Connecticut discussing 'culturally responsive' schools

Hartford, Connecticut (AP) March 2011

Connecticut's state Board of Education is considering a policy that would encourage schools to make sure their teaching methods are engaging students of all cultures.

Officials say although it has been emphasized for years, the policy being discussed would make culturally responsive education a formal part of Connecticut's philosophy.
It includes picking more discussion topics, books, and classroom activities that would resonate with Connecticut students of various cultures not just the 65 percent who are white.

Supporters say it might help narrow the achievement gap by engaging minority students with whom the topics resonate, and by using test questions with examples relating to their experiences.

About 17 percent of Connecticut students are Hispanic, and another 14 percent are black. Others are Asian, American Indian and other ethnic minorities.`