The Curriculum And The Classroom Of The Classrooms Of U.s. Schools

1334 Words Aug 30th, 2014 6 Pages
Throughout our course I have become more and more interested in the idea of Westernized pedagogical practices in the classrooms of U.S. schools. More specifically, during our course I was inspired to explore how literacy and the teaching of reading have perpetuated dominant stereotypes in the classroom and how these Western ideas and canon have affected students’ perception of a culturally diverse and inclusive classroom. Traditionally, Westernized approaches to literacy education have excluded and assimilated many non-native individuals, and even with good intentions; it is difficult for educators to incorporate non-mainstream speakers into their pedagogical framework as our Westernized education practices have centered themselves on not fully acknowledging or fostering a total awareness of diverse published authors and their backgrounds. While some educators and schools have adopted initiatives to make their curriculum more reflective of diverse backgrounds, many more U.S. schools need to participate in adopting and emphasizing inclusive and diverse teaching practices in their curriculum. Additionally, it is important that educators are aware that using a monolingual/monocultural type of pedagogy puts students at risk as they are led to see Westernized culture as dominant both inside and outside of the classroom. This type of cultural ‘imperialism’ may be linked further to the globalization of non-native people, which, in turn, may increase inter-cultural…
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