Group Questions Value of School Diversity Program

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 10, 2000 | Go to article overview

Group Questions Value of School Diversity Program


A group of Naperville residents, Citizens United to Preserve Quality Education, is questioning the value of Naperville Unit District 203's diversity plan and its impact on what students learn.

Group members recently posed questions they believe the school board should address before moving forward with additional diversity activities. Some of those questions:

- Multiculturalism calls for America to be a "mosaic" as opposed to a "melting pot." Many people disagree with that and feel the ideal of assimilation to a common American culture is worth defending. Is there any room in the diversity plan to hear both these viewpoints and not just the viewpoint of multiculturalists?

- Aristotle defines virtue as "moral character which guides one to choose the good." Independence, honesty and integrity are examples of virtue. How is diversity a "virtue?"

- The diversity plan says it wants "to change a people and its culture." Is not that a bit arrogant, especially since it uses tax dollars from the culture it wants to change? Would you have the arrogance to make the same statement to Native Americans, Chinese, Africans?

- Can we have a referendum to let the voters of District 203 decide whether this diversity plan should be continued and funded?

- You state that "the ethnic diversity among school personnel should far exceed the cultural composition of the student population." Isn't this racist and beyond affirmative action and would you dare make this recommendation to an all-black inner-city school?

- If you are really interested in diversity, then it is time to hire consultants who think multiculturalism is wrong and detrimental to our children's education. There certainly is more evidence for that position than what your present consultants have shown.

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