Around the Web: Religion and Diversity Education

Have some time on your hands? Take a minute to read up on some of the news of the week concerning religion and diversity in the educational sphere. Around the Web is a feature that brings together a variety of recent articles that address the issues of religion and diversity and their places in education (public and private)!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these links!

February 21st is International Mother Tongue Day! Celebrate!

Diversity education bill proposed in California after school shooting.

Florida State Board of Education rules that evolution is a “theory,” not a fact, that should taught in Florida schools.

“Bill of Responsibilities” to be taught to secondary students in South Africa, highlights respect for diversity.

Durban, South Africa school denies admission to Sikh boy based on his appearance.

Economic Diversity @ Stanford- the university will now offer tuition breaks to families with incomes under $100,000.

The number of multiculturalism courses being offered in high schools and colleges is on the rise.

For information on Tanenbaum’s programmatic offerings in Religion and Diversity Education, check out our trainings and curricula!

What are we doing here?

What exactly are we going to be doing here at Moving Beyond Differences? Hopefully, we’ll be starting up some interesting conversations and making connections. But for now, we thought it would be helpful to put this blog in context and explain a bit more about what you can expect to find here.

All our programs – conflict res, workplace, education, special programs – do a lot of training, presenting and public speaking. There’s usually a lot to talk about (once you create a safe space for people to discuss religion, you open the floodgates – no one wants to stop!). Almost inevitably, you’ll bring up questions and issues that we may not have time to explore as much as we’d like in the interest in making sure the group has the opportunity to cover all the material we have.

That’s where Moving Beyond Differences comes in. While we’ll always hang around to continue an unfinished conversation with you, the issues you bring up are probably issues that other people in your position – be you an HR specialist or 2nd grade teacher – are interested in too.

We’ll bring those questions and issues here and give you our take on them. Hopefully, you’ll get involved in the comments and provide your perspective, and we can have a conversation that will enrich us all.

Look out for an upcoming post on navigating the “December Dilemma.” In the meantime, use comments to let us know what you’d like to talk about.

By the way, welcome to Moving Beyond Differences!

We’ll be posting about questions and issues that come up during our events and trainings that are either (1) new to us, (2) of interest to you (we hope!), (3) ongoing hot topics that we’d love to hear from you about or (4) just plain interesting.

We hope you’ll be part of this conversation with us!