Sunday, September 29, 2013

Talking Points #2: Aria by Richard Rodriquez

               After reading Aria by Richard Rodriguez, I was reminded of a few different articles and discussions we had in class. One particular article was read Privilege, Power, and Differences by Allan G Johnson. In this article it talks about how racism still exists, it’s just in different forms. In our current society men rule the house hold and are typically the bread winners.  In the article Aria, Richards’s mother, a Spanish speaking women becomes the spokesmen of the family. Richard’s mother was the individual who was went through to communicate with her husband. This isn’t typical in our current society, and the fact that Richard and his family eventually talked around their father because he had said so little over the years. According to Johnson’s article, the typical man would take initiative and be the voices of the family, not letting anyone talk around him, but to him.
      Photo of Richard Rodriguez         When attending school Richard also experienced discrimination. One form of racism like women and men in the work place is when a student is bilingual. Some teachers target students like Richard in the classroom because they don’t speak English, making the student feel very uncomfortable and little to no confidence in themselves. Due to the fact that Richard would have been labeled as a child with a “learning disability”, he was made to feel as though there was something wrong with him and he wasn’t like the other children. Johnson has said that English is the dominant language, and that if you are unable to participate in what dominants, then you are discriminated upon.

               This article also relates the Lisa Delpit, Other People’s Children.  Delpit talks about how power is in the classroom, for Richard he is able to experience how English dominates in the classroom. The importance of being an individual is completely stripped by taking an individual’s language away from them and enforcing the language the public society spoke. Deplit speaks of the idea of embracing the idea of different student’s cultures and languages instead of making students feel like there is something wrong with them because they speak a different language. Richard was told from the beginning of school that English was the ‘public language’ and he needed to know it. By the time Richard was older he had become completely Americanized and had no longer recognized when individuals spoke English. He had completely lost his Hispanic culture, and no longer felt comfort when hearing Spanish words spoke.  It is safe to say that, Delpit and Rodriguez would believe that teachers should embrace students who are bilingual and schools should teach other langue’s at a younger age because the students will learn and understand better.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Peggy McIntosh- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

  Recently I have been made more clearly aware of the issue of  White Power. McIntosh article really touched on some important aspects about this type of power, as well as, providing clear relatable examples that a reader can understand. Throughout the text I noticed a couple of particular quotes that caught my attention and I really like. 

1)  "I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but which I was "meant" to remain oblivious."
     To me this quote means that the white culture has this privilege that isn't spoken of or noted of. That being white is like being given an ability to do things and get privileges that others who are not white don't have. I strongly feel that people are aware of this white power, but know and want to continue to be silent on the issue so nothing changes. Just the fact that being white means that during each and every day there will be things you can do and get away with and are aware of that other races can't do or get away with. 
    This is relevant to the text because, white power is an issue that has and is silentes and unspoken of. Due to the fact that this issue is never spoken about, it hasnt changed. This article talks about how white power impacts every white individual everyday is a silent yet heard way.

2).   " I see a pattern running through the matrix of white privilege, a pattern of assumption that were passed on to me as a white person." 
    To me this quote means that the idea of white power is something of pattern that has been taught and passed down generation to generation. That it isn't a choice for white individuals to have this white power, that is has been passed down and forced upon them because of their race. This is relevant to the article because the way white power was taught to and started is how it can be stopped and changed. By not continuing to teach white power and life in the current lifestyle we are, then we can change the patterns and maybe even end the idea of white power. 

3.)   "Many, perhaps most, of our white students in the United States think that racism doesn't affect them because they are not people of color; they do not see "whiteness" as a racial identity."
     I think that a huge part of the issue of white power is the way things are taught in school. The way things are taught in school make children assume the if they are not fo color that racism doesn't affect them, but they are clearly wrong. One of the major issues with racism is the fact that individuals who are white do not recognize thats a race, and that "whiteness" is the racial identity. This is relevant to the article because starting the change of the power of whiteness might just be in schools. Maybe if in schools that taught whiteness as a race and that things aren't perfect and it isn't the perfect "better" race. 
     My name is Julia Miramontes and this is  my first blog! Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. In my senior year of high school I was presented the opportunity to assistant teach an eighth grade health class in my school. After taking up this opportunity I realized that I was really interested in teaching health and physical education, as well as, how much I enjoy working with kids. So here I am in my second year at Rhode Island College, pursuing my goals of being just that, a health and physical educator.
(The center of the town I live in Newfane Vermont ,

      I was born and raised in Southern Vermont, where my family currently still lives. My sister Claire,is my best friend and inspiration. I have no idea where I would be without her today. Since I was in the seventh grade I have worked at a Windham Flowers, a local flower shop owned by a close family friend. Working there has taught me so much and helped me develop my sense of urgency and dedication. I have spent almost every summer there since middle school and being a teacher means I am able to continue this  for who knows how long!
                                                          (My sister and I )

    I have a very unhealthy obsession with my dog Russell. He is a three year old, pure bred shih tzu who I would consider to be my brother. In my eyes everything he does is perfect though that is not the case. Unfortunately because I live in Vermont it isn't very often that I get to see him, which is noticed by the level of excitement both him and I have when we see each other