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ERIC Number: ED351299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reflecting Community Diversity in the School.
Sherritt, Caroline; Basom, Margaret
Although American students have always been somewhat diverse, newly identified groups with special needs appear on community horizons every year. Education is one arena from which response to diversity is necessary. Ethnic, socioeconomic, disability, and gender status differ from one region to another making communities the ideal nexus for change. Some communities have taken a pro-active approach to cultural pluralism, and several model programs are described. Successful approaches reflect community exigencies, but all emphasize the following components: (1) collaborative development of a clear belief system which respects the nature of and demands excellence for all students; (2) use of an inclusive belief system as a guiding focus for school and community; (3) intervention strategies for at-risk students involving community agencies, businesses, and constituents in cooperative ventures; (4) a globalized curriculum which acknowledges the value of differences and teaches students to live in a heterogeneous, interdependent world; and (4) a holistic approach to instruction where whole children are educated in whole classrooms and are never labeled. Responding to cultural differences means restructuring public schools and supporting new practices to address the reality of plurality in the schools. (Contains 12 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A