Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good for All Kids / Edition 1

Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good for All Kids / Edition 1

by Eileen Gale Kugler, Gary Orfield
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R&L Education


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Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good for All Kids / Edition 1

Many parents search for a 'good' school to enroll their children. They look at the school's standardized test scores and check out demographic statistics, but fail to investigate the strengths of these schools that have a vibrant mix of races and cultures. Eileen Gale Kugler offers a unique perspective on what every educator, parent, and community leader should know about reaping the rich harvest of our diverse schools. This book provides guidance on how we can all work together to dispel the myths and nurture the opportunities that these schools offer such as academic challenge and social advantages. Anecdotes from Kugler's personal experience are included as well as information from 80 interviews with key educators, parents, and students. This book stands alone as a resource that pulls all of this information together. Will be of interest to anyone who cares about education. See Wendy Burt-Thomas's interview with author Eileen Kugler at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810845121
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Eileen Gale Kugler is president of Kugler Communications and a national advocate for diverse schools.

Table of Contents

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

What People are Saying About This


This book provides valuable insights about some of the myths circulating our society regarding schools highly impacted by minority students.
— Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board Member


Excellent reading for everyone interested in quality education.
— President, National Association of Secondary School Principals

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a veteran teacher in a school as diverse as the one discussed in Ms. Kugler's book, I find this work right on the mark. It is a must read for anyone interested in education on all levels today. And, it is an enjoyable, well written, good read.