What is Diversity?

By: Astrometeor , 3:35 AM GMT on February 20, 2014

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Diversity is how many different races, cultures, and nationals a group has within itself. In theory. Why do I say "in theory"? Good question. It's because the Metro Nashville Public School District tends to quantify "diversity" as "number of African-Americans". This subject, as you can see, has now become quite sensitive. We are suddenly dealing with multiple issues instead of just an education statistic. The issue arises from an attempt by MNPS to get rid of the 7th and 8th grades at my school, MLK Magnet HS here in Nashville, TN. Ultimately, that failed. Now we are scheduled to have an expansion (somehow, details not finalized). However, at one of the meetings with concerned parents, the Director of Schools, a certain Dr. Register, responded to a question asking why were the standards for grades lowered by saying "We can not raise the standards (minimum grade, e.g. 85 average) for getting in to MLK, because that would hurt diversity." I apologize for my crude language, but that's B.S. The parents argue (correctly, I should add) that if the standards were raised, the only persons missing out on MLK would be the same individuals who would do terrible at MLK, and wouldn't be in any shape for the better. As for what Register means by diversity, history hasn't been kind. He can't say "African-American" otherwise he'll be torched for being racist. No matter the charge, there is some truth in his words. Regardless, those who actually want to learn won't be affected by Dr. Register's opinions. Maybe the good doctor should get a look at what diversity really is.

This is diversity:



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That's the foreign make-up of the student body at my school. Trust me, a raising of standards won't hurt Register's precious diversity plan. If anything, the students on the border line of getting (and who want to learn, unlike others) will do the extra work to succeed. His lack of faith in the students here in Nashville is astounding. No respect shown whatsoever.

If you're curious in how those meetings went, he sounded like a regular politician, dodging questions, and failing to offer any adequate answers. *Sigh*. Oh well....at least we stopped him from tearing my school apart. Minor victory. Now, if only MLK could go charter school. THAT would be nice.

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58. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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57. Astrometeor
7:02 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
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56. Astrometeor
7:02 PM GMT on March 02, 2014


Credit: Thanks to TAwx13 for finding this.
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55. Astrometeor
1:02 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Only post for tonight until tomorrow afternoon.

I shall be one of a 15 member team, of two teams, from the high school portion of my school, MLK Magnet High. We will be competing in the Science Olympiad Regionals Tournament tomorrow at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Wish us luck!

For Max: Elizabeth is also a member, it's where we spend most of our time. I know you and Brian would like to know.
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54. BaltimoreBrian
6:21 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
When you have a song stuck in your head it's called an earworm. :)
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53. Astrometeor
6:07 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
For some reason, this song came to my head today*...and now I can't stop humming/whistling/singing it.



*Edit: Technically yesterday, February 27, 2014.
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52. Astrometeor
4:15 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting 51. BaltimoreBrian:
There once was a blogger named Nathan
whose train kept leaving the station
he said with a frown
"I just keep feeling down
Erin just go to tarnation!"


That last line is a bit mean...ok, that's way too mean. I'd have to legitimately hate a person to even think that.
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51. BaltimoreBrian
4:11 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
OK I took it down. You can take yours down too, since you quoted it.
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50. Astrometeor
4:09 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting 49. BaltimoreBrian:
But not as big a pain as Latin limericks! Do I dare.....


On your own blog mister. Or else.
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49. BaltimoreBrian
4:07 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
But not as big a pain as Latin limericks! Do I dare.....
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48. trHUrrIXC5MMX
4:05 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
yeah.. Latin participles are a pain...
subjunctive active/passive is a pain
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47. trHUrrIXC5MMX
4:03 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting 19. BaltimoreBrian:
If I hadn't gotten in...




you got one Bal.. good!
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46. Astrometeor
4:02 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting 45. BaltimoreBrian:
Conversity (n) the act of segregating intelligent students from different ethnicites into the same magnet school with an elite college preparatory track

:P


Lol.

We're in a dilapidated building that isn't ADEA compliant...yet we are still either the #1/2 school in the state due to the students' overwhelming desire to learn, great teachers, and less distractions (such as the riddance {for the most part} of students who don't want to learn).
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45. BaltimoreBrian
3:59 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Conversity (n) the act of segregating intelligent students from different ethnicites into the same magnet school with an elite college preparatory track

:P
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44. misanthrope
1:11 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
You might be interested in a different perspective; this from the person in charge of hiring at Google.

