What are the key concepts included in this assignment?

In Chapter 5, the key concept is diversity. Diversity is one of the most
debated issues in the society. Diversity is present in the context of
culture and religion. Radical pluralism suggests that because of
diversity, people tend to live in an Americanized way in order to be at
par with the Americans and such act destructs self-identity.
In Chapter 6, the main concept is about democracy while maintaining
professionalism and integrity in teaching. This calls for making
decisions in an objective manner. It urges teachers to be rational and
sensitive in making choices.
In Chapter 7, the primary aim is to synthesize education in the grounds
of teaching and teachers having the key roles in imparting knowledge.
Chapter 7 states that both the consequentialists’ and the
non-consequentialists’ views are not sufficient. Concepts produced by
the non-consequentialists cannot be applied in the absence of a
knowledge concerning what is good and the impacts of actions.
Specifically, how well do the authors` viewpoints serve you and your
discipline/learners?
Personally, I believe that diversity can be positive or negative
depending on how people perceive it. Diversity for me is beauty and
something which should be celebrated. Having students coming from
different backgrounds offers the opportunity to learn more of them that
we never knew before.
Democracy in teaching is good provided that it does not go beyond the
limits of morality. Having the freedom to choose the method to use in
teaching can be liberating. As a teacher, equilibrium in teaching is
important. Simply put, there has to be balance in dealing with the
students while at the same time authoritarian method of control has to
be exercised.
Improved quality of teaching which consists of skilled teachers,
personalized attention, high quality program or curriculum and
educational resources, and ample information resources is one way to
promote education in a highly discriminative society.
What ideas in this assignment are useful to you?
Diversity is not just an ethnic or a cultural problem. In actuality,
diversity is the perceived differences among individuals. Despite how
positive action construes the past, diversity is suggesting a more
candid and direct method. Even the word diversity may appear to be so
all-encompassing.
Moral relativism can be an issue. Despite people being permitted to
exercise their morals and ideologies that are relative to their concept
of righteousness in thinking, people have the tendency to impact other
individuals with their personal ideas.
Teachers should be passionate and committed in what they do. In the
absence of these two, delivery of lesson could not make an impact to the
students. In addition, it was stated that ethics should be independent
of religion.
What are the critical distinctions made by the authors?
The authors made critical distinctions between multiculturalism and
radical pluralism.
In Chapter 6, the authors provided critical distinctions between
democracy and pluralism.
In Chapter 7, the authors made distinctions concerning the teachers’
preferences in the subject matter that they teach. The authors also
created a distinction between the consequentialists’ and the
non-consequentialists’ views.
What surprises did you find in this reading assignment?
In Chapter 5, I was struck by the argument between the consequentialist
and the non-consequentialist. According to the consequentialist,
diversity promotes learning from other people. A non-consequentialist
views diversity as mere quality because morality is what is important.
In the case presented, a teacher was in a dilemma about not teaching the
school curriculum to the students because of her judgment that the kids
were not ready yet. Such judgment was based on her students’ knowledge
about kids’ behaviour, progress, and level of frustration. However,
technically, not implementing the curriculum is a teacher’s choice.
In the conclusion part, it may not seem be surprising at present to
learn that diversity is everywhere but what is surprising is the fact
that some people still have the difficulty in accepting the reality that
diverseness in religion and culture do exist. Professionalism in
teaching, on the other hand, is at times put into compromise when
teachers form biases on their students.
What new ideas occurred to you as you read this chapter?
Flexibility and open-mindedness enable an individual to focus on
diversity. Learning to focus on individual differences can promote an
environment of peace and respect. Unfortunately, there are times when
discrimination cannot be avoided. Diversity is now being taught even
among the young ones. Making them aware of the significance of diversity
will enable them to respect and accept other people who are different
from them.
Professionals are permitted to conduct three significant things: support
a basic knowledge, gain control over one’s professional practice, and
handle the beginning of new teachers in the profession. Despite having
professional organizations working to reinforce these three things, one
thing that they fail to achieve is supporting the knowledge base of the
individual.
In postscript, remarkably, the authors have to realize that neither the
non-consequentialist nor the consequentialist opinion is adequate to
use. As an alternative there must be an amalgamation of scrutinizing
ethical decisions and educational decisions.
What is your assessment of the authors’ credibility?
The authors were able to deliver effectively their thoughts on diversity
and democracy in teaching. The authors suggest that diversity is
inevitable. It exists in all nations. However, being able to recognize
and accept diversity signifies accepting other cultures. Although there
are varying notions and traditions, it is conceivable to link any
cultural gap if we only understand the significance of respecting one
another’s differences as much as we are alike.
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