Mexicans and Native Americans in Schools

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America is often considered the melting pot of numerous different races, cultures, and traditions. Along with this wide facet of cultures, however, a wide margin of misunderstandings and ethnic differences could possibly exist. Such differences range from opposite belief systems or misinterpretations of gestures to the role education plays in the culture. For these various reasons, it is apparent teachers need to be well versed in cultural beliefs and understand better ways to teach children in spite of the cultural differences that could arise. While there is an unlimited amount of possible cultures that an educator could experience in their classroom, teachers may choose to learn more about specific cultures that are of interest to them personally. Examples of such cultures are the very common Mexican culture and also Native Americans.

The Mexican culture is a common one in the United States. If a child were to move from Mexico many differences would be obvious to them. In Mexico, gender roles are more set in stone. The mother typically fulfills the domestic role within a family, while the father would do more masculine things, like working. A traditional Mexican personality would avoid confrontation and fear the loss of a positive public face. In other terms, they are afraid to look bad to other people. This can be both a positive and a negative thing when related to behaviors in schools. One may be less aggressive, however because they are worried about another’s opinions, become too afraid to take the proper risks required for educational growth. Mexican’s also are sensitive to other’s opinion, always being very aware of conflicting views. Again, this is a quality that could be either positive or negative. Mexican children are taught to not make eye contact and make look downward when talking to an authority figure. While in America this can be seen as impolite or it indicates guilt, to Mexicans this is a sign of respect. Manners are a way of recognizing...
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