ERIC Number: ED340050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
So Many Cultures, So Little Time: An Overview of Cultural Diversity.
McGee, Brian R.; Simerly, Greggory
Conservative critics have complained that United States universities harbor radical professors who have perverted the curriculum, infringed on student rights, and undermined the idea of liberal education in support of "multiculturalism" or "cultural diversity." However, one possible aim of multicultural education is the "production" of a political and economic intelligentsia capable of promoting "the American way of life" as it competes with other ways of living. Another justification is that cultural diversity, and the awareness of difference that follows the acknowledgement of diversity, might hold the potential for inspiring social change. The struggle over multiculturalism is nothing less than an attempt to determine which vision of a future world educators wish to promote, what sort of politics educators wish to engage. Academics and others with an interest in the future of higher education should seek out new pedagogies suitable for the post-modern university. Such pedagogies would ideally seek to retain a vision of a world somehow better than it currently is, without seeking to privilege any final, master version of that emancipatory vision. (Twenty-seven references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).