This week I read an article titled: "Culturally Diverse Literature: Enriching Variety in an Era of Common Core State Standards by Fenice B. Boyd, Lauren L. Causey, and Lee Galda. The article spoke about why it is important to integrate culturally diverse literature in to our teaching. It opens by speaking of a Ted Talk from a Nigerian storyteller named Chimamanda Adichie (The Danger of the Single Story) she tell of how she was an early reader and writer from a middle class family but she would write stories about what she read about in books, (white blue eyed characters who played in the snow and ate apples) She truly had only one point of reference, the one that came from the books she read. A single story creates stereotypes and the problem with stereotypes is that they are incomplete and one sided. Stories matter. Children are impressionable and hearing and reading about people from other races, backgrounds, and culture as well as hearing and reading about their own culture helps take them away from the thought that the world is one sided.
We need culturally diverse poems, stories, and informational text. It's important to know that the books we offer children to read will affect their world as well as their lives.
There are still not enough books being published that are not about the white middle class, heterosexual world and we still live in a society where about 80% of educators are still middle class white females. As of 2010, the US population breaks down like this:
Culturally Diverse Literature: Enriching Variety in and Era of Common Core State Standards From the Reading Teacher Written by Fenice B. Boyd, Lauren L. Causey, and Lee Galda
Pearl Garden is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce. Follow along as she drops "pearls' of literacy and chronicles her pursuit of her Ed. D in Supervision-Curriculum and Instruction- Elementary Education. Just know that these are the ramblings of a doc student and a lot of what you read is a first draft and will go through some rewrites.