ERIC Number: ED241605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Education for Cultural Pluralism: A Progressive, Realistic Goal or Opportunistic, Utopian Rhetoric?
Suzuki, Bob H.
The concept of cultural pluralism and how it is being applied to education, particularly in terms of its implications for Asian/Pacific Americans, is addressed in this paper. First, historical background to the emergence of cultural pluralism as a concept in education (and its institutionalization as multicultural education) is briefly reviewed. The concept is then re-examined, with a look at some of its inadequacies and a proposal that it be broadened to "socioeconomic cultural pluralism." A retrospective analysis of how the Asian/Pacific American Movement fits into this broader context follows, along with a discussion of what Asian/Pacific Americans have learned from involvement in this movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the current problems and challenges facing Asian/Pacific Americans, particularly in the field of education, are then discussed. Finally, ideas on future trends and alternative approaches to societal problems and the implications of these trends and approaches for the education of Asian/Pacific Americans are considered. (CMG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Plenary address presented at the annual conference of the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (5th, Chicago, IL, April 22, 1983).