Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mass. Confusion
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Our school is pretty diverse, we have a very large Indian population, then a smaller mix of other races & cultures. DD's classroom this year is small, for some reason afternoons is not popular, so its only 10 kids and just happens to be 9 white kids and 1 who is Indian. She had more diversity last year when there was a larger class. Anyway, my point is this, DD has been exposed to this environment, she has never once come home and said 'F. has different color skin than me'. She knows some of her friends are from India, we talk alot about where India is, I'm not sure if she's put the connection together that all the people who look this way are Indian or not, she's never mentioned it in a group context, only that a particular person is from India, and that's because they talk about their origins, etc.
Our school does an excellent job of celebrating diversity. I really think children take their cues from their environment, so I'd look carefully at how the school handles things. If you celebrate different holidays, ask how they handle that, etc. I think I would be a little concerned if there was no curriculum around it and/or if my child was going to end up being made into a constant example. (Like 'There are many different colors of skin, see how Bs skin is different')
Mightymoo - Mom to DD (6) and DS (4)