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
“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.