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The problem with violence and ethnic diversity in the classroom is out of control School violence has reached astronomical proportions in the past five years Because of the minority to majority program that buses in students from different social economic and ethnic backgrounds a clash has formed in the classroom that teachers do not know quite how to handle The dominant theme of fear of conflict and confrontation and the desire to have safe positive images even at the cost of using unauthentic and inaccurate materials and activities suggests that before students can begin to portray the diverse cultures of the world and of those living in the United States they will have to grapple with and consider the issues of history equality and diversity in a more direct manner than they have until now Schools are seen as cultural sites which become arenas for cultural negotiation translation and knowledge They should be used as a place where learning and discussion can create hope and possibility for a promising future It is not enough for teachers to present authentic materials and strategies for teaching They must also afford students and themselves the opportunity to acknowledge causes of conflict and means of resolution The major cause of ethnic diversity is lack of education Television film music and almost all other forms of media are used today to show this diversity Common slogans such as its a black thing or its a girl thing further separate races genders and social classes However teaching kids at an early age that they can maintain their heritage and still interact with those of diverse backgrounds will lead to a formation of relationships between cultures that could possibly affect the hostility emoted today A first step toward teaching children about different socioeconomic status ethnic diversity and various cultures should begin in the elementary school atmosphere Some strategies that could help implement these ideas into the minds of children are to
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