Multiculturalism and Technology
Everything in life changes with time, and the same can be said about teaching methods that are used across the United States. At one point in time, students wrote on small chalkboards and were punished if answering a question wrong. Now days, a lot of learning is being done on computers, and students are encouraged to make mistakes so that the entire class can learn from them. With today's diversity and the growth of technology, classrooms are far from what they were seventy-five years ago, or even ten years ago. The introduction of multiculturalism and technology into today's writing classes is allowing students to learn more about themselves, each other, and about life in general.
Multiculturalism can be defined as incorporating or blending various cultures into one defined culture. Depending on where you live, you can see it almost every day. People who came from other countries and take their own culture with them to the United States can be considered an example of multiculturalism. Another example would be the diversity in today's schools, and how some teachers choose to incorporate the different cultures of their students into a way in which the students can learn from each other.
In Maxine Hairtston's essay "Diversity, Ideology, and Teaching Writing", she writes about the idea of multiculturalism in the classroom, and the positive effect that it has on students. She stated how students could become better writers by learning about the beliefs, experiences, and opinions of others. Hairston writes "In an interactive classroom where students collaborate with other writers, this process of decentering so one can understand the "other" can foster genuine multicultural growth." This quote summarizes the general belief that she has towards multiculturalism in the classroom. I believe incorporating multiculturalism into a college writing class will improve a students writing ability because when you take into account another persons ideas or opinions, you tend to change your own. The effect that this has on a student is a huge factor, because it broadens their views and forces them to think from different points of view while writing. Even though it has only been a few weeks into this class, I have learned a lot from reading my classmates writing, and have often changed my views on different essays in which we as a class have read, because he or she made a point that I felt made a lot of sense.
The essay by Amy Tan entitled "Mother Tongue" also supports the idea of multiculturalism in the classroom. In her essay, Tan writes about her mother who spoke "broken" English, and was disrespected because she did not speak the language perfectly. It seemed as if those who associated with her felt that if she never took the time to learn the English language, why should they bother to try and understand what she is saying. In her mothers defense, Tan states that it is not how something sounds when it is...