Extra Credit 10/20-Mission Statement

The mission of CUNY schools is to provide great education to the upcoming students entering the CUNY schools. We want to prepare all students with a good education so they can fully succeed in the future. We want to provide an education that will stay with students throughout their life time. We have a diverse student body and we are always looking to expand that. Our definite goal is to provide all the facilities to a student in order for their guaranteed success. We promise to give a rigorous yet good education.

Our first step to ensuring a great education is through lowering costs for students. Keeping in mind that colleges can be difficult to afford; we are sure to prioritize that situation. We keep our costs low and try to aid students for college as much as we can! CUNY schools should be known for their low tuition because we take this problem of high tuition into account. Hopefully by ensuring students a high education and low tuition we can get as many students as possible!

It Was Reagan!

In the article, “From Master Plan to No Plan: The Slow Death of Public Higher Education” we read about the trouble of public higher education. In 1966 governor of the time, Ronald Reagan, set off a problem which lasts till today in 2016. As stated in the article, “He vowed to “clean up that mess in Berkley.” Although wasn’t he the one to create that mess? The mess he was addressing to was of students protesting better education systems which Reagan had failed to pay/give attention to. Reagan says “…railed against spoiled children of privilege skipping their classes to go to protests.” But what can students do besides protest against high tuition rates?

There are so many people who would love to go to college and get an education, but they simply can’t afford it. How did we go from a world where college education would be free to a world where students come out of college sinking in debt? According to Aaron Bady and Mike Konczal Reagan, “…cut state funding for higher education, laid the foundations for a shift to a tuition-based funding model…” He did so because in his mind he thought that giving education to the state’s youth was a privilege for students, not a duty! But something very important to remember is that the growing workforce is always going to require a high education. Most people are not attending college because the government itself has limited the amount of education the public can receive. They have done this by treating colleges as a business place, instead of a place to learn.

Additionally colleges fail to meet the demand of people. Bady and Konczal state “…high quality private universities increased the amount of students they were willing to educate-if, in other words, the supply of good education were “elastic”, stretching to meet the demand of additional students.” This is true because students are finding themselves facing limited options. The only options they really have are to go to college and be in debt by taking out student loans, or they can choose to not go to college. But if students don’t attend college and get educated, then how will the future of the country prosper?

The actual problem is the inaction of the government. The demand for higher education is becoming more and more severe which is why Bady and Konczal have written this article. They introduced how Reagan started this whole issue on public education. The main problem was that he should have given education to people as a duty. He always thought of it as a privilege, but that has to be false since this country is a growing workforce. Although this all took place in California, it is an important part of their history. It initiated the crumbling of education. The issue was started in the 1960s and still continues to affect us in 2016.

Overall even though we are in Queens we should care about California’s higher education system because that problem is spreading all around. The problems with higher education are resulting with students dropping out, stressing out, or not attending college at all. This is a problem that needs to be fixed or else there will be chances of education not being given to people at all, and that will be the people’s choice themselves. There are chances of that happening since education is being given at a limited level.

In your opinion, how can we solve this problem of higher education?

What is the Master Plan? What do you think of it?

Bady, Aaron and Konczal, Mike.”From Master Plan to No Plan: The Slow Death of Public Higher Education.” DISSENT. N.P., 2012. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/from-master-plan-to-no-plan-the-slow-death-of-public-higher-education. Accessed 18 September 2016.




Extra Credit- Extra Help or Extra Hell?

I’ve had many amazing teachers throughout my 4 years in high school, but one teacher in particular is my favorite, her name is Mrs. Lester. The first day I was in her class, I said to myself “this class is going to be awful.” I had her for geometry in tenth grade. On the first day she showed herself as a teacher who expected perfection out of us. I’ll admit that at first, that annoyed me a lot, and that set us off on the wrong foot. She knew that I disliked her, but she had faith in me because I wasn’t the brightest in geometry. That specific math was a weakness of mine, but she eventually pushed me to do better in her class.

However the reason why I say “eventually” is because it took a lot of persuasion to get me to her extra helps. Mrs. Lester offered a lot of extra help. She even stayed after school till 7 P.M. to help a student. You must be thinking, what kind of teacher does that? But that’s how she is. She pushes you to do your best. I did not give my 100% in her class which really seemed to bother her. She knew I had potential but I wasn’t using it. Eventually she called my parents. She emailed them and told them that if I do not attend her after school extra help then there was no way I’d pass that regents in June, and we both knew that taking the course over in summer school would be the absolute worst.

After my parents talked to my teacher they told me I needed to go. I hated my teacher even more now, that she did that. I liked to go home after school, or sometimes going out with my friends to get food or just to hang out. Though eventually I had to go to extra help. Now imagine going to school for 7 hours, facing annoying people and teachers, and then add another 2 hours of that after school ends. You’re sitting in a class room and doing extra work. Who wants to do that?

