Book Review

Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders

Reviewed by Maria L. Goodloe
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and School Services,
Corpus Christi School District, Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Would greater tolerance for people of different cultural backgrounds have made a difference in Littleton, Colo., last April?

 

That question haunted me as I read Cultural Proficiency, by Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins and Raymond D. Terrell. Would the application of cultural proficiency, defined here as "the understanding of cacophony of diverse cultures each person experiences in the school setting" have prevented such a tragedy?

That question haunted me as I read , by Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins and Raymond D. Terrell. Would the application of cultural proficiency, defined here as "the understanding of cacophony of diverse cultures each person experiences in the school setting" have prevented such a tragedy?

As our nation’s demographics change and we become increasingly diverse, we must strive for cultural proficiency as opposed to political correctness, the authors say.

In order for a school environment to be culturally proficient, it must acknowledge and respond to both individual and group differences. Cultural Proficiency provides case studies that allow leaders to apply the cultural proficiency model to respond to issues caused by diversity. The cultural proficiency model provides a framework for individual and organizational change, both of which are needed for systemic change within schools and organizations.

Particularly useful are the structured activities and resources provided in this manual.

(Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders, by Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins and Raymond D. Terrell, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 1999, 238 pp., $28.95 softcover)