ERIC Number: ED414357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Against the Multicultural Agenda. A Critical Thinking Alternative.
Webster, Yehudi O.
It is suggested that the implementation of multicultural education and multiculturalism would have profound sociopolitical consequences. This work demonstrates significant inadequacies in the social science and philosophical foundations of multicultural education and multiculturalism, such as their use of certain anthropologists' conceptions of separate races and single cultures and their affiliations with realist and postmodernist currents in philosophy. The book introduces education reform proposals grounded in critical thinking principles. Chapter 1, "Multicultural Education: Development, Variants, and Controversies," presents the development of multicultural education, its various definitions, and disputes among its proponents and opponents. Advocacy of multicultural education is grounded in unclear and arbitrary racial and ethnic distributions. Chapter 2, "Multiculturalism: Egalitarian Social Reconstruction through Education Reform," outlines the growth of multicultural education to demands for equal representations of cultures. Chapter 3, "Multiculturalism: An Assessment of Its Analytical Foundations," examines key arguments in various multiculturalist schools, and Chapter 4, "Education Reform, Multiculturalism, and Critical Thinking," is organized around an education model, an educability model, and the incompatibility of multicultural education and critical thinking. (SLD)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Critical Thinking, Cultural Differences, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Multicultural Education, Racial Differences, Urban Schools
Praeger Publishers, Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007 (paperback: ISBN-0-275-95877-9, $22.95; clothbound: ISBN-0-275-95876-0, $59.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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