Shynnah Monge Essay 2 Draft 3 7 October 2009 Please Don’t Steal My Jordan’s: Wealth and it Discontents Amy Clark Education is the Way Miss Moore in “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara is a black woman who tries to give back to her community. Miss Moore went to college and feels that it is her responsibility to educate the children. She plans things for the children to do and takes them on trips. Miss Moore wants the children to realize that education and hard work is how one can be successful in life. Miss Moore wants the children to realize that education is how one can be successful in life so she encourages one of the characters, Ronald [Big Butt] to talk about the microscope he seen when going into the store.
She played school played school on the side of the ’50 hash with Stubbs of chalk, wiping it off with a rag eraser. Education was optional not a necessity. They went to a regular school but when they got home they could say how they really felt towards the teacher’s without getting in any trouble by playing school. She continued school and went to college. It changed my perspective on education because a lot of people regret not finishing their education , so now they have to get their GED, but since its provided and you have motivation, you really don’t have a choice whether to accept it or not
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd analyses two of the most prominent types of inequalities felt in 1960s southern United States and the protagonist’s journey in overcoming stereotypes. Lily is a white teenage girl who grows up suffering the consequences of gender discrimination and throughout her journey learns about her own prejudices and how they affect other people. Racial prejudice, prominent in the South at that time, is viewed from her perspective as learns about stereotypes and misconceptions. Lily doesn’t consider herself racist, but throughout the story, discovers that she’s accepted certain prejudices as fact. One of the stereotypes the book bursts is that African Americans and women are lesser than white men.
Tanner Markham Consumer Behavior Professor Ryerson 14 March 2013 Consuming Kids – Susan Linn Throughout the story Consuming Kids, Psychologist Susan Linn shares some personal experiences from her own life that beg her to question the manner in which American society markets towards our children and youth. The first chapter gives us details about Linn’s experience at the APK (advertising and promoting to kids) conference that she attends. This conference hosts the “KidScreen Golden Marble” awards in which an advertiser is awarded based off of artistry and how embedded the commercial became into children. This was a huge problem for Susan Linn because whether or not the products advertised where good for the kids, or whether the message was beneficial was completely ignored. As a psychologist, Linn would pose the question whether it is even ethical at all to market products towards children.
American feminist and author Barbara Ehrenreich journeys into the lives of the working poor - in her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America. She attempts to rationalize how members of the working poor are able to survive, or even prosper with living wages of six to seven dollars an hour. So, “in the spirit of science” (Ehrenreich, p. 9) Ehrenreich decides to plunge into the depths of the American stratification system, but not without some hesitation! Parameters & rules are set to fully experience the lifestyle and living conditions of her new class. She can not fall back on her education or skills from her current job, must take the highest paying job and try to hold it, and find the cheapest accommodations available.
Toni Cade Bambara “The Lesson” Toni Cade Bambara “The Lesson” is about a group of young poor children who are made to spend their summer days receiving lessons from Miss Moore. Miss Moore having a college degree takes it upon herself that she must educate these children. Miss Moore takes Sylvia her cousin Sugar and the other children on a trip to an expensive toy store. The children now see how wealthy the other world must be to be able to purchase these toys. The story suggests that people must value who they are but must reach for much more.
After reading " And then I Went to School," and "College Pressures", its evident that the word education is viewed differently depending on the "students" background. In the short story " And then I Went to School," the purpose of education to ____ was a lot different then those of the white people. Joseph Suina found that the purpose of education in the white men village was to fit in with them and learn their ways and traditions of life. Although this is not what Joesph wanted he was forced this new education upon him. Joseph believed that his education came for his grandmother, learning how to cook, clean, and take care of his family.
In “The Lesson,” Toni Cade Bambara writes about Sylvia, a young poor black female learning that life isn’t what it seems. A group of black children meet a lady named Miss Moore, a role model of the kids who is not a typical black lady in the neighborhood. Miss Moore has “proper speech” and is college educated. When Miss Moore brings the children from the ghetto to an upperclass toy store they are surprised at what they find. “Handcrafted sailboat of fiberglass at one-thousand-one-hundred-ninety-five dollars” make the children feel like for “that much money it should last forever.” Sylvia does not like how Miss Moore is always teaching them lessons and how she is getting them to see that they are so poor.
Her parents raised a Puerto Rican doing their types of rituals. Then one day they had a career day at school where she was suppose to dress to impress. Her and her friends got in trouble for wearing too much jewelry and accessories, when in Puerto Rico it was a good thing to wear lots of jewelry. In the essay “You can leave the island of Puerto Rico, master the English language, and travel as far as you can, but if your Latina …the island travels with you” meaning that she grew up with differences from others and just wanted to be treated equally. Although she faced many differences she was a lucky one, she had the privileged to get educated and she traveled around the U.S. trying to get people to get past the fact the she was different color, accent, or what she would wear.
Fredrick O.Adeyemi Eng 102 The Consequences of Adopting a New Language The text Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez is an autobiography about his path to education in the United States. He uses educational challenges facing immigrants and the consequences these may bring to explain the difficulty of his transition from speaking Spanish to learning and speaking English. His parents teach him Spanish which is his first language, although he lives and attends school in America. However, he has to learn English. His parents are Mexican emigrants who are fluent in Spanish and rarely speak English, so they have difficulties communicating with their neighbors.