Reflective Essay On Waiting For Superman

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Discrimination, racism, culture, and poverty were all topics that brought a different perspective to my life. This class was by far the most interesting class I have encountered during this program. I think that in today’s society we get caught up in our everyday lives and forget that people are struggling with issues that we may be oblivious to. This class helped me grasp a new perception of these topics. I feel that I learned more about my peer's opinions and beliefs due to the discussions in class. At times I found my self-reflecting in class about issues where I have been in similar situations as the documentaries we watched during class. For example, the documentary about “Waiting for Superman” made me appreciate my education so much more. …show more content…
I have increased awareness of how people were treated in the past and how racism was strongly emphasized in schools. The documentaries and readings about segregation in schools and public transportation made me happy that we have evolved from that, but racism is still active today. I think that people feel that because they are a certain race it is acceptable to feel superior towards the minorities. Discussing how the Native Americans, Asians, Arabs, Hispanics were treated, it gave me a much more appreciation for individuals. I am drawn to learn more about others cultures and where they came from. I also learned to be more self-aware and not place a label on someone based on their appearance and how they speak. I found myself guilty of placing stereotypes on individuals based on what they wear and how they talked. Furthermore, this class helped me be more aware of the stereotypes that people of different races encounter every day. I really enjoyed the cultural awareness paper because it helped me get a perspective of what people other than my race think about racism and stereotypes. I was shocked to hear different stories that my peers had to encounter. These assignments gave me insight on what to expect or what I should do when working with families so I can respect their culture and ideologies. Another important topic that I enjoyed was the LGBTQIA community and how children and adolescents are the ones who are being affected most. The resources and education that I acquired were very helpful because I know one day I will come across with a student who is getting bullied because of their sexual orientation. I think that it was great having a speaker discuss their struggles because I gained a better insight on how to approach and talk to families about the LGBTQIA community. I also learned more about gender roles and how that

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