This definition is the most descriptive one found because it mentions the goal of sensitizing children to understanding diversity and the other children around them.
Young children need to be exposed to the teachings about cultures other than their own. Many kids only know about their own cultures and it is imperative to their futures that they are educated about the other students around them. Children need to grow up in a world without having any prejudice towards others. Teaching which disregards diversity places students at a disadvantage by reducing their capacity to learn. An inclusive curriculum which acknowledges, respects and responds appropriately to student diversity, can contribute to: enhanced learning outcomes for a greater number of students, validation of student experiences and world views, developing international skills, cross-cultural perspectives, respect for different values and learning styles, and other skills useful in a diverse global environment (Derman-Sparks, 1989).
From the day a child is born, they are raised into the cultures of their parents. A child is taught their native language and about their cultural beliefs. Different cultures eat different foods, have their own way of dressing and speaking, and possess many other distinct cultural aspects. Children grow up questioning and understanding many aspects of their background and many times aren't subjected to other cultures. It is up to a child's parents to be the first teachers of multi-cultural education. Many times parents are bias to their own culture and way of life (Hoff, 2001). There is a lot of discrimination in the world and many parents teach their children to discriminate against others. Part of the job as a parent is to teach their children right from wrong and this includes learning about and accepting people for who they are, regardless of their color or race. "Studies by Glock and others have shown that the more children understand about stereotyping, the less negativism they will have toward other groups" (Dietrich, D., & Ralph, K. S., 1995). This is common sense to most educators and parents.
The increase in diversity among the student population is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers today. Teachers have to not only teach their students about diversity and other cultures, but they also have to adapt their own views. Teachers can't be bias to their own or other cultures. Teachers must treat every student equally. And most importantly, teachers may have to adapt their teaching styles and methods to adhere to the diversity among their students in the classroom. To adequately attend to cultural diversity in the classroom, teachers must look first at their own cultural background and understand how their biases affect their interactions with students. Then, teachers can examine the backgrounds and needs of the student population and understand their students' cultural biases as well. Many educators are bias to their own or other cultures and many are prejudice toward some cultures. This is a serious issue that teachers need to recognize and change before they can possibly begin teaching their students