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“Helping immigrant workers fit in”

Citizenship and Imigration Canada (1)

The article “Helping immigrant workers fit in” by Marlene Habib which appeared in the Globe and Mail published in September 2011 discusses the current situation of immigrants working in Canada. It includes options for immigrants who are seeking help and guidance to finding a job in their work fields. The article includes successful programs many individuals have taken when they were jobless, such as the bridging program at Ryerson University which helped an individual get a permanent job after a period of struggle in poverty by preparing for interviews with real employers. It further gives information to readers that there are government orientated programs such as Canadian Immigration Program which “helps workers get jobs that recognize their experience and education” (Habib, pg. 2) The article mentions how it remains an issue for many new immigrants who come to Canada to find the job they are worthy off considering their education.

I agree that it is a difficult experience when immigrating to a country which one is not aware off in the language or culture. There is an enormous amount of cultural shock and “fitting in” is a lot harder than imagined by many immigrants in Canada. Getting a job seems to be one of the harder tasks while fitting in because I feel that until an individual understands the language there is a communication barrier between people working together. With this communication barrier the employee and employer are unable to communicate in a manner where they are able understand each other.

As mentioned in the article many individuals have sent out numerous amounts of resumes to employers but receive no response. I personally have seen my father experience that even to date. He sits at a computer for hours on weekends sending resume’s to companies throughout Canada looking for a job that could complement his education and work experience. In many cases he received a response stating that he cannot be hired as an employee because he has not enough work experience in one single workplace. He has to switch jobs almost every year because they fired him or as the employer says it “they let him go”. It may be easy to lose a job as an immigrant but to get a job in the first place is the difficult task. Furthermore, it brings down ones self-esteem where they are not courageous enough and give up on life. It is difficult for an individual who was successful at a career in their “home land” but as an immigrant in Canada they are facing struggle to fit in as a worker.

In addition, I agree to this article stating that companies have begun to hire employees who are immigrants because the working industry is now more diverse. There are teachers, police officers and doctors, who are off different ethnicity working together. New immigrants continue to face a struggle because they are unable to understand the language spoken but there is a lot more guidance for them compared to individuals who did not receive any help at all. I support groups who are helping many immigrants prepare for interviews because the interview is the basic point where immigrants can prove to the employer that they are skilled and would be the best choice for the particular job. Also, this type of support encourages immigrants that they are capable of working in Canada and gives them the push towards a higher self-esteem where they can be proud of their education received from another country.

In conclusion, the article “Helping immigrant workers fit in” by Marlene Habib has stated reasonable points that are currently still an issue for the immigrants coming to Canada but there is still hope for them. Canadian immigrants are now provided with the help and aid that encourages them to excel in Canada. Many immigrants have to face struggle and difficulties in the beginning but when successful they will be a part of Canada’s large working community. As stated in the article, the help provided is a step towards building a more diverse community and a job is one of the requirements to an immigrant once living in Canada. In short, work is required in order to provide self and family with the necessities of living and providing immigrants with a job would help them live a more subtle lifestyle.

Source of Article:

Habib, M. (2011, September 29). Helping immigrant workers fit in – The Globe and Mail. Home – The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 27, 2011, from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/on-the-job/helping-immigrant-workers-fit-in/article2185279/

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“The face of education: is it too white?”

Teacher Helping Students

In the article, “The face of education: is it too white?” by Louise Brown has included opinions of teachers, students, principles and officials from education of Peel. The article is about the diversity of teachers in schools throughout Ontario and the importance of the diversity in teachers mirroring the diversity of students attending the schools. Furthermore, the article states the achievements that many teachers and principals have accomplished through the years because they were encouraged to be a bigger part of the diverse society. The article states that the school systems are now more encouraged in hiring teachers who are of diverse ethnicity to create a diverse schooling system. The Ontario Ministry of education has stated to all the principles to reflect diversity when hiring teachers for the school. The principles are responsible of the staff provided to students and each teacher has a different contribution to the students attending the school. The article further states that insuring that there is diversity within the staff members is important because the students pursue a role model in the teachers who they are able to relate to. If the backgrounds of student and staff are relating to each other the student then feels more comfortable and can look at their teacher as a role model who has achieved a lot of success in life.

I agree that the school systems earlier were not as diverse as today. When I was in elementary school I remember that all my teachers were of the same ethnicity. However, when I went to high school Rick Hansen Secondary School I had teachers who were of different ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. The staff of teachers was more diverse; I had teachers who were from different parts of Asia. Some of my teachers were from India, China and Russia. As mentioned in the article students and teachers are able to relate to each other because of their common background experience. I agree with this because the teachers in high school that I was able to relate to were of the same background. I feel that when I was unable to relate to the teacher I would find students who had a common background with me. It is more about feeling that you are not alone out there, there is someone who shares the same background experience which you can relate to.

