Wednesday, December 26

Heartwarming Times article shows what can happen when schools are diverse

Yesterday's Times article about a charter school in Georgia that enrolls many immigrant students, including several refugees, highlights how having diverse schools benefits all students. If you really want to see why diversity matters, check out the accompanying video, which profiles two adorable boys — one a native American, the other Burmese — who have become fast friends.

In New York City, there are more than 20 high schools for new immigrants, usually those who have arrived within the last four years. (Search for them.) I've always enjoyed visiting these schools because the students, like those profiled in the Times video, are pleased to be in school and are excited to help each other learn.

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