February 14, 2014
Examples of Milner's concepts:
Color Blindness- an example of 'color blindness' in schools is when a teacher fails to recognize the differences in students and tries to emphasize the similarities in each student. While going through high school I felt as if I wasn't pushed hard enough by my teachers because the area we were in not all the students cared about getting an education and were really just there because they were required.
Cultural Conflicts- this is saying to each their own when it comes to cultural backgrounds. The instructor needs to make sure that if the student misbehaves in their class that they do not punish them more harshly because of cultural differences whether it be religion, race, etc. I was raised Catholic but my father is Jewish. Sometimes my teachers would give me more school assignments because I would stay home from school on a Jewish holiday.
Myth of meritocracy- If a student has a family situation going on at home: i.e. a parent being diagnosed with an incurable illness. The student may have before been a great student but now is starting to slip because of trying to adapt to having a parent who may not be able to do much for themselves and to where parental rolls fall upon the student. Instructors need to understand that things happen in life that are out of our control and be sympathetic but fair. My father has Stage II progressive MS. There have been times where I have had to miss many classes and large assignments because of trying to help take care of my dad.
Low expectations and deficit mind sets- This becomes a problem when a teacher judges a student before trying to help them learn...