Those associated with decision making, policy, and practices should recognize
diversity in regard to the democratic principles in a civil society and implement plans with the goal of teaching and learning. They should do more than foster tolerance; they should equip students to recognize
and appreciate the strengths and advantages of a diverse population in a supportive, respectful climate. Attitudes of honesty, dependability, trust, responsibility, tolerance, and respect for all should
be the norm, not the exception.
The curriculum should reflect a commitment to inclusion. Students should be exposed to a variety of ideas, viewpoints, perspectives, experiences,
and cultures. Teachers must go beyond the assigned texts and use supplemental
material to provide students with a rich learning experience. Using the Internet
is a great way to acquaint students with diversity. Students must be made aware
of the difference between fact and opinion and recognize how different backgrounds can affect one’s viewpoint.
In addition, all members of the faculty should represent
a wide range of talents and abilities as well as backgrounds and ethnicity. Students
should be taught by teachers that don’t necessarily look just like them. When
hiring new staff, diversity should be considered.