By Betsy Burrows
Everyday Education 

Embracing Diversity In Public Schools


As I walked into Rosman Middle School last week, I noticed a large poster on the wall with the following words: “We don’t all have to be the same, think the same, believe the same. But we do have to respect differences and protect ourselves and others from unfair treatment.” I cannot think of a better poster to have in a public school.

Educator John Dewey, considered the father of American education, asserted that one of our public schools main responsibilities is to educate students to participate in the democratic process. By exposing our children to views different from their...

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