In the beginning of this unit, we looked at historical documents that talked about labor issues. We then connected it to what labor issues exist today and what it could possibly look like in the future. For our final project, our class made different podcasts based off what we learned and found the most interesting during the unit.
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The greatest challenge my group faced was putting the podcast together. We had to figure out what parts of the interviews to include and where to place them in the podcast. Also, while we were editing, some of our content got lost and distorted and we struggled to fix it. This happened the day before the project was due so we decided to finish it during a different class period because we ran out of time during our humanities period. In the end, we were able to put it together and our product came out alright.
If I could go back and do the project over again, I would have put in more time into recording and making sure that the sound quality was good. We did record a few times but in my opinion, the sound quality of our final product was not good. There was an odd echo effect when we talked which I wanted to get rid of by rerecording. Also, I think our podcast would have sounded better if we had sound effects. I don’t think that we managed our time very well because we could have recorded and then have a whole week or a couple of days to edit. I wasn’t very satisfied with the sound quality or how we managed our time but I would keep that in mind if I could redo the project.
The greatest insight I gained about the state of labor issues today is that the system is never going to be fair. A lot of migrant workers work really hard and take hazardous low paying jobs because they don’t have the education required to get a good job. These people struggle to bring money to the table and sometimes, their children have to miss out on school to help them. On the other hand, there are highly educated people who have blue collar jobs and get paid a lot more than migrant workers. Migrant workers physically do more work but don’t get paid as much as they should be getting paid. There should be more equilibrium to how much people get paid. It is true that some people get a good education and earn a good job but don’t we all deserve that? This is what I think at the moment with what I learned in this unit.
I am most proud of the interviews that we were able to get. They matched our podcast very well and it helped us support our claims. For example, when we were talking about how education affects the kinds of jobs migrant workers get, we inserted a quote that Ana, a field worker in California, who said she motivated to leave high school to help her parents financially. When we did our interview with a local company, it was very professional and Mat, who was being interviewed, was very prepared and had relevant statistics. Also, we told a story about someone we interviewed who left the first grade to work in the field to help his family. When he got older, he said that he wasn't able to get a good job in America because he didn't have enough education that a high paying job required. All these interviews were a very important part of our podcast and it gave it more meaning.
I grew as a student by expanding my thinking skills. Doing the historical thinking sheets was very helpful because it made me look further into what I was reading. Usually, if I was handed a historical document I would just read it without understanding it and I wouldn’t do anything to help me understand it. The historical thinking sheets helped me expand my thinking by looking more into the content and gathering background information to help make sense of it. I could now apply this to the work I do.