The Importance Of Resiliency In Public Education

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Resiliency relates to the strengths perspective and empowerment of an individual and is the ability to bounce back from adverse situations (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). Resiliency takes those strengths and abilities and applies them to assist in coping with adverse and stressful situations (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). Being resilient allows individuals, groups, or communities to return to normal functioning after facing such a situation. Risk and protection are the two dimensions involved in resiliency (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013).
The risk dimension of resiliency includes “stressful life events or adverse environmental conditions that increase the vulnerability [defenselessness or helplessness] of individuals” (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman,
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245). What this means is that it is legal disadvantages for people of color that are built into our macro systems (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). An example of institutional racism is easily found in the public education system (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). Schools that are located in minority neighborhoods have, on average, less funding and lower quality educators (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). It is not illegal to fund different schools differently, nor is it illegal to hire the less qualified teachers in the schools located in the minority neighborhoods. Having less funding and poorer quality teachers puts minority children at a greater disadvantage than their white counterparts. Another example of institutional racism, and probably the most widely recognized, is institutional racism within the justice system (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). This is evident in sentencing for the same crime of a white versus a black person. On average a white offender is less severe than that of their African American counterpart (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). One half of the inmate population is African American, even though African Americans only represent twelve percent of the overall population (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, …show more content…
A few sexually transmitted infections include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pubic lice, and scabies. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and is a bacterial infection (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). Majority of the time men and women have no symptoms at all; however, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women. Pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to infertility in women if left untreated (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). Men may feel a burning sensation when urinating or notice a discharge from their penis (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013). Treatment of chlamydia includes antibiotics and refraining from sexual contact until it is sure that the infection is gone (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman,

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