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Copy of Multicultural Education: A Challenge to Global Teachers

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Multicultural Education:
A Challenge to
Global Teachers “All men are pretty much alike.
It is only by culture that they are set apart.”
Confucius “The values, traditions, social and worldview shared by a group of people bound together by a combination of factors that include one or more of the following: a common history, geographic location, language, social classes, and religion.” (Derman and Sparks) Culture? What is “the values, traditions, social and worldview shared by a group of people bound together by a combination of factors that include one or more of the following: a common history, geographic location,
language, social classes, and religion.”
(Derman and Sparks) Individual learn the values, symbols, and other components of their culture from their social group.The group is a social system that carries a culture. It has a strong influence on the behavior of an individual. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Differences in race, ethnic and religious groups, languages, economic status, and family background are some of the factors that require multiple approaches in teaching.
In the midst of this diversity, students must be given equal opportunities to education.
There is a need for curricular and instructional modifications, teaching styles, re-examination of teachers’ attitudes, beliefs and perception.
Preparing teachers for culturally diverse society is one of the most exciting and rewarding endeavours in education.
-an idea, an educational reform movement, and a process should be done by the educators as well as by the administrators… Multicultural
Education as an idea as an educational
reform movement as a process Diversity of Learners and Multicultural Education "Seeks to create equal educational opportunities for all students, including those from different racial, ethnic and social class groups." (James A. Banks)
"Tries to create equal educational opportunities for all students by changing the total school environment so that it will reflect the diverse cultures and groups within a society and within nation’s classroom." (James A. Banks) "Because its goals are ideals that teachers and administrators should constantly strive to achieve." (James A. Banks) Goals of Multicultural Education Develop and foster a democratic and just society where all groups experience cultural democracy and empowerment 1 2 Improve academic achievement of all students 3 Help the students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to function within their own micro culture, other micro cultures, and within global community 4 Provide opportunities to gain cultural competency. How are we going to achieve these goals? Learn as much about and become as sensitive to and aware of racial, ethnic, cultural and gender groups other than your own.
Never make assumptions about an individual based on their perception of that individual’s race,ethnicity,culture or gender.
Avoid stereotyping. Get to know each student as a unique individual: Walk in the footsteps of all your students. Look into your own conscious and subconscious biases about this people who are different from yourselves. Plan your activities within a multicultural framework while making your classroom a safe and secure place for all the students. Infuse multicultural instructional materials and strategies in your teaching. Foster collaboration and cooperation among your learners, parents, and teachers. “A caring environment will always
enhance academic achievement.” Some Guiding Principles for Teachers and School to help unify individuals and citizens For Teacher Training Institutions Pre-service teacher programs should help prospective teachers understand the complex characteristics of ethnic groups in ways race, ethnicity, language and social class interact to influence students behavior. For Pre-service Teachers Teachers should ensure that all students have equitable opportunities to learn and to perform to a standard. Teachers should help students acquire social skills needed to interact effectively with students from other racial, ethnic, cultural, language, and social groups. The school curriculum help students understand that knowledge is socially constructed and are reflective of the social, political and economic context in which they live and work. Schools should provide all students to participate in extra-and co-curricular activities that develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that increase academic achievement and foster positive inter cultural relationships. Teachers and students should learn to elliminate sterotyping and other related biases that have negative effects on racial and ethnic relations. Schools should provide opportunities for students from different racial, ethnic, cultural and language groups to interact socially under conditions designed to reduce fear and anxiety. Teachers should teach and students should learn about the values shared by virtually all cultural groups like justice,equality, freedom, peace,compassion and charity among others. To achieve these goals, it is very important for a teacher to be knowledgeable about differences in cultures, religion, ethnicity, and even language of the students.

Preparing teachers for culturally diverse society is one of the most exciting and rewarding endeavours in education.
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