SOCIAL SCIENCES

The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences

Chalice. Jun. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9780827200937. $19.99. SOC SCI
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In eight chapters, authors Helsel (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; AnxiousTo Talk About It) and Harris-Smith (Princeton Theological Seminary) offer a course of action to talk to children and teens about diversity and inclusion, and how to celebrate our differences. Topics include race, gender, sexuality, religion and politics, nationality, ethnicity, and culture. The authors explore how our assigned gender at birth influences our lives, and how we image ourselves. Later chapters examine contemporary American society and the varied responses, both affirmative and otherwise, to a changing cultural landscape. Two chapters focus on social media and its impact on diversity. The authors argue that adults should make an effort to continually learn and lead by example, including reaching out and building relationships with people from different backgrounds. Appendices include annotated bibliographies for additional readings and activities.
VERDICT A well-structured and pragmatic approach to teaching young people how to embrace the differences among us and begin to participate in civic engagement. Best for parents, educators, and community and pastoral leaders.

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