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ERIC Number: ED252605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Multicultural Education Supplementary Curriculum.
Duhon, Rose M.; Dorris, Ronald
This multicultural education supplementary curriculum provides educators with a means of expressing those human qualities that inspired them to choose their profession: namely, kindness, acceptance, and understanding. It does so by enabling them to identify and meet the diverse racial and cultural backgrounds and needs of their students. Simply, a child's culture is a major factor in his or her learning process, and is at the heart of a child's development of a self-concept. Minority children, particularly, must be taught, through meaningful experience, that they are "as good as everyone else." The following curriculum areas might be revamped to include multicultural concepts: (1) art, which helps the child express individuality; (2) health education; (3) language arts, which provides opportunities for children to communicate with others; (4) mathematics, a subject that many children are naturally interested in, and can easily share with adults; (5) music, an easily enjoyable experience that can serve as a primary source of motivation for learning; (6) science, which should involve "hands on" experiences; (7) social studies, which cuts across most of the subject areas and addresses directly questions of human cooperation; and (8) physical education, which also encourages a positive self-concept. At the foundation of multicultural education is the development of character, and school curricula can encourage this by simultaneously challenging and affording success. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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