Cultural Biography

Topics: Middle class, Social class, Working class Pages: 3 (979 words) Published: November 15, 2008
Cultural Biography

Cultural backgrounds can change the way we define ourselves, other people, and all other things. Cultural backgrounds can shape how we view the world, and must be taken into account when teaching students of different backgrounds in our classrooms. I will define my own cultural background and how it affects me, and then I interviewed someone, Curtis from (and currently resides) Chicago, from a complete different background.

I grew up in Charleston Illinois for the most part of my life. My family was middle class and was made up of 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I put a lot of emphasis on class when thinking of my background and how prepared I have been for things in life. Usually this indicates that I am less aware of class; but since I have already gotten my bachelors in Sociology, I have studied class and am very aware of differences in class and how they can help or handicap an individual. Also, historically, students from middle class have a good work ethic with confidence in academics. Because of this I am more able to work “the system” to get things I want. Curtis is from a lower class family, mom was a single parent, where he has 2 sisters. He puts a whole lot of emphasis on his class and believes it to be a huge disadvantage. Like most people from lower class backgrounds, he believes that he is not capable of getting good grades and getting a better (higher paying) job than his mom. Although he says he wasn’t that much lower class, but he feels disadvantage, which has subsequently turned him to being paranoid of the government. He is very liberal in his belief system due to this. When teaching I will need to make sure and instill confidence in all my students, teach them that they can achieve anything and everything with hard work.

I am Irish American. I don’t feel that this is important what so ever in my cultural background. I didn’t even really know what I was until I asked my...
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