How we educate our children affects their life choices and how they respond to people of different genders, ethnicity, and races. Education influences a young person’s professional choices and how that individual will interact with others, both in the workplace and in social settings. Unfortunately, not all children are treated equally in the classroom. Moreover, not all children receive the same benefits from their educational experience.

Gender and multi-culturally inclusive curricula should be a priority of our schools. The historic literary and scientific contributions of women and minorities are crucial to a balanced, equitable, and accurate account of the past. When students read stories about children like themselves, they identify with the characters and say “We are like these children; we can relate to their stories.” so children get a more balanced perspective of people with different backgrounds.

Lois discusses the need for all schools to address issues of diversity and gender equal education and thereby develop curricula that embraces all students.