A Powerful Transformative Force
I recently wrote a paper for the University of Washington where I discuss the significance of classroom management. I believe that education can be one of the most powerful tools in the world through classroom management that honors culture and diversity, as well as honoring each student holistically. The world is changing everyday and so are our students. Thus, educators need to assist students in those changes through a personal and constructive approach.
“There is no more powerful transformative force than education – to promote human rights and dignity, to eradicate poverty and deepen sustainability, to build a better future for all, founded on equal rights and social justice, respect for cultural diversity, and international solidarity and shared responsibility, all of which are fundamental aspects of our common humanity.” – Irina Bokova, former Director- General of UNESCO
Diversity & Cultural Responsiveness
In his article titled, “Urban Schools: Forced to Fail”, Emeral A. Crosby shares about the increase in diversity of students in schools. He states, “the new wave of immigrants of the past 25 years from Hispanic countries, from the Middle East, and from Asian countries has washed over the urban schools like a tidal wave.” This wave of immigration has brought along challenges. Specifically, not just cultural challenges but behavioral challenges too. This change requires educators to be aware of not just behavior and academic needs, but also ethnic and cultural needs. Teachers will have to understand that their students each have different wishes. This shift in immigration and in urban school systems demands changes in the delivery of education. Also, educators have to prepare to teach in culturally responsive ways that allow education to be a powerful force, as it should be.
Respect & Consideration
“Culturally responsive teaching involves purposely responding to the needs of the many culturally and ethically diverse learners in classrooms”.– Dave F. Brown in, “Urban Teachers’ Professed Classroom Management Strategies”