Pros And Cons Of Multicultural Education

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As stated by McBrien and Brandt in The Language of Learning: A guide to Education Terms, “A multicultural education helps students to understand and relate to cultural, ethnic, and other diversity. Multicultural education should be a process to work together and to celebrate differences, not to be separated by them” (Leistyna, 2002). Because a multicultural education exposes students to cross cultural beliefs and practices, it works to make sure each individual will have a better understanding to respect different cultures, which in turn reduces negative prejudices and stereotypes (Levy, Rosenthal & Herrera-Alcazar, 2010). By teaching diverse traditions and perspectives, questioning stereotypes, and recognizing the contributions of all groups that make up our society (especially those that have been…show more content…
When it comes to the education of children, parents and community members must be more than spectators, because the approach of this type of education requires their involvement in budgetary procedures, selection of the school personnel, and curriculum development (Leistyna, 2002). Leistyna (2002) states that the “The ultimate goal of Multicultural Education is to transforming the entire academic environment and not just the curriculum or the attitudes of individuals.” Multicultural Education recognizes preconceived social constructions such as behavioral patterns, literacy patterns, language use, and cognitive skills so that advocates serve as models that demand culturally compatible forms of teaching that build on students’ learning styles and form individuals understanding of the material. The basic idea, as stated by Leistyna (2002), is that teachers from marginalized groups potentially bring conversation of alternative worldviews, critiques of oppressive practices, and ideas that for reworking the system in order to meet the needs of all the
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