ERIC Number: ED127386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Ethnicity and Education: The Intercultural Dimension. Working Paper No. 5.
Obermiller, Phillip J.
The success of the United States as a nation has depended on establishing a common language, loyalty, and culture. To achieve functional normalcy among our citizens there has been an ongoing process of single culture socialization carried out predominantly through systems of public schools. But whether it is necessary or desirable to establish a nonculturally differentiated mass by means of cultural conversion and absorption needs to be examined. In response to genuine cultural variety there is a new sense of pluralism which seeks to establish a condition of parity among ethnic groups. The assumption of the new pluralism is that people will be made aware of the multicultural characteristics of American life. This touches directly upon the role of the educational system of facilitating intercultural communication. The goal of our schools must be to assist people in learning self and enable them to respect others by showing the richness inherent in the different cultural senses of reality. There is a need not only for ethnic studies programs but for an ethnicity in education through which an intercultural dimension pervades the entire curriculum. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Biculturalism, Communication Problems, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Intergroup Relations, Minority Groups, Public Education, Public Policy, School Role, Socialization
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Appalachian Council, Cincinnati, OH.
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