Is Multiculturalism Positive Or Negative?
by Vino Sriganthan
Hawaii has become more multicultural than before. Multicultural means that many different kinds of people live in an area and follow the cultural and traditional values there. When non English speaking immigrants settled in Hawaii, some people like to follow the multicultural events here, however, some people do not like to participate in multiculturalism; instead they want to stay in their own cultures. People are different from all over the world in different ways. When people come to Hawaii from different parts of the world, they are affected by positive and negative aspect of multiculturalism. For example, when I came to Hawaii I was affected by positive and negative multiculturalism. When I look at multiculturalism closely, I see that I was affected by it positively.
Why do I think multiculturalism can be positive or negative? When I first time came to Hawaii multiculturalism was negative for me. I knew this would happen to everybody when they move to foreign countries, because they do not know the language, culture and traditional values, background, and behavior of people, because some time these things are totally different from their own countries. But when they get into the society and participate with the multicultural people, it should be very interesting, and it might be a very different experience for them. I felt the same way when I tried to participate with multiculturism. When I lived in Sri Lanka, I had lots of problems with people there; however, when I tried to live with multicultural people, I did not have as many problems as I had in Sri Lanka. I had lots of freedom that I did not have in Sri Lanka.
I learned lots of different traditional and cultural events like festivals, marriage styles and religious events. I improved my communication and employability skills by working with different ethnic people, going to work in time, dealing with different customers, and telling my opinion without being nervous in society. I improved my English knowledge by having some local friends, and by going to free Adult school at Kaimuki and Waianae high schools.
When I settled in Oahu, I liked to participate in multiculturalism, because if I stay in my own culture, I can not succeed in my life. I have to be open to tell my opinions and try to participate in multiculturism events so I can succeed in here. The first thing I did was to make local friends, learn their cultural events, and try to speak English with them. Also, I found a job here. When I tried to learn English from them it was a very different experience for me, and it was very helpful for me t continue my education here. Then I worked at Jack-In-The-Box with many different types of multiculturism people . I learned employability skills there, like team work, punctuality, precision, discussion, and customer services. After all I had lots of different experiences, freedom, and benefits by multiculturalism in Hawaii.So, my conclusion is that multiculturalism helps me enjoy my life and learn lots of different kinds of experiences from it. I learned lots of positive experiences for my successful life. So, try to participate in multiculturism and succeed in your life here.
Essay on Diversity and Multicultural Education in the Classroom
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Introduction There are many factors that play a role in the learning process for every human being. Race, religion, language, socioeconomics, gender, family structure, and disabilities can all affect the ways in which we learn. Educators must take special measures in the delivery of classroom instruction to celebrate the learning and cultural differences of each of their students. As communities and schools continue to grow in diversity, teachers are searching for effective educational programs to accommodate the various learning styles of each student while promoting acceptance of cultural differences throughout the classroom. It no longer suffices to plan educational experiences only for middle-or upper class white learners and then…show more content…
Reflection on Individual and Cultural Differences The way in which a student is able to advance through the process of learning can be complicated by several aspects which characterize each student. Individual differences such as gender, motivation, socioeconomic status, personal beliefs, and disabilities all determine the ways in which a student will move through each stage of learning or how long it will take to master a skill. Furthermore, each student’s cognitive ability and performance can determine at which rate he or she will excel from the developmental stage of learning. Manning and Baruth (2009) suggest rather than assume that learners can succeed by trying hard or doing more homework; educators should understand that development and readiness, not effort alone, affect what students can learn. Teachers who are able to analyze the characteristics of diverse learners, individually, have an understanding of the motivation, behavior factors, and various learning styles that play a role in the learning process. Furthermore, teachers should have knowledge of different cultural heritage, and understand that cultural perspective plays an important role in motivating a student. With these considerations, the educator is able to incorporate instruction styles and strategies that will focus on the specific learning needs and different cultural backgrounds of each individual student.
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