Schooled Literacy and Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers vs. Literacy

Within our views of literacy, we are considered gatekeepers. Gatekeepers block out others thoughts, actions, and spaces due to what they believe is allowed. We all have our own theory on what are good examples of literacy and what are bad examples of literacy. As an individual, others teach you what is the correct use of writing and literacy. Therefore, when it comes to others views towards literacy, you become a gatekeeper by not agreeing within their concept and blocking their ideas from you. Also our viewpoints with our gateway can allow us to agree on the use of literacy with others.

The Elements of Literacy makes a clear statement of how gatekeeping can be used within literacy. Within the article, I was surprised by how most views of teaching are different from others. “If you teach a child how to read, they will pass a reading test” is a good quote that explains how a teaching process shows gatekeeping. This quote is saying that if the teacher shows the student their opinion on how to read that they will automatically pass the test. By this meaning, the teacher is blocking out the process of inquiry and teaching the student on what he or she believes is good reading. Rather than actually learning the material, the students now do what they need to do in order to “get by” and pass. This could also be brought up within the articles “Teaching as Un-teaching” and the “Five Paragraph Essay and the Defect Model of Education.”    Teaching as Un-teaching shows us the different views on high school and college literacy. It shows how High School thesis statements are now viewed different within the writing programs in college. I can relate to this article now seeing that in college you don’t necessarily need a thesis statement. The Professors and Teachers are gatekeepers toward the students on the specific way of writing to make them more liberate throughout their own views. This can also relate to the Five Paragraph Essay and The Defect Model of education when it comes to the format amongst the students papers. The article argues that some schools see the perfect format within a paper has an Introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and a final conclusion. Although I was taught this way throughout high school, I do agree with the article and see how the schools can be gatekeepers. Why should the student’s grade be submitted off of his format on the paper and not what information he has provided? Shouldn’t the prompt and information be more important than the format of the paper? Literacy should not base off of each gatekeepers views. There will always be different views towards literacy, but all that should matter is the understanding towards the topic of literacy.


Class facilitation (Portfolio) How I have developed as a writer.

Within this semester, I became more developed as a writing once I studied Inquiry. We did many assignments at the beginning of the semester about inquiry which showed me how to look deeper into writing. I now see how to study better and to show more behind the writing and not just write a research paper.

Genre Freewrite

Some aspects of genres that can influence our contribution could be the use of technology towards genres. Within a webtext you could use your own technology, which your webtext is on to discuss the type of genre. For example, with my music technology contribution, I could discuss how certain website can describe how music is. If the website is a challenging way to view music, people will not look into it as a resource. With my webtext, I would even have to use a simple for mat that way people can actually view my contribution and understand what I am saying.

Deans Genres

Throughout the Explaining Genre Theory, Dean talks about what genres are whenever it comes to writing. Most of us think that a genre is used to describe a certain style of writing but Dean describes it as the type of literacy that emphasizes the idea behind writing. This makes genre sometimes a difficult term to understand. I have always been taught to use genres as a way to describe a certain type of book or way of writing. Therefore, whenever Dean states that genres are not about the description of the text, it makes me ask, why? It also makes me wonder about what is behind the type of genre that I am reading. I find this a very confusing way to look at genres. I have never looked behind the genre of what I am reading. When someone asks me what genre I am looking for, descriptions such as fiction, non-fiction, horror, or drama come to my mind. I have never described a genre by what is within the writing and how it is emphasized.

Although I can go deeper into the writing and learn how it is being emphasized, I also do not see how genres are social. How do social experiences create genres? When it comes to genres everyone has their own opinion on what the writing is. Therefore I feel that if genres are created socially, the description behind the text can be inaccurate due to others opinions. However I do understand how genres can be brought up within social situations. Social experience can help a genre grow and become more emphasized amongst others.

One subject that I did understand was the Ideological genre. This helps me see how different genres can be developed within different groups. Everyone within his or her group can reflect on what is within the writing. This can also influence others views about what is happening within todays society.

Though I understand how some genres or more than forms, I have a lot to learn. Deans article confuses me in multiple ways but I can agree with many of her views. However, I need to look more into genres and how others can share their views within them.

