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ERIC Number: ED361698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Destroying the Stereotypes: Multicultural Literature for Students in the Mainstream.
Oliver, Eileen
According to "Time Magazine,""by 2056...the 'average' U.S. resident...will trace his/her descent to Africa, Asia, the Hispanic world, the Pacific Islands, Arabia--almost anywhere but white Europe." Unfortunately multiculturalism has often been the focus of discussions concerning the problems it causes rather than the number of possibilities for enrichment that such diversity promises. Multicultural literature provides students from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and racial groups with a center to build upon, enriching and inspiring their own experiences. The most commonly acknowledged reason for incorporating multicultural literature into the mainstream is its social significance: students experience vicariously the lives of others and thus learn more about the world. An even more important reason is that students should not be deprived of great works of art. For these and other reasons this literature should not be ghettoized. African American literature should not be confined to February's Black History Month, or Latin Literature to "La Raza" week. Examples of titles, class projects, and successful programs demonstrate how multicultural literature can be incorporated into the mainstream of what is being taught. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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