Multiculturalism, as the term advocates, it is asystem that indicates co-existence and collaboration of multiple diversecultures in a society. Individuals with culturally different behaviors,customs, norms, religious practices, etc. live and cooperate with each otherand facilitate mutual respect. Multiculturalism demonstrates an attitude andpolicy of accommodating diverse cultural groups regardless of their characteristicdifferences. How do thesecharacteristics work out in an “actual” practice in terms of school structure?This is all based on what someone may perceive what diversity andmulticulturalism is, and also what makes a school multicultural.
Being able to understanddiversity and multiculturalism in a society where it isn’t recognized, is an inevitabilitythat needs to be established for students to have an open-mind in today’sworld. These are values when encompassed and executed by all- AfricanAmericans, Anglo Saxons, Hispanics, Asians, male, female, gay, lesbian,straight and transgender; established and non-established educationalsocieties- this would cause a successfully established generation that couldchange the world. Culturally diverse understanding and admiration forintegration are not an option in today’s education, program development, orcross-curriculum design. Developing understanding and aptitude for givingknowledge based on these values and characteristics, indicates a differencebetween success and failure in preparing students for the real world. There is a hugeimpact on diversity, and that’s one of the biggest topics talked about inschool systems and sports.
What is diversity? When it comes to diversity, thereare two magnitudes, primary and secondary. The primary aspect is the biologicaland visible, such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, social class, disabilities,and etc. The secondary aspect is socio-cultural and visible, such as education, language,occupation, values, styles of learning, and etc. These two types of magnitudesthat people bring to an institute, it could be conflicting, but if learned howto collaborate, it could work perfectly in harmony.
This expresses the idealthat people working together is greater than people working individually.