In what ways are culture and learning connected? Does culture create a way of learning? Or do culture and learning have anything to do with each other at all? As we investigate cultural learning approaches it has been noted that culture and learning are connected. And the ways of early life experiences and the values of a person's culture are both influential proponents in cultural expectations and the process of any cultures learning.
In view of a statistical report that compares cultural learning approaches, the report exemplifies an array of differences in learning approaches as well as an array of differences in cultural learning and productivity, (Mainstreaming, White and Black Working Class, Chinese Immigrants and Mexican Immigrants). However the writer of this text questions the intrinsic value of where the weight is placed on learning. Is learning and productivity contingent upon culture alone? Or could it be that learning and productivity are contingent on individual values that happen to perpetuate throughout cultures. Mainstreamers are described as open, flexible learners that are afforded the opportunity to ask questions and given the liberty to discover their surroundings. White Working Classes are described as restricted learners who learn the specific facts presented by their parents, where parents dictate what is to be learned and what is important as children are read to and quizzed on the objects and people presented. Black Working Classes are described as hands-off where children learn by modeling, imitation, assessing cause-effect relationships and by observing their surrounding where children are not spoken to but surrounded by human contact, where storytelling is a main source of literacy. Chinese Immigrants are described as modeled children who learn by completing small tasks- successfully as parents have full responsibility over what their children learn and when they learn it by teaching children that conformity and obedience is an asset. Mexican Immigrants are described as learners who need coaching and directing, that they are born with certain talents and qualities that do not change, suggesting that literacy is a minor priority. What concerns the writer of this text is this: Are the aforementioned statistics mere conjectures of stereotypes of a few observations or does the learning and productivity of an individual lie contingent on the premier of his/her cultural origin or is learning more contingent on an individual's mindset and value system. As an African American the writer of this text does not deny that cultural differences do exist but the writer contends that cultural differences in relation to learning can easily be tainted with the notion of perceived statuses, individual ignorance and biases that ultimately create barriers for cultures to exercise and maximize their potential of learning and productivity.
Filmore L. W, Now or Later: Issues Related to the Education of Minority Children, A Look At Cultural Learning Approaches