Re: Diversity in Democratic Schools

Danaloha@aol.com
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 21:04:14 -0400

So, like, I support everything politically correct and all.
And don't even feel too bad that we at Cascade Valley School went overboard
for three years trying to reach out for diversity.
Something I thought of after we tried and tried and tried
(we're still trying, just not banging our heads against bricks)
is this:
It looks to me as if only one person in a thousand (pick your large
number) will seriously consider sending their kids / attending our type of
school. So in Portland, if you got a hundred thousand demschool aged kids,
you only got a hundred kids/families who will even check out your school.

And if your minority populations (within the "diversity" definition)
comprise ten thousand school aged kids, then you have only ten "diverse" kids
who will even check out your school.
In other words, it's the very rare mainstream culture,
"non-diverse" person who attends.
So it's likely to be the very, very rare "diverse" person who
attends.
So do your best brothers and sisters to bring diversity, and always
keep the welcome mat freshly woven, but don't torture yourself should you
fail to enroll the Rainbow Party.

Love, the diverse, rich and poor Daniel Berman
Cascade Valley School Portland, OR