Education For Aerospace Engineering

5 Benefits of Diversity in Education

 

Most adults are aware of the fact that a diverse workplace is likely to enjoy greater overall success than a company that remains homogenous. What you may not know is that children and young adults can also benefit from interacting with students from different races, cultures, genders, age groups, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, and more. When kids are exposed to some of the many different types of people that make up our world, they have the opportunity to grow and develop more fully as human beings and as students. Here are just a few of the benefits children and young adults will enjoy when presented with a diverse educational environment.

Raise cultural awareness. From a young age, children learn to mimic and adapt to their environment and the people in it. If all they see is one skin color, one point of view, and one way of living, it’s only natural that they would find these things to be “right” and “normal”. This can create a feeling of exclusion toward other groups. By introducing children to a diverse array of peers from a variety of backgrounds, parents and educators can help them to understand that there is more than one way of being and doing. And in order to achieve a full and complete education, they need to be aware of and receptive to other cultures and people.
Foster tolerance. Intolerance is responsible for some of the worst tragedies in history. If we want a better future for our children, one in which people from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds can live and work together, it is important to expose kids to diversity in order to foster a new level of tolerance toward all groups. With the rapid growth of the population and the global economy, this has become more important than ever.
Improve academic development. You might not see how exposing students to a diverse classroom correlates to academics, but consider that when students share their experiences, their viewpoints, and their knowledge in the classroom, every other student is enriched in the process. And this enhancement of rote teaching practices may increase engagement, retention, and academic success.
Expand thought processes. There’s no denying that a person’s particular heritage, upbringing, and life experiences color the way they think and approach the world. When students are allowed to share these differing points of view, they can help others to think and see the world in new ways.
Prepare for the future. All of us are heading toward a future in which a diverse, global workplace is the norm. It is already happening! And when students experience diversity in college (or even earlier) it can only help them to prepare for the challenges and understand the rewards of diversity in the work environment. Publications like DiversityInc are helping employers to understand the crucial role diversity plays in corporate success. But students that are exposed to it through education will be better prepared to integrate into diverse corporate settings when they are ready to enter the working world.