ERIC Number: ED338535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Curriculum of Inclusion: Report of the Commissioner's Task Force on Minorities: Equity and Excellence.
New York State Special Task Force on Equity and Excellence in Education.
This report reflects the work of a task force charged with examining curricular materials used by the New York State Department of Education to see if they adequately reflect the pluralistic nature of society, and to identify areas where changes or additions may be needed. The Task Force concluded that African Americans, Asian Americans, Puerto Ricans/Latinos, and Native Americans have been victims of curricular materials that negatively characterized or omitted the contributions of these groups to U.S. society and culture, and demonstrated a systematic bias favoring European culture and its derivatives. After highlighting some of the contributions to U.S. society by non-European cultures, the report documents how these contributions have been systematically distorted, marginalized, or omitted. The report goes on to identify some curricular materials that are of high quality, indicating that some progress has been made. Because the entire structure of the curriculum is shown to be flawed, an alternative conceptual approach is presented. The Task Force promotes the idea that all curricular materials be prepared on the basis of multicultural contributions to the development of all aspects of U.S. society. Such a balanced, integrated approach is seen as serving the interests of children from all cultures. Children from Native American, Puerto Rican/Latino, Asian American, and African American cultures will have higher self-esteem and self-respect, while children from European cultures will have a less arrogant perspective of being part of the group that has "done it all." The Task Force makes nine recommendations to accomplish what it sees as necessary reforms in New York State's curriculum, ranging from a revision of many curricular materials to a revision of teacher education and school administrator programs. Several appendices are included, featuring those that review the New York State curricular materials K-12 from the perspective of African American culture, Asian American culture, Latino culture, and Native American culture. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Asian Americans, Black Culture, Blacks, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Latin American Culture, Latin Americans, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Racial Bias, Social Studies, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Special Task Force on Equity and Excellence in Education.
Identifiers: New York
Note: For a related document, see SO 021 666.