Wednesday, October 5, 2011


"Ecidujerp is prejudice spelled backwards.  Either way, it makes no sense."  - Unknown

Look around you, whether you are at school, at work, even at home, and you'll see a lot of different things.  You'll see a lot of differences.

Some of us are young, some are older;  some are athletes, some are artists.  We are black and white, male and female.  We practice different faiths and we come from different places. 

Someone once said, "Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common."  There may be some truth in this, but despite our differences, we have many more things in common.  We share dreams of success - even if we define success differently.  We share a desire to be happy, healthy and to belong.  It seems that we might have more in common than just diversity.

If you take a look at our money, you will see the phrase e pluribus unum, which means, out of many, one.  Whether we are talking about a school, a town, a country or the world, we need to remember that while we may look different, act different and sound different, we really are more alike than we are different.  There may be many of us, but we truly are one.  Hopefully, we can act that way toward others who we see as different.

Today, our students are being asked to read some quotes on diversity and differences.  They will be writing an explanatory piece based on a quote that they choose.  This activity will not only allow students to think more about respecting differences, but will also ask them to write in a fashion that they will see on the NJ ASK testing.

The following quotes were used in different grade level classes:

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
- Anne Frank

“People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.”
- Felix Adler

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”

- Kofi Annan

“What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”
- US Senator Edward Kennedy

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