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Education - General
Principal Uses Unusual Method to Speak to Parents

Posted byzolik on Thursday, April 18 @ 14:13:36 EDT

Contributed by zolik

In Sacramento California, a principal at T.R. Smedberg Middle School wanted to discuss children’s scores on standardized tests with their parents. Nothing unusual right? Well, in this case the principal decided to split the parents into four different ethnic groups and speak to them separately. Why did the principal do this? This school is in a predominantly white middle class neighborhood, and he wanted to hear honest opinions from blacks and latinos. This caused a stir with conservative groups, who threated to file a lawsuit.

All-in-all, things went OK with the four separate meetings, but not without controversy. Some experts think that such meetings enforce stereotypes. What do you think?

The story is also covered in the The Sacramento Bee.