At The Key Consulting Firm, our mission is to help professionals across various fields understand the crucial role culture plays in children’s development. By recognizing the importance of culture, we can create environments that foster success in school and adulthood. In this post, we’ll explore the concept of culture and its impact on children, as well as how understanding culture is essential for professionals.

Understanding Culture: More Than Meets the Eye

Culture is a shared system of beliefs and values that influences a group of people’s daily lives. While we often think of culture as tangible things like food, dance, and music, its true essence lies much deeper.

Culture shapes our assumptions about the world and drives our behavior. It comes from our interactions with our community and is created by specific actions and experiences.

The Impact of Culture on Children

Children’s upbringing and cultural experiences play a significant role in shaping the adults they become. As a consulting firm, we aim to help professionals implement culturally responsive practices that acknowledge and appreciate the importance of culture.

Exploring the Cultural Iceberg

Dr. Jennifer West, a professor at Bowie State, likened culture to an iceberg. The surface of the iceberg represents tangible aspects like food, dance, music, and clothing. However, the most significant part of an iceberg lies beneath the surface, which represents deep culture.

Deep culture includes the intangible feelings, ideas, attitudes, and beliefs that shape our identities. It involves emotions, thoughts, and values that we acquire as members of a group. These elements of deep culture shape a child’s world and influence their development in various areas like cognition, communication, motor skills, and social-emotional growth.

Culturally Responsive Practices: Unlocking Success

By helping professionals understand and implement culturally responsive practices, The Key Consulting Firm works to eradicate injustices and inequities in systems. We provide training and development programs to eliminate systemic racism and inequity in education, promoting the well-being and academic performance of Black children.

Through a culturally-responsive and social justice-centered approach, we offer consultation, evaluations, and training for educators, clinicians, and communities. Our goal is to provide the keys necessary to unlock the potential in all students.

Want to learn more about culture, read Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit

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