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Week of September 14, 2003

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    Erin Huff wrote on Monday, September 15th:
    On gold stars

    Prisoners get time off for good behavior (gold star theory). I wonder how many of these criminals end up back in jail after recieving this"positive reinforcement?

    erin -- excellent question! then we wonder why our prisons don't seem to be working.

    Crystal Garth wrote on Wednesday, September 17th:
    Responding to Erin Huff

    Is getting time off for good behavior really positive reinforcement or just a means to an end? After all, their goal is to get out and if "being good" is what it takes, who wouldn't try to do it?

    crystal -- you raise an excellent point. some inmates are just out to do whatever it takes to get out. then what really works?

    On Sunday, September 14th, Dominick Melton wrote:
    On "learning is messy!"

    Reflecting on what you said about the method "learning that is messy", I believe this because becoming a great learner your thoughts may jump around in different places. Example is solving a murder case.

    dominick -- yes, not just classroom learning being messy but any kind of learning is messy! good point.

    On September 16th, Erin Arneson wrote:
    Responding to Dominick

    I was reading the commentaries about learning is messy.... and i have to agree.. when dominick wrote that many times peoples thoughts jump around when they are learning and he gave the example murder. I think that some of the greatest minds in history are a good example. Einstein- people thought he was crazy but he was a genius and not ethical in his way of thinking.

    erin --- Einstein is a good example.

    On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, Lonell Mays wrote:
    Responding to Dominick

    I totally agree with Dominick Melton with the fact that "learning is messy" When dealing with Murder Cases alot of what you deal with comes in the order of a messy aspect. What ever way it comes you must be prepared to learn

    lonell -- good point! and this shows me that you're keeping up with the lecture commentaries!

    On Thursday, September 18, 2003, Elda Torres:
    Responding to Merranda on being confused

    after reading Merranda Houstan's comment about being confused brought me to agree but I feel this way with the web site. I have to say that as many times as I been on the web site I feel that learning where everything is, became messy. I feel I have spent lots of time in front of the computer learning the website and requirements for this class then in all my years at uwp.

    elda -- yes, earning is most definitely messy. the big question is whether or not you are now comfortable with the Dear Habermas site to find the course syllabus, discussion questions, and so forth?

    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Sunday, September 14, 2003, Kristie Eich wrote:
    On female prisoners

    The news on Fox brought up that women are the fastest growing prison population. Maybe the chivalry hypothesis that Pollock ch 4 speaks of no longer exists?

    kristie -- based on the news and what you've read in the pollock book, what do you think?

    On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, Heather Blanchard wrote:
    In response to Kristie

    In response to Kristie, I would say that I agree. However, in no way do I think that chivalry is non-existent. Society still perceives woman as pure, caring, and motherlike, and this surely is still a factor in some criminal decisions.

    heather -- yes, stereotypes are slow to die.

    On Monday, September 15, 2003, Lonell Mays wrote:
    On aesthetics of answerability

    Today I agreed with what Kevin Kuzelaa said when he mentioned that being creative and using the 5 c's you learn more and use it instead of reading in big loads and trying to rember the info. Personally i feel that a lot more professors should follow this standard of learning.

    lonell -- yes, jeanne and i believe that after al of our years of teaching, this is the approach to take. but we got to this point listening to what our students tell us on what works and what doesn't. and yes, remembering something that is useful -- knowledge that works is better than regurgitating facts and figures on a test that you won't remember .

    On Monday, September 15th, Sammi Oakes wrote:
    On aesthetics of answerability

    the Disscusion our group had about the aesthetics of answerability was pretty good. We came up with if you feel comfortable in the class you will feel more freely to speak your opinion. By making everyone one feel comfortable everyone has to be open minded.

    sammi -- a good observation made by your group!

    On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, Tanya Kozleuchar wrote:
    On interactive learning

    You know how this class is based on interactive learning(you as an individual plays a big part in what you learn) would an example of that be, in my criminal investigations class we actually investigate or pick up evidence in mock crime scenes, would that be an example of interactive learning and playing a big part in what you learn?

    tanya -- based on what you've described here it sounds like the approach is very active and hands on for the learner. in other words, you're not a passive learning simply listening to a lecture.

    On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, Seth Adams wrote:
    On gun buy back

    I have a comment about the gun buy-back idea. It is my opinion that if money is given for guns with no questions asked criminals will be encouraged to find guns at any cost. This will ultimately increase criminal acts and violence. One must ask the question, will people actually feel comfortable knowing that criminals are searching for weapons for monetary gain? Personally, I would feel safer having possession of the gun rather than giving criminals the incentive to recover more guns.

    seth -- do you really think a criminal would go out of his/her way to find guns to give to the police so he/she could get some moneh for them? this might be an interesting creative measure to explore -- do gun buybacks work? why or why not.

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    From CRMJ 490: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    Dominick Melton wrote on Monday, September 15th:
    On the 5Cs

    When going over the the 5 C's, two of them stuck out to alot. Comptency meaning understanding and applying materials. Saying that you just cant be guessing you really have to know you stuff. The comment that Jennifer Harris, fits in the perfect because she said dealing with the 5 C's that we don have to compete, we should be willing to help each other for success and I agree.

    dominick -- you got it! and you know what i like about this email is that you credit jennifer harris. we are progressing toward a community of learners. isn't that neat?

    Veronica Ramirez wrote on Monday, September 15th:
    On the readings and "research"

    In reading P&K for this week, I must say that this book is a good example of how and why your teaching style is an effective method of learning. You don't just give us our reading material, but have us research things on our own to learn more about what is said. The beginning of the book explains how we can believe things that are not true, just b/c some news reporter claims it. I myself have done so. But as you and this book show, we should research topics that make an impression on us to learn if what we are being told has any truth.

    veronica -- excellent observation!

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Sunday, September 14th , Heather Sikorski wrote:
    On virtual prison tour

    I went on one of the links to the virtual prison tour. I thought it was really neat how you could zoom into different areas like the cells and the shower room. I am really hoping that we can go on a tour of a facility.

    heather -- this website is pretty neat. i will keep my classes posted if and when site visits are scheduled this semester.

    On Tuesday, September 16th, Erika Jorvig wrote:
    On Hassine

    When I was reading the life without parole book I came across a part that really struck me, and was somethnig that I had never considered. When he was in the hole and there was an inmate in the cell next to him that he felt forced to talk to, he realized when the man asked how many days were left for him, and he replied 28, that the man was so severely illiterate the he didn't even have a concept of time, so how could he posssibly understand his sentencing, if he couldn't understand something as simple as time.

    erika -- yes, this part of the book amazes me. what good is putting someone in the hole who has no concept of time?

    On Thursday, September 16th, Jeff Brandt wrote:
    On Hassine

    I think it is real interesting how inmates play the opposite to get what they want. Don't you think the officers would catch on?

    jeff -- i wonder if the guards then "play the opposite opposite?" could get confusing. do you "play the opposites" sometimes?

    Nicole Petruska wrote on Wednesday, September 17th:
    On obedience

    In class today we discussed the topic of obedience. Many felt that children are taught to be too obedient in schools. I feel that obedience is vital. Without it, our society would be in chaos. Obedience is a form of respect and is something that should be taught and used. It is, however, necessary that as the person grow they learn to think for themselves and not blindly obey, but rather obey as a sign of appreciation and respect.

    nicole -- you might want to read alfie kohn's beyond discipline or punished by rewards . and another book that comes to mind is stanley milgram's obedience to authority .

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