Learning through diversity: Union hosts Phi Delta Kappa multicultural education program

Union College’s department of education hosted Lincoln's second annual International Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Multicultural education program, Oct. 7, 2009.

Ambitious elementary and secondary education majors from Union College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Concordia University, Southeast Community College Beatrice and members of the University of Nebraska Lincoln PDK Chapter flooded Union’s campus, ready to learn.

“It was exciting to see so many different cultures come together with the common purpose of education,” said Jessica Reeder, freshman elementary education major from Colorado.

A total of 26 teachers from ten Asian, European and South American countries lead roundtable discussions that focused on administrative organization, curricular and instructional approaches to multicultural education.

“I felt a strange, common bond with each person there. In a way we all shared the same life goal – to educate children,” said Tabitha Schumacher, freshman elementary education major from North Dakota. “I felt a calling, through the PDK meeting, to become a student missionary sometime in my college education.  I want to experience the things I heard first-hand.”

Teachers shared information about their culture and how education systems in their countries differ from the United States. Many teachers donned their national costumes, showed video clips, pictures and displayed artifacts unique to their country.

“I enjoyed hearing about the unique education tactics each country uses,” said Elisha Wright, freshman elementary education major from Ohio.  “I found myself wishing I had more time to talk to the representatives.  When Union holds another conference, I’ll be sure to attend.”

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