Diversity and bullying are arguably the most urgent issues facing schools today. In the new Dialogue magazine, private schools, the education community and some of the world’s top minds explore how schools can be diverse and inclusive.
We don’t need to hear the regular news reports about bullying, discrimination and other incidents of intolerance to know that this problem isn’t new. For generations of students, this is disturbingly a common part of the school experience, manifested in a culture of conformity where cliques and bullies treat those who are “different” like outsiders. Misunderstanding, fear, conflict and even hate can arise when we encounter difference or the so-called “other.”
With the rising threat of inequality in Canada, there are no easy solutions. But regardless of whether we are parents, educators or students, our entire society has a stake in the safety and well-being of our youth and our communities. From improved academic achievement to healthy youth development, education will be key to building healthier schools and healthier societies.
In light of the growing concerns about discrimination, racism, homophobia, bullying and other forms of intolerance in our diverse school communities, we asked educators and top minds in the 2012 edition of Dialogue magazine: How can schools be diverse and inclusive? We define diversity broadly, including (but not limited to) sexual orientation, religion, race and culture, physical diversity, special needs, socio-economic diversity, pedagogy and the arts.
Download the free Dialogue e-magazine and engage in the important conversation on diversity on DialogueOnline.ca.
- From socio-economic diversity to special needs, independent schools and the education community share their knowledge, advice and insights on the diversity issues facing students.
- Innovators and Experts: Top minds share their views on diversity in schools.
- Join the Open House discussion and comment on how schools can be diverse and inclusive.
- Book Reviews
Be sure to also check out the web exclusives on DialogueOnline.ca, including video interviews with Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, internationally acclaimed children’s rights activist Craig Kielburger and more Diversity Series features.
While the magazine is geared as a platform for dialogue among educators and schools, everyone can gain insights on the diversity issues facing students and be part of the discussion and solution.
In the end, we can find this common message in this magazine issue: The heart of education, with its diverse and inclusive schools, is about valuing every unique human being. With open minds and hearts, when we look deeper below the surface, it is only everyone’s hope that we can build healthier schools and, ultimately, a world where there are no cliques, bullies and outsiders.
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