Multicultural Education

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Schools are a place, creating an environment that engages students, fosters their creativity, and puts the responsibility for learning where it belongs. According to California Department of Education, “…schooling should help all students achieve their highest potential” (880). It means that schooling should play a major role in developing students’ abilities to understand and integrate the knowledge in different fields, encouraging them to think critically, teaching them to demonstrate multicultural knowledge and awareness, and helping them learn to recognize the various rights and social obligations and make ethical decisions. More specifically, from Tiana and Ming’s interviews, I found that school education helps them demonstrate awareness …show more content…
In their lives, although parents teach children behavior and initially influence their ways of thinking, school plays a more important role in teaching them systematically to identify problems, articulate questions, and use various forms of research and reasoning to challenge, doubt, argue, and create. This process enriches students’ brain with new and valuable information and improves their ability to think, analyze and process. With the development of an increasingly integrated global community, a school also plays a role in developing knowledge of global and multicultural societies in order to help student learn in an effective way. Culture is a very complicated word. According to Nieto and Bode, “culture consists of the values, traditions, worldview, and social and political relationships created, shared, and transformed by a group of people bound together by a common history, geographic location, language, social class, religion, or other shared identity…includes communication style, attitudes, values, and family relationships” (158). With the definition of culture, school should educate students to demonstrate knowledge of the history, philosophy, values, beliefs, and geography of world cultures, respond to diverse perspectives linked to identity, including religion, race, gender, and social class, identify issues of social injustice, and work effectively in the diverse group. My four interviewees, Tiana, Ming, Shirley, and John, were positively influenced by their school education and experience on many different levels. Their school taught them to objectively consider and deal with racism, gender discrimination, social inequality, and religious stereotype. However, due to their different family background, gender, race, and religion, their school education influences them in different ways and different

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