To sum up Bock’s approach to hiring: Talent can come in so many different forms and be built in so many nontraditional ways today, hiring officers have to be alive to every one — besides brand-name colleges. Because “when you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.” Too many colleges, he added, “don’t deliver on what they promise. You generate a ton of debt, you don’t learn the most useful things for your life. It’s [just] an extended adolescence.”

How to Get a Job at Google


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43. Astrometeor
4:10 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting 42. Naga5000:
ACK! Diversity goes beyond race or any myriad of social variables you can state. Diversity is simply the social differences between groups that contributes to a shared experience. In one context diversity can mean what they claim it to mean, in reality it is the sum of social factors that make us different and unique the adds (or in some cases) subtracts from the overall social experience.


Is this a pet peeve of yours Naga? :-)

I agree with you, just decided to go for the basics (and what little I have).

----

My school collected the data at the end of last semester. Just wish we had it to use it against the Director of Schools. Then we could have really scorched him. He basically said that raising the bar on grades would "hurt diversity". Then it felt like we were arguing with yoboi. Fun... By we, I mean me and around 120 angry parents and students.
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42. Naga5000
6:55 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
ACK! Diversity goes beyond race or any myriad of social variables you can state. Diversity is simply the social differences between groups that contributes to a shared experience. In one context diversity can mean what they claim it to mean, in reality it is the sum of social factors that make us different and unique the adds (or in some cases) subtracts from the overall social experience.
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41. Astrometeor
6:46 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Note to self:

Quoting 544. sar2401:

That would be Andrzej. Noble name in Polish. The last general to surrender to the German Army in 1939 was named Andrzej.
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40. BaltimoreBrian
6:40 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
A beautiful geography board game from 1890. More about it here.
As always, click to expand.

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39. BaltimoreBrian
6:08 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Polish has two versions of Andrew

Andrzej or Jedrzej. Ukrainian it is Andriy.
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38. Astrometeor
4:35 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 37. Bluestorm5:
It wasn't exaggerated :) We really do get 6.0 GPA for getting an A for the class courses.


That's why I included the second part about not knowing how NC does it.

6.0....that's amazing. They only allow us to go up to 5 here.
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37. Bluestorm5
4:20 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 35. Astrometeor:


Perhaps a little over-exaggerated on Kyle's part, but I don't know how they do it over in North Carolina.

Here in Nashville the scale runs from 1-4. APs are curved up to a max of 5 to give the students "extra credit". But, that's the district's math...which is useless, because colleges will do their own GPA calculations.
It wasn't exaggerated :) We really do get 6.0 GPA for getting an A for the class courses.
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36. BaltimoreBrian
4:06 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
It was long ago. I went straight to English 201 at ODU with my AP English 4. I got a B. Grrrrr.
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35. Astrometeor
4:05 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 34. BaltimoreBrian:
Seriously an A in an AP course is a 6 equivalent for your GPA? An A being a 5 I take it.


Perhaps a little over-exaggerated on Kyle's part, but I don't know how they do it over in North Carolina.

Here in Nashville the scale runs from 1-4. APs are curved up to a max of 5 to give the students "extra credit". But, that's the district's math...which is useless, because colleges will do their own GPA calculations.
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34. BaltimoreBrian
4:01 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Seriously an A in an AP course is a 6 equivalent for your GPA? An A being a 5 I take it.
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33. Astrometeor
4:00 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 32. Bluestorm5:


Getting an A in AP is like 6.0 GPA comparing to 4.0 in regular class. Even getting a C in AP get you 4.0 GPA.


This exactly^. That's how good AP is. Of course, College Board makes a fortune off it...but it's well worth in savings in college.

We have AP and honors courses here. The honors level courses are expected to prepare you for college.

AP is considered not college prep, but college equivalent.
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32. Bluestorm5
3:57 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 27. BaltimoreBrian:
Would it have been better if you had gotten an A in a regular college prep English course?


Getting an A in AP is like 6.0 GPA comparing to 4.0 in regular class. Even getting a C in AP get you 4.0 GPA.
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31. BaltimoreBrian
3:56 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
At my HS we just had one AP course---English. I got a 4. Other things like physics, chemistry, etc were "college prep". I was in the first class to take AP English.
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30. Astrometeor
3:54 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 27. BaltimoreBrian:
Would it have been better if you had gotten an A in a regular college prep English course?


