Mark Hare, a member of the GS4A leadership team, cited this in his blog post,
“A brand new analysis of findings from across the country makes it clear that integration is as important for middle class and wealthy kids as for poor kids. Amy Stuart Wells, Lauren Fox, and Diana Cordova-Cobo, in “How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students,” write:
“White students in particular benefit from racially and ethnically diverse learning contexts in that the presence of students of color stimulates an increase in the complexity with which students—especially white students—approach a given issue. When white students are in racially homogeneous groups, no such cognitive stimulation occurs. Research shows that ‘the mere inclusion of different perspectives, and especially divergent ones, in any course of discussion leads to the kind of learning outcomes (for example, critical thinking, perspective-taking) that educators, regardless of field, are interested in.’”
It is unclear how this statement is not seen as extremely racist.
How can we consider ourselves an intelligent people and yet brand our children with irrelevant aspects of their humanity, color, class, and community, reducing them to nothing more than a data bit.
Do people actually believe that there are no “white” students in inner city schools? Do they believe that there are no “middle-class” families in the inner city? Do they believe that there are no caring, loving families in “poor” communities?
Communication is more important than integration.
If “white” students want to benefit from racially and ethnically diverse learning contexts then they should engage in respectful conversation with others outside their realm of influence. Not because they are Black or Hispanic but because they are human beings.
To continue to use descriptors such as “white”, “black”, “middle-income”, “poor”, allowing our children to believe that these things are important to their humanity is unconscionable.
Regardless of their color, class, or community, every child in America deserves an excellent education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.
These are our children.
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