ERIC Number: ED367974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
No Bread, No Butter: Lesbian & Gay Critical & Cultural Theories or Multicultural Discussions in the Wonder Bread Factory.
Multicultural studies often emphasize the need to diversify school curricula. There is a need for more varied representations of cultures in English teaching because the representations which teachers present heavily influence students' access to literacy. Many proponents of mainstreaming cultural diversity use liberal theories about cultural difference. However, assimilation and inclusion of minority cultures as the goal of cultural diversity and social change too narrowly define the difference between the circulation of cultures as an economic difference. In assimilating into discourses of economic and linguistic power, marginalized groups, including lesbian and gay alliances, risk estrangement from their culture and negation of their specific histories and oppression and their economic gains. The absence of gay and lesbian culture from the curriculum is a powerful testament to dominant ideologies' power to erase and obscure. Categories of identities become a sort of representational checklist to see how educators are doing--and categories of identities which include race, gender, and class are held as distinct from each other. Educators must use critical pedagogies providing new paradigms for radical social action which reconfigures dominant sets of ideologies and assumptions. The homogenization of multicultural studies is not something to be taken lightly. A lesbian and gay caucus dedicated to the complexity of diversity can provide a means of critiquing the ideologies which legislate assumptions about teaching and learning. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Culturally Relevant Curriculum; Educational Issues
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).