Race to Achieve Diversity

 

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An impressive way to tackle racial diversity comes from Eastwood High School in Scotland. The administration was noticing that the school was functioning as a series of fractured communities instead of one single entity. They decided to reach out to the student body to find out why. In 2002, the students were given the task to talk about racism in regards to fairness and equality within their school. The open dialogue about racism was powerful and the DVD was used during staff training. The faculty and staff were shocked to find out how students were impacted by racism. Overall, the effect of the DVD helped the teaching staff to become more aware of the diverse needs within the schools. Even the curriculum and approach to learning changed. Through the dialogue process, the students learned to accept and respect each other.

This 2002 video is an excellent example of a project that was student driven and tackled the issues of fairness and equality within Eastwood High School. The head teacher discussed how they had to take notice of situations of fairness and equality so that every child could be educated to the best of his or her ability. Not only was this student-based approach an excellent way for the students to take control of their own learning, it allowed the students to decide on the agenda and the format so they could maintain genuine authenticity. The students were able to discuss their first hand experiences regarding racism and racial isolation. The video shows how administration can learn from a students’ perspective on how to achieve diversity and avoid racial isolation.

References

Eastwood High School. 2002. Have you ever experienced or witnessed racism? Retrieved from http://wayback.archive-it.org/1961/20140107045005/http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/media/6e9ae515-e395-4f9a-b1ff-1ae7d528c8f5/YoungPeopleTacklingRacism-360.mp4

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