Diversity: Setting the New Standard

In this rapidly changing world, we have grown more dynamic in our perceptions, and science has grown at exponential rates. As a civilization, we are walking towards an ever-expanding definition of what it means to be human, and the modern-day classroom has the chance to take advantage of this. A learning environment can use and capitalize on nurturing differences. Teachers and students are both dynamic, and it is time that we reflect on that. However, the classrooms we have often failed despite the best efforts of the teaching staff. A culture of heavy-assessments and monogamous instruction prevents the opportunity to individualize teaching interactions and bring education to its potential. Though autonomy can’t be entirely in the hands of teachers, we should look at the factors that impact both sides of the chalkboard and allow for adaptions. The more we can create an environment that teachers and students can work with, the more development we find. This opportunity wasn’t available to us in the past of paper and pencil. But now? Now we are walking into a future of technology that has the chance to fill in the gaps. The Demographically Diverse Research has shown time and time again that demographics impact the learning experience in school. Stereotypes, Expectations, and Prejudices all have the power to bring down academic performance. For far too long, we have seen homogamy as the standard and diversity to be the exception, but every school has a different complexion. In an environment that makes the damaging effects of diversity commonplace, we find a deficiency that must be reconciled. In this adversity, we can make diversity the new norm and discover the many benefits of this opportunity. 1. Gender, Sex, and Sexual Preferences 2. Cultural and Ethnicity 3. Socio-Economic Status These are all ways to bring fresh voices to the forefront and have new societal values rise for the occasion. This diversity will help find the many discrepancies that continue to plague us on the grand scale. A culture of acceptance and belonging will be the key. The Dynamic Teacher The connection teachers create with their students is critical in pushing us forward into the future education deserves. To do this, we have to take the aspects that differentiate every teacher so we can build the classroom to fit their abilities. In the age of technology, this becomes possible. Teachers are the most dynamic tools that we have for lesson facilitation. Having an environment that works for them will help their students reach additional levels of success. Teaching Styles are a component we can build around. It plays with students learning styles. We can propel the strengths of each method while compensating for the weaknesses that may arise. The Dynamic Student Students, what should be the center focus of the classroom, all have varying competencies. However, our current system has a restrictive mold that defines a successful student while pushing many to the side. When we dive further under the surface, we realize that the current classroom model only serves a specific student type. As we lose the potentials of students who don't fit into this mold, they aren't the only ones that suffer. It ripples out to society's hulls as we construct only a single graduate—a single type of success. Grades, achievements, and extracurriculars are the only thing that tells the story on paper beyond the diploma. Though this can say a lot, students deserve an immersive portfolio that brings depth and meaning. Psychologists have looked into factors like intelligence, curiosity, and cognitive ability and are putting them under a dynamic light. To take this, we have the chance to allow students to shine in their individuality. Final Thoughts Throughout the focus point of diversity, we will discover how diversity will play a factor in academic and personal achievement. The opportunities that lay before us have the chance to change the educational landscape from the bottom up. Thus, this effect can also reach far and wide as students learn to reach their potentials. Community Engagement Question In what ways do you see diversity and adaptive environments changing the future of education? Of the world? Special Thanks Photo by note thanun on Unsplash

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