A 14-year-old minority female, facing the very real possibility that she may be pregnant. She has always struggled in school (she failed a grade already), and is currently a freshman in high school.
After reading this scenario, I presume that one can conclude that because she has always struggled in school and has failed a grade in the past, she probably does not have a good support system at home. Also, the minority female probably has no support from her teachers or peers. Using different styles of parenting to support my text, I will create different environments explaining ways to improve the girl’s development and help her deal with her circumstances at home and school. In the same manner, I will also create an environment showing what negative effects could obstruct her progression. To begin, the minority female is dealing with transitioning from being a little kid to a teenager and has faced many challenges thus far such as, puberty, changing schools (moving from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school), and becoming more confident with body changes. She is perhaps uneasy about everything that is occurring at this period in her life. With that being said, not performing well in school and being pregnant will only add more stress to her life ultimately causing her to shut down. She could even become depressed if she does not receive the proper help. The first step in creating a positive environment is to help improve the circumstances of
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The expected pattern starts at 0-3 years where a child is expected to develop the most. They have little control over their bodies at 0-1 years and are dependent on their natural instincts eg: sucking, grasping.
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. . attributes racial disparities in education to the more burdensome route to educational success related to disparities in social capital as well as barriers to earning good grades and navigating the academic climate in a successful manner” (p. 54). These negative experiences at the hands of administrators and teachers are said to be educational barriers. Unlocking Opportunity (2014) uses information from a report by the National Women’s Law Center (2012) which includes educational barriers such as “stigmatization and harassment by administrators, teachers, and fellow students”, as barriers that “prevent African American young women from realizing their potential, forcing them to reluctantly leave school” (p. 27). In order to achieve a sense of belonging, some girls chose to assimilate with their White counterparts but were unsuccessful. As Unlocking Opportunity (2014) notes:
Disproportionate representations of culturally or linguistically different and economically disadvantaged students within the education system are everyday occurrences. Especially affected by this are Hispanic, American Indian and African American students. When being different means that a student is not able to receive information through the normal senses, is not able to express thoughts needs and feelings or processes information differently adaptations are necessary. Yet, often these students are at risk for an inappropriate referral because they are different from mainstream American culture and special educators often confuse disability with diversity because of inadequate preparation to teach multicultural students (Flexer, Baer, Luft, & Simmons, 2013, p. 48). To plan the transition for these students into adulthood team members should have a comprehensive description of each student's family and solicit in a cultural and supportive manner family input in order to establish a vision of how the family sees their child's adult life. Students themselves can negotiate between family and team members about their future goals. All parties have to find a culturally responsive way to make the transition for the student as smooth as
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The peer I am conducting this write up for is Jaclyn Mihal. She is Caucasian, and she has completed her bachelor’s degree in health studies. She works full-time as a nanny for a family, and she reports in her demographic information that her family is together. Jaclyn mentions that her relationship with her parents is very good, and she appears to be very thankful that she has an open, communicative relationship with her parents. She says that she can bring anything to them and that they provide her with unconditional love and support, and that they push her to do her best in whatever she chooses to take on in her life. Jaclyn listed that she has a brother, who is 25 years old, making her the youngest sibling. Jaclyn also says that her friends
My family decided to take on a new responsibility, raising my sister's child. A new chapter, a new beginning, a new responsibility.We had figured out that she was pregnant awhile back and instantly became worried of the end outcome. These words rang again again throughout my mind, “Mommy, i’m pregnant, and I don’t know what to do.” My sister could not take on a responsibility of raising a child, and we did not want the child to go into foster care or be a ward of the state.
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