How Diverse is your Neighborhood/School?

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Registered: 07-17-2007
How Diverse is your Neighborhood/School?
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Thu, 07-10-2008 - 9:35pm

Is your neighborhood more or less diverse than your child's school? What do you consider diversity to be?

Are they diverse based on:

SES?
Ethnicity?/Cultural Background?
Religion?
Age? (neighborhood mainly here)
Political Affiliation?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 10:26pm
I don't know much about my neighborhood regarding the last three items, but it's definitely diverse regarding ethnicity and SES. I live on what seems to be a dividing line. From where I live, and for several miles south, it is primarily lower-middle class homes and apartments with a high (I'd guess 75%) proportion of ethnic minorities. If you literally hop the fence on the north side of my complex, it is a beautifully manicured, primarily White upper-middle class suburban area with two-story all-brick houses. I go for walks around there with the baby and pretend I live in one of them. Is that pathetic?



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Registered: 05-14-2006
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 10:43pm

My kids are no longer in school so I will go by the schools they did attend.


I think all are very diverse on SES and

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 11:54pm
Our kids will start at our neighborhood school in August (kindy). Its not diverse. Its all pretty much middle to upper class white kids. Its spanish immersion but its not diverse.
They were in private preschool up till the summer. It was the same drill. But Jewish, as it was a Jewish school.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 7:24am

when I moved to NH nearly 20 years ago seeing a person of color was a rarity, seeing a latino american or asian american was unheard of. Now my city is bursting with diversity and honestly it's a richer city for it -- each summer there is a Latino Festival, a Carribean festival, an african Festival -- there are over 57 different languages being spoken in Manchester public schools and tremendous work is being done here around a very large population of Somali and Sudanese refugees. My actual neigborhood is not that diverse ethincally and b/c we all own condos in the same complex there's probably not a ton of diversity in terms of SES although i hazard a guess I'm probably one of the poorest ones here! LOL

I purposefully shop at the inner city grocery store where 1) prices are cheaper and2) the selection of ethnic foods is amazing -- and I am definitely the minority when I do so -- most people in line with me are paying with WIC or food stamps and I've helped more than my share of people for whom English is a second language navigate the debit card reader at the check out counter. The parking lot is never full b/cmost people at this store ride the bus or occassionally take a cab or carpool to the store. the magazines and bottles of water are all in spanish -- I LOVE this store and it just amazes me to see how far the city has come in two decades.

NH also used to be not just a 'red' state but THE RED STATE -- and now we're firmly in the blue column (thank GOD!) with a Democratic governor, 2 congresspeope, and a DEm majority in our House, Senate and Exec. Council for the first time in over 100 years. The conservatism of NH is more liberatarian in nature- -we passed Civil Unions after all!

Liza's school is a Catholic school so obviousl not that diverse in terms of religion! But thanks to some parish outreach to the refugee population and some amazing financial assistance there is a suprising amount of diversity in her school. She has a few friends who are first generation citizens whose parents came here from Sudan --

so... not as diverse as many places but way more diverse than it used to be!

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 7:36am

I'll answer my own questions.

There is no SES diversity in our neighborhood or school. My ODS's new school will have more more SES diversity.

We have more ethnic/nationality diversity in our neighborhood than in our sons' current school. More than half the houses have at least one adult who was born in a foreign country representing 6 different continents (if you will allow me to consider the New Zealanders part of the Australian Continent as the Australians moved a away a few years ago). Our yearly neighborhood potluck supper is delish. We have similar representation at school, but not in the % of our neighborhood.

Religious diversity is about the same- fairly diverse- at school we not only have to worry about allergies but religious food prohibitions (vegetarian, hallal and kosher).

We have abroad spectrum of political view - including one Senator, we lost our Rep a few years ago.

We have age diversity. It is a changing neighborhood and getting younger as a few retirees move away.

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 7:40am

I live in a very diverse area if you look more at race.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 7:47am

"so... not as diverse as many places but way more diverse than it used to be!"

This is true of many places. The once Lilly white Fairfax County is close to 50% non white now - in the schools. I have seen estimates that there are children from over 177 different countries speaking over 100 different languages when they get to school.

Diversity goes the other way too. There are schools where most of the children are Latino or most are AA. However, there is diversity within the race categories. Just like there is diversity within the different world religions.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 8:41am

absolutely -- Manchester's Carribean festival grew out of the fact that they felt the Latino festival excluded those from island nations

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 9:24am
Not very.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 07-11-2008 - 9:29am

SES?


it varies.

 

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