83). Consider: 44 per cent of Australians were born in another country or are born of foreign parents (Lawrence et al., 2012, p. 75). In 2012, one child in every six was living below the poverty line (Ewing, 2013, p. 79). In a 2014 news article the Guardian reported that children of fathers with poor education levels were seven and a half times less likely to achieve at school than those with well-educated fathers (Adams, 2014). In 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that nearly 20 per cent of Australians over the age of five years old spoke a language other than English at home (ABS, 2011). The expanse of Australia’s diversity, and the range of influences, experiences and unique resources filling each virtual schoolbag, is
On February 11th, 2016 I attended the Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) school board meeting. I received a first-hand experience of how educational decisions are made and I also witnessed all the intricacies of the process. An article entitled Understanding Your School Board states that “school boards are entrusted by the public to translate the needs of students into policies, plans, and goals that will be supported by the community” (www.tasb.org). In other words, the board and its members are responsible for making and enforcing essential decisions for the school district. They are ultimately a strong determining factor for their students’ academic success.
As educators, it is important for us to understand the cultural diversity we face in our classroom. We can strengthen our relationship by communicating with the student, as well as the family. Cultural diversity can help us when we expand our search in this area to better educate us and help prepare a curriculum to better educate our students in communicating with all cultures.
Hello, I am Sadè Stanton, a 2ND grade teacher at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School. Per our conversation, the second grade team will be coming to the King Center on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:00am-12:30pm. This will be approximately 80 students, 5 teachers, and 10 parents. If there are any further questions, please feel free to contact me at (404) 748-2261. If you need to contact the school, the number is (404)802-3900. Thank you in advance for what I know will be an amazing experience.
Diversity is everywhere. Whether it be in the music or foods we enjoy or the people we associate with, everything that makes up the world we live in today is affected by diversity. Without it, the world wouldn't be as rich with difference as it is now, and our differences define our individuality and purpose in life. To be exposed to the contrasts of one's self to others has been proven to make groups and individuals smarter, lucrative, and more open-minded. With all of these benefits, perhaps the most important place for diversity to be present is at schools. Already, the cultural diversity of Key West High is brilliantly complex. The individualities of each student combined with those of others make a great environment for them to learn
I am currently in 8th grade at MIwee Middle School but just recently moved from Teague Middle School, not but Two months ago. I use to attend Osceola Middle school in Pinellas County when I lived with my Dad but now live with my Mom. I do not have many hobbies but just a few. My biggest hobbie that I hope to pursue after college is playing my flute. I have been playing a little over 3 years now and couldn't imagine my life without music. I would love to play Chaminade Concertino on flute one day! I hope to have learn the piccolo and piano but the time i graduate high school. Another hobbie I have is actually dancing like your daughters. I am not a professional dancer and never well be but I have made a dance group
Forty kilometres from the CBD, the school’s feeder community rates well socioeconomically with above average median household incomes and high employment rates. 87% of the local population are from English speaking backgrounds and 11.7% were born overseas.
One of the most valuable assets of Highlander Academy is its ability to blend and meet the
In order to be culturally competent, Educators must aim to be respectful of the ‘multiple cultural ways of knowing, seeing and living, celebrate the benefits of diversity and have an ability to understand and honour differences’ (EYLF, pg. 16). It’s not just the awareness of the variety in cultures but also the understanding and efficient communication and interactions between people from multiple cultures.
“students of today who embrace their cultural heritage are trying to keep the values of their parents and grandparents, and still fit in with the students and cultures surrounding them. This dual search often confuses students and causes anxiety as they seek their own identity but attempt to live with other cultures. School systems and individual schools themselves can be extremely powerful agents in this process by providing insights to difficult cultural questions and issues
The United States is known throughout the world as the “melting pot of cultures.” This is evident through the daily social and cultural interactions of diversified population of New Yorkers. For instance, Queens County is one of the most diverse counties in the world, versus just the United States. Accordingly, since I began attending Vaughn College, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of cultures from friends and classmates.
Unfortunately, my center looks very generic as there is no evidence that we value culture or diversity even though the children and staff in my preschool program are very diverse and I am searching for ways to change this. There are numerous benefits associated with diversity in education, but the outcomes for students are dependent upon how diversity is recognized in a classroom setting (Queen’s University, 2018). Since a child’s culture influences how children make sense of the world, educators must recognize and incorporate a child’s culture into the learning environment and lesson plans as it plays a key role in how a child learns. A welcoming school culture is one where each child feels valued and respected in their learning environment. By learning about the importance of recognizing and celebrating diversity, I hope to find ways to incorporate multiculturalism in my program and make it a more welcoming creative learning environment for both students and
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider me! I am more than willing to tell you about myself and hope you will let me know if you would like to know any additional information.
Australian youths of different ethnicities are searching for more innovative and creative ways of sourcing and utilizing information in order to exchange their culture and way of life with the wider community so that they are able to gain a sense of belonging. By broadcasting the news and issues of a local community and the country of their origin – in their own language, it builds and strengthens new communities as well as establishing confidence and providing the essential atmosphere for the growing Australian youth.