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Danielle Kirby Philosophy of Education Weekly Journal 5 Bell Hooks Teaching in Communities 2/25/13 In this chapter of what I assume to be a larger book written by Bell Hooks she retells a conversation between Ron Scapp and herself. In this conversation they discuss the importance of eliminating racism which, their premise believes is still very much present in academia. They believe this racism exists due to lack of cultural recognition. According to Hooks and Scapp those who form educational policy shut down the conversation about racism because they are worried they are being called racist. In order to get around this Scapp says he prefers to address smaller groups and reference specific instance which he has experienced. They go on to say that a community should be established through mutual trust. This is a very idealistic approach, to think that such a community could ever exist especially over age groups, cultural backgrounds, and differing morals. This is the very definition of idealism, it’s projecting a society which would be the ideal situation, but this is not
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Unformatted text preview: realistic. As a country filled with different, races, cultures, religions, and economic backgrounds the realistic goal is to illuminate discrimination. This involves treating everyone equally despite all those factors previously stated, but using the author’s standardized test example this does not always work out. Studies have shown that these tests take culture into account when measuring academic ability. There is an inherent bias, if you are not from a middle class American family with white cultural norms you are at a disadvantage. However, such conflicts exist all over the world. If countries that are for the most part homogenous cannot get along due to their “cultural” differences, how can it be possible for America to achieve such a lofty goal. While I agree this would be the ideal situation for the educational system in this country it is simply that, ideal, and by no means realistic....
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