Diversity, Ideology, and Teaching Writing Essay

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Diversity, Ideology, and Teaching Writing

People come from many different environments which brings or doesn’t bring many different opportunities. These two essays highlight the multicultural, multiethnic, multiclass salad bowl that this world and this country possess. The first essay discusses the social demographics in the college classroom. The second essay is from a person who was not able to attend college, probably because of the lack of opportunity to do so. When I read these two essays it helps me realize the reason that I have chosen my major.

The essay " Diversity, Ideology, and Teaching Writing" written by Maxine Hairston discusses the diversity in college classrooms in 1992. She highlights the idea that these students
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The person blames the rich for their situation stating that the computer illiterate are part of "the other haf, they me, livin in the reel wirl, wich you lef ames." By stating this the writer is saying that the poverty they face is caused by the rich who are taking advantage of the poor. The writer just wants to be given the opportunity to learn. Later she states that " I don’t ask to be a computr jock or a sistim anilis, but jes can I beter myself" The author wants to attend this computer college to be able to keep the gap that separates them from the rich from widening further.

When reading these essays I thought a lot about the school district of Pontiac. This district is very diverse but most students have one common attribute, they are poor. This district is made up of poor working families. The students curriculum at school is very far behind the rich school districts. These students are not receiving the opportunity to succeed. This is very similar to the second essay. Many students in the fifth grade can not read yet. Much like the author of the second essay they are not able to survive in a society that requires students to read, write, and use computers effectively. The author of essay two stated that they didn’t want to be a systems analyst or computer jocks they just wanted to survive. I see this to be a part of the problem also. Not only are the

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