In my school classrooms growing up, the demographics were not very diverse. We had around 98% White children and 2% Black/African American children. All of the children at my school spoke English and very few spoke a different language at home. The demographics of my field site are very different. In my field site, there are children that speak English as a second language. Some of the languages these students speak are, Mondrian Chinese, Russian and Hindi. There are also different ethnic and/or cultural backgrounds including Asian, India and Eastern European . Potential advantages that my children have at my site are that they are in an environment where a diverse set of children are. By having these children in the classroom, the other …show more content…
I think that if you are privileged that is an advantage of something that you may have that is beneficial, and it may be something that other people do not have. By definition, the word ‘Privileged” is described as, “having special rights or advantages that most people do not have” (Privileged). Someone can be described as a privileged when you know information about other places. You are disadvantaged when there is something that you do not have, that might have helped you. By definition, the word, “Disadvantage” is described as, “lacking the things (such as money and education) that are considered necessary for an equal position in society” (Disadvantage). When I was a child in elementary school, there was not the technology that they have now. As a child, this meant I spent more time outdoors playing, instead of children now who just play on their tablets. As a student, we did not have smart boards in the classroom until I was in middle school. Also in school, I never remember having classes based outdoors, I usually had class indoors and we did many worksheets to help us learn the material. I felt privileged as a student when I had transportation to/from school every day. As a child, I felt privileged when I was able to participate in many different extra-activities. The four different sites I chose was Goddard School, Head Start, Childtime, and Kid’s Country. At the Goddard school, in the
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While shadowing at Ridge Elementary School, I noticed that some of the students seemed to be on different social-emotional scale levels. Some were natural born leaders and some were not which is okay. The natural born leaders would take charge of group assignments and the other children had no problem being a follower. Either way, the assignments that they had got done every time. I perceived almost immediately that an excess amount of the school’s students fell under three complexions. The three were mostly Hispanic, moderate Black/African descent, and few Caucasian. Since the school was mostly Hispanic this lead to the school has a lot of concentration on reading improvement clubs, in other words, bilingual education program which could be a great benefit for students who need the extra assistance. Taking a glance at the religious diversity in the classroom there were hard if any no visible religious diversities. Due to the majority of the school is the same ethnicity I am making an assumption the culture practiced the same religion which is why there is a lack of diversity in that area. More diversity should be added to this school district I believe the most impactful, and teachable moments are derived from a fellow diverse
Privileges are things that a person receives that gives them an advantage over most people (Merriam-Webster). These are benefits that only certain people receive for being in a certain group or discourse. Peggy McIntosh, director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, wrote “White Privilege and Male Privilege” and states “I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privileges, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege” (605). She argues that whites and males receive certain privileges, yet they do not even notice them. This shows that different races and women are still put at a disadvantage, but the people who receive the benefits are blind to the problem. Many people will argue that she is correct
We are always trying to figure out where we are in this world, or how we got where we are today. Obviously you have no choice of parents or where your born and these are two major contributing factors of who am I today. Being born white and a male society has immediately granted social advantages or white privileges. But, how privileged was I really? Being born in a highly populated city to first generations Americans without high school diplomas. I did have some advantages and I realized them growing up around my non-white friends. But compared to other white people I didn’t see my self privileged in many ways.
For instance, white people or people who have privilege, meaning that they have a career and a job, are privileged. On the other hand, there are a lot of disadvantaged population that won’t have the opportunity to live as their white folks. Disadvantaged population can be a minority of Whites, African-American, Hispanic and other minorities that didn’t developed the tools and skills to compete with a privileged population. For instance, the educational system is one encourages privilege and disadvantage separating the population more and more, creating a culture of acceptance and low skills as a norm among
The benefits of promoting and valuing cultural diversity within a school setting is extremely important as children and young people will learn to understand all the different cultures and respect them. Learning about different cultures and religions helps a young mind broaden and see that no matter what culture, race or ethnicity another person is they still have equal rights and opportunities and can achieve the same goals as each other. For example, many people see all Indian/Pakistani adults as doctors, this is a common form of stereotyping and if an English child is lead to believe that this is only the case then they may not want to follow that career path due to feeling that they are not allowed. Within my setting we promote cultural diversity within our resources, this means that when we show our pupils books or home-made resources to help assist them with their learning we always try to ensure that all ethnic backgrounds and abilities are shown
Privilege is giving someone unearned advantages that all cannot attain. When you are privilege most likely you are ignorant to the fact that you have received the best education, compared to others who do not share the same privileges. In this article the author mainly discusses the effects of social and economic privilege in our education system. Socio-economics deals with a person social class and income level. People who have the advantage of belonging to this social class are upper-middle and the upper class. They are the people who make six or more figures, compared to those who only make about $40,000 a year. The upper-middle and the upper class live opulently. To live opulent you have to have money, and money brings status and influence in
