ERIC Number: ED362284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Toward a Centrist Curriculum: Two Kinds of Multiculturalism in Elementary School.
Hirsch, E. D., Jr.
American elementary school children need a common core curriculum so that they can share common points of references that will enable further learning; multiculturalism must be a part of this curriculum. But two types of multiculturalism exist: one that is universalistic in viewpoint, which might be called cosmopolitanism, and another that is particularistic in viewpoint and stresses loyalty to one's local culture, which could be called ethnic loyalism. An ethnic loyalist holds that each culture has a duty to preserve its own identity against the larger cosmopolis, whereas the cosmopolitan feels he or she is part of a larger cultural framework. It will do black American children little good, for example, to learn a lot about their African and African-American past if they still cannot read and write effectively, do not understand natural science, and cannot solve basic mathematical problems. The only kind of multiculturalism that can overcome these deficiencies is the kind that invites all children to become active, effective members of the larger cosmopolis. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Core Knowledge Foundation, Charlottesville, VA.