House Republicans may scuttle state's cultural competency efforts
A quiet effort by state officials to require that all newly certified Oregon teachers be "culturally competent" looks to be dead-on-arrival in the Republican-controlled House, despite firm support from education advocates...
...[cultural competency] can mean not assigning homework that requires a computer to a homeless student, or understanding that in some Hispanic cultures, it's considered rude to look an authority figure in the eye. The idea is that understanding a student's background will eventually help them to perform better in class and on tests.
Do we live in a Hispanic culture? Should we teach kids that you can walk into a job interview and not look the boss in the eye? In "some Hispanic cultures" having sex with 12 year olds is ok. In some cultures female genital mutilation is ok. The Fishwrapper had an editorial blasting that "cultural tradition" just the other day. How come we don't respect other people's cultures when it comes to stuff like that?
Why don't we tell teachers to just teach the kids. Don't look at their "socio-economic status" or their "culture," just teach the American kids how to read, write, do math, and be Americans.