Omaha Public Schools Buys 8,000 Diversity Manuals

From the Omaha Word-Herald:

The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive.
The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints.
The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that “channel wealth and power to white people,” that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should “take action for social justice.”
The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and “ableism,” defined by the authors as discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities.
The authors argue that public school teachers must raise their cultural awareness to better serve minority students and improve academic achievement.
The Omaha school board approved buying 8,000 copies of the book — one for every employee, including members of the custodial staff — in April. The decision to buy the book was made 11-0, with board member Mary Ellen Drickey passing on the vote.

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One Response to “Omaha Public Schools Buys 8,000 Diversity Manuals”

  1. Omaha Ford Says:

    I think it is important for teachers to be sensitive to disadvantage students. However, perhaps more affordable means to obtain the information could have been utilized such as downloading the book or printing it from online or making it available online etc.

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