The changing demographics within our schools create an immediate need for teacher preparation programs to better prepare all teachers for the diversity that exists within our schools. Armed with this additional knowledge about their student’s lesson plan and style of instruction would be more relevant and would enhance their focus and motivation. Schools and educators are accountable for real progress and demonstrable learning outcomes.
Some will say that minority and low-income children often perform poorly. Many people assume that the low achievement of poor and minority children is bound up in the children themselves or their families. “The children don’t try.” “They have no place to study.” “Their parents don’t care.” “Their culture does not value education.” These and other excuses are regularly presented to explain the achievement gap that separates poor and minority students from the achievers.
Schools have recognized the value of ethnic and cultural diversity and have introduced numerous multicultural programs and activities. They have realized that a multicultural education helps to prepare students for life in an ethnically diverse society and can bring about cognitive and affective benefits to students. By facilitating the design and implementation of a flexible, responsive curriculum, which offers options for how information is presented, how students respond or demonstrate their knowledge and skills, and how students are engaged in learning.