Sunday, November 16, 2014

Upstanders Project

For our upstander project, Allison, Amanda and I have chosen to research Kailash Satyarthi as our human rights activist.  Kailash is "an Indian children's rights advocate and an activist against child labour" (wikipedia). He gave up his teaching career to fund a mission to save Indian children in 1980.  He links his efforts against child labor to his belief in education for all. Kailash was motivated to help children because he thinks that slavery is an unexceptable crime.  Back when he was six, he noticed a boy sitting on steps cleaning shoes, and child labor has bothered him ever since.  In an interview he said, "Child trafficking is the worst form of human rights violation. It makes me cry when children are taken away and sold cheaper than cattle". At 60 years old, Kailash has provided safety for thousands of children with his foundation called Save the Childhoood Movement.
Just like Gandhi, Kailash saw something unethical and unfair, and created a movement to change it.  He is standing up for the children that are unable to defend themselves. Kailash can be connected to Atticus in the way they both defend people, even if society thinks its wrong.  As I research information about Kailash, I am excited to learn what connections I have to him in my own life. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, I believe Harper Lee inserted Boo Radley's voice as the "missing voices in the air."  Throughout the book, Boo is the mysterious man that never leaves the house, but by the end of the novel he exchanges short conversation with Scout.  Harper especially captures Scout's voice when she writes Scout as saying, "Hey Boo".  This was a simple line in the novel that showed the reader how a young girl would look past rumors and lies and see the true greatness of a person.  In this TED, the speaker mentions setting mockingbirds free to help people, and this relates to Tom Robinson and Boo Radley because they were the mockingbirds of the novel.  In terms of the national conversation of the 1960s, these voices acted as "Molotov cocktails" because they bring together different opinions of controversial topics.  The mockingbirds are harmless and all they do is make people happy, although some may disagree.  It is important to uncover the missing voices so that you understand their perspective and views on topics.  This benefits the listener because they get to take a walk in each characters shoes.

TKMB Film Response

I think that the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird was such a great success because it made the book come to life.  The film put a face to everyone of the characters.  I believe this film, although not including every part of the book, does a great job at capturing the cultural tensions of the time period.  This helps the audience truly understand the meaning of the book, and the lesson of not judging people unless you walk around in their shoes first. Because the film is narrated by the adult Scout, it does a great job at helping the viewer understand the thought of a child in an adult's mind. The film version of To Kill a Mockingbird deserved every award it won because of the powerful message it sent across America, and the start of a human rights movement.