A privilege is an aspect that people will rely on to have an advantage over another, which can be completely unjust. Dr. King states in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” that “It is a historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture, but groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.” I strongly agree with this implication. Even to this day groups will not give up their privileges willingly, consequently exhibiting exactly how unjust and inhumane these groups of people that have this “advantage” are and can be. Due to the numerous amount of circumstances leading to this accusation, like political leaders acting selfishly or
In this sense, I noticed how privileged I am because of my sexuality, socioeconomic status, and country of origin. I was raised in a European country where I had the same ethnicity as the majority. Coming from an upper-middle class family, I never suffered from poverty or the stigma associated with it. This means that I grew up in a nice house and in a nice neighborhood where my neighbors were also middle-class families. I could walk alone around my neighborhood without the concern that I could be assaulted or robbed. This means that I was part of a privileged group, but without being aware of it since, as a kid, my parents could afford healthy food, medical bills (such as dentists, dental brackets, or new glasses) but, also toys and clothes. Furthermore, I was able to participate in extracurricular activities or go to college without worrying about the financial cost. Moreover, I have not struggled with stereotypes or stigmas that come with lower socioeconomic statuses such as thinking that they are less educated. Thus, I was never questioned for being intelligent, honest, or hard-working. Overall, I never faced discrimination or racism and that makes me unaware of how it truly feels like. For that reason, I need to acknowledge my identity
Immigration had the greatest impact on schools in America because without an influx of people coming to the United States we would not know about diversity in schools. Immigration helped our schools become more diverse with having different races and colors go to school together, which then led to changing the way students were being taught and with more students going to school it opened the communities to urbanization.
Also, there is no a set definition of being privileges or not. I can be privileged in the United States of America and go somewhere else and be not privileged at all. Furthermore, sometimes people fall into the idea of deserving or not. In the reading, it was mention that people fades away from the idea of “I am privileged so I got this job” and drift toward “I deserve this job”. The privileged people view the non-privileged people as they do not deserve the job in this case. Which is not true and I did not think about it from this point of view
Privilege applies to certain people who benefit more than other people in the same social, political or economic spaces (Henderson, L., week 1, 2014). Somebody might be privileged only because that person is wealthier or more powerful compared to the others. Privilege is an advantage enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most. “Privilege is expressed as an advantage based on status or rank that is used to maintain status quo” (Collins, J., et al., 2011). Privilege can applies to different concept, such as male privilege, white privilege and heterosexual privilege, all of which have implications for education. Although it is still taboo, with evolution, we have come far and we are now starting to accept equality between men and women, white and black and starting to acknowledge heterosexual.
For those in poverty, the word “privilege” means having access to clean drinking water, having food to eat, being employed, having functional clothes, etc. These are not only privileges, but they are needed for human survival. However, what is considered privilege today is not a matter of survival needs, they are rather wants. Wants are things that entertain and satisfy us, things such as the new iPhones, new tablets, new computers, new clothing line, and any other exclusive things that are not needed for survival. In some parts of the world there are a lack of toilets, bathrooms, or even toilet paper for that matter. Food is worked for rather than bought, and everything is self-taught and self-serviced. Transportation is by foot rather than any transportation vehicle or even a bicycle for that matter. Today, these
The privileged group in each of these different "kinds" is sort of like the baseline or a point of comparison for every other group. So, as an example, when it comes to race the white group is the privileged group compared to people of color. Also, when it comes to sexual orientation the heterosexual group is the privileged group compared to people who identify as homosexual. This means that in the earlier "race" analogy white people would be half a mile away from the finish line and people of color would be a full mile. Same goes for sexual orientation, people who identify as straight would be the half mile contestants and people who identify otherwise would be the mile contestants. This does not mean that if you are privileged that things are just handed to you. Most people have to work very hard for the things they want out of life. Having privilege just means that someone who is underprivileged has to work just as hard as you plus a little bit more. For example, did you know that a black college graduate has the same chances of getting a job as a white high school dropout? People of color are twice as likely to be unemployed as white people and they earn nearly 25% less when they are employed. Also, did you know that in the U.S. in 2014 woman made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men? This is because when it comes to gender, men are the privileged group and women are the underprivilege along with people who identify as transgender. Privilege isn't something that anyone asked for and yet it exist as a unquestioned, unnoticed part of our society to
Diversity has broad ranges of spectrums. Students from all across the continent; students from political refugees, indigenous Americans, and immigrants bring their culture and linguistic skills to American classrooms. Students do not only bring their cultures and linguistic skills, but they bring their ethnics, talents, and skills. In addition, their age and gender are two
Teachers have seen that there is an increase of diversity in their classrooms. As teachers, we need to learn how to work with the different ethnicity and backgrounds we interact with every day. Many of these students are underrepresented in certain areas of education, while other students are overrepresented in certain areas as well. The two racial/ethnic groups I want to focus on are Hispanic or Latino students and Asian/Pacific Islanders.