I think it is because of two basic reasons; firstly, as Tatum points out, one can relate better with peers of their own race because they too understand the difficulties of being a minority. I think she really made a great point, how can we expect a white person to understand the racism towards African Americans. Ms. Tatum gave an example regarding a 9th grade substitute teacher suggesting four-year colleges to all her white students and suggesting that a black adolescent male in her class go to a community college. It would be almost silly for that African American boy to sympathize with one of the white peers, not only would it be hard to relate to each other, it would be downright embarrassing. I actually think that the white teenager wouldn’t be able to see why the colored boy was hurt, they would just brush it off and give an explanation like “oh the teacher didn’t mean it like that”.
Week 5 Journal This week’s essay key points in the assigned readings has us discussing what was the most surprising fact that was discovered during our research on the topic of multicultural education, and why multiculturalists are working so hard for reform of curriculum in our schools as well. I would have to say that the most surprising fact that I have discovered during my research on multicultural education was the ignorance and intolerance that the school system had on handicapped children, and the fact that multicultural was not thought to be made mandatory for all teachers. This ultimately means that ignorance needs to stop to exist. In order to teach our children right from wrong, we need to show them and/or provide them with the appropriate and proper knowledge because we as teachers should be able to function on all levels. As human beings, we know that prejudice and stereotyping is not going to stop because this is the way of the world.
As I watched the method in which Elliot taught the children the lesson of discrimination over a few days period, I was filled with so many different emotions. Seeing the shame, lack of confidence and hurt they were experiencing while being discriminated against changed my reaction from angry to feeling thankful. Thankful that at least there was one teacher in an all white town that dared to even address the issue. When the sad little faces of these young children were captured because they were feeling discriminated against, I couldn’t help but feel sad and excited for
After Martin Luther King Jr's death, Jane Elliott wanted to teach his class racism. Instead of lecturing children about racism, it was an experience. She told the children that people with blue eyes were better than people with brown eyes. Children believed and blue-eyed children began to treat children with brown eyes in a negative way. This caused a change in behavior with children with brown eyes.
Many parents were arrested for trying to enlist their children in to all white schools. Because enlisting them was not a crime they were falsely arrested for loitering. A man by the name of dennis was arrested for loitering while trying to enlist 11 African American students into a white school (document). At times like this racism was at an all-time high. Many African American parents were losing jobs if they supported the lawsuit.
She challenged her students to show their intelligence. She believed that they were victims of circumstance. Mike Rose found this inspiring. He goes on to say, “ If you get closer to their failure, you'll find knowledge that the assignment didn't tap, ineffective rules and strategies that have a logic of their own; you'll find clues, as well, to the complex ties between literacy an culture, to the tremendous difficulties our children face as they attempt to find their places in the American educational system.” When reading over this, I find that it is true, that if teachers took the time to find out why a student is failing, instead of just deeming them hopeless or incoherent, that they may find out that these students have much more potential than they originally thought. Not all students learn the same way, therefore, teachers need to try different ways to to teach the material.
The brown eyed children began to feel frustrated and upset because of the names they were being called by the blue eyed children. Their IQ lowered causing them to not perform as well as they should have been during school. Also issues at their own homes began to arise because they would be miserable coming home from school. Then after a few days Miss Elliott spoke to both the groups and told them that she had
For example, Wright is enrolled in school late due to his family’s extreme poverty and that whites try to keep African Americans uneducated as a form of oppression. But that does not stop Wright. His mother helps him to learn to read by reading the newspaper, and the coal deliveryman teaches him to count. Wright has grown to fear the color white. So much so that as a child he runs away from a foster home and encounters a white police officer and does not know if the police officer is going to hurt him or not.
When asked to defend a black man in a controversial trial, he accepts and through this trial works to teach his children the importance of equality, acceptance and fair treatment. Atticus’s teachings are always subtle but throughout the book it can be seen that the majority of Scout’s actions are based on what Atticus has taught her. One such lesson occurs in chapter three. After Scout beats up a poverty-stricken boy named Walter Cunningham for having gotten her in trouble, her brother Jem intervenes and invites Walter to have lunch at their house. This upsets Scout greatly and during lunch she acts very rudely to the boy, an action for which she is scolded by Calpurnia, the children’s African-American nanny.
It involved health care, social services, and education. Parental involvement was a key component, so parents and children were taught together. In practice the policies focused originally upon the assumed cultural deprivation of black children in the USA as the most comprehensive programme Head Start was introduced, which involved health care, social services, and education and working class children in the UK as in the Education Priority Area Programme and have consequently attracted criticism from sociologists who argued strenuously against the concept of cultural deprivation. It may perhaps be argued that later