Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

Article excerpt

When I was in school, we referred to America as the "melting pot" because of the array of immigrants living here. Today we use various words like, "multiculturalism" or "cultural diversity" are used. Whatever terminology we use, we live in a society that is diverse, and everyone needs a basic understanding of that diversity.

In a hallway conversation I had with a New Jersey seventh grader, he shared that the United States would not be fighting a war if the people who were in charge would talk to one another and respect the differences between them; wise words from someone so young. I wondered when and where this young man had learned such a valuable lesson.

The conversation reminded me of two teachers who had shared a lesson from their immigration unit with me, which I then used on numerous occasions. One of those occasions was after 9/11 in a school where tensions were high, and the teachers were looking for a way to defuse the situation. It is one of those lessons that is applicable in any classroom anywhere. I would like to share this lesson with you and thank Jen and Cindy for sharing it with me. …

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