ERIC Number: ED081885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: 0
Education and the New Pluralism: A Preliminary Survey of Recent Progress in the 50 States.
The National Project on Ethnic America has been focusing considerable attention over the past few years on the multi-cultural dimensions of American education, and particularly those areas in need of revision, reform and innovation. We have designed an approach which extends beyond "ethnic studies," to a more comprehensive rubric that we call "ethnicity in education." It pursues three major activities: (1) devising new curriculum materials; (2) raising the consciousness of teachers and other school personnel; and, (3) designing programs. Last fall we wrote to the 50 state education agencies, requesting information on the status of their activities in the ethnic studies area. Thus far, we have heard directly from about 40 states. With the help of additional statistics gathered by HEW's Office of Education we compiled a preliminary report: In some states, there is no apparent interest whatsoever in ethnic studies. In others there is a considerable amount of legislation and policy on the books, but limited evidence of implementation. And in still others, with no law or policy, there is a tremendous amount of local activity. Thirty-three states publish materials including curriculum guides, teaching supplements, bibliographies, textbook listings and audio-visual aids which they distribute to local school boards. Twenty-six states have formal policy statements on ethnic studies which are purportedly implemented by local school districts. Moreover, 13 states currently have laws on the books which mandate the inclusion of ethnic studies in the curriculum, and four more have passed bilingual laws. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Instructional Materials, Minority Groups, National Surveys, School Districts, State Boards of Education
American Jewish Committee, Inst. of Human Relations, 165 E. 56 St., New York, N. Y. 10022 ($0.25)
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Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY. Inst. of Human Relations.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Coordinating Assembly on Ethnic Studies held in conjunction with Ethnic Conference IV, Ethnic Heritage Center, Detroit, Mich., May 19,1973