Diversity in Schools
Cultural diversity in educational institutions prepares young people for citizenship in a multicultural democracy. In the United States schools have become very diverse. Therefore, it is imperative for teachers and students in schools to recognize, value, and respect people’s differences. In a diverse environment people should promote an inclusive culture for all learners and teachers. Diversity in schools is recognized in terms of age, race, gender, disability, and religion. In this type of environment, equality should be significantly emphasized among people. Individuals should be treated fairly considering their special needs.
Commonly, diversity in schools contributes to harassment, bullying, and victimization. Learners that belong to a different age group and immigrant children become victims of harassment and bullying in schools. It is also clear that students that belong to a different social class are harassed. Certain types of behavior among students derail the fight against vices that are catalyzed by diversity. These vices are common in schools, which are reluctant to emphasize equality especially among the learners (Barton, 2006).
In schools common results of diversity are bullying, harassment, and victimization. Teachers encounter predicaments with students who are victims of harassment and bullying. These students become less successful in their academic work because their mental health is derailed. Schools that are significantly affected by bullying, victimization and harassment have unfavorable learning environment. It affects emotional health of learners and teachers. Consequently, there are cases when students opt to commit suicide.
Initially, teachers should be trained to work in a multicultural and multiethnic class. They should not favor one group over the other while teaching students. In this way, students in the classroom will be able to build up an understanding of views of students from various backgrounds. They will understand the importance of promoting equality through treating all staff members and learners equally. Moreover, they will develop interest in creating an inclusive culture for all learners and teachers. Gradually, students will avoid harassing others based on their differences. On the other hand, mental health professionals and school counselors must develop ways to prevent and respond to harassment and victimization in schools. Protecting mental health is fundamental in improving the academic performance of every student in school (Donahoo, Hunter & Brown, 2012).