Valuing Diversity In Education

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As I reflect on the learning from the weekend, my take away from our discussions and the reading, center around how institutions, in my case, K-12 institutions, cannot claim color-blindness or treating everyone the same through a race neutral lens. By doing so, we are setting our students back and not launching all students forward for a successful educational experience. In the article by Santos, (2010) it states valuing diversity in the college system is needed throughout all phases of college selection through specific actions and when students leave the system, such as graduation. (p.696) When in fact by creating policies linked to race neutrality it is more detrimental to the system and the students. It creates an unequal playing field …show more content…

Just as we see from Carnavale’s (2013) article where it states, “ racial and ethnic stratification in educational opportunity entrenched in the nation’s K-12 education system has faithfully reproduced itself”(p.1). The author goes on to say the interaction of race and class disadvantages result in multiple areas of isolation and in turn creates hardship (p.14). In the K-12 ELL example, it is clearly linked to the message in Carnavale’s (2013) work, the system “blame the victim ideology”, or in this case “blame the student”, and then we are advancing inequity. We are truly not supporting students. The institution, the ELL model, is failing students. The students are not failing the ELL model or the institution. Gilmore’s(n.d.) work strengthens this idea by stating that the actions of the institution actually believe they are supporting minority success and by doing so they are negating it (p.1). You will hear schools, administrators and legislators boast about the success of the ELL model. You will read in the paper how students are succeeding in the model. What you will not read in the paper is how the bar for passing the language test was lowered to it appeared more students were passing, …show more content…

Parents feel as if their hands are tied and they have no say to change the system. The K-12 system is failing an entire generation of students. We have students in middle school, which do not receive a single elective because of their language, and I will say it, their race. They do not have P.E. or art because of the ELL model. Again, the institution is failing our students. Just as in the Gilmore article, where the experience with the Native students and their grades was not just an attack on students, it was an attack on the entire community and the university could not understand the heaviness of this. It was a betrayal of families and generations. The K-12 system is in the same space. They do not see the betrayal to our children and our families. Hands are thrown into the air, that is the system, we have to follow it. Just as we saw in the work from Santos(2010) where the implementation of California’s ballot initiative proposition 209 and the University of California’s admissions process created a drop in minorities applying to the college and again we see a betrayal of student, families and generations. Reminding us of the words from Carnavale(2013), the students are not failing the institution, this is another clear example of the institution failing a generation of students and their impact on economic

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