237130_A1_Wk1_Task #4_Writing Response_A response to Walker’s ‘Writing From The Gut’_09/03/2016

The author feels that the Maori race is “delegitimised” by Pakeha, and that in the act of trying to connect with the Maori, Pakeha are only complicating this problem. ‘The problem’ is that Maori are seen as an uneducated race. The author believes that the only reason this perspective is held by Pakeha is because their methods of education differ to those the Maori use. To change this, she wishes to educate the masses of delegitimised Maori using cultural methods they are familiar with.
I found this text compelling as it was written in first person, but the author spoke on behalf of an entire race, and on behalf of anybody who felt their own identity was also suppressed by the academic system. She uses personal pronouns when describing the Maori race and their customs, as she feels she is acting as a representative for everyone who identifies as Maori. This point of view is effective in communicating the purpose of the text; people must unite within their ethnic groups in order to retain their cultural values and traditions. The indignant tone of voice used throughout the text forces us to think about the issue at hand and why it is indeed an issue. I appreciated that the author used her personal experience to bring to light the struggles others are also facing.

237130_A1_Wk1_Task #2_Personal Response_The art of analysation (a.k.a thinking critically)_09/03/2016

Critical thinking is the conscious act of acknowledging one’s own thoughts and questioning why we hold certain perspectives. It allows us to process what is on our minds, and therefore apply these reformed mindsets to everyday living.
Without critical thinking, there is only subconscious thought – the tiny judgments or ideas that flicker through our brains on a whim. Critical thinking allows us to hone these and turn them into fully formed thoughts.
One such example is if you were to see an overweight passer-by wearing tight clothing; an immediate reaction would be “they shouldn’t wear that, it accentuates their flaws”. Critical thinking would enable us to change this opinion to “they are obviously proud of their body”.
If we apply critical thinking in any situation, we are able to alter the things we have been subconsciously conditioned to think or believe, in order to make these thoughts our own.