Melting Pot Essay

analytical Essay
1009 words
1009 words

The melting pot image of America suggests inclusivity, it can homogenize away individuality. Although our country’s population is indeed diverse, the “melting pot” analogy is a flawed one, for it implies that all diverse cultures should somehow blend together into one. Ideally, the notion from a pot in which metals are melted at great heat melding together into a new compound, with great strength and other combined advantages is integrated into the early learning settings of a classroom. But is it pragmatic to associate the theory of America being a “melting pot” in primary school? Instead, classroom curriculums should acknowledge that it is more than celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tacos and pinatas or reading the latest biography of Martin …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that the melting pot image of america suggests inclusivity, it can homogenize away individuality. promoting cultural awareness in elementary curriculums should be embraced since it teaches valuable life skills.
  • Explains that lack of cultural awareness can easily disrupt classroom learning leading to animosity once the student reaches a certain age.
  • Explains that some schools have acknowledged their schools diversity developing multicultural based curriculums. lynn hilt, a pennsylvania teacher, encourages the importance of cultural awareness for students.
  • Argues that implementing cultural awareness is substantial, but there are major drawbacks as to why it is difficult to implement them now.
  • Opines that consistent exposure to diversity can provide a substantial benefit in students' lives. it is vital to keep moving forward by educating one another’s cultural diversity.

Though it can be prevented, students at a primary school level are known to less likely to see race and gender as something inferior. Students also accept what is being taught without formulating personal opinions or political views. According to the Census Bureau, “by the year 2100, the U.S. minority population will become the majority with non-Hispanic whites making up only 40% of the U.S. population” (“How important is cultural diversity at your school?”). It is crucial for students to develop cultural awareness and are engaging in the acts of citizenship, not only within schools and surrounding areas but as active members of the global community. Students being culturally aware comes central when interacting with individuals out of the norm. Also, influencing global awareness leading to a better perspective and relations towards one another generating tranquility …show more content…

Most elementary schools are not prepared to implement cultural awareness in their classroom curriculums. A diverse staff that is also extremely culturally content is a necessity. Teachers must have the ability in expressing diverse beliefs and implicating those beliefs in personal experiences with the students; willingness to discussing controversial issues is a virtue as well. “According to a 2008 survey by the Public Agenda Foundation, a 76 percent of new teachers reported that their training covered teaching diverse students, but only 39 percent called this training helpful” (Walker). It is also believed that implementing such broad topic like culture into the curriculum can cause difficulty towards the teachers stability in teaching, “learning about students’ cultural backgrounds is an ongoing process that lasts a teachers’ entire career, beginning all over again each year with a new set of students” (Quinton). Also traditional curriculums, heavily apply to regions such as North America and Europe like South America or Africa. Students are the ones who experience this the most since certain textbooks do not provide accurate facts instead creating a bias from historical and modern times. For example, Christopher Columbus is celebrated as an American hero who discovered America

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