Throughout the year I have talked about diversity in the United States, in gender, as well as in Doctor Who, and in this blog, I am going to bring the span of diversity down a little bit. I will be writing about how diversity. Honestly, I am not sure if my life has been that diverse, but I think that through school and sports I have experienced the most diversity.
I think the first time I ever experience diversity was through sports. I have been involved in sports for as long as I can remember and through all the games and events I have met a countless amount of people. All these people come much different back round than me and some of them could be poor or rich. As well as maybe being African American or women that were at the events helping run them. The thing is though that even though that everyone at these events were different and had different back rounds everyone always had one goal. The goal was to win and become best at what they do and very few ever achieved both of those but we all tried our hardest anyways.
I also had some diverse experiences with school, and from kindergarten to 7th grade I went to a private catholic school and from 8th grade all through high school I went to a public school. I think those two schools where completely different experiences because of more how they are structured as well as taught. I think it was structed differently because we did not have exactly eight periods a day and it wasn’t fifty-minute periods or however long each period was. I thought they were taught differently too because everyone had the same class period at the same time. Since the class size was small we had two grades for two class rooms and the teacher would have to teach two levels of the course in one class period. The more cultural diversity I experienced was that at the private school there were around twenty-five girls and two guys including me. Which is very unique growing up and only having one guy in your classes to talk to. On the cultural side I had never had an African American classmate till I was in high school, but I did have Latino classmates in grade school. Overall though I think me experience in diversity growing up has shaped me to be who I am today.
Gender role is what society says its appropriate for male and females, including dress, behavior, hairstyle, speech, the way people walk or use their hands, and other different activities. When children encounter gender role restrictions that don’t make sense to them, they often conclude that they have a problem and begin monitoring themselves to make sure they don’t step outside the gender role considered appropriate for their assigned sex. For example, some boys try to hold back their tears as they go through tough times for example when their close relatives die, when they are heartbroken or when they are disappointed because the society says that strong boys do not cry. Most of the times restrictions for gender roles differ because of different cultural beliefs. What is accepted or considered appropriate in one culture or country is completely unacceptable in another culture or country. For example, in the United States, adult women are allowed to drive, they are allowed to join the army, while in some countries it is forbidden.
Also some religions they don’t think that a female can be a leader of a church for example being a pastor or a Bishop. In politics also, some cultures they do not want to be led by a female as they think that man can be better leaders than females. When people grow up they learn from their elders, and some people tend to stick to what they only learn from their elders and not want to learn more and understand how today’s world is. For example in my country, some people who live in the countryside have less assess to social media, therefore, children learn from their elders and they still believe that the role of a women in society is to have children and take care of the family whilist the husband goes to work and provide for the family. Unlike children who grow up having access to social media they are always updated and tend to understand how the world is changing. 2 1st-century beliefs about gender roles are different from the beliefs that people had in the 19th century. There is now gender balance, what men can do can also be done by females. Some of the most successful women such as Oprah have proved that.
The new doctor who female doctor Jodie Whittaker has also proven that people in the role don’t always have to tick the same box. Though the introduction of a new female doctor has led to fans of Doctor Who being divided as some fans says that the character has always been a man, therefore, BBC ruined the character by introducing a female in the role. Surprisingly some people started hating on the female Doctor before they have even seen how she plays the role, this is because of the restrictions that the society has when it comes to gender roles.
Africa is a continent which is considered to be one of the most linguistical continents, with estimates putting the number of languages spoken at as many as 3000 challenging the translation companies to get to grips with all of them. The languages form part of 4 language groups, namely Nilo-Saharian covering Central and Eastern Africa with approximately 140 languages, Khoisan covering the Western part of Southern Africa and has approximately 30 languages, Niger-Congo covering Southern, Central, and Eastern Africa gathers more than 1000languages and Afro-Asiatic covering Nothern Africa, Central Sahara and Horn of Africa. All of these languages are considered official. English has been considered as another official language though some speak it as their first language and some as their second language. A wide variety of sign language is also used.
One of the reasons behind the continents language diversity is the influence of European languages. Europian imperialists had their sights firmly set on Africa towards the end of the 19th century. During the time of colonization European countries were applying diplomatic pressure to get their own way. They used their imperialist might to push into Africa with military invasions, therefore resistant to follow their rules was fierce. Therefore because of this reason, the presence of European languages in Africa could not be avoided, In many instances, these European tounges were taken and localized, being converted into local dialects. For example, Roger Lass in 2002 identified three distinct versions of the SouthAfrican language, there was the broad English used by the working class, general English used by the middle class the cultivated English used by the upper class. The latter was approximated to African English. Therefore local languages which were spoken in South Africa became entwined with European languages which is one of the reasons why there are many languages spoken in Africa.
In relation to Dr. Who: The Fifth Doctor guessed that Matilda was a South African, because of her accent and pronunciation of the word “genetically”. It should be noted that the Doctor was probably versatile in African languages (some though), seeing as he came to earth in the old times and Africa is one of the most ancient continents n earth.
Diversity- “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety; especially: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization programs intended to promote diversity in schools” (Webster Dictionary). Some might ask why I added a definition of a very common used word in this day and age. When people think about diversity I feel like they look at diversity in a very one dimensional way. As the definition states it is different elements. An example that they give is race and culture. Some may argue that those are the only aspects of diversity. I feel that diversity can come in many forms such as peoples various socioeconomic statuses, sexuality, and even political views. These are all aspects of diversity overlooked. From an educator’s standpoint when people look at diversity within a school they look at mostly race. I can argue that I grew up in a diverse community while only a very small group of the community is not Caucasian. Some diversity comes in the different religious backgrounds and other a very diverse in ideas. I came from a school where ideas were shared, ideas were discussed, and people had opinions. That added to the diversity. We might have been a very Caucasian school but we were still diverse.
America is known as the melting pot. The melting pot of culture, race, and ideas. These all ideas make the United States a diverse place to live. Some these cultures have assimilated into a culture of their own. Iowa has created a culture different that of Texas. Although there are both a variety of races in every state the culture is different on different factors. The ideals from different areas are different. Your ideas are affected by multiple factors that are built from your community, family, and friends. These help build the identity and culture of the place you are a part of. Not to keep referring to school but Wartburg is very diverse. Not only in race but in the culture and ideas brought by students from other states, schools, communities, and countries. This makes up a culture at Wartburg. Already being in class I have had ideas changed by learning about fellow classmates culture. That this school/ community has made me more diverse. All in all, diversity is more than race but is a connection and changing the thing that grows and changes individuals constantly.