Historical Journey of Curriculum

This article definitely caught me by surprise just as to how negatively it dealt with the different races. Yes, in all reality, races are viewed at different importance levels, they are at socioeconomic levels but that doesn’t make it right to view them this way. While reading about how these races were taught was shocking how teachers were initially taught to single out their differences and criticize them for it. They automatically held this assumption and a specific few would never be smart enough, will never go anywhere in life or hold any significant importance in the future so they held back from teaching them the level they deserved, strictly based on what race they were born into. Not that anyone should be ashamed of the race their are, but it isn’t exactly their choice either. A person is created by whichever race their parents are, punishing them for this is not fair at all because they cannot do anything about it or try to get out of these awful stereotypes.

When teachers are taught to think in these racial terms they are simply being lazy in the fact that they throw labels on these students as an excuse for their flaws. They could easily teach them an extremely worthwhile lesson, or spend that extra time to help improve their basic literacy skills, but instead they say ‘hmm nope. He/she is of a less important race (Chinese/Indian from the article) so therefore they aren’t capable of being intelligent”. Taking into consideration that this article is written from many years ago, this prejudice is definitely still around today. Teachers, and just society in general, are so quick to judge a student based on skin color, or factual race, and assume they know their entire life story and capabilities. This judgement is wrong even if the student is white as well, all opportunities to allow our students to continue to grow should always be provided regardless of their background.

2 thoughts on “Historical Journey of Curriculum

  1. I agree that society is still quite judgemental of others, but I’m wondering if you have come across a teacher who didn’t judge their students based on race. If yes, how could you tell and if no, do you think it is possible for teachers not to be judgemental in some sort?

    • Good point Courtney. I suppose you could say I have teachers who choose to act out, or not act out based on their judgements. Criticizing, judging or assuming things about people is almost unavoidable in today’s society. Whether its walking down the hallway here at school, or seeing someone in the grocery store, I think we can all admit to judging or commenting on some characteristic of that person. This may not always be race-based, often clothing choice or physical appearance as we rarely know who the person is, but judgement being good or bad is always happening around us. I have experienced teachers who judge their students on clothing, which leads to them assuming which ones comes from a more wealthier family than the other. I’ve had professors who have judged our subject ability based on the faculty we are enrolled in, some have been positive, others not so much. I’m sure teachers do have the ability to not judge their students, but even if they do they definitely have the choice to choose whether they act out with that judgement or not. Do you agree? Have you had judgmental teachers or no?

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