Furthermore I’m happy my parents and teacher pushed me to go to extra help. Turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Especially when my teacher would order pizza sometimes to lighten the mood for all her students who came after school for her extra help. I realized that she truly makes sacrifices for us by staying for us after school, buying food for us, and for pushing us to come to her. During all that time in extra help my teacher and I became closer. We became good friends and didn’t mind extra helps. She would help me and we would have little conversations as well.

Overall I’m thankful I had this teacher. She taught me to work hard and strive to my best. I now know that whenever there is someone offering to help you, you should take that help without hesitation. Along the help and the teachings she also gave me life lessons. She taught me to always put in my 100%. Mrs. Lester always says “A quitter never wins and winner never quits.” I would like to add on that after tenth grade, I had the same situation in eleventh grade for trigonometry because my math teacher was Mrs. Lester, AGAIN!

A Call For Change

I found Sousanis’ Unflattening to address many topics such as creativity, standardization, and imagination. It was quite interesting to read the excerpt. The sequence of drawings showed us how we are sent to follow instructions and put on a certain path since the day we start walking.  I found the pages 9-15 to be significant because it gives us a visualization of how we are sent to school to learn and how everything is limited. The typical teaching/learning setting is in a classroom where all the students are sitting looking up at the teacher and listening to her. But should we only believe what comes out of the teacher’s mouth and that that is what’s supposed to be memorized and noted detail by detail? Is that how it should really work?

Correspondingly that type of setting puts us in a limited space as well because we are learning everyday. Molly Worthen still believes in a typical classroom setting. She strongly believes that students should be lectured. She states her point in her article, ??????? ??. ??????.” Worthen is pro lecture. She is all about giving lectures to students. She believes that the teaching students the old fashioned way will only help them to learn more efficiently. “…lecture courses as an exercise in mindfulness and attention building, a mental workout that counteracts the junk food of nonstop social media.” Do you agree with her statement? I completely disagree with that because honestly speaking looking at the drawings from Sousanis’ Unflattening I can see myself in a flat environment.

Likewise in a few pages of the excerpt there are drawings showing how students are “molded” and go through “every procedure is designed to ensure that proper results are achieved.” This means that students go through the learning process and are taught to excel in that repeatedly. They are taught to reach the goal of the class, which is to have the students learn everything taught in a a period of time. Because of that goal students are sitting in a boring environment and they have no creative vision of their own. They are in a flat environment. A change in teaching environment is to be called for. Students “all are subjected to periodic examinations.” They are tested on what we are taught in order to determine where they stand. They are tested to see if we are standardized. Meaning that students need to reach the standard for the curriculum.  They are confined into a small learning space and taught in the same way everyday in order to be tested. But we definitely need to bring change.

However the first changes to be brought are in teachers. They need to have a new perspective in how to teach students because the old method is not working anymore. Molly Worthen also had the old attitude of having a lectern instead of computer gadgets. “The piece of technology that I really needed is centuries old: a simple wooden lectern.” Professor Savonick uses active learning. I am always engaged in class. I am always attentively listening to her and to others in class because she has a different way of teaching. Her classes are different from my other classes(in a good way). Majority of my classes are lectures, and half the time I’m convincing myself to pay attention, listen, and to focus. Although I’m not saying that lectures should be completely thrown out of the curriculum but there should be some new ideas brought in.

Overall limiting a student’s knowledge in a small classroom may be harmful. Students visions are being narrowed. They’re not as creative as they were. In an article called the ” The Creativity Crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William & Mary discovered that since the 1990s creativity scores have been decreasing significantly. They are left in “flatness”. We should let students explore some way on their own on how they want to learn. We should ask them what’s a helpful way to them for learning. Teachers should also use their methods but they should adjust their teaching methods accordingly for the students. After all they’re the ones being taught.

Finally Nick Sousanis re frames some topics we have been discussing in class. He shows visuals of students being sent on a specific path since they start taking their first steps. They are sent to school to learn specific things in a typical classroom. The students in the comic excerpt look so uninterested which shows that their should be change in the teaching methods. As a student I can say that this comic has shown a lot through drawings. It has shown exactly how students feel and what they go through. I hope that this can help people better understand to bring a change in teaching methods.


What does the word “flatness” mean to you in context of the Sousanis’ 1st chapter of Unflattening?

What relation can you make in between the visuals and students today?


– My Introduction

Hi everyone my name is Sumedha. I am a freshman and Thursday was my first day in college. My first day went really well and I can’t wait to see what else Queens College has to offer. I am a huge fan of psychology. I find it very interesting. I love to learn new topics about it. This semester I hope to improve my writing skills. I am a fairly good writer but I hope to improve throughout this semester. One thing I love about English classes are the discussions. I love a good class discussion on a reading assignment or any topic. I look forward to the rest of the semester.