Accommodating culturally diverse learners
Demographer Harold Hodgkinson, who advocates universal preschool education as a means of providing true equal educational opportunity, reflects on the diversity in U. schools (2003): The most diverse group in the United States is our youngest children, and they will make the nation more diverse as they age.
Almost 9 million young people ages 5 to 17 speak a language other than English in their home and 2.6 million of them have difficulty speaking English.
Many effective instructional approaches build on students' backgrounds to further the development of their abilities. Bilingual education and telecommunications: A perfect fit.
School systems with high levels of racial segregation have a graduation rate of only 56.2 percent, compared to 75.1 percent in school systems with low levels of racial segregation.
Most Americans assume that the low achievement of poor and minority children is bound up in the children themselves or their families.
"The children don't try." "They have no place to study." "Their parents don't care." "Their culture does not value education." These and other excuses are regularly offered up to explain the achievement gap that separates poor and minority students from other young Americans. The fact is that we know how to educate poor and minority children of all kinds—racial, ethnic, and language—to high levels. Innovative second language education: Bilingual immersion programs.
Diverse student learners include students from racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse families and communities of lower socioeconomic status.
If educators act on the knowledge research offers, we can realize the educational excellence we desire for all children.
That minority and low-income children often perform poorly on tests is well known.