Homework For this assignment, you will do a critical response to a video, audio or file.  A critique is an analysis of and a commentary on another piece o

Homework For this assignment, you will do a critical response to a video, audio or file.  A critique is an analysis of and a commentary on another piece of writing. In this case, it is the analysis of the material. It generally focuses on technique as well as on content. However, I want you to focus on content for this assignment. A critical response essay (or interpretive essay or review) has two missions: to summarize a source’s main idea and to respond to the source’s main ideas with reactions based on your synthesis. For the purposes of this assignment, do not summarize this video. I want you to focus on your own critical response. Remember that the discussion boards are graded and you will be evaluated in your critical thinking.  Summarizing the material is not expected in this assignment. 
 
If you feel that your response is short, please connect this information to your book or other external sources. If you are to include other sources, you must include a bibliography or citations. Otherwise, it will be considered plagiarized information, and you will have to resubmit your work. Please include your citation in the same document and not as an additional document. You can use either MLA or APA.  You are strongly encouraged to include external resources, but it is not required. This will depend on your writing style and your willingness to improve your own writing. 
 
You will submit the critical response in an essay format. Please do not neglect the use of proper grammar, spelling and structure. You are expected to write at least 1,000 words for full credit. The word count is towards the main body only. The word count is not applied to the name, title, references, images, etc. In addition, this is not a discussion board so you will not be replying to your classmates. 
 
Please upload the text, a pdf or word document. I do not accept google links because it is a “live” document, and I do not have the resources to check when and by whom it was edited. If you submit more than one file, I will grade the most recent submission. 
Finally, I am giving you some options, please select only ONE topic for your writing assignment ONLY. If something it is not clear, contact me immediately. Remember that I accept drafts if submitted  within two working days before it is due. 

Option A: Unwanted Sterilization and Eugenics Programs in the United States

Coerced sterilization is a shameful part of America’s history, and one doesn’t have to go too far back to find examples of it. Used as a means of controlling “undesirable” populations – immigrants, people of color, poor people, unmarried mothers, the disabled, the mentally ill – federally-funded sterilization programs took place in 32 states throughout the 20th century. Driven by prejudiced notions of science and social control, these programs informed policies in immigration and segregation. Learn more on this PBS article, ”
Unwanted Sterilization and Eugenics Programs in the United States

In 2020, there were revelations that there were forced sterilizations performed in an ICE detention center in Georgia. Learn more in this NPR piece, “
ICE, A Whistleblower and Forced Sterilization
.”

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Option B: If You’re American, Racism Is Wired Into Your Brain

If you live in America, racism lurks in the subconscious corners of your mind. This is true for white people as well as minorities; it’s really that simple. Learn more on this opinion Gobal Post article, ”
If You’re American, Racism Is Wired Into Your Brain.”

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Option C: When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit

“I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received,” says Elise Roy. As a disability rights lawyer and design thinker, she knows that being Deaf gives her a unique way of experiencing and reframing the world — a perspective that could solve some of our largest problems. As she says: “When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.” Learn more in this TedTalk by Elise Roy:

Option D: Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds 

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon scarcity, and they compare it to tunnel vision, blinding you to the big picture. When you’re hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you’re desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you’re lonely, you might obsess about making friends. Learn more in this NPR podcast: 
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Option E: The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’

There is no evidence that designing lessons that appeal to different learning styles accelerates student learning. Yet teacher candidates are consistently directed to keep these pseudoscientific style categories in mind. The idea of “learning styles” is persistent and popular in the field, in part because many teachers don’t know the science that disproves it. Education and teacher preparation are better when they are informed by empirical evidence than when they operate in disregard of it. It is important to ensure that educators are prepared with accurate insights into learning, instead of with myths. To learn more, read the The Myth 
of ‘Learning Styles’ by the Atlantic.

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