ERIC Number: ED150061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reaction Paper to "Ethnicity and the Schools."
Codianni, Anthony V.
The paper examines ethnicity in American society and the role of ethnic studies in education in the context of a critical response to a paper presented at the National Council for the Social Studies in November, 1977. The original study, "Ethnicity and the Schools," by Daniel Selakovich, claimed that ethnic studies should play no role in education because ethnic heritages are either dead or reflective of a distant and no longer meaningful past. Selakovich contended that every ethnic group was willing to submerge its ethnic identity in order to merge into mainstream American society. Conversely, this reaction paper states that American society is as ethnically diverse today as at any time in history and that the schools have a responsibility to reflect this diversity. The reaction paper further criticizes Selakovich's views on six topics: (1) belief in the American Dream as opposed to belief in ethnic identity; (2) racism in American society; (3) the relationship of pluralism to racism; (4) continuation of ethnic heritage impact on a group which has emigrated; (5) the ability of American teachers to teach ethnic studies; and (6) the role of the schools in promoting ethnicity. The conclusion is that, in refutation of Selakovich's major contention, ethnic studies should be offered in the schools because it is an excellent method of helping students understand and develop skills for coping with the diversity in American society. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: American Culture, Analytical Criticism, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Origins, Ethnic Studies, Ethnicity, Persuasive Discourse, Rhetorical Criticism, School Responsibility, School Role, Social Environment, Values
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23-26, 1977)