What is one the most surprising and relevant fact that a teacher can discover about multicultural education and why would it be so significant?
1 Answer | Add Yours
One of the most surprising and relevant facts that a teacher can discover about multicultural education is that children, particularly little ones, are very warm and affectionate and friendly to others by nature and that they make friends easily and readily with other like-minded children in their class, seeming not to notice colour, class, culture or creed in the same way that adults do. And why would they? Why would they pay any more special attention to that than eye colour, jeans style or hair length? In their innocence, they notice these things superficially and move on. It is only when some adults add significance (either 'good' or 'bad' (to these cues that children grow up learning to make judgements on this basis. When they grow up, this might be called bigotry, prejudice or racism. This is so significant because if we want to tackle hatred against ethnic minorities and even terrorism, we need to start young, even as young as daycare.
We then need to continue all through school, and we have seen that it bears positive results, for example in conflict resolution studies in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine. That way, one day we will have a happier and more tolerant society.
Join to answer this question
Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.Join eNotes