Case Study Analysi - Race, Ethnicity and Culture - Discussion 2.docx

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We seldom realize that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own, for we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society” (Watts, 2012, p. 53). For this reason, as educators, it is imperative that we look inwardly at ourselves, evaluate our biases and prejudices to ensure that they are not negatively affecting our students. In doing so, we are creating what Gorski, (2016) called equity literacy. He postulated this to be the knowledge and skills needed by educators to eradicate bias and inequity within their environment (Gorski, 2016). To further enhance this, my focus will be on “Case 5.5: A Place to Study” (Gorski & Pothini, 2018, p. 46). I was compelled to focus on this case as I can relate to Ms. Grady, because I myself have received homework with food stains. This case study poses various problems; however, even within these challenges there are opportunities. Firstly, the teacher failing to acknowledge the reality that not all students have designated spaces to study and keep their learning materials. Because of the socio-economic status of the family, they may not have any other space but the dining table. Instead of making Shua feel uncomfortable because of his situation, in the short-term, the teacher can address this concern by talking to him about wiping the table before starting his homework. Secondly, I

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