In the recent days, students have been encountering learning challenges based on the existing cultures characterized by stereotype, prejudice and many more that have persisted over the years. This has motivated me and all the stakeholders to develop this charter to allow for independency of this institution and to be autonomous, to bring equal education opportunities to the students in this community in all capacities including those from low class, different ethnics and racial background and solve some challenges that affect the community living around the schools environment through their children’s empowerment. Creation of this school will promote better competition among the students because more special attention will be given to the weak students to help them improve on their grades. We want to be practical in our educational policies and syllabus supported with creativity and innovations for excellence performance in our school. This charter is meant to bridge the existing gap in cultural diversity in education which has been there over the decades.
Intentions and goals
With the general knowledge we have on the effect of culture in education, our school charter will cover across multicultural for it will accommodate student from across all cultural and ethnic backgrounds to learn together. It entails educating and giving instructions to students of different cultures and racial background in institutions educational systems. It will be based on mutual agreement, respect and culture relativism concept. Multicultural learning will enhance equal opportunities for learning for all students through changing their schools environment to accommodate their diverse cultural background within the societies and national classroom image, (Bank 306).
Multicultural mode is intended to be of great significant in the demographic transformation of the entire society. From the previous research conducted, there is indication that students from minority races always drop from schools, performs very poorly, they are suspended and sometimes expelled, this charter is meant to correct this culture which has been existing. This has impacted the performances of students hence calling for a radical measure to be taken to correct the existing inequality and prevent any future occurrence (Bennett 4).
We want to encourage more interaction between students of different ethnics’ backgrounds, religious affiliations, gender and language diversity across the board. This will enhance learning, corporation and understandings among the students which will in the long term aid in the integration of the societies hence producing high performances.
By forming this charter school, we are aiming on increasing the performances and enrollment of the students from the disadvantaged background since they will have favorable environment to compete with others. The gap which has been existing between the low income earners and the majority whites is set to decrease as research has shown from the previous records. This is set to raise the education standard and competition between the chattered and the public institutions. Being that there is a projection of bigger number of applicants that will require admission, regional representation must be put into consideration since there are more deserving cases. This will encourage close link between the school and the community living around the school together with its stakeholders.
Multicultural approach has many roles in increasing educational accessibility to all; it will eliminate stereotyping which has been associated with the traditional public schools. This is possible through the collective responsibility of the stakeholders who are driven by one goal in common. The collective responsibility will ensure equality in all that is undertaken and individual contributions will be acknowledged, cases of biasness will be minimized. The stakeholders will not look at individual from the ethnic perspective but in brotherly hood with mutual benefit (Jeanne 4)
Charter schools are believed to be the standard measure of education that gives the stakeholders to form their own policies for their advancement in education; this gives them a chance to formulate policies which are friendly to their performance and as a result there is increased autonomy in the operations. They are not mandated to comply with the states legislations hence this makes them focus their resources in excelling rather than compiling with government directive.
Individual and institutional barriers
There are a number of individual and institutional barriers that come with the implementation of this charter and they pose a challenge to the education system. In a every day life, some students perform well when at a given specific environment associated with specific culture, bringing them to unusual environment will affect their performance but this will be short-lived since there are measures put in place. some students has been trained on collective responsibility when it comes to working in a classroom set up as some are trained in individualistic work. Putting the same students in the same classroom and wants them to learn at the same time may be challenging and measures needs to be taken to address it.
Teachers should know the characteristics of each student he teaches when it comes to learning since multicultural approach contains with it many students and each one if them has a unique background. Knowing the nature to which the students learn will promote easier understanding and corporation between the teachers and the students. Teachers should learn to embrace the student’s culture to reduce culture shock, this will entail accepting them the way they are and they learn to diffuse their culture through socialization. Group oriented class-work should be focused on by the teachers and not focusing on individual student (Bank John 317). This will enable the students to learn from each other and encourage participatory in class-work.
As students should be encouraged to develop positive inter-group attitude when in school to allow them accommodate every student that is in school. Negative attitude will have an effect on some students because they won’t have the sense of belonging to that institution more-so if they come from the disadvantaged background. This will intern prolong the period needed to bond the students within the school and will also promote good relation among them for effective learning (Darleen Vol 33).
The use of syllabus content from one background in teaching poses challenge if not looked into. There is need to systematically harmonize the contents which cut across the divide to bring similarity for the students in the contents of what they learn. This will enable them to grasp the concept being taught easily hence eliminating any barrier. Teachers also need to modify their teaching strategies and their relationship with the students to create the rapport foe mutual benefits.
The reasons behind this charter are that it promote equal opportunities for all, students are selected with the laid down criteria without the discrimination of any nature, on the ground of religion, race, ethnic affiliation or social class .there is increased accessibility for education to all the deserving students since it is not characterized to any manner of segregation. It has a learning environment which supports interracial contact among the students, teachers, administration and the community. There will be increased performances in academic standard since there will be fairness and innovativeness besides diversified mode of teachings in the school.
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Jeanne, Allen. “Resistance hinders success” USA TODAY, may 3rd 2004.