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Unformatted text preview: Foundations of M ulticultur al Education Our continually abundant cultural resources The United States is becoming a more cosmopolitan place : *Four out of 10 students are students of color *By 2020, students of color will account for nearly 1/2 of elementary and secondary school populations. * In many states students of color already represent more than 50% of school populations. Not only are schools ethnically and racially diverse, but they are increasingly religiously diverse. There are many more types of faiths and adherents to those faiths than ever before in the United States. Religious Diversity New Challenges for Educators With the arrival of each new group, new challenges await educators who seek to work collaboratively with families to respect holidays, rituals, and customs. A goal is to help students affirm their cultural differences , while realizing that their fellow students have many similarities . Working collaboratively with parents and communities is becoming more critical in providing equitable education to all students. Multi-What? As interdependence, communication, and commerce have expanded, most societies have become increasingly multicultural. Most individuals rely upon many cultures, not only one, in living their lives. Most individuals are therefore multicultural. People creatively constitute their identities, but not in isolation. They do so against a background of interactive and continually changing cultural resources. Amy Gutmann Characteristics of Culture SOCIAL STRUCTURES & Culture Political & Economic Institutions Churches Schools Media Individuals (Agents) Characteristics of Culture A culture that is dominant maintains its domination, often unconsciously, through its institutions. For example, in our society culture has been dominated by White European culture. Political & Economic Institutions Churches Schools Media White Americans African Americans Native Americans Understanding Culture Culture is a blueprint that determines how we think, feel, and behave in society. Culture provides accepted and patterned ways of behavior necessary for people to live together. Culture imposes order and meaning on our experiences. Culture allows us to predict how others will behave in certain situations. Within each culture are individuals , who are unique expressions of many cultures and subcultures. Historical Features of Schooling that Have Not Recognized Multiculturalism 1) History books have disrespected the experiences of groups that have suffered discrimination 2) students have been pressured to conform to...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course EFND 2120 taught by Professor Briandotts during the Fall '10 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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