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Mike Rose's Essay "I Just Wanna Be Average" Discusses Empowering Students

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A culture myth is a fairy-tale or set of beliefs. A cultural myth refers to the set of beliefs and stories that characterize a given culture. Empowerment is the procedure of increasing the capability of groups or individuals to make decisions and to convert those choices into most wanted action and outcomes.Empowerment is that it is the degree to which people acquire control over matters that are of importance to them. When individuals are empowered, however, they can manipulate choices that shape their own lives and potentially the lives of others. In the essay "I Just Wanna Be Average", the author Mike Rose was empowered by finding the responsibilities meaningful, see them as comparatively competent and able to do those tasks, and trust that their participation in those tasks would make an impact in some way. Mike Rose also disempowered by the low-knoeleage family and teachers who taught him nothing besides survive.

Mike Rose argues that society very often neglects and does not see the full value and potential of students in his essay. "The error went undetected, and I remained on the vocational track for two years. What a place."(Rose) He mentioned that he was seated in vocational school and put him in the bottom level classes by accident, but he did not argue with that and keep stay

in that class. Education empowers student through creating a sense of possession over learning. This happens when the students are given the power to make decisions in an area of the curriculum. Another reason occurs this because of Rose is from immigrant and working-class family. His parents apparently are uneducated themselves, unfamilair with the intricacies of the school system. Rose lists that:"The other Rose apparently didn't do very well, for I was placed in the vocational track, a euphemism for the bottom level. Neither I nor my parents realized what this meant." Because of the family knows nothing about the education, they do not argue with the school and they hand their children to the teachers and do not care what their children could learn in these schools with low quality teachers.

On the other hand, education disempowers students by putting them into the schools and classes, which have no effort teachers and lazy students. “Students will float to the mark you set”(Rose). Students will float in class and this greatly disempowered them and they continued failing. It is clear in Rose's essay that the Vocational Track housed the more unruly and unmotivated students, and not only students are unmotivated, so does their teacher. Students who have outstanding teachers will produce outstanding work. At the time Rose studies in the Vocational Track, the class was so discouraging and they could not even concentrate as they were taught by unprofessional teachers. Their English teacher at the vocational track, for instance, had little training and so his plan for the day lesson was not good. He could only have them use the...

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