Middle School Ethnic Diversity Benefits All Students

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New research finds students at schools lacking a dominant ethnic group feel safer and less lonely.
You can read the full Pacific Standard article here:
This article was originally published by Tom Jacobs for Pacific Standard.
While increased diversity can provide benefits for the student body, new challenges can arise for teachers.
The Detroit Journalism Cooperative recently took a look at how the need for cultural competency training is increasing:

With the changing landscape of racial and ethnic diversity in our schools in this country, the educational system faces new challenges. Here in the Detroit Metro area, we are seeing increasingly diverse student bodies in our school systems.
The number of students who are now attending integrated schools has increased due to school of choice, immigration, and proliferation of charter schools.
As the American majority of people who identify racially and ethnically as white decreases and the number of other ethnicities continue to rise, teachers face a gap in the learning process–knowing how to relate to and engage with their increasingly diverse classrooms. The increased multiculturalism in schools has left some students behind. To ensure each child has the right to the best education, districts around the metro area have begun to introduce culture compliance training to their teachers in efforts to help them better understand and relate to their students, especially those of other races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, experiences and upbringings.
By seeing from different perspectives, teachers develop understanding, continue to value diversity, and recognize the different roles of culture dynamics, as well as help relate to students from other cultures and heightening the teacher’s ability to relate to students.
For more of our Detroit Journalism Cooperative's coverage of education issues, visit: http://bit.ly/2sjHgyk

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