Commentary on "Abstract Inquiry and the Patrolling of Black/White Borders through Linguistic Stylization" by John Taggart Clark: Teachers and the ethnicity of their students The essay "Abstract Inquiry and the Patrolling of Black/White Borders through Linguistic Stylization" by John Taggart Clark states that the teacher who teaches from the point of view of the majority culture and does not include the student's minority culture point of view creates cultural and political borders between themselves and their students that discourage students to learn the language of the cultural majority that they need in order to achieve goals in the society. I think it is important to be aware of every single student's ethnicity in the classroom. Our ethnicity , our cultural and language background strongly influence the way we learn. We need to give every child the possibility to learn the way it can learn best and most. I don't think that there is a racist issue when we integrate the student's ethnicity and language into the classroom learning as long as we are aware of all the ethnicities of all the students in the classroom. I rather think that there is a racist issue if we do not integrate the children's ethnicity and language into classroom life since we would then ignore an important aspect of the student's being individually different from each other, and without considering their ethnicity we would automatically teach the students from our own ethnicity's point of view which might not be appropriate for any of the students in the classroom.
To consider every single student's ethnicity could lead to the problem that teachers provide different kinds of information for different students. I am of the opinion that every student needs to be taught the same information, everything else would simply be unfair. Of course, different students understand different kinds of information better or harder, but that does not mean that it is right not to give...
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