ERIC Number: EJ828468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Sting of Prejudice and Schooling
Pacino, Mario A.
Multicultural Perspectives, v9 n2 p51-52 Jun 2007
In this article, the author shares some of the prejudices faced by her daughter in her school and in their community. As an immigrant mother and educator who believed that democratic schooling meant inclusive education, it was painful for the author to watch her daughter negotiate the biases of her school experiences in a Midwestern town not always understanding of cultural differences. She relates how it was difficult to explain racism to her daughter when the concept of race has no solid foundation or meaning in today's studies about culture. The author presents this narrative as an appeal to all educators to find/develop meaningful ways of affirming students' sense of identity and to ensure that all classrooms are caring places which foster the teaching and modeling of respect, understanding, and appreciation for cultural differences in a pluralistic democracy.
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Student Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Immigrants, Racial Bias, Social Bias, Personal Narratives, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnicity, Classroom Environment, Democratic Values, School Culture
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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