Culture is a lot more than a list of holidays or food preferences or the language someone speaks. Culture is the framework around which we build our identity. It influences how we engage with the world, our perspectives, and our expectations. Every one of us has a culture, and most of us have identities built from multiple cultures. While discussing cultural diversity in the classroom, we tend to look at cultural differences that have been historically ignored or marginalized. The goal as an educator is to ensure zero negligence on major aspects of a student’s identity, and that to foster an environment where differences are accepted and understood, particularly if those differences have historically been ignored or disparaged.
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