It was a lovely time to get to meet with Josue for our last session for the semester. I think that we both learned a lot throughout the semester. And it was awesome to see Josue's weekly progress. I especially loved how we got to work on the poster for the PAL Semester Celebration to be held on Saturday. Josue was really meticulous with his artwork and did an amazing job! Looking forward to potentially working with Josue next semester!
It was great to see Josue again after a brief hiatus, but on Thursday we got right back into the swing of things as we went over decimals and fractions. Josue was excited to refresh his memory on how to add and subtract decimals and fractions. Later in the session we even talked about what he loved learning about. He reaffirmed his passion for learning more about the GED exam and the subjects that were to be on the test. It is refreshing to see that Josue is just as excited/determined about his GED as the first few weeks in the semester!
Today we went over a broad yet challenging topic: American History! This portion surprised me in that it was testing specific historical occurrences and the implications of these occurrences. It was different than what we both expected and so I think that it is important that we spend quite a bit of time on this section because it is so much material to cover. Although despite this, I think that my learner is progressing nicely and I am excited to see what else is in store for the rest of the semester!
My learner and I solidified what we will be working on for the rest of the semester! Specifically, we will be learning about/ reviewing the concepts of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies in order to prepare for the GED. I'm excited to see the progress that my learner makes throughout the semester!
Going to the Evicted in Providence Conversation was an eye-opening experience. I never knew that housing in Providence was such an issue in Rhode Island. I was surprised to hear the statistics of what the median income of a potential Rhode Island tenant relative to the amount of rent that these individuals were expected to pay. As well as the fact that only 6 cities in Rhode Island offer low-income housing. I really enjoyed the combination of personal narratives as well as the activists’ statements about the origins of the housing crisis, and what new policies could be put in place to incite change. The talk gave me insight into the number of systematic inequalities that occur against people of these communities and why these inequalities persist in order to serve a capitalist society. A real take away for me was Susanna Blankley’s piece at the end; that eviction/housing is about power and that it demonstrates how tenants lives are not as valued as the landlord’s ability to make a profit. I now am more aware of these injustices surrounding the housing crisis across the nation and how it affects marginalized groups in particular. And because I am more aware of these issues, I will be sure to keep this in mind when I am interacting with my PAL partner throughout the semester.