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ERIC Number: ED139700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Multiethnic Education: Practices and Promises. Fastback 87.
Banks, James A.
An overview of the goals, common problems, and ideal characteristics of multiethnic education is presented. Section one discusses multiethnic education as being important for all children of all backgrounds. Students should have cultural and ethnic alternatives. They need skills, attitudes, and knowledge to function within their own ethnic culture, the mainstream culture, and within and across other ethnic cultures. Common problems of hurriedly-developed multiethnic programs are reviewed in section two. Token courses and faculty members representing ethnic groups do not adequately provide a multiethnic learning environment. Focus on minority group heroes and holidays does more to isolate the image of that group than it does to blend it into the melting pot concept. Teachers who strive to treat all students equally may do damage by overlooking special needs of certain ethnic group children. The ideal multiethnic school should have a well-balanced curriculum in all subject areas; should have a multiethnic faculty; should have equal academic expectations of all students; should allow native languages to be spoken as well as English; and should employ multiethnic testing methods. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Educational Environment, Educational Problems, Educational Programs, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Minority Groups, Non English Speaking, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.48 paper cover, discounts available for bulk orders)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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