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Culture In The Classroom
Transcript of Culture In The Classroom
Andrea Caceres | Period 5
The teacher cannot just expect a student to behave a certain way just because their culture stereotypes them in a way that they are not.
If a students is stereotyped, then they will have to force themselves into a mold that they do will not fit just to be treated better.
In the article
"You're Asian, How Could You Fail Math?" by Benji Chang and Wayne Au
, An Asian-American high school student in Lee's book explains, "When you get bad grades, people look at you really strangely because you are sort of distorting the way they see an Asian."
In the classroom..
In the video where Diane Holtam, an elementary school teacher, focused on overcoming stereotypes she speaks about how some other teachers that she worked with would come to her and tell her how they thought that their Korean students would catch onto the English language faster.
Ms. Holtam tells us that just because the students are Korean, it doesn't mean that they will do anything better than the average student. Any students that comes from another country might need extra help learning the new language.
Asian students are affected because their teacher would expect more of them than they would to the average student just because they are Asian and that they should catch on to subject quicker and learn things faster.
The non-Asians would also be affected because they will think that they cannot be smarter than the Asian and that they won't be able to excel like they do, when really there is not a difference.
How are Asian students and their non-Asian counterparts affected by inappropriate teacher expectations and stereotypes?
Another way to build cohesion and understanding is by treating everyone equally no matter where they come from and build your own understanding of the individual instead of being lazy and just assuming that they fit the mold that their culture has been stereotyped into.
Which of the strategies that the authors offer to overcome this "model minority" myth can you use in your classroom? Can you think of other ways to build cohesion and understanding in your classroom?