ERIC Number: ED159298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Multiculturalism and the Courts.
Precedent setting court cases are examined to determine the direction the United States is moving in its pursuits of multiculturalism. The support for multiculturalism is discussed in light of: the right of an individual to choose a life style he/she deems desirable; equal educational opportunity and integration; bilingualism; and pluralism for Native Americans. This review illustrates some general principles which courts use in defining American pluralism. It is concluded that the Constitution generally protects citizens from arbitrary or unreasonable control by the government and protects the right of parents to raise and educate their children as they see fit even if this life style is inconsistent with existing social patterns. Courts are found to be reluctant to rule in a broad manner and much more likely to apply certain principles to a specific case in a specific context. Because of this individual treatment, it is expected that multicultural and bilingual education will vary from group to group and situation to situation. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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