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CAT 125 paper - Loy 1 Brittany Loy June 9th 2010 CAT 125...

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Loy, 1 Brittany Loy June 9th, 2010 CAT 125 Risk and Resilience – Does one outweigh the other in determining an individual’s success? Albert Einstein once said in a motivational quote, “ You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. ” (Einstein, 1922) In a world where “equal opportunity” is a sought after, yet not always an attainable goal, some are left to find their own ways to succeed in less than desirable situations. From a young age many individuals learn to adapt their own strategy to succeed in mainstream society. Torrey Pines Elementary is an example of a school comprised of mainly white middle and upper class students while diverse in culture, it is a school that lacks socioeconomic variance. The children in the 5 th dimension after school program are bused in from poor neighborhoods. Their parents have placed them in a flourishing environment and hope that attending an upper-middle class school will provide their children better academic opportunities than they would receive attending school in their barrio logan neighborhood. Ashley is a 5 th grade student who participates in the 5 th dimension after school program and has attended Torrey Pines Elementary since the second grade. She has shown positive progress since the beginning of her academic career at Torrey Pines Elementary School, yet still is plagued by negative factors that hinder her potential to succeed. In this paper I evaluate the disadvantages Ashley faces that are hindering to her success, her strength’s as a student and I describe how her funds of knowledge and resilience factors have made it possible for her to achieve success in an environment that has left many others struggling. I also analyze whether the 5 th dimension after school program is a positive aspect in this combination and
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Loy, 2 whether it serves as a resilience factor for Ashley. My main source of information for this paper consists of ethnographic field notes from my observations with Ashley that document interactional details and activities in a range of social settings. Risk factors and resilience factors are two heavily contributing influences to the success or failure of an individual in every facet of life. Risk factors are negative aspects in one’s life that are associated with negative outcomes. Resilience factors are positive variables that help individuals cope with these negative experiences to emerge without damage. Unfortunately, all children do not enter the school environment on equal playing grounds; therefore some students face disadvantages that other class mates may not deal with on a daily basis. Some children are born with what Reitenaur (2005) calls “privilege.” Reitenaur claims this privilege or unearned benefits are awarded based on membership in the dominant group and excludes others based on race and ethnicity. This “marginalization” she refers to is “the exclusion or separation of individuals from access to power, opportunities, and resources afforded to others.” (75) This risk
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