Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.
Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.
I lived with the Hopi Indians on their tiny reservation for about eight years. I married a Hopi artist and we have a beautiful half-Hopi daughter who is an enrolled member of the tribe. Even before my marriage, I was all but legally adopted by a Hopi family. But I have never claimed to "be" Hopi.
To me, all faiths shared similarities, and my childhood naiveté could not comprehend tension and factionalism within and between these religions. I was also incapable of understanding why my teacher went so in-depth with the Abrahamic faiths, but skipped over the eastern religions, including mine.
In life, we tread through many observations. We remember some and we recall few. My observation is that the stories within books, and movies have a high recall rate as they connect with me as a person.
Imagine how different things for children might be if politicians were the ones to lose their jobs for failing to improve education, reduce child poverty, etc. What is needed is a focus on the needs of children before it is too late.
News of the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, attacks against cultural heritage and education in Iraq has become part of our daily fare. We are witnessing a process of "cultural cleansing' in Iraq that is unprecedented in recent history.
Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.
Many Americans never discover their American identity until they befriended non-Americans. I am one of those many. This is my story of patriotic discovery that began back when I wanted nothing to do with America and ended in the international corridor of my university.
What we as a city invest in culture is returned so many ways. Cultural organizations unite us as a society, improve the quality of our lives, and provide activities and opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities, and income levels.
My earliest memories of Singapore date back to the early '90s when I took my first trip there with my parents. I still have the (scary) memory of the cab driver warning us about littering or jaywalking.
By expanding their applicant pool to include more veterans, universities might achieve not only a more desirable racial and economic balance, but also a greater diversity of experience and perspectives.
America has always been recognized for its diversity, and is seen as a country composed of minorities who intersect with one another on a regular basis. The steadily growing number of Latino Muslims in the United States is inevitable.