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ERIC Number: EJ759583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-2
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
States Still Grappling with Multicultural Curricula
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v25 n10 p1, 20 Nov 2005
A debate over a New York state commission formed to study how slavery was portrayed in schools showed that after more than a decade of adding multicultural curricula, educators there were still at odds over how the distinctive experiences of racial and ethnic groups should be taught, and who should decide. While some educators and observers in the Empire State welcomed stepped-up attention to teaching students about American slavery and its ramifications, others said the subject already was sufficiently covered. Opponents have also argued that state lawmakers and what critics viewed as special-interest groups were the wrong people to dictate curriculum. The past five years have brought a number of similar cases in which legislatures have enacted laws that affected state standards or curricula in response to racial or ethnic minorities' contention that aspects of their history weren't adequately taught. This article describes how states have established panels and enacted laws to change multicultural curricula.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York