Journal Review and Reflection

Journal Review and Reflection

Superman and me

I am utterly impressed by Alexa Sherman’s story. As an Indian boy, everyone expects him to fail, whether he wants to or not. But he rises above all the prejudice and discrimination to do what he loves and lend a helping hand to others from his community who are burdened by absurd expectations.

It is impossible to fathom how children can learn anything productive from comic books, at least that’s what parents think. Alexa proves that anything is possible if a chance is given and utilized appropriately. Alexa’s father can be considered the most extensive support system he had in his quest to learn (Alexa 1998). Be it genetics or in reality, he was always there, encouraging and providing for his needs in the best way he could. Hence, parents should support their children as they grow and guide them. I cannot comprehend how a prodigy like Alexa failed to gain recognition just because of his skin pigmentation. It is ridiculous! He is, after all, an American citizen, and had he been appropriately groomed, he would have been in a better position to make enormous contributions to the nation.

Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work

There is some truth in the classification of schools based on social class. I would say that this is mainly attributed to how people live. For instance, the affluent and the poor cannot live in the same community. Instead, there is an estate, a gated community at that serves the rich, where all their amenities are catered for, including schools.

I am utterly impressed with the manner in which the author categorizes the schools. There are working-class schools, middle-class schools, affluent professional schools, and elite executive schools (Anyon,2017). The students are trained to follow in the footsteps of their parents to maintain the social classification system. In the first two schools, students are trained so that they can have some skills to support themselves later in life. In the third group, students study hard with the expectation that afterward, they’ll be rewarded in getting a good job. The last group is trained on how to hone their skills and potential to be better suited to carry on their family legacy, whether in business or any other field. They are trained to be the best of the best.

 

These two readings are interrelated in that the former emphasizes the latter. The school attended by Alexa should be classified under working-class schools since their family had a source of income. The students are taught to abide by the rules, school rules, and societal rules. They are not taught how to be creative thinkers, and Alexa has to navigate through that by himself. The school does not have sufficient resources, and the limited resources are reserved for white students. White students get the best of everything in schools. The best school, the elite executive school, is a school where the majority of the population is white. I feel that the education system aims to maintain the social standing whereby White people are superior. Had Alexa been white, he would have received the best resources to nurture him be it schools or access to knowledge. Instead, he is left to his machinations, where he scrambles to make the most of the available resources. Therefore, I feel that there is a need to amend the education system as talents are withering away due to poverty when they would have made history if provided with the necessary resources.

References

Alexie, S. (1998). Superman and me. Los Angeles Times, 19.

Anyon, J. (2017). Social class and the hidden curriculum of work. In Childhood socialization (pp. 369-394). Routledge.

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