Cultural Revolution

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There are many different cultures in Southwest Florida that one becomes immediately aware of as they enter the area. They include Native-American, African-American, Protestant, European, “Cracker”, Hispanic-Latino, and Cuban. Because there are so many variations of these cultures choosing just three was difficult, but for my project I will be focusing on our African-American, Hispanic-Latino, and “Cracker” populations. During this project I will address the many and varied differences between these cultures on many different levels including personal or family differences, social differences and educational differences. I expect to gain a greater understanding about these cultures during this process and by gaining this understanding I will be better equipped to combine students from these cultures into a classroom of learners that are able to succeed on all levels of History education. Because I do teach World History having a classroom full of diverse cultures lends itself to a variety of teaching activities and extra curricular learning. Miami-Dade Community College President Eduardo J. Padron. Said it best when he said “Our classrooms are laboratories for cultural diversity and the disciplines are enriched when students contribute various cultural perspectives,” It has become increasingly clear that we must get creative in culturally diverse ways in order to pull all of our students into the learning culture in equal ways. I spent several days researching the material that you are about to read. My biggest source of information was the internet, but I also spoke with several other instructors and listened to their thoughts and concerns on the matter of cultural diversity in the classroom. Everyone seemed to have a unique thought or opinion but there where certainly central themes in the opinions I received. Over all each instructor hoped to provide the best non-biased education for his or her students. From this group of instructors I did my best to choose a culturally diverse section. The group was comprised of three males and three females; one African-American, one Hispanic-Latino, two native Floridians or “Crackers”, one Native American and one European. We met for lunch and discussed cultures in great depth. It was certainly a fascinating experience. I also took time to read sections of several books which I have highlighted in the source area of ... ... middle of paper ... ...e not true English speakers. DeSoto County has a very high rate of ESL classrooms and the need continues to grow. The majority of our Hispanic students live in the county on a part time basis as they come from migrant homes. We offer many areas for further learning development in our school district. We have after school programs, clubs, and special resource teachers to aid in the learning process. We are proud of our Hispanic community and do all we can to help them succeed. I found one very common thread running through all three of the cultures I examined. It was the notion of family. Family ties are very strong in the south regardless of what your nationality may be. All three cultures and their representatives in my panel reiterated that fact over and over again. It seems, at least to this writer that if we as a nation could get back to the importance and sacredness of the family unit we would have more far reaching success with our young people and the next generation would make us a prouder more stable nation. If we could only get away from our worries about our differences and reach out and realize how similar we really are we could reach higher than we ever have before.

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