Education can Oppress or Uplift Minorities (Thomas Holt uses historical…
Education can Oppress or Uplift Minorities
Thomas Holt uses historical examples to show how education can oppress Black Americans.
Black students were placed into "subnormal rooms," that were inferior to those of White students.
Educators designed the curriculum so that it would make Black children more passive and unwilling to learn.
Holt uses historical examples to show how Black Americans believed education could uplift them.
The importance of education was passed down from African villages where education gave people their sense of belonging in the world.
Slaves taught themselves and others so that they could become smart enough to escape.
Sherman Alexie uses his own personal experiences to show how education can oppress Native Americans.
Alexie's teachers expected him and his classmates to fail in the non-Indian world and allowed the students to become passive.
Like in Holt's text, White Americans didn't believe that Native Americans could do anything with themselves and they oppressed the students by giving them inferior schooling to that of white children.
Alexie uses his personal story to show how education can uplift and how he wants to uplift the Native American children.
Alexie continued to read books and became smarter with each day.
He used the knowledge gained from reading to uplift himself so that he could become a successful person.
Alexie wants the future generation of Native Americans to read so that they could break out of their passive shells to save their lives.
Race literacy and power is an ongoing conversation in America.
After the Civil war, Blacks were given their rights but were still not equal in education.
Native American Schooling is severally lacking compared to everyone else.
Native Americans have the lowest High school graduation rate and they frequently drop out.
Educators are trying to fix that by improving school facilities and teaching methods.
Schools were segregated an this still happens to this day.
There are bad race relations between Black Americans and White Americans that need to change.
Both authors deal with the cultural conversation of the power that education gives, but use different ways to talk about it.
Holt is a member of the academic discourse community that uses historical examples to show his audience of scholars the points that he is trying to make.
Sherman Alexie is a member of the public discourse community that uses his own personal experiences to get his point across to his audience. His audience is made up of anyone that wants to read it.