Sunday, March 15, 2015

"In the Service of What?" By Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer

                           "In the Service of What?"  By  Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer                            

This week’s blog I would like to share the three quotes that I like the most, before I do that I like to asked three minutes of your time to watch this video . I found this video in Facebook, I feel that this video sends a powerful message. There still good in this world .

           "Altruism can best be appreciated as an experience rather than an abstraction."

    I think this quote is very powerful, because it talks about how is more important to actual help someone than talking about helping someone. For example in the article that we read for this week, there is two type of service learning one is doing the actual volunteering and the other is more about learning about the situation. I feel that both service learning are great, but I agree more with the first one because it order for us humans, be more understanding of how bad other people have it, we have to see it firsthand.

“The requirement that all students take part in volunteer activities in either their school or community as a condition for graduation from high school."

    I picked this quote because a question asked by my classmate Kaileen asked. She asked- did anyone else have community service as a graduation requirement? Response; no, my school did not have a service learning as a graduation requirement. Now that I think about it, they were more worry about girls not getting pregnant and boys not getting arrested. That they actually forgot to teach us about being good to orders. Also kaileen your question got me thinking on the quote that is stamped in most of the Providence Public School walls “Helping to better the lives of others is the greatest of all Achievements” what an irony!! 

" The experiential and interpersonal components of service learning activities can achieve the first crucial step toward diminishing the sense of "otherness" that often separates students-particularly privileged students-from those in need”.

    I really like this quote, because it talks about how important is to help others, and I helping unify us as a community. I would like to connect this quote with the article we read in class written by Allan Johnson. In the article Johnson talks about how ignorance is affecting us from helping others. Another point that Johnson make, that can be very related to this quotes is when Johnson talks about how people feel about the unknown and how that feeling can contribute to the mistreatment of others. “There is nothing inherently frightening about what we don’t know. If we feel afraid, it isn’t what we don’t know that frightens us, is what we think we do know” Johnson (pg. 17)

Point to share; I would like to leave you guys with a quote from one the greatest leader of our time 

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
                                               Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1. Ana, I did an extended comment on your blog. Check it out.

  2. Ana I really liked your blog and your visuals that you provided!

  3. Ana, I loved reading this, I especially love the video, it made me cry! How beautiful! Your first quote is awesome, so true, often great things will be talked about and understood but its actually doing something that makes a difference. We can all make a difference, it's incredible the power we have!