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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
With a rapidly increasing minority population in the United States, it is more important than ever for both future and experienced teachers to recognize and appreciate the diversity of young people enrolled in our schools. By the year 2000 it is projected that one of three or more students will be part of an ethnic minority. In some cities and states, minority background students are already the majority school population. Teachers will be facing more and more students from different ethnic, cultural, language, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Many classes will include special needs students who are gifted, handicapped, or both. It is also important for teachers to keep in mind that most students will represent several of these backgrounds, and their behaviors and values will be influenced accordingly. In addition, teachers will need to be sensitive to gender differences. All in all, teachers' responsibilities will increase in the coming years.
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