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Diversity 2.5.1 (BETA)? (Comic)

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Blogush’s post Does School 2.0 Need an Affirmative Action Program? and Educational Insanity’s post about Digital Equity got me thinking (in comic book form – thanks again, ToonDoo):

“That Works…” – An EducatorBlog Comic

Diversity 2.5.1 (BETA)

Diversity 2.0

I think that there is a reasonable amount of diversity in the edublogosphere (see earlier post). There are teachers whose blogs reflect a diverse range of perspectives – different taught subjects, geographic regions, student populations, issues, etc. I don’t think that I’m the only African-American edublogger but I have noticed that racial diversity is lacking in the ‘sphere. Am I wrong? If not, what are the reasons? What are the implications (for the web community, students, and other stakeholders)?

I’m looking for input on the subject.

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Written by TeacherC

7 June 2008 at 1:46 am

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  1. I hadn’t really noticed a lack of diversity but it wasn’t something that I had been looking for. Unless there is a picture of someone with their blog everyone looks like a computer monitor to me. It’s an interesting point. I don’t believe in my blog I’ve used any culturally or ethnically related identifying information, but please correct me if I’m wrong.

    However, with that said, isn’t it true that there is a lack of diversity among teaching professionals? If true, wouldn’t that help attribute to the same lack of diversity on the educational blogosphere?

    Anyway, Good Post!

    AwayWeGo!

    7 June 2008 at 9:05 am

  2. My first comment on this blog, so you haven’t read anything of mine before, but how would you know my race? Like AwayWeGo, I haven’t been looking, but I also haven’t found. I agree that there is a sad lack of racial and cultural diversity in education, and it is partly our job to get the best people into the profession – void of the influence of these characteristics. I support the question, and it has caused me to think of it for the first time. Are you questioning the “why?” here as well? If indeed it is a medium monopolized by caucasians (and slightly male heavy) as noted in the cartoon, then why?

    Marshall

    8 June 2008 at 6:16 pm

  3. Here is part of the caption under the picture: “I don’t think that I’m the only African-American edublogger but I have noticed that racial diversity is lacking in the ’sphere. Am I wrong? If not, what are the reasons? What are the implications (for the web community, students, and other stakeholders)?”

    I just made an observation – I’m wondering if reality confirms my observation. If there isn’t diversity in the ‘edublogosphere’, I’d like to understand why and how this lack of diversity matters.

    educatorblog

    8 June 2008 at 6:21 pm

  4. I like the question. I’m not sure how to gain the data and make any observations from that. For example, I am a Japan-born Hispanic that is living in Nebraska, USA and a practicing Buddist. Not really, but how would you know?

    Marshall

    9 June 2008 at 9:33 am

  5. The point isn’t to ascertain everyone’s race (although there are photos of bloggers on many ‘about the author’ pages).

    The more important question is about access and point of view. In all of my undergrad classes, I was the only black student. There were a few classes that dealt directly with issues of race, poverty, education, etc. I think that my presence in those classes influenced the discussion – I challenged the opinions of my peers (example: in class, I heard African-Americans described as drug dealers) and spoke out against hate speech (see my post on derogatory language).

    The way to gain data about this question is to examine how race influences the topics we discuss and if there are points of view that are missing from the conversation (not just race).

    educatorblog

    9 June 2008 at 12:16 pm

  6. I agree with you! Nicely stated.
    We know that there are several POV’s not available or available only in limited quantity (race being just one), so getting those voices into action is the key. Maybe challenging the thinking of peers as you note above is what I like most about blogging in general.

    Marshall

    10 June 2008 at 10:16 am

  7. I enjoy the thought that a blogger does not have to identify which group (label) they belong to. Discussions often go a certain direction because of a label. A point of view is a point of view. I have used another name to see if my blogging responses were addressed differently and I will say that I believe they are. Let’s diversify ideas, responses, and conversations and let racial diversity be pulled into the edublog because of that.

    Tina K.

    David B.

    10 June 2008 at 3:10 pm

  8. Shouldn’t the fact that others treat your comments differently based on your name be the subject of conversation in the ‘sphere? I’m not a race realist but I think that race, gender, and other characteristics impact one’s social, political, and economic existence. I cringe when you call things like race a ‘label’ – race is a lot of things – a point of view, certain experiences, etc.

    educatorblog

    10 June 2008 at 3:37 pm

  9. Yes I agree that a name on a blog and what kind of post it recieves would be an interesting topic. Names tell a lot (gender, race, etc.) Race and gender are a lot of things and the points of view will be contained in the post and comments I hope . (note comment June 9th 12:16)
    Also agree with Marshall when he noted we need to get those voices into action.
    Challenge people to blog, encourage points of view, that is what we should all work on.

    David B.

    10 June 2008 at 8:20 pm

  10. If race is a point of view or certain experiences, then you could easily say that “race” is represented in the edublogosphere – there are rural bloggers, urban, suburban, secondary, primary, ed tech, ed admin, etc. I’m not sure that race would inform the discussion any more than particular teaching experiences.

    Ian H.

    11 June 2008 at 2:15 pm

  11. Yeah, I said that in my post – I think that there is a high level of diversity in the ‘sphere when you look at geography, types of teachers, key issues, etc. I think that it wouldn’t hurt to ask more questions about how different aspects of our identities (whether its race, gender, etc) influences our day to day lives as teachers/administrators and our communication in the ‘sphere.

    educatorblog

    11 June 2008 at 5:39 pm

  12. How did you know? Thats me in that comic strip! That is ME! I went to NECC in San Antonio, and I was on the outside looking in. I tried to become a part of conversations, discussions, sessions, but at every turn I felt rejected. I give kudos to your strip. It is so true, and so real. How can educators speak about diversity when those that are diverse are left out of the conversation? Wow….you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for that. The conversations that your comic is creating is a start.

    technicolor

    10 July 2008 at 2:10 pm

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