| Although lessons may address cultural diversity and acceptance
of cultural differences, it is the day-to-day interaction the child experiences
which tell him whether he is being accepted or rejected by the community
in which he lives. Those same day-to-day interactions tell the other children
how willing the community is to accept those who have different beliefs
and different traditions.
The teacher is the role model in the class for acceptance or rejection of cultural diversity. A lesson that encourages acceptance of other cultures will do no good if it is taught in a prejudiced environment.
Living in Japan for 3 years taught me the difference between having my differences accepted, and being treated as a rarity or oddity because of my differences.
The following mapping lessons address the historical issues of diversity and the mistakes that have been made in our own U.S. history and how we are learning from those mistakes.