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The IS and the ISN'T of Multicultural Education

by Paul C. Gorski for EdChange and the Multicultural Pavilion

Multicultural Education ISN'T Multicultural Education IS
1. about everyone agreeing and getting along 1. about naming and eliminating the inequities in education
2. only applicable to Language Arts and History 2. a comprehensive approach for making education more inclusive, active, and engaging in all subject areas
3. a process of watering down good curriculum 3. a process for presenting all students with a more comprehensive, accurate understanding of the world
4. related only to curriculum reform 4. related to all aspects of education including pedagogy, counseling, administration, assessment and evaluation, research, etc.
5. only for teachers and students of color 5. for ALL students and educators
6. achieved through a series of small changes 6. achieved through the reexamination and transformation of all aspects of education
7. modeled through cultural bulletin boards, assemblies, or fairs 7. modeled through self-critique, self-examination, and cross-cultural relationship-building
8. the responsibility of culture-based student clubs or organizations 8. the responsibility of teachers, administrators, and school staff
9. a single in-service workshop 9. an on-going commitment

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