ERIC Number: ED378069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
California Perspectives: An Anthology from the California Tomorrow Education for a Diverse Society Project, Fall 1991, Volume 2.
Dowell, Carol, Ed.; Kam, Katherine, Ed.
Focusing on the issue of culture and its impact on education in California, this document offers glimpses into the lives of individuals who ask the question, "Is there now or will there ever be a common American culture?" Organized into 10 articles, the first article, "Whose Culture is This? Whose Curriculum Will It Be?" (Laurie Olsen), examines the debate surrounding the selection of a social studies textbook series by the California State Textbook Commission. In the second article, "History of Winners Leaves Too Many Losers," Laurie Olsen presents an interview with California teacher, Jacquelyn Smith. Smith discusses the issue of using textbooks as the sole teaching tool. The third article, "Books Symbolize a Greater Outrage" (Laurie Olsen), is an interview with Pedro Noguera talking about textbooks, racism, and a multicultural curriculum. In the fourth article, "Beyond Images" (Katherine Kim), Ruthanne Lum McCunn and Jean Chan Moore demonstrate that ethnic identity transcends skin color. The fifth article, "1990 Census Poses Challenges for California's Future" (Eric Mar), illustrates the census as a social and political tool for the state's diverse citizens. The sixth article, "The Masters: A Journey Among California's Folk Artists" (Carol Dowell), reviews "California Artists: At the Crossroads," a book on California artists by John Bishop. A seventh article, "Stopping Bias in its Tracks" (Laurie Olsen; Nina Mullen), follows child care workers taking an intensive course in diversity. The eighth article, "Decent Housing Comes Home" (Susan Anderson), describes the construction of an affordable housing community in South Central Los Angeles. The ninth article, "On Becoming a Teacher" (Wendy Tanabe; Annie Alcott), uses the journals of two student teachers to describe classroom cultures. The last article, "The Good Common School" (National Coalition of Advocates for Students), presents a prescription to ensure the best education for children. (CK)
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Multicultural Education, Social History, Social Studies
California Tomorrow, Fort Mason Center, Building B, San Francisco, CA 94123.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: California Tomorrow, Los Angeles.
Identifiers - Location: California