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Intersectional education helps students broaden their horizons

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Intersectional education helps students broaden their horizons

Equality within our education system is needed.

Equality within our education system is needed.

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Equality within our education system is needed.

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Equality within our education system is needed.

Faythe Miller, North Editor-in-Chief

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Education is plagued by insufficiently and comprehensively representing members within society, specifically those of minority groups. In classes such as history or literature there is a glaring lack of perspectives for those of different minority groups. From various ethnicities to identities, a large sum of the content we as students receive is the perspective of cis-gendered heterosexual males.

Senior Juliana Hing feels the sting of this discrimination as an a Asian American woman in a predominately white school.

Representation of minorities in education is important because it allows us to have a more open-minded view about the world, rather than being sectioned off to “majority rule” opinions and facts,” Hing said. “As a minority (myself), it shines a light that we as an unforeseen group have the ability to make a difference and to also be of equal strength and power as our friends of leading race.  By exposing the youth to leaders of all cultures, it enriches our lives and promotes society to live as one rather than apart.

While teachers and students alike recognize this bias, changes in curriculum and emphasizing ostracized groups and their experiences have often become a momentary break in curriculum rather than a continual inclusion. When taking any form of history class groups such as the LGBTQ+ community seem to lack existence until the 1960s, despite their presences throughout recorded history.  

Fellow student Shabeeba Kasem is a Senior at North that also has dealt with the weight of a lopsided education.

Academia has often focused on the narratives of a privileged elite,” Kasem said. “It is important to have an educational framework based on inclusivity and recognition of others’ trials and accomplishments. When we erase certain people from our textbooks we invariably erase their contributions to social progress. And school is just as influential as social media when it comes to creating role models for young individuals. The people we look up to in school should display the qualities of a diverse and open world.

The disregard for other races and identities further promote misconceptions and contributes to an incomplete view of the world. Our repertoire of authors should be representatives of the country we make up. The U.S. is a melting pot of individuals, but as a society we seem to only value the stories of those who have historically been privileged. Teaching and discussing these groups prevents their history from being erased, or more commonly rewritten.

According to ERIC Digest, studies show that the more children understand about stereotyping, the less negativism they will have toward other groups. By exposing students to knowledge about ethnic diversity and the contributions of various groups to our developing American civilization, educators in the social studies may change negative ethnic group stereotypes, reduce intolerance, and enhance cooperation for the common good.

This further proves that stereotype threat is increased with less education on the topic. If we are able to more fluidly look at works from people of color or LGBTQ+ individuals their history and life struggles would become less alienated from others. With our current system of education minority groups are often further emphasized as outsider groups which contributes to their discrimination in present day society.

In order for society to fully understand the individuals within it there needs to be a genuine representation in our education. When ostracized groups are continually left out of learning experience we expand upon our biased views in the world

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Faythe Miller, Editor-in-Chief

Howdy ho!! I am honored to help North Ruff Draft strive for greatness as Editor-in-Chief for the 2018-2019 school year. I am entering my senior year and...

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