ERIC Number: ED220547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul-11
Multicultural Education: Preparing Young People for Life in an Integrated Nation and an Integrated World. Revised.
Cortes, Carlos E.
In an increasingly interdependent and culturally diverse world, the need for true integration of people and cultures demands that schools develop well-conceived multicultural approaches to education. Society provides multicultural education through a curriculum consisting of the socializing forces, including family, peers, neighborhoods, organizations, and the mass media. Unlike the societal curriculum, schools can plan how they will participate in the multicultural educational process. An effective multicultural education program must be integrated throughout the school curriculum, and ethnic studies and bilingual education must not be considered substitutes. Multicultural approaches and other educational/curricular reforms should be made mutually supportive. Inservice training programs should be available to increase multicultural awareness and improve the effectiveness of teachers and administrators. Finally, educators must solicit the involvement of parents, the community, and business in multiculturalizing the whole societal curriculum. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Community Attitudes, Community Involvement, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Mass Media, Multicultural Education, Racial Integration, School Business Relationship, School Role, Social Influences, Socialization
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech delivered at the Conference on "From Desegregated Schools to Integrated Education" (Milwaukee, WI, July 11, 1979).