Make Colleges Diverse

In the New York Times article, “Make Colleges Diverse” (2016), David Leonhardt, claims that colleges across the United States do not have enough socioeconomic diversity. Leonhardt supports this claim by showing readers a study conducted by Caroline M. Hoxby and Christopher Avery, two longtime education researchers, that said only 34% of high-achieving high school seniors in the bottom fourth of income distribution attended any one of the country’s 238 most selective colleges. This study can show Leonhardt’s intended audience of educators, administrators and college students that something needs to be done to ensure that these high-acheivieng low income students need to be represented in colleges more.

Leonhardt’s goes into details of a few ways in which people have tried to encourage more socioeconomic diversity in our education system. Former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg wants to offer more grant recipients for lower income students. He believes it is not right that many poorer students have the ability to thrive at top colleges, but may never be given the opportunity because of their family income. I agree and I think Bloomberg’s idea could work given the right resources. I know that many lower income students have the option to fill out FAFSA, but I also know that FAFSA can be very tedious and confusing. Although there are some opportunities for lower income students, there is not one easy answer and many of these students still do not attend top colleges. I think that our country still needs to find more ways to include lower income students on college campuses. If a student has the grades and the determination for top colleges, then why shouldn’t they receive the same opportunity as middle class or higher income students? This article really opened my eyes to the fact that diversity is not only race or ethnicity, but diversity is an array of things such as gender, sexual orientation, religion and many more. After reading this article, I am still curious as what other ways we could encourage even more diversity onto our campuses.

-Kelli Kolasheski

Leonhardt, David. “Make Colleges Diverse – The New York Times.” The New York Times, 13 Dec. 2016, Accessed 8 Feb. 2017.


Embracing Gender and Sexuality Diversity

The scholarly article called, “Embracing gender and sexuality diversity” (2017)  Jennifer Ryan shows the importance gender and sexual identity have in our education system and Ryan claims how little this group is represented in schools. Ryan supports her claim by showing the audience different perspectives from teachers and students who have experienced gender or sexual diversity and the struggles they have had. Ryan’s purpose for writing this article is to show educators and schools that they need to be more inclusive and more aware of how gender stereotypes and sexual orientations can play an important role in the classroom, even in young children. Ryan writes to an audience of educators and school boards, as well as the students and the parents of these students.

I think this article brings up a very important topic in our education system. It is so important because in today’s society, there are so many different types of gender and sexual orientations. Although it can be time consuming, educators must be inclusive and be aware of all the different sexual and gender diversity they may have in their classrooms. Bullying can also be a big issue, Ryan says. Teachers must be on the look out at all times for bullying and intervene when necessary. In order for students to feel respected and safe in their school environment, we must embrace those who are different. Teachers must be accepting and understanding of all the different gender and sexual orientations students may identify with. I love this article and I think it sheds some light on a topic that not too many teachers may be fully educated on. I would love to learn more about what strategies teachers use to recognize bullying or to help make students who stand out more, feel safe and respected in the classroom.

-Kelli Kolasheski

Ryan, Jennifer. “Embracing Gender And Sexuality Diversity.” Independent School 76.2 (2017):80-85. Academic Search Primer. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.


4 Reasons Why Classrooms Need Diversity

In the article “4 Reasons Why Classrooms Need Diversity (2016), Chris Peihler discusses reasons why he believes diversity is crucial in elementary classrooms. Peihler supports himself through his reasoning and facts on how and why diversity matters. He writes this article for the purpose of showing his readers that diversity does matter especially in elementary classrooms and that educators need to incorporate more diversity into their cirricculum. Peihler writes this article to an audience of educators and faculty especially in elementary schools.

Peihler says that we should celebrate, embrace and encourage diversity in our classrooms. Teachers have to take the time to acknowledge and learn more about the various backgrounds and diverse cultures that may exist in their classroom. I want to be an elementary school teacher after graduation, so diversity is so important to me. I want each student to feel valuable and respected even at such a young age.

The four main points that Peihler discusses are that some cultures may be similar, there are often many cultural differences that exist. For example one student may be Chinese and another student may be Japanese. Although both cultures have many similarities, there are also many differences that educators need to be aware of. The second reason why classrooms need diversity is that teachers have a responsibility to recognize and structure their lessons in a way that is respectful to all students differences. This can help students appreciate others differences and treating everyone equally. The third reason is because diversity can help facilitate the overall learning process. Each student has a different background and different experiences that they can share with the class. By seeing people’s perspectives and experiences it can help an individual learn more about specific topics. The last reason as to why diversity is important in classrooms is to help assimilate and connect what students learn and what they already know. If a student cannot relate new information to his or her own experiences, they may be able to relate the new information to other students background or experiences. I think that these four reasons are all very true and that Peihler explains them all well. I do think there are more than just 4 reasons as to why diversity is important and it is important to research and address them as well.

-Kelli Kolasheski
Peihler, Chris. “4 Reasons Why Classrooms Need Diversity Education” The Edvocate, 18 Jan  2016, Accessed 8 Feb 2017.


