I understand I may get a smackdown for what I’m about to rant but….
I had to pause after the Anzaldua article. I was actually feeling insulted. As if, by being born with white skin, a part of that “white majority” that exists in many people’s heads but not in the real world (look at many family trees how many “pure” white people are there?). I know what the purpose of the article was. I understand that it was a lashing out against the “man,” the status quo, the norm. But I am not that norm. I do not deserve to be treated badly because someone else was treated badly. It is like the reading I did for my Lit Crit class. Feminism is a good lens, but there are more relations between people than male/female or black/white and surprisingly each individual may find that they understand groups they never would have thought related to themselves. This is because we are individuals and we interact in ever changing societies that change us as they go. While Anzaldua seems to understand and present this, she also seems to think that within all this change there is still a center of “white” dominant authority everywhere. I live in south Texas and all through growing up I saw the reverse of that. And, with that reversal, instead of doing things differently than those dominant before them, the dominant culture treated the lower cultures as inferior. I read this and want to go back to Rose and his understanding that the individual is just that individual.
I have to say that I really liked the Jaffe article. I thought that doing a study and showing how to apply it was very interesting. I loved how the author recognized that teachers learn the same way as their students and that their individuality, in adopting and adapting the program, was just as important as the students. They were two parallel lines each behaving similarly though separated by education and experience, which supports the learning style the author favors. I think I may try to adapt the group function from this because I can see how this type of group would function as opposed to the current group, which usually means one person works and the others profit. I noted that the discussion on page 178 seems to connect to earlier text that talk about bringing the teacher closer mentally to the student and our talk of not being in a “freshman” mind frame. This might be one way to move closer to that. The other thing I noticed, on my socially constructed identity/ feminism/ cultural thing, was that the familia approach fits the idea of constructing a community that then influences people in a way that accomplishes learning and benefits both teachers and students. I’d like to try this approach and see how it would function in the classes I hope to teach in the future.