Globally, people everyday experience hatred due to their skin tone, race, ethnicity, or culture. Social injustice has become a huge problem in the modern world. Hearts Unbroken written by Cynthia Leitich Smith portrays the rough life of a Native American teenager navigating through high school. She experiences many hate crimes and questions her self-worth. Being discriminated against because of race doesn't just happen at school, it happens everywhere and needs to be addressed to prevent further discrimination. By incorporating social justice and cultural studies in schools, students can understand the way of life of others and positively affect the world to become a better place. Dedicating a class to teaching young minds about how other …show more content…
Cynthia Leitich Smith wrote an impactful book named Hearts Unbroken. The novel centralizes around the idea of a Native American navigating through her youthful years while experiencing racism towards her culture. Lou, the main character, had been getting notes saying “There is no place like home, go back to where you came from” which are seen as a threat to her and her family. She searched for the person who wrote the letter but had inconclusive outcomes. She says she was “searching for signs of guilt, but people like that, they don't feel guilty, right? They think they’re on the side of the angels. They think they’re justified” (Smith 158). Lou described how people at school view her as lesser and treat her like she doesn’t belong. She shows how uneducated young minds are and how hurtful they can be. Schools teaching students about cultures and racism would deepen the understanding and such bullying would be prevented. Merrimack College released an article titled “The Importance of Social Justice in the Classroom and Curriculum Design” in which it states how impactful a social injustice class would be. They wrote “Over time, students learn to look at current and historical events – even their own actions – through the lens of social justice. They spot discrimination and inequality” (“The Importance of Social Justice…”). Teaching students about different …show more content…
But this could be alarming for some. Professor J. Martin Rochester released an article that stated “ Schools should not aspire to be churches or social work agencies” (Rochester 1). The professor only argues that schools cannot make students believe in one thing. Social justice is not a belief. Teachers educating students about treating people right isn't something to believe in, it's the right thing to do. Discrimination towards different races/cultures happens every single day. It's not an issue that could be kept hidden forever. Educating students about different cultures/ races/ beliefs is not the same as making them believe one certain thing. It opens an opportunity to be the better person in the world and create a more equal
“Unbroken” In this book, the main character Louie Zamperini goes through the struggles of life as a/an juvenile delinquent, Olympic runner, bombardier, survivor, captive, and prisoner of war. In the beginning of “Unbroken”, the main character Louie only about twelve starts with a description of how Louie got where he is. As the book, progresses it explains what Louie did as a child.
Part A: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was written in 2010. Hillenbrand wanted to be able to capture stories directly from the heroes of World War II and she was able to do so just before their generation died out. If she had waited any longer she would have had to get the stories from the veterans’ families and they may not have been 100% reliable from that second hand source. There is a ton of books, movies, etc. out there about World War II, but not anything specifically about Louie Zamperini.
In the book, When a Heart Turns Rock Solid by Timothy Black, the lives of three Puerto Rican brothers is uncovered. The parents of these boys, Juan and Angela moved them around in their youth. They were born in Puerto Rico and then were moved to Yonkers, NY where Julio started first grade but ended up finishing first grade back in Puerto Rico. Julio the started and finished second and third grade in Yonkers, NY before moving back to Puerto Rico again and remained there for four years. After the four years in Puerto Rico, they moved back to America for good (Black 17).
Throughout Unbroken, readers face one surprise after another. The audience is forced to expect the unexpected, and never accept what is said to be the truth. Louie Zamperini had anything but an ordinary life. His experiences are practically unfathomable, and intermittently lead to question of credibility. Indisputably, however, Louie had an unusual life filled with coincidence.
