WHAT ABOUT THE TEACHERS ROLE IN
The role of teachers in education
is critical, as they are the people that keep our educational system going.
Their importance on the critical periods of student’s lives is clear. The
following analysis examines how teachers can negatively impact student
classrooms that contain minority students it is important that teachers be
considerate and caring of their cultural differences. Their expectations and
attitudes towards these students can have a significant affect on their outcome
and experiences. One report found that a mere 17% of teachers teaching
limited-English proficient classes or diverse classrooms were prepared for this
job. It also found that only 30% reported being somewhat prepared, and 33%
moderately prepared to face the challenge of a culturally diverse classroom.
Thus, it is important that all teachers are trained to be prepared for a
diverse educational environment and what it entails.
these teachers requires a few different variables, as described by Renee
White-Clark. She maintains that it is important for teachers to embark on a
reflection. White-Clark maintains that during this teachers should “look within
ourselves and realign our deepest assumptions and perfections regarding the
racial marker that we carry.” With this new self-awareness and knowledge of
personal perceptions, teachers can develop more appropriate attitudes in
regards to the diverse classroom and the students that they teach.
also discusses the important of training to ensure that all teachers are
conscious and knowledgeable about the dynamics of a culturally diverse setting.
Through collaboration and support from other school faculty, teachers can share
stories, conquer challenges and take on the responsibility as a group to
improve cultural awareness.
a mere 13% of all teachers are minorities, and over 40% of schools in the
United States have no minority teachers. Thus, the collaboration of faculties
provides teachers with grounds for cultural discussion and support to ensure
that awareness is present.
educational author, Rosalie Rolon-Dow, demonstrates the importance of cultural
consideration when teaching middle school Puerto Rican girls. Without
significant care and attention these girls may experience academic failure.
This requires a more tight knit connection between teachers and the Puerto
Rican community. This also involves teachers to acknowledge students not just
as students, but also in their roles outside of the educational realm.
perceptions of students are what are often behind “tracking”. Adequate
preparation of our teachers for any classroom environment will help ensure that
racial perceptions, behavioral expectations and special education placements do