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Language, Culture, and Education

I am having trouble answering the following questions.

1. What is cultural relativism and why is it an important practice for teachers in Texas?

2. What strategies can teachers use to help English Language Learners make the curriculum understandable?

3. Based on Ruby Payne's research on poverty and social class, discuss some effective motivations and strategies teachers can use to benefit students in "generational poverty"?

4. Compare and contrast the terms "melting pot" and "salad bowl". Which term do you think is more empowering to America as a country of diversity? Elaborate.

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1.) Cultural relativism is the idea that no culture is better than any other culture. Everything that you believe and everything that you do should be understood by others in terms of your culture. Different cultures have different customs, beliefs, and practices, and teachers need to respect those. It is very important for teachers not to judge their students' families. Trying to understand other cultures is crucial so that teachers can form connections with their students. Let me give you an example. I'm an ELL teacher in Illinois, and last year I had to explain to one of my students from India what a leprechaun was (it was March 17th). She looked at me dubiously and ...

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1. What is cultural relativism and why is it an important practice for teachers in Texas?

2. What strategies can teachers use to help English Language Learners make the curriculum understandable?

3. Based on Ruby Payne's research on poverty and social class, discuss some effective motivations and strategies teachers can use to benefit students in "generational poverty"?

4. Compare and contrast the terms "melting pot" and "salad bowl". Which term do you think is more empowering to America as a country of diversity? Elaborate.

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