How does effective multicultural education impact the improvement of student achievement in classrooms around the United States?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One way in which multicultural education impacts the improvement of student achievement in classrooms around the United States exists in the equity pedagogy.  In this aspect of multicultural education, teachers allow and validate  "students' cultural differences before they can encourage academic achievement." This aspect of multicultural education stresses that a child's cultural differences are recognized in an educational setting where there previously might not have been.  When studying the presence of the achievement gap, one component is that students believe that those in the position of educational power simply do not care about them, hence why succeed?  In multicultural education, this presupposition is challenged for teachers and schools display a sincere understanding and acceptance of students' cultural identities, and from this students' academic achievement can develop.

The empowerment of school culture is another realm in which multicultural education can increase student achievement. Multicultural education accepts that there are "aspects of education that hinder learning and then empower families and students from all backgrounds, so that the full development of students is achieved."  In recognizing how education has maligned student success due to marginalizing their cultural experience, multicultural education seeks to make right that which is wrong. In empowering families and striving for a "full development of students," student achievement is improved in the classroom setting.