instantly forming judgment of others. Some of these judgments likely come as a result of socialization, but I think that socialization theories are incorrect in affirming that all mental schemas, namely decisions, judgment, conclusions, beliefs and so forth are as result of enculturation, for I find that many proceed too from personal experience. In fact, most of my negative instantaneous judgments are a result of experiences that have been accrued that go counter to my socialization.
Positive judgments that I consequently make involve color of the skin, dress, and action, as well as general personality characteristics. I am attracted to the Black race since I consider them diligent, hardworking and, generally, people who have overcome terrific odds just as I have. I know what it feels to be a victim, and I tend to gravitate to minority races or individuals who suffer. I tend to gravitate to minority races, too, given the fact that I am curious by the cultural diversity in the world much of it unknown to me. A serious person tends to appeal to me (not too serious though), as well as a girl more than a boy. (Of course the girl has to be attractive too..). An elderly person (up to a certain age appeals to me too. Outgoing individuals attract me. Anything associated with the food profession draws me. Professors, and people in authority, intimidate me. Negative judgments, on the other hand, includes fundamentalism of any kind. It is the -- ism not the individual that repulses me. Repulsed am I too by students who seem to flaunt their wealth and brains and, perhaps, who seem to flaunt anything. Moody individuals distract me, and I dislike the company of someone who seems as thoguh he may well be a bore.
These judgments have certainly affected the not always intentional way that I react to others, and, occasionally, I realize that I have erred. Most likely too I have possibly lost out by my reaction if not in self-reinforcing prophecy than in the motion of losing a potential benefit. One of my closest friends, in fact, has all the disadvantages (each and every one) listed above. I tried to repulse her on first encounter. Serendipity revealed to me her true value.
These instinctive, snap judgment would certainly effect me as educator since they would preclude me from seeing the true value of the student, from treating him or her as an individual, and form giving him a chance. Self-reinforcing prophecy may then make him react in kind instigating a certain pattern of concur and thought on both our parts that would be detrimental to both of us and to all concerned
2. The Quiz.
Admittedly, I received 14 answers incorrect, and was graded a total of 1. I was surprised to discover that answers were less intuitive than I thought and that racism, apparently, existed on a far wider scale than I perceived it to be. This comment comes accompanied by the observation that surveys are accompanied by a host of problems, particularly those that are structured to address the association's agenda (although some of these sources clearly were not).
3. The Essay
The essay discusses the concept of racism in the classroom. Helling believes that racism is an inescapable matter and that Blacks (and other of minority races) are often at an academic disadvantage because not only do they have to spend to much time (compared to Whites who spend no time at all) refuting and challenging racism, but they also have a plethora of negative voices that potentially hinder them from succeeding. Rather than ignoring the concept of racism, as many educators seem to do (by saying that they do not 'allow" race" in the classroom), Helling believes that we should be cognizant of its presence and discuss it so that we are better able to deal with it, and other biases, in a more productive manner.
Helling's essay reminds me of a talk that I once heard by Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who devotes her life to fighting racism. She too condemned the perspective that racism does not exist, and provided the beautiful allegory of her mother who loves gardening and therefore, extends herself in collecting a diversity of exotic vegetation and plants. Were a…