In addition, I agree to the article stating that even currently the staff at many schools in Ontario is not as diverse as it should be. There are still some places in Ontario where schools are limited in their diversity because not that many teachers are from different ethnicity backgrounds. The article states statistics from universities that there are not that many students who are studying to become teachers. In order to have a more diverse staff of teachers we need to be more encouraging towards the career of becoming a teacher. I feel that parents and teachers are the role models who encourage students to choose the career to pursue in their future. Personally my parents have encouraged me to become a successful teacher but I have met my friend’s parents who discourage the choice of becoming a teacher over being a doctor. My friends who want to become a teacher and be successful at the job are rejecting their choices because their parents encourage something else for the future choice in career. I agree there needs to be more diversity in the staff of many schools and in order to have that diversity in staff parents and current teachers need to encourage the career of teaching.

In conclusion, the article “The face of education: is it too white?” by Louise Brown is stating the current situation in the school system in Ontario regarding the diversity of staff members. The article discusses the importance of diversity in teachers and has included the changes that have been made in order to achieve the diversity. It states that diversity in teachers allows student and teachers to relate to each other by sharing the common experiences. School systems have taken a step to making schools a more diverse society by hiring teachers of different backgrounds. Teachers are a role model for students and students are more successful in school when they have a teacher role model present in their life. To sum up briefly, it is now the responsibility of parents and current teachers to encourage students to pursue teaching as a future career to allow the diverse teaching staff for the future in school systems.

Source of Article:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/11/18/the_face_of_education_is_it_too_white.html

Brown, L. (2011, September 18). Toronto News: The face of education: is it too white? – thestar.com. News, Toronto, GTA, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Canada, World, Breaking – thestar.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013, from http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1089372–the-face-of-education-is-it-too-white

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The Role of Technology in Early Childhood Programs

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Short Biography of the Author

Francis Wardle, Ph.D., is the author of the book Tomorrow’s Children: Meeting the Needs of Multiracial and Multiethnic Children at Home, in Early childhood Programs, and at Schools (CBSC).  He is also the director for the Center of Biracial Children. Francis Wardle, Ph.D., teaches as an assistant professor at the University of Phoenix/Colorado.

What was the article about? In what way is the article valuable to you as an ECE professional?

The article discusses regarding the future of technology around children and how educators can provide the most effective usage of the technology in classrooms. This article indicates that “technology will be part of the learning landscape of the future” (Wardle, 2008).  For educators to make sure that this new technology in classrooms is used effectively the educators must be trained, supported, and have restrictions on the internet sites that are being used by children such as the sites should be developmentally appropriate. Also, the educator at this point is required to provide goals and objectives based on the technology around them according to the education program. An issue raised in the article is that technology should not take away the educators abilities to use materials and other essential resources such as staff training. Technology should not be replacing the commitment that educators need to educate the child as a whole with appropriate understanding of child development. Overall, the article states that we should constantly attempt to use technology in powerful ways for such things as individualizing, gain knowledge regarding disabilities and different learning styles, and bringing the outside world to the classroom for the learning advantage to the children.

In what way is the article valuable to you as an ECE professional?

As an Early childhood educator this article is valuable to me because it provides an insight on if the inclusion of computers within classroom environment is effective for the development of young children. Furthermore, each program has a goal and if technology in classrooms helps achieve the program goal it is the role of the ECE to provide the inclusion of technology. The goal and objective of each program should be based on the development of children and age appropriate technology would be effective towards including new materials in classrooms. It is the responsibility of each educator to inquire and learn how computers could be incorporated within classroom environments. The article includes options and opportunities for Early Childhood educators for the inclusion of technology to be a part of the classroom environment for the effectiveness of children’s learning. The article states that experts in child development have concluded that children under age of 3 should not be introduced to computers as it is not developmentally appropriate; however children age 3 and above are able to explore effectively. Therefore, older children would use commuters effectively to learn about themselves and their environment by active learning and manipulating objects making computers developmentally appropriate for the specific age group. This is valuable knowledge for educators in the profession to be informed how and when the inclusion of computers and technology in classrooms would be necessary according to age appropriateness.

My Pedagogy and Philosophy as an Early Childhood Educator

I believe that the purpose of early childhood education is necessary to build a diverse society that contains knowledge and understanding of the world. Children learn differently at different times as compared to other children in the same community. Each child has their own developmental capacity and stages that they accomplish at different speeds. I believe education for children should be based on the learning of each child individually. Focus of the learning should be based on the children interacting with other student, their environment and educators. A computer offer children with a variety of learning styles and offers a large opportunity for learning. The learning materials offered with technology is diverse and it is possible to focus on each child’s development individually using the learning offered with technology. There are also tools offered for children with learning disabilities which is important for me as an educator where each child is included in the process of learning to explore the world around them.

Aticle Reviewed:

http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=302

Wardle, F. (n.d.). Earlychildhood NEWS – Article Reading Center. Earlychildhood NEWS – Article Reading Center. Retrieved October 26, 2013, from http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=302