Hidden curriculum can have many effects on a students. The one that stands out is, students who have difficulties naviagating the hidden curriculum or hidden rules of a classroom will often give up on trying to understand these hidden rules. Much like the activity we did in class, the students who weren't understanding the rules either got frustrated or gave up completely. Feeling disenfranchised like this can lead to students becomeing marginalized. When students become marginalized they lack ambition and drive. This lack of ambition and drive can turn into an ambition gap and an achievement gap. An ambition gap and achievement gap are similar beciase each of them have to do with students getting behind and staying behind. They are different because the ambition gap has to do with the levels of ambition between students. This ambition gap can lead to an achievement gap, which is the difference in achievement among students. We often see achievement gaps between students who have the means to be successful and those who do not.
Biases are preferences that you have about someone or something. Biases are a natural part of who we are. Everyone has biases, however it is important to keep them in check. Because of our biases we then develop stereotypes. Stereotypes are "categories" we put people in based on our experiences. Stereotypes are not a bad thing as long as we can recognize them. Stereotypes lead to prejudices which are attitudes about the different stereotypes we have. These prejudices become dangerous when we start to act on them. When we act on them, it becomes discrimination. Discrimination is when treat others badly or unfairly based on the stereotypes we have.
Social capital is something that helps people to advance professionally. We need to realize our society is socially stratified. Those students who are from lower class are going to have less contact with people there for less social capital than someone from middle class or upper class. This lack of social capital can lead to someone in poverty not breaking out of the poverty cycle.
Race was constructed as a way to describe people based on their phenotype. This is a practice that was discredited long ago because it is not a stable system for organizing and differentiating people. As a society we have long seen the repercussions for this sociopolitical construct. From 1877 until the 1950's the Jim Crow Laws were put in place. These laws were passed with the intent of discrimination and racism.
Regardless of your political views, you will have students in your class that struggle with gender identification and their sexual orientation. You have to be aware of this and not try and change them. You need to make sure there is not hidden curriculum in your classroom that might make them feel marginalized. Students will not learn when they feel that they do not have worth in your classroom. It is important to make sure your political views do not trickle down into your class and make students feel marginalized. All it takes is one comment.
Religion plays a role in race and ethnicity because people have stereotypes about other races and their supposed religions. A students religious identity could make them a target for bullying and discrimination. Hopefully one day we will be able to live in a society where religious pluralism exists and can flourish.
What I Have Come to Believe about Multicultural Education
I still believe that every student has a right to a quality education.
I still believe that multicultural education is important for preparing students to function in a diverse world.
I still believe that educators should aid in being a resource for every student.
I still believe that education should incorporate multiple cultures and perspectives, but also be relevant to the students.
I still believe that every student should be able to access my classroom.
I still believe that all students should feel like they matter in my classroom.
I also believe that all students are an asset in my classroom, no matter their religion, race, SES, gender or sexual orientation.
I also believe that my race, religion, SES, gender, sexual orientation, political identity, or personal biases should impact the dynamic of my classroom.