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Re: “The Never-Ending Scrutiny

While this topic may be lacking rational it certainly has an abundance of passion and understandably so. These first and second generation young American men and women are children of two worlds and in most cases through no choice of their own. They have been given a great opportunity at the expense of an uncertain identity. Split between two cultures they must find themselves. 

Sadly this journey of self discovery is not a smooth one. It is complicated by a difference in language, culture, values, and education. So as all students do they look for mentors. 

The professor, Corey Jones, appears to be a skilled mentor. Its a skill not all people have.  The ability to engage and teach young minds is invaluable.  However it is his quotes and lessons that are disturbing. "When you work in this state, it's predictable." This statement alone illustrates his bias. It is evident that his bias is taken to the classroom as well with, "Why was American slavery the most brutal in history?" There is nothing objective about this. Rather then addressing slavery in North America he has set the tone as America the worst instead of encouraging his students to draw their own conclusions. Perhaps Huppenthal is correct in saying the teacher is, "advocating ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals." Based on how Jones presents himself this statement seems accurate. If this is the impression Jones gives the public, what underlying messages is being presented to his students?

This article and the quotes from the teacher do nothing but further the distance between a relevant subject and public support.  Even the title of this article sets a defensive tone on the issue. "The Never-Ending Scrutiny" sends a message the story isn't about the benefits of the program but rather an emotional point of view thick with the assumption of racism. Multicultural classes are available all over the United States in every major college. If this is the only one being scrutinized perhaps it's time for the supporters and participants of this program to take a step back and do some self evaluation rather than crying discrimination.

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Posted by TheDetails on 02/01/2015 at 1:12 PM

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