Happy Sunday North House! I hope you all feel confident and at ease now that the October SAT is behind you! However, FAFSA and CSU applications opened yesterday, so you’re not even close to being done!
Although this week will solely be dedicated to working on our PBA essay for Unit #1, I wanted to start getting you guys thinking about Unit #2 which we will be starting next week. Unit #2’s essential question is: “How do people come to have different views of society?” I’m currently taking a “Minorities in America” class at Citrus and wanted to share some of the ideas I’ve been learning about!
Our environment, neighborhood, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background play a huge role in the person you become and the way you see the world. Los Angeles, for example, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country but is still struggling with its long battle of prejudice and racial segregation. In what ways does our environment, our neighborhood affect our views of the world from politics, mannerisms, and the media? How do you think someone growing up in a predominately suburban, white neighborhood might view the world differently than someone growing up in a predominately urban, black or Latino neighborhood?
In the article below, the Huffington Post explores the racial divide in neighborhoods across the United States. Use this article as a reference and keep in mind some of the current issues that our society is facing. Also, speak from your own experiences and observations. Use this as a time to think about how your environment has shaped your world views.
*Please note: you only have to read down to “9. Kansas City, MO-KS.” However, the figures below may give you a more in-depth look.*
Prompt: Do you think that your environment/neighborhood has played a role in the ways you perceive society? Does this “segregation play a factor, and if so to what degree? Do you have any personal experiences or observations?