What kind of cultural diversity exists among the teaching, clerical and custodial staff? Is the cultural diversity of the staff a model reflection of an equitable world or that of an oppressive society? What kind of cultural diversity exists among the student population? Is it reflective of our society? Does the school's curriculum expose the children to our country's plethora of cultural diversity. Does it teach mutual respect and tolerance for each other?
Concerned parents should be mindful of equity issues that girls and women face. Are girls given the same opportunities as boys? Are girls encouraged to take advantage of such opportunities? Are the role models for the girls valued and rewarded by society?
Sunrise Elementary School
I am the parent of a 9-year-old daughter. My husband and I are shopping around for a public school for her when she reaches fifth grade. The first thing I would look for is student-driven curriculum. That is to say, is there time for individual attention? We do not want a "sage on the stage" but rather a "guide on the side."