One hundred years ago, people did not leave their hometown, much less move their families into multicultural neighborhoods filled with diverse children from all over the planet. However, that is changing. With a more globalized world, minorities are finally represented throughout the country, and diversity is becoming more important than ever. In schools, some has been done to address this drastic reduction in prejudice and increase in opportunities. While completely integrating diversity into classrooms is a challenge due to differences in cultural behavior, and misconceived notions of diversity education, there are many studies which are benefiting multiculturalism and strategies created by these programs to create a truly globalized and united world.
Stereotypes with Professionals
When interacting with people from other cultures, there are many barriers that a teacher has to cross. The first is getting a job when the culture is very different to their own. One example of this is where some cultures value individualism and self-proponents, while other cultures value group efforts and fitting in. Due to these differences, a very exceptional person, might come across as average, while an average person could make themselves seem exceptional. Without the correct impressions teachers are more likely to hire the teacher they “are more comfortable with… because she’s like us”(Guerra 2012) rather than someone similar to Ms. Garcia, an exceptional teacher who did not know the correct social behaviors during an interview. This led to the above quotation, where a committee asked the principal to reconsider his decision to hire Ms. Garcia (Guerra, 2012).
After that same study, the committee who initially did not understand Ms. Garcia had a chance to work with her. They learned she was very different outside the interview, where her social culture was not as different as the committee members. This is an example of how culture can affect a person and, create an unfulfilled promise of diversity. While this does not give us any solutions to the lack of diversity in the workplace, it does show how complete the issue of diversity is, and how the invisible differences play a major role. With knowledge of these differences, more can be done to prevent these unintended and unfortunate series of events (Guerra 2012).
According to Jogelina Abbate-Vaughn in her journal article, while “over 35 percent of school children are of color, only 13 percent of teachers belong to minority groups” (2008). The majority of these teachers do not have interest in working with culturally diverse teachers, or have biased views of how to teach diversity. Although some work is being done to address this, including many studies and efforts to include the studies into the schools, the majority of studies are focused on how to teach children, rather than change the view of the teachers. (Abbate-Vaughn, 2008)
Problems with Diversity Education
Teachers who do not have...