A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

melting pot

Little Bird goes to a public school. It's called a "school of choice", which means that kids outside of our school district can enter into a lottery and if their number is called, they get to attend our school. This program is so beneficial for the kids whose home school districts are not as well funded or just not good schools. But it's also beneficial for the kids in this district who might otherwise just be around kids of their own socio-economic standing, religion, color, background, etc. As well, our school district gets government money for being a "school of choice". Win-win all around, right??
Well, there are so many people who tell me in their hush-hush whispered voice that there's a little too much diversity for them. I've even heard them complain that their kid would be the only kid of their race in the class. Really? Well, welcome to the life of all those "minority" kids that grew up going to your schools. I'm hoping to raise my kid to not be able to see a difference between her and the rest of the kids: whether they look different, act different, have different abilities, etc. I love that the classrooms are her school look like the freaking United Nations! How boring it would be if every kid in the school were the same. How could my kid learn about other cultures or other ways of living? Everyone's the same??? BORING!!!

1 comment:

My name is Erin. said...

Good for you! One of the things I LOVE about Michigan is it's diversity. I grew up in an area where it's not just segregated (like Michigan), the population is literally 93% white. I knew like 10 black kids my whole life in Idaho! So when I moved here, I was thrilled that my kids were going to have the opportunity to grow up with kids of all colors! What a beautiful world we live in!

I have to tell you, I'm completely and utterly dismayed at the racism I've experienced since moving here. People really should check themselves. If there is one thing I learned growing up in such a "white" area, it's that criminals, jerks and ignorant people come in all shapes and colors. Actually, I know more white people who I'd place in that category than anyone else! Haha!

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