Racism: Should It Be The Reason To Abandon Students? Freedom Writers written and directed by Richard LaGravenese , based on the book, The Freedom Writers Diary, by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell .“At 16, I’ve probably witnessed more dead bodies than a mortician,” says a Woodrow Wilson High School student, before matter-of-factly describing a life in which gang and domestic violence are everyday occurrences.1 Racism , that is, basing on racial, people are divided into different social classes. Racism not only be the reason to prejudice students, but also be the root of violence. As Eva says: “schools are like the city and the city is just like a person, all of them divided into separate sections, depending on tribes.” 2Shortly after the Rodney King riots in L.A., new school teacher Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wants to experience the difficult freshman class of Wilson High School, made up of some ethnic groups’ kids that the system has given up on. The optimistic young teacher Erin comes up with her confidence to try her best to get the kids to learn more about themselves and the world around them, finding the meaning of their lives in journals, while fighting with fellow teachers and the school principal about her techniques. Erin tries her best to break the ice between the people with love and understanding, while school including dean keeps on racism and regard students as hopeless people. More generally, Basing on racism, on the one hand, some people that are
Many of the black high school’s resources were hand me downs…since the black students couldn’t fit on one bus, some children routinely missed their first class,” (Green 39). This was not the case at the white school six blocks away. If the separated schools were equal, Moton would not have had dilapidated buses, nearly 75 kids per classroom, or a lack of facilities. In the white high school, if this issue had
The school to prison hypothesis describes how black children enrolled in schools face racialization and discrimination constantly and it is based off the “zero tolerance” policy (T. Davidson, Education, 2018, lecture 5). This theory connects to the book because Maynard explains throughout chapter eight of how black school children are treated differently. They are more subject to punishments and are susceptible to harsher disciplines. Black students are often seen as a threat within the education system and are constantly over surveilled. The linkage between the educational and criminal justice system is strong.
The protagonist faces systemic racism when he overhears the principal on the phone talking about expelling him. “No, I guess not, they could care less if I expel him… They need him in the fields.” “Well, I just hope our boys don’t make too much out about it to their parents.
As observed from the article, “Start of a Revolution?: ‘Brown Power’ Unity Seen Behind School Disorders,” by the Los Angeles Times, they implicitly put forward the idea that the Chicano Blowouts intended to spark chaos and do not intend to inform readers why students were forcefully agitating for change. It is striking that the catalysts for the walkouts, which included high dropout rates, crumbling schools, lack of Mexican-American teachers are avoided throughout the article and instead focuses on the violence caused by student demonstrators. Unequal access education was not exclusive to Mexican-Americans and it is not the first time a community of color has resisted against oppressive conditions. For example, in a newspaper article published by Ebony, James Turner states that “The high school and college curriculum as a whole are irrelevant to the needs of non-white students. It is against this reality that black students are rebelling.”.
Historically, certain racial groups have faced systemic discrimination in education, which has resulted in unequal access to resources and opportunities. For example, Black and Hispanic students are more likely to attend underfunded schools and they also face higher rates of disciplinary actions, such as suspensions and expulsions, which can negatively impact their academic progress and mental health. For example in “Pigeons” by Eileen Pollack she states “Pablo Rodriguez, whose parents were migrant farmers and who, in sixth grade could barely read or write or the Buck Brothers, Phil and Gregory, who seemed to get punished for no other reason than being a large and male and black”(Pollack 118). This statement shows how big of a role being born into a certain race impacts the educational opportunities a child can receive in life. As Well as the discrimination a student can face by just being a different race in the text the Buck brothers were seemingly just punished because they were and had different color skin for the rest of the students and this is seen today in school systems where students are mistreated just by how they look.
For this week's readings, I found the "Notes on the State of Virginia" by Thomas Jefferson to be the most frustrating and shocking to read. I say it was tough to read because it truly contradicted itself. It was very racist but is was written to justify racism. It was shocking because of how in depth he went in to explaining black skin, smell, and etc. He mention how blacks love is more physical and lustful with no really meaning (not from the soul).
