This quote from the textbook gives a good definition about stereotyping “stereotyping, can have a considerable negative impact on individuals…on our policies and institutions”. Stereotyping is something that everyone does daily even though they don’t like to admit to it. Stereotyping has been around forever and will be around forever. There have been more extreme type of stereotyping that lead to decimation, but now society have evolved had stereotyping has become less obvious and public. We judge a person within the first few seconds of meeting them, which always isn’t a bad thing you shouldn’t just trust any random person on the street, but stereotyping can hurt others and ourselves.
Some examples of over stereotypes that are used a lot are woman are bad drivers, young people are not responsible, or people who live in Texan love trucks, country music, and football. I am not saying stereotypes are always wrong, there are Texans who love country music and football, when judge people by the way they look, where they live, or what they practice we close our mind and cant grow as a person. When we don’t over stereotype others we can learn and can see that you may have more in common than you think.
I was homeschooled since the seventh grade till the summer of last year and I felt like people would judge me because I wasn’t in public school. Most times when I told people I was homeschooled they would say thing like “You don’t seem like you are homeschooled” which would surprise me. Most people think of homeschoolers are kids who are socially awkward, don’t know about modern media, or don’t have many friends. Before I was homeschooled I thought those thing too, but now I have a different perception of homeschoolers. I have a mix of homeschool and public school friends and when I was homeschooled I went to a lot of different groups, camps, and activities for homeschoolers where I made many friends and good memories. I went out of town more than my public school friends did. Yes I did school work in my pajamas and wasn’t able to experience what public school kids did, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am not saying that homeschoolers are better or kids who went to public school are any different then me, I am saying when you take away stereotypes a whole new world could open up to you. I know that everyone could give a story when they felt a stereotype about themselves wasn’t true and felt like they were being judged. If don’t want to be judged then don’t judge.