To be boldly inclusive means everyone is granted an equal opportunity, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, and educational background, or lack of. In the example of an elementary student who is placed in a small learning group, in the backdrop of a 1990s public education system, he may seem to be at a serious disadvantage at an extremely young age. Things such as college, a full-time white-collar career, and the advantage to assimilate into an upper-middle class suburban lifestyle may seem out of the question. Teachers may discourage him from pursuing a higher education once he graduates high school. To be boldly inclusive is to give an individual with such a negative educational experience an equal opportunity.
For an individual, who was placed in a special educational classroom, to be called a special education student (SPED) is derogatory toward him. Being called a SPED is demeaning, such as referring to someone by their race or ethnicity.
Before the year 2000, many students with learning disabilities, such as vision or hearing problems, were placed in small learning groups with other students who had Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Seeing physical and verbal altercations, instead of learning English, math, science, and history, became a daily part of life. The teachers were also not being boldly inclusive.
Instead of learning basic academic skills, the student would learn hard lessons about life on the streets. An actual classroom was substituted for the harsher side of life. Also, the small learning groups tended to be in basements of public school buildings, away from all of the regular educational classrooms. Schools were not boldly inclusive, instead, the students were segregated. As though many public school buildings in the 90s were under a state of racial apartheid.
Guardian Liberty Voice states, on their site, that their editorial policy rejects any individual bias. To be boldly inclusive is the protocol for the site that publishes news stories and editorials across all the philosophical and political spectrums.
The publication also uses its own intense and selective training program, which is known as “Writer’s Boot Camp.” The publication states that the program is similar to a university class for aspiring professional journalists. Writers, who are already established can also benefit from the program.
At the end of the training, the participant is ready to be tested and evaluated. The program is able to certify talented writers as journalists.
Due to the rise of online training programs, such as Writer’s Boot Camp, a talented writer that does not have enough money for college can become certified in journalism and learn that to be boldly inclusive can be an equal opportunity. All the participant needs to succeed are skills, talents, and the desire to improve their writing. This is different than a college or university, where the potential participant might not be accepted due to financial need. The participant is granted equality with online training through Guardian Liberty Voice, as the program is boldly inclusive.
Not all boot camp training programs have been deemed as helpful by critics. There are other styles of training programs that are intended to help an individual improve in alternate ways. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse stated that juvenile boot camps, such as Scared Straight have come under increased scrutiny, in recent years.
Despite being in existence for over 30 years, experts that have researched the justice system question if they are actually helpful. Staff members who run these boot camp-style programs have been accused, and in some cases convicted, of abusing the teens as opposed to helping them recover.
However, boot camps concerning the criminal justice system have little in common, if any at all, with online training boot camps. A participant should research boot camps carefully to find the style that will be the most beneficial. He should not have to worry about confusing a training program with one used to reform someone who wants to re-enter society, as an active member of the community.
eLearning’s 7 Ways to Host an Online Training Boot Camp
- Pre-testing for personalized training will provide the foundation for teaching in a way that is boldly inclusive.
- Add collaborative projects to the program so students can learn to communicate and work together.
- Classes should be interactive and enjoyable to attend.
- The benefits of activities and applications should be clearly communicated.
- Multiple classes should be offered to fit student’s schedules.
- Additional resources should be offered along with the personal teaching activities.
- Offer refresher training opportunities for returning writers.
This type of training always improves the performance of the employee because it teaches them the meaning of being bold inclusive. It can be as beneficial for the employer as the employee.
Including everyone is a bold action. If someone is granted an equal opportunity they are granted more favorable circumstances that will allow them to be judged by their experience and skills, instead of their background. The participant realizes that being boldly inclusive is equality.
Opinion by John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Guardian Liberty Voice: About Us
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse: POOR DISCIPLINE: WHY SCARED STRAIGHT PROGRAMS AND BOOT CAMPS DON’T HELP TEENS AT RISK FOR SUBSTANCE USE AND ADDICTION
eLearning: 7 Tips for Hosting an Online Training Boot Camp
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