Academic Leadership: The Online Journal (2003-2012)


Mark Seaman


When Sting wrote and sang these lyrics more than twenty years ago, he was trying to illustrate the absurdity of dividing our planet into arbitrary designations (e.g., “Third World country”) based on conditions such as location, status, and culture. Today, educators continue to make similar, broad assumptions about populations based on, among other things, cultural background, language, and religion. These assumptions often inappropriately affect educational policy-making decisions at the national, state, and local levels. Educators today must continually deal with issues such as racism, language barriers, political influences, and cultural inclusion. This must be done in schools whose populations are becoming more diverse while its curriculum, driven by legislation such as No Child Left Behind (U.S. Department of Education, 2002), becomes more standardized.


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