Public schools in the American society can be labeled as a representation of the pluralism in the same society (Haugen et.al, 11). Unluckily, a lot of students in this system are faced with the unwelcoming and violent aspect of this setting. In line with this harsh setting, difficult intergroup relationships arise in the school. Hardly do, teachers have the efficient preparation required to work with the diverse linguistic groups, gender orientation or various socio-cultural differences among the students in class. Prejudicial attitudes are attributed to violence, bullying and conflict in the school setting (Haugen et.al, 11).
MP1: P- Prejudice is a common phenomenon that exists in our society, and it does also have a profound effect on American education system.
I-Quotation: “project onto black men precisely what slavery, poverty, educational deprivation, and discrimination have ensured that they do not have—great power and influence” (Bliss, 33) E- Bliss identifies the rift between the Blacks and the Whites who got more benefits than the Blacks especially education. Thomas Jefferson advocated for universal education to be given to all citizens. In the same cultural context, he did not consider black slaves as citizens. He viewed slavery as a vile practice yet, he continued to own slaves of his own. His actions are paradoxical in a sense that they symbolize the contradicting race relations and education equality for the African- Americans.
MP2: P- Every individual at a certain point in life encounters isolation once placed in an unfamiliar environment with a totally different culture, background or language. In the American society, isolation is prevalent and is existent in almost all parts of the state.
I-Quotation: “Deeper sense of isolation comes if the loneliness you feel is rooted in the books and lectures that surround you, in the very language of the place” (Rose, 174).
E- This quote is sourced from a chapter in Rose’s book which talks about “The Politics of Remediation” (Rose, 174). This chapter realizes the loneliness and the alienation faced by a freshman student. A whole new environment with diverse cultures may force an individual of a lesser ethnic group fortify himself with these barriers. This often occurs as a result of inferiority complex.
America appears as a perfect country only that it is not. It is far from perfection in that, there is a lot of discrimination among students in the education systems that belong to a low social standing. In the present world, education has been recognized as an important element in the American society. The need to concur with Warren’s statement that in the public education field the “separate but equal doctrine” should be discarded is essential. Although prejudice and isolation are far from being eradicated in the American society, there is need for unity among students in schools to build the future America.
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Haugen, David M, and Susan Musser. Education. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Print.
Rose, Mike. Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of
America's Educational Underclass. New York, N.Y., U.S.A: Penguin Books, 1990. Print.
Wade, Carole, and Carol Tavris. Psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000. Print.