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An education is crucial to survive in today’s world. A high school diploma will not get you nearly as far as it did in the past. Dropping out of high school would probably ensure the individual a lifetime of poverty and problems, and yet many Americans still throw away their chances at succeeding in this education dependent social system by not finishing high school. A majority of the students that drop out are either African American or Hispanic. Many theorize this is because teachers are not able to teach to diverse racial backgrounds. It is important for the teachers to create a strategy of teaching that will promote equal opportunity learning for all of their students. In this essay I will relate four of the principles of the New York State’s Code of Ethics to the essays written in the book Young, Gifted, and Black . The essays I will incorporate are “Up from the Parched Earth: Toward a Theory of African-American Achievement,” written by Theresa Perry and “Stereotype Threat and African-American Student Achievement,” written by Claude Steele. These essays could help a teacher carry out the expectations and principles listed in the New York State’s Code of Ethics . The four principles I would like to look at are “Educators nurture the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and civic potential of each student”; “Educators commit to their own learning in order to develop their practice”; “Educators collaborate with colleagues and other professionals in the interest of student learning”; and “Educators collaborate with parents and community, building trust and respecting confidentiality.” According to the first principle in the New York State Code of Ethics it is important that “Educators nurture the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and civic potential of each student.” Each student is an individual, and as an individual they each learn in their own unique
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way. Students of a different race, gender or ethnicity can have a completely different learning style then a pupil with another cultural background. Some students may excel when taught through readings, while others will only succeed through an interactive learning style. In her essay from the book "Young, Gifted, and Black", Theresa Perry gives an example of this. She discusses how in an experiment, two groups of Hawaiian students were asked to take part in a discussion after a story was read to them. One group was asked to participate in the traditional
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