Essay on Cultural Diversity For Elementary Education

1155 Words May 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Cultural Diversity in Elementary Education According to the Alabama Course of Study, cultural diversity is imperative when it comes to the success of the scientific community. People from all different ethnicities, religions, nationalities, groups, and races have contributed to the world of science and the many groundbreaking discoveries over the course of many centuries. In order for science education to be successful in the elementary classroom, students must find relevance in what they are learning. Not only must students see relevance, but the students must also recognize contributions from people who have a likeness to them, similar backgrounds.
The state of Alabama asserts, “All students, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or cultural background, should have equal access to learning science and engaging in scientific and engineering practices” (ALCOS). Superficially, this statement does not seem necessary. However, in the past, not all people in the state of Alabama had equal access to education, especially scientific education. In the 1960s, the state of Alabama reluctantly integrated school systems with much resistance from state and local school officials especially the governor at the time, George Wallace who openly supported segregation and interfered with integration of the University of Alabama. Activist John L LeFlore and attorney Fred Gray made history in 1963 by petitioning for a plan to integrate Mobile County Public Schools and filing Lee v Macon County…

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