By Jennifer E. Obidah
The following, the authors recount how they set out on a collaborative three-year research to discover the impression of racial and cultural adjustments in a single in their city, center tuition study rooms. They describe how they realized to confront and take care of the demanding situations they confronted.
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I am convinced that the trust and mutual respect in our present relationship could not have developed without these types of moments, even though, at the time of interaction, the moments were experienced as emotionally difficult. These were the moments when it became obvious to us just how much the lives of Americans are impacted by race as a social construct. Recall, for example, Karen’s perception of me as being racially biased, some of the students’ comments about White and African American teachers, and my race-based perceptions of Karen.
Marcia even said that she did not like the class because it was too rowdy. They said students needed training in how to LISTEN to each other. (6/1/92) I was unsatisfied with the way I handled many key incidents. Reading over all of those data reinforced my growing self-doubts about my effectiveness with my students. During that same year, I had another traumatic experience at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Atlanta. I attended a session about race, class, and gender differences.
I felt unsure about this knowledge because it was constantly invalidated in the university setting. Beginning my work with Karen in a relationship where my unique perspective was validated helped me to remember, value, and appreciate my homegrown intellect along with the knowledge I acquired in the university. Karen’s appreciation for my help and our subsequent success in her classroom became one of my rewards for continuing this work. KAREN When I started teaching, all of the students at the junior high school were White, mainly from middle-class families.
Because of the Kids : Facing Racial and Cultural Differences in Schools by Jennifer E. Obidah