Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Education: Diverse Learners. Education is an opportunity for students to look beyond social, economic, physical, or cultural barriers and enable them to pursue their dreams. Ideally, the perfect place for the students to embrace cultural differences, eliminate racism, and sexism, or prejudice is their diverse classrooms. Therefore if educators want to educate, they must be sensitive to their students’ cultures. This is only possible if the educators learn to create a culturally sensitive, develop a teacher-student-parent relationship, and provide lessons designed to motivate all students to learn.
Taking an example from the US, about 25% of the population there is non-European (Tomkins 2005). With the Influx of migrants together with the increased birthrates of the Hispanic and Asian populations have grown by almost 20%, with the African American population increasing by about 12%. There is also a fact that about a 40million citizens move each year causing a reduction to classroom population change between fall and spring. Because of such facts, more cultures is brought in schools and more foreign language is also being spoken more than ever before (Rasmussen 1988).
Most classrooms also have students with documented intellectual, physical or emotional challenges. It is important that such students are educated in the least restrictive environments according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
Students with disabilities have a harder time learning and socializing than able students. These students sometimes are withdrawn and not contributing to the classroom exercises simply because they don’t think they are as perfect as the rest of the students. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the teacher to be able to strategize the classroom interactions so as to be inclusive of these students. By doing this, the teacher is going to understand the needs of these students and make them better learners in the future (Friend & Bursuck,2009).