Reviews of “Debunking the middle class Myth: Why diverse schools are good for all kids”
This is a forceful and straightforward support for public school diversity from a parent activist. Rarely do we find in print first-person parental accounts that forward the notion of diversity as a clear indicator of academic excellence for majority students. Free of educational jargon and hard-to-understand statistics, Kugler’s book is suitable for both popular and academic audiences. …This book is recommended for all parents, teachers, and professors of education who are looking for literature that chronicles health rather than pathology in public education. Summing Up: Essential. All levels.
American Library Association
If you want to learn the value of diversity (or if you want to convince parents of that value), pick up a copy of Eileen Gale Kugler’s Debunking the Middle-Class Myth. It weaves an eloquent and inspiring chronicle of the successes of well-run diverse schools. …
American School Board Journal
Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools are Good for All Kids is written by a white, middle-class parent whose children attended one of the most diverse schools in the nation…. The apparent lack of theoretical perspective, so often sought by academics, is the very strength of this book–who better could say that diverse schools are the path to take for a nation whose majority white population will be surpassed by minorities sooner than later?
Kugler(‘s)… voice is not only powerful but sincere to the point where it forces readers to confront what is at stake in the future of America and to see for themselves that diverse schools are better schools.
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
Kugler, a national advocate for diverse schools, challenges myths about ethnically, racially, and economically diverse schools and shows what is possible when educators are committed to finding ways to help every child succeed and when students, parents, and community members support the administrators and teachers in their efforts. She lays out a rationale for considering diverse schools among the most desirable, and provides strategies for strengthening diverse schools.”
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