Diversity Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

What is diversity? Why is it important for us to encourage diversity in our society? In this lesson, you will learn about diversity and how it contributes to a better world for everyone.

Diversity Makes the World Interesting

Wouldn't it be a boring world if everyone was exactly the same? If we all looked identical, dressed alike, ate the same foods, spoke the same language, the world would be pretty uninteresting! What makes the world exciting is that we're all different. Diversity simply means differences. If there is a diverse group of pets, for example, there might be a dog, a cat, a bird, and a lizard.

People are Diverse

People can be different in many ways. Some of the most obvious differences we may notice are age, language, culture, appearance, disabilities, race or ethnicity, and religion. Unfortunately, there are some people who only like those who are exactly like them or who look and think the same way they do. These people have prejudices against those who are different from them. A prejudice is when you think badly of someone based on something about them, such as their religion or race, even though you don't even know that person.

Diversity Quotes

Maya Angelou, a famous African-American author, said, ''It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.'' She believed that by having groups of diverse people come together to work toward the same goal, they'd be much stronger than if the groups work separately.

Another quote about diversity by Catherine Pulsifer points out that we wouldn't want to have everybody exactly the same because it wouldn't be very interesting. She said, ''We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.''

Have you ever seen one of the Star Trek movies or television show? Their creator, Gene Roddenberry, included a very diverse crew aboard the Starship Enterprise. They were from many different planets, but all had their own strengths and worked together to make their missions successful. Roddenberry said, ''If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.'' His idea that we need to celebrate the differences among us and see them as exciting is reflected in his television show and movies.

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