Archive for April, 2012

Apr 30 2012

ESL: Integration of LEP Students into the Classroom

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Yet regular classroom teachers are unprepared in how to integrate the LEP student into the regular classroom. (Penfield 21)

There have been a large amount of immigrants coming to America, allowing for immigrant students to come into the school systems speaking a language that is not English as their primary language. This leaves the teachers in a classroom setting “unprepared” because these teachers are not familiar with how to handle a classroom with LEP students. There are many different ways to solve the “unpreparedness” of these teachers by having a plan in the classroom environment so that these students don’t feel isolated from their peers. The teacher should be familiar with the language that the student speaks and should try to make the classroom environment as equal as possible, for instance, the teacher should try to involve the students in group work so that the students are able to interact with one another, making it easier for the LEP students to not feel left out.

A majority of the respondents (61%) viewed the regular classroom setting as better suited for LEP students than a segregated setting. A smaller number (21%) preferred the bilingual education setting, and an even smaller number (18%) chose self-contained or ESL only setting.(Penfield 26)

This idea of having the LEP students in a regular classroom setting has been established that this is the proper approach for the learning environment of an LEP student. This idea will do away with a majority of the stereotypes that these students faced when they are segregated into a different environment. There was a low percentage that preferred having the ESL only class setting which shows that some do think that having the ESL students in a separate learning environment will help them learn better. Although having ESL classes where the students are separated from the regular classroom setting can be seen as a positive idea, it brings upon a lot of stereotypes and discrimination towards the students making them feel out of place in the classroom. This idea can also be presented by having the students in the regular classroom setting as well, but the teacher is able to take control of the classroom setting to try and make the LEP students feel involved in the regular classroom setting by having them interact with the other students and they can also gain help from being around these other students that are familiar with the language.

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Apr 26 2012

Sixteen: “Exploiting The Less Fortunate”

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This poem talks about the way in which the Mexican people face discrimination and prejudice. It discusses the hardships that illegal, undocumented immigrants face throughout their lives. These Mexican people are discriminated against in America being “used” and “tortured” treated unfairly due to their rank in society. These Mexican people strive to find work and are given the worst jobs and pay because they are looked at through stereotypes, being their low rank in society, they are viewed as cheap labor because people assume that they have no education and are willing to work these terrible jobs for low wages.

Lacking citizenship papers but with heart, soul, and mind full of dreams worked and not paid, greeted when needed but after their work is finished crowded into cattle cars, truck beds, vans, jail cells, livestock pens, shot electrocuted, beaten exiled, robbed, jeered at, blamed, because they believe in the American Dream we take for granted. (1848)

This basically explains the hardships and extremely cruel acts the Mexican immigrants have faced coming to assimilate to the United States. The Mexican immigrants come to the United States looking for work so that they can “fulfill their dreams” and yet they are taken advantage of and treated poorly. For instance, they are “greeted when needed” meaning they are only good enough and seen valuable to people when they can perform hard work for cheap labor and then they are taken away to be “tortured” in such a way that involves them being taken to “jail cells, being shot, electrocuted, beaten, robbed” all because they came to America to fulfill a dream that they want to strive for to be successful. The American Dream is something that people in the United States strive for and want other people to be able to achieve by immigrating to America to share this dream and yet these people have tried to achieve this dream and have only been treated with torture and unfair acts.

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Apr 18 2012

“Aria”: Assimilating to American Culture

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Richard Rodriguez’s Aria  describes the ideas of assimilation to the US and how many immigrants have a difficult time adjusting to the American lifestyles learning to live a whole new life. The argument here is assimilation a positive thing or a negative thing? In my opinion I believe assimilation has both its positives and negatives, but in the end I believe it to be more of a positive idea. I believe that learning English is important if immigrants are going to come to America, but I also find it ignorant if we don’t accept other peoples cultures and languages as well because the US is supposedly seen as a great place to come to and the US should accept the different cultures and be open to these different languages because if everyone spoke one language that would take away from the diversity of the world. The diversity of the US is what makes it unique, yes the people who come to the US should be open to our culture and know our language but we should not discriminate against them and force them to follow strictly only our culture. Assimilation in this case in the reading the young boy Ricardo experiences the differences in language in the US compared to Mexico. Ricardo for the first time heard his name in English “Richard” and he was embarrassed that his parents could not speak the English language correctly, I don’t think that immigrants should be ashamed of not being able to speak English perfectly because even some Americans don’t know how to speak English properly and these are people who were born in the US. I believe that immigrants that come to the US should just be open to learning our language at least and if they speak English with an accent it is nothing to be ashamed of because at least they are trying their best to assimilate the best they can to a culture that is unfamiliar to their own.

We lived among the gringos and only a block away from the biggest, whitest houses. It never occurred to my parents that they couldn’t live wherever they chose.(Rodriguez 1576)

This quote from the text shows how Ricardo knew him and his family were different and stood out in the neighborhood they lived in. It shows how they were confident and worked hard to achieve what they wanted in life . It also shows how they tried to assimilate into the white culture because they lived “among the gringos” even though they weren’t white they lived in the same neighborhood, which showed that they weren’t ashamed of who they were and wanted to be able to achieve what the white community had achieved by living among the “gringo” society. This shows how his family wanted to assimilate and fit in even though they were not considered American.

