Multicultural Ed

Multicultural Ed

Multicultural Education

*With the growing increase of the minority population, as a future educator I have taken a great interest in the subject of Multicultural Education. The increase of the minority population has created the demand to implement multicultural issues in schools. The main issue when it comes to inclusion Multicultural Education is not whether or not to place it into the schools, but the main issue is how to place it into the curriculum.

*“The inclusion of multiculturalism in the dominant curriculum in higher education was originally a response to minority student demands of the ‘Sixties and Seventies’” (Kailin, 1998, p.1). This relates Multicultural Education back to the wake of the 1960’s civil-rights movement, when it focused more on just a black and white issue. However Multicultural Education today goes far beyond black and whites, it includes humans of all cultures and race such Hispanics, Latinos, Koreans, etc.,

This is direct evidence that the topic has been continually pushed aside as time has gone on. Originally blossoming in the 1970’s, multiculturalism is now very widespread. According to Nathan Glazer, the author of “We Are All Multiculturalists Now”, the major engine for the growth of multiculturalism was the African American community (Munroe, 2000, p. 18). Glazer goes on to say that the push for an inclusive system came from the growing number of black students and black educators in the white school system, where white educators adopted a more sympathetic attitude towards the idea (Munroe, 2000, p. 19). A recent study by Anita Bohn documented that the concern of multiculturalism is on the decline among both teachers and administrators (Sleeter, 2000,p. 156). Bohn stated that these are,” …early warning signs that the multicultural education reform movement is in peril,” (Sleeter, 2000, p. 156). When trying to understand all of this information, one must understand that multicultural education is not a program...

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