I always believe that each person in any our classroom is a unique and precious human being who needs a caring leader and a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which they can grow and mature socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. My goals as an educator are that my students develop and encounter their full potential in my classroom and in our society; moreover, bring their unique and special gift to the world. There are a few guidelines that I will include in my teaching philosophy: a) raise achievement of all learners; b) respect and celebrate diversity; c) promote the voice of the learner; d) inclusion for all. Therefore, to be in compliance with our Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. constitution that proclaims, “Once a state government provides a system for education, it must provide it equally to all people in the state” (Spring, 2014, P. 111). Therefore, it is imperative to include multiculturalism, inclusion, and cultural diversity in any educational philosophy to comply with equality for all.
Many people in the field of education have agreed that the U.S. is one of the most multicultural places in North America. That is why is common to hear that today’s classrooms are more diverse than ever before. However, little or no progress has been made in the last century to include a curriculum and teaching practices that meet the needs of culturally, racially, and socially diverse classrooms. Moreover, the creators of our education system, politics, and educators have failed to address the different learning styles of the new students. On the other hand, multicultural education is a difficult definition being that each person can have his or her own perspectives on this subject. Nonetheless, I personally believe that multicultural education is the way education should celebrate the coexistence of people from different ethnicities and backgrounds in our society.
That is why, I agree with Sonia Nieto when she stated, “Our society must move beyond causing and exploiting students’ shame to using their cultural and linguistic differences to struggle for an education” (Spring 2014, P. 165). I would like to include in my classroom that “Multiculturalism for social empowerment attempts to maintain cultural identity while promoting values of social justice and social action.” With the hope that new generation can forget all the misconceptions about some cultures and help them to learn how to treat every person the same way and respect their own identity and support them to preserve their heritage.
Additionally, school environments are the best places for kids to learn and develop social skills and friendships, which include children with disabilities. Again, based on the 14th...