Author Archives: Edgar Allan Dela Cruz
My Final Week at Vanier is to look back and reflect in this journey of interning. What really stood out? What experience was really memorable? I was also instructed to focus on the power of influence in the school. In this journey, there are two most powerful influences on Jean Vanier: Faith & Caring. Although most students lack the understanding, Vanier integrates Faith in the curriculum. Mandatory or not, Christian or not, Vanier integrates faith in everyday activities in cooking, arts and crafts, singing, storytelling. I know that its mandatory but, how Vanier does it; Integrates faith with TLC or Tender loving care makes it something very unique. I’m a Christian and being in Vanier, I see Altruistic actions and professionalism found on Biblical allegories, parables, and chapters. I was stunned that such a magnificent edifice is here on the city of the queen (Regina). Throughout my life I was searching for a place to belong. A cartoon character named Jiraiya once said; “They say wherever someone is still thinking of you, that place is your home”. Why did I mention this statement? I mentioned it because this is what Vanier is it’s not just an institution to teach disabled, it is a home open for everyone who seeks one. There were a lot of memorable events such as screaming and feeding a disabled kid and see’s her happy with her every bite ‘because she can’t hold it on her own is something that really touched my heart. I want to help them and if possible, cure of them of their abnormality that’s plaguing the world as we know it. If only there was a cure……. Seeing these students in Vanier made me realize that I need to be more aware of my surroundings and the people around me. There are a lot of disabilities that hinders our current society from evolving to the next stage of improvement. Some of the disabilities are present in the students of Vanier such as down syndrome, muteness, autism, mental diseases, and retardation. But what does Vanier do that has an impact with these students? CARING. I was surprise to see people actually concern about their students. Quite frankly, a lot of teachers don’t even care if their students pass or fail. Some of them wanted a quick escape from hard labour and went to education and pretentiously teach. It makes my bile go inside-out when I see such people who choose the “easy way” and not fulfill their duties and responsibilities. Being in Vanier was a complete breath of fresh air. I am truly devastated on how society treats people with disabilities, and how there is such a huge inequality in this planet. I only live once. With all the knowledge that I have so far and having 20 years worth of experience as a human being, I will do my best to end at least one world problem whether its global illiteracy, hunger, poverty, or even “the ignorance of people” that’s preventing us to be unified. If these are even possible of achieving, I will do my best to achieve them.
My Sixth week on Vanier is to focus on the school’s curriculum. What do they teach? How they teach it? Hidden curriculum anyone? As far as I know, Vanier does not follow regular school curriculums where you learn math on period one, science period and so on. Instead, Vanier aims to teach disabled students how to “fend for themselves”. Vanier also serves as a “nursing home for disabled children” and uses kindergarten materials. The school’s curriculum offers an alternate route. Students who undergo the program are admitted until their 22 years old. Upon graduation a student is presented with a degree of alternate education. Throughout the years of going to Vanier, students will experience the same daily routines with the exceptions of “swim days” where they get to swim with other schools within the school division. In the morning, they interchange the scheduled between these four classes, Circle time, Liturgy, Feeding, and Cook. I apologize for not having knowledge at the afternoon session because I’m done by noon at Vanier. Vanier curriculum focuses on Faith-based learning and basic communication. As a Catholic school, Vanier is required to integrate Catholicism to the curriculum to ensure its students that faith is not absent in classrooms. Vanier also incorporates basic communication to its curriculum. Why? Most of Vanier’s students are unable to talk. Vanier uses computers, stickers, and cards, and indicators to help the children communicate better. I’ve seen some students frustrated due to their impatience of using the materials necessary of communicating. Also, some students tend to scream out loud every once in a while when what they don’t want. Whenever these students screams and shouts, Vanier implements the same disciplinary action like regular schools. Punishments such as “Time out”, “face the wall” and “In or out” are all implemented at Vanier. I was surprise that disabled kids face the same consequences as regular students. Vanier’s curriculum is not as “strong” compared to regular school divisions but, I personally think that it’s effective and working. I hope that Jean Vanier would continue to operate for a long time.
