Diversity in the Classroom

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I believe it is important to first analyze the word diversity when examining the need for diversity within a classroom. According to Webster's New Pocket Dictionary, diversity means variety, a number of different kinds. I often discuss and read about diversity in terms of cultural backgrounds; the unification of histories and stories from people from all over the world. Although, I believe that in a higher-educational setting, diversity can also be discussed as the acceptance of the various minds within a classroom. I believe that it is important to recognize the thoughts and experiences of others in a learning environment. Collectively, students learn from teachers, teachers learn from students, and students learn from their peers. By allowing diversity within the classroom, a sense of community can develop. Diversity encourages an active, not passive, learning style. I believe that the culture of Columbia College Chicago is dependent on diversity. The motto “Create Change,” suggests students actively seek the change they want to see in the world. In order to obtain change a community developed out of diversity must be discovered.

In high school, my education was limited to the knowledge of my teachers. Rarely was I in an environment that encouraged active participation. Everything I learned had to be accepted, not questioned. I was a passive learner; constantly memorizing and never truly understanding. There was a loss of connection between my teachers, my peers and my education. The result of this learning environment was disempowerment.

In a higher-educational setting, like that of Columbia College Chicago, I believe that there is an opportunity to revolutionize education through diversity. In high school, if

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...nd can be comfortably questioned by both students and teachers. This is important within higher education, if the education is to be seen as a practice of freedom.

A strong understanding of diversity should be the foundation of all classrooms within a higher educational setting, like that of Columbia College Chicago. Diversity should not only be considered as the varying amount of racial/ethnic groups within a classroom, but also the varying experiences and histories of each person. The narrative freedom gained through diversity may allow for personal and historical connections that are often overlooked by textbooks and traditional education to be discovered. By examining the diverse nature of both students and teachers, education can be revolutionized. Common threads in history can be questioned, untold stories, told and empowerment through education, gained.
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