The teacher, Miss Moore, shows them what it is all about by taking them to a rich toy store, one in which a single toy costs more than year's supply of food. We immediately learn that Miss Moore is not the average Harlem teacher. She is educated herself, along with being very opinionated. The children explain that she has nappy hair and no makeup, probably signifying that she was a...
But then things happened and changed her into a stern, frowns woman who gets mad easily even if it’s the smallest thing. Miss Polly told Nancy to clean the attic as fast as possible and informed that her 11 year old niece, Pollyanna would come and live there. Nancy was shocked while Aunt Polly wasn’t happy at all. She didn’t hate the child, but it meant responsibility and pressure. Her younger sister chose to marry the poor minister but full of love and passion.
Miss Moore lives in the same neighborhood as her students, yet she tries to teach them lessons that shows her wealth compared to theirs. What she is showing them is that no matter where they come from they can go out and get a good education and they can make something out of themselves one day. Cartwright wrote “Implicitly, the children do not simply need to learn one lesson: they need an education.” (507) The children think that Miss Moore is just telling them useless information when they are at the toy store about how much each item cost, when in reality she is trying to teach the children how the ‘real world’ works and how they are going to have to get a good education so they will be able to go out and buy the stuff that they
It is perhaps intuitive to think that by making students help others there will be a net positive; there could be no downside to volunteering time and effort to help the community. However, a more detailed inspection reveals there are many negatives, and any positive effects are just wishful thinking. To begin with, service learning wouldn’t benefit the students’ education. Indeed, many students would be unable to volunteer in their field. This negates any argument that service learning would help the students’ education.
“The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara Summary: “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara is about children, who are from same low class neighborhood and get a lesson from Miss Moore. She leads them to the higher-class neighborhood and lets them look through the window at the toys in the expensive toy store. They saw the toys, which were very expensive. Most of the children were confused and felt too shy to go inside the store. Just one girl, who had a relatively middle class family, even opened the door.
The children are young but Miss Moore feels they are of the maturity level to understand the teaching she is trying to get across; from the story it seems that Miss Moore is mistaken in thinking they can understand her lessons until Sugar finally speaks up. Sylvia is the protagonist in this short story and the narrator as well, and it begins with her describing her daily activities, which usually end up with her and the neighboring kids spending time with Miss Moore. Miss Moore is new to the neighborhood and is described as “Nappy hair” and “No makeup” by Sylvia who has an overall distaste towards Miss Moore (Reid 413). The parents of the neighboring kids also referred to as “cousins” by Sylvia don’t like Miss Moore too much, but tend to pawn off their kids on her so the kids can get some sort of education out of the educated lady (413). Sylvia and her close friend Sugar end up getting stuck with Miss Moore on a regular basis and on this particular day they end up getting in a cab with Miss Moore thinking they were going to the nearby subway.
And she was black as hell, cept for her feet, which were fish-white and spooky.” Moreover, Miss Moore has high expectations of the children, so she takes them on a trip outside the hood to unveil the real world. Before going on the trip to the toy store Miss Moore tried to explain the value of money to the children. For example, “So we heading down the street and she’s boring us silly about what things cost and what our parents make and how much goes for rent and how money ain’t divided up right in this country.” At first, Sylvia is t... ... middle of paper ... ...as stubborn and as irritated Sylvia was with Miss Moore, she actually gained something from the trip. Sylvia learn the value of money; as an illustration, "We could go to Hascombs and get half a chocolate layer and then go to the Sunset and still have plenty money for potato chips and ice cream sodas." Also, Sylvia gradually comes to grips to the social and economic injustice around her.
The story speaks of her entering rooms with her wooden leg making a hulking sound. In all she was miserable to be around and when she made an entrance it was one of the most disturbing ones of all. Joy also hated any living thing, which included animals, flowers, and especially young men. The only thing that ever made Joy happy in her life was when she went to school and acquired her Ph.D. in philosophy. Because she was older, she had no real reason to go back to school, so she was stuck with nothing to bring her pleasure or personal enrichment.
I call it the “personal effect,” because she just wasn’t a teacher, she was a friend. I know we are taught not to make friends with students, but it really does make a difference. I want to be the kind of teacher that a student feels comfortable coming to about anything, one that can take time out of there personal life because a student needs them. I want to make a difference; I will make a difference, even if it is just one child. Maybe that one child could change the world.
Barbie was just a doll that we could make say what ever we wanted to, and we let our imaginations make each doll have their own personality. Our mothers played with them when they were our age and turned out pretty well, and no one that I have ever come across has ever felt scared from playing with Barbie. When the article “Barbie doesn’t add up,” was read by my self I felt shocked and upset that someone with no experience would be able to say that Barbie was a bad role model for young girls. Barbie is a toy doll that many girls from any age played with growing up or still do in the present time. As said in the article “Life in Plastic”, “Barbie draws her flock with a heady mix of marketing, magic and the colour pink,” which is trying to describe what exactly is the idea behind what a Barbie is.