Multiculturalism is a big priority of the MANGO model of education. It includes educating others about different languages, international holidays, global tourism, international food, and customs that are common around the world. Likewise, this involves encouraging educators to promote more cultural diversity in areas such as racial and gender equality, and fighting against discrimination based on religion, political beliefs, and disabilities. Communities with more diversity are more likely to thrive than ones that don't.
Art is a very important part of helping students become more creative, but sadly it is being cut from many school budgets. We strive to bring back the arts, whether that means painting, theatre, music, and other components. Media literacy is the largest part of our focus on art. The media, consisting of TV, social media, the radio, and other forms, is also an important part of the arts. We believe it is crucial to help improve media literacy so students can become better researchers through more critical thinking and less bias.
Nature is very valuable, as the sky, land, and water are important for all living creatures. Climate change is a very big topic and our schools can be important for helping us reduce our carbon footprint. Reusing, reducing, and recycling more often can be very useful for making this planet more sustainable. Furthermore, raising awareness of animal welfare by educating others about abuse in zoos, aquariums, circuses, and rodeos can be discussed in schools. Other ways we can be more environmentally conscious include abstaining from littering and saying no to cigarettes, as well as other drugs.
Grammar, as well, is an integral part of the education experience. Learning proper punctuation and spelling is a necessary part of both the speaking and writing experiences in schools. Grammar is necessary for all subjects in school and in every language. Language learning is infused in the grammar piece of MANGO, as it is not just about the multicultural aspect. We also place a lot of importance in ensuring that students know how to read properly, as fighting illiteracy is an important aspect of understanding grammar. Listening skills, as well, are necessary parts of understanding grammar.
Opportunity in the MANGO model emphasizes mostly on career planning in education. However, it also includes opportunities to get involved on campus, particularly in the area of service-learning. Educating students on the best ways to help others creates opportunities for both the people doing the service and particularly individuals that are receiving the services. College planning is another high priority area of providing opportunities, and this may range from helping students select majors to doing well on exams and writing admissions essays.
MANGO is an expansion of Language Exchange Atlanta, a meetup group designed to bring individuals together to practice their language skills. The purpose of this was to not only broaden the focus beyond languages, but also to emphasize on important aspects of schools that the STEM model of education doesn't highlight. This, however, isn't meant to replace the STEM model, but to expand upon the humanities more.
The reason why we emphasize on the humanities is because these subjects often promote qualities such as social justice, creativity, empathy, and logic. Meaning, these subjects often discuss what makes us human. As people, we communicate all the time and the humanities allow us to develop the speaking skills necessary for conversations.
Our campaign follows many of the ideals during the Renaissance era. We realize that technical subjects like science can coexist with a focus on art and literacy. It is common for communities to look at STEM subjects as lucrative and humanities as less prestigious. However, the truth is that these different areas can complement each other. After all, Leonardo Da Vinci was both an artist and a scientist.
Even though we seek to work with all grade levels, our priority is on high school and college students, as these are critical years in students lives. Our biggest emphasis is on the education system in America, but we are also emphasizing on building school systems in other parts of the world.
While we take importance in the human characteristics that the humanities bring out in students, a major priority of MANGO is to make these subjects lead to employable skills. We strive to ensure that these types of classes to go beyond the textbook and embrace career development.
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