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Last Updated: May 22, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Homage to Great Writers


What is Multicultural Literature?

What do you think Multicultural Literature is? 1 paragraph

"One pervasive assumption many educators embrace is that ethnic studies deals exclusively with groups of color, such as Asian Americans, American Indians, and African Americans.  This assumption is widespread within the schools, and school programs often reflects it.  In many school ethnic studies units and lessons little or no attention is devoted to experiences of European ethnic groups, such as Jewish Americans, Polish Americans, and Italian Americans.  This narrow conceptualization of ethnic studies emerged out of the social forces that give rise to the ethnic studies movement in the 1960's.  To define ethnic studies exclusively as the study of people of color is inconsistent with how sociologists define ethnicity. It also prevents the broadly conceptualized comparative approaches to ethnic studies and multicultural education.  Comparative approaches to ethnic studies and multicultural education are needed to help students understand fully the complex role of ethnicity in U.S. life and culture.  Conceptualizing ethnic studies exclusively as the study of ethnic groups of color also promotes a kind of we-they attutude among many White students and teachers.  Many students think that ethnic studies is the study of them - the Others - whereas American studies is the study of "us." Many educators believe that ethnic studies has no place within an all-White classroom." (Banks, 2003, pp. 13-14)

"Citizenship education in the past, in the United States as well as in many other nations, embarced an assimilationist ideology and rarely honored the home and community cultures of students in marginalized cultures.  Citizens in a diverse democratic society should be able to maintain attachments to their cultural communities as well as participate effectively in the shared national culture.  Unity without diversity results in cultural repression and hegemonyDiversity without unity leads to Balkanization and the fracturing of a nation-state. Diversity and unity should co-exist in a delicate balance in a democratic multicultural nation-state." (Banks, 2006, xxi) 

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