Also, how other cultures have had a phenomenal impact on how I view everyday situations and how I draw conclusions, whether it’s about an ethnic group, my own and others or about hot topics in the news. Before this class I did not realize cultural relativism. I really was ethnocentric because I never took the time to evaluate other people’s cultures independently of my own. While I think it is normal for people to judge their peers, coworkers, etc. based on their experiences I also feel it would be beneficial for all of us to take the time to try and understand the sociological point of view of others that are not familiar to us or view things very different from us.
Parents and society have complete control over the personality of an individual. I think that it is incredibly disturbing that the entire life of a child is formulated by what parent’s purchase and teach their child. I believe that parent’s succumb to typical societal gender norms because if they do not, they are looked down upon and often ridiculed. Women, therefore, are taught early on what it means to be a girl. They are not born with the desires to complete the laundry, but however, are culturally influenced to do
Education will always be the deciding probability on whether their generation’s future will be a superior one. This is why we need to establish a sense of maturity, intellect and motivation in the students through their education. And in order to do that we must teach them to be free-thinkers and imaginative and not hold them back like the education system is doing now. The ideal education system to me would be one that does not restrict the student’s imagination, thoughts, or ideas and does not stress the students out to the point there is an increasing amount of students with depression and anxiety. The student should not feel oppressed and should not have thoughts of suicide, they should be enjoying their education and should have a bright future ahead of them.
The rules should not be vague; it is better when the child knows what his/her parents are expecting. So this means that the parents have to be clear and be sure that the child understood their point. The adults, especially the parents, should be able to be a good model to the children. Normally, children, always repeat what they see and act according to that. Actions speak louder than the voice.
I also think they are brave and courageous because they have the guts to stand out of the crowd and be themselves and have their own voice in society. Now that I learned about social construct I will make sure that my own children understand that it’s okay to not fit into the normal category and it’s something normal and they should not feel afraid or embarrassed for being
In the beginning of this course I felt that I knew the basics about racism, privilege, and intersectionality. However as we began our semester I realized I was very ignorant about how these topics relate to each other. These concepts or ideas dictates how we perceive others or our surroundings. These problems and continue to exist and evolve in our society through the process of socialization. The main problem today is that although this cycle of racism or privilege continues to exist in our society we are socialized to ignore the issues in an effort to avoid complication and maintain the status quo.
The main focus of this cultural autobiography is for me to be able to reflect on two cultural aspects that impacted my life and help me shape the way I am today. The first cultural aspect that impacted in many ways my life was being an immigrant to a new country without knowing how to speak a word in English. The challenges that I face were many throughout the years, especially when I started school and had not one single friend on my first day in school. Many immigrant students nowadays continue facing many challenges in the school settings, not only because English is not their first language, but also because teachers are not being trained to assist them with their educational needs. According to Borjian & Padilla (2010) every year thousands
Beuys Dorminvil Sociology 31 Final Essay Being someone who had no prior knowledge of sociology before attending college. This particular subject was extremely fascinating. It did in fact force me to think outside of the box. Allowing me to become aware of myself and my contributions to my society, as well as becoming more mindful of other cultures and their societies. Because we are so much a custom to our traditional norms and values, we often believe that what we Americans do in our everyday lives should be the end all be all.
Sometimes I can’t help myself that I relate things and questions everything that I witness every day to sociology concepts. I’m learning to step out of the structured norms of this society and comprehend the issues around me with sociological imagination as a practice. Also, I’ve come to a realization that all this time I was living in the comfort of what the society had constructed as reality. It’s mind-blowing to realize that some things doesn’t happened or just works the way they are, it’s actually constructed by us, the agents of socialization. I understand that these social issues can’t be completely abolished since it has been inhabited through history, though I can start with something as simple as spreading awareness within my in-groups such as family and close friends.
Putting smiles on the faces of the individuals I serve and guiding them to achieve their individual support plan (ISP) goals are the most meaningful thing I can remember. I have learned is how to treat each individual differently to meet their basic needs. Most at times treating people equally does not necessary means fairness, but meeting everyone’s expectation, since we all have different wants and needs. I have learned more about myself on how to handle pressure. The most valuable lessons I have learned is to always remain focused and work on a person’s capabilities and potentials instead of their limitations.