Power & Privilege

In class this week, we discussed power and privilege in the classroom and in America as a whole. In the classroom, I think that the teacher holds the power. He/she has the power to decide what the children in the classroom get to learn. However, another class mate pointed out to me that children also have power. Through learning, they are given power over their own lives. I loved her point of view, and I think that all teachers should try to instill this mindset in all of their students’ minds.

Privilege, however, extends outside of the classroom. In today’s day and age, how you are born dictates how you will be treated by certain people in this world. This means that being white means that you are automatically privleged ¬†because you will not be exposed to discrimination based on something that you were born with. I think that as a teacher and a person in general, it is important to remember this. When you are teaching a classroom full of students that are completely different than you, it is important to remember their funds of knowledge, what culturally different students can bring to the table, and what they are interested in. This will take a teacher’s culturally diverse classroom to the top.

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