“The melting pot” was a metaphor ever used to describe the United States. The trend nowadays is changed to call it “The salad bowl.” That better describes about their multiculturalism, to respect diversity, tolerate others and recognize individual differences. People in the United States coexist with each other, not melting to assimilate.
This January, the Trump administration has begun. The United Stares now has got the world’s attention. Especially, the world is watching how the new president is going to lead the country with his words and pledges, that have been concerned by many, that could endanger some of the country’s known values such as equality and diversity. How this impacts children and education there? How parents feel about it?
In Japan, parenting or education tends to be undifferentiated. How are parenting and education like in the US now?
With our questions, we have made trips to two significant cities in the US, San Francisco & Bay Area, and New York City, for interviewing 11 families, and educators from schools and museums.
This whole year, we would like to report the real voices of those people who all generously gave us their time to tell us their stories to share.
We will start with two families from San Francisco & Bay Area this week. We will then keep adding two families every week for the next 6 weeks introducing “Diversity of families” from the United States. Voices of educators will follow after.Reporting by Douglas Zimmerman