CSMonitor EqualED & J.K. Rowling – Why changing the mindset of students for acceptance and equality among peers is vital.

 

… it shall be the duty of the Directors to see that these periodicals are … kept abreast of the times.

Mary Baker Eddy

Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership.  One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.”  All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved by further studies.  If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”

by Carl J. Welz,  C.S.B.

Houston, TX – October 11, 1986

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“It really is all about … changing the mindset [of the school] to do what’s best for the kids,” Principal Owens says. “When you know better, you do better.”

“It takes time,” Owens says. “But this is 2017. Things are different. We can’t keep responding the same way we did 15 or 20 years ago.”

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Freedom Writers Field Trip to Washington D.C. – “We all held hands as we left the hotel.  We took a walk to the Washington Memorial … and their was a 150 of us [holding hands] and we didn’t let go…we stopped  traffic … and you could feel the presence that this was something bigger than us…we’re changing the world.”

Students from Erin Gruwell’s Field Trip

 

 

Why a good racial mix may also create a sense of comfort at school

A new study suggests that middle-schoolers in more racially diverse schools feel safer and less alone.

JUNE 21, 2017 

Creating school where kids feel that they ‘fit’

The authors of the new research attribute the well-being of students at more diverse schools to a broader sense of acceptance and equality among peers.

“We presume that in these types of environments, there is a good balance of power among the groups and … students do not feel intimidated or threatened by students from other ethnic groups,” says Jaana Juvonen, professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the study. “There are also likely to be multiple norms for behavior and looks, hence it is easier for any one student to find their niche and feel that they ‘fit in.’ ”

“There’s kind of this renewed emphasis on integration and diversity in the US,” Wells says. “If we don’t tackle these issues of integration, these schools won’t be stable and they won’t be sustainable over time.”

Changing the mindset of a school

The school has in recent years stepped up its efforts through the professional development of teachers, honest conversations about issues of diversity among faculty and staff, and collaboration with parents and the outside community, according to principal Cecelie Owens.

“It really is all about … changing the mindset [of the school] to do what’s best for the kids,” Principal Owens says. “When you know better, you do better.”

Among the student body, West Hertel has worked to foster an environment of inclusiveness through schoolwide projects and regular events celebrating different cultures, adds Rebekah Barbera, a fifth-grade ENL (English as a New Language) teacher at the school.

They note that progress has been slow – as experts say it often is – but noticeable.

“It takes time,” Owens says. “But this is 2017. Things are different. We can’t keep responding the same way we did 15 or 20 years ago.”

https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0621/Why-a-good-racial-mix-may-also-create-a-sense-of-comfort-at-school?

 

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