College Readiness & Academic Culture
When discussing college readiness an individual will realize that there are many different “branches” or concepts that come into view due to the fact that this is a broad topic. A very important one though, is academic culture. I believe academic culture is very important because it influences how someone performs in an institution of learning, and the workplace as well.
What academic culture is is just the atmosphere of school and/or workplace that has its own set of rules separate from the many lifestyles that people may have. It keeps everyone organized and on the same page with each other even though there are multiple backgrounds. Academic culture is the reason students and coworkers are enabled to work as a unit to accomplish tasks and put aside their own differences for the time being. In the typical school setting, religion is kept out of the picture to avoid conflict between students and teachers. It goes hand in hand with the tolerance of others. A good example of tolerance in an academic environment is how students don’t all have the same religious and ethnic/cultural backgrounds, yet are able to maintain friendships and work alongside each other. As the years have gone by the academic society has been adapting to changes in modern society. Modern society is basically one of the main influences of academic culture. For example, if you go back over a century, you would not see females, blacks, and immigrants as the head of a classroom (in America). Fast forward to the present day, many races of both genders including homosexuals are now able to teach in classrooms because of movements for rights. People are able to find work and coexist with others on the job no matter what they are, and that is because of tolerance. Even though the term is coined “academic” the same concept applies to the general workplace because it still follows the same concept. For example, say there is a doctor from a certain religious sect and some of his/her beliefs have certain restrictions on sexual activity. This isn’t a reason not to inform other patients with different backgrounds safe sexual practices and to distribute contraceptives to them. The one difference with the workplace is when there are dealings with business; emotions have to be kept out of what is going on. This is in comparison to a school where student to teacher relationships may be on a personal level. An example that applies to both the workplace and school environment is when the teaching of a certain controversial issue comes up such as evolution. “Those who would like to remove evolution from the curriculum altogether have been told in no uncertain terms that the right to teach about this subject is inherent in the First Amendment. (Epperson v. Arkansas, 1967) At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that criticism of the theory of evolution may also be a required part of the curriculum.” The teacher might not believe in it but is only teaching it because it’s part of the curriculum that has to be followed. At the end of the day the teacher still gets paid. On the student’s side it may be the same thing; not really having supporting beliefs in the theory of evolution, but the student will follow through with the lesson plan simply because he/she wants to pass the class. Academic culture simply means work gets done easier with little to no conflict.
In conclusion, the most important things that governs the school system and workplace setting all goes back to academic culture. It is the key to running a smooth and safe figurative area for people to work in. If it didn’t exist there would be a lot of conflict between people that would hinder learning and work progress.
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