Focusing on ethical decision making, this compelling book shows how to develop a deeper personal understanding of cultural differences and strengthen equitable practices in schools and districts.

Barrier 2: Resistance to Change

Barrier 2: Resistance to change

Resistance to change is another of the three barriers to cultural proficiency. This barrier emanates from the perspective that change needs to happen as the result of others' actions, not by the actions of one's self. This barrier also recognizes that in many instances educators lack the awareness that they need to adapt. The language associated with this barrier typically refers to what “they” or “those” children or parents need to do rather that what “I” or “we” need to do for appropriate adjustments in meeting a challenge. As we discussed in Chapter 4, when teachers resist change, they have identified the parameters of their value system at the very edge of their lifeworld experience. They ...

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