The call to increase diversity is more prevalent than ever before. It’s in the workplace, in our television shows and, of course, in our news feeds. Yet, surprisingly, so few of us understand what diversity is or why it truly matters — and even more importantly, why inclusion is an important value to pass onto our children.
For instance, did you know that as early as two years old, children notice racial, gender and other identity-based differences? The younger we start educating children on diversity, the better chance we, as a society, have in reducing biases that lead to disparities in health, education and the criminal justice system. Here are several other reasons why diversity education matters and how it can help with our children's development (as well as our own).