ERIC Number: ED366663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and Interracial Community: Three Educational Values for a Multicultural Society. Distinguished Lecture Series, 1991-1992.
Blum, Lawrence A.
At least four values, or families of values, should be taught in schools and families to respond to the increasingly multiracial and multicultural society of the United States. These are: (1) antiracism or opposition to racism; (2) multiculturalism; (3) a sense of community; and (4) treating persons as individuals. The first three categories are discussed in relation to education, focusing on education at the precollege level. Three components of antiracism include a belief in the equal worth of all persons regardless of race; an understanding of racism; and opposition, including intervention, to racism in others. Multiculturalism encompasses the subvalues of affirming one's own cultural identity, respecting and desiring to learn about and from other cultures, and valuing and delighting in cultural diversity itself. A sense of community suggests a sense that embraces racial and cultural differences, that involves a bond with others and a shared identity with the community. These values, or sets of values, are distinct from one another, and all are essential to a responsible program of value education in a multicultural society. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston.