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What is it like to teach in today's secondary and post-secondary classrooms in our increasingly globalised and international world where students come from all over the place, and the continuity of education from early grades to higher education is no longer a given? What strategies can we as educators employ? I've been thinking long and hard about issues of diversity, equity, and multiculturalism for many years as both a scholar and an educator, and equity is something I don't take lightly. Here are some of my thoughts about how to integrate a commitment to equity and diversity into meaningful teaching practice...

Before getting into the world of EduTech, I was a more straightforward English educator. I taught high school English and then went on to become a literature professor. My approach to literary study, however, has always foregrounded empowerment and equity. While researching and writing about postcolonialism and identity politics in contemporary literature, I gave myself a sound theoretical and scholarly foundation in these ideas, but it was when I stood in front of classes of real live students that the theory was put into practice.

In a fourth-season episode of The Wire, Bunny Colvin, a former police officer, takes a group of underprivileged middle-school students to an upscale steakhouse. Before the dinner, the students are excited and speculate boisterously about the fine fare they plan to enjoy. The actual fine-dining experience, though, is alienating for the teenagers. The environment is foreign to them. As they lack familiarity with the conventions of eating at such restaurants, it is also intimidating. Afterwards, one student asks Colvin to take them to McDonald’s.

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