As a soon to be adoptive mom to a Korean born child, I would like to point
out that approaching this as responsibly as you are is very admirable.
I'd like the principal to change the theme from "We respect cultural
diversity" to "We embrace cultural diversity" or even "We celebrate
cultural diversity". There's a difference between the words which really
does play a part in the statement trying to be made.
It's a great idea to try to stay away from stereotypes and perhaps a
search on the internet for murals posted by artists may also help your
Remember to bring in all types of people based on race, religion, age,
even special needs (kids in wheelchairs,etc.). Even if depicting a
family, be sure to realize that not all families are two parent....some
are one parent, some have two dads as parents, some have grandparents in
the role of parents. And not all families have kids that look like each
If this mural is for the school, then the entire staff should be involved
in it to some degree. I think all the English teachers SHOULD jump on
board for this project.
Good luck and keep us posted!
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