Cultural Diversity In The Modern ClassroomPaper Rating: Word Count: 2880 Approx Pages: 12
Cultural Diversity in the Modern Classroom
There is a mutual dependence which exists between parts and whole. Without parts, there can be no whole; without a whole, the concept of parts makes no sense. The idea of "whole is predicated on parts, but these parts themselves must be considered to be wholes comprised of their own parts.
The American educational system has failed to effectively teach the ever-changing and diverse student population in our schools. It is no longer a choice but a necessity to include diversity into the content of the modern classroom.
The racial and ethnic makeup of the United States is in a state of constant change. Today, nearly 31% of the population is of non-Anglo descent. One factor is that 8% of the population of the United States was foreign-born (U.S. Census, 2000). This causes significant problems with language. Many of our students simply do not speak English and the majority of our instructors only speak English. The other major issue is that of the African-American and Hispanic students. African-Americans and Hispanics make up 26% of the population of the U.S. (U.S. Census, 2000). According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (2000), only