Education

Teachers as mediators in cultural clashes

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Pankaj Kumar Singh

Multicultural education system is an approach to education that aims to include all students, enhance the learning of other cultures, and teach social skills in a healthy way in a multicultural setting. Multicultural education is the future and not a one-way learning experience. A teacher plays a crucial role in a multicultural education setting. She not only imparts knowledge and learning but also acts as a mediator when any clash occurs. Teachers as mediators in cultural clashes Teachers as mediators in cultural clashes

It is very important to solve the issues that arise and tell students that they are one. As a teacher one should:

  • Appreciate and accommodate the similarities and differences among the students’ cultures.
  • Build relationships with students.
  • Focus on the way’s students learn and observe students to identify their task orientations.
  • Teach students to match their behaviors in the setting.

Multicultural education teaches people to acknowledge, embrace, and respect differences. Multicultural education helps teachers come to terms with personal, cultural, and ethnic identity while simultaneously encouraging and providing settings for students to come to terms with their own culture and ethnicity. It helps in bridging the gap between students of different cultures. Just assume a classroom full of students from different strata of society sharing their views and ideology. The chances of clashes are also at peak as it is not necessary that students will understand and agree with each other perspective and viewpoint.

It is quite challenging to understand what happens when students and teachers struggle to bridge cultural gaps that exist between them? In a survey for Centre for American Progress report found teachers of color make up just 18 percent of public school teachers, while students of color are nearly 50 percent of the children they educate. Student populations diversify at faster rates than teaching staff, so those gaps are widening, not shrinking.

As a mentor, the teacher should understand that not all students are the same when we talk about their cultural ideologies and emotions and so she should focus to unite them on the basis of humanity. Tasks and activities where students can come together and share the same bond and emotions should be encouraged. Studies should not be focused on any one culture rather all the languages should be given preference. Students should be given life skills or moral values classes to understand other cultures closely.

A classroom is full of students of different backgrounds where the teacher has a responsibility to interact with students on the basis of simply knowing where they are from and what their favorite subjects are. On another hand, the teacher should also know their students in a more holistic way, executing their cultural traditions into lessons and activities so that they feel comfortable among each other and focus themselves towards quality learning. Nationalities, ethnicities, and races these topics always bring cultural traditions to interactions, but it’s up to teachers to recognize, celebrate and share these topics among students in different perspectives.

Multicultural education should not be considered as a syllabus which has to be completed in a limited period of time it is a long process. It is an approach that aims to include all students, to teach about other culture and to teach the importance of multicultural settings. This process will take time but it should be there to brighten the future. Rather than one-way of learning from teacher to student, there should be exchanging of ideas, stories, and experiences of each other that enrich the educational experience in ways that are impossible in general classes.


Culturally responsive teaching combines the cultural competence of a teacher with classroom strategies that helps culturally and linguistically different students to achieve academic success


Culturally responsive teaching is a method that combines the cultural competence of a teacher with classroom strategies that help culturally and linguistically different students to achieve academic success. Teaching strategies and lesson planning that incorporate culturally relevant information for students to understand lessons better are two key foundations of culturally responsive teaching. While interacting with students, culturally are empathetic, supportive and flexible in their approach.


  • In a survey for Centre for American Progress report found teachers of color make up just 18 percent of public school teachers, while students of color are nearly 50 percent of the children they educate
  • Multicultural education should not be considered as a syllabus which has to be completed in a limited period of time; it is a long process
  • Teaching strategies and lesson planning should incorporate culturally relevant information

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