Breadcrumbs With Music Influence

Throughout my research I have seen many realtions with youth music and the media.

  • In recent years, however, the relationship between girlhood and popular music has undergone significant shifts. The rapidly changing sphere of media and media access is often characterized as a threat to girls, both in terms of morality and productivity, but at the same time it offers them newly visible roles in the music economy as child stars, amateur musicians, and YouTube personalities.

-This is stating how the media affects popular music on girls throughout their childhood.

  • In recent years, however, the relationship between girlhood and popular music has undergone significant shifts.

-Music has changed throughout the years

-Popular genres have changed

-Views of influence have changed

  • We encourage work from a multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and seek to strengthen the theoretical and practical connections between music writers and scholars

  • Independent artistic practitioners, empowered by technology, have radically changed the digital arts climate in western societies over the last twenty years. In this issue we tackle some of the more awkward

  • Abbasi’s recording is especially interesting, as he didn’t listen to much jazz rock when he was growing up. He was an adolescent when this fusion was all the rage, but he shunned it, preferring traditional jazz for his studies and listening.
  • Abbasi was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in Los Angeles. His early influences on guitar were Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell

-When you have passion for music or a certain artist, it is easy to react to what they are doing and follow behind them

  • The special edition of YOUNG focusses on the interrelations between popular culture, the youth and the category of the sacred. The aim is to interrogate understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities
  • Discourses
  • Identities
  • Ideologies
  • Institutions
  • Materials and technologies

Theories and methodologies

-Discourse communities are found for music and can influence people with there surroundings.

Freewrite 2/18

Mid Term Reflection Assignment:

-We are demographic by what we are researching

-Based off of your reflection on what you think of writing.

– There can be memory inside off a memory

-How you feel about what you have learned recently about writing

– Identify, analyze

(Your perception of how you felt about writing this semester after you’ve been taught different ways of literacy)

-Academic moods are common, site people about reflection.

(Looking back in the past you can see power dynamics and see people as gatekeepers)

– You see that people come with large histories as writers

-Use others blogs to talk about reflection

Blog Post 4

There are lots of ‘researches bias; happening within our blogs. The more we research and go into inquiry, the more information we will find. Are you doing work that addresses your group’s inquiry question? What are your biases?

-Go into cognitive science to research music influence.

-Point out the youth’s point of view towards the musical influence

-Look for prediction parallels

What Music Has Taught Us

While searching for information about my inquiry topic within in my group, I have seen lots of ways of how music can influence the youth. While reading Zavia’s blog post, I saw a lot of common information that I have found within our topics. One thing she saw was how music is viewed within the society. We both have seen that music may influence the youth but most of the influence comes from the way it is being viewed in society. Values in the society change over time and vary from person- to- person. However, I think she should focus on culture too among the influence rather than just the parents. We both can agree that within our research that musical influence is based on opinions among society. One thing I learned to look at from Zavia’s blog post is how music can be a positive influence on the youth. Throughout my research, I am finding how music is seen as a negative influence towards the youth. With Zavias research, I can change what I look for within my inquiry topic and branch out.

Throughout Kassandra blogs, she has researched how music influence has changed throughout generations. Genre influence also changes throughout generations. I like how she has found how other genres can change influence throughout generations. For example rock music was considered to be one of the worst genres for the youth to listen to. It once was seen as a “dirty” genre of music. Now rap music is seen as the worst genre for the youth to listen to unlike rock, which is now recommended for the youth. This shows that music can influence the youth throughout generations and not only by artist. One thing I suggest is that Kassandra branches out with whom she talks about. Parents are big influences when it comes to opinions, but my group and me should look more within friends, culture, and the media. Also look towards how artist influence his or her own music. Kassandra blogs have shown me other ways music can be viewed within generations, which will help me within my inquiry prompt.

Next for my research I am going to find more examples about how music influences the youth positively. There are many negative ways that music can influence the youth. But it’s not all negative when it comes to influence. Another thing I will look more into is how music has influence the youth throughout generations and if it even was an influence throughout past generations. My group has taught me many values within music influence, which can help me throughout my inquiry topic.