When schools closed beginning in March 2020, most systems struggled to implement remote learning. Schools, educators, learners, and parents just weren't prepared for that. Which is why academic equity has become a focus of schools across the nation.
I often joke that one of the ways I realize I am getting older is that when I hear younger people use slang, I cringe. There is probably no greater separator of generational differences than the use of slang. Being able to validate and affirm the current generation's use of slang is a great way to relate and connect with them.
Society has come a long way in terms of becoming socially aware and accepting of all people, however we still have a ways to go. Educating ourselves and others on different backgrounds and cultures is key to accelerating awareness, understanding, and acceptance in and outside of the classroom.
November is Native American Heritage Month! In addition to teaching students about American Indian history and culture, it is important to make students aware of the reality of American Indians as contemporary people. Here are some excellent suggestions from Cherokee historian Karen Coody Cooper.
Educators have to be responsive to gender culture, national culture, socioeconomic culture, and youth culture. They must not mistake one of these cultures for another, and certainly not confuse any with race. The “rings of culture” in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching are a potential source of responsiveness.