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Cultural proficiency and diversity are often used interchangeably, yet there are some distinct differences between them. Cultural proficiency is the umbrella under which diversity falls. According to one source, Cultural proficiency is a way of being that allows individuals and organizations to interact effectively with people who differ from them (Cultural Proficiency: What is it?). Diversity includes: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, social class, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, language, friends, geography, political views, and social organizations (Cultural proficiency: Definitions; How to teach students who don't look like you: Culturally relevant teaching). Teacher turn over in urban schools is around 50%, higher than in low-poverty schools, and more than half transfer or leave the profession in five years (Editor's review of See you when we get there: Teaching for change in urban schools by Gregory Michie). Public schools have been viewed as the place where all students go to become Americanized. Furthermore, far too often, the cultural differences of these children are equated with cultural inferiority and not surprisingly, children from these groups are more likely to do poorly in school, get into trouble, or drop out (Confronting the challenge of diversity in education). (Contains 14 online resources.)

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cultural Differences, Urban Schools, Social Organizations, Children, Beliefs, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Awareness

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Author: Walker, Karen

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6621&id=ED538547



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