Residual welfare is only put in place purely for the poorer in society, it essentially provides a safety net for those otherwise unable to cope financially. One of the residual programs that the community created was an after school program at St. Ann’s in the Bronx. Kozol quoted St. Ann’s to be “it ran an excellent and innovative afterschool program” (Kozol 2012). St. Ann’s was a safe haven for most of these children. This program was created in part because of all the drug trafficking and violence within the community and was a safe place were kids could go to after school.
This is not to say, we have resolved all issues and challenges affecting African American students. In my opinion, too often, nonwhite children are referred to remedial reading and special programs because of the language, not necessarily due to their abilities. Unfortunately, special programs typically implement scripted programs and doesn’t focus on critical thinking. As suggested by Delpit (2006), academically, students need more than the “basic skill”, they need critical thinking activities, connecting background knowledge, a sense of belonging to the community, and understanding, honoring, and respecting the African American students’ culture. In conclusion, parents of African American children want their children to be successful without a doubt in my mind.
Did you know that studies found that many public schools today are as segregated as they were in the 1980’s. The thing is public schools think that if they put different types of students in mixed classes, give them sports, and have school events, then that’ll break the segregation within the schools. Unfortunately, what they do not understand is that the students segregate themselves in school, because of what they do outside of school. Although it may not gain parental approval, public schools need to implement after school programs that will unite students of different backgrounds. Public schools would help develop interpersonal communication skills among students if they provide one hour or more of extracurricular activities.
Anzaldua story is familiar to my story in a way because of the experiences we have went through. Anzaldua sheds light on what she has been through in her essay. She has gone through some tough experiences at school, as did I. When I was smaller not only in school, but my life at home, it was hard because I never knew where I fit in. When I was with my father’s side of the family, whom are African American, it was hard because I was basically the only mixed child.
While passing this information, their humanity is ignored as their humanity was denied in the past. However, when the huge contributions of the African Americans during, before, and after their enslavement are acclaimed, then their humanity is un-denied, and their lives start to matter in the society. The start of initiatives introducing the learning of black history in schools allows the restoration of the humanity of African Americans. It opens up the society to the ideology that society can only learn to appreciate the African American members of the society by learning about their history. This revelation should also allow children to grow appreciating African Americans, not just from their color but from their historical path that has led them to strive to be crucial members of the society.
Although both cultures hold high aspirations for their children, they adopt very different approaches to parent involvement. “African-American parents believed strongly in home and school-based involvement and attempted to intervene inside their children 's schools. While social class within the African-American community seemed to influence this pattern, African Americans were far more likely to seek school-based involvement” (Diamond, Wang, & Gomez, 2006) Every culture develops set patterns of child rearing practices and that what is perceived to be good parenting in one culture may be regarded as maladaptive in another culture. In both the Haitian culture as well as the African American culture this was not the case. In these cultures there’s
Some conflict can occur from these relationships, it just depends on which types of relationships are formed. “It is possible that interracial friendships are characterized by more conflict, especially for Black and Latino youth, because of different cultural attitudes about conflict within social relationships,” (McGill R, Way N, Hughes D, 2012, p. 732). Cultures are all different and each student does not know what each culture believes and practices. As a future teacher I plan on making my students more aware of the other cultures in the state and even in the local community. When I started my education courses I was asked to guess how many different languages are spoken in public school in Texas and the amount was huge.
She frequently told me when I was younger that my black is beautiful, and I will not look the same as some of the other children in the schools I attend. I attended a diverse elementary school, which had different types of children from different cultures. Even though a lot of the children did not have the same race as me, they treated me no differently. She would also tell me that African Americans have to work twice as hard to receive opportunities and employment, which is why my mother forced education on me. I didn’t realize until I had became old enough to understand.
In the modern day, segregation in schools occurs too often in schools across America. This division has created the claim that “segregation in schools makes sense”, although inaccurate, this statement was created by African Americans deteriorated morals from segregation, segregation of races in their residences, and the lack of integration in public schools. It is no coincidence that racist attitudes exist when segregation exists in today's schools, causing prejudice individuals to encourage this division, claiming it makes sense. W.E.B. Dubois, an advocate for African American integration in white public schools reported the detrimental affect segregation has on its students.
The time that I become aware of my cultural identity was when was in elementary school when I heard my parent talking to my brothers about how society work for African American and that the laws not the same for us and everybody else. That we have to be 2x better, smart, and hard work to be on the same level as everybody else. The benefit being African American is being capacity to rebound from setbacks and become stronger in the broken places, a passion for life and having high energy in a creative way to meeting life’s challenge and being categorized and being able to prove people wrong. Some of the name that I heard people called African American is Black, nigga, Nigger, color person, people of color, and monkey. The one that are acceptable in my opinion is African American, Black, People of color and the unacceptable one is nigga, nigger, color person and monkey.