Additionally, racial stereotypes and biases can impact the way teachers and administrators interact with students. I can recall that there was an incident at Eisenhower Junior High School where a student was forced to learn in the corner of the classroom
If they cannot display compassion for a colleague, how would they ever be able to mediate for a vulnerable student? (White 164).” This represents the direct concern from an educator that this colleague is not fit to lead the younger generation because of his neglect of compassion towards people of color. Comparing this to Natasha Tretheway poems, a black mother carrying an interracial baby has concerns about how the world will treat her child. The mother was born in Mississippi where interracial marriage
Although, discriminatory discipline overtly plays a significant role in pushing youth particularly students of color out of the classrooms and into the pipeline, this shines a light on the fact that our public school system is failing our children regardless of race. While a faulty public school system can not foster students educational development nor prepare students to be responsible citizens who lead economically and socially productive lives. Therefore, stopping the bleeding of school-to-prison pipeline is merely a prelude to a much larger social justice challenge—the right to quality education that constructs the well-being for all.
Social justice issues around us are constantly changing as technology and our social practices adjust. It is very important for young people to have the ability to understand and navigate topics that are happening around them today. Some of today's curriculum is outdated and could use an update. Here are some pieces of media that could be incorporated in upcoming years. The first piece of media that should be incorporated into the curriculum is One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.
Although the United States had made education for all citizens a major goal in the 1940s there was still large amounts of prejudice and discrimination in the school system. The report states that “We have failed to provide Negroes and, to a lesser extent, other minority group members with equality of educational opportunities in our public school institutions”(Truman). This quote shows another civil rights issue of certain Americans getting treated unfairly based on race because every American deserves the same amount of education. Discrimination in public schools is more prominent in the South where there are lower funds for public schools. The souths segregated school system directly discriminates against blacks.
In February 2022, fourteen states passed prohibitions on teaching about racial topics that could possibly cause disagreement or hostility between people. (Krebs). Any topic could arouse disagreement; that’s what makes each human an individual. Different states have stricter or broader interpretations of the critical race theory that do not punish teachers for merely teaching a concept that exists without advocating for the truth of the concept. Joshua Gutzmann analyzed the pros and cons from broader interpretations leaving teachers skeptical about which curriculum is allowed to be taught.
They can not function unless they act a certain way. Everyone has to be exactly the same. No one can have any differences. For example, the skin color is different, so something must be wrong with the student. The people who think these kinds of thoughts must not be used to diversity.
Jim Frederick’s book Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death is focused on a crime and all the events that had led up to it. By the fall of 2005, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division was approaching deployment to Iraq. The book talks about the soldiers deployed to the Triangle of Death during a very dangerous time. 101st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division was taken over by insurgents at a checkpoint just southwest of Mahmudiyah.
In the text “Broken Sentences,” Anna Deavere Smith is informing the reader of the stories of African American females who are incarcerated. Before Smith incorporates the women’s stories into the text, Smith goes into a backstory of her childhood. She speaks of the quality of her childhood and tells it as not only pure, but also as a revealing time period. Also, she speaks of her experience with the prison setting during her time in the Girl Scouts. Smith encompasses this short anecdote to not only set up an ambience of innocences, but to also foreshadow the testimonies to come.
The diversity of student backgrounds, abilities and learning styles makes each person unique in the way he or she reacts to information. The intersection of diverse student backgrounds and active learning needs a comfortable, positive environment in which to take root. Dr. King continues by explaining, “Education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.” From back then to today’s society, kids are failing because they lack those morals that they need to succeed.
IDEA lists three ways of being culturally skilled in the classroom. This includes the teacher being culturally alert in the class to connect the gap of learning about other ethnicities, learning to communicate to students in unwritten and non-vocal styles, and know the different views of the cultures, for example, skin-to skin contact, no communication, the clothing of the student, and simple gestures. This is important in my eyes because my school alone is very diverse, and I had my share of teachers that did not respect a certain students religion or culture. This upset me and made me want to learn more about different cultures and religions. It also leads me to want to work harder to become more culturally aware, and diverse for my future students and willing to do what I can to break down barriers that may be created by students of different cultures or religions.