Un-Educated America Essay

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Shayla Priest Professor Hren 12/11/10 Un-Educated America Imagine today is your child’s first day at a college. He or She has, until now, stayed in the same school district; the people, slang and expectations were very similar. Your child felt confident and comfortable until walking into their first college class. For the first time, there were obvious ethnic and cultural differences between the community he/she was raised in and this new college community. Your child feels awkward and out of place. How would you feel in your child’s place? Would you feel comfortable as the only person with your skin tone, language or culture? In all likelihood you would feel uncomfortable and out of place. This scenario can easily be compared to how a young American feels, as they become a global citizen. Despite the diversity in American society and schools, our current education system and culture leaves young Americans feeling displaced, unprepared and at times unwelcome as global citizens. Young Americans are entering a new age where being multi-racial is becoming the new normal. The United States census projects that by 2050 half of all Americans will be able to claim membership to at least one “minority” group. The majority of Americans would consider this proof positive that we are becoming a more culturally tolerant country: accepting of diverse backgrounds. This assumption that simply sharing blood with multiple racial groups allows Americans insight and understanding into the diverse cultures that cover our globe is a grand idea, but is proving to be incorrect. In his essay “the Educated Student,” Barber states “We (America ) are a strange place because we are one of the most multicultural nations on Earth, with people in our schools from all over the world, and yet we know less than most

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