Competency 7: Develop and Enact a Social Justice Orientation

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    Competency 7: Develop and Enact a Social Justice Orientation Toward Teaching and Learning

    For the first part of the competency, “develop a critical understanding of changing demographics and the diversity of students, schools, and communities,” I chose my “Definitions of Culture” paper from EDCI 585, Multicultural Education. Within the past 10 years, my city South Bend, IN has seen a significant number of Hispanic students. Because of this, the school district has made efforts to hire more bilingual teachers, incorporate Spanish, and teach with English language learners in mind. In my paper, I argue that multicultural education begins with a multicultural curriculum. In order to best serve students of changing demographics, change begins with updated textbooks with a better understanding of multiculturalism.

    For the second part of the competency, “advocate for the values of diversity, inclusivity, and social justice,” I chose my Philosophy of Education paper from EDCI 585, Multicultural Education. Throughout my website and store Learn in Color, I have strongly advocated for students from all different backgrounds including different socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, sexualities, physical abilities, and more. I have book list for many cultures around the world, resources promoting languages from Spanish to Hebrew, and resources for learning Braille and American Sign Language. Growing up as an ethnic minority among minorities, I believe students should learn about all cultures, including those that they may not have firsthand experience with. 

    While in the Multicultural Education course, I came across a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One of the most thought-provoking comments in her talk was, “The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete (Adichie).” This quote stuck with me and has reminded me that we all have something to learn about multiculturalism, biases, and stereotypes. As America’s student population changes with ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexualities, and physical abilities, modern curriculum should reflect these changes.

    References

    Adichie, C. N. (n.d.). The danger of a single story. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED Talk. Retrieved February 1, 2022, from https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en

    Artifacts

    EDCI 585 Multicultural Education: Definitions of Culture

    EDCI 585 Multicultural Education: Multicultural Teaching Philosophy

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