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

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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…show more content…
Emphasizing a multicultural pedagogy in the classroom is beneficial in the development of and focus on plurality of cultures and individuals in order to avoid perpetuating harmful or insensitive stereotypes. Consequently, the questions we as educators must ask is: how can we encourage teachers who speak English to be more mindful of non-native or diverse speakers in their classrooms? How has this lack of multicultural awareness complicated our understanding of other cultures and their acceptance in Western classrooms? And furthermore, how can we raise awareness of the dangers of cultural imperialism by failing to introduce non-native histories, traditions, and practices into the classroom? For example, if teachers do not include texts published by non-native writers within their curriculum what may result is a negative compromise of cultural identities, or what students currently see as ‘acceptable stereotypes.’ Given the possibility of such a negative effect, I believe we as educators should consider how we can best prepare monocultural educators to incorporate multicultural experiences into the classroom and how we can adjust our pedagogical frameworks to best suit this change to benefit our students and enrich their understanding and appreciation of other cultures and diverse backgrounds. Introduction To begin, I believe it is essential for teachers to learn to redefine and re-conceptualize the
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