Education and Acculturation in Our Lives Essay

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Education and Acculturation in Our Lives

Do you believe that there is more than one way to "see" things? If you were given a piece
of art to look at, what would you "see"? Would you see the same thing as a three year old,
as your friend in Korea, or as your art teacher? Why is it that each person would see the
picture differently? Is the picture not the same in each case? Why would each person not
see the same thing or interpret it the same way? According to Cole, the way we perceive
things in our day-to-day lives is highly due to our education and acculturation. Each
person sees things differently because of the way they have been raised, and the culture
and education they have been given.

The senses play a vital part in the lives of individuals and the way they interpret the
things around them. "[The sense of] touch has been described as the most primitive and the
most personal of the five senses" (Colombo, Gary pg.27). Touch, though often unnoticed, is
the physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact
with the body. Lopez writes, "Eventually I visited many places, staying with different
sorts of people. Most worked some substantial part of the day with their hands" (pg.32).
Many times touch is overlooked as an educational tool. Touch is one of the things that are
very significant in developing people both physically and emotionally and in linking us to
other human beings.

The sense of sight plays an important role as an educational device. We use our sense of
sight to visually interact with our surroundings. With this sense we can recognize objects
around us and make new discoveries. The mind plays a direct role in the way we respond to
and interpret the things we see. The human eye provides the brain with vast amounts of
visual information, in which the brain then registers or disregards in memory. The brain
oftentimes transmits signals back to the person which cause a physical or emotional
reaction. For example, when one touches a pointy object or hits one's knee on a hard
surface, one feels pain not from the pointy object or the hard surface but by the
interpretation in one's mind from electrical signals inside the brain. This is what causes
one to yell out in agony when these particular situations occur.

The more educated one becomes, whether it is by learning through experience as one gets
older and/or being educated in school, the greater ones capability to sense their
surroundings is. The perception is a very involved one. A person learns by going out and
retrieving information, analyzing it, formulating their own opinions, and perhaps even
creating new information. Because of this, our perceptions are often times limited to
things that we personally experience or learn. "Certain people in certain lines of work
seem to train their perceptual systems to perform specific visual tasks that other people
would find impossible" (Kleege). This is why a physicist has the ability to "see" things
which the ordinary person can only dream of perceiving, or why a professional artist can
interpret profound ideas such as an abstract picture or piece of art, whereas the average
person has tremendous difficulty doing so.

Culture also plays a significant role in shaping how people perceive the world around
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