If reams of social science evidence is correct in arguing that diversity makes us smarter, and if higher education researchers are correct about their findings related to college students, our elementary and secondary education students have much to learn and gain from public schools that are diverse and in which professional educators know how to build on that diversity to help all students learn deeper, better, and more creatively about themselves and others. Admittedly, though, a single strong child in a bad environment would indeed likely be lost. Ehrenhalt, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City. The change would affect about 1,100 students out of about 9,000, many of whom already took the bus to school. School leaders should also model for their colleagues inclusive and nonjudgmental discussion, reflection, and engagement strategies that teachers can use to establish positive learning communities in their classrooms.
For example, the district has provided workshops to help classified employees acknowledge their powerful role in setting a welcoming tone and creating an inclusive climate for students, parents, and colleagues in school offices, lunchrooms, hallways, and on the playground. It highlights in particular the large body of research that demonstrates the important educational benefits—cognitive, social, and emotional—for all students who interact with classmates from different backgrounds, cultures, and orientations to the world. This breeds tolerance and transforms a school into a warm, welcoming, sharing academic community. There may have been age when education was only the domain of the upper class. At the same time, higher education scholars and educators have much to learn from K—12 researchers and teachers about how to connect the sociocultural issues of diverse schools to teaching and learning. Mirroring these results, white students in magnets were significantly more likely than students in nonmagnet schools to say they were close to students of color and had students of color as friends. In fact, diversity in education has been shown to promote tolerance.
This support, however, must go beyond creating schools with diverse enrollments to curricular and accountability approaches that allow educators to tap into the multiple educational benefits of diversity. Moreover, those statistics find the majority of the population diversity was white alone that was. Schofield, Black and White in School: Trust, Tension, or Tolerance? He may follow other countrymen to a neighboring suburb. If you read the mission statements and welcome messages on most schools' websites, the words 'diversity' and 'diverse' appear frequently. Ask the other team to give advice and challenge the statement. A sincere teacher who shows concern for his pupils will always be seen as a strong person. Cummins has published four books on education, including Proceed With Passion: Engaging Students in Meaningful Education 2004 , and Two Americas, Two Educations: Funding Quality Schools for all Students 2007 , both published by Red Hen Press.
Who and what are preparing our adolescents for the racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse colleges and workplaces they will soon enter? This was particularly true among people who have personal experience with desegregated schools. New York: Teachers College Press. Being a urban school teacher, I continue to be blessed to know and serve these communities. How to Write a Research Paper on Diversity in Schools This page is designed to show you how to write a research project on the topic you see to the left. Integrated classroom environments are important in helping students learn to collaborate and communicate with the different cultures and backgrounds found in the 21st century work environment. It is readily apparent that not even a doctorate can protect someone from being and holding on to inherently racist ideas. Embracing diversity means accepting differences in others.
White parents who have kept their children in the public schools because they see the value of diversity in their education have been significant participants in these conversations. If a teacher possesses only imited knowledge and understanding of cultural differences in the group of learners this poses huge challenges in classroom teaching and may affect negatively the 'student's ability to become successful learners' as Montgomery describes. Results like these from Hartford, coupled with other similar efforts in metro areas and small towns across the country, despite support from federal or many state leaders, suggest that where there is a will, there is a way to achieve the educational benefits of diverse schools and classrooms in a manner that will benefit all students. Children are so easy to manipulate and influence. Let pupils choose either their home country if they are from a different cultural background or let them pick their favourite country and ask them do do a presentation in front of class with information on basic facts, people, food, attractions etc or let them research a subject which they later present to the class. How do both teams feel afterwards? While there was a period of time when segregated education was practiced in the United States, we have progressed well beyond such narrow-minded ideals. Such pedagogy is best used in culturally and racially diverse schools and classrooms.
My students routinely discuss politically charged issues ranging from wartime civil liberties to affirmative action, and diverse views enhance learning to defend and explain opinions in a civil fashion. Identifying and thinking through notions of difference and how they affect the classroom allow both students and teachers to see the classroom as an inclusive place. They designed their own Socratic seminars using chapters from We Can't Teach What We Don't Know Howard, 2006 and used the stages of personal identity development model from that book as a foundation for ongoing reflective conversations about their own journeys toward cultural competence. When white students are in racially homogeneous groups, no such cognitive stimulation occurs. Effective Schools are Inclusive Schools Introduction There have been significant changes in the quality and standard of education these days and there are also a variety of education styles that have been developed over the past few years that cater to every situation. The magnet school students who lived in urban areas, who were mostly black and Latino, made greater gains and did significantly better in math and reading in high school and on reading tests in middle school than students who were not selected. Therefore, diversity can improve the bottom line of companies and lead to unfettered discoveries and breakthrough innovations.
But landlords in Minnesota have the discretion to reject subsidized housing vouchers, says the council's Libby Starling. In higher education, university officials and business leaders argue that diverse college campuses and classrooms prepare students for life, work, and leadership in a more global economy by fostering leaders who are creative, collaborative, and able to navigate deftly in dynamic, multicultural environments. For example, school leaders in the Apple Valley Unified School District in Southern California, where racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity is rapidly increasing, have invested considerable time and resources in creating a climate of openness and trust. I would argue they had a superior education. Leaders in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, outside Indianapolis, have taken this perspective seriously. Coinciding with the changing racial makeup of the country and our public schools is a profound shift in who lives where. Phase 3: Confronting Social Dominance and Social Justice When we look at school outcome data, the history of racism, classism, and exclusion in the United States stares us in the face.
Historic civil rights organizations, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, are embracing this progressive potential of the Common Core. But if we want more than that, then this trajectory is problematic. However, there are issues when attempting to teach in diverse environments, as often struggle to learn how to present information that is culturally responsive and not biased. This is an extraordinary planet that we live on and there is wonderful diversity and to provide kids with just a little tiny piece of that and call it an education is nonsense. Schofield, Black and White in School: Trust, Tension or Tolerance? Federal and state policies should provide incentives to districts and schools that attract and stabilize racial and socioeconomically diverse public schools through redrawing attendance boundaries to encompass sections of two racially or ethnically distinct neighborhoods. The differences can be categorized according to races, gender religion, and sexual orientation.
Those looking to further their career as school administrators must have a thorough understanding of how to implement diversity within education. In the following section we consider the evidence—old and new—within the K—12 research literature that we argue can be more tightly connected to and inspired by the important higher education work on diversity and learning. Then monitor your fledgling teachers even more carefully than you usually do to make sure that they settle in. Nearly twenty years ago, scholars predicted this downward spiral of more diverse schools measured by narrow, non-diverse measures. By 2011, a choice-based system emphasizing socioeconomic alongside racial integration was supported by 89 percent of parents. While there are clearly significant benefits associated with diversity in education, the outcomes for students depend on how diversity is acknowledged in a classroom setting. Urban history suggests that when a racial group begins migrating to a new community, the existing population is likely either to be pushed out or to flee, setting into play a perpetual cycle of segregation and resegregation.