Monday, October 5, 2015

Tuesday, October 6. 2015

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

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll finish your "Roots of Violence" notes and then we'll try to make sense of mass and serial murder. I'd like you to:

Explain the types of serial and mass murderer along with the reasons why they commit these crimes.

You can find the answers to this in the work of Jack Levin and James Alan Fox "Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder". The summary of their work is on pages 209 and 210 of the textbook in the Criminological Enterprise section. For more info look at the work of John Douglas (former FBI profiler) on (look in the article section and there is a great read entitled "So, you want to become a profiler..."). To better understand the people that commit heinous acts of murder, we'll also review what a "psychopath" is. Too often people throw the term psycho around without really understanding what it means so we'll look at Dr. Robert Hare's PCL-R (Psychopathy Checklist Revised). The diagnosis "Psychopath" is closely related to Antisocial Personality Disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition).

In order to understand mass murder and motives we will dedicate some time this week to the murders at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado over a decade ago. We'll examine the Department of Justice (FBI) Critical Incident Response Group report "The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective" and the Columbine Review Commission report of Governor Bill Owens. In essence we'll look at the background of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as well as the types of behavior, personality traits, and circumstances in the family, school, and community environment that should be regarded as warning signs of school shooters. After we finish our look at mass murder by focusing on Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (for more see school shooters) we'll look at the leader of the "People's Temple"- the Reverend James Warren "Jim" Jones and the mass suicide of over 900 people in Jonestown Guyana.

D Block Geography 12 -  I have the library reserved for the class so that you may continue working on your Orting college development project. Ask yourself, what is the greatest danger to Orting? Of all that could potentially happen at Mount Rainier what poses the greatest threat? Now ask yourself what triggers that threat? What causes it to happen? Last think about the statistical likelihood of that event happening. How likely is the event to occur in the next 5, 10, 100, or 1000 years? Check out the risk analysis section of the COTF website for help here. I'll remind you that this assignment is due next Tuesday and it is crucial that you hand it in to me as we will be at the end of our unit.

A Block Social Studies 10 -  Today we'll be looking at voting and elections in Canada (including the 2011 Federal election ) specifically focusing on political ideology and the parties that follow specific ideologies. A political ideology deals with goals (how society should work) and methods (how to reach the goals). We'll look at the major political parties in Canada: Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic, Green, and Bloc Quebecois. Well see what their platforms (goals and methods) were/are.

We'll also be looking at:
1) Pollenize – Looking for student-friendly party platform summaries? Pollenize is a mobile-friendly app that allows users to compare the platforms of several Canadian political parties on 12 themes.
2) I Can Party -  I CAN Party is a user-friendly guide to understanding the national political party platforms.  It provides short summaries of the parties’ stances on key electoral issues without analysis or party rhetoric.
3) Vote Compass – Where do your students fall on the political spectrum? Vote Compass is a short online quiz that helps students to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

All of this is to help you try to select a party that most represents your beliefs. Later this week you'll be in the library filling in a research project on the parties and their leaders where you'll need to explain what party you would vote for and why you would choose that party if you were eligible to vote today. You will receive a hand out to help organize your thoughts and research.

No comments: