I was reading through some essays today, wherein the students had to write about their heroes. I discovered some interesting trends/stereotypes that my students portrayed.
Most of the white and black kids chose famous people as their heroes. Topping the list were Selena Gomez, Beyoncé, Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, or often, none. But there was something refreshingly common among hispanic students, particularly my LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students.
Most of my hispanic students wrote that their heroes were their parents.
They wrote about how their parents loved them, provided for them, took them places. These parents were not taken for granted. One student wrote how he was able to tell his mother everything, even his secrets. Another commented that he wants to be just like his dad, who has worked hard to provide a better life for his family. One student even wrote that her parents were the best thing in her life. These kids were so proud of their parents and all that has been done for them.
In all, some 90% of my hispanic students reported that the heroes in their lives were mom and dad. That is a cultural lesson of which many of us can learn.