Archive for September, 2010

Topic Proposal For Autism-Education Project

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Mikhael Shklyarevsky                                                                                                                                                                                  1

English 379

Professor Lee

Topic Proposal

September 28, 2010

                                            Topic Proposal

1.                  For my project, I intend to address the issue of autism and special education. In special education schools, autistic students are provided with services such as speech and occupational therapy to help them with their disability, though these services are allowed to take up more than half of their class time. These students also receive other kinds of assistance in order to make up for their disability in ways, such as by being given extra time on tests, and taking a test in a separate room. Autistic students, however, did not always receive such services. Only in the late 19th century, did people recognize the kind of treatment that these individuals needed, commencing the process of deinstitutionalization. By 1975, the federal government required schools to provide free and full education to students with disabilities. And, in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the United States government extended that law by providing these individuals with assistance in their education as well. Thus, approximately in the past 100 years, students with disabilities have seen a fundamental change in how their education has been treated.

2.                  While working on my project, I will research the issues of autism and education (special education). These issues will be researched by working with autistic students under the supervision of an expert. In order to become better informed about special education and my work with these students, I will conduct research on the Internet and interviews with experts on autism and education at a special education school. In order to gain interviewing access to the experts at the special education school, I will remind them that I studied at their school for almost 10 years, owe a lot of my success there and at college to their help, and so, would like to help them. I do anticipate, though, encountering beaurucratic barriers to my efforts.

3.                  In order to realize my project, I will begin by researching the information that I am not already familiar with. Once I have finished my research, my next step will be to obtain interviews, through contacts, with administrators at the Summit School, a special education school and at the community organizations of GRASP (the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) and the Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Association, in order to understand the issues of autism and education from a professional perspective. Once these steps are finished, my intention is to combine the information all of these interviews and see what positive effect it can have. A possible way that I might try to raise awareness is to write an article about the findings in a newsletter that YAI (Young Adult Institute) publishes. It might raise awareness since I have already published an article there about the Americans with Disabilities Act. In taking such an action, my goal is to raise awareness about the status of mental health and education in special education schools.  

4.                  Considering that I would like to raise awareness of the status that special education finds itself in, these are the following questions I have concerning it:

A.    What steps could be taken to accommodate autistic students with attention-deficit problems better?

B.     What measures could be used to erase, or at least ease, the stigma that autistic students attending special education schools feel once they are out in society?

C.     How can special education schools motivate students with autism to make friends with their fellow students in order to build social networks for the present and future?

                                                                             Works Cited

1.                   Ackerman, Paul, Jaeger, Robert, and Smith, Annie. Answers.com.

2.                  Attwood, Tony. The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. Great Britain: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.

3.                  Grandin, Temple. “Teaching Tips for Children and Adults With Autism.” Chld-Autism-Parent-Café.com. July 1996.

4.                  Rudy, Lisa Jo. “Educational Options for Children with Autism.” About.com Guide. Web. 17 April 2009.

5.                  Creedon, Margaret, Egel, Andrew, Holmes, David L., Mesibov, Gary B. Pratt, Cathy L. Robbins, Frank, and Schopler, Eric. “How Students with Autism Learn.” Autism-Society.org.

Psychology in Resistance Literature

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Mikhael Shklyarevsky                                                                                                                                                                          1

English 379

Professor Lee

Resistance Literature Manifesto

September 23, 2010

            The aim of resistance literature is to, ultimately, discard the colonizer’s influence. To do so, the author needs to create a work that shows his or her society’s culture and functioning as being independent of the colonizer. However, doing so may not prove to be simple due to the impact that this colonizer’s influence has had on the colony. For this reason, the most effective way by which resistance literature can be written is through illustrating the colonizer’s psychological impact on their occupied people.

            The colonizer’s psychological impact on a society gives resistance literature the ability to function. This ability is made possible in how the impact’s consequences illustrate the harmful way in which the colonizer is trying to eradicate a people’s culture through methods such as torture. These consequences drive the literature’s psychological awakening because they make the occupied people realize the importance of the trouble that the colonizer has wrought upon their homeland, spurring them to its defense. But while this response make resistance literature effective, it also portrays the other problem of being colony: other dangers lurk among these same occupied people, as witnessed in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.”

            In his work, Achebe makes evident how his own people are serving the colonizer and are surrendering their homeland. The psychological shock that their action evokes among their country’s people, is meant to spur resistance literature. This shock also conveys the colonizer’s power and the caution necessary to resist it. Nonetheless, the need for a spur and caution is the reason a historical dramatized work such as Achebe’s one is a good model: it depicts the realistic psychological ramificatins of resisting the colonizer. These psychological ramifications are a key to making an impact in resistance literature.

Lady Love and Facebook

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

   Mikhael Shklyarevsky                                                                                                                                                                             1

   English 379

  Professor Lee

  Love Poem

  September 16, 2010                                     

                                                                                Lady Love and Facebook

            I ponder about you my dearest lady love during this night,

            Looking at your Facebook photo as though it were my only light.

            Your beautiful eyes and smile bid me back to our moment in Paris,

             Reminding me of our relationship’s current abyss.

             For I have come to miss that moment’s untarnished serenity, which made us feel as one,

             My heart wanting the happiness it felt than, even if the sacrifices would be no fun.

            But, alas, I know that what I seek is a past that has been long gone,

            Since in your relationship section on Facebook I already see the label of another one.

Henry Forrester: A Day’s Strenous Life

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Mikhail Shklyarevsky                                                                                                                                                                         1

Professor Lee

English 379

Satirical Characterization Exercise

September 7, 2010

            Henry Forrester, a 34 year-old African-American man, woke up one morning from a nightmare that had been recurring for the past week. In this nightmare, he had dreamed how his father had repeatedly hit him with a golf club. Henry dreaded this nightmare because the memory in it was a painful one, since he had no one to provide him with consolation; his mother had been away, as always, on an airplane as a flight attendant. But, as he collected his thoughts and looked at the 6:00 time on his clock, Henry decided that he had better leave his nightmare behind and go to his private gym; the exercise would give him the relaxation he needed for his important business meetings later on.

            At the gym, this man exercised with intensity. During his breaks, Henry would look at his mirror image, which tended to fill him with anxiety, since he was always worried that he wasn’t achieving the goal he had set out for. Even though he was a black man who had become renowned in a sport known for being played mostly by a white society, Forrester still felt as though he was not entirely accepted by his fellow golfers. Nonetheless, he did have an asset that was a temporary exception to his worry: Henry’s tall and slender athletic form, which made him proud. Forrester believed that his form kept him in good health and allowed him able to withstand his stress better and succeed in his golf-course design business. And perhaps because of his work on maintaining this form, he felt a little less anxiety than usual. As he finished working out, Henry thought that on this day, he might just possibly be happy, if his wife, Helen, didn’t start another argument. But, unfortunately for Henry, Helen had an argument brewing for him.

            As Forrester sat down to eat breakfast, which consisted of an omlette, he saw cheerful expressions on the faces of his two beloved children, Carl and Al. Henry decided that he would rather talk with them than with a currently angry-faced Helen. As he chatted with his kids about tennis practice, Helen, looking at him all this time furiously, suddenly said that he needed to spend more time with the family and less time in business meetings, something she had expressed frequently in the past week. Her husband tried to ignore her, but after to listening to her rant for a while, said that those business meetings were important. He also pointed out that it was through his business that they were living well; unlike her, he hadn’t come from an influential family and had earned his family their wealthy position in society. After 30 minutes, their argument ended, as usual, and Henry left for his office.

            On his way to the office, Forrester got a call that his business meeting had been postponed for 2 hours. Since he didn’t have anything important planned, Henry stopped at a nearby bank to deposit a check. As he stood in line, one of his neighbors, John, recognized him, as did some of the other customers waiting in line. Everybody asked him about the state of his business, since they had heard about its immense success and the upcoming party that had been planned for next month. Henry made sure that his family was never discussed as a topic, since he never felt comfortable talking about them. He wanted to show everybody that he lived a perfect lifestyle: an emblem of the American Dream. Thankfully, though, the conversation lasted for a few minutes, and, afterwards, Henry was off to his office.

            Once he was at his office, Henry still had a little time to himself. A few minutes after he had arrived, one of his business associates, Elaine, came by to chat. Forrester had always thought that she was extremely beautiful and had known her for a long time. While they were chatting, he closed the blinds in the office and started kissing her….After a few minutes had passed, Elaine left the office and Henry finally felt relaxed. As he looked around him, this man saw the success achieved during his career. Surrounding his office were posters of him, his trophies from the golf tournaments he had won when not conducting business, and photographs of him with Jack Nikolaus, Arnold Palmer, and Phil Mickelson.  I’ve achieved all of this and attending Stanford, but still have dread, Henry thought.

            The business meeting that Forrester looked forward to lasted for a little over an hour. During it, Henry managed to achieve success, though he did encounter enormous anxiety in the process. After the meeting, he played golf with some of his business associates. As he played, Henry discussed business with them. But, simultaneously, he pondered about how for him golf was the real thing: it gave him business as an excuse for his problems, but a way of relaxing afterwards.

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