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ERIC Number: ED118515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 108
Abstractor: N/A
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The Educational Needs of Minority Groups.
This publication contains three essays dealing with the educational problems and needs of Mexican Americans, black Americans, and American Indians. In his essay on Mexican Americans, Alfredo Castaneda discusses the undemocratic character of American public education, and stresses the need for democratic cultural pluralism. He devotes his essay largely tothe immediate needs of his group, discussing the values orientation of Chicanos and the educational implications. In the second essay, Richard L. James explores the nature, meaning, and unjustices of the period of bondage through which blacks passed in their fight for freedom, and he examines their struggle for equality. He points out that the diversity of blacks in their values, aspirations, and approach to life and their"blackness" make the solution to black educational problems very complex ones. In his essay on American Indians, Webster Robbins indicts the Euro-American system, saying that it destroyed the once proud and beautiful American-Indian culture in its attempt to "Christianize," to "civilize," and later to "democratize" the aboriginal tribes. He suggests that every attempt be made to recapture the major elements of the original aboriginal cultures. A summary to the essays concludes that multicultural educational programs must be developed and teachers must be trained to deal with the exigencies of a multicultural situation in schools. (Author/RM)
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