Couple Calling for 'World View' in District 204
Hart, Christie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christie Hart Daily Herald Staff Writer
Parents at Waubonsie Valley High School are encouraging educators to re-examine the way they handle racial issues and cultural education.
Frank Blazquez and his wife, who have two daughters in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 schools, are charging that the predominantly white district has a cultural bias that affects how minority students are treated and how all students view the world.
"Cultural identity and awareness is very important to our youth," Blazquez said. "We need to educate our youth to the many different races, traditions, customs and histories so that we don't continue to foster ignorance and prejudices simply because we didn't include these teachings at an early age."
The couple is calling for the district to take a world view in classes whenever it's appropriate, for example, in history and social science classes.
District 204 teachers already incorporate lessons about other cultures into the curriculum, school officials said.
"We're already doing a lot of that," school board President Mark Metzger said. "Even as early as kindergarten, cultural diversity is part of that learning."
At Steck Elementary School, for example, each grade level studies a continent each year and does presentations, displays and performances for the rest of the school, Metzger said. …