Top Ten Characteristics of a Multicultural School Environment I was able to find only nine available choices for the characteristics of a multicultural school environment so I made my top nine characteristics of a multicultural school environment. My choices are as follows: 1. The faculty, administrators, and other staff see themselves as learners enhanced and changed by understanding, affirming, and reflecting cultural diversity. 2. Teachers and administrators are able to deal with questions of race, intergroup relations, and controversial realities on an objective, frank, and professional basis. 3. Instructional materials are of biases, omissions, and stereotypes. 4. Cultural differences are treated as differences, rather than as deficiencies that must be addressed in compensatory programs. 5. The school curriculum incorporates the contributions of many cultural groups and integrates multiple perspectives throughout it. 6. Differences in academic achievement levels disappear between males and females, dominant and oppressed group members, and upper-middle-class and low-income students. 7. Students learn to recognize and confront inequities in school and society. 8. Students are able to use their own cultural resources and voices to develop new skills and to critically explore subject matter. 9. The composition of the faculty, administration, and other staff accurately reflects the pluralistic composition of the United States The numbered list above contains the top nine most important characteristics of a multicultural school environment. The list is in order from the most important to the least important characteristics based off my opinion. The list shows ways to help keep a multicultural school effective throughout any given school year. The most important on my list is the faculty, administrators, and other staff see themselves as learners enhanced and changed by understanding, affirming, and reflecting cultural diversity. The reason I chose this as the...
References: Gollnick, D., & Chinn, P. (2006). Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society. Upper Saddle River, NY: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
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