ERIC Number: ED109293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
New Curricula for Multi-Ethnic Schools. Equal Opportunity Review, June 1975.
Passow, A. Harry
This paper asserts that most of the urban and suburban schools are racially and ethnically isolated. Consequently, what are needed are curricula suited to a culturally diverse population which does not attend culturally and ethnically diverse schools. Thus, one issue requiring examination, it is stated, is the extent to which curricula are similar or different for culturally diverse student populations in contrast to culturally homogeneous groups. A definition of cultural pluralism proposed by the National Coalition for Cultural Pluralism suggests curricular strands that deal with (1) ethnic and cultural awareness of one's own identity, (2) understanding of other cultures, and, (3) awareness of the nature of racism and sexism as these affect individual and group behavior. It is a definition which has implications for both cognitive and affective development of the individual. While it is held that schools must certainly do a far more effective job in the basic skills areas, an education for a culturally pluralistic society must have a broader focus which deals with affective and cognitive development, with personal and interpersonal skills, and with an understanding by the individual of who he is and how he relates to others. Changes are considered to be needed in content, strategies, resources-but most of all in the people who create the conditions for curriculum and instruction. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Background, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, Ethnic Groups, Humanistic Education, Literary Perspective, Minority Groups, Relevance (Education), School Desegregation, Social Integration, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.