Diversity is not only a race issue. Diversity can also be found in a classroom full of students with a variety of learning styles and abilities. All of these differences are what make each of us unique in our own special way. It is because of these variations, not in spite of, that people, young and old, are drawn together. If each child in every classroom were an exact replica of the next, where would the beauty be? Where would the excitement come from? I feel that it is our job, as educators, to embrace these variations and to teach children that being exactly who you are, is great.
Since I was old enough to remember I have been teased for wearing glasses. When I was two years old, I had to have corrective eye surgery and since that time, I have worn glasses and then contacts as I got older. Especially in elementary school, boys would pick on me and call me names and the girls would giggle and point. Of course, I did not understand at the time why the other children did not have to wear glasses like myself but I knew that I could not see without them. Then the magical day came when my teacher defended me for the last time by telling my classmates... [continues]
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