ERIC Number: ED233952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Multiculturalism for a Global Society: Together We Can.
Trujillo, Lorenzo A.
The needs for understanding the multicultural nature of the world, creating educational opportunities for minorities, and striving toward accurate communication among cultures are addressed. The first part of the paper discusses culture in terms of the symbolic system that encodes the values of humanity at the levels of language, social structure, and world view. Symbols through which people define themselves culturally include idiomatic usage of the language, morals, religion, aesthetics, politics, common practices, and the role assigned to science. The next section, which briefly outlines schools of thought on culture and knowledge, concludes that the educational foundations must be established for society to develop a greater sense of global awareness and multiculturalism in order to allow many value systems to exist in harmony. The remainder of the paper presents statistics on college education in Colorado and describes the population and programs of the Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Schools. The school system is characterized as serving 900 immigrants from 42 language groups in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program, instituting exemplary mathematics and foreign language programs, and actively working toward affirmative action hiring policies. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Colorado; Interdependence
Note: Paper presented at the Image Government Employees Conference (Denver, CO, 1983).