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Elizabeth Merlino The Other Merlino By Elizabeth Merlino 24065531 October 26, 2011 Natalia Glebov
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Elizabeth Merlino Stereotypes and oppression are two concepts that create a large impact on how cultures live their lives from day to day. Even though it may not be noticeable, stereotypes are used as a sorting mechanism in the brain of all humans. Oppression, again, is a tool used by cultures to place themselves among others, even though it may not be fair. I am an American, middle-class, female, Caucasian, 20 year-old student studying at the University of Massachusetts of Amherst. I am a stereotypical American girl. My family however, is not American. My cousin Eleonora, is also a middle-class, 20 year-old, Caucasian, student however she is Italian. She and I have very different lives. We are very similar, but the cultures that we grew up in vary in many different ways, especially in the education system. Just as oppression occurs in America, it occurs in Italy, however in different ways. In America there is oppression due to monetary recourses and social class. In America, your school district is pre-determined based on where you live. If you live in a large mansion in a rich town, you will go to the school that is closest to them. If you grow up in a school in the projects of a poor city, then you go to school that is in the projects. There are always the exceptions that have an excuse to go to another school, but for the majority, this is not true. Funding for all the schools in America is not all even. Taxes from each town go to that school district. Rich towns get newer books more often and poorer towns can sometimes barley get by on getting what they need. This is one type of oppression. The ability to maintain a successful education is not permitted to many poor citizens. They are stuck with the run-down, beaten schools. As read in Readings of Diversity and social justice, “Social identity is based on social identity groups in advantaged and disadvantaged social locations and positions” (Adams, 2). This again, states that who you are and where you live will determine the advantages or disadvantages that you are given.
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Elizabeth Merlino In Italy, school is much different. Schools are first divided by the district. The major difference is that each school is not funded by the district; they are funded by the government equally. This way all the students are on the same level or reading and math before they reach higher education. When the students reach the higher education, they are then able to chose where they want to go to school. This is because each school has specialties such as language or history or math. My cousin Eleonora commenced school two years after her older brother, Giovanni, however they both graduated the same year. This is because when my cousin Giovanni was younger, he was held back. According to Eleonora, “about 30% of the students are held back
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course EDUC 115 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at UMass (Amherst).

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