I feel so fortunate to have listened to these three elders offer advice and share their experience. I felt going into this course that I had an understanding of what multi-cultural education is, but after just three days I realize how shallow my understanding was. Listening to Selina describe having her culture stripped from her as a child and seeing how deeply she feels that pain all these years later left a deep impression.
The advice Linda gave to a teacher in her story to “love your students” seems simple, but the context of her story made it much more profound: to love your students through respect and understanding of their diverse backgrounds and cultures, which will require a truly multicultural curriculum and classroom environment. Accomplishing this will take constant care and reflectiveness on the part of the teacher, but without it children – and, more broadly, entire cultures – can be acutely harmed.