Professional Knowledge


People, Places, and Their Stories

In schools and in society, it is usually easy to point out who is more “popular” and who isn’t. In ECS100 I learned about the socially constructed white race which is a large part of the social groups. Which goes beyond race and includes things such as family life, money, and having things come easily to an individual.

In school, things such as having name brand clothes and the type of car one drove were very important; those with more expensive things were seen to have more power. This applies out side of school as well. The people who are more physically appealing are given more respect.

It is very important to recognize that dominant social positions aren’t always a fair assessment of who someone really is. Starting at an early age in school, those who were attractive, clean, smart and had money were automatically viewed as the “better” or more popular kids. As people grow and become older, this is emphasized and those often kids develop to be the ones who stand out in high school for being smarter and more of a leader while the other students are perhaps ignored. Overall, it is important that everyone is given an equal opportunity as respect regardless of where they come from or how they dress.

Whiteness and Unearned Privilege

Social Construction of Identity

When growing up, people learn from the world around them. Consequently, children learn from their parents and their ideas, morals which can often be exemplified in schools. For example, if a child comes from a bad home life, this can be in the child’s attitude, hygiene, and work habits. This could lead to many disadvantages for the child. In contrast, a child from a more wealthy family and who has good grades may have more friends as well as confidence when growing up.

This can be one example of how power is socially generated. Naturally, as people grow and become adults, they will start to develop their own ideals and morals. However, an “under-privileged” child may not have received the support they needed in school or at home, which can lead to bad grades, and low self esteem and possible bad decision making; resulting in people not having as much respect for this person.

It is sad, but true, to say that we live in a society where jobs are often given to someone because the employer is friends with a grandparent or the applicant is a male, or of a certain race. Rather than the job going to the most certified and experienced person, it is not uncommon for insignificant variables are looked at.

“The First step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance” – Nathaniel Brandon

Different Learning Experiences

There are many different types of learning methods and experiences in modern education. Technology is a big part of this and is used in many ways by the teachers, students, parents, and school. The different ways of learning are being examined and it is becoming more popular for the students to experience hands-on learning. In addition to this, there are many different classroom settings, some of which are smaller classes to assist the students who need extra support. All of these experiences can be very beneficial in their own ways and help give students the skills that they will need for their futures.

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human development. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” – President Gerald Ford

I have attached a research paper on inclusive education and helping students with learning disabilities. This is an issue that is close to my heart and I learned a lot writing this paper.

Burning Issue – Inclusive Education

I have also attached my final reflections from this course

Final Reflection