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    Voices Inside Schools: Moving Beyond Polite Correctness

    Practicing Mindfulness in the Diverse Classroom

    Barbara Vacarr
    Much of the diversity work on college campuses has focused on training multiculturally competent teachers and on transforming the curriculum to embody multiculturalism. Nevertheless, a gap remains between conceptual understandings of diversity work and teachers' abilities to respond to challenging moments of encounters with difference. Drawing on her own experience, Barbara Vacarr analyzes a pivotal and tension-filled moment of encounter that took place in a graduate course examining the dangers of remaining silent in the face of others' oppression. The author suggests that multicultural competence requires leaving behind the elevated position of teacher and confronting one's own fear of vulnerability and ineptitude. Vacarr's experience with the practice of Buddhist meditation provides a strategy for entering both the interpersonal encounter of the classroom and an intrapersonal encounter with oneself. (pp. 285-295)

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    Summer 2001 Issue

    Abstracts

    The Relative Equitability of High-Stakes Testing versus Teacher-Assigned Grades
    An Analysis of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
    Robert T. Brennan, Jimmy Kim, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Gary N. Siperstein
    Poverty and the (Broken) Promise of Higher Education
    Vivyan C. Adair
    Affirmative Action and Education in Fiji
    Legitimation, Contestation, and Colonial Discourse
    Carmen M. White
    Voices Inside Schools: The Poet, the CEO, and the First-Grade Teacher
    Mary Ellen Dakin
    Voices Inside Schools: Moving Beyond Polite Correctness
    Practicing Mindfulness in the Diverse Classroom
    Barbara Vacarr

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