10). In chapter six of The Skin That We Speak, Asa Hilliard explains why it is hard to separate the historically oppressed status of African American children and the educational assessments used to measure their language abilities. Hillard also explains how teaching and learning are a direct link between shared language between teacher and student and the environment they are in. Hilliard also acknowledges that “African American children are not achieving at optimal levels in the schools of the nation” (Delpit, L., & Dowdy, K., 2002, p.91).
To begin with, our class material and content ranged from pervasive novels and excerpts to compelling documentaries and talks. Consequently, many class assignments left students grappling with the issues of mass incarceration and experiences with race. I insist that, due to this exposure, my most important learning was being challenged to keep my mind open to and critically thinking about situations and perspectives that I had not been aware of or experienced. The first example that comes to mind was learning about the harsh realities of the discrimination against ex-convicts in Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Does it make sense to teach the Holocaust in schools? You might offend someone, but it is worth being educated about the Holocaust. As the famous philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is true as many events in history have been repeated, such as discrimination against different races such as Jews (Jews were not let into America for a good portion of the Holocaust) and now discrimination against Muslims in America. Students in 8th grade and older should be taught the Holocaust so that they can learn valuable life lessons and help make sure it never happens again.
Fall 2015-Soc 100-35W 10/15 Week Seven Discussion Samantha Henry Sociologist argue that race is a social construct and not a part of our innate natural behavior. Then why is racial identification so prevalent in modern day society? That’s because at young ages we are taught by television, movies, books, newspapers, parents, teachers, friends and other sources what race is.
In classrooms all across America, high school students have spent time analyzing and learning from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. They spend an excess of time examining the relationships between Nick and people he surrounds himself with. However, most often teachers and students conveniently skip over a glaring detail: Nick’s sexuality. The Great Gatsby is believed to be heavily influenced by Fitzgerald’s life, including, perhaps, his struggle with his own sexuality. In examining events in Fitzgerald’s life, as well as evidence from The Great Gatsby, there is more than meets the eye.
Everyone has been teased at some point in their lives. When this happens, we can be tempted to act differently than how you usually do. This happens in Dreams from Father by Barack Obama, Sixth Grade by Sandra Wallace, and My Mother’s Food by Nora Keller. In Dreams From Father, the narrator, Barack Obama, is an African-American who goes to a new school, but it very different compared to his classmates due to his ethnicity, which causes challenges for him, like being teased. From Sixth Grade, the narrator, Sandra is an African-American student who is also different compared to her classmates because of her race and how she acts, which also causes her to be teased.
The speech delivered by James Baldwin, an influential figure in American literature, in 1963 was to persuade New York teachers to teach kids about their unsugarcoated history to provide them with a sense of their identity in order to cause a change in the society they live in. He continues by stating the paradox of the education system that teaches individuals to be open minded and examine the world they live in, but society prefer law abiding citizens. He illustrates through a personal experience what is like growing up as an African American, and being aware of the inequality and injustice faced but not having the words to express the wrong seen. He then adds that Negroes were treated like animals and brainwashed to think they are animals;
But some key points to watch out for though out the paper is a detailed summary of the book, more detail on how this has affected my life and also what are Walter Mischels credentials to be writing this book. The Marshmallow Test was an experiment by Walter Mischel in the late 1960’s and it was all about self-control in kids. He thought that self-control was a predictor of how well these kids would do in life, if they didn’t have any self-control in the experiment then they would hypothetically do worse than the kids who showed self-control in the experiment.
On Friday, February 10th at approximately 3:30pm myself and Megan were having a conversation in the staff room regarding a lesson. The conversation lead to us talk about how many people, though from the same race or ethnic group, may view an issue very differently based on their past experiences with the issue. To substantiate my point, I retold an experience that I had in college where students from the African continent and the Caribbean region did not completely understand the issue or atmosphere of race relations in the United States. I went on telling her that the harsh reality that most Black Americans face was vastly different from the many African and Caribbean students realities in our home countries. However, this misunderstanding lead to a temporary divide between the African and Caribbean students’ organization and the Black Student Union as they were not happy with the fact that we –
Leaving last week’s class, my mind was darting in all sorts of directions. While the “Eyes on the Prize” excerpt gave me a concrete understanding of the historic events of the desegregation of Little Rock High School, “Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later” brought up all sorts of observations and questions on race in America that I hadn’t necessarily thought to address before. I think these two films were particularly interesting to view back to back because of their difference in style, content, and execution. I have viewed many of the “Eyes on The Prize” segments in past classes and this segment, “Fighting Back”, continues to stand out to me. Through the use of first person interviews and real footage, the piece gave me, what felt like, a clear look
What is the author’s purpose? The purpose of The Secret Life of Bees was to tell a story of racism from a different perspective. Most stories known today, are those of colored people who were subject to discrimination from the white people of the past. In this novel by Kidd, she tells the story of a white girl, experiencing prejudices from those of color.
Everyone has expectations of people; it is human nature. These expectations can be beneficial and push us to accomplish amazing things, like being kind to other people. Some expectations, however, can make people feel inferior and unimportant, leading to consequential decisions throughout life. These expectations stem from homes and communities, like the neighborhood Sonny and his brother grew up in in James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”. Living in Harlem forced Sonny and his brother to grow up much faster than most people do and exposed them to many harsh realities, making it the true antagonist of the story.
Reverse discrimination is unequal, preferential treatment against some people to advance the interest of others. This is an issue that has been around for years and will be for years to come. Whether it is two students applying for college or adults applying for a job interview reverse discrimination can play a part. The author James Rachels describes how in society reverse discrimination is constantly a factor. Giving preferential treatment to those who have been treated poorly in the past is a question James Rachels raises and defends in his writing.
Hunger, Katie SR “In Praise of the ‘F’ Word” Background Merry Sherry has written many freelance articles and advertising copy over the years. She also owns her own small research and publishing firm, and has taught creative and remedial writing to adults for over 20 years. Her article “In Praise of the ‘F’ Word” was published as a “My Turn” column in Newsweek.