"Diversity"  Standard #1

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  • In this standard, behavior is being correlated to identity as if its a 1:1 relationship - which would go something like this:

 

​"​I belong to groups X, Y and Z and you're in A, B and C groups. Therefore, I must approach you and speak to you in  _______ way."

  • The intent of this standard seems genuine, but the fatal flaw is basing it on "identity groups." 

  • Interactions between two people depends on so much more than identity groups. Communication skills, contextual setting and even one's mood will impact how "responsively" a child can interact with ALL people.  

Questions & Concerns

 "Diversity"  Standard #2

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  • The action statements under this standard read as if WCSD can "force" relationships on students, which is concerning since even the slightest change in friend groups can send many kids into an emotional spiral.

  • Friend groups have a significant impact on a child's attitudes, beliefs and behaviors - which may not align with parental values.

  • Most parents prefer to staying involved and connected as their child's friend groups evolve and change over time.

  • How will WCSD ensure that parents are aware of who their children are "connecting" with?

Questions & Concerns

 "Diversity"  Standard #3

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  • One of the action statements for this standard states, “I can explain how the way groups of people are treated today, and the way they have been treated in the past shapes their group identity and culture.”  

  • Parents are concerned this standard could open doors to teach historical opinions versus historical facts. 

  • "How" historical contexts are taught makes a huge difference on a child's world view - for example, telling children "our nation was founded by white supremacists through racism and oppression" would be unacceptable to most Waukee parents.

  • How will WCSD ensure that historical context is presented in a way that the teacher's personal interpretation does not conflict with the parents? 

Questions & Concerns