No, AP is generally considered top-notch in the nation for college prep. And, I don't know of any school (around here) that offers anything like what you might be thinking of. If someone gets a 4/5 on the AP test, college credit is awarded at most institutions.
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29. BaltimoreBrian
3:52 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 26. Astrometeor:


The AP English test is stupid. I can write an amazing essay and STILL get a bad grade on it.

And, yes, I did get a 3.

I was 1 point off from a 4 on the practice test.

-___-

Absolutely despised that test. Especially when I saw the results, because I knew I had written my best essays on the year...


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28. BaltimoreBrian
3:49 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
This is something I don't know. How important are AP courses? Would it be just as well for you to get As in regular college prep courses?
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27. BaltimoreBrian
3:48 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Would it have been better if you had gotten an A in a regular college prep English course?
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26. Astrometeor
3:46 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 24. BaltimoreBrian:
Looks like a 3 for you on AP English Nathan ;)


The AP English test is stupid. I can write an amazing essay and STILL get a bad grade on it.

And, yes, I did get a 3.

I was 1 point off from a 4 on the practice test.

-___-

Absolutely despised that test. Especially when I saw the results, because I knew I had written my best essays on the year...
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25. Astrometeor
3:43 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 23. BaltimoreBrian:
Check out weatherhistorian's blog. At the end :)


I was just about to read it.

KUDOS: Blog reader BaltimoreBrian for bringing this to my attention.

Oooh, don't you feel special.

:-)
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24. BaltimoreBrian
3:40 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 22. Astrometeor:
.....
The only place I've seen that taught is in Latin. They don't teach that in English.
Looks like a 3 for you on AP English Nathan ;)
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23. BaltimoreBrian
3:40 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Check out weatherhistorian's blog. At the end :)
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22. Astrometeor
3:39 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 21. BaltimoreBrian:
Not with the future perfect following.


.....

The only place I've seen that taught is in Latin. They don't teach that in English.
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21. BaltimoreBrian
3:37 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 20. Astrometeor:
Aren't the two interchangeable?
Not with the future perfect following.
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20. Astrometeor
3:35 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 19. BaltimoreBrian:
If I hadn't gotten in...





Aren't the two interchangeable?
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19. BaltimoreBrian
3:27 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Quoting 18. Astrometeor:


Oh, I am thankful. The zone school for my area is absolutely terrible from what I've heard. If I didn't get in to MLK, parents would've immediately enrolled me into a private school.
If I hadn't gotten in...



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18. Astrometeor
4:08 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Quoting 16. Bluestorm5:
I wasn't offended :) I was just explaining that it's not what you think. Of course, private schools are going to be more expensive because they got more of quality education. Just be thankful you are at a great city high school rather than crappy rural high school. Not everybody get to be in position like you or your friends and take the next step to a very good international known college.


Oh, I am thankful. The zone school for my area is absolutely terrible from what I've heard. If I didn't get in to MLK, parents would've immediately enrolled me into a private school.
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17. Astrometeor
4:07 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Quoting 3. BaltimoreBrian:
Should diversity also include students with different goals or tracks? Vocational ed and students who just want to go to a community college for an associate's degree? Would taking classes with students like that, having gifted students take a course or two of shop be a useful diversity of a different type?


Also, many students have no idea what they want to be when they grow up. In terms of known tracks, there will be a definite wide variety of different aspiring fields. However, that doesn't necessarily correlate with the school.

For instance, while no doubt our engineering program has influenced my friends, I did not fall in love with meteorology through what my teachers taught me.

So, I think that while keeping track of that kind of diversity would be interesting, it doesn't necessarily have any direct connotations for the school.

Unlike ethnic and cultural diversity, which has been shown to help creativity thrive and new ideas flourish.
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16. Bluestorm5
2:58 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Quoting 15. Astrometeor:


Didn't mean to offend you Kyle.

Just from my family's experience. Sister went to CalTech and got near zero scholarship money despite having a 4.0 GPA. Older brother went to RPI, $50K tuition per year. I'm looking at $20-30K tuition per year, and since I'm #3 child, I'll get even less federal aid.

