ERIC Number: ED370736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-25
Reference Count: N/A
Invisible and Silent along the Blue Highways.
Schmuck, Patricia A.
Visits to 25 small rural school districts in 21 states revealed three prevailing myths about equal education held by teachers and administrators: (1) some children can't learn; (2) providing the same education to all students is providing equal education; and (3) "we have no problems" in providing equal educational opportunities. Counteracting these myths entails changing the belief systems of teachers and administrators; describing inequality with the appropriate language; meeting inequality head-on by confronting ethnic and sex stereotypes that children bring to school; establishing equity as an ongoing institutional practice; and moving school administrators away from authoritarian leadership and toward developing leadership skills that are empowering, facilitative, and participatory. Most important, teachers and administrators must acknowledge and work with students who have little or no privilege in society, and who have not received unearned advantages as a condition of birth. To be successful in providing an equal education and addressing the "silent and invisible" students in schools, teachers and administrators must believe that all children can learn, understand that same is not equal, and acknowledge that there are problems with respecting diversity in schools. (LP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Change Strategies, Disadvantaged, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Leadership Qualities, Racial Bias, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Culture, School Policy, Sex Bias, Small Schools, Stereotypes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversity (Student)
Note: In: Challenges & Changes: Strategies for Rural Education & Small Schools. Proceedings of the Annual Rural & Small Schools Conference (15th, Manhattan, Kansas, October 25-26, 1993); see RC 019 628.