My Fifth Week in Jean Vanier was to focus on Inclusion. What is inclusion? Inclusion is a term used by people with disabilities and other disability rights advocates for the idea that all people should freely, openly and without pity accommodate any person with a disability without restrictions or limitations of any kind. Although disability rights have historically existed as a relatively cohesive movement, the movement centered on inclusion has only recently begun to take shape and to position itself in the eye of the general public. This is one of the strengths of Vanier. Technically, Vanier shares a building with another school named St. Augustine. In addition, at least once a week students in St. Augustine go to Jean Vanier to read books to children and tell them what they learned. I think Vanier believes Inclusion their top priority. Vanier is an alternative school for children with disabilities. Although they don’t admit students with no disabilities, Vanier serves to “protect” students from people who lack proper understanding of their current conditions. They believe that everyone has the right to be educated and be accepted in society. This is why schools like Vanier are established to “protect” the disabled from exclusions of today’s modern society. Based on my observations, Vanier teaches students differently compared to regular high school. Why? It is because most of Vanier’s students are not cognitively able to do so. Is it a problem? It is but, why put students in a situation they could not possibly handle? What Vanier really aims is to give the students the hope of surviving. I was sad to hear that people with disabilities do not live very long, and a day before I came to Vanier for internship, someone actually passed away. Vanier installs that sensibility of hope to its students as early as possible to ensure that stay in “mental” shape despite their disabilities. A few weeks ago in ECS 100, we were talking about eugenics or the “pseudo-science” as my Dr. Douad told us. It’s about gene selection and splicing DNA. It sounds like a good idea but, what about the people with disabilities? Do we alter theirs so that we won’t see people running around and parading while they’re wearing AFO’s or in wheel-chairs. I think it’s unfair. Now that I have seen this perspective, I think inclusion should be implanted at all times because who are we to exclude people of the right to live and co-exist?
My Fourth week in Vanier is about observing diversity. Here’s one branch of diversity called Workplace Diversity; refers to the differences that people bring to their jobs on the basis of gender, age, race, ethnicity or professional background. There is not a lot of diversity on Jean Vanier. Almost 100% of Vanier’s teachers are Canadian while out of Vanier’s 17 students, only 11% or two students are non-Canadian. Teachers in Vanier respect one another and disregard one’s gender, race, or sexual orientation. I think when I was doing my internship in Vanier; I was respected and was treated fairly. Why? Because I’m an Immigrant myself. I came from a country called the Philippines. I know some people would raise concerns about special treatment, and frankly, I personally don’t need it. I know my abilities and limitations. Furthermore, being not adept to a lesson, routine, or even a norm only means that there is a lot of room for improvement and learning. If you’re an immigrant like me, ignore the people whose cynical attempts are pathetically pulling you down. The only downside of not having a diverse roster in the teachers of Vanier is the lack of new perspectives. People coming from different parts of the world have different life condition, life styles, and standards of living. Furthermore, they have different standards of education that has a substantial impact on what knowledge they have acquired on their respective country. Schools that focus on special education like Vanier, Diversity is not much of a problem. When handling the students, it’s the same because some of them have the same seizures, and disabilities. If communicating diversely is problem, in Vanier it’s not. 10% of Vanier’s students are the only ones who can communicate by means of speech and most of their students use special communicative devices such as buzzers, stickers, and computers. The two students or the 11% are unable to speak if one would to ask. I personally think that when I was interning at Vanier and experiencing the teacher’s lives added a little diversity in the roster due to my immigrant status. I was exchanging perspectives one time with the principal and found out that we had a huge difference when it comes to disciplinary action and implementation. I was shocked how our perspectives differ from one another and I think with that difference adds variety to the working environment that could bring a substantial change to student-teacher development. As for students diverse, I think it creates a competitive atmosphere that gives opportunity for everyone to improve and to reassess their skills as students.
