Diversity In Education

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The world we live in is a very diverse place. Everywhere we look and choose to go, there is always a person from a different background staring back at us. Diversity allows society to have different experiences in life, as well as allows us the opportunities to encounter different individuals, upbringings, and beliefs. Often, diversity to most of us, lies in subjects such race, status, and even religion. However, we probably never think about how each of these elements impact our educational choices? These elements play a role in our lives from the day we are born, impacting the choices we make to each day, even when it comes to education. I had the opportunity to speak with 5 different people about their educational experiences, as well as …show more content…
I interviewed a middle-aged bi-racial male with limited college experience, as well as a middle-aged black woman with limited college experience. The difference of opinion between these middle-aged individuals rested mainly their upbringings. Although both individuals grew up in a two parent household, the middle-aged bi-racial male grew up poor, while the middle-aged black female grew up a more privileged. In one household the child was encouraged to find work rather than get an education due to finances, while the other child was not forced to find work, but education was not a top priority. During the interviews, I asked each person, if given the opportunity, would they have gone to school as long as they did? Their responses were similar. Each person said that they would most likely finish college if they could do things over. The middle-aged female expressed that she does believe college is a detour, as well as she thinks that without a college degree, a person can have a successful life. On the other hand, the middle-aged male expressed that he thinks college is necessary, as well as he thinks college can open up more doors of opportunity for success in life. Their responses are a reflection of their upbringings. Both interviewees remembered a teacher that motivated them to work hard in school. These are the teachers that will continue to have the biggest impact on students because they prove to the …show more content…
One person is a black male who does not have a high school diploma, while the other two, an Italian female and a black male, whom both completed high school. None of these interviewees chose to pursue college. The answers of the younger group were similar as well. Two of the three individuals completed high school, but all three have jobs. Each person expressed that they wish they would have chosen to attend college. The each expressed that they feel college is time consuming, difficult, and stressful, they now wish they would have chosen the path of college for more financial and job stability today. These individuals emphasized that they felt college is a detour, but they did express that having a college degree, or college experience is a valuable asset in today’s society. They each expressed that if they could go through school, they would have pushed themselves to work harder to get into college and obtain a degree. I think that at this point in their lives, they can see that in many ways, college or no college, has a great impact on success in life. The young man that did not obtain a high school diploma explained that he grew up in a two parent household, but he was the youngest child of the family and his parents allowed him his way often. He feels that if his parents would have pushed him more, he would have been success academically, and would have finished school. The interviewees that did

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