Recognition of the multicultural nature of today’s societies in the classroom leads to understanding of difference and remembrance of similarities for all participants. Therefore, in order for multicultural education to make an impact on how people perceive and interact with others, all perspectives must become valued. www.minedu.govt.nz
Students come to us with different life experiences and views. Their cultural background shapes their learning in a myriad of ways. We need to consider the diversity that our students bring into the classroom in order to generate understandings and insights that allow teachers and students to create learning experiences that work for all students.
Lisa Delpit, is one of the foremost American educators on culturally relevant approaches to education. Her article Education in a Multicultural Society: Our Future's Greatest Challenges provided a reference point for many of the ideas shared above.
The document, Managing Cultural Diversity in the Classroom, was prepared at the University of Waikato in NZ. It has a wealth of information that relates to working with cultural differences in multicultural classrooms.