The world is highly increasing in a multipolar direction, and this calls for the need to understand cultures with an aim of developing a new thinking. For an individual to carry out any task in a given culture or subculture, there must be some knowledge about the culture involved. Cultural diversities can affect different areas of performance of people’s lives. In a learning set up, the educators involved have a big task to accomplish by ensuring there is a conducive learning and socialization environment for the learners.
Diversity has always been associated with low academic performance hence there must be bridges to connect the people of different cultures so as to reduce the effect on academics. Being that the bilingual Latinos speak English with a Latino accent makes them to be tagged as unintelligent (Goldenberg, 1996). The actual fact is that most bilingual speakers have high cognitive ability. The need for filling in the gap is therefore essential since culture is a feature of human nature and helps a person to make clear sense of the surrounding, hence appropriateness in formulation of judgements and opinions.
Teaching philosophy is that statement that a teacher, an educator brings on to tell anyone interested to know what he or she does. It entails the conception of teaching and learning that the educator has, a description of how the educator does his work, methods and techniques that he uses while teaching and a justification that whatever he is doing is eligible to be termed as teaching. The statement can either be demonstrating the purpose and reflections in teaching or display the goals that the educator has while going through the teaching process.
In cultural bridging, there is a need to know the teaching philosophy of an educator. This helps to ensure the teacher is not creating or widening the gap between cultures. A greater percentage of time of a learner is usually spent with a teacher, and therefore, knowing the philosophy of that teacher will make the learner either group themselves according to their ethnic groups or socialize freely without creating any barrier.
Some philosophies like ‘the sink or swim’ are only created to demoralize a learner (Kao & Tienda, 1995). The belief that Latinos have a low academic performance can be made real if a teacher uses this kind of philosophy. Latino is ethnicity, in that those who belong to this in-group are said to be of Latin ethnicity. Latinos are of different races but what makes them an ethnic group is the fact that they share same historical background, heritage, culture and speak a common language. Latinos have gotten themselves learning English as their second language, although most of them report a greater level of competition in class work between them and the whites (Goldenberg, 1996). Attitude being another factor makes the Latinos to stick to their lower ranks of performance if the attitude is not built on time. Bridging of culture is not only done to fill the gap present in school or classroom environment, but also to make the learners understand the difference at the social world back home. Sensitization on the cultural and ethnic difference may help them handle the neighbor next door, the gardener employed by the learner’s parents or even the house maid who remains at home to take care of mess around the house (Haselkorn & Fideler, 1996).
The United States have worked amongst themselves through putting up enough resources and involving several societies and encompassing a broad array of themes to set up programs that aim at a common goal. By understanding the cultures and different forces that brings it to shape, there has been a greater need to create bridges that connect one world to another and help individuals in the given cultures to understand the world around them better. There has been a grant of several community colleges, which have developed various faculties and curriculum projects that makes it easier to bridge cultures together. There has also been improvement of knowledge and creativity through bringing in documentary films of either various parts of the u’s or those of other countries. This encourages exploration among cultures. Development and administration of national and regional projects and allowing democracy and civility to take place within the United States is also a sign of removing barriers that may have been created and create a common link to which every societal member is well accommodated. (Bergruen, 2015)
It is therefore important to build bridges in any social environment and between cultures in order to increase productivity through creativity and innovative thinking. Freedom of moving from one culture to another through intermarriage and religion is also made simpler when people are allowed to cross these bridges.
Bergruen, N. (2015). Journal :How philosophical reflection can help bridge the East-West cultural divide
Goldenberg, C. (1996). Latin American immigration and U.S. Schools. Social Policy Reports. Society for Research in Child Development, 10(1).
Haselkorn, D., & Fideler, E. (1996). Breaking the class ceiling: Paraeducators pathways to teaching. Belmont. MA: Recruiting New Teaches, Inc.
Kao, G., & Tienda, M. (1995). Optimism and achievement: The educational performance of immigrant youth. Social Science Quarterly, 76, 1-19.