Students are diverse. They are diverse in their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, their ability level, gender, sexual orientation, age and perspectives. Therefore, students who learn in diverse settings are better problem solvers, more likely to attend college, less likely to be in prison later in life and are able to gain important social networking skills needed for employment. However, throughout history there has been a struggle for equality and equity in education. That is why it is imperative that educators consider all students when planning and implementing lessons.
Unfortunately, there are privileged and oppressed groups of people and this is due to socialization. From a young age, students are given the message that being white and a male equals success and knowledge. There are teachers who hold unconscious bias. In science and math classes, women are not called on or respected as much as their male counterparts. These realizations were shocking, but unfortunately relatable and understandable at the same time. After reading the course assignments and participating in discussions, I have already began to change how I teach. I no longer refer to my class as “guys” when I address them. I make a conscious effort to call on female students when engaging in a class discussion. I try to include the scientific discoveries of minorities, instead of addressing the same usual male, white scientists. Whenever I hear students say things like, “This is too hard” or “I’ll never understand this” I try to encourage them to change their language to reflect a growth mindset to “I can learn to do anything I want” and “failure is an opportunity to grow.”
Students should engage in multicultural learning and take action on diversity issues in their community.