A Struggling Writer Tackles Journalism: Moving from Creative Writing to Journalistic Reporting

Guest Article by Cesar R. Bustamante, Jr., Multimedia Journalist Follow me on Twitter! @crbustamante

 

I can’t recall when I started writing but I can recall when I took it seriously. I was in 9th grade history teacher asked the class what each one of us wanted to be when we were older. When it was my turn, I said “writer.” I remember an expression of awe in her face. She paused as if recognizing what I only recognized seconds later that I’d said the right thing to question that didn’t really have a wrong answer. I wrote before then of course More >

The Implications of Google + on Classroom Hybridization

You may not have heard of Google +, which is commonly heralded as “Facebook but not Facebook,” a social networking site that works in myriad different ways than Facebook. It’s run (obviously) by Google and has, I believe, many different features that can be viewed as beneficial to a classroom environment. But before I get into specific features, I want to talk a bit about what I look for in web tools for teaching/being a student.

  1. Accessibility: This is why Blackboard can be a difficult tool to implement–you can only access it from going from annoying link to link and generally More >
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What Makes a Bad Teacher?

So frequently we have discussions about the qualities we should (and would like) to see in a “good” teacher. With Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher looming in the box office, however, I couldn’t help but wonder why we don’t discuss the traits that create a “bad” teacher. In the movie (which I have not seen, but have read summaries about), it seems the things she brings into the classroom are disdain for children, drug usage, heavy drinking, cheating, stealing state test exams, and blackmailing people.

Ok, that IS pretty bad.

But it’s not particularly realistic either. Teachers who are that abysmal get kicked More >

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Taoism: The Natural Life

Taoism (actually pronounced Dow-ism) is a philosophical religion (and I use religion here loosely) that began to develop in China around 500 BC. This time marked a period in China’s history known as The Hundred Schools of Thought. Tao literally means “way,” and Taoism is just that: a way or path. But, as we will find out, defining the Tao at all is to miss the target completely. Bruce Lee followed in the footsteps of Tao. He didn’t just model his life after it; he created an entire new form of martial arts based upon it. In light of this, More >

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Points of Parity and Touchscreen Devices

It was late Monday evening at JFK International Airport when I had an unexpected encounter. As I walked towards the British Airways lounge, I noticed a store advertising the Blackberry Playbook. The mounds of scathing reviews for the device had me wondering – “What is so bad about the Playbook?” Interested, I decided to pop into the store for a quick look.

Before I continue, I must admit that I wield an Android smartphone, iPad and PC laptop (although I did have a Macbook Pro when it first came out). I consider myself well versed in new technology products and am More >

OMG TECHNOLOGY IZ KILLING ENGRISH!

So I was in my composition theory course, and I commented on how pathetic it was that an author claimed technology and the increasingly globalized economy are killing the “academy” (essentially, education). I said it was a bit of a cop-out, that everyone immediately turns to technology as the destroyer of language. The professor commented on how she could see that point and another student jumped in, saying something along the lines of “Kids don’t know how to write or spell full words now because all they do is write LOL” etc. And she was a bit of a bitch More >

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Post-Modernism: An Introduction and Focus on Critical Theory

Post-modern philosophy encompasses a period of time that began in the middle of the 20th century and many say is still progressing.  Post-modernism itself is hard to define and was influenced by a variety of different schools of thought such as Existentialism, Freudian and Lucanian psychology, and Marxist Theory. Today we will be examining the “Critical Theory” side of things – a branch of post-modernism that deals mostly with post-Marxist ideals and critiques of capitalism, industrialism, and politics. Philosophers of the Post-Modern age aren’t your typical prim-and-proper academic philosophers: like the average American or European, they watch TV, see movies, More >

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Continental vs. Analytic

In the 20th century, the field of philosophy was under going some big changes. Science was playing a big role in the world and caused a big change here in America and in England. Other countries were rejecting this scientific view dividing the field of philosophy down the middle. This division amongst philosophers lead to a stylistic change in the way each sect decided to go about philosophy. Emerging from the 20th century were two terms, Analytic and Continental philosophy, the subject of our topic today.

So let’s get right down to it!

Analytic Philosophy

Analytic philosophy refers to a method of philosophy relying heavily on the virtues of More >

New Pedagogical Techniques with Classical Topics

I’m constantly conflicted in my pedagogical beliefs and methodologies, primarily because I believe so strongly in technological implementation into the classroom but also believe in a more classical form of education. These practices frequently class with each other: there’s nothing classical about implementing blogging and gaming into a classroom. Yet, on the other hand, as a means to rectify these issues, I find that the two can interact quite well to achieve great ends. Perhaps this is where English education needs to head.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I suppose I should begin with some of my proposed methods and More >

Welcome to (un)Enlightened Academy!

Hi all! If you were looking for (un)Enlightened English or (un)Enlightened Philosophy, you may have noticed some changes afoot, so I wanted to make a quick news post to explain what is happening to the site.

We have merged (un)Enlightened English and (un)Enlightened Philosophy and have added two more categories (Education and Technology) as well. While the goal of the site is primarily to help answer students’ questions, we now have the space to accommodate the queries of educators who are looking for new pedagogical techniques, and those who are looking for discussions on technology. Some of these pieces will be More >