State universities are cheap compared to private institutions.
I wasn't offended :) I was just explaining that it's not what you think. Of course, private schools are going to be more expensive because they got more of quality education. Just be thankful you are at a great city high school rather than crappy rural high school. Not everybody get to be in position like you or your friends and take the next step to a very good international known college.
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15. Astrometeor
2:39 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Quoting 14. Bluestorm5:
Cheap? State universities are so expensive that not everybody can afford 4 years of that (me and my family could barely afford it). Plus, how can you call us with 3.7 to 4.1 GPA slackers when it wasn't enough for school like NC State or UNC? You're better off taking basic classes at community college to get those out of way before moving on to university, especially the high level universities in state with the programs that students need for their career. If I didn't want to go to small school like UNCA, want a better meteorology education, and have an actual college life, I would have stayed home and enroll in a community college since I didn't get accepted to NC State. You're right, HS slackers do end up at community college but there are many students that had no choice with the money or school options.


Didn't mean to offend you Kyle.

Just from my family's experience. Sister went to CalTech and got near zero scholarship money despite having a 4.0 GPA. Older brother went to RPI, $50K tuition per year. I'm looking at $20-30K tuition per year, and since I'm #3 child, I'll get even less federal aid.

State universities are cheap compared to private institutions.
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14. Bluestorm5
2:32 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Quoting 4. Astrometeor:


No clue. The students who go to community college are for the most part the slackers who need a GPA boost, or are folks looking to cheap the state universities out of 2 years worth of tuition.
Cheap? State universities are so expensive that not everybody can afford 4 years of that (me and my family could barely afford it). Plus, how can you call us with 3.7 to 4.1 GPA slackers when it wasn't enough for school like NC State or UNC? You're better off taking basic classes at community college to get those out of way before moving on to university, especially the high level universities in state with the programs that students need for their career. If I didn't want to go to small school like UNCA, want a better meteorology education, and have an actual college life, I would have stayed home and enroll in a community college since I didn't get accepted to NC State. You're right, HS slackers do end up at community college but there are many students that had no choice with the money or school options.
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13. Astrometeor
2:17 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Important World News Briefs for anyone interested:

Ukraine's Parliament begins the process of removing from power President Yanukovych.

Shocking: Before and After of Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Edit: fixed the "shocking" spelling error.
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12. Astrometeor
1:12 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
Quoting 11. GardenGrrl:
Hi, just can't help but barge in on a blog titled "Diversity". Hope you don't mind.

Ahh "Diversity". Having come up in a "diverse" inner city neighborhood I know darn well people who want to do well will and those that don't won't.

Lowering education standards gives people who are not dumb an excuse to be dumb. Learning is work. Yes public schools in the inner-city are scary but it's not an excuse to lower standards. It will hurt the people who might flourish with educational challenges.

As for community college, gotta disagree with you there. College is expensive. Not all us are smart enough to work full time and go to school full time. I have heard about these mythical scholarships but only an anointed few get the full ride.

Community College is a great way to knock out those time and money sucking required classes so one can then go to "real" college and study ones major.


I guess it's up to the person. There's a BIG push right now to get kids interested in engineering, since virtually every person who gets a degree gets hired. And engineers get paid well, so it's just about managing your debt load. And not accepting any of those credit card offers during your college experience.

I should explain something. While we are a inner-city school, most of the kids don't live in the inner city (Nashville is the entire county). You have to have an 85 average (easy), and get in through a lottery.

And, you're good GardenGrrl, it's an open blog. Impossible to "barge in" here.

:)
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11. GardenGrrl
5:01 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Hi, just can't help but barge in on a blog titled "Diversity". Hope you don't mind.

Ahh "Diversity". Having come up in a "diverse" inner city neighborhood I know darn well people who want to do well will and those that don't won't.

Lowering education standards gives people who are not dumb an excuse to be dumb. Learning is work. Yes public schools in the inner-city are scary but it's not an excuse to lower standards. It will hurt the people who might flourish with educational challenges.

As for community college, gotta disagree with you there. College is expensive. Not all us are smart enough to work full time and go to school full time. I have heard about these mythical scholarships but only an anointed few get the full ride.

Community College is a great way to knock out those time and money sucking required classes so one can then go to "real" college and study ones major.
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10. BaltimoreBrian
4:49 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
An interesting resource for those interested in cyber security.
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9. BaltimoreBrian
3:30 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
BBC live feed
about the Ukrainian
crisis. Disturbing.
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8. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:12 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
Hey Brian... Im happy to see you around, there is something I want to ask you regarding the gov military
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