In this month's topic for the Life Skills Education Program, we are focusing on Cultural Differences. When we are able to firstly think about what makes us different from those around us, we can start to think about what makes others different throughout the world and why they're different.
Why are we focusing on cultural differences in our Social-Emotional Learning program?
There are many benefits and connections to SEL and learning about cultural differences. The biggest connections and benefits are the SEL components of Self Awareness and Social Awareness. If we can identify our own identities and culture, then we can then learn about other identities and cultures. If we know that our own identities and culture deserves respect, then we can make the connection that different identities and cultures also deserve respect. Developing our own self-awareness leads to developing our social awareness of the people not just in our own community, but also throughout the entire world.
When we develop the skills to respect and be mindful of other cultural differences then that will lead to us being able to work with different kinds of people (professionally and personally).
What are cultural differences?
When we talk about culture, we think of it in terms of where we were born, our family traditions, the way we act, talk, dress, the language we speak, the food we eat, and many other things. Those cultures are all dependent upon where and when we grow up.
Here are a few examples of cultural differences:
Below are resources for you to help you and your children/students learn more:
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