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Date Created: 09/21/16
Keely Egelhoff SPED 210 Logan 2/7/16 Salad Bowl Last week in chapter two of the book Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special Education it talks a great deal about the struggle special education has gone through. This week in chapter three students are informed of an even bigger struggle, multicultural education. “Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, educators have become increasingly aware of the extent to which differences among cultural and ethnic groups affect children’s schooling” (Hallahan, Kauffman, Pullen 49). As many different cultures enter America today it is an ever increasing concern that not every child is taught fairly. Many strides have been made informing teachers and community members about special education, multicultural education and the students this impacts. Chapter three starts off discussing what multicultural education is and how some cultures feel about the American “melting pot” theory. Multicultural education provides assistance and guidance in education to each child no matter where they come from. As many teachers face an ever changing classroom of students, they are at the front of this battle. In today’s world it is not enough just know about a culture, you almost have to live it through teaching. Each parent wants the best for their child and wants each child to grow up learning and doing better than they do. But the difficulties that teachers face are becoming even more apparent. In the past there has been a notion that the United States is a melting pot of sorts. As a nation it takes in anyone and everyone and expects them to take on the American attitude if you will. But now there are those who are calling for more of a salad bowl (Hallahan, et. al 49). A way that each culture can be identified and still be a part of a bigger culture. A student can see these ideals passed throughout chapter three. The middle of chapter three presents the idea that some cultures are not represented well in the area of exceptional learners. Many cultures seem to suffer because the right form of assessments cannot and are not being performed (Hallahan, et. al 53). Because certain students are not getting the help they need they are at a higher risk for a poverty life. However, solving these problems are not all that easy. Since there are many different cultures not everyone will test the same. Some cultures learn differently than others thus providing a difficult task for teachers and the Board of Education. Finally, in chapter three it talks of class wide peer tutoring (CWPT) this is an idea to help younger elementary school students learn to speak English more fluently if they cannot speak it well. There has been a high response rate to the CWPT. This brings hope to some that by integrating peer tutoring it can help bridge the learning gap between students and cultures. This program would be a great addition to a high quality special education program. In a high quality special education program many things are going to have to happen. Each year the teachers are going to have to learn how each exceptional learner will fit in with their peers. Because there is a wide range in culture it may help to have several teachers who can speak several languages such as Spanish, French, and or German. This can help if students have not mastered English yet. This can come in handy close to the Canadian and Mexico boarders. Next, teachers should be able to identify with each student and their learning needs. This can include how the student learns best. Since some of the learning will be cultural based, a hard look into a student’s background could help in reaching the student during tough times. This should not be used as a stereotype tool. Just a tool to learn if any cultural traditions could affect the way the student learns. Finally, the classroom should express in some way each of the cultures represented by the students. Maybe a teacher could do a family tree lesson to learn where each student comes from and then have the students create something to represent that culture. This activity could be used where many immigrants attend school. This can help them adjust to a new place and it gives the teacher an opportunity to learn from the students. No matter what the classroom or the students all students and teachers should be proud of where they came from. As students go through school there will be things asked of them that might make them uncomfortable but if a teacher is there supporting them the student should be able to accomplish the task successfully.
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