The Philosophy Of Student Diversity

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Philosophy of Student Diversity As an inspired teacher of secondary education /special education, one of the ideas that most appealed to me was working with students of various ages and learning abilities. I’ve come to realize even more so now with the changing demographics in U.S. schools that we are becoming a very diverse population. Within my classroom student’s differences may consist of their academic level, cultural background, personality, religious beliefs, and the list goes on. Hence, in today’s classroom as a teacher it is important that I embrace, model the attitude to my students, and make positive use of diversity. When educators value diversity, we recognize and respect the fact that people are different and that these differences are generally a good thing. For example, when attempting to solve a problem, it is better to assemble a diverse team with many skills and many different ways of approaching the problem than it is to assemble a team that has all their strength concentrated in one area. If a student feels uncomfortable, unsafe, or not respected, then their chances of success in my class dramatically decrease. Therefore, as an educator I must provide students with an environment that is conducive to learning. I have a number of roles in my classroom; valuing diversity is one of the most important ones a teacher must fill. Establishing respectful relationships within my classroom is something I will make a priority from the first day of class until the
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