ERIC Number: EJ707853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 11
Middle Schoolers and the Blues
Harris, Renard B.
Social Studies, v95 n5 p197 Sep-Oct 2004
American culture stems from a multitude of the diverse perspectives, customs, and habits of the vast groups that have made the United States their home. This nation's complexity of diverse cultures and its ability to strive for common values seem almost over-whelming. Nonetheless, from the cultures of many, one culture can emerge. Through sharing of music, language, religion, and customs, the people of the United States have strengthened and grown as a society. Many of the contributions and influences on American culture are well documented in educational texts. Unfortunately, the major influences cited in U.S. school textbooks are those from dominant cultures. Sharing only the influences from dominant cultures gives students an opportunity to explore only those voices in American culture. Other influences and contributions from groups not considered dominant are not sufficiently recognized, even though their influences are significant. To ignore or dismiss the influences of less dominant cultures denies students the total American story. In this article, the author addresses ways in which students can be exposed to all types of cultures, even the less dominant ones.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Music, Culture, Cultural Awareness, African Americans, African American Culture, Subcultures, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Class Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States