For Oyster Academy ELA Pre-Course Writing
Question 1: “How does a person develop a sense of right and wrong? What is the role of a person’s family and community in their moral development?“
A person develops a sense of right and wrong from a mixture of emotions and guidance. When we do something wrong, and hurt those around us, a normal person will feel guilty, even if we didn’t know it was wrong. We feed off of other people’s emotions. So, we learn not to do said thing again because we feel bad about it and we realize that it doesn’t impact those around us in a positive way.
A person’s family and/or community can also teach how people see the world in the sense of right and wrong. A parent or really anyone can teach a kid not to steal, murder, or commit any crime. However, if a child lives around homophobic and/or transphobic people, they think that their communities way of thinking is the correct way because they’re not exposed to anything else. So, a person’s community can shape their way of thinking by just existing.
Question 2: “How do expectations around race, gender, and class shape the way that people see themselves and the world around them?”
Anyone out of the ‘norm’ is different. Women who play sports and cut their hair are considered tomboys and masculine, men who wear dresses ad nail polish need to ‘man’ up. People of color are considered ugly most of the time. Asians need to be smart or else they act ‘white’. This can lower people’s self confidence, or it can make them toxic. Toxic masculinity stems from gender norms. Racism stems from race norms. People can turn on each other. People of color turn on each other because of their looks. Women turn on each other because of their femininity. It forces people to see each other in a certain way, one that taints the actual world.
With class, the horrible rich insult the poor and treat those with less money than them like dirt. This can cause the poor to see themselves as weak, and not hardworking. The rich are also expected to be stuck up and greedy, so those who aren’t selfish aren’t well known. The working class can’t exactly relax often because, well, they’re working. Yes, they have luxuries, but their money isn’t working for them. So, they have to worry about how much they’re spending at all times. This can make the world seem like a money hazard, because the expectation is that everyone should have plenty of money.
Question 3: “How do different people respond when faced with injustice?”
Those who deal with it often, like people of color or women, might brush it off. Those who are privileged, like the rich, men, and white people, may not be as quick to brush it off. They might not be as calm either. They might grow violent, or threaten in order to get their way. Or they might not know how to deal with the situation and mishandle it. Those fighting for freedom may handle it in a logical way, and those trying to enforce the law will be lawful and calmer. Everyone will handle injustice differently depending on who they are and how they react to certain things.