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Working with Diversity: A Teacher's Checklist
Working with diversity: A teacher's checklist

Our understanding of the cultures of the classroom has grown substantially in the last 50 years. Yet there is no question that we still struggle with some demographic groups that are outside the dominant culture of the classroom. Lindsey, Robbins, and Terrell (2009) provide three barriers to making effective changes in schools today. They include

  • The presumption of entitlement, the belief that the accomplishments of the dominant society are due to the merit and personal qualities of the dominant culture without realizing that other cultures may have had more hurdles to jump to get to the same place.
  • Systems of oppression and privilege, “the societal forces that affect individuals due to their membership in a distinct ...

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