Diversity does not simply refer to race or even culture; it’s everywhere. We are all diverse, meaning we are all different from one another. The book The Other Wes Moore we see two kids with the same name, but very different lives that they live. Wes and Wes are similar in ways, but in the end turn out nothing like each other. One chose to lead his life in a better path, while the other sticks with a path that ultimately destructs his life. In this paper, I will discuss what diversity means to me, messages that I learned about various minorities or majorities when I was a child, if my views have changed, when diversity influenced my life, and the situation when it influenced me. Some other things that I will discuss also are the main characters of the book, examples of diversity involving the main characters, and which character I related with the most in this book.
As mentioned in previous chapters the need to teach multiculturalism among young children. There are many misconceptions about multicultural teaching. For example, Bill Howe presents misconceptions about this theme and there were a few that were interesting such as, tour and detour approaches as appropriate in multicultural education. For example, Black history month is when many schools celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. It is great to celebrate the accomplishments of the diverse population in the United States, but why celebrate it one a year. Maya Angelou once remarked that she will be glad when Black History Month is no longer necessary. When all Americans are sufficiently a part of our courses of study and daily instruction,
Both discrimination and prejudice can take a range of forms and can take place for a multitude of reasons and usually occurs through lack of knowledge and an understanding of diversity, every childcare professional must be conscious of the fact that a child or young person will experience some form of prejudice or discrimination against them throughout their time in
Prejudice is an opinion or attitude about a group of people that is based upon lack of understanding or incorrect information. It is making assumptions about children and young people because they belong to a particular group. Prejudiced attitudes can all too often be found among children, even at a very young age. Research has shown that children are capable of holding prejudices and negative attitudes towards others from the age of three. There are so many pressures on children to fit in and to conform with expected appearances and behaviour that they may be discriminated against and bullied if they do not. Both discrimination and prejudice can take a range of forms and can take place for a multitude of reason and usually occurs through lack of knowledge and understanding of diversity, every childcare professional must be conscious of the fact that a child or young person will experience some form of prejudice or discrimination against them throughout their time in school. It is down to us adults to educate and teach children to understand and respect other peoples differences in order for them to grow into mature, respectful young adults, to do this, children should be encouraged to explore and discover other cultures, beliefs and the environment around them. We should be vigilant to ensure that children respect and embrace diversity. Children can experience prejudice and discrimination the same way as adults due to race, religion, age, sex, culture or ethnicity.
Throughout this poem Hughes has placed many symbols in the readers mind to bring the image of the African American people to thought. He reminds African American readers of their origin and what they have been through by using the
All of these little details contribute to Kingsolver underlying message of the varied kinds of families that exist, and the importance they play. Ryan acknowledges that Taylor has always known that a father and mother and 2.3 children don't necessarily make a family (80). Taylor recognizes the existence and importance of makeshift families, and knows what can be gained from the love of others. Kingsolver repeated theme of the extended family and how it benefits and helps one grow, is evident throughout her novel. She uses Taylor to illustrate her belief in Socrates idea of the communal family, and how it is often the best thing for the upbringing of a child.
Both discrimination and prejudice can take a range of forms and can take place for a multitude of reasons and usually occurs through lack of knowledge and an understanding of diversity, every childcare professional must be conscious of the fact that a child or young person will experience some form of prejudice
The common theses of Amy Tan’s work include hope, loss, mother-daughter relationships, failure, and success. Amy Tan is extremely effective in connecting with the reader through themes and lessons. The prominent theme of mother-daughter relationships is evident in The Joy Luck Club because “[her] mother believed you could be anything you want in America” (Tan 132). The effect and influence of mother-daughter relationships is evident in The Joy Luck Club because it demonstrates the formation of the American voice by expressing the deep connection intertwined between four women and their daughters that were born in America. In the novel, Aunti An-Mei hoped that “in America, [she] will have a daughter just like [her]. But over there nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch. Over there nobody will look down of her, because I will make her speak only perfect American English” (Tan 17). This quote encompasses hope for a new life in America that will provide an opportunity for her daughter to fulfill her own dreams and goals for the new future ahead in America. This quote also demonstrates the theme of mother-daughter relationships by making a point about wanting the best for her daughter in America in every
Frances E.W. Harper and James Whitfield are two of the most influential anti-slavery poets of all time. Both individuals use poetry as a form of resistance and as a way to express themselves during a time of great racial tension. Their poems reach out to many different audiences, shedding light on racial injustices that were present in America. Harper’s and Whitfield’s poetry, like many other works that were written during this time, help us to better comprehend the effects of slavery on African Americans.
All three of the poems discussed in this essay relate to the struggles suffered by African Americans in the late 18th century to the early 19th century in many different ways. They had to live under harsh
This poem is a tribute to the well-known abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and gives a cause and effect analysis of the allowance of freedom to African Americans. For this reason, this poem can be interpreted very specifically to the African American struggle for civil rights and search for the true understanding of attaining freedom. The sense of exclusivity in this poem can come from lines such as, “…this man, this Douglass, this former slave, this Negro….” (1067) The words presented in this line such as “Negro” immediately strike the reader as specific to the African American race, and, therefore, transforming the entire poem into a poem directed toward a specific audience. The struggle for freedom post-emancipation was uniquely highlighted in this poem. African Americans still felt extremely subservient in relation to the white population, and Hayden clearly noted that feeling in this strong piece. The piece can solely be seen as a tribute that offers relatability for those African Americans of the time period. It can also be interpreted as a relatable piece for African Americans of any time as related to the historical essence of their lives. This piece may seem exclusive, but it can also offer much
Since we are children we are told what religion we practice or should be influenced by , but when did we truly get an option to explore and learn our own faith? I have and extended diversity, when it comes to different cultures, religions, and even personalities. Both of my parents claim to be catholic but we never really practiced our religion. I wasn't knowledgeable of catholicism or the bible, i just knew there was a God. That changed for me when i was ten years old. My little sister almost didn't make it at birth, reason being is that her heart wasn't completely formed. However, the doctors managed to save her life, and it was the happiest yet scariest moments for me and still is, but the dread doesn't stop there. I spent most of my childhood in
Livingston, Nancy and Birell, James. (1993) “Learning About Cultural Diversity through Literature.” Children’s Book and Media Review: Vol. 14: Iss 5, Article 2.
Page 3 displays the style of a child’s reading book calls forth the reader’s memory of the innocence of childhood, an innocence that should be guarded carefully. Soon, however, we find that the seemingly universal description of a happy family is actually a description of only the lucky few families.
Quote: “ Both children and young adults may adapt to these changes more easily if they know about and respect cultures other than their own. Using multicultural literature is one practical way this process can begin ( p.221). I feel that every child and young adult needs to learn about other cultures than their own, therefore, they won’t be judgmental towards others. In addition, in our world we have so many changes within cultures, our global society consist of many cultures and is so diverse, that our students need to understand why changes occur within cultures.