Course: ACR 150/ Literacy in American Society – 0501/ Spring 2022

Qudus DB # 4 (Group X Unit)

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      Qudus Elemikan
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      The goal of the article is stated on the opening page of the article “African-born Immigrants in US Schools: An Intercultural Perspective on Schooling and Diversity” by Immaculee Harushimana and Janet Awokoya. It explains what the paper is about, what problems will be discussed, and why. It is evident from this page that the article will be about how unjust the education system is to African-born immigrants and how, despite an increase in the population, there is no change or improvement in the system to recognize their presence. The article goes on to discuss the key points they came up with, which are: “the current demographic representation of the African population; the absence of African voices in multicultural education scholarship; the salience of multicultural education advocacy in recognizing the essence of African cultures in the western world; and the minimal coverage of African topics in the U.S. curriculum”. The page is then concluded with additional information on the topic.

      After watching “What I Learnt as an African Immigrant Growing Up in the US,” what I can relate to as a fellow Nigerian is that you can easily be tokenized because of your race, and you already have your parents telling you that you should do better and make them proud as an African parent. Then you go to school trying to prove yourself, only to be tokenized for having a bad day. It’s bad enough that your parents compare you to others, but now you’re being criticized at school. I agree with most of what she says, but I disagree with the idea that African Americans are “lazy.” While this may be true for her, I’ve spent my whole life being put on a pedestal just because I am African American, driven to perform better because I’m African American, and then punished when I don’t meet the standard.

      The source I chose was “Addressing the African American Achievement Gap: Three Leading Educators Issue a Call to Action” by Barbara T. Bowman James P. Comer David J. Johns because it talked more in-depth about the issue and explained it in less complicated terms and explained a lot of the causes of the gap, such as poverty, the difference in learning and development, racism, and more. It was very educational for me. I learned new things and gained more insight on some.

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      Keyana Radcliffe
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      I agree with you being easily tokenized at the expense of another child. I also have some experiences where teachers would make comparisons between Myself and another student not knowing how much it hurts the feelings of other children. Which made it very hard on me because then classmates would feel a way towards me because of the teacher and it had nothing to do with me.

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