Multiculturalism in Education

Acknowledging we must lay a foundation to embrace a much broader variety of learners in our schools is the stage upon which multicultural education is founded. As we respond to the ever-changing demographics we are finding more and more students eligible for English as a Second Language (ESL). These students come from a wide variety of cultures, which may at times seem strange to many of us. Our charge now is to not only focus on helping students assimilate into American society but to broaden the horizons of all our students so we understand and respect each other for who we are and from where we come.
The video addresses busing in Oklahoma City and in other cities around the country and segregated settings. African American children are often assigned to remedial classes or lower academic tracks and do not have the opportunity to be exposed to the services and resources that other students receive. When students are bused to distant locations from their home, parents may not have the opportunity to be involved with school activities, their child’s education or be able to be present in the school in the event of an emergency situation.

While watching this video, consider and reflect on the following questions.
•    Is this the way we want to see our future society?
•    As an educational leader, how could such a situation impact your school community?
•    What steps could an educational leader employ to prevent such a situation?
Main Task: Analyzing School Busing
•    Based upon your reading and the video, please respond to the issue of segregation in the classrooms. Your work should include key elements such as:
•    Does segregation exist in our schools today? Please share your views on this concerning situation.
•    What do you think about busing and segregation? How is it different and similar today as compared to the Brown vs. Board of Education Case?
•    In the United States Supreme Court Case, Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), the court’s decision ruled “separate but equal” remained standard doctrine in U.S. law until its repudiation in the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Please share your views regarding separate but equal in today’s classrooms.
•    Do you believe individual views on human rights affects the way a teacher instructs a class?
Length: 3-5 pages
References (5 scholarly resources minimum; but other appropriate sources can be included!)
Your response to each question should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in Chapter 1 and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
Required reading: •  Gollnick, D. M., & Chinn, P. C. (2009) Multicultural education in a pluralistic society
•  Chapter 1 – Foundations of Multicultural Education

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