Tag Archives: educational inclusion

Speaking Like a Brit

12 Apr

I stumbled upon a NY Times article today (admittedly suggested by Cup of Jo, a wonderful blog if you like girl things, as the article was written by her husband) discussing the use of Britishisms by Americans.  I had never really thought about it before, but I use them all the time.  I use cheers daily, call my living area a flat, and have even unconsciously come out with “aye” recently.  Because I do live in Scotland (and have been here a total of some 10 1/2 months total) and have a Scottish partner, this is both less surprising and less annoying than it may otherwise be.  I probably would have ended up picking some of the terms up any way.  Between my friends’ study abroad trips to the UK, my mom’s Australian roommate in the 70s, and general pop culture, how could I have missed or resisted gems like ginger or bloody hell?  Basically I’m just hoping that someone stops me and tells me if they think my Britishisms are terribly annoying.

In the daily Britishness that is my life at the moment, I’ve been doing more work with inclusion.  I’m having a bit of a hard time finding American legislation on this, but I suspect that some will pop up the minute I’ve posted this post.  Interestingly, it appears that the US initially signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a convention that would impact how the US educates individuals with physical and mental disabilities, and then failed to ratify it.  The UK, on the other hand,  has not only ratified it, but also incorporated it into their education legislation in recent years.  What do you think about educational inclusion?  Do you think it’s a big issue where you are?

Multitasking

11 Mar

It something we’re all guilty- me perhaps more than others.  As I sit here writing this blog post, I’m listening to the boyfriend play guitar, thinking about my thesis, drinking tea, eating poppy seed and sesame crackers, doing laundry- I just stopped to hang it- and planning dinner.  I think, typically, my ability to multitask is a demonstration of efficiency.  It drives me a bit barmy (to quote a lovely English friend of mine) that Matthew can’t seem to put his gloves on and tell me a story at the same time.    It definitely gets in the way of finishing things or putting in singular effort; not that I can’t do this, I usually just choose not to.

As I continue my work on autism’s representation in fictional media, I find myself involved in looking at educational inclusion of those with disabilities with hopes to positively correlate representation, perception, and inclusion.  Schools, it seems, are also trying to multitask with our children and are largely failing.  They are trying to implement too many new things at one time without fixing the fundamental issues.  I am pro inclusion where appropriate, but, unfortunately, the system at most schools needs to change in order to effectively education children with and without special educational needs in one place.  It breaks my heart to know that teachers feel overwhelmed by students in their classes with needs they don’t know how to properly address, that parents feel that their children are in the wrong place or not getting the education that student deserves, and that the students themselves are unhappy and/or bullied.  The legislation is in place; now schools need to challenge themselves to live up to it and the government needs to provide the appropriate funds so that they can deliver it.  I have many a rant on the educational system, this is just a small chunk of a new one.

Tonight, when I’ve finished with some work, I’m making enchiladas (recipe courtesy of the amazing Emma).  It is a recipe that multitasks only in that the chicken ones will be using the leftover chicken from the roast Matthew and I had for dinner two nights ago.  He made a lovely soup last night from homemade stock, so tonight is my turn.  These puppies are dangerously good in a country that is nearly devoid of Mexican food.  They really make me hanker for a giant, cheap burrito or chile verde from a local Mexican restaurant.  *drool*  I’d provide a recipe, but since it isn’t mine (or posted on the internet), I’m going to keep it all for myself.

Missing the Sun

15 Nov

My Specific Hill

Sitting here in the semidarkness of 4:20 p.m., consuming three of my four weaknesses (peanut butter, chocolate, coffee-missing cheese), I am missing the sun terribly.  Today was a dreich day  (Scots meaning overcast, drizzly, damp and generally unpleasant) if I’ve ever seen one.  On my way to the supermarket this morning, I got wet enough to use my umbrella in this odd rain-like mist and the rest of the day didn’t yield much else.  If I remember correctly, the last time I saw the sun was a short period Monday afternoon.  I won’t see it again, if I’m lucky, until Saturday.  Rude. On a day like today, I could use a heavy dose of LA sunshine, an iced coffee, and a nice grassy hill to spend the afternoon on.  Soon enough I suppose…  Back to the Golden State in just under a month to visit the family for Christmas!

In the mean time, I’m doing research currently on educational inclusion for my MPhil thesis/dissertation (I’m never really sure which is more appropriate since they basically mean the same thing).  It’s a topic that I’m hoping to be able to apply to my research on representation on autism in the media.  Here’s to hoping I find something helpful!  (Suggestions on where to look would be great!)