ERIC Number: ED359738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education. Task Force Report.
Federal Resource Center for Special Education, Lexington, KY.
This document examines how to meet the educational needs of children and youth from diverse cultures. Selected data and vignettes are used to provide a context for the lives of children in America. Values that currently drive the educational enterprise are listed, accompanied by a list of reformed values that address the needs of students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. A vision of society, community, and education is then presented, calling for: a society free of prejudice and bias that embraces diversity and in which each individual has intrinsic worth that is acknowledged and respected; a community that strives to achieve basic goals of equity, representation, and opportunity, where there is caring and acceptance of all individuals; and an educational system that takes a holistic approach to nurturing all students and embraces individual and cultural differences. Strategies for achieving the three visions are presented for federal, state, and local levels, in seven areas: (1) administration and policy, (2) assessment, (3) curriculum and instruction, (4) funding, (5) parents and families, (6) society and community, and (7) training and personnel. Measures of progress in each area are also identified. A bibliography lists eight references and appendixes provide a list of over 40 human resources and a list of six suggested readings. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federal Resource Center for Special Education, Lexington, KY.