The Importance Of Culture In Education

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Ones’ culture involves more than their racial and ethnic identity. Culture consists of ones’ beliefs, traditions and cultural artifacts. Culture is generational, relevant, and powerful. York (2006) states that "family roles, childrearing patterns, communication styles, and holiday traditions are ways in which culture influences how we as individuals live our daily lives," (p. 60). Culture is embedded within every individual especially young children.
Children learn from their environment as well as from the adults they interact with daily. Young children spend a significant amount of time extracting, embedding, and embracing their cultural beliefs from parents, caregivers, and family members. Sparks and Edwards (2012) states that “young children
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“School, family, and community partnerships now include mothers and fathers, stepparents, grandparents, foster parents, other relatives and caregivers, business leaders and community groups all participating in goal oriented activities, at all grade levels, linked to student achievement and school success,” (Parent, Family, Community Involvement in Education, 2008). Although parents, families, and communities can support student achievement and success, it is the goal that educators build on the student’s culture. A culturally responsive teacher builds on culture, interests, development, parent involvement, and learning. There are many challenges and obstacles that educators endure, however, they must focus on culturally relevant pedagogy and anti-bias …show more content…
In addition, educators must include all families regardless of their cultural backgrounds to ensure effective parental involvement. Although there are strategies to increase parental involvement, educators must provide culturally responsive care and education for all students as well as anti-bias teaching methods. “Young children benefit when their teachers and families engage, connect, and are involve with each other in ways that help them learn, grow, and feel secure,” (Hammack, Foote, Garretson & Thompson, 2012). Despite cultural differences, educators should provide a culturally responsive curriculum that ensures that every student is supported in the

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