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ERIC Number: ED347126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 12
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Multicultural Education Is Essential for the Academic Success of Schools in the 21st Century.
Duhon-Sells, Rose
A multicultural thrust should be the key element in restructuring American education in preparation for the 21st century. Demographic trends indicate that European Americans will be outnumbered by other racial and ethnic groups in the next century. Consequently, new educational techniques and content need to be developed and infused into school curriculums to ensure that children from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds receive an equal and adequate education that prepares them to take a productive and meaningful place in the 21st century. The National Education Goals are an attempt to address the need for major improvements in how children are educated. However, the National Goals do not adequately address the issues of equity that affect whether academic success is assured for all students. Among a more ideal set of national goals for education that is multicultural and equitable are the following components: (1) children will start school with a positive sense of self based on living in decent housing and having received adequate attention to their health care and other physical needs; (2) the high school graduation rate will increase to 90 percent; and (3) racism will be eliminated from American classrooms, and school curriculums will project all people of all cultures in a positive vein. (IAH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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