materials and activities, suggests that before students can begin to portray the diverse cultures of the world and of those living in the United States, they will have to grapple with and consider the issues of history, equality, and diversity in a more direct manner than they have until now. Schools are seen as cultural sites, which become arenas for cultural negotiation, translation, and knowledge. They should be used as a place where learning and discussion can create hope and possibility for a promising future. It is not enough for teachers to present authentic materials and strategies for teaching. They must also afford students and themselves the opportunity to acknowledge causes of conflict and means of resolution.
The major cause of ethnic diversity is lack of education. Television, film, music, and almost all other forms of media are used today to show this diversity. Common slogans, such as ?it?s a black thing,? or ?it?s a girl thing,? further separate races, genders, and social classes. However, teaching kids at an early age that they can maintain their heritage and still interact with those of diverse backgrounds will lead to a formation of relationships between cultures that could possibly affect the hostility emoted today. A first step toward teaching children about different socioeconomic status, ethnic diversity, and various cultures, should begin