ERIC Number: ED164369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
Minnesota Conference on Ethnic America. The Commitment to Pluralism: Fact or Fantasy. Proceedings.
These conference papers favor the pluralistic approach to cultural education. The approach emphasizes development of a sense of one's own and others' cultural heritage while uniting society by reducing cultural antagonism. The document presents five major speeches followed by respondents' comments in order to include a wide range of viewpoints on the subject. "Americans: Hyphenated or Not" contends that the school system is vital to the development of a sense of cultural pluralism and that a cross-cultural, multi-ethnic approach is best. The author encourages statewide implementation of ethnic studies through advisory committees, policy statements, teacher training, and multicultural education centers. "Ethnicity and Educational Policy Making" discusses the ethnic challenge to educational systems, the salient ethnic concerns that affect policy making, the characteristics and goals of ethnically reformed systems, and the status of the Minnesota State Board of Education's commitment to pluralism. "The Schools and Group Identity" provides an overview of the shortcomings of the melting pot theory and contends that examination of ethnic group consciousness can help humanize the curriculum and close the gap of intergroup misunderstanding. The respondent considers problems relevant to special education. "Public Policy: Ethnicity and Institutional Change" examines the relationship of these three concepts in the context of the quota system. "Images of Pluralism in Children's Literature" describes fiction about the Upper Midwest in which American Indians and Scandinavians figure most prominently. In a concluding speech, the New York City Board of Education President describes facets of ethnic education in New York City schools. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Humanities Commission, St. Paul.; Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League, Minneapolis, Minn.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in hardcopy from EDRS due to various changes in ink density throughout document ; Also sponsored by the Minnesota Project on Ethnic America, St. Paul