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Diversity in the Classroom

"Urban Education" Article (race+culture+language+disability)

Megan Esgar

on 4 May 2011

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OK, so how do I use this info as a future teacher? Wanda Blanchett
U. of Colorado-Denver

Janette Klingner
U. of Colorado at Boulder

Beth Harry
U. of Miami written by 1. Recognize issues & their effects. race culture language class disability
etc. education quality
access to services 2. Learn about & respect cultural diversity. Cultural Diversity use professional interpreters print materials in native languages use simple & cultural terms ask about values & hopes The Intersection of Race, Culture, Language, and Disability: Implications for Urban Education "The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world."
-Malcolm X Urban Education
Vol. 44 No. 4
July 2009 3. Scrutinize your lessons & techniques. 4. Advocate for better policies & training. assessment strategies? instructional strategies? communication strategies? curriculum? The American education system was and still is based on white, male, English-speaking, middle/upper class norms and values.

Therefore, the cultural beliefs and values of diverse students and families may not be reflected. learning styles family values cultural mores linguistic frames of reference perspective of disabilities beliefs race culture language poverty disability LIFE LIFE Like race and gender, disability has been and still is being used as a means of categorization, stratification, and exclusion. (covert ways of segregation) IQ Testing Based on knowledge of mainstream culture, society, & language Students of color more likely to perform poorly More likely to appear deficient Placed in special ed We know about these shortcomings when using intelligence tests with students of color...

...and yet most districts still use IQ scores for disability designation. Strive to... -encourage parents to share their perspectives
-respect those viewpoints
-incorporate those values in service options When diverse families seek out programs to help them raise and educate their children with disabilities, they have a hard time finding and using those practices.

Most obstacles are related to poverty, racism, and lack of good services; even with access, services are rarely culturally and linguistically sensitive or responsive.

Therefore, diverse individuals with disabilities and their families don’t receive innovative or top-notch practices. Compared with all other groups combined, African Americans have a
2.99x higher chance to be labeled MR,
1.17x higher chance to be labeled autistic, and
1.65x higher chance to be labeled developmentally slow.

Hispanics are about 1/2 as likely to be labeled as having MR or developmental deficiency (U.S. Dept of Ed, 03).

This imbalance was first nationally recognized in 1968.

Yet another example of modern segregation. Poverty & its related hazards are often blamed for developmental issues, but these factors are not always the cause. Studies in 2003 showed that almost 3/4s of African American kids and over 3/4s of Latino kids attend schools dominated by minority students.

Doesn't this sound like segregation all over again? Yup. This cheats both minority & majority students of experiencing racially, culturally, & linguistically diverse schools. because several kids "beat the odds” This focus on poverty overlooks how the primary culture (white middle class) of society & schools considers minority children to be deficient. race class lang. culture Resources, teachers' skills, & quality of education at inner-city schools are greatly below that of schools serving mostly white, middle class kids.

This results in minority youth facing a lifetime of constant struggle.
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