Importance of Multicultural Classrooms


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Back to school means back to the basics, and in North Carolina classrooms today, this means more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Schools across the state increasingly recognize the importance of a multicultural education, with teachers educating students about our global society. Parent-teacher associations also involve parents in the process, and families are bringing home the lessons of diversity and inclusion.

Carnette Debella, a teacher who heads up the multicultural fair at Pearsontown Elementary in Durham, believes multiculturalism is an important component of a well-rounded education. "A student's knowledge base is increased by learning about different cultures," she says, citing lessons in world geography and history, national flags and languages.

Debella also says current events and international disasters can teach kids about other societies — from government and economics to family structure and housing. Through studying disasters, such as the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and famines in Africa, children's minds are open to lend a helping hand when others are in need. "If our young people have been taught about different cultures, as adults they will be more willing to help in times of need," Debella says.

Nurturing open minds

Gilmara Johnson, an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher at University Meadows Elementary in Charlotte, believes strongly that multiculturalism is a valuable part of education. "Cultural content helps (students) review their preconceptions about a certain culture and hopefully treat everyone the same," she says.

Johnson says teachers should be aware of the nationalities represented in their classrooms to share knowledge and to prevent misunderstandings that may arise from language barriers or the expression of varying customs. In her classroom, new students are encouraged to present information about their home countries to their classmates. Johnson also frequently incorporates activities about her own home country — Brazil — into her lesson preparations.

"I usually make a compare-and-contrast activity, especially about holidays and monthly events," she explains. "I also have a world map on the wall and the name of each student on an index card with a thread linking to the country where the student comes from."

Technology enables children today to live in a global society, where they can view and communicate instantaneously with others around the world, says Roanne Ornelles, director of diversity at Summit School in Winston-Salem. "However, children cannot truly understand, appreciate and communicate with others unless they have experienced the culture in an authentic way," she says.

Parents understand the importance of multiculturalism, too. Tuyet Huynh, a Raleigh parent of three children, appreciates that her kids were exposed to different cultures at an early age. She says she feels her children, as a result, will grow into open-minded citizens who will more easily work and live within a global society.

Celebrating diversity

As students move beyond high school and college into the workplace, they will enter jobs that require not only critical thinking skills, but also acceptance of others' differences, since corporate offices, retail centers and manufacturing plants are hubs of people from all over the world. To translate academic achievement into a successful career, today's children need to graduate with a different set of skills than their parents.

"Students who learn to accept others of different cultures will have success in the diverse workforce they will find themselves in as adults," Huynh says. "They'll be open-minded, productive team players."

Beyond English, math and science, Ornelles says children must also learn "adaptability, effective communication, problem-solving and collaborative working skills for them to work well with others."

School communities that foster acceptance and inclusion among families are paving the way for the next generation of doers and leaders.

Providence Day School in Charlotte held a Global Day last fall, which was an outreach event from the school's Global Studies Diploma program. More than 600 faculty, staff, students, families and community members attended. Every region of the globe was represented, with exhibits featuring indigenous crafts, regional cuisine and facts addressing issues ranging from poverty and disease to economic development.

"The children really enjoyed learning about the cultures of some of their friends and experiencing some of their traditions," says Lisa Sicard, a Providence Day parent. "They particularly enjoyed watching the Indian dancing, playing backgammon in the Middle Eastern tent and trying out some fencing moves."

Many schools hold similar events. At the Pearsontown Elementary Multicultural Fair in Durham, children share art they create based on their impressions of the countries they study. Members of the community also are invited to participate.

"This year we had Chuck Davis and his famous African Dance Ensemble," Debella explains. "Previously, we had representatives from a local Turkish Cultural Center."

At Cary's Davis Drive Elementary, the PTA supports the cultural arts program, which offers performances that expose students to different cultures and forms of arts, such as the Liang Chinese acrobatic show.

Frank Porter Graham Elementary in Chapel Hill holds family focus nights in an effort to strengthen the school's connections with minority families. During Latino Family Night and African-American Family Night, families are invited to bring foods that reflect their cultures.

"Each event offers brief presentations by the staff and the community regarding opportunities available for families and children," says Susan Pegg, interim principal at the school. "The main goal is to reach out and say, 'We are here for you and your children. Please let us know how we can help.'"

Taking global awareness home

Whatever the format of a school's multicultural efforts, one of the ultimate goals is to encourage further exploration at home and within the community.

Scouting organizations provide excellent opportunities for students to gain a global awareness. Cassie McGowin, a Fort Mill, S.C., mom of twins, says Girl Scouts World Thinking Day promotes girls and their families getting together to learn about traditions in other countries.

