Cultural competence has to do with the awareness of one’s own cultural identity and perspectives of different and gaining the ability to learn based on the varying cultural and community norms of various students. It refers to the ability to know the things that make other students unique while celebrating help such uniqueness makes them to be a unity in diversity. Culturally responsive learning therefore refers to a teaching process that is embraced by a teacher in which they prioritize cultural competence in a way that they can be able to pass it in comprehension and understanding to the students. Culturally responsive learning is able to enable students to get to learn much better by developing most of their social, vehicle and psychological facilities and below are some of the importance is of culturally responsive learning.
The curriculum can be able to be shipped in a way that it can be sensitive to the students who are in a particular institution through culturally responsive learning. The old version of curriculums did not put into consideration properly the cultural differences of many students. It helps for students to have a sense of belonging in a particular school by getting the curriculum to be more sensitive to their diverse backgrounds. With these feelings of acceptance and accommodation, it can increase the learning of students by a very significant level.
When the students are able to learn the context of the cultural differences, the quality of learning and teaching can improve significantly. It can be an eye-opener for students when they are able to learn beyond what they read in the books but also to relate what is taught in the classrooms together with their diverse backgrounds so that they can be able to control any conclusions and therefore, the whole process can be able to lead to better quality of learning generally.
One good benefit of culturally responsive learning is that the teacher becomes an instructor rather than being perceived as a very irritable figure of authority. Learning stops to be a forceful experience as students can be able to organically relate with the environments in order to draw meaningful conclusions that can enhance their learning and therefore, it is a teacher’s work just to instruct them to be able to teach themselves.
Culturally responsive learning can be able to enhance the communications of students and give them high expectations of how they relate with others. The ability of the students to be able to relate to a wide audience that is diverse in culture is a good skill when it comes to communication that they can carry for long time even in their career path.
There is no better time to adapt culturally responsive learning then in this time and age where the awareness of differences has become increasingly great through racism, xenophobia and many more other negative things that seem to point to the differences of people negatively and yet they should be embraced in a way that it can enhance the unity in diversity.