Sunday, September 11, 2005

Semantic fraud

If you thought "multicultural" education had anything to do with learning about different cultures, world history or perhaps languages or an appreciation for , say, Indian food and exotic dances, a leading guru of "multiculturalism" will quickly disabuse you.

It's about something totally different:

The underlying goal of multicultural education is to affect [sic] social change. The pathway toward this goal incorporates three strands of transformation:


the transformation of self;
the transformation of schools and schooling; and
the transformation of society.

2 comments:

NYC Educator said...

Boy, thanks for clearing that up. As an ESL teacher, I deal exclusively with kids from other cultures. Were it not for great thinkers like the one you cited, I might still be laboring under the misconception that I ought to actually know a little something about their backgrounds.

George said...

The Guru writes, "In fact, it is particularly this competitive, capitalistic framing of the dominant mentality of the United States (and increasingly, with the "help" of the United States, the world) that multicultural education aims to challenge, shake, expose, and critique".

I thought I was supposed to teach, not use my students as pawns in a Marxist plot to create utopia. Poor students. They think they can trust their teachers.