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ERIC Number: ED115618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 24
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Beyond the Melting Pot to Cultural Pluralism.
Carpenter, John A.; Torney, Judith V.
Assimilation of immigrants into the dominant culture of America helped to solidify a people, but at the same time the stimulation and opportunities for growth and change coming from a mixture of different people with different skills, values, and approaches to life were lost. Immigrants, particularly those from Eastern Europe, have been disparaged by ethnocentric writers. Children whose backgrounds are disparaged or ignored in public schools will feel badly about themselves, and children who have not been taught to appreciate and understand other peoples and cultures will grow up to be less adaptive and flexible adults. Early childhood may be the most promising time to teach children about other cultures, both domestic and international. Learning a second language can be particularly helpful in fostering cross-cultural appreciation. Teachers themselves should have multicultural training so that they can sensitively and comprehensively offer an instructional program that encourages appropriate attitudes as well as teaches facts. (CD)
Publication Type: Books
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