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Neighborhood Schools and Student Diversity Choicework guide

Most families would like to send their children to good, safe schools close to home yet feel it’s important for children of different backgrounds to go to school together so they can expand their horizons by learning about each other’s cultures. How do we balance these competing values? This 2005 Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda examines three hypothetical communities, each one taking a different approach: focus on academics and not diversity; pursue diversity through school policies; and pursue integration and diversity in the community, not through the schools.

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework dialogue materials are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Choicework dialogue materials present alternative perspectives on an issue, highlighting the pros, cons and tradeoffs of going down different paths. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily engage.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/neighborhood_schools.pdf

Download the guide for free, or purchase the video for $20.

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