Proposal Title

Diversity in Today's Classroom

Abstract

For over the last twenty years the major contributor to population growth in America has been Hispanics. Representing one of the fastest growth rates among all racial or ethnic groups. This burst in population is most evident in the public-school systems. Both rural and urban school systems have sought to promote heterogeneous student bodies, faculty and communities. Coincidentally, this call for diversity in all levels of school communities and the benefits associated with this social integration has been promoted as a necessity by various stakeholders in education. However, in the most diverse county within the state of Georgia the endorsement of diversity does not align with the available information of its Hispanic population. This research represents an examination of the current condition of the Hispanic population in Gwinnett County and the stark realities of their educational attainment or lack thereof. This study serves as a call to action by highlighting several conflicting conditions in the educational realm and presenting potential steps in reducing the misrepresented truth of diversity. Ultimately, this study adds to the existing body of knowledge on diversity in education by identifying misconceptions and truths in one Georgia county.

Keywords

Hispanic, Education, Diversity, Society

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Diversity in Today's Classroom

For over the last twenty years the major contributor to population growth in America has been Hispanics. Representing one of the fastest growth rates among all racial or ethnic groups. This burst in population is most evident in the public-school systems. Both rural and urban school systems have sought to promote heterogeneous student bodies, faculty and communities. Coincidentally, this call for diversity in all levels of school communities and the benefits associated with this social integration has been promoted as a necessity by various stakeholders in education. However, in the most diverse county within the state of Georgia the endorsement of diversity does not align with the available information of its Hispanic population. This research represents an examination of the current condition of the Hispanic population in Gwinnett County and the stark realities of their educational attainment or lack thereof. This study serves as a call to action by highlighting several conflicting conditions in the educational realm and presenting potential steps in reducing the misrepresented truth of diversity. Ultimately, this study adds to the existing body of knowledge on diversity in education by identifying misconceptions and truths in one Georgia county.