During Summer I term at DSU, graduate candidate, Ada Edwards, offered a discussion comment on an article interview with Alfredo Artilies and Beth Harry. She explained over-identification of minorities in special education based in part on ethnocentricity, “…special education teachers were not aware that they were bias in their teaching style and could not relate to the culture of students of other races. Teachers held to their European way of thinking, "white man" perspective and lacked the sensitiveness of the "different" world their students came from.”
In the Mississippi Delta, I believe we have a unique educational situation influenced by our African-American, European American, Asian American and other ethnic cultures that form the overall cultural landscape of the Delta. Our cultural beliefs and values play an important role in education but for most of us this cultural aspect remains below the level of consciousness. Please comment using Ada’s topic as a focus. If you are not from the Mississippi Delta, comment from your own regional perspective.