Importance of Diversity Consciousness for Educators

Importanceof Diversity Consciousness for Educators

Diversityis a major factor affecting the United States. Diversity is the stateof having different ideas or forms. It is the state of recognizingdifferent races or cultures in a group without discrimination or bias(Trompenaars,&amp Hampden-Turner, 2000). Throughdiversity, the unique ideas, and experiences of students haveenriched the learning environments. An educator, therefore, ought toequip themselves with the knowledge of diversity and culture, therebycreating an equitable learning environment for every student. Thisessay discusses the distinct diverse groups within the U.S. studentpopulation, challenges faced by those groups, strategies to supporteducational achievements of those groups, and the importance ofdiversity consciousness for educators.

DistinctDiverse Groups within the U.S. Student Population

Thereare many distinct diverse groups within the United States studentpopulation. In this essay, I will only discuss two distinct diversegroups (Bennett,1995). Thesegroups include those children that come from low-income families andthose coming from minority races, religion, and ethnic backgrounds.

Childrenfrom low-income families tend to face a lot of discrimination when itcomes to studying. They often attend poor schools since they cannotafford fees for better education and they end up performing poorly intheir tests (Bennett,1995). Mostof these children do not get the chance to attend high school whileothers drop out due to lack of fees. With regards to the minoritygroups, the students face much discrimination due to their race,religion, and ethnic background.

Challengesrelated to the Diversity Background that each of the Group mayExperience in a School Setting

Ina school setting, the children who come from low-income families maybe chased out of school due to lack of fees. Some educators may givethem punishment just because they have not paid their school feeseven if they are not involved in any bad activity (Bennett,1995). Theminority group, on the other hand, may face discrimination from otherstudents and educators. Sometimes they may not be able to enjoy theprivileges that other students enjoy. Their tests may be degradedjust because they are different from others.

Strategiesby which Educators can use to Support Educational Achievement ofStudents in each Group

Tosupport educational achievement of the students in the low-incomegroup, educators can offer bursaries and scholarships, so that theycan enable these students to complete their studies (Parkhurst,2007). Byoffering the low-income students scholarships and bursaries, they canbe able to continue their education without the fear of being chasedout of school due to lack of fees. On the side of the minoritygroups, educators could try to appreciate culture and diversity toenable these students to achieve their dreams. They can, therefore,ensure that they implement an anti-bias teaching to all students.

Importanceof Diversity Consciousness for Educators

Diversityconsciousness is important as it will help educators determine thedistinctive qualities of their students and therefore enable them toachieve their education according to the areas they are best suitablefor (Parkhurst,2007). Itis also important for an educator to be conscious about diversity ashe will be able to meet the needs of his students. Lastly, it isimportant to praise the students for their efforts, as it will helpthem feel valued and respected.

References

Trompenaars,A. &amp Hampden-Turner, C. (2000). Ridingthe waves culture.London: Nicholas Brealey Pub. Retrieved on 30 July 2016.

Bennett,C. (1995). Comprehensivemulticultural education.Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. Retrieved on 30 July 2016.

Parkhurst,C. (2007). A Communication Course for a Linguistically DiverseStudent Population. AmJ Pharm Educ,71(2),36. Retrieved on 30thJuly 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.5688/aj710236/