ERIC Number: EJ709549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
An Excuse-Free, Multicultural Educator: Moving beyond Blame of Uninvolved Parents for Deficient Student Learning
Chance, Tania Z.
School Administrator, v62 n1 p30 Jan 2005
What type of parent involvement are educators really receptive to? Would educators respond to parent suggestions to abandon the norm to deliver a more diversified curriculum using differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners?In many cases, the families are mistakenly blamed for the academic underachievement of the students. In drawing national attention to the achievement gap, the federal No Child Left Behind Act will lead even our most prestigious and well-funded school districts to discover they are failing certain student subgroups in meeting minimum proficiency standards. While the legislation remains too punitive and has numerous faults, it is now forcing our nation to focus on the long-neglected issue of ensuring every student achieves academically in school. Educators must relinquish comforting excuses, and stop avoiding the hard issues of what can be done differently in classrooms and schools. Educators should feel enabled. They are endowed with the power to make societal change that will benefit all students. They must value their role, in closing the gap as a privileged opportunity to change history, and empower themselves with different views, those of multicultural educators. Multicultural education is a comprehensive reform of policies and practices that help to reach more students, more often. A plan for multicultural education that is comprehensive and systemic will address the content, the learner and the classroom environment. A list of resources is provided.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Minority Group Children, Underachievement, Multicultural Education, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Educational Improvement, Public Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001