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Apr 17 2012

“Race in America”

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The video series brings out the conflict of stereotypes directed towards the different races in society. Racism is something that has come about and many groups face racism in America over time. In the video we see the idea of racism directed toward the white and black populations, in this case white is considered the “good” or “liked” race whereas black is the “bad” or “not liked” race. The children had associated white with being “smart” and “pretty” and black as being “dumb” and “ugly”. I found it interesting how only one or two of the children that were interviewed picked all the skin tones as being equal and didn’t think race mattered stating that it was about who the person was as a whole, not about the color of their skin that mattered. I thought the mother’s reaction was interesting to see because it shows how parents need to talk to their children more about the topic of race so that they are aware of the idea. The mother reacted by crying because she was surprised at her daughter’s response and this showed how the child only associated those pictures that appeared to look the same as she did. I also found it interesting how the African American young girl responded stating how “race doesn’t matter and that either skin tone looks good.” The most interesting part of the video I believed to be the interview with all the parents of the children. The parents are a huge influence on what their children believe along with the media. For instance, one parent brought up the idea of watching television shows that have criminals in them and usually the criminals are of darker skin tones directing the stereotype that darker is considered with being “bad”. The parents also stated how not only the media influences the children’s thoughts on race but also the type of neighborhood they live in and how open their families are to talk about race because the children need to be aware of race being it is something that will surround them in everyday life. Children need to be open to race and understand that not everyone they encounter in life will look the same as them and that there are “good” and “bad” in every race. These videos are related to the Latino race in some way, in the case of Haiti vs. Dominican Republic. These two groups are very close to each other and yet they are discriminated against with many stereotypes just because they vary from very light skin to very dark skin.

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Apr 07 2012

“Days Work”

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At the edge of the marketplace two old men look through the garbage for their daily bread, a child roams in search for tenderness, a dark-skinned mother widowed early of her love waits in silent queue at the factory door. (Corpi 1614)

This quote comes from Corpi’s poem “Days Work”, which described the idea between nature and death. In the quote it describes how the men lived off the environment in order to get their food and how the children roamed the streets looking for affection. It can relate to the stereotypes of Latinos facing hardships in their lives, for instance, the old men being homeless and living off the streets and the child roaming the streets looking for his/her family, maybe being an orphan. It also describes the “dark skinned mother” being widowed at an early age showing how many women had lost their husbands at an early age and maybe can be seen as a stereotype that Latino women were single mothers and basically didn’t have husbands either because of death or divorce. It is describing how the woman waits in line at the “queue” which is referred to as a line of people waiting at the factory door looking for jobs and how many Latino people would work in factories performing hard work for cheap labor in order to survive.

 

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Apr 07 2012

Stereotypes: The Influence Through Media

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The above video showed clips from movies that are associated with stereotypes directed towards the Latino community. Many of the stereotypes in the video can be considered blunt and violent acts towards the Latino community leaving the Latino people feeling as if they don’t belong, feeling as if they are outsiders in society. One movie that the video referenced was “Maid in Manhattan”, where actress Jennifer Lopez plays the role of the “maid” and at one point the women the maid works for asks her opinion and her friend automatically assumes that she doesn’t speak English, which is a common stereotype among Latinos. In the video it showed how students dressed as landscapers with name tags that said “Pedro”, which is stereotypical towards Latino people having landscape jobs. There was also another video clip from a movie which showed the scene where a Latino man came to change the locks on the door of a white family household and the wife makes a comment saying she wants to locks changed because she associated the Latino lock smith to be a “gang” member, due to him having a shaved head and tattoos. The video also showed the stereotype of Latinos coming from broken households and living in poverty, dropping out of school and being a part of gangs. The idea that all Latino people are from Mexico is a popular stereotype that is shown throughout the video as well. In the end of the video a group of white students in a college university dressed as gardeners, janitors, and pregnant teens basically demonstrating the stereotypes that they associate with Latino people and this has a negative impact on society because not all Latino people fall under these stereotypes that people label them with, creating prejudice towards this group of people and hurting their reputation in society.

 

 

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Apr 02 2012

Stereotypes: The Cultural Influence

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Culture forms our beliefs. Culture is made by those in power-men. Males make the rules and laws; women transmit them. The culture expects women to show greater acceptance of, and commitment to, the value system than men.(1502)

I believe this quote basically sums up the fact that our everyday culture is what creates such stereotypical ideas that are surrounding us. It states how culture is what makes people follow such beliefs that we are exposed to as a whole. It creates the idea that men are the product of having all the power controlling the women they are around. These women are then suppose to continue to follow what the males in their lives tell them to do and pass these “rules” and “laws” that they are taught to others that they encounter. The quote also explains how our culture is suppose to mold the women in society to follow the ideas of men leaving women at a lower rank in society having less “freedom of speech”. The quote is basically showing the stereotype of how women conform to laws and ideas more easily and is easily influenced by men having the power.

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Apr 02 2012

“The Strength of My Rebellion”

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Even as a child I would not obey. I was “lazy.” Instead of ironing my younger brothers’ shirts or cleaning the cupboards, I would pass many hours studying, reading, painting, writing. (1501-1502)

I found these lines to stand out while reading this piece because I feel it connects to the topic of stereotypes. This piece did talk about finding ones identity yet I felt it has a lot to do with the idea of stereotypes in some way. It has that idea that children are lazy and wont do their chores but I felt this had a deeper connection adding the stereotype of being “lazy” to not having any type of knowledge or “education”. This quote shows how the child in this family wouldn’t want to do chores of “ironing” yet the child would pass time “studying, reading, painting, or writing.” This shows how this child is not “lazy” being they are educating themselves by studying, reading, and writing because these are activities that will eventually strengthen the mind. This child was classified as being “lazy” whereas in reality the child is educating oneself.

 

 

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