History does not always convey the absolute truth. It offers only one side of the story. The strong and powerful voices always drown out the sounds of the weak and beaten. The winner’s word will always be taken over the loser’s. The content that lies within the textbooks was not written by the defeated.
Language The U.S. is a country with no official language. English has become the primary language that is spoken in schools, jobs, government and in most of homes in the U.S. (Feagin & Feagin, 2012). However, there are many households today, as in the past, that more than one language is used to communicate.
Unfortunately, a tradeoff occurs when you learn new concepts. At times, one forgets a part of knowledge to make room for new knowledge. The author, Barbara Mellix, can attest to this claim with her own experience in learning standardized English and, eventually, forgetting her traditional English written in “From Outside, In.” Similar to her experience, to learn English, I neglected my native tongue and, by extension, my culture.
Contact involves not only an exchange of cultural elements and products, but also of cultural prestige, which is often correlated with different degrees of technological advancement. There are six major characteristics of an endangered language, according to Bomgbose (2011): • Very few speakers remaining, most of them old. • No longer used for any meaningful purpose in the community. • Not being transmitted to the younger generation. • No orthography or written materials in it.
The revision of myths serves to adjust a preexisting story to serve a modern audience, of the audience of the time it was transcribed. When it comes to old myths such as the ones we’ve examined in class it can be almost impossible to tell when a story was first told and who was telling it thus even with stories such as Gilgamesh that appear to have been unaltered by whoever wrote them down there is still room for doubt that aspects were changed and omitted from the original oral telling. Because so many stories originated, spread, and survived through oral tradition before they were ever written down there is no way to know what the original story was or how exactly it evolved before it was penned. For this reason it is important to understand how these anachronistic and adaptive changes have impacted the source material. In cases such as the Shahnameh or Beowulf the impact can be profound.
Also with this issue being prevalent in many countries especially developing countries it calls for us as a council to find out and discuss on methods to curb this issue that has plagued this world for decades and to also determine if this issue is inevitable or preventable.
But, in the main, the Oji-Cree story is not a happy one. Since the arrival of new technologies, the population has suffered a massive increase in morbid obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Social problems are rampant: idleness, alcoholism, drug addiction, and suicide have reached some of the highest levels on earth. Diabetes, in particular, has become so common (affecting forty per cent of the population) that researchers think that many children, after exposure in the womb, are born with an increased predisposition to the disease. Childhood obesity is widespread, and ten-year-olds sometimes appear middle-aged.
This area has not been explored extensively so far, and research on the exclusion/inclusion of rainbow families is a current subject. Is equality in children’s books even possible? More and more families are not typical, consisting of mother, father and child. There are family constellations such as patchwork families with step sisters and step brothers, a family with two mothers and a child but no father,.. However, this is a topic for further research, but it is important to mention that the equality does not stop when male and female characters are included equally. The importance of including everybody, men and women, lesbians and gays, bisexuals and transsexuals is also important.
This perception, however, leads to the unequal treatment between native and non-native English teachers. According to Mckay (2000) and Medgyes (2006), many qualified non-native teachers are not offered jobs due to the fact that English is not their first language. In addition to this common belief about the native speakers’ characteristics which were mentioned,
The Hmong writing system is almost gone where only few elders know them. We were given the English alphabet and borrow that writing system from Americans. It saddens me that the English alphabet is the only form of Hmong I know how to write and I won’t ever be able to learn my culture’s true writing system. I
British Columbia has a decent minimum wage compared to other provinces and territories. Our minimum wage is $10.80, which is the sixth lowest in Canada. The median minimum wage across Canada is currently $11.30, 50 cents higher than our minimum wage. Each of the provincial candidates have very different views on our minimum wage. Our current premier Christy Clark (Liberal Party) has already pledged to raise our minimum wage to $11.25, but has now decided to increase it to $11.35 by September 20th.
Dialect, most people would agree, is the first practical identifier of a person. Yes, there is an unholy amount to be said for visual judgements –physical appearance holds unconscious powers that vocals will never achieve- but when considering true, difficult-to-mask features of a person, one’s speech is the foremost artifact in identification that is, most of the time, genuine. Language is the binding that holds our whole book of life together: your language, and more specifically, your dialect, decides where your page is placed.
Native American Civil Rights Since the Age of Discovery, the United States of America has failed to make great strides in civil rights concerning Native Americans. Since the Europeans first landed in the Americas, there has been racial, ethnic, and religious tension with the native people. The tensions and the issues that arose from them are still a major issue in present times. Examples of these racial tensions can be seen in literary works throughout United States history. It will be interesting to see what the far future holds, as well as the near future.