ERIC Number: ED156779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Education for an Inclusive, Multicultural Society: The Problems and Opportunities of Bilingual, Bicultural Education. Report of a Consultation Held in Hartford, Connecticut, December 2-3, 1977.
National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, NY.
This document presents the proceedings of a consultation held for the purposes of sharing experience, expertise, problems, and directions in bilingual/bicultural education, and of sharing ways of developing public understanding and support for a pluralistic oriented education. One paper discusses the promise of a multicultural American society. It points out that the notion of the melting pot is a myth that prevents people from dealing honestly with racism and with diversity. Tolerance for diversity and a recognition of the importance of ethnicity are urged. An overview of bilingual, bicultural education is provided by another paper. A third article discusses where the state of Connecticut stands on the question of meeting the needs of students in the public schools who do not function well enough in English to benefit from regular classroom instruction. Group participants in this consultation were asked to identify areas of importance stemming from their discussions. The areas identified were: (1) community and public understanding, support and involvement; (2) teacher, staff and school-wide education; (3) standards and evaluations of programs; (4) parent participation; (5) support of administration and school board; and (6) the importance of purpose, philosophy and policy in bilingual education. Also included in this report are a breakdown of data on selected bilingual and bicultural programs in Connecticut cities, and a paper discussing the role of the Presbyterian Church in bilingual education. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Church Role, Conference Reports, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnicity, History, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning
The Program Unit for Education in the Society, National Council of Churches, Room 710, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10027 ($3.00 + $0.50 postage)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, NY.
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