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Madison Cona

Professor McNamera
EDU 360
The only way to survive in todays society is to adapt. Adaptation means
modifying new conditions to suit our needs. Since times are changing rapidly and
the minority of students are increasing each year in America, we must include them
in all classrooms.
America has always been known for being the melting pot of the world in
which the minorities should be something we embrace and celebrate. Unfortunately
some see this as an issue for the public school systems. The debate now arises
whether or not an ESL students, should be fully emerged in a full English classroom
or not. Those that disagree, believe these students should be segregated away from
students who are fluent in English. If we want to progress as a country we need to
adapt the idea of inclusion classrooms in order to help educate ESL students and
learn in the best environment possible. Adapting the idea of inclusion classrooms
will benefit the ESL student, the teacher, and eliminate cultural bias.
According to the Multicultural Education Journal, the 2001 national
mandate, No Child Left Behind, [requires] that all public schools help ESL students
become English proficient, as both fluent and ESL students are mandated to meet
State and National achievement standards. What this means is that public schools
are required by law to treat all students the same and provide them with the best
possible education.
The best way for ESL students to learn is to fully emerge them in general
education classes. Studies reveal that the best way to attain language fluency is
inclusion instructional methods. Some argue that ESL students will fall behind if
they are just thrown into these types of classrooms. It is true that ESL students
usually need added resources and care, however it is the concern of the teacher to
help them adjust to English based classrooms. As part of a teachers job, it is not just
to teach but to help students achieve understanding of the content. This means that
if some students need additional resources in order to help them achieve learning it
is the responsibility of the teacher to make sure their needs is met. In fact ESL
students actually help improve a teachers quality of work because it forces teachers
to get on the students level and come up with creative ideas to help students learn.
Excluding students from classes based solely on their linguistic background
is not only violating the Separate But Equal Act but is also unconstitutional and
creating cultural bias in the schools systems. Now instead of promoting an
environment that embraces cultural differences, we are segregating students.
Students who are segregated dont have the ability to interact with others. This
alone goes against Americas perspective as the Melting Pot.
Americans are striving to promote multiculturalism in our public school
systems. By segregating students we are denying our students the opportunities to
be open-minded and embrace others differences. Once educators deny our students
of these opportunities we are limiting their chances to succeed in the real world.
Working in the real world involves being able to communicate with all different
kinds of people from very different backgrounds. This is why it is important to

incorporate inclusion classrooms into public schools so that we eliminate any


chance of cultural biases.
With the right support from public schools and teachers, ESL students can
adapt and learn in inclusion classrooms. Some ways that schools can help ESL
students adapt to inclusion classrooms without having to separate them completely
is placing them in regular classes that are designed for students who are of
average English intelligence. This way is an ESL student is struggling the teacher
can make note and slow down the pace of the class to meet ESL students needs. This
is just one of the many ways teachers and schools can create an inclusive
environment that eliminates any cultural bias and gives ESL students their best
possible chance.