Asian Americans In The School System

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In the United States, using the term “model minority” to describe Asian Americans does not negate the fact that they are still a minority who deal with the same hardships and discrimination as other minorities. Issues such as these are undeniably in the school systems that are inhabited by large numbers of these students with Asian backgrounds. They are exemplified by the bipolar historical treatment of Asian Americans, the numbers that matter in education today, and in the problems created and overcome by the people that face them. Sifting through the dark and difficult history leads to the light on the other side of a tunnel where there can be found methods and solutions to create success for the Asian American people. The first thing to…show more content…
They have to fight against the other minorities that are depicted poorly, and Asian Americans have some advantages in their work fields, but racism is ignored and discrimination is too.A majority of other minorities one will come across has the negative stereotypes of being lazy and stupid attributed to them unlike the Asian Americans. Violence has broken out due to this issue, and many children are prone to bullying by other minorities when they are seen as being smart because of their race. Racial nerds is one term that could be given. Most Asian Americans are victim to the prevailing stereotype that they are at the top of their fields in all aspects of life. In school, they are supposedly most proficient at math and science which are the top subjects in need of strong minds today. However, if a closer look is given, it can easily be seen that these students are not as high achieving as one would think. Cambodians score much lower on tests than Vietnamese students, but they are all lumped into the same group. “Such a stereotype may appear to be beneficial, and is certainly helpful in many ways to Asian Americans in terms of opportunity, it also disguises institutional racism and systematic discrimination” (Spradlin, 2011, p. 103). Cultural tendencies can also serve to be barriers. For example, most Asian students are raised in an environment to respect their parents and elders. Parents are often seen as the iron fist at home that forces children to study and focus all time on homework and improvement. This actually seems to be a great support system that leads to higher grades, test scores, and intelligence. Confucian ideas of filial piety are the source of this respect and fear of elders, parents, and ancestors. “Dishonor brought to the family by any one member reflects on all family members,” so students must be very careful to do everything in their power
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