ERIC Number: ED436521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-19
Do We Need a Multicultural Curriculum?
Today's U.S. communities include European Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans among their many diverse cultural groups. America is composed of many different people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Regardless of cultural differences, many of these people make valuable contributions to U.S. society and will continue to do so in the future. Advocates of multiculturalism are concerned with how teachers are providing instruction for the diverse groups of children in their classrooms. Teachers are being held accountable for meeting the needs of all children in their classrooms, regardless of cultural differences. Therefore, teachers need a curriculum that incorporates diversity and makes allowances for the diverse groups of students they teach. Failure to embrace multiculturalism allows members of society to continue to promote prejudice and racism. Opponents of multiculturalism disagree with the need for a change from the traditional curriculum to one that embraces diversity. Teachers are a key element in the process of incorporating multiculturalism into the curriculum, and they can enhance or inhibit the learning process. Multiculturalism should be embedded into the existing curriculum. Successful implementation of a multicultural curriculum will prepare today's students to become tomorrow's leaders. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, November 17-19, 1999).