My Experience With Diversity Growing Up

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Everyone has their own experience with diversity growing up. Some kids grow up in a very diverse neighborhood and school district, while others grow up in small farm towns where their closest neighbor is five miles away. It is always interesting to see how everyone is raised, their beliefs, and their personal experience to diversity. No matter how an individual is raised, as an educator we need to make sure everyone feels welcome in our classroom no matter what their background is. I grew up in a pretty small school district. My graduating class what roughly 54 students. Most of my fellow classmates grew up either in our small little town or on farms surrounding our school district. All of my classmates were caucasian, coming from middle to upper class families. I was not exposed to a lot of ethnic diversity from the time I was born to the time I graduated high school. Sure I went to the zoo and theme parks with my family and say people that were ethnically different from me, but I never fully interacted with them. My first experience interacting with someone ethnically different from me was when I was chosen to participate in the Down Under Games in Australia between my sophomore and junior year of high school. I roomed with an African American girl from Texas. I was raised to treat everyone the way I wanted to be treated, so I treated her like I did any of my friends back home. We got along great and have been great friends ever since. Within the classroom

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