ERIC Number: ED181104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Educating for Cultural Diversity in the Elementary Schools.
Williams, Brenda T.
To understand the current emphasis on multicultural education, it is necessary to examine recent events which contributed to this movement and then to determine when multicultural education should begin in the formal education sequence. The pressure to implement ethnic studies programs has come from America's oppressed ethnic minority groups. The social unrest of the 1960s forced educators to establish programs to accommodate diverse needs of neglected minorities. The literature shows that children have well established prejudices even before entering school. It is therefore imperative to begin work with children as soon as possible before their prejudices and stereotypes become too firmly established. Further rationale for the early study of diversity is that during the student's impressionable early years he can be taught either conformity, to the detriment of meaningful living and learning, or he can be taught that personal identification and individuality are valuable assets. Schools must show that diversity is valued in personalities, backgrounds, cultures, and interests. Two of the curriculum areas in which this can be done are language arts and the social sciences. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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