IN A CITY THAT STRUGGLES WITH DIVERSITY, WE DEFINE IT.
We believe it is fundamental to our children’s education to break down the barriers of taboo subjects – our differences – and talk about them. Nothing is politely swept under the table.
Conversations and questions about skin color, ethnic and economic diversity, gender, race, religion, and culture take place every day in the classroom. It’s more than multicultural competency in a global economy. It’s about leading the dialogue about how we can come together to a more peaceful, understanding place.
Our children move through the world without fear or preconceived notions about people who are different from themselves
Our children possess a heightened sense of understanding and respect for others and an unparalleled ability to connect with people
Our community – students, parents, and teachers – work hard to avoid all stereotypes so pervasive in diversity discussions and create authentic experiences that strengthen our ability to communicate with not just our neighbors, but our world
Underlying these curriculum strands are the following fundamental principles:
No matter how different we are, we are all equally worthy of respect, dignity, and opportunity
All people have a right to express and feel comfortable with whom they believe themselves to be, insofar as such expression is not injurious to another person or group of persons
As a result of these curriculum strands, we expect that children will:
- Respond to differences in race, culture, ethnicity and origin respectfully
- Develop an awareness of and empathy for the differences in people’s feelings, opinions and responses and treat each other respectfully in spite of these differences
- Have the necessary tools to critically assess societal norms, particularly in moments of personal discomfort
- Understand the concept of stereotyping and think critically about its application and ramifications in various situations
- Understand that people are responsible for their own actions and have the power to make decisions and make change happen