Body Rituals Among The Nacirema By Horace Miner

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In high school, students are expected to narrow down what they would like to do for a living. By the time college applications come around, one major is chosen. Since I was in elementary school playing with Legos and Lincoln Logs, I wanted to become an architect. Though I do study architecture, during my senior year I picked up an activity after submitting college applications that could have changed my life; teaching. By becoming a peer tutor for various subjects at my high school, I felt a new appreciation for the educational world. However, I also realized the flaws of the educational system. Among the dozen students I assisted all year, an overarching theme was the deficient relationship between the student and the teacher. Additionally,
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When I first read it, I was completely convinced that this Nacirema tribe had some completely out of hand rituals. Then, the discussion brought to my attention that “Nacirema” backwards spells out “America” and I felt like a complete idiot. Miner writes, “They are a North American group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. Little is known of their origin, although tradition states that they came from the east” (Miner 1). Looking at it now, this statement is obviously referring to the United States because it is between Canada and Mexico, which is so broad. Nonetheless, because I have been educated that the culture of ancient tribes is very different from my culture, it was not obvious to me that Miner was taunting Americans, not indigenous people. This shows how I utilize my knowledge with assumptions, we learn with a bias depending on the …show more content…
He explains the impact his teachers made on him in sculpting his “scholarship boy” personality over the idea of being with his family. Rodriguez writes “From his mother and father the boy learns to trust spontaneity and nonrational ways of knowing… Teachers emphasize the value of reflectiveness that opens a space between thinking and immediate action” (Rodriguez 2). In other words, Rodriguez argues that family teaches what you want to know and instructors teach what you think you need to know. Teachers shape the way we learn when we absorb their knowledge. The way we think comes from our instructors. For instance, my high school US history teacher would get very heated while teaching the topics of civil rights for women and people of color; so heated that he would throw white board markers across the room. While I already had opinions on civil rights, his passion was contagious, making me want to throw things across the room over inequality. Most importantly, he taught us that the future is in our hands so it is vital that we learn from the

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