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Cultural Dilemmas and Issues of Asian Moms in the U.S.

Promoting Cultural Diversity In The Classroom

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Cultural diversity

Cultural diversity

America is increasingly becoming a culturally diverse society with growing Asian, Hispanic and African American population. Although the diversity is growing, the challenges associated with it have not been fully addressed.

In my previous post I discussed one such challenge about answering our children’s queries about their different appearance and developing confidence in them about their cultural heritage. Apart from doing this, we Asian moms should also make efforts to promote cultural diversity in their schools. This will not only make the school environment more productive for our children, but also make our kids more receptive towards different cultures.

Asian moms should take initiatives to promote diversity by giving suggestions to their children’s teachers and school authorities. I have thought of some steps we can recommend to them.

Introducing Multicultural Books As A Part Of Their Curriculum. Children have impressionable minds and the little lessons of truth and kindness taught to them in the form of stories become an important part of their childhood. Multicultural books should be used while teaching these lessons which will familiarize them to the cultural nuances of different people in the world. The characters in these stories influence children’s thinking and their actions and make them more receptive of their peers who look and behave differently from them.

Children doing things together in school

Children of different races doing things together in school

Putting Posters Of Children Of Different Races Doing Things Together In The School.Visual learning plays an important role in children’s learning process. Simple lessons depicted through posters like teaching them to wash hands every time they go to the restroom or sharing things with each other while working on class projects should have children of different races doing things together.

Introducing Multiculturalism Through Geography Lessons. While teaching children about different continents in the world, teachers should emphasize how varied climates and topography contribute to different skin colors and development of diverse races in the world. This will add a scientific approach to their understanding of different people in the world.

Special Classes For Children Interested In Learning Different Cultures And Languages. Introducing multiculturalism in the above mentioned ways will arouse their curiosity to learn more about diverse cultures. This curiosity should be developed and catered by arranging special classes teaching more about different languages and cultures.

Educating Children About Cultural Aspects Of Their Classmates. We Asian Moms should take initiatives to educate our children’s classmates about the food, language, dress, and important festivals associated with our culture. This can be done by showing them short videos or presentations in the form of stories.

Exchange Programs. As children grow up and become more independent exchange programs for students of different countries should also be encouraged. This first-hand experience of varied cultures will make them global citizens with open minds.

What are some other ideas which are being implemented in your child’s school to promote diversity? Do you have more thoughts on how we can promote cultural diversity in our children’s schools? Share them with me.

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5 thoughts on “Promoting Cultural Diversity In The Classroom

  1. All the suggestions given to raise awareness of different cultures are great but participation in the community on a greater level and with more frequency makes them more effective. We immigrants tend to mostly socialize in our own insular communities that it leaves misconceptions about us in the society are large.

  2. Hi, Navjot,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. I think it’s wonderful that you’ve used your own experiences to educate others on promoting cultural diversity. I like this post because you really address something that is lacking in schools. I agree that schools should work to promote diversity and educate children on not just countries, but the variety of cultures around the world. I remember at my grade school we did a World Fair where each grade would research and present different countries, customs, and traditions. This was one of my favorite days because we learned about and celebrated many cultural tradtions. I think schools should hold events like this more often. I really like your suggestions too, especially incorporting more multi-culturalism into the literature and lessons. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Taylor

  3. Recently at my kids preschool I had an interesting visit.They were learning about continents and so asked parents from different continents to come in and present the continent we belong to and then the country where we are from.I must say my kid was so happy and all her classmates enjoyed watching and knowing about our culture,people,places,music,the clothes and food.

  4. I really enjoyed reading this particular one. I have a better understanding of what it would be like if I was a race other than Caucasian. Like how it would feel to only read books with white children or only play with Barbie dolls that were white. I remember when I was young, one time my mom took me and my brother to the mall around Christmas time and there was an African-American dressed in a Santa costume and I was confused. I had never thought of Santa other than being white. At that young of an age I still understood what race was and I agree with you it is important to integrate multiculturalism into activities while kids are young because it teaches them to be accepting of everyone!

  5. Navijot: This is a great and timely topic. Being a parent and a teacher (aide) I see the benefits of this diversity. For example, as part of his 5th grade reading assignment, one of my boys read a book about a boy going to “…the other side of the tracks” to make friends. (Sorry, unable to recall its title.) As adults, we understood this meaning. However, as a child, he did not. If fact, we needed to explain the message of the book. He, as many others today, has grown up with this diversity and doesn’t look at his friends except only as “friends.” I also see that perspective in other students within my school. Not saying it isn’t there, especially as kids get older, but it is nice to see the younger kids/students play and get along without judgement. Keep up the good work.

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