Do You Deal With Diversity In Your Home School?

Diversity is, rightly, a word on most of our lips In a world where understanding and acceptance are getting further out of reach, those of us with open hearts and minds are doing everything we can to bring diversity to the fore.

But, as a homeschooling parent, this issue might affect you in a way you never considered. Any parent knows that children are open and accepting. Rather than judging someone for the color of their skin, a child is likely not to see a difference at all. At least, they won’t if they come across plenty of difference while they’re young enough not to care. And, in regular schooling, that’s rarely an issue. Inner-city schools often teach a host of diverse kids. And, when a child grows up surrounded by this, diversity is a given, not an effort.

But, with homeschooling, you may risk taking a step away from diverse representation. And, if kids reach a certain age without so much as seeing a culture different to their own, there could be trouble later. With that in mind, you might want to consider introducing diversity into your homeschool. And, we’re going to look at a few of the ways you can do it.

Consider your teaching materials

Why Learning Should Be A Lifelong Venture

It should come as no surprise that we live in a white society. While many are campaigning for change, a shocking amount of actors are white. On top of which, many of the illustrations or pictures within books make the same mistake. But, there are some fantastic exercise books with a diverse range of models and pictures. And, the same goes for any educational video content you use. If you haven’t already, consider how many white faces appear in your teaching content. If the number is high, consider branching into more diverse representation here. It may seem like a small thing, but seeing a mix of races on a daily basis is essential to set your child in the right direction.

Take teaching on the road

Taking your homeschooling out and about sometimes is essential. In the same way that schools have field trips, you should embrace learning on the road. And, this option also has the benefit of being fantastic for diversity. The simple act of encountering various cultures in the street could do your child the world of good. It you want to take things even further, consider that some schools even embark on Krakow school trips and other overseas excursions. It’s hard to imagine anything better for introducing different people and cultures.

Embark on joint classes

Bear in mind, too, that every homeschool family encounters this problem. As such, there may be plenty of parents willing to collaborate with you. Just one joint class a week with a child from a different background could be enough to break the taboo here. And, this will bring diversity benefits for the other child, too. So, don’t be afraid to approach parents in your church and community with a proposition like this.

Visit Chicago (and All That Jazz)

Chicago has long been a bucket list favorite with stories of jazz, booze and gossip to go around. The Windy City, as it is fondly known, remains a top destination for everyone on the music scene with jazz bars and blue melodies pouring into the night air. This is a city that thrives on entertainment and opens its door to anyone with soul.

So, if you are planning a summer vacation, Chicago should be added to the list! Here are a few things you should add to your holiday bucket list.

Following the Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers of Chicago, Illinois might have started as a band performing on Saturday Night Live, but they are best remembered for the chaos they caused on the big screen. Ploughing their way around Chicago in a knock-off police car, the brothers did their best to show off some of Chicago’s main attractions including Wrigley Field and The Daley Centre.

To follow in their footsteps, you can easily hire a car or a motorbike and drive around the city yourself. However, do be careful as Illinois and Chicago in particular have a high rate of motoring accidents, often made much worse by motorcyclists not wearing a helmet (learn about it here). So no drawbridge jumps for you!

Finding the Music Scene

Chicago is all about the music and there are plenty of summer festivals as well as restaurants and bars with live music to keep you going throughout the rest of the year. Lollapalooza is held in Grant Park every year, celebrating all kinds of rock music as well as comedy. There are also lots of street festivals that take over throughout the summer. In fact, throughout the summer months, all you need to do is pack your bag and head towards a park or beach and you are guaranteed to find something going on!

If you are looking for Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends plays host to local talent as well as well-known names and has hosted David Bowie, Eric Clapton and everyone in between in the past. But it’s not just jazz and blues here, there is also a big hip hop scene and the Beauty Bar is the place to be for Timbuck2uesdays when artists from around the world are celebrated with local talent.

What Else is There?

There is so much to do in Chicago that you will most likely have to make multiple trips to pack everything in. However, it is possible to do a whistle-stop tour that takes in a fair bit. Try the Chicago Riverwalk to take in as much of the fabulous architecture here as possible from the water’s edge. Here, you can enjoy lazing around in restaurants before ambling along again or hit the water via a water taxi or boat cruise to take you to the next stop.

But of course, this is not the end you could also visit any of the museums in town like the Field Museum or Museum of Contemporary Art or pop into the Lincoln Park Zoo to say hi to the polar bears (for free!).