30 years ago the place where you learned about other countries was in foreign language class. I learned all about the government, cultures and history of countries throughout Central and South America in Spanish class. It seems incredulous that this has not changed, so many years later and after such drastic changes in the growth and interdependence of countries around the world. Plus, the ability to understand and appreciate customs and people in another country is often a good entree into deeper empathy and understanding of people of different backgrounds here in the US Given population projections to 2050 in terms of ethnic makeup, I would think that everyone would want to be prepared to be a more global being who is comfortable and competent in interacting with people of all backgrounds. The statistics you provide clearly show that is not the case. For parents, there’s a critical responsiblity to raise children with a more global, bias-free viewpoint. I’ve shared some tips as I raise my own child at www.interculturaltalk.org.
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