Critical Reflection #1

Critical Reflection #1: In what ways does our past influence or connect to racial inequity in schools today? You are required to turn in three 3 paged critical reading reflections (Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced). These should not be summaries of the readings, but instead should engage with key concepts. You will be graded on your ability to synthesize ideas, critically analyze the readings, cite evidence from the text, build connections to current day schooling, and present an organized, grammatically correct, and thematically sound paper. Substantive reference to the readings is required. Assignments are due to Canvas, please reference the TA for any additional guidelines for assignment submission. Questions that could guide these assignments are: Was there something in the readings, course content, or films that you had never considered? Are there ideas you agree/disagree with (make sure to base this on evidence and not opinion or emotion)? How have these ideas deepened, challenged or changed your understandings of inequity? Did any of the ideas presented help to frame experiences you have observed in schools?

Readings: Zitkala-sa/ Bonnin, G. S. (1921). American Indian Stories. Washington: Hayworth Publishing House. to an external site. Beals, M.P. (1994). 

Warriors don’t cry: Searing memoir of battle to integrate Little Rock. New York: Washington Square Press. Chapters 10-11, Hannah-Jones, N. (2016) “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City.” New York Times Magazine. to an external site.

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