How will diversity within the classroom influence how we learn?
In the history of American education the only time measured quality increased for all students was during the eighteen years we had busing to increase integration into a diverse classroom. This practice ended wildly in the late 80's. Disparities in education have widened since. Classroom diversity is more important then any teacher, method or reasroces. From my perspective (someone in those classes and as an educator and parent today), the reason for this is diversity brings a broader spectrum of perspective to problem solving, narrative and learning methods in the classroom. Students benefit from exposure cognitive development that focuses on the innovation process. This process is exercised efficiently when there is a wide range of possibilities, not when it is narrower. The complexity of the classroom serves the individual students learning, by showing them a wider context to work through. The added bonus is it also strengthens our society, not only by allowing individuals to find their role in a wider world and seeing a wider readily of the problems they are solving, but it also integrates the society into understanding each other in ways that creates unity in a society. The brakedown in education relates directly to the wealth divide and the political divide. They all are a result of self sorting and an end to the busing program.