December 2, 2012
Research Paper #2
Failing to meet Culturally Diverse Students Needs:
Ways to Improve
Our country is becoming one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. With its nicknames “The Melting Pot” and “The Salad Bowl”, the United States is a place where any culture can come, live, and be free. However, in the education system, culturally diverse students’ needs are not being met. Many teachers are not qualified to for the position of being a teacher in a multicultural school and they now have to be trained properly for such a position. Researchers are trying to find ways to make schools more accessible for their students while allowing the material to be significant for each student. Also, not only does the institutions need to change, but also the personality and the way that the teachers are instructing their students as well.
Since the time this country was founded, people around the world have been immigrating to the United States. The United States is a country known for being free and allowing people to find jobs to support their families. With these students integrating their way into the educational system there are many changes that need to be made so that they are able to receive the same education as the other students.
Right off the bat, the educators are not meeting the needs of these culturally diverse students. It has been proven that Hispanic, Native American, and African American students score lower consistently on standardized tests than do their Asian and white classmates. Although many people do not believe that it is the educator’s fault that they are scoring lower, researchers still believe that the schools need to work on fixing this problem. To make the institution more culturally responsive, the changes need to be made in at least three specific areas; Organization of the School, School Policies and Procedures, and Community involvement.
When the school needs to change the organization of the school, the board of education is saying that the administrative structure needs to be changed and also the way it relates to diversity. They also need to adjust the physical space in classrooms so that students are more comfortable in their surroundings. The last change they need to make when it comes to the organization is to arrange the classrooms so that they are more things encouraging the learning of diversity and accepting it. With these changes researchers believe that cultural diverse students will be more comfortable in their surroundings and will be able to feel comfortable learning with the other students.
The School Policies and Procedures need to be changed so that they impact the delivery of services to students from diverse backgrounds. Some of the policies that are going to be enforced are some that teach the students to correct injustices that take place in society so that they know what is socially acceptable and what should not be done. The idea behind that is so that students will understand that if they want the world to be a better place and if they want everybody to be treated equally then they have to make that work out for not only themselves but for everybody as well. The procedures need to be adjusted so that teachers can see the difference between students who are fully comprehensive of the material and are following along at the acceptable pace and from those who are behind and are struggling to understand what is being explained. When those are changed then teachers will be able to reach the students, along with the culturally diverse students, and also the students will be able to have a fair chance at receiving higher test scores and also feel more comfortable with the information they are supposed to learn.
Lastly, Community involvement needs to be altered. The communities need to become more involved with their students and seek out ways to help improve...
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