We live in a pluralistic, heterogeneous society and enjoy the strengths and grapple with the struggles that those terms denote. The uniqueness of the United States’ multiculturalism is one of our greatest attributes. It forces us to think outside of the narrow confines of our particular set of cultural norms and values. This means that consensus is hard to arrive at, if at all.
Since when has consensus been the goal? We are a richer people for being exposed to ideas, values and norms beyond our own. New ideas solve problems, create products, are innovative and dynamic. They break the molds of conformity. It is not for nothing that the United States leads the world in the number of annual patents filed. I love the multiculturalism of our schools and wouldn’t have it any other way.
— Barbara DuBois
English, German and
health education instructor