I can honestly say that I don’t know how my race and culture will fit into that of another person when that other person is one of my students in the classroom. I suppose it depends on the identity of the person and will differ from person to person. I’m not fearful of this though. I look forward to it. I will embrace each and everyone of my students and who they are until their time in my class is over. Then I will do the same with the next group of students.
I imagine that, for the most part (hopefully not at all), identity will not play a crucial role in my classroom. Although I may carry certain perceptions of certain groups of people that do not apply to most of the people in that group based on my experiences or what I have heard in the news, I have no intention of letting that influence the way I run my class. I have every intention of respecting students races, religions, ethnicities, and beliefs and I will not give any student any form of special treatment because their race, religion, ethnicity or beliefs have any degree of similarity or difference to mine. Students will be treated how they deserve to be treated. They will be graded based on their abilities and the quality of their ...
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... problems the world has faced in its history have happened because people don’t understand each other or their cultures. We, as educators, owe it to our students to allow them to leave school more open minded about races and cultures than they came in. The funniest excuse I’ve heard from a fellow education student at MSUM to not have to deal with multiculturalism was, “I’m from White, North Dakota. I’m here to get my teaching degree and then I’m going to go back to White, North Dakota and teach white kids.” While there’s nothing wrong with a school being almost exclusively one race and culture because of its location, most of those students probably won’t live in White, North Dakota forever. Some of them will venture out into the world and will do so without a bit of multicultural education. That future teacher owes it to their future students to not let that happen.
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