Re: request for info by Schichor

Georgette King (
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 08:09:56 -0400

It must be said that having a diverse student body is not the whole answer,
or at times even the most critical component. The curriculm must reflect an
acurrate picture of the past... A Europian dominanted history department
only reinforces the notions of

>I'm writing to edequity after a long absence because I unsubscribed when
>going on vacation and forgot to resubscribe. With regard to Nina Schichor's
>> "Does racial and ethnic islation in public schools
>>really adversely affect the quality of middle or high school education?"
>I may be just repeating what other people said, since I've come in on the
>middle of the thread, but it is clear to me, from listening to lots of
>educators from different backgrounds talk about their school experiences,
>that the answer is yes, if you consider education as anything broader than
>good test scores.
>We live in a world with many different people with different cultures, skin
>colors, religions, languages. Yet we are one species much more alike,
>biologically at least, than we are different. Being in schools with only
>people who look like you or think like you is great hindrance to your
>understanding the world. You can make up for this, somewhat, by watching
>movies or reading books, but there really is no substitute to hearing the
>personal stories and viewpoints of people with different life experiences.
>How unfortunate that this is not particularly valued by the United States
>education system.
>Julian Weissglass
>Director, Equity in Mathematics Education Leadership Institute
>University of California, Santa Barbara, Ca 93106
>Phone: 805-893-7046
>Fax: 805-893-2190

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