Multicultural Education in the Classroom Essay

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The Benefits of Multicultural Education in the Classroom I have grown up with Education being my catapult through life; I love it. I love to study children and figure out how they learn and how our educational experiences shape us as adults. Five years ago, I found myself accepting a position as a Toddler teacher in a government facility. To describe it simply, I was a fish out of water. I had experience with children, but not with children so small. This experience taught me a great deal about learning in our great world. I was amazed to witness the pure relationships between children of all races in that little toddler room. All color aside, the children seemed to embrace each other's differences and celebrate in their dedicated …show more content…
Compared to these peers, the graduates said they were more open-minded, less prejudiced, and less fearful of other races. They attribute much of this to their experiences in racially diverse schools." (Holme, Wells, Revilla, 2005, p.15).
Students from all racial backgrounds who participated in the desegregation project reported positive feedback in the area of social development. Caucasian students were more comfortable engaging in social situations that were primarily African American or Hispanic. One Caucasian graduate yearned for a more multicultural surroundings post high school. Additionally, the students reported these positive feelings were the result of living the experience of desegregation. In absence of their experience of integration, they would not have reaped the benefits of diverse cultural views and awareness of stereotypes (Holme, et al., 2005). Further, test scores among the minority groups have improved since the 1970's. Jencks and Phillips (1998) reported, "First, black-white differences in academic achievement have narrowed since 1970. The national Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data on 17-year-olds showed the reading gap narrowed more than two-fifths between 1971 and 1994. "The math gap has also narrowed, though not as much. Five major national surveys of high school seniors conducted since 1965 show the same trend, as wells as

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