ERIC Number: EJ720679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Keeping Current. Hispanic Heritage Month and Multiculturalism: An Opportunity for Meaningful Dialogue
Dunkley, Cora P.; Wohlmuth, Sonia Ramirez
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v21 n2 p49-51 Oct 2004
Recent remarks by Maryland's governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. referring to multiculturalism as "bunk" have rekindled the debate on multicultural studies as "soft" history and social science. Richard Vatz of Towson University, as reported in The Washington Times (23 May 2004), noted that "People support it (multiculturalism) without knowing what it means." Likewise, Robert Holland ("A Primer on Multicultural Education: Unifying or Divisive Force?" Arlington, VA: Lexington Institute, 2004) suggests that "multicultural doctrine trivializes the teaching of United States history while giving overwhelming emphasis to the heritage of nations such as Mexico, from which newcomers have come to America in search of opportunity." This article provides multiple resources for the planning of lessons and programs for Hispanic Heritage Month that can provide a forum to counter Holland's statement on several grounds. The authors contend that to study and celebrate diverse cultures does not trivialize the history of the United States; rather it broadens, expands, and enhances students' understanding of the events that created this nation.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, United States History, Social Sciences, Multicultural Education, Hispanic Americans, Lesson Plans
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