The purpose and main point of chapter one of Hope and Healing in Urban Education are that youth in low-income environments need extra hope and attention in order to succeed. Shawn Ginwright explains that while it may be difficult to reach these communities, it’s a worthwhile investment of time and resources to improve them. Ginwright uses personal examples of people who have been affected by the struggle of living in a crime-ridden and low-income neighborhood in San Francisco. The eldest sibling examined, Tanya, a community organizer suffered the loss of her younger brother, who was murdered while he was visiting her on holiday from college. While Tanya felt helpless and that her efforts were in vain, she reached a fork in the road and had to decide whether or not she was getting anything effective accomplished. In the end, Tanya, along with other community organizers, created a healing zone for anyone suffering trauma and offered the community hope and healing. This concept of hope and healing is the central message
In James W. Loewen’s “The Land of Opportunity,” he states that social class affects the way children are raised. He discusses the inequality in today’s society and how the textbooks in high school do not give any social class information. The students in today’s time are not taught everything they should be taught. He states that your family’s wealth is what makes up your future. Loewen discusses that people with more money can study for the SATs more productively and get a better score than someone who has less money.
American history is built on affairs regarding freedom and equality, but negative issues thought to be conquered in the past have also become present day problems. When confronting controversial social, economic, and political topics in America today, the line between fact and opinion blurs. People across the country develop their own views on national issues, based only on personal experience and what the media tells them. Whether it be intention or ignorance, Americans are not supplied with enough information to accurately confront the major, national problems that lie just inside this country’s borders. Americans are unaware of slavery and socioeconomic issues that exist around them, which in turn presents a concern when trying to combat
Every day, millions of people judge others based on the stereotypes that apply to them, and some do not even know it. Most times these misjudgments are harmless, however, they can definitely be destructive. False judgments based on the stereotypes one follows can make a total stranger seem like a menace to society. This issue is so popular, that it used every day to falsely misjudge others in harmful ways. The most important lesson gained from reading Night, Of Mice and Men, and watching Angel of Bergen-Belsen is that one cannot use stereotypes to judge others because the person could be the total opposite of the judgments and misjudging they can inflict harm to that person if used in the wrong way.
Class in America, for lack of a better word, is a sore subject. “People in the United States do not like to talk about class.”(331) There are many myths that are taught today in America such as “The United States is fundamentally a classless society.”(333). Another myth would be “We are essentially a middle-class nation.”(333). A last example for myths includes “Everyone has an equal chance to succeed.” The largest if not only factor of class is wealth; how much income a family gets.
The American dream is a dream of a land in which one can prosper with ambition and hard work. This idea has created many illusions for some because in reality the American dream is proven to be something that is rarely achieved. No individual is guaranteed success or destined for failure, but it is apparent that women, people of color, and those born into poverty will face greater obstacles than others, despite being a greater part of the American population. An author that tackles the issue of class in the United States is Gregory Mantsios. In his essay, “Class in America-2009”, Mantsios aims to prove that class affects people’s lives in drastic ways. Mantsios serves as a primary text for, “Serving in Florida” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Everyone 's identity and culture does have an effect on who they are because of the clothes they wear, their personality, and where they come from. The short stories "Totem," by Thomas King, and "Identities," by W.D. Valgardson, both explore how people are judged and treated differently because of their identity, color of their skin, and culture background. This paper will discuss the ways in which the authors engage with the themes of judgement and discrimination.
In the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court ruled that it was not legal to keep public schools segregated by race. This was a significant success for minority students, but they still have a long way to go (“...Look…”). In 2015, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data that included a statistic stating that 40% of the enrollment for schools that had gifted programs was Black and Latino students, but only 26% of those students were in the gifted programs (Hsieh). Gary Orfield wrote on a similar topic that “We have become a nation that accepts...unequal [classrooms]” (Orfield). A lot of racial minority student are separated into different classes with a lower standard of education, even if they should be in a more advanced course (Darling-Hammond). Racial disparity in advanced courses in high schools today is caused by students of color not being in gifted programs earlier in their education; being one of the only students of their race can make racial minority students feel isolated and uncomfortable and the disparity limits opportunities for them in their future.
She states, “The reason for the more overall positive experience for Black students attending HBCUs than those attending PWIs can closely be linked to the unique institutional climate that HBCUs provide for students of color.” She talks about how HBCUs foster a “more encouraging and understanding for Black students” (Biehlmann) because of the higher percentage of Black faculty and administrators as role models. Biehlmann highlights how the presence of Black professors and administrators creates a setting that is in tune with the “specific knowledge of the Black experience in America,” (Biehlmann). Also, Blacks are the majority at HBCUs which can help them feel more comfortable and involved in their classes and campus. Whereas if a Black student attended a PWI, the student would feel alienated and disconnected from faculty, their White peers, and the campus
“Putting aside basketball, nearly 3,000 students enrolled at the nation’s top 25 highest-ranked universities this past fall- approximately 100 times as many black will eventually earn places in basketball. A large majority of these academically talented black students will earn diplomas from these prestigious universities and go on to successfully carve careers in law, business, academia and other professions”(Journal of Blacks in Higher Ed no.6, p.37).
According to Tatum, prejudice is “preconceived judgment or opinion, usually based on limited information” (Tatum 67). While racism is the belief that one’s race is superior to another. Prejudice is derived from limited information and is formed based on beliefs or misconceptions of others. Racism stems from information already possessed about a certain race. Once racism is present within a person it seems that the hatred stems so deep that it is hard to change it. Throughout Tatums piece she does speak of other minorities but, the basis of her arguments surrounds African Americans. Contradicting Tatum’s article, Lee states that “racial subordination of blacks have lead most Americans to equate blackness with minority status”(Lee, 2009, p. 4). She also argues that “people speak of ‘American’ as if it means ‘white’ and ‘minority’ as if it means ‘black’" (Lee, 2009, p. 6). Because of this “black-white racial paradigm” other minorities like Asian Americans are left out of discussions of race. (Lee, 2009, p. 4). Tatum continues to states that, “people of color are not racist because they do not systematically benefit from racism” but, Stacey Lee’s work at Academic High reveals differently (Tatum, 246). The different groups of Asian American students had their own racist views of other minorities as well as other Asian American students. The Korean-identified students “held
The media today plays the greatest role in creating stereotypes in our society. Quite often, these stereotypes do not correspond to reality, showing it in a distorted way. However, many people accept that distorted reality as a truth. The reasons for establishing such generalizаtions and categorizations often lies in political or corporate interests.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. However, in today, some people opine that college education is a worthless investment and waste of time. Against this opinion, law professor, Rodney K. Smith, in his USA Today essay in December, 2011, “Yes, A College Education Is Worth The Costs,” analyzes the importance of education in providing people with job and benefits. His first goal is to raise awareness of the correlation between the educational attainment and income as well as unemployment rate. His second goal is to demonstrate the value of education as an “investment and stewardship”. By establishing his credibility with his personal experiment and his family’s
The Three Component theory or widely known as the three class system based on Marx Weber who developed a multidimensional approach towards a political party, status and class that reflects the interplay between wealth, power and prestige. This examination will analyze the effects of education opportunities when students are categorized based on race and class. Discussing higher education without class and race is similarly to watching a bird fly without looking at the
Education is a basic need of every human being. Every country has their own education system with a motive of “to make their people well educated and civilized”. Schools, colleges, universities, Affiliation Boards, teacher, lecturers, professors, students etc all these entities form the system called an educations system. So we can say that: