Becoming One

By Itzel Zertuche


According to Matuk and Ruggirello (2007), multiculturalism is a behavior where people respects others actions, beliefs, culture differences and colors. Each school year the demographics of each classroom changes. As a future educator it is very important to understand and value different cultures. By the age of five some children are able to identify people from their own race and name stereotypes and by the age of 10 some children have already been stereotyped due to their race, culture or color (Sanders & Downer, 2012). I believe if we teach and show children all cultures could be respected the amount of racism and stereotyping could decrease.

Characteristics of Multicultural Education

According to Ovando and Combs (2012), there are seven different characteristics of multicultural education.

1. Multicultural education is against racism, but they still view the racism points usually made.

2. Multicultural education is mixed with general education. It could be taught by reading a book or working on a math problem.

3. Multicultural education is very important for student of all socioeconomic status (SES).

4. It takes more than just a lecture to teach children about multicultural education.

5. Multicultural education shows children to connect their knowledge and actions.

6. It does not only involve reading about it, but also connecting with different people.

7. Multicultural education is critical pedagogy.

Multicultural Education and Technology

Today's generation has the great opportunity to get access to new cultures by using technology. Moore-Hart (2004) states people who have access to the internet could search information about other cultures. They could be able to find articles, books, videos, images, music and much more. This could help children learn how to research on their own for any further questions they might have. Technology has caused a change in the way many children like to learn and it is important to take advantage of it while we can.


Since the students spend many hours in school it is very important for the teacher to know and understand each students' background (Cousik, 2015). There are many different activities a teacher could do with their students. The students can learn about other cultures and teach about their own culture. An important way a student could learn about other cultures is physical education according to (Bian, Wang & McKinley, 2009). The following are several activities and locations a family could do together to explore other cultures.

Children's Museum of Houston

The Children's Museum of Houston is filled with great activities that could help our children interact with one another. The museum also holds several displays where they represent different types of cultures.


Each year at Austin, Texas has a festival that encourages people to share their culture and learn from others. People share their food, music, religion and many other ideas that are part of their culture. This is an all day even that the whole family can enjoy for free.


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