Marlon Jones

Gear Up Liaison, Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education: GEAR UP
Tulsa, OK, United States

About Marlon

Areas of Expertise

Public Speaking, ABE- Adult Basic Education Instruction, eInstruction

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Marlon Jones
Posted 4 months ago
What messages are in our media beyond the obvious?
When I stated that I reflected on my thinking, it actually went beyond my personal thoughts. I have two daughters ages 13 and 10. As a father I wholeheartedly accept the responsibility of reaering young ladies that will positively contribute to society. Therefore this responsibility fall on me. However, the responsibility becomes an onus when image after message after clip seems to want to narrowly define, beauty and intelligence. There is ample room for discussion. In an online article, Mary Jalongo states, "Research on the human brain suggests that powerful visual images grab our attention and stay in our memories, and these images are the mainstay of the media. Unfortunately, media portrayals of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion often are severely limited, and the potential for this to impact the world view of children is troubling." http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/todays-media-influences-young-children
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Marlon Jones
Posted 4 months ago
What messages are in our media beyond the obvious?
Bradley, thank you for the broad stroke question. It leaves a lot of room for individual reflection. I immediately thought of Simon Sinek's Ted talk: How Leaders Inspire Others. The subtleties in and not so subtle media approaches give me pause to think. While generally the Media will claim not to have or exercise much influence; advertising, commercialism, and overt attempts to shape thoughts point to the contrary. I am forced to anallyze the affect on my own psyche. How much am I actually influenced? Do I need "This or That" thing? How do I define success? Do I measure myself by the perceptions of others? I'm thinking...........................................
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Marlon Jones
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should we aim for mediocrity?
I'm sure that we all remember what Samuel Beckett said that encourages trying and not giving up. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” If the "thing" that one is trying to do is logically possible I wholeheartedly support the pursuit because success is not really fully realized unless one has experienced failure by which to contrast it
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Marlon Jones
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should we aim for mediocrity?
As a father of two daughters I'm not in the doubting business. It is vitally important that they dream and not just wish. I was listening to an NPR interview with Dolly Parton and she identified the distinction between wishing and dreaming. Wishing is more imaginative but not necessarily to the point of action. Dreaming on the other hand carries with it the element of potential to acheive. While her distinction may not me definitive, I can subscribe to it. Poetry is uplifting and I stress to my daughters the following poem a portion of which follows: It Couldn’t Be Done By Edgar Albert Guest Somebody said that it couldn’t be done But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
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Marlon Jones
Posted almost 2 years ago
"...but I'll defend to the death your right to say it… Really?"
I have been honored to read each of your conversation perspectives and thank you for sacrificing your time to comment. I look forward to participating in many other conversations and anticipate interacting with you in those places as well. I have referred all of my students to TED conversations and encouraged them to get involved. I have used our conversation as discussion starters and supplements in my GED, ELL, and Citizenship classes. Again thank you for the intellectual growth! Marlon
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Marlon Jones
Posted almost 2 years ago
"...but I'll defend to the death your right to say it… Really?"
Greg, I think your post touched on the conflict that exists. I agree. I believe that a good bit of discussion is happening behind the scenes. How often have we heard that governing is like sausage making. The results, for the most part, are good [depending on who you ask of course], but the process is not very pleasant. The thing that grinds me is that it appears the sausage making has increasingly more to do with personal attacks and less to do with the feasibility of the issue(s). the reason I appreciate these comments is when I ask myself the question no matter how hard I've try I have not been able to argue the opposing viewpoint with sufficient passion. So there it is...a work in process.
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Marlon Jones
Posted almost 2 years ago
"...but I'll defend to the death your right to say it… Really?"
When I contemplated posting this discussion I was honestly asking myself the question. I must admit that there was a moment of hesitation although in the end I’d like to think that I would. As stated in my profile I am the director of the GED program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When discussing literature with the class I have to emphasize reading a literary piece within its historical context. So if we are analyzing an 1851 post-Fugitive Slave Act poster with the word “Negro” emblazoned on the front we discuss the significance of the poster within the context of less than a year after the passing of the Act. There is nothing inappropriate to me in this context. I, then, fast forward 162 years later and hear racial and gender slurs from ALL sides as well as religious slurs that seem to only have the context of the emotion in the moment. [Full Disclosure…I’m an ordained elder]It saddens me more than angers me. As Danger Lamppost stated…A house divided against itself cannot stand. Thanks so much. I really love reading you guys’/gals’ posts!
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Marlon Jones
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it possible for an individual to be without ethnocentrism?
Imad. "In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong" is definitely in my top 10 lists of favorite books. Maalouf goes on to state, and I paraphrase... when we fail to notice the various allegiances{links} that we have with our fellow man; we begin to create an "other" or someone totally diferent and completely isolated from us. It is at this point that stereotyping enters the arena