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
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.