ERIC Number: ED303527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-7
Cultural Diversity: Increasing Achievement through Equity.
Suzuki, Bob H.
The socioeconomic future of the United States, and the State of California in particular, is linked to improving the educational achievement of its growing minority populations. Demographic trends and a fundamental shift in international trade will result in a national population that is one-third non-white by the year 2010, with a new emphasis on Asian culture. Minority students will comprise the majority in over 50 major cities throughout the country. Historically, public schools have responded to large waves of immigration with "Americanization" programs, whose goals were to quickly and forcibly assimilate the new arrivals into the mainstream of American life by imposing an Anglo-centric curriculum, punishing students for using non-English languages, and denigrating immigrant cultural traditions. Educational equity must be assured for minorities, especially Blacks and Hispanics, if the development of a two-tiered social system composed of a highly educated white upper class, and a permanent under class which is mostly non-white is to be avoided. Educational equity can be achieved if educators believe that disadvantaged minority students have the capability to learn, and understand the factors involved in successful multicultural education, including the following: (1) high expectations of achievement; (2) respect for learning in the school environment; (3) culturally diverse curriculum; (4) effective teaching methods; and (5) parent involvement. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Los Angeles Multicultural Conference (Los Angeles, CA, October 7, 1987).