Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wednesday, May 11. 2016

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

B & D Blocks Social Studies 10 -  Today you'll have part of the class to continue work on your 'Ole Bill Coot assignment but first...we'll talk about some of the people who came to B.C. that weren't British. We'll look at the Kanakas (kānaka ʻōiwi or kānaka maoli) who were Hawaiian workers with the Hudson's Bay Company of whom many married First Nations women especially the Nlaka' pamux - Thompson River Salish - people (check out the Kanakas on the Salt Spring archives). The name "Kanaka" did not have a negative connotation, however the Chinese labourers here in B.C. were called "Coolies" and that clearly was not used as a friendly term. The word Coolie comes from the Cantonese (Gu Lei) which refers to an Asian slave.  Many Chinese immigrants arrived after the California Gold Rush but the largest influx (about 15,000) came to build the Canadian Pacific Railway (check out Bambooshoots for more). From California, in 1858, arrived the steamship Commodore which carried a large population of African Americans at the behest of Governor Douglas. By the end of that summer over 800 African Americans resided in the Vancouver Island colony. We'll watch a couple of episodes from "The Edge of the World: BC's Early Years". I have one question for you:

Which immigrant group was most influential In the development of British Columbia? Provide evidence from the textbook and consider the influence of each group on the economy, the culture and people's everyday lives.

After this you may continue working on 'Ole Bill Coot which is due this Friday...yep a deadline that is two days away. No worries right? 

A Block Criminology 12 - To start the class I'd like to talk about your lists from yesterday and find out why violence is entertainment for some.

After that we'll watch some Warner Brothers cartoons with all the glorious violence in them and we'll have a discussion about the acceptance of violence in our modern culture. We'll look at: Bully for Bugs; Rabbit Seasoning; For Scentimental Reasons; Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century and lastly The Ducksters. Criminal Harassment (Stalking), Sexual Assault, Assault, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault (torture), and Unlawful Confinement are just a few of the crimes in these cartoons...all violent crimes.

Is Bugs Bunny bad for kids? Comedy and violence are intermingled into a typical or formulaic narrative story.....Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny, Sylvester chases Tweety Bird and they inflict carnage on each other. The end is always the same....someone wins, someone loses, the loser is humiliated and we laugh at them (good clean wholesome fun). While we watch the cartoons I want you to think about the implicit and implied messages that each cartoon sends to kids (rather than the explicit and obvious messages) and then we'll talk about what those messages do even if kids understand the difference between cartoon and real violence.

So now compare the violence in the Warner Brothers cartoons (from the 50's and 60's) with that of the Happy Tree Friends. Check out the following video: Happy Tree Friends A to Zoo . Let's be frank here, the cartoon is not meant for children but because of the "cute" characters what would it be like if we just let young children watch that cartoon unsupervised?

Consider the following:
Media Violence: Psychology
Cartoon Violence Project
Gender and Comm. Kids Cartoon Violence  

I added some questions to the blog yesterday that I'll have you work on tomorrow in class but look to see what they are because they're connected to today's class.

C Block Law 12 - Today and tomorrow sees us finish Criminal Law. You will need to answer the following questions from yesterday:

  1. Define: absolute discharge, conditional discharge, probation, mitigating circumstances, aggravating circumstances, suspended sentence, concurrent sentence, consecutive sentence, intermittent sentence, indeterminate sentence, parole, day parole, statutory release, pardon, restorative justice, sentencing circle, closed custody, and open custody
  2. Questions: page 298 Review Your Understanding question 3; page 301 Review Your Understanding question 1; page 314 Review Your Understanding question

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