ERIC Number: ED272627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Bilingual and Multicultural Education: A Personal Perspective.
LoPresti, Peter L.
Excellence through Equity, v2 n1 p8-14 Fall 1985
The multicultural and bilingual population of California will continue to increase over the next decades, and as a result, the role of multicultural and bilingual education will increase in importance. Since the 1970s improvements have occurred in instructional materials, in program evaluation, and in teacher certification to meet the needs of California's bilingual population, but the point has not yet been reached where such changes have been wholly accepted and institutionalized. Bilingual training has been viewed as a facilitative mechanism, not as something central to the overall preparation or basic mission of teachers. Education must beginned to be viewed from the perspective of the learner, regardless of his or her language or race, and include native language and culture as the first focal point of education. The cultural and historical lessons of education will include more than those provided by Protestant America and school will concentrate on a good basic education for all, built upon a notion of a common and shared human background. The emphasis on training educational personnel in cultural diversity must be continued and expanded; more teachers from more different ethnic backgrounds must be recruited; and teacher training should be solid and stress general education, subject matter concentration, professional pedagogical preparation, and field experience at the classroom level to be taught. Finally, fundamental changes are needed at the level of State education policy to ensure more recognition of cultural diversity and more attention to the limited English speaking student. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles.
Identifiers - Location: California