According to the essay, “ A Quilt of a Country” Anna Quindlen explains the forces and ideas that connect the United States is conflict and failures as seen by her use of facts and events like the 9/11 tragedy. In the text it states, “ When enormous tragedy, as it so often does, demands a time of reflection on enormous blessings.” By this quote Quindlen illustrates conflicts like the 9/11 tragedy happens but caused people to come together. When she says “reflection on enormous blessings” she means the blessing is people coming together and being there for one and another since they are all going through the same thing. Anna Quindlen also explains how failures unites us in some way ,she states, “ a great national striving consisting frequently
2.2.5. Cultural diversity in Classroom: There are various cultural differences that teachers are likely to come across culturally diverse classrooms including Gender, Age, Cognition, Norms, beliefs, Primary language, Exceptionality, Cultural heritage, Socio-economic status, Opinions, ideas, Attitudes, Expectations, Behavioral styles, Geography, Learning styles, Communication Styles, Decision making styles, Ways of Communicating Non-verbally, Ways of Learning, Ways of Dealing with Conflict, Ways of Using Symbols and Approaches to completing tasks etc. According to Pratt-Johnson (2005), there are six basic cultural differences that teachers are likely to encounter in the culturally diverse classroom. Familiarity with these differences will begin
According to the article by Anna Quindlen called “A Quilt of a Country,’’ there are ideal facts that tell us how we connect to people in the United States, and that is by tragic incidents and communication. In the essay, an example of how we all communicate is when the tragic incident of 911 happened we all came together and investigated what happened with communication. The purpose of her writing this is because she wants to show that it does not matter who you are it is about how we get along in a way others can’t.
The events that took place on September 11, 2001 may have weakened the meaning of the word “American,” however, they weren’t a full blow to the country’s patriotism. Quindlen understood that Americans were dubious about the future, so she took it upon herself to provide hope and reassurance to those not only in New York City, but across the world. In her essay, “A Quilt of a Country,” writer Anna Quindlen promotes a sense of patriotism by introducing an influential metaphor comparing the country to a quilt and numerous rhetorical questions aimed to dissolve stereotypes.
Students belonging to Asian, Hispanic, and two or more racial demographics are expected to increase by 2025 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2016). As the population becomes more and more diverse, schools need to be aware of the unique problems students from minority groups potentially face. Cultural expertise
Tokenism occurs when cultural diversity and difference are not affirmed and embedded in everyday practices in the program (A. Kennedy, 2010, p 17). Therefore it is important to ensure that the educator understands the child’s culture as there is the potential to be more than one culture within a country, therefore it is important not to stereotype different cultures when addressing them. When discussing these cultures with children it is important to find similarities within the cultures, which will connect the children and ensure there is not any biases towards other cultures. Tokenism can be avoided through continuing to have a close relationship with families, to ensure where change within the family dynamic is occurring, continuing to undertake
Gary R. Howard’s “We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know” offers an insightful look into multicultural education and the ways in which white educators can, and should, consider the diversity within their classrooms as a necessary part of the learning process. Although an admittedly difficult topic, the author strives to help the reader understand the problem of diversity in our schools and the ways in which our approach to educating multiracial students can help or hinder students. This report seeks to provide an overall review of the book and a discussion of the positive and negative aspects of the opinions presented. Book Synopsis
Bowllan, N. (2011). Implementation and Evaluation of a Comprehensive, School-Wide Bullying Prevention Program in an Urban/ Suburban Middle School. Journal of School Health 18(4), 167-173. After reading Nancy Bowllan’s (2011) article, I would stay that it does meet the qualifications set in chapter 22.
They may see someone merely as a status, or race, or gender, rather than as a person. In order to encourage discussion and to initiate change, it is imperative that those who are aware of the multi-faceted dimensions of a situation continue to learn while teaching others. Throughout my college experience, not only do I hope to gain new perspectives, as I will be part of an incredibly diverse student body from a vast array of backgrounds, but to also share my own perspectives. Not only do I hope to bring delicious chocolate cakes to the table, I aspire to bring my first-hand experience of tolerance and understanding. Had I not embraced both of my parents’ customs and practices, I would have missed out on lighting the Menorah or a candle in church, actions that are symbolic of spreading light to others.
Issues such as racism and xenophobia consistently surface and there is a mutual distrust and resentment of other races amongst the pupils. This results in the teachers struggling to do their jobs in a tense environment and having to tackle complex issues such as discrimination. They are forced to attempt to unite students of differing ethnicities who are completely unaccustomed to co-existing with each
Several well validated studies have affirmed the idea that minority students feel ostracized when their race, creed, sex, or religion is not represented in the classroom. That isolation can prove harmful to students morale, esteem, and ability to function effectively in classrooms. As a multiethnic individual, Gloshanda Lawyer made a detailed case for installing a multicultural secondary education. In, “The Dangers of Separating Social Justice From Multicultural Education,” Lawyer provides a personal narrative of the multicultural education in Lawyer’s own life enriched her experience in school. It helps individuals strive to be, “agents of change,” that can contribute positively to society (Lawyer,
In the article, “A Quilt of a Country,” Anna Quindlen makes solid points for both arguments, and uses a good chunk of evidence for both sides, too. I agree with her idea that America is a unified whole, but at other times is on the verge of collapse. America is a very diverse place, and everyone has different opinions; That’s what makes America great! In America, our country is built on opinions, ideas, decisions, etc… Some argue that this is problematic, but that’s a democracy.
In the world that we live in today, there are so many people dying each day due racially or culturally related hate crimes. The importance of teaching cultural diversity in our schools should be in the forefront of our curriculum. As a child growing up in New York, I remember acts of terrorism, discrimination and segregation, but never by a child, or teenager. Today we are continuously enduring the same acts, but not by adults, but by our youth. A developmental model of intercultural maturity gives us the foundation for forming an integrated model, which is needed in the development of intercultural maturity.
The different cultures are also mentioned in an assigned book in this course such as “Coming of Age in America: a Multicultural Anthology” is a collection of short stories, and it is edited by Mary Frosch with an introduction by Gary Soto. Through different stories of this book, I notice the differences totally impact to people’s lives and emotions. Personally, I think this class has been fostering and stimulating my understanding about diverse cultures around the world. I also see many pictures of my life in my classmate’s life stories. We did develop sympathy and empathy with others during the presentations.