The Importance Of Ethnic Groups In Education

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We all have our voice, and we have learned to utilize it since the day we were born, but in the past, certain ethnic groups voice was silenced due to the color of their skin. I try to imagine a world where I was told, because of the color of my skin, I could not go to college or have my own beliefs because they are wrong. The discouraging truth of this is that our past is plagued with this, and even today some people are still forced to face this treatment. In this module, we viewed the treatment of different ethnic groups and how the groups used their identity to resist deculturalization. Dr. Jupp defined group identity as a group’s race, class, gender, and other differences.
These groups had many people fighting for their voice to be heard, and to be viewed as equals instead of being looked at as inferior. The minority groups fought for multicultural education that would teach the white children, and everyone else, about the struggles the different races went through to reach this point. Many people disagreed due to the fact that learning these harsh truths “will change the student’s view of the world” (Spring, 2013, p. 131). Many were also uncomfortable because teaching this history would highlight “the
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Booker Washington, an African American Education advocate, believed that education would allow African Americans the chance to prove themselves economically. The schools that were built, however, focused on having the children participate in hard labor so they would be ready for the workforce (Spring, 2013). This situation reminds me of the Native Americans, and how when they were put into boarding schools they were forced to work and leave behind their culture. Nowadays the schools celebrate the mainstream holidays, but maybe it would be more appropriate to celebrate the holidays in which our students

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