what is meant by "Alphabetization"? it struck me as a mistranslation of what in most romance languages actually means "literacy"... or is it referring to use of different alphabets?
- In many romance languages a word similar to analphabetism means illiteracy. Therefore, I think your extrapolation is correct.
Other items for the diversity matrix?
I had been giving some thought to some aspects that might be worthwhile for the diversity matrix.
- Class/School size & diversity (multiple grades, elementary->high school; student population)
- Teacher density and/or teacher:student ratios
- School/class/student GPA (grade point average) ('could' be used as a before-after metric... I know, exams aren't an efficient scholar measurement)
- Population density (i.e.: rural, semi, urban)
- Income level (neighborhood, village, etc.) and its homogenity
- Sibling levels (how many kids of the same 'family' in the same school/class)
- Dropout and grade repeater levels (maybe also considering the family structure)
- Parents education level
- Geographical origin of child & parents—locally born, rural immigrant, province/national immigrant, international immigrant
- Family structure (single parent, extended family—grandparents, etc.)
- Delinquency rate (not just the 'official' figures) (a bit un-PC, but nevertheless a reality)
- Available media: newspapers, radio, TV, (local, regional, national, int'l)
- Telecommunications availability (phones, faxes, internet)
- Available library size (and use) either at school or outside
--Xavi 16:13, 9 December 2006 (EST)