I don’t remember putting this but somehow it was in my pc. hmmm wierd notes, and I’m quite intrigue what the past me was thinking when he wrote that on 2009….hmmm
goal after High school:
*Finish University with a Bachelor of Education
*Visit my Ancestral Domain
**Go back to University and put my dream into reality-Genjutsu
There was one Filipino who came to America and looked at the classified ads for painting jobs. He came across the “Help Wanted” section that read – “Wanted: Painter of Porch”, and thought that was perfect for his capabilities.And so he went to the American who posted the ad. American: I need my porch painted in a day. You need to scrape all the paint up to the bare surface, and apply a coat of primer then two final coats of orange paint. Can you do that?
Filipino: Oh yes, sir.. yes, sir! I can remoob(remove) the paint then apply orange paint beri well!
American: Ok! You got the job. Just get everything you need from the trunk of the car.After 3 hours…Pinoy: Sir, work is pinis oreydi!
American: Wow! I’m amazed you did it in 3 hours. Did you scrape all the old paint to the bare surface?
Filipino: Oh yes, sir! Yes, sir! I tanggalated(remove) all the old paint!
American: Well then, here’s your $20 bonus!
Filipino: Golly, sir! Tenk yu beri much. But sir, you don’t heb a porch.. your car is a BMW…!
Edgar Allan Dela Cruz
September 29, 2011
Plagiarism in Mr. Richard Murphy’s “Anorexia: The Cheating Disorder”
Should the reader agree or disagree on Mr. Richard Murphy’s points in essay, “Anorexia: The Cheating Disorder”? Most of the readers would disagree due to the fact that not everyone is cheating. However, his “slanderous suspicion that all students are cheating” (College English 900) is proven wrong when he realizes in one of his student’s journals in which he misread the essay the his student submitted, accused her of plagiarism and gave her a zero, who in fact was just in denial of her eating disorder and did not want to tell the truth. This essay would show two stories regarding Mr. Richard Murphy’s experiences with plagiarism and makes points about it. I personally agree to Mr. Richard Murphy’s points due to the fact that everybody makes mistakes and nobody is perfect.
Plagiarism, in my own words, is taking someone’s work with authorization and claiming it as if it was your own. Plagiarism is considered a crime under the any University’s jurisdiction which can lead to suspension or even expulsion.
Mr. Richard Murphy’s first story is about a student who submitted a brief analysis about James Joyce’s “The Dead” (College English 898). He found out that the student had copied James Joyce’s work and tried to erase the evidence by tearing some pages in book (College English 900). Mr. Richard Murphy’s makes a point in this story that “he had lost some of his faith in them” due to this student’s distortion of their working relationship” (College English 900). The story ends of him confessing that he plagiarized and he got suspension from the university.
Mr. Richard Murphy said that “Plagiarism irritates, like a thin wood splinter in the edge of one’s thumb” (College English 899) – meaning, it irritates him due to the fact that he has a very busy life.
Mr. Richard Murphy’s last story is about a student who submitted an essay about her own experiences with Anorexia Nervosa (College English 898). Mr. Richard Murphy has accused her of plagiarism due the inconsistency of her essay (College English 901). The student was so intimidated by her teacher that she answered “It’s not about me. It’s about a friend of mine. Mr. Richard Murphy gave her a zero. He came upon her journals entries and it “astonished and appalled him”. In the end, Mr. Richard Murphy asked her student if the essay was about her and replies “No”.
The purpose of the two stories is to convey the theme of essay which in my opinion is Denial. The two stories reveal three denials. First, is the student who copied from another person’s work and denies the truth by tearing up pages from the book (College English 899-900). Second, is the student denying that her essay was about her own experience about anorexia and denies the truth by claiming that it was her friend’s experience (College English 901-903)., and finally, Mr. Richard Murphy, misreading the essay and accused his student of plagiarism without sufficient evidence. He denies the truth by intimidating his student to tell the truth (College English 901-903).
Plagiarism is a crime under university standards and anyone found guilty deserves to be dealt accordingly. I strongly agree to Mr. Richard Murphy’s “slanderous suspicion that all students are cheating” (College English 900). Why you ask? because everybody makes mistakes. Even the author, Mr. Richard Murphy made mistakes. All in all, we are not perfect.
Murphy, Richard. “Anorexia: Cheating Disorder.”College English. 52.8 ( Dec 1990): 898-903. Print. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/377394>.