Re: DSM: [SVS Discussion Board] questions

Alan Klein (
Thu, 13 Apr 2000 09:00:14 -0400


In answer to the question in your first paragraph, no. Socio-economic class
is one of the factors, as is race (as are a number of other factors) that I
see as part of the kind of mix of people I look for. I am not interested in
"judging" the diversity of the student body, just as I am not interested in
"judging" their age. But, I daresay that if SVS all of a sudden had only
eight year olds attending, you would be putting some energy into figuring
out why that is and in creating to opportunity for more diverse ages to
attend. Am I correct about this?

I don't get the full meaning of your last sentence.


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> I don't really agree with you, Alan. Does the fact that our student body
> far from lily-white in skin color mean that they are more diverse than the
> fact that some student's parents scrape by with incomes that are far too
> to allow them to afford any private school (and yet they do) and others
> to school in new cars mean? Not to me. Scott's answer was correct. The
> diversity lies in neither of the above things but in their incredibly
> set of interests and of ways of going about satisfying them.
> Were we to take your tack, what factors would we consider for "diversity"?
> Skin color? Parents (children) from other countries? I don't know how to
> judge this, and furthermore I am not interested in judging it. Allowing
> one's child to attend a small private school (even a cheap one) where kids
> are very much in the mainstream culture and not in an isolated academic
> culture is contradictory already to some people's way of thinking. . .

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