How do diversity experiences affect the process of learning? Students who interact in a diverse social environment will be more motivated and better able to participate in a heterogeneous and complex society. Diversity is a key component in the 21st century education model.
When should this process begin, you ask? Well, the earlier our children are given the privilege to interact in a diverse environment, the better. The process of stereotyping groups of people can begin at a very early age. Being offered the advantage of participating in an environment that is rich with diversity allows young children to build relationships and develop some understanding about how other individuals experience life.
What skills will our young children need in 20, 30 or 40? They will almost certainly need to possess the ability to interact with a diverse population. Isn’t it to their advantage to start at the earliest possible age?
Katherine Generaux, Community Inclusioin Director