Online class discussions

Racial passing and why is racial passing more possible in parts of Latin America than in the United States


I do not agree with racial passing, in fact, I think it is a bad practice since individuals who get involved with this practice will eventually cut ties from their families and friends since just a relationship with a lower ethnic type might cause them a lower ethnic position. However I think racial passing is more possible in Latin America than in the United States because this practice is viewed as a norm in Latin America and it is characteristically seen as a way to progress in life. However, I do not agree with the notion in the United States that if you grew up in poor background chances are that you will remain in the same state. I agree that there is always a way to better your life.


As much as I do not agree with racial passing, I also do not agree with the fact that racial passing is largely seen as a norm in Latin America. Cutting ties from your family and friends just because they don’t come from higher ethnic ranks basically amounts to a form of discrimination. I highly disagree with the practice in Latin America where people will pretend to come from a particular race just to fit and assumed to come from a higher ethnic rank. Though this is seen as a way to progress in life, it is not a wise move to deny your cultural roots like most Mexicans do in the United States. The practice is also practiced in the United States where people will go to great lengths to even change their hair color just to fit though they get to be identified later.


Explain at least two examples of femininities and masculinities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Are these the same as North America? Why or why not?


According to the book, machismo is a term used to define the practice of masculinity that basically affirms the control and authority of the males in the society. Factually, from the chapter the males will always be dominant over their women and always remain the head of the household. On the other hand, marianismo define women as being obedient, stay home as wives, and attend to their kids. However, I do agree that this fading fast in the current century, in North America families are actually functioning as a team and the husband is no longer the sole bread winner. I also agree that in North America equality is the order of the day.


In this context, I do not agree with the fact that in Latin America women should stay at home and look after the children. Though this is a culture thing that has been passed from one generation to the next, times have changed. In the United States women are now performing the same duties as men and contributing immensely to the family resources.

Types of ADHD: Predominantly inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive

Predominantly inattentive

A person suffering from this type of ADHD may display signs of inattentiveness than any signs of hyperactivity or impulsivity. From the video, this was evident from the way Bobby threw away his class materials.


Symptoms of ADHD

  • This is characterized by twiddling and squirming as well as talking unreasonably during unsuitable times. From the video it is hard to comprehend any word from Bobby
  • This is characterized by distractions by noises or anything going on around deterring a person from performing any task at hand.
  • A person will have the tendency to make impulsive decisions.


  • Doses prescribed for ADHD contain stimulants that are not addictive.
  • Stimulants in the doses for ADHD are highly effective if taken infrequently.


  • The general effects are temporary, hence, none can treat ADHD.
  • No known medication has tested to be effective for functional complications.



I agree with the teacher that you should not give up on the student. I agree that persistence is the secret to dealing with such a situation. This approach can work since, from the video Bobby atlist tried to scribble something on his note book which is a sign that he can change unlike when he threw his materials away. While research can truly help such students, I agree with the fact that we should not give up but seek to find different techniques to help such students.




I agree that the strategy was good from the video. I also agree with the fact that sending such students like Bobby in a disability class will only affect them further and worsen the situation. Such students can excel later in life we just don’t have to give up on them at any point like Bobby’s teacher did from the video.


I agree that the strategy was not entirely effective for Bobby however, it is hard to ignore that he at list responded to something. It is also correct to try other strategies and techniques for students like Bobby. Changing the teaching methods and getting them involved is a good way to get their attention.


What were you surprised about watching these kiddos talk?

What surprised me the most when I watched this kid talk was the fact that he seemed as if he doesn’t recognize the surrounding around him. For instance, the class sounded full of pupils during the first instance but according to Bobby it was as if he was alone in some world of his own. Additionally, he exhibited a lot of anger just from his words when he was presented with class materials and he did not hesitate to throw them away.

In the second instance, what was surprising was the fact that this time round Bobby seemed to be aware of the fact that he was not alone and when asked if he was going to join the rest he accepted. Though he only scribbled his name on the note book, it shows that this time he aware of his surroundings.  Looking at Bobby’s response during the second instance shows that this strategy used by his teacher will be beneficial in the long run. Though it might take time, it is enough proof with Booby that with time things might get better with a little understanding and patience from the instructor.

Have you ever met someone with Down syndrome? If so, what was it like? If not, what do you think it would be like?

I remember when I was in high school; we had a colleague from our class called Collins who more or less acted like Bobby. He used to come to class very early and start drawing very nice pictures of such things like cars, motorbikes and houses. When the instructor entered the class, Collins used to cover himself with this hood and lay his head on the desk without making any contributions. In fact, Collins never carried any class materials to class.

Though our instructors were annoyed with his behavior, our principle was positive that Collins would one day emerge to be an important person in the society. Twenty years later, today Collins is one of the most renowned architects in the Middle East. Though Collins suffered from Down syndrome, this condition does not deter him from showing his abilities. In summary, we should not give up on any person suffering from Down syndrome.







Bath, P. (2014). “Emotional Disturbance in the Classroom: don’t give up on Bobby”. Retrieved on 17th March 2016 from





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