Teacher Diversity and the Right to Adaptable Education in the Religiously-Oriented School: What Can We Learn from Students’ Perceptions?
Youth & Society, doi:10.1177/0044118X15621224
31 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 17, 2016
This study examines students’ perceptions of disparities between teachers’ views and the school ethos in a religiously-oriented school, and dissects the implications of such disparities on the children’s right to adaptable education. The study draws upon 102 essays of students enrolled in an American Jewish high school that employs a diverse teaching staff. Findings demonstrate that teacher diversity in a religiously-oriented school may fulfill the children’s right to adaptable education by motivating children to engage in social perspective taking, and to interact with multiple spheres of cultural affiliations. Teacher diversity may also serve children as they formulate their own views, while not undermining parental impact. Additionally, the findings portray the children’s perceptions of the teachers’ duty to respect the communal spheres of adaptability by eschewing indoctrination, remaining open and respectful, and attending to age differences. Subsequently, we offer policy recommendations regarding the need to encourage teacher diversity in religiously-oriented schools.
Keywords: adaptable education, diversity, human rights, religious schools, social perspective taking
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