Multiculturalism is not just a concept, it is an important term for teachers to integrate into their daily classroom instruction. Nowhere is the need for the inclusion of a culturally diverse education more evident than in our state. “Currently, 30% of students in the U.S. are ethnic minorities. Our state’s public schools educate a student population that is 42% ethnic minority (35% African American, 4% Asian, 3% Hispanic, .5% Native American). Over 100 nations and 130 languages and dialects are represented in our schools. Also reflecting diversity, 12% of students have disabilities requiring education services, and more than 13% are living at the poverty level.” (USDE, 2014) “Multicultural education is a trans-formative movement in education which produces critical thinking, social active members of society. It is not simply a change of curriculum or the addition of an activity. It is a movement which calls for new attitudes, new approaches, and a new dedication to laying the foundation for the transformation of society.” (Gorski & Covert, 2013) “When a teacher addresses the many diverse needs in her classroom, the students are able to effectively communicate with others and eventually make sense of their lives.” (Gorski & Covert, 2013) “Many techniques that have been included in teaching the vast array of multicultural groups are cooperative learning, flexible grouping, attention to learning styles, and communication of high expectations.” (Grant & Sleeter, 2009) The need for an inclusion of multicultural education is necessary in every school at every level throughout the country. “The population tends to be separated along economic lines, so that members of the middle upper and lower social classes do not int.
. . curriculum to meet the needs of the individual students. In the end, the pay off is to present all students with the information needed to understand the many different peoples who make up their world and appreciate their customs and diversity. References Gay, G., (2012). A Synthesis of Scholarship in Multicultural Education: A Monograph, Seattle: NCREL Education Monograph Series Gorski, P. & Covert B. (2013). “Multicultural Pavilion: Defining Multicultural Education.” Available Online: http://curry.edschool.Virginia.EDU/curry/centers/multicultural/initial.html Grant, C. & Sleeter, C. (2009). Turning on Learning: Five Approaches for Multicultural Teaching Plans for Race, Class, Gender, and Disability, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company United States Department of Education (1999). Data and Statistics. Available Online: http://nces.ed.gov/forum/