Magazine article Montessori Life

Did You Know?

Magazine article Montessori Life

Did You Know?

Article excerpt

As Montessori programs become a more significant part of public education and as Montessorians become more involved with minority populations, it is important to know about the people we are serving, where they are coming from, their histories and their struggles. As teachers of integrity, it behooves us to acknowledge that what affects the least advantaged of our children affects all our children.

One of every three black children attends a school that has 90% or more minority enrollment. 47% of black students and 51% of Latino students compared with 5% of white students are in schools where 75% or more of the students are poor.

Schools with the highest percentages of minority, limited English-proficient, and low-income students are more likely to employ beginning teachers, teachers who have less education, and teachers who teach subjects in which they are not certified or in which they did not major in college. …

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