ERIC Number: ED318810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
"The Melting Pot" Revisited.
A complete restructuring of American institutions, values, ideals, economy, politics, and culture is required to overcome the peripheralization and injustices caused by the racism that is endemic and embedded in the capitalist fabric of American society. Race relations have declined during the 1980s as evidenced by the erosion of many of the gains of the civil rights movement and a resurgence of overt racism. The white ruling class expresses occasional interest in and concern for minority groups through the formation of study commissions to minimize social, economic, and political costs and regain American hegemony in the world. The findings of the following studies indicate that despite the needs of growing minority populations, an insufficient number of minority group teachers are being prepared for roles in schools and institutions of higher learning: (1) "One Third of a Nation" (Commission on Minority Participation in Education and American Life, 1988); (2) the 1985 findings of the National Coalition of Advocates for Students; (3) "An Imperiled Generation" (Carnegie Foundation, 1988); (4) "A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century" (Carnegie Foundation, 1986); (5) "Tomorrow's Teachers" (Holmes Group, 1986); and (6) "Teaching as a Profession: The Challenge for Oregon" (Oregon State Legislature, 1986). Furthermore, a study of the knowledge and attitudes of 202 undergraduate education majors at Lewis and Clark College conducted between 1983 and 1986 indicates that current teacher education is not preparing teachers who are sensitive to the cultural backgrounds and world views of black students. National commitment to multicultural education is only a first step to reforming national and global social and economic structures. A list of 25 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Oregon Multicultural Association (5th, Salem, OR, February 16-17, 1989).