Diversity Supports Tolerance of Others

By Osamede Osahon ’17      

Diversity in the student body promotes awareness of the world outside of one’s community, neighborhood and city.

According to data collected by Automate the Schools (ATS), the school has a student population of exactly 3982. Of those students 34.65 percent (1380) are Asian, 29.15 percent (1161) are African American, 22.35 percent (890) are White, 12.35 percent (492) are Hispanic, 0.45 percent (18) is Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 0.22 percent (9) is multi-racial, 0.17 percent (7) is American Indian/Alaskan and 0.62 percent (25) isn’t identified with any code.

Diversity stands as a way to support individuality and tolerance for others outside of your race, ethnicity or religion.

Great Schools. org states, “Attending a school with a diverse student body can help prepare children for citizenship in a multicultural diversity.

“I was born in Ukraine, in which a majority of the people have blond hair and blue eyes” said Cathy Okhrimchuk ’17. “When I came to America, I attended a predominately white middle school. Coming to Midwood, exposed me tto people who have racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds from all parts of the world.”

Lateefah Thomas ’17 believes that the world or at least most parts of it attend Midwood

“Although Guyana is a diverse country, when I came to America six years ago and started coming to Midwood, I met people from Russia, the Middle East and other Caribbean countries” she said.

It’s been argued, based on a study by Robert Putnam, a Harvard political scientist that people who live in diverse communities voted, volunteered, did community projects, and gave to charity less than those in uniformed settings.

It was the largest civic engagement study done in America found diverse areas to be weak in all aspects of civic health.

As reported by the American Council of Education (ACE), diversity enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, as well as strengthens communities and the workplace.”

“Working in a school with this much diversity has taught me compassion, to be more open minded and careful of my words” said Mr. Matthew Bonavita. “Diversity is so beneficial in my mind, that I would insist that my children be raised in the same environment.”

Anesa Shabbir ’16 adds, “I’ve been exposed to friends from a mix of different cultures and ethnicities. Diversity is an important factory in the way we learn.”

Data collected by Niche.com show that in comparison to Midwood, schools in the United States have an average of 4.8 percent are Asian, 15.0 percent are African American, 51.0 percent are White, 25.0 percent are Hispanic, 1.1 percent is Native American, 0.4 percent is Pacific Islander and 2.8 percent are Multicultural.

“Having a diverse amount of students in Midwood has really made me open my eyes to the rest of the world. It’s amazing how everyone can connect when they’re from all over the world” said Alison Wang ’16

Ms. Stacy Goldstein states, “I think that diversity helps students learn not only academically, but culturally. It makes school and life more interesting.”

“Diversity allows me to observe many different cultural backgrounds and communicate with others better” said Marvin Blair ’16.

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