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Posted on February 22, 2015 3:12 am
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ZyhyJu
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Cultural Diversity
Juan is from EL Salvador and is new to his 8th grade middle school. He brings in several books from his from his 8th grade class t hat are from EL Salvador. The books have gender defamation statements towards women. In his culture women are submissive and secondary to males. How do you explain to Juan that the culture is different in the United States without restricting his beliefs?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 10, 2015 9:48 pm

anaRyn
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It would be great for the teacher to explain to the student that there are similarities and some differences in gender roles in the U.S. in comparison to El Salvador. I would recommend focusing on similarities to help the student feel welcomed in his new environment. It would be important for the teacher to conduct a little research on El Salvador and women leaders in that country and Central America. El Salvador is a Central American country and currently there are female presidents in Central America, thus it would be beneficial to explain to the student that women's roles are respected in the U.S. and also respected in Central America. Also explain that women's roles are evolving in the U.S. and Central America, and give the example the U.S. has not had a female president yet, however, it is likely to happen within the next few years. Laura Chinchilla is the President of Costa Rica, located close to El Salvador. Nicaragua and Panama have both had female presidents as well. Also in South America, the president of Chile is a female. Spanish speaking countries have had many female leaders and presidents. It would be great for the teacher to share this information with the student and have him do some research on the women leaders in El Salvador. I believe the teacher and the student will both benefit from this research, and this information could be shared with the class as well.
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eguByp
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I agree with this solution.
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Solution 2
Posted February 24, 2015 8:49 pm

Victoria Horn
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I would talk to administration to see what they would do first because you don't want to offend him in any way. It might be best if you just ask him to put them away since the class doesn't have another copy.
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Solution 3
Posted March 15, 2015 4:54 pm

yTuGub
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While this is a real problem, Juan was socialized differently. He needs lessons that will help him to understand the culture that he is nonliving in. You can start by letting him know that the books he is taking with him to school won't be required for the class. The communication will have to include the parents also, since the practice may seem o.k at home. They should know that while you embrace cultural diversity, there are some practices that are deemed inappropriate for the current setting.
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Solution 4
Posted July 11, 2016 2:05 am

PuWupe
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I think that Juan will learn and adapt to the new culture eventually. I know he may seem rude to girls in his classroom or his female teachers, but that is what he has been taught for the last 13-14 years of his life. I completely understand Juan's situation because I am also an immigrant and I had to adjust to many things that was not used to. All I can say is to give him some time to understand the new culture and its rules.
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Solution 5
Posted February 26, 2015 9:31 pm

Dameju
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I believe that any belief outside of gender equality is wrong. While I can't necessarily condemn his books, I can lead the class in a discussion on women's roles and men's roles. I think it is essential to demonstrate the strength and character of both genders and to promote an atmosphere where mutual respect and honor is paramount.
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JuMaPa
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Perhaps bring this issue up in a lesson (if it isn't being brought up already). Modeling respect for all students & gender neutrality is essential for us as educators. i wouldn't just have a discussion with him, but also put action behind these things. Praise students when they respect each other, especially this student. Show him other books. Show no toleration for the distespect of females (or males) in the classroom.
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 2:55 am

uVeWar
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It's a great idea to add new material to help the student see different gender roles in his new culture.
  Posted on: October 13, 2015 1:48 am

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Solution 6
Posted October 8, 2017 4:34 pm

eguByp
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I can't necessarily condemn his books, I can lead the class in a discussion on women's roles and men's roles. I think it is essential to demonstrate the strength and character of both genders and to promote an atmosphere where mutual respect and honor is paramount.
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Solution 7
Posted March 2, 2015 3:16 am

vaguPe
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You can explain to Juan how the United States is different compared to his home country of El Salvador. Explain to him that males and females are equal, that there isn't a gender that's above. It will soon become a culture shock to him given time he remains here in the States.
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