Study Argues Against Diversity

Matthew Dolbey’s article “Study Argues Against Diversity” (2003) discusses a study that was done that shows the negative effects diversity may have in classroom settings. Dolbey backs up his claim that diversity can actually be bad by talking about a study that was done by three scholars who led a survey that talked to faculty, staff and students about their educational experiences. Dolbey’s purpose is to inform his audience of a different viewpoint on diversity in education, there are some people who may not believe diversity is such a positive thing especially in schools. Dolbey is addressing an audience of people who are genuinely interested in education and the effects diversity can have on students.

This article was fascinating to read. I was able to see a very different view on diversity in education. The study the article discusses shows that having more diversity in education causes more discrimination. While I understand that discrimination could become an issue, wouldn’t having no diversity cause even more discrimination? I think that since this study was a survey, it wasn’t high quality research and that means it may not be as reliable. Even without high quality research, this article shows that there are other viewpoints on diversity in education. There are people who believe more diversity causes more issues in schools. I would love to see another study done with high quality research to see if researchers get the same results. After reading this article, I still believe that diversity is important in education and that without it there would be even more prejudice and discrimination in our society.

-Kelli Kolasheski
Dolbey, Matthew. “Study argues against diversity” The Badger Herald, 31 Mar. 2003, Accessed 14 Feb 2016.


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8 thoughts on “Kelli’s Blog

  1. So true!! I think that it is very unfortunate that students who come from diverse backgrounds are not given the same opportunities to thrive in college. I also think that it is a little hypocritical for some to say that people coming from other countries need to get a job when they come to this country so that they can support themselves, however, they are not give the chance to go to college to better their education so that they can get a job…isn’t that a little backwards? If a student has the passion and dedication to bettering themselves and furthering their education, then they should be given the opportunity to do just that! Our country is so great because we have the freedom to go to school. Though it is challenging to become a legal citizen, once they are are, they should be given the chance to go to college! Our country is only as strong as our weakest link, therefor, let’s focus on making everyone in our country feel valuable and worth it!


  2. I totally agree with what you are saying here! It is so sad to find out that top schools are lacking diversity. Diversity is what made America so great, some of our best inventors were from different countries. If we hold back students of different races from attending top notch colleges we may be slowing down our pace into making new discoveries.



  3. Embracing Gender and Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

    This is so so important! The world that we live in today is divided on the issue of gender and expressing sexual orientation. The young generation of or world needs to become aware that this issue doesn’t need to be an issue! Everyone is unique and valued, no matter what their sexual orientation is. I agree that teachers should definitely educate their students that their opinions and feelings are valuable and whoever their attracted to doesn’t define their worth. Bullying is such a huge problem in today’s society and teachers have the ability to change that within their classrooms. I think it would be super awesome to learn of some ways that teachers can better themselves so they can help their students realize that bullying is never oaky. Thank you so much for sharing! A light definitely needs to be shines on this subject!


  4. 4 Reasons why Classrooms Need Diversity

    There are so many great points mentioned in this article that I would never have thought of! The first being the Chinese culture and the Japanese culture differences. Those cultures share many similar qualities and traditions, they are also two distinct cultures that are indeed not the same. Teachers need to be aware of this fact and help promote both similarities and differences of cultures within their classrooms. Though two cultures may seem identical to people that their are not familiar with them, teachers need to recognize that these two cultures value differences as well and that the students in their classroom should be aware of these things too! This is crucial for assimilating diversity in the classroom! I also really liked the point the article made of connection information into lessons that the students already know. All of these reasons help teachers embrace culture identity in their classrooms!


  5. Embracing Gender and Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

    It is so important to incorporate gender and sexual diversity in schools. Today, so many kids are releasing their inner selves and letting the world know who they really are.School staff need to be aware of this generation change. Embracing gender was a thing during our teachers time period, but it was not spoken about as much as it is now. It has been long over due for these children and young adults to feel comfortable in their classrooms with their fellow peers. It is the students and the teachers responsibility to create a safe learning environment for all.


  6. 4 Reasons why Classrooms Need Diversity

    I read a similar article on this and it was nice to see that their are even more reasons as to why diversity is much needed in a classroom. When Peiheler talks about how teachers should be aware of the students differences, does she mean ethnic background? This article seems very interesting, but I wish Peiheler would explain her thoughts more about what teachers can do to incorporate the differences between the students to make the classroom more comfortable for all.


  7. Study Argues Against Diversity

    Wow. This post was super interesting! I agree with you in the sense that not having nay diversity in the classroom at all would be problematic and students would get accustomed to learning in a setting where other people’s differences were celebrated and appreciated. However, I can also see the viewpoint where cliques might be formed within the classroom based off of cultural diversity and those types of similarities. I think it would be great to find more research regarding this topic! So cool to see a different point of view!


  8. Study Argues Against Diversity
    I love that you found an article that argues against diversity! Although I do not agree with it, I do believe it is important to see another side. However, I agree with what YOU were saying. Back in middle school we learned what racism was and that it is still a huge issue that resides today. One of the major reasons as to why racism was so abundant back in the day was because people, especially the whites did not take the time to understand the different cultures that were out there. They separated themselves into two different worlds. This caused more tension between the races. This made the future generations feel unconnected with other cultures making them feel like they couldn’t and shouldn’t connect with one another. If we do not mix races together than we will never stop discrimination because we will always be thinking each of our groups are different.



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