Diversity Through Multicultural Education

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Affirming Diversity through Multicultural Education
To affirm diversity public schools must develop their multicultural education programs and curriculum (Nieto, 2012). Advancing a multicultural curriculum will need to purposeful with a proactive approach. Administrators and faculty will need to be retrained and develop the skills to teach from a multicultural point of view (Nieto, 2012). Educators will need to immerse themselves in cultural experiences, engage in conversations with others from various ethnic groups, and look at education as a holistic approach rather than one size fits all. By providing an education from a multicultural approach, students may be better prepared to encounter a population that is changing towards ethnic
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The first twelve years of my education consisted of associating with White only students and teachers. After graduating from high school, I attended a local community college for two years. This is where my limited multicultural experience began at the age of 18 in which the student population was more than thirty percent people of color. I began to interact with others from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as professors who were of color. After graduating, I then attended a Division III school where there were a greater mixture of students from various cultures around the world. Hence, Affirming Diversity brought to light the missed opportunity that students in the United States are being neglected a multicultural education. With that knowledge and involvement that has been missed, it may reduce if not eliminate racism and respect for others diversity among in our United …show more content…
Reform is an action oriented process that must include the stake holders, in the case of education, the students must be the focal point. Educators must be committed to setting aside their personal biases and embrace the cultures of others (Nieto, 2012). There is a social responsibility that educational leaders possess in transforming the educational system to include all people of color. The change that is taking place of the influx of immigrants coming to the United States will continue as immigration reform takes place. Educational leaders will need to speed up their process of reform within their own school districts as they have fallen behind in meeting this demand (Choi, 2011). Hence, it is the duty of our educational system to provide an equitable education for all regardless of race, creed, or religion (Nieto,

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