IB World - September 2008
Diversity is an idea many people are desperate to embrace but have a significant problem defining. In the world of education, the essential principle of being meritorious may often seem at odds with the idea of fostering diversity in the classroom.
Professor Lani Guinier has devoted her high-profile career to shattering many misconceptions about diversity and encouraging us to think differently about the way we use testing to define educational success, so it seemed natural to ask her to expand on her ideas. She offers a challenging critique of the current educational landscape and the changes all teachers need to implement in the classroom.
While Professor Guinier’s article gives food for thought, I believe she will be distinctly impressed by the activities taking place across the IB community and profiled in this issue, in particular Atlanta’s remarkable International Community School.
There are many schools with similar stories to tell of helping vulnerable students raise their educational standards and transform their lives, but ICS encapsulates so much of what IB stands for that nobody could fail to be moved by the efforts of Bill Moon and his staff as they battle against the odds.
Robert Jeffery, editor
September 2008 Articles
Diversity in action - Fair game
Injustice fired Lani Guinier to the top of her profession. Now she wants every school to think about how it treats students.
Diversity in action: a school's story
With 380 pupils from more than 30 different countries, many unable to speak English, the International Community School in Atlanta should be on the educational scrapheap. Instead, it is winning awards and increasing its pupils’ grades every year.
Opinions - striving for unity in diversity
IB teachers share their experiences of diversity, as well as suggesting ways in which students and staff can benefit from it importance in the classroom.
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