How to Promote Diversity in Education and Schools?.

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The Positive Action model is effective for diversity education. It teaches respect, tolerance, fairness, kindness, and treating others the way you like to be treated. Students learn that regardless of their background everyone should be treated this way. This works equally well for all cultural groups, and the program has a proven track record in other countries, as well as with multiple ethnic groups in rural, suburban, and urban inner-city schools in the U.S. and Canada.

As the world becomes more interconnected, the concept of a community is no longer tied to a particular geographical area. Online communities transcend political and geographic borders and feature diverse membership. This poses a challenge for schools and districts, as students join communities online that are different than their physical communities. These opportunities can be enriching, but if students are not prepared to appreciate or comprehend the differences between cultures, online conflicts may arise.

Positive Action lessons feature stories and role-playing that include diverse populations. These lessons are used to reinforce the universal philosophy that we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

Extending this philosophy, they also teach students that diversity and cultural differences are unique and valuable parts of the human experience. Comparing and contrasting different cultures within the embedded stories reinforces the Positive Action philosophy and its universality, helping students become better citizens who can appreciate cultural diversity in their physical and virtual communities.