In many area of the world, students go to school almost exclusively with other students who look like them, talk like them, and have largely the same type of upbringing as them. Despite this fact, the world around them looks very different and is far more diverse. To address this discrepancy, many schools begin to teach students, from a very young age, all about diversity. Talking to students about diversity is vitally important in order to prepare them for life with those different from themselves. In order to create a better world, it’s necessary to teach students how to interact and work with those different from themselves and why these differences are a positive part of life. Here are some tips for discussing diversity with your students.
Understanding that being different is okay
Humans have long worked under a premise that change is bad and have been very resistant to change throughout history. This mindset has led others to the false assumption that people, cultures, and experiences different from their own norms are bad. This viewpoint often leads to racism in a variety of cultures because someone was seen as different and thus bad. The truth is, being different from one another is an asset to be celebrated. Being different is okay because it gives students the opportunity to learn from one another’s very different upbringing and very different backgrounds. These differences often lead to new ways of looking at life and enrich the way you experience life.
How we can learn from our different backgrounds
Learning and diversity go hand in hand. When a student is exposed to only one culture or one way of living, they are being deprived of the hundreds of thousands of other possible experiences they could have. Perhaps an aspect of another culture fascinates them and inspires them to change for the better the way that they live. Exposure to different cultures and different people allows students to better learn about the world around them through meaningful interactions.
Understanding the benefits of diversity
There are dozens of benefits to diversity in both school and the workplace. When too many people begin to consistently think the same way, the end product can become dull and redundant. Diverse groups can create the best final products because the best aspects of everyone’s ideas mesh together into something truly amazing. As populations become more diverse, the best in everyone comes out to the benefit of all the more people from different backgrounds and cultures interact.