying the chronic offender important)?
  3. How would you explain the gender differences in the crime rate (why do you think males are more violent than females)?
and... today I need you to compare the three sources of crime statistics. I'll need you in a chart format to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

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