Multiculturism Just Got Schooled
Multiculturism in its truest form involves more than one culture coexisting in solidarity. This idea seems a little too farfetched for the average human, but Americans do all they can do be the most diverse country on the earth. In They’ve got to be Carefully Taught, Susan Brady Konig describes her experience with Multiculturism Month at her daughter’s pre-school. During the entire month, the class emphasized the differences in color and culture between people, which Konig found ridiculous. She commented in her article, “…kids are at that remarkable age when they are thoroughly color blind…” (51). So, why take away the innocence in that early of an age? Exposure to diversity is inevitable in America, so there is no need to introduce the idea early. The knowledge of cultural diversity starts when being exposed to the outside world. With exposure to diversity, comes judgment, which is arguably human nature. Teaching multiculturism in early elementary school causes harsher cultural divides in the future.
As a five-year- old enters the public school system for the first time, they do not notice all the different kinds of skin color around them. Contrary to popular belief, young students do not need to know right away that they are different from each other. It comes naturally as year’s progress. As Americans, what is needed is to teach children the difference between heritage and who they are as an American. At a young age, we are taught being an American is saying the Pledge, making apple pie, and reciting that our 16th president never told a lie in his life. It does not matter if a kid is a child of an immigrant or not, they are both color blind. Now, if a child’s parents immigrated to the States and brought that culture with them, that specific culture is also part of that child’s life at a young age. In Konig’s story, the preschool teacher made parents tell the class about what culture they “came from”. As good as her intentions were, not every parent had a unique culture. For instance, a parent’s great-great grandfather could be from Africa. If the family still does not practice the culture, then they are not African. They take part in the culture which they grow up in: which is American.
Today, becoming culturally aware at an early age will create more conflict in the future regarding racism. Teaching that we all are all different from one another will only do each other harm in the long run. If Americans do teach multiculturism, the minds of younger children would evolve to think it would be awesome to be a certain race and uncool to be another. It is important for students to...