Diversity means the differences between things or people; the variety or assortment that makes us unique. Every person has unique talents, characteristics, and challenges to share with the world.
People have a great deal of diversity. Even though our basic body structure is the same (head, eyes, heart, arms, legs, feet, etc.), our physical characteristics are different. For instance, the color of our skin, hair, and eyes are different. Also, our height and shape provide some diversity too. Even our fingerprints are unique and different.
People have to develop their own thoughts, opinions, feelings, and ideas about different topics and beliefs. It is important to make informed decisions. We are influenced by the people, places, and experiences in our lives. It is important to pay attention to this as a person forms an opinion about an issue. A person has to keep an open mind when developing an opinion. Gathering information is also crucial to making a decision. The more you know about a topic the easier it will be to make a good decision. As people grow up, they may even change their own opinions and have new ideas.
Every person has unique talents, characteristics, and challenges to share with the world. Some people are good at reading and writing. Other people are talented at art and music. Some people are good at working with numbers or science. Others are talented by sharing their creativity. Some people have challenges to work with like being deaf, blind, or learning differently than others. It is important to remember that no matter what a person is good at or struggles with, we are all special in our own way.
By accepting other people's differences, we are showing respect and tolerance throughout the world. We can learn about a variety of cultures, places, and different ways to look at the world. We might even make a new friend.
How We Are Diverse
Some other things that make us diverse are the places we live, the jobs we have, our education, our ethnic heritage, our religious beliefs, the languages we speak, our thoughts and feelings, our abilities, and our challenges.
People live in all kinds of places around the world. Some people live in big cities. Others prefer to live in small towns or villages. Some people live in big houses; others live in apartments, or small homes. Some people don't have enough money for lodging and are homeless. Others are forced out of their homes and live in shelters or refugee camps.
There are so many different types of jobs for people to work and earn money. There are jobs where people can be leaders and manage companies or even countries. Some people work in jobs that teach or provide services for others. There are many jobs in which people help to keep others healthy and safe too. Some people work in jobs that entertain others. Some people work in manufacturing or trade jobs which provide goods and services to others. Also, some people work without getting paid; they volunteer their time and talents.
Another factor is the education people receive. People can attend public or private schools. At a public school in the U.S., the government provides a free and appropriate education for children ages 3-18. At a private school in the U.S., people pay tuition for their schooling. If people want to further their education, they may choose to go to college. Some people attend trade school for training as well. Some people live in countries that place a high value on education. Some people live in countries that limit who is allowed to attend school. And in some countries there are few schools because there is so much poverty.
People take pride in their family heritage. There are many different cultures around the world. Each is special in its own way. Many family traditions and customs are passed down from generation to generation. People are proud of their ancestors and have special foods, songs, holidays, and other traditions they celebrate with their families.
Religion is important to many people. There are many different religions around the world. Some religions are Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Many people base their beliefs and values upon things they have learned about in their religious teachings.
Language is the way we talk to each other. There are so many different languages in the entire world. English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Korean are just a few of the languages people speak. We can learn so much from other people by learning to communicate with each other.