Valuing Diversity: Developing a Deeper Understanding of all Young Children's Behavior

Culture shapes not only values and beliefs, but also gender roles, family structures, languages, dress, food, etiquette, approaches to disabilities, child-rearing practices, and even expectations for children’s behavior. In this way, culture creates diversity.

In this article, teachers are empowered to see and understand their own culture in order to see and understand how the cultures of children and their families influence children’s behavior. Only then can teacher’s give every child a fair chance to succeed.