Consider language, culture in teaching
According to a New York Times article, more than 5 million children in the United States enter school each year speaking a language other than English. That amount is expected to grow to 25 percent by the year 2025.
U-46, the second largest school district in Illinois, reflects this diversity in its demographics: White: 36.5 percent, African-American: 6.9 percent, Hispanic: 44.4 percent, Asian: 8.1 percent, Native American: 0.2 percent.
In addition to this ethnic variety, there are other factors that have an impact on the performance of each learner in the classroom, such as learning preferences, communication style and culture.
Multicultural education acknowledges the differences that children bring to school, assuming the possibility that students' identities may influence how they experience school and learn.
Accepting these differences also means making provisions for them. The Daily Herald recently reported that U-46 serves about 8,600 bilingual students across all grades. For bilingual education to be effective it is essential not only that these students receive instruction in their native language, but also to bring their background knowledge into the equation.
Listen to both sides of gun debate
I'm a retired suburban police sergeant who, through most of my career, wished I could jettison the added weight of my sidearm. That being said, I relied upon it for my well-being and the well-being of others who might be in a life-taking situation.
Anti-gun advocates claim they want a safer society, yet an armed, law-abiding citizen is not as dangerous as a licensed driver. There are instruments of death and destruction by function and design that cause far more carnage than the item that is protected by our constitution. …