Pluralism Is The Single Most Influential Era Of Urban School Reform

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From 1840-1880, education leaders were focused on extending common schools throughout the nation. Therefore, when faced with the concept of pluralism, they saw it as a nuisance. They were unable to see the value and importance of diversity and culture for education as a whole. However, pluralism plays a huge role in shaping America to be a melting pot of different cultures, characterized by a community of varied races, languages, political beliefs, and educational interests. In this reflection, I will use the concept of “America as a melting pot” to argue that pluralism is the single most influential era of urban school reform.
As educational leaders and bureaucrats went about creating a “universal, efficient system,” they refused to consider the pluralistic aspect of our nation (Tyack, 1974, p. 79). Despite the fact that America was founded on immigrants, school reformers focused all their energy on crafting a national system of schooling. To the reformers, “the battles of cultural interest groups to influence the schools simply disrupted that consensus and interfered with the task of building the one best system” so diversity through culture, language, and beliefs were all pushed to the side (Tyack, 1974, p. 109). There was an exception with German immigrants where they demanded bilingual teaching because “it was vital to assert the value of their culture by teaching [German] -- after all, they paid taxes and deserved a say in the curriculum” (Tyack, 1974, p. 106). This…

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