Tuesday, November 28, 2017

'Tis the Season for Diversity

  Since our school promotes and excels in teaching diversity, my lessons this month really capitalize on that.  The winter holidays are quickly approaching and everyone has their own unique traditions.  With the younger ones, we focus more on what it means to be different and how to embrace one's differences.  For the older students, we talk about more global topics such as, racism, stereotypes, and empathy.  My hope here is to help them understand these hard-hitting topics in an age-appropriate manner and in a way that impacts them.  I want them to start thinking and discussing why people treat other people differently and how that affects a culture.  You would be amazed at the assumptions these students already have about other people.

  At Young Scholars we want students to accept and welcome diversity.  We want them to see the value in everyone.  We want them to learn how to work together with others in order to make the world a better place.  Again, this all starts at home with the standards that are put in place there.

  If you would like information about how to talk to your child on these topics, please visit these websites:  https://www.mindful.org/3-ways-talk-kids-diversity/
                 http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/18/living/feat-teaching-diversity-schools/index.html
                 http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/08/teach-children-cultural-awareness-diversity/