This is the fourth installment in this blog series. I hope you're loving it! Check out the previous posts on interaction, self-assessment, and valuing diversity. We will have one more to go after this one. The series is based on an article by Terry Cross and colleagues written in 1989 about cultural competence. In the article, the authors talk about cultural competence in relation to organizations and systems. In this blog series, we're attempting to pare it down to the individual and include tips on how to develop these skills in your home with your kids.
The latest essential element of cultural competence is about having institutionalized cultural knowledge. In my opinion, this is a fun essential element because it's all about learning! And there are so many ways to teach your kids that are fun and engaging for the whole family. I like the idea of paring this one down to "having cultural knowledge". I believe that should be of individuals and institutions. So how can you go about doing that with your kids and keeping it fun so they'll actually learn something? Well, I'm glad you asked...
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