Children from every country in the world deserve an education. As part of that basic education, I feel they have the right to know about the world around them. There are so many different cultures all with their own ideas and customs, what harm could come to a child from learning about them? I feel that cultural awareness being taught actually sets the child up to be more adaptive in life and tolerant of others. They would have so many more opportunities to pursue their own individual interests. Why would we deprive them of that chance?
Pretty sure it is being taught, though it's hard to tell some days. Yes, it should be mandatory, more than that, students should be exposed to alien ways of thinking and doing things at every opportunity, and taught to respect them. Unless it's religious fanatics, then they should be taught to pity them.
Basic education on different cultures helps teach kids a little bit about the large world they live in. As the world turns into a globally connected body through the Internet and other communication devices, kids are exposed to more and more diversity. America is also a hodgepodge of cultural diversities. Teach kids the basics of different cultures in schools will only help them become better global citizens in the future.
I believe cultural awareness is very important and it should be taught in public schools. Cultural awareness is something that can affect and influences a persons life far beyond school and it is important that children learn these important lessons. Without cultural awareness, we as a society, are simply allowing injustice to continue.
Global diversity: yes; however, in California, some schools are 93% hispanic and yet the whites are STILL being taught to "support" the hispanic culture, that they are the ones in need of being sensitive. How about teaching them that these populations do not value laws and therefore do not deserve to be respected.