"Culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another." (Hofstede 1984)
Culture according culture the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. (
I was surprised that this course made me open my eyes to cultural difference in education. To me culture is what makes us who we are. I was raised in a rural area in North Carolina. I had loving and caring parents and a large extend family. My siblings and I were expected to go to school and do our best.   The one thing that my parents, like most parents in my culture, did not tolerate was misbehavior.
My house growing up was nestled in a neighborhood that consisted of nothing but family members. I always had aunts to watch over me or cousins running around to play with. This is typical of people in my culture. Due to this up bringing I am extremely family oriented. I believe that family helps shape us into the people we are. As a parent family is the main thing I continue to stress that in my own children.
  Neither of my parents attended college and their attitude towards education was just okay as long as we went to school and did our best, home life was good. I have participated in sports for as long as I can remember. My father was a firm believer that if left without something to do children will get into trouble. My parents did however have a zero tolerance for misconduct and disrespect. The respect aspect of my parent’s rules was difficult because many of my teachers suffered from deficit thinking.
Castro stated “They continue to hold is conceptions about minority children's literacy abilities, fail to recognize the pervasiveness of racial inequality, hold lower expectations for students of color, deny the significance of race in their practices, and lack a sense of themselves as cultural beings (Castro,2010;...