Culture and Diversity
This chapter was a bit of mixed learning, it had many ideas and information that again, I have previously learned, and am currently learning in other classes. There, however. was some new ideas as well.
The first was resistance cultures and peer influences. I found it very interesting that students in low socio-economic(ses) groups, may not do well because they don’t want to be seen by their peers as conforming to the dominant culture, or “selling out.” I know that peers have a great influence but to see how it can impact someone’s future in such a big way just boggles my mind.
Tracking or streaming was another idea that I sort of knew about but never really thought to deeply about either in how it works or how it can be discriminatory. I found it very interesting that low-ses student are put in lower classes, based on judgements rather than actual facts/testing. I found the point/counterpoint argument very interesting as well. It was interesting that it seemed that it was only the higher-tracked students who would suffer from eliminating tracking. I agree with at the end of the argument that we should consider the students interests and goals and support them to achieve those goals rather than placing them where we think they will do well or what is best for them. I also think that schools that support the low-ses students should be better funded.
Stereotype threat is a completely new concept for me. I never really thought about the pressure of conforming to a stereotype either good or bad. Conforming to a so called positive stereotype would be stressful but after reading about resistant cultures, conforming to a negative stereotype could be just as or even more stressful and conflicting.
I often find myself in my classes feeling a little more pressured to be more organized and on top of things, because I am a mature student. It sometimes seems that others think, I have it more together because I am a mom and a student and older. I put a lot of pressure on myself to conform to the perceived stereotype.
I wonder if the resistant culture is sometimes perpetuated also by parents either blatantly or inadvertently.