MULTICULTURALISM, RACISM, AND THE CLASSROOM: A CEA REPORT
Volume 11 Number 3.
This report begins with the premise that "Historically, the public schools have perpetuated, consciously or unconsciously, the ethnocentric societal attitudes of the dominant sector towards other ethnic cultural groups." The challenge for educators is to provide learning environments that have an understanding of cultural differences so that ". . .things that were the most sacred, most poignant, most cherished, do not seem somehow second-rate or even third rate."
In order to combat the problem of multiculturalism in schools, school boards should attempt the following: (1) develop courses to enhance the multicultural climate of schools, which can be accomplished through integration with existing courses, (2) develop programs to enhance the attributes of successful multicultural teachers or teachers who have successfully shown that they can cope and function easily and well with cross-cultural mixes in their classrooms, and (3) design curricula to change student-to-student attitudes. From this outline, we learn that teachers are the key to success in teaching multiculturalism.
The author acknowledges that he has drawn heavily from the work of University of British Columbia professor, Dr. John W. Kehoe and a doctoral dissertation by M. Ahmed Ijaz. However, included in the text is a reading list for teachers that could be used as a starting point for developing a multicultural program. An index is not included in the report. The text is well written and easily understandable. It is recommended to all Canadian educators.
Ian Ferguson, Arrow Lakes School District, Nakusp, BC.
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