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  • mommommamma replied to a comment by Greg Lau

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    Greg Lau3 months ago

    can't be so naive and wishful that everyone is truly equal and the same. Each race comes with a different set of cultural influences, which influence how they are brought up and how they perceive the world around them. Their families are cultural-bound, so IT IS QUITE DIFFERENT HOW PEOPLE LEARN. For example, Americans/Westerners are not accustomed to certain concepts and ideas that the Chinese are accustomed to. For example, there are Chinese characters that go beyond its face meaning. Westerners have a hard time grasping beyond the face meaning, and so oftenly misinterpret or misuse the word properly. Why is this? Because the Chinese grow up with a completely different set of cultural influences and concepts. They think and view the world differently, and so that is also how language is formed. Americans lack the foundation of culture and experience that easterners have when learning Chinese. Americans have their culture, easterners have eastern culture.

    The mark of a TRULY good teacher, is one that recognizes the realities of the world and how the world truly is, and doesn't naively view the world through a desirable screen. The world is very diverse, and we mustn't view racial treatment equality as a means of thinking we're all the same, because we're not. That's what DIVERSITY IS. We're all different, but we do not harm each other for it.

    IF, for example, black families and white families were truly the same, then we shouldn't be able to tell any differences. But that's not the case, is it? There's such a thing as black culture and white culture, just as there is Chinese culture, Korean culture, Japanese culture, and so forth. Each culture has their linguistic differences, differences in the way they talk, act, how they raise their children, how they demonstrate family values, what family values and priorities they have, how religion is practiced or viewed, etc. IT'S VERY DIFFERENT.

    It is ignorant to say that we're all the same and that we all learn the same way. As a teacher, i know this first hand. I may give out the same lessons to my diverse students, but I also keep in mind that everyone comes from different backgrounds and perspectives. So the way they respond and react in my classroom, I take into account where they're coming from, and so I respond accordingly. If I were teaching Chinese, and the western student obviously couldn't grasp what the Asian students could grasp quickly, I would take a few steps back and try to set up the foundation for that student, to bring him/her up to speed. It's a reality. We're all very different.

    mommommamma3 months ago

    Not sure you were replying to my post or not, but I want to clarify...I didn't say we are equal and the same...just the opposite. EVERYONE learns differently and teachings should be tailored to that person's learning style. When I said "we're all in the same boat here" I was referring to making adjustments to accommodate the different ways in which each learns, no matter race, culture, etc.

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    mommommamma3 months ago

    Maybe I'm naive, but when the author states "As the parent of two black boys I know firsthand that white teachers can excel at teaching black children" , is he/she saying that black children learn differently than other races? If that is the case, isn't that the same as, say, having a child who is gifted or having a child with special needs and needing to adjust the way he/she is taught? We are all in the same boat here, no matter the race we were born into.

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