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ERIC Number: EJ995890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Talking about Class: Honest Conversations about Socioeconomic Class
Stanek, Mark J.
Independent School, v72 n1 Fall 2012
As independent schools move to a greater emphasis on 21st-century skills and global education, it becomes imperative that curriculum address one of society's greatest challenges: the recognition of socioeconomic difference and its impact on every aspect of people's lives. With an increasingly diverse student and adult population, ensuring inclusivity for all is needed. At Shady Hill School (Massachusetts), the impetus for this work has come from every part of the community: (1) teachers who struggle with school traditions that aren't inclusive of all students and families; (2) working parents who express dismay that their schedules don't allow them to attend some of the school's most important events; and (3) board members who oversee the school's financial well-being while worrying about the impact on families of rising tuition. Given these concerns and the urgency of the work, Shady Hill set out on a yearlong exploration of socioeconomic difference--within the school community and the society at large. What Shady Hill learned, among other things, is that parents find it hard to talk with children about money in general, and that they struggle with how best to discuss the economic disparities between the "haves" and "have nots" in the society. Another theme that resonated loudly throughout the survey results was a desire among all adults to make sure children in the community feel comfortable in their daily lives, regardless of the socioeconomic class of their families. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts