Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ask yourself these questions?

-In what ways are U.S schools failing culturally diverse students?

A. Hispanic, native Americans, and African American students score consistently lower on standardized test than so their Asian and white classmates. Those ethnic groups also are categorized in the under-resourced populations and almost half of them are not graduating from high school. This is a major failure for academia, how can you justify learning when the statistics show failure across the cultural population. The expectation theory comes into play here studies show that if a teacher believes a student will achieve at a high level than they will make ore academic gain where as if teacher believe the student will consistently fail then they will live up to the expectations of doing poorly. So my question is why don’t teachers stop buying into the statistics and believe in the culturally divers population.

- What are the purposes and approaches of multicultural education?

A.Multicultural education focuses on human relations that promote cultural and racial understanding among different groups. Multicultural education can also be viewed by some educators as a way to create close links between home and school so that minority children can succeed academically. An approach called teaching the culturally different promotes different perspectives based on race class, and culture; this is another way students can view learning.

-What is culturally responsive teaching and how can teachers use these strategies to educate their students.

A.Culturally responsive teaching links the school day with life at home. these teachers who use this approach view the community as a great opportunity to learn from. By honoring the traditions and crafts in the neighborhood students become more familiar with other traditions which makes them a more well rounded student. In a study by Gloria Ladson-Billings a professor at the university of Wisconsin she monitored nine effect teachers according to parents and administration. The common factor of all of theses effect teacher was that they incorporated home life with the classroom. Teachers would bring in parents to share cultural traditional cooking with the school. Teachers even urged students to develop their native language along with English this way they can share experiences with their peers.

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