The Importance Of Intercultural Education

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As the US population is becoming increasingly diverse due to globalization, our schools and classrooms are becoming filled with multiethnic students from different cultures and countries. Now having that in mind, the school systems, educators, and policies must tolerate the fact that these students are not like the native ones. They think, act, and talk differently. Intercultural education for the educators to have certain skills to communicate with the a globalizing classroom is very essential in raising and improving the community as a whole, and it eventually can resolve many implications that both the educators and the students face on daily basis.

Why are there implications between unskilled educators and students from a different culture?
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For example, let 's consider cultural conflicts in prisons. According to Frederick Lawrence 's journal of Cultural Conflict in Corrections, since the 1950s and 1960s national immigration policies with globalization resulted in jails and prisons that house inmates who have migrated to the United States from geographic locations around the globe. As a consequence, cultural clashes showcased the need for major reform in the criminal justice system. These clashes often resulted in major consequences and even in the deaths of inmates and corrections officers (e.g., Attica Riot, New Mexico Prison Riot, and the Tent City Riot in Arizona). Lawrence finally suggests that the staff must be prepared to manage these different groups in an effective manner. This requires the officer to gain a global perspective and skills. He mentions a study done in Queensland, in Australia, that shows how having a college education and resources can ultimately resolve major issues in criminal …show more content…
Steven Levitt, an Associate Dean of the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio in Texas, mentions how each culture has its own intercultural way of communication, expression, gesture or even languages, and how these differences of "cultural paradoxes and dialectics, complexities and differences" affect many features of collaborative work (1). The study has shown the more knowledgeable and educated about the global an employee is the more successful he is in his job, and more likely for him to have good relationships his co-workers

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