Diversity is often defined as variety or differences in a specific population. However, diversity can also be defined as people coming together from different races, nationalities, religions, sexes, etc. to form a group, organization, or community. Usually in a diverse organization, such differences are celebrated as they provide various ideas, backgrounds, perceptions, skills, attitudes, and experiences. Such diversity allows for a special kind of progression to provide a service that is relevant and approachable, as well as listen to and meet the needs of its users. Therefore, the existence and encouragement of diversity benefits society as a whole.
While society today views diversity as both a positive and negative, this is not due to the effects of having diversity, but rather our fear of change and being different. Several studies have shown that the lack of unity between races, sexes, and cultures is mainly due to mistrust, stereotyping, and differences in culture and language. When these problems are ignored, this may lead to the inability to endorse ideas, come to agreements, and take action together. This concept is especially true in education.
Think about your childhood throughout elementary school. You wouldn’t have learned very much in school (about the outside world) if your classmates were all from identical backgrounds, origins, religions, etc.
Having diversity in a classroom creates a more realistic setting and encourages students to grow outside their boundaries by learning something new about their surroundings. This not only contributes to their understanding of the idea that it’s okay to be different, as well as encourages them to think about their own beliefs and how their culture influences the way they see the world.
In conclusion, diversity creates curiosity. Being exposed to different people and cultures may encourage people to want to learn more about a particular group. This, in turn, provides valuable insight as to how the real world works, how to create their own opinions but also be open minded to those of others, and finally, how to appreciate the different perspectives of those around them and maybe even come to accept some of these ways as their own.