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Eileen Gale Kugler is president of Kugler Communications and a national advocate for diverse schools.
Part 1 Foreword by Gary Orfield
Part 2 Preface
Part 3 Acknowledgments
Part 4 Introduction
Part 5 PART 1 THE MYTHS THAT POISON OUR THINKING ABOUT DIVERSE SCHOOLS
Chapter 6 1 Myth 1: The best School for My Child Is the One with the Highest Standardized Test Scores
Chapter 7 2 Myth 2: One Style of School Leadership Will Work in Every School
Chapter 8 3 Myth 3: The Best Teachers Prefer Homogeneous Middle-Class Schools
Chapter 9 4 Myth 4: Diverse Schools Can't Provide Rigorous Classes
Chapter 10 5 Myth 5: Diverse Schools Are Not Safe
Chapter 11 6 Myth 6: Family Beliefs and Values Will Be Threatened If We Expose Our Youth to People with Different Perspectives
Chapter 12 7 Myth 7: Minority Parents Don't Care about the Education of Their Children
Part 13 PART 2 THE REALITIES OF DIVERSE SCHOOLS AND OF OUR SOCIETY
Chapter 14 8 School Reality 1: Students with Different backgrounds and Experiences Bring New Insights to the Classroom
Chapter 15 9 School Reality 2: Students Who Closely Interact with People from Different Backgrounds Learn That Reality Extends beyond Their Own Limited Experiences
Chapter 16 10 School Reality 3: Stereotypes and Prejudice Break Down When Students Have Personal Contact with Members of Other Races and Cultures
Chapter 17 11 Society Reality 1: Our Youth Must Learn How to Actively Participate in a Diverse National and International Society
Chapter 18 12 Society Reality 2: Our Nation's School Population Is Becoming More Diverse, but Our Schools Are Becoming More Segregated
Chapter 19 13 What about the Schools Near Me?
Part 20 PART 3 HOW TO REAP THE RICH HARVEST OF OUR DIVERSE SCHOOLS
Chapter 21 14 What's My Role?
Chapter 22 15 School Boards: Leading Their Community
Chapter 23 16 Superintendents: Visionaries with a Collaborative Spirit
Chapter 24 17 Principals: Doing Whatever It Takes
Chapter 25 18 Teachers: Reaching for Every Child
Chapter 26 19 Parents: The Critical Connection
Chapter 27 20 Students: What It's All About
Chapter 28 21 Community Members: Closing the Loop
Part 29 Conclusion
Part 30 Epilogue
Part 31 Bibliography
Part 32 About the Author
Since critical value judgments can be formulated as early as age eight, it is important that all educators and families recognize the need for our children to function and excel in diverse situations. Diverse classrooms can be the most resourceful, energetic, and respectful collaborations in the country. These are the classrooms that will prepare our students for life. This book emphasizes the fact that we need to be working toward that goal.
— John H. Funk, 1996 Utah Teacher of the Year and Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah
Parents want to provide their children with the best education possible. Will they be better prepared for life by being isolated or by being exposed to the reality of our diverse population? This book provides valuable insights about some of the myths circulating our society regarding schools highly impacted by minority students.
— Isis M. Castro, Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board Member
A community and civic blueprint for the 21st Century, Debunking the Middle Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools are Good for All Kids is must reading for parents, educators, community leaders, and policy makers who want to move beyond the quick fixes of test scores and standardized education as the sole measures of America's schools. The events of September 11 made us all realize that the 'test' we all face is not the SAT or the ITBS, but the test of life. Eileen Kugler writes convincingly that our public schools are much more than knowledge factories, but the core institution in every community. Our public schools are the affirmative answer to the question: can a coherent, stable, unified culture be created out of the people of diverse traditions, languages, and religions? Kugler's voice is eminent in building these schools.
— Arnold F. Fege, director of Public Engagement and Advocacy, Public Education Network
[Kugler's] voice is not only powerful but sincere to the point where it forces readers to confront what is at stake in the future of America and to see for themselves that diverse schools are better schools.
— Electronic Journal On Teaching English As A Second Language
The book is particularly valuable because of the rarity of its voice and its call for parents to rethink the types of environments needed for the future of students in this country. This book is recommended for all parents, teachers, and professors of education who are looking for literature that chronicles health rather than pathology in public education...Essential.
— Choice Reviews
If you want to learn the value of diversity (or if you want to convince parents of that value) pick up a copy of Eileen Kugler's Debunking the Middle Class Myth. It weaves an eloquent and inspiring chronicle of the successes of well-run diverse schools.
— American School Board Journal
Kugler, a national advocate for diverse schools, challenges myths about ethnically, racially, and economically diverse schools and shows what is possible when educators are committed to finding ways to help every child succeed and when students, parents, and community members support the administrators and teachers in their efforts. She lays out a rationale for considering diverse schools among the most desirable, and provides strategies for strengthening diverse schools.
— Reference and Research Book News
Eileen Kugler points out that schools with diverse student populations can provide a first class academic education while also teaching students to be comfortable with personal differences. She performs a great service to the educational community by debunking many of the myths about diverse schools. Excellent reading for everyone interested in quality education.
— Denny R. Vincent, past president, National Association of Secondary School Principals