Families can watch cultural programs on television, visit museums, and attend local festivals that celebrate cultures from around the globe, like the area Latino festivals this month. (See our Calendar Highlights page for more information.

Ornelles says the best way for parents to teach children to empathize with others is to model acceptance through their own interactions with others. "It is absolutely true that children learn by what respected adults do as much as by what they say," she says.

Lee Rhodes is a freelance writer in Waxhaw.

Diversity Increasing in the Triangle

More school-age children in the Triangle, or their parents, are from another country compared to the state as a whole. Of children ages 6-17, 6 percent in the Triangle are foreign-born compared with 3.5 percent in the state as a whole.

In the Triangle, in that same age group, 19 percent of children had at least one foreign-born parent, as compared with 13.5 percent in North Carolina.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Durham and Raleigh-Cary metro areas for Triangle populations

Wake County Public School System demographics reports show that diversity has increased in the state's largest school system during the last 20-plus years. The percentages of Asian, Hispanic or Latino, and multiracial students have increased significantly while the populations of white and black/African-American students have decreased.

Below are statistics that show growth for various race/ethnicity groups between 1987-1988 and 2009-2010.

American Indian/Alaska Native
1987-1988: 0.2 percent
2009-2010: 0.3 percent

Asian/Pacific Islander
1987-1988: 2.1 percent
2009-2010: 6.1 percent

Black/African-American
1987-1988: 26.7 percent
2009-2010: 25.9 percent

Hispanic/Latino
1987-1988: 0.5 percent
2009-2010: 11.8 percent

Multiracial
1987-1988: 0 percent
2009-2010: 4.8 percent

White
1987-1988: 70.5 percent
2009-2010: 51.1 percent

Source: Wake County Public School System

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The Heart of Cary Association hosts family-friendly activities including trick-or-treating at local businesses, a petting zoo, bounce house, local musicians, pumpkin carving, cookie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary
Academy and W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Heart of Cary Association
Contact Name: Leah Campbell
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Be challenged to designed a graphical animated game and add a Halloween surprise. Choose either the 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. session. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Coder School
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: The Coder School - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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Stop by the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve at one of the carving stations or take your own. Pumpkins will be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories. Stay for...

Cost: Free; pumpkins cost extra

Where:
Cary Downtown Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Enjoy lots of fun activities for children and families: bounce house, trunk or treat, games, crafts, and more. Non-scary costumes welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
3002 Hope Valley Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Epworth UMC
Telephone: 919-489-6557
Contact Name: Amanda Wilson
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Enjoy a fall festival with games, a cornhole tournament, barbecue, a haunted house and more.

Cost: Fees vary by activity

Where:
North Raleigh Swim Club
8105 Haymarket Ln
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Wear a costume and enjoy trick-or-treating along Salem Street in historic downtown Apex. Allergy free treats available at teal-colored pumpkin stations. Learn more at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Apex
Salem Street
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Apex Downtown Business Association
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Dress in your best Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, storytelling, and a magic show.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Towne Center
1105 Walnut St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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The North Carolina Symphony and the Triangle Youth Ballet bring Prokofiev's timeless story of bravery to life on stage through playful music, colorful costumes, and beautiful dance. 

Cost: $13-$26

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in a live theater experience by following pirates, pilots, and pioneers as they twist and turn throughout a lantern-lit tour of the exhibit "The Story of North...

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: NC Museum of History Associates (MOHA)
Telephone: 919-870-7853
Contact Name: Kara Meyer
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Enjoy trunk-or-treating from decorated car trunks, trunk decorating contest, food and beverages, free games with prizes, crafts, strolling performers and family-friendly music in a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
New City Church
8015 Creedmoore Rd Suite 101
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: New City Church
Telephone: 919-434-1900
Contact Name: Dylan Dodson
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Families play spider games to learn about creepy crawly spider adaptations, make spider crafts, and carve a jack-o-lantern. Take a walk in the dark woods to look and listen for what goes...

Cost: $6/participant

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets, and listen to stories and enjoy s'mores around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy a night of truck or treat. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
4301 Louisburg Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: New Hope Baptist Church
Telephone: 919-876-5250
Contact Name: Lori Welborn
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Discover which animals are active in the wetland at night, and go for a night hike.  Ages 5 and older. Register online. Choose course #209316.

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Spooky stories and ghostly legends are dramatized by Cary Players in a macabre walking tours of historic downtown Cary. Suitable for ages 10 and older. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15/person

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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