Multicultural Education: (Amer. Educators Encyclopedia) curricula designed to recognize the integrity, contributions, strengths, and viability of different cultural, language, and social groups in society. -Its about creating structures and process’s that allow for the expression of many civilizations, communities and individuals we are. -Each group has a different history of why they immigrated and their experience. US is an intellectual and fast paced country, its a melting pot, each culture combined with another makes the US what it is today – so therefore we should learn about every origin and its contributions.
Questions: 1) Who is benefiting from the education? 2) How should we present the material in a way so as to offend the least amount of people? Hispanic Facts Dropout rates-High school drop out rates are more than double that of white students-Most dropouts are: Male Above age (2 levels behind) Low grades Behavioral problems Low income families, no encouragement Low educational attainment-Drop out to help family (Hispanic culture family = core of life).
-Ethnic identities influence their self esteem and assimilation into a culture- hence not as much effort dedicated to schooling. -Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in the US public schools. -2 Factors that standout out are a. ) segregation b) bilingual education-1 out of 4 Americans identify themselves as black Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander or American Indian.
Cultural and social expectations dictate that individuals as members of one culture or society interact with other members, it is in the interpersonal relationships and interactions that the individual has with others that socialization occurs (Hofstede, 2000). The first interpersonal relation that an individual in any culture would have is confined in the family. Growth and maturation however ...
-In 1996 950 Hispanics received their doctorates (2 nd lowest compared to Indians) 26, 363 whites received it. Answers-The more ethnically integrated a school system is, the easier it will be for a teacher to develop a well rounded teaching style that would in turn benefit all students. -Teachers should attend workshops on Ethnicity and culture. -States and Federal Gov’t should either provide special funds to teach minority children in their own language (which may hurt them b / c English is a crucial element to get ahead) OR teach both English and Spanish (which is proven to higher GPA’s and credits) -2 way bilingual education: giving English speaking students the chance to learn Spanish and vice-versa. -Schools should provide a) multicultural instruction b) sensitivity-Social studies should be taught from a global perspective-Teachers could have cultural food and costume day (younger grades) -Early learning of Languages and Songs. – We need to think of ourselves as a whole, rather than people from different places, b / c we are ultimately made up of many different cultures and ethnicities.
– We need to strengthen diversification.