The Diversity Bonus

by Scott Page
“Our teachers intuitively recognize how important diversity is to our learning environment, and new data actually supports this observation. In his recent book, The Diversity Bonus, Scott Page is able to quantify the advantages enjoyed by teams whose members bring diverse skills and modes of thinking to their work. ‘Excellence demands diversity,’ Page says.  He finds strong benefits in both cognitive diversity and identity diversity. Page writes that in an expanding economy that favors complex multi-dimensional challenges, the most successful teams are ones that harness the diverse talents and perspectives of their members. At Mayfield, we want our students to have the opportunity to practice this now. We want them to learn how to appreciate the advantages of learning and working with those who might look or think differently. We also know that it takes intentional energy and care to make sure that every single member of our community feels welcomed, included, and valued—this is the only way to unlock each individual’s unique and God-given gifts.” — Kate Morin, Head of School
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.