The globalized world of today finds an amalgamation of different cultures, all brought into one common place, which is what diversity is. How and why is diversity important in society? Let us study a few scenarios and try and understand this concept.
Why is Diversity Important in Society?
What does diversity do? Diversity, first and foremost, teaches us to accept differences in others and look beyond the base emotions of language, culture, race and color that makes us racists or sexists, for example. It teaches us to be more open and accepting of things that are different than us and in that process makes us more adjustable and open. That is why, intercultural communication is an important factor that accepting diversity brings along with it.
Why is Diversity Important in Education?
Schools and colleges where knowledge and education is imparted, is the perfect place to teach children the importance of diversity and how to be more accepting. Schools and colleges are the perfect places and offer the perfect time period when young minds can be developed to be accepting of diversity. But why is diversity important in college and school? These are some of the reasons that drive the point of the importance of diversity home: Understanding that there's a whole new and different world out there will help them become more learned and educated. Studying about different cultures, their habits, dressings, eating habits and value systems will help them to take the good points from their systems and become better individuals. Encouraging cultural diversity in the classroom will help them to appreciate their own culture as they will go back to their roots to find out more. If they ever travel to any other part of the world, adjustment will be minimal because they are used to being with a diverse group of people. Feelings of superiority, prejudice and bias will be eliminated and therefore they will become world citizens at an early age. Why is Diversity Important in the Work Place?
You cannot have a homogeneous group to work with anymore. In at least 70% of all international companies, the work force will be a mixture of diverse cultures, religions and races. In such a scenario, it becomes important to promote ethnic, gender related, social and cultural diversity in the workplace. Let us see what the advantages of promoting intercultural communication in the workplace are: It provides for better approaches to the same problem. Imagine if everyone is brought up in the same manner, with the same set of values and thinking styles - they will tend to solve a problem in a similar way. Which directly translates to limitations. If there are different thinking styles then there are different ways of approaching the same problem and a probable better solution for it. Diversity at the work place is essential because it allows for the best ideas to come forward and gives a wide choice of solutions. Diversity improves the effectiveness and productivity of the work force. A woman will approach a problem differently than a man would. Given a chance, a man or woman could prove their mettle by providing solutions that no one else has thought about, which is made possible because they are diverse in their thoughts and approach. It helps in promoting one's business and makes it possible to take it to an international level. Diversity in the workplace refers to the way a business is backed by varied diverse thoughts and cultures, thus the best of all worlds can lead to success. Why is diversity important in today's times? It is because of all these reasons and more. With the world becoming more and more global, one will obviously wonder is globalization good or bad? Well, it is to be understood that no matter what, it will become more and more diverse and nothing is going to stop the world from becoming a melting pot of cultures and different diversities. So instead of it being a negative thing, diversity helps to bring a positive reform in society.
Having a diverse group of students simply means recognizing that all the people are unique in their own way. Their differences could consist of their reading level, athletic ability, cultural background, personality, religious beliefs, and the list goes on. There has always been diversity in the classroom, but in today society it is important to embrace it and make positive use of it. Teachers should value diversity and they need to model this attitude to their students. When people value diversity, they recognize and respect the fact that people are different and that these differences is generally a good thing. For example, when attempting to solve a problem, it is better to assemble a diverse team with many skills and many different ways of approaching the problem than it is to assemble a team that has all their strength concentrated in one area. What can teachers do to encourage, value, and promote diversity? Teachers must provide students with an environment that is conducive to learning. If a student feels uncomfortable, unsafe, or not respected, then their chances of success in that class dramatically decrease. Also, as our society becomes more diverse, it is important that students learn to value and use diversity to the greater good. Teachers already have a number of roles in the classroom; yet, valuing diversity is one of the most important ones a teacher must fill. Below is a list of just a few things that teachers can do to create an environment where each student feels valued and respected. Take the time to learn about your students' background, interests, and learning style. This will allow you to create an environment that is conducive to each individual student. Allow time for the students to learn about each other and gain an appreciation for the diversity they bring to the classroom. Remind them how boring it would be if we were all alike and there were no differences among us to make each person unique. Teach students that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. When working in teams encourage students to take advantage of the strengths of the team members in order to produce the best possible results. Bring in different people to the class as resources that students might be able to connect with. Search out people that are different from yourself and that might share certain qualities with your students. Students need role models. Many times when they see they are connected in some way to a person they will be more apt to listen and learn from them. Never tolerate bullying, teasing, and other put-down behavior at any time in the classroom. Implement a "zero tolerance" for anything that is disrespectful, hurtful, or intolerant of diversity.
able to relate to children and their families
a keen desire to teach children
willing to learn
good problem-solving skills
sound literacy and numeracy skills
high level of planning and organisational skills
enthusiasm, tact, patience and a sense of humour
prepared to work out of school hours.
We as adults have seem to lost this energy, curiosity and enthusiasm. Sometimes breaking the rules helps. The “Do Not Rock The Boat” phrase doesn’t apply to children as they are always ready to rock the boat and try to get things done. We adults seem to be so engaged in doing things a certain way, we tend to forget that there are other ways to get things done. Learn from the children and break the rules every once in a while, as long as you can get something done effectively without any adverse effects