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ERIC Number: ED163147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Counter-Stereotypy as the Basis of Multi-Ethnic Education.
Freedman, Philip I.
If one accepts the premises that the school is obliged to develop respect for the right of choice regarding ethnic behavior and attitude, and that the individual has a right to be judged on his/her own merits, then it is appropriate to use a counter-stereotypic curriculum in multi-ethnic education. This approach may be defined as: (1) devotion of curricular time to an ethnic/racial entity in proportion to the pervasiveness of the stereotypy directed against it; and (2) selection in the curriculum of elements of history and culture of a given group which refute the stereotypes attached to it. This sort of educational model will enhance ethnic diversity and solidarity while changing stereotypic misconceptions. To promote effectiveness, the counter-stereotypy approach should be supplemented by incorporation of ethnic history within the framework of American History, introduction of events and personalities of ethnic significance into a variety of topics studied (not just the specific study of ethnicity) and, finally, inclusion of measures for affective education within the context of a socio-psychological analysis of ethnicity. This approach to multicultural education will encourage students to make the sort of "reflective decisions" regarding ethnicity required of them as citizens of a society aspiring to interethnic harmony and respect. (Author/WI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A