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ERIC Number: ED115622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Cautions When Working with the Culturally Different Child.
Jaramillo, Mari-Luci
Everyone in the United States has a cultural heritage which varies from the present mainstream culture of this country and yet, the majority of Americans have lost ties with their cultrual background. This has occurred because of both the melting pot theory and the educational system that has developed under a philosophy. There has been a serious attempt made in our schools to fit everyone into one cultural mold. This cannot and should not be done. Bicultural programs are needed, particularly for groups such as the Puerto Ricans and Chicanos that have been able to easily harmonize with the mainstream culture. The task of the educator should be to ensure that the cultures of these children are not stolen from them in the classroom. There are many problems encountered in trying to establish culturally pluralistic programs in the schools. Among these are acceptance by the traditional educational system in America, the stereotyping of ethnic groups, ethnocentrism, and the training of teachers with a new awareness. There are also numerous factors which make up a good program but are difficult to achieve. The program must contain bilingual materials--it should include both English as a second language and Spanish as a second language--and must study both cultures. Finally, if a bicultural program is to work, teachers must always try to build the child's self-concept, and parents must be included in the program. [RC]
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Teacher Corps Associates Conference (Madison, Wisconsin, November 1-2, 1973)