“I look at books as being a form of activism because a lot of times they’ll show us a side of the world that we may not have known about” (Angie Thomas). Fiction is not castles, and dragons that are slayed by knights anymore; as children become young adolescents the stories that nurtured their innocence matures and starts to question societal issues. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas talked about the racial injustice and police brutality that specifically African-Americans face in their day-to-day life. Starr, a main character, witness her childhood friend, Khalil, get murdered by a white policemen who pulled them over for a broken taillight and later shot Khalil in the back 3 times because he “feared for his life”. Angie Thomas not only explained
In the novel “And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students” written by Miles Corwin demonstrates how Inner City Los Angeles is not just full of gangbangers and drug dealers, but also full of success and diversity. Corwin, a reporter, spent a year at Crenshaw High School to document the lives of the students as they manage to fight the obstacles in Advanced Placement English, inside and outside of class. Toni Little, an AP English teachers, also struggles this year due to the fact of discrimination for being the only white teacher. Corwin also spent the year with another AP English teacher, Anita Moultrie, who is Little’s “nemesis.” After taking several beatings of discrimination from Moultrie, the school
Leaving the only options for an ethnicities high crime rate and low educational success to cultural values or biological inferiority instead of a by-product of economic disadvantage. Continuing to state that the history of racism has done undo-able damage to cultural integrity and community among blacks with information such as “…deterioration of the Negro society…is from deterioration of the Negro family…with the source of weakness being the Negro community…” (Moynihan, 120). Implying that society provides opportunities for class mobility and it is black cultural institutes that are
Victims of TV violence are rarely shown experiencing serious harm, and few programs condemn violence or depict other ways of solving problems (Center for Communication and Social Policy, 1998) (Berk 2006). It is imperative to keep up with children of all races during their development because they are sponges. Positive role models within their community can help with this. “Growing concerns about the experience and achievement of Black pupils (especially Black males)
Introduction Freedom Writers is based on a true story set in America in 1994, where a first time teacher, played by Hilary Swank, faces a group of students who have been considered by the government as “un-teachable and at–risk” teenagers. These students represent street kids who have all witnessed street fights as well as the murder of their friends and family. The movie demonstrates the way non-white Americans are over represented in teenage homicides, incarceration, unemployed, poverty and poor educational outcomes, but also the way they are viewed in the media. The film also has several references to ghettos, street life, drug busts and continual involvement with the police. The target audience for this film is teenagers.
Having positive values can make a difference in today’s world just like it did in the movie “Freedom Writers”, if everybody unites as one. The Presidential election is a prime example of how our society needs positive influences to help stabilize our country. While it is often the case that the presidential candidates talk poorly about their opponents, this year’s election period was particularly cruel and nasty. The presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton used negative messages to divide the country as well as creating fear about a variety of racial issues and religious beliefs. Both candidates focused on the negative and did little to highlight their own agendas and plans if they became president.
INTRODUCTION For the purpose of this assignment I have selected the film Freedom Writers (2007). As a teacher in a post-primary DEIS school, this film was of particular interest to me for its high-school setting and the disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds of the students. Freedom Writers is a movie adaptation of Erin Gruwell’s non-fiction book Freedom Writers Diary: How a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them (1999). The film follows Erin Gruwell, a newly qualified and enthusiastic English teacher, as she navigates her way through school politics, prejudice, racism and personal circumstance to help a group of at-risk teens to fulfill their potential.
In these rough parts of Long Beach, California they were living in compared to someplace like Pella they might as well be on separate planets. The city was heavily separated with gangs by race, this carried to the school being separated different people just did not hang out together. I can relate to this very little with our town being very ‘’nice’’ to everyone, with very small minority population I can’t see this making a difference but it is different from a heavily populated minority race in Long Beach. This just makes us more similar in our town this makes me think about the statistics that their are more African Americans In jail than whites. That these poor underdeveloped neighborhoods can lead to pain and suffering in school’s like these.