Andrew Lawson is a popular senior at Norwell High School who plays varsity basketball. He also has Down syndrome. Watch this clip about how his high school friends support him and look past his differences.
In this lesson, students search for the most positive aspects of some very unusual “people.” The activity reinforces the idea that one can’t always judge the quality of a person by his or her appearance; sometimes people can be appreciated for their differences. Click here for the lesson plan.
We must teach people how to operate in a world that is diverse and pluralistic. Schooling is not effective if it doesn’t have a multicultural component. This is true now and will be even more so in the future. By 2000 AD, 1 in 3 will be minorities. 80% of the labor force will be women and minorities. By 2010 AD, 1 in 2 will be minorities. Click here for a lesson on respect complete with a script: Triangles are not Bad!