What about diversity?
There is no merit in pursuing diversity for its own sake. Diversity is always about "something," something diversified, and so in order to answer the question about the good of diversity, we must ask "Diversity in what?" When I asked the questioner, "Diversity in what?" he said, "Yes." And so I provided an answer:
"There is no essential merit in diversity, pursuing diversity to simple say it is so. Biblically, there are times when diversity is a curse and times when it is a blessing. We must ask 'diversity of what?' I'm in great favor of diversity of flowers and wildlife and food at a buffet. I would be disappointed to see too little diversity at the buffet. If I ran a marketing firm, I would want diversity of perspectives and worldviews perhaps, depending on what I was marketing and to whom. But in education we should have no interest in, let's say, a diversity of gods, especially at a Christian school. There is one true God and so a diversity of gods would be a problem, a serious one. Perhaps you're asking a political-racial question, my views on diversity of race or skin color. It is neither Christian nor appropriate to fire a man or woman, or hire a man or woman, or deny a family admittance or pursue a family's admission based on skin color, family race, or personal ethnicity. We serve the families who show up, Christian families who want to properly educate their children. We will neither deny nor pursue families because of race. We will neither deny nor pursue a teaching candidate based on race. The first we call "racism" and the second is "reverse racism." As Christians we have an answer to the over-pursuit of diversity, as well as an answer to the over-pursuit of homogeneity. Our God is three persons in one being. We are made in that image, after that likeness. Reality is sustained in the multiplicity and unity. And so we must not desire a multiplicity to the neglect of unity, substantial unity, and we must not desire unity to the neglect of substantial multiplicity. I'm great with diversity, depending on what's being diversified, when, and to what ends, and if that diversity is done in Trinitarian terms." If you're asking why our school is so "white," I would ask you not to be so colorblind.
Ancestry and Hiring
To the email I received concerning the question about the headmaster of an inner-city school, "What kind of qualities would you look for in a head of school? Would he/she need to be an African-American?" I answered,
"In addition to the obvious qualification that head of school is a mature Christian, a head of school needs to be a 1) scholar, 2) shepherd, and 3) CEO. Those are the three qualities which make a great head of school. And once someone is a head of school, they must grow in those three qualities for the remainder of their career. Look for the person who has those, in the greatest measure, and go from there. What country the person is from is irrelevant, as is what country their ancestors are from. I wouldn't hire an "African-American" any faster than I'd hire a "Norwegian-American" or an "English-American." Skin color in hiring is irrelevant, as is height, weight, beard size, and whether they like fishing. We ought to avoid skinism/racism (denying because of skin color), and we ought to avoid reverse skinism/racism (pursuing because of skin color). Hire a man or woman on their own merit to lead well, the maturity of their Christian virtue, and the three qualities stated above."
I share this because the point needs to be driven home among Christian educators, especially evangelicals: you hire and evaluate based on substance and that's it. As classical Christian educators, our concern is the "educated race." More than that, our concern is the "redeemed race." And so we abide by those biblical and universal principles, those transcendent and eternal values, which allow us to make righteous, fair, and holy decisions on the particulars, like who to hire and who to fire and what families to admit and toward what families we should market. In Christ, perfect love drives out fear, from both directions, and there is no place for prejudice, in either direction, though there is all the room in the world for being judicious.