Here is the actual link: New education report highlights weaknesses in Iowa schools
Here is the actual paragraph I am disturbed by:
"Schools are teaching an increasingly diverse student population that is at greater risk for failure. The number of low-income, African American, Hispanic and English-language learners has increased in recent years. Unlike other states, Iowa has failed to make progress in closing the achievement gap between those students and their peers, the report says."
I am disturbed because if you are of a diverse student population you are already labeled to have a greater risk of failure???? Where did these facts come from? When I first read this sentence I went in with the thought that diversity is not just about race but it's about the things that make us different; however, the second sentence is the sentence that made me change my interpretation of diversity based on the author calling out specific races. Just because you come from a low income family, African American, Hispanic or learning English as your second language doesn't automatically mean you are going to be a failure. I can't even deduce logic in that. I met some students who are going for scholarships and some are from low income homes and they have 3.8 or high grade point averages in high school. I didn't grow up rich by any means but have done well for myself because of my motivation, discipline and ambition. I studied hard and worked hard and no matter what when you put your mind to something you can achieve it. What type of message is this sending to our children? This is sending a message that if you fit any of these categories you are already stereotyped and put in a box. African Americans and Hispanics are not the only ones from low income homes either. People of all races and walks of life can be low income.
I speak at conferences and events on diversity and this article has really ticked me off because:
- Diversity is not just about race - diversity is inclusion and embracing differences because when you put different people together the ideas generated are powerful
- No matter where you come from if you set your mind to something you can achieve it. No matter the adversity
- If you fit into any of the above categories you are already labeled before you can even start. That is not even fair.
One of the reasons I moved to Iowa is because of their education system. My children have had challenges in this system but my husband and I are advocates for them. Parent's DO NOT let people, like the person who wrote this article, label your kids. Everyone learns different but we must be advocates and examples for our children. They break through this barrier and encourage our kids to be their best, after all they are our future.
I know this post doesn't relate to business analysis directly but how many times have we been judged as BA's before we even walk into the room or conduct our first meeting? How did that make you feel? Now imagine how that would make a child a feel.