Pygmalion Effect Essay

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Define Pygmalion effect, tracking and cultural imperialism (in regard to education). Discuss how these three factors affect low-income, working class and/or immigrant children in schools today – is the effect mostly positive or mostly negative? Give examples to support your answer. Discuss the inequalities that are present in public educational institutions today. (Hint: the text covers several areas where inequality exists based on social class, gender, and race as well as a few others.) Given these inequalities, do you believe that all children have an equal chance at success? Why or why not? Pygmalion Effect is that if a teacher believes that some students are capable of achieving greatness, then those students will indeed achieve greatness. Pygmalion effect shows that the power of expectation. Tracking means separating students into different classes according to their academic ability. Cultural imperialism is an attempt to impose one culture over others. I think these three factors give both positive and negative effects to immigrant children. Pygmalion effect is positive. Especially for the immigrant students, their good or bad performances mostly rely on the teacher’s behaviors because they lack of confidents. Tracking can be both positive and negative to students. If the students are divided in the honor group, they will try their best to maintain that good performances, same as Pygmalion effect. Conversely, if the students are divided in the weak group, they may consider themselves as the poor students according to the Looking-Glass Self theory. I know a Chinese immigrant girl who is my co-worker’s daughter always keeps A in every subject. It’s because her teacher gives her higher and higher challenges and expectations. I think cultural imperialism has positive effects because it helps the immigrant students enter American culture and be friend with

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