Look closely at this image, and read its message carefully. Join the P[E]ACE conversation about what you and other students see. [Click on image to see larger version.]
In your journal, analyze this message using the critical lens process:
1. Who is the author, and what is the quotation?
2. Paraphrase (put into your own words) the quotation.
3. Interpret the quotation (what does the author mean?).
4. Agree or disagree with the quotation.
5. Explain in a few sentences why you agree or disagree.
6. Count your words, fill in your table of contents.
7. Turn and talk to a neighbor about your perceptions.
8. At the end of this Blog post, Click LEAVE A COMMENT or REPLY: Reply by writing your critical lens journal entry here, including any comments from other students that may have added to your opinion.
Martin Luther King, Jr., believes that the “ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands n moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
King is saying that a more accurate way to evaluate a person is to value his worth when things aren’t going his way, not to evaluate the person when all conditions are positive for the person.
He means that when conditions are beneficial, people act generally less stressed out, kinder, more motivated to be at and to do their best. To be their best self. At such times, under such conditions of comfort and convenience, we evaluate their worth positively, we like them; all is good. BUT during times of trouble, people are challenged, and their kindness, generosity and everything positive about them is sorely challenged. So, if we judge a person during times of trouble, then we have a more objective view of the person.
I agree with King because of my own experience, even today. As a teacher, my moments of comfort and convenience are when everything is planned, agendas are edited and printed, one copy for each students, I LOVE the lesson and love teaching that lesson, and the kids actually are engaged, thinking, writing, dealing with the intellectual challenge before them. But like King is saying, this is not the right to judge me, because anybody can be great when everything is going great.
No, don’t judge me then. Judge me when things are challenging and controversial, when things happen like they did in class today. Everyone KNOWS how important writing is to me, and then sharing ideas with each other. They know how important writing in silence is to their ability to think and to write what they think. Giving their full attention to the importance of their own thinking and writing exactly what they think, not disturbing the thinking of others.
So like King says, if you evaluate my value and how I present when my academics are chaotic, I think you will have a more balanced and fair measure of who I am as a teacher.
A man has to learn to be strong,and don’t give up at the worst times.I agree with the quotation because you can’t judge someone until you see their true colors.You can’t judge when the person is at their best because they can be putting on a act.