Education Article Critique

1098 words 5 pages
Amanda Tatarek
9/29/10
Article Review #1
The article begins by the author explaining that men have privilege over women. “Denials which amount to taboos surround the subject of advantages which men gain from women’s disadvantages. These denials protect male privilege from being fully acknowledged, lessened or ended,” (McIntosh, 1998. P. 1). Then the article proceeds to discuss how whites, whether they realize it or not, have a considerable advantage over other races. She lists twenty-six ways that whites have the upper hand. McIntosh explains that as a white person she had been sheltered from the privileges that she had. “I think whites are taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male
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In our text book, Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society, it states, “Proponents of meritocracy accept the theories of sociobiology or functionalism or both, in which inequalities are viewed as natural outcomes of individual differences. They believe everyone has the opportunity to be successful if they just work hard enough”(Gollnick & Chinn, 2009, p. 30). In my classroom my students will learn about all different races because there should be equal time spent on all races. I understand that children come for all different backgrounds and family lives but when they step foot in my classroom they will all be treated with respect and all looked at equally, although I will definitely keep in mind that their lives at home might be way different then their lives at school.

The author and I have very different opinions on being white. She claims that it is a privilege and that other races suffer, I strongly disagree with her because there are also issues of reverse discrimination, affirmative action, and the privileges that are granted to others based on their race. I think the United States is a mixture of all different cultural backgrounds and is one of the most diverse countries in the World. There will always be a dominant group within a society but I don’t think the dominant group is more privileged or the oppressed group is less privilege. The article was

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