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ERIC Number: ED012739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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EVALUATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE NUMBER 2. (TITLE SUPPLIED).
POPKIN, RICHARD H.
EDUCATORS ARE NOT ADEQUATELY FINDING WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE DISADVANTAGED IN AMERICA. THEY ASSUME THAT THEY MUST MAKE THE DISADVANTAGED CONFORM TO AND FUNCTION IN THE DOMINANT MIDDLE-CLASS SOCIETY. HOWEVER, WHILE THE MIDDLE CLASS SEEMS TO FAVOR A HOMOGENIZATION OF ALL CULTURES, SOME MINORITY CULTURES RESIST THIS PRESSURE AND FAVOR A SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY CAN MAINTAIN THEIR IDENTITY AND BE EQUAL. IN AMERICA, A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY, THE DOMINANT CULTURE OPPRESSES THE SUBCULTURES RATHER THAN ENCOURAGING THE "FLOWERING" OF A MULTICULTURE. ISLAMIC SPAIN IS AN EXAMPLE OF A SOCIETY IN WHICH DIVERSE GROUPS COEXISTED, AND EACH GROUP WAS ABLE TO MAKE PRODUCTIVE CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS. A SOCIAL REVOLUTION IS NEEDED TO CREATE SUCH A SOCIETY IN AMERICA, BUT EDUCATORS FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THIS AND CONTINUE TO MAKE CONSERVATIVE EFFORTS TO PRESERVE PRESENT MIDDLE-CLASS VALUES. THEY OFFER SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS WHOSE BASIC CAUSE THEY, IN FACT, DO NOT RECOGNIZE. BEFORE ADVANCING THESE SOLUTIONS, THEY FIRST SHOULD MAKE FUNDAMENTAL DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH. (NH)